I’ve been blogging for 10 years and have owned at least 3 other blogs in different niches before this one. And I’ve made many mistakes so hopefully, this article will help you save time without having to go in the wrong direction.
Well, in the first blog I’ve ever had, I hosted in on WordPress.com and that was by far one of the biggest mistakes I made. Not to mention when I finally realized that all pro bloggers who make money online with their blogs have a domain name and host of their own blogs.
These are the most common in the industry and if you have thought of starting a blog, you might have considered these. Now if you’re thinking of starting a hobby blog or a journal blog, this isn’t the article for you.
I don’t cater my content to hobby bloggers though it might work for you too. My audience mainly consists of small business owners who want to use a blog to grow their authority or grow a targeted audience and eventually sell services or digital products.
Free is good and it gets a lot of people’s attention, but it usually comes with two major pitfalls: you don’t end up owning your own blog and content (Ouch!) or you can’t customize any design for your own blog and brand (What the hell?!)
I don’t know any pro blogger who runs a Blogspot blog and makes an income online. Not to say that there isn’t any, but I know how the Blogspot platform works. Also, no way does it support all the customization a WordPress.org blog can do for you. I know because I use to have a personal blog on Blogpost where I journal for myself. It doesn’t see the day of light and I’d like to keep it that way.
I had a Tumblr blog for a short while way back when it was still a trend. It definitely doesn’t have all the options it takes to build an online brand. Most articles on Tumblr, at best are short motivation quotes and stories. At the worst, they’re spam.
Now we’re getting a little more serious and WordPress.com, if you’ve used it, is quite similar to WordPress.org. The biggest difference is that you can’t change your blog’s theme and look and you’re not the one who owns the blog you write on WordPress.com.
Now that you know the differences between the free platforms, let’s get real here. WordPress.org isn’t the only platform you can host your blog. Squarespace is another popular choice for non-technical people, but it also costs a bit more. Wix is another popular option these days.
If you go to Bluehost.com, go to their menu and click “Hosting” >> “Shared hosting.”
Simply type in the domain name you desire and click “Next.” If the domain name has been taken, you can choose an alternative one from their options. I recommend a domain name ending in .com or .co, but of course, it’s personal preference here.
The package information. Bluehost offers a few account plans. The basic premise is that the longer you commit to Bluehost, the more you can save. At the least, you have to commit to hosting for a year, but I recommend the three-year plan.
You really don’t want to be dealing with hosting or tech stuff at all during your blogging journey and blogging goes by quicker than you think. If you’re not someone who is on top of reading emails and paying bills, the last thing you want is your site to go down only because you forgot to renew your hosting plan.
And yo, you’re all ready to go!
(If you prefer a video tutorial, you can follow the one below to sign up for Bluehost account.)
The next step is to install WordPress on your blog — and really this is so easy. It’s almost like cheating.
You can follow the video below to install WordPress with just one-click. No kidding, that’s what they really call it: “One-click Install.” You must install WordPress before you can publish your first blog post.
Before you install WordPress, choose your WordPress login details. For example, your login username and your password. You can use your first name or domain name as your username. Don’t forget to write this information down so you don’t forget it.
I personally have a spreadsheet where I house all my login details.
(If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it below on how to install WordPress on Bluehost)
(updated video as of November 19, 2017)
Once you’ve installed WordPress (takes less than 2 minutes), you can head on over to the WordPress admin area to log in.
The link to that will be: “http://YOURDOMAINNAME.com/wp-admin”
Enter your username and password and you should be all set to log into your WordPress account.
Inside, that’s where the real fun begins! You can finally publish your first blog post and get your content into the world.
If you want to be ninja about this, I have a workshop that helps you get your blog design, content and your first freebie up in two weeks!
When I launched this blog, I gave myself a month to do it. My goal was to write 20 blog posts, fully customize my blog’s design, and create a few freebies to grow my email list. At the end, I was completely burnt out and almost gave up on launching this blog.
Imagine it never happened and you won’t be reading this right now. (Lol)
So I really help you cut to the chase and give you the technical skills and step-by-step walkthroughs that will help you get things done. Most new bloggers think they can do it alone, but they get stuck in the learning phase for too long. Then by the time they’re ready to take action and do the work, they’re completely burnt out from learning.
Here is a curated list of blog posts that can help you pull together your blog after you set up the tech.
Ready to start and launch your own blog with a bang? Did you know that you can:
(I’m affiliated with Bluehost and if you use my link to purchase your hosting, I’ll be getting a small commission. You don’t have to, but it’ll be greatly appreciated!)