HOW TO START A BLOG IN 9 EASY STEPS
I’ve been blogging about my adventures for a few months now and I noticed more and more people become intrigued by my business and what I do. Mostly everyone that I meet is intrigued by the fact that I’m nomadic and work online. I often get asked how to start a blog and how others can become locationally independent as well.
The blogging industry is not dying, no matter what niche you’re in. More and more people are looking to start their own businesses, want to become locationally independent, spend more time with their families, or just want an outlet to be creative. Whether you’re looking to travel the world and inspire others, share your recipes, or share what’s on your mind with your friends and family; Blogging is something many people think about doing, but have no idea where to even begin. It’s a lot to wrap your head around at first but I’m here to tell you that it’s quite simple to start a blog.
So, let me help you get started with this step-by-step tutorial. I’m passionate about helping others start a blog so that they can become successful, locationally independent, and change their own lives like I did.
Are you ready to dive in?
Step 1: Choosing a platform
By now you’ve probably heard of a platform called WordPress, but what you might not know is that there are actually two WordPress sites out there. WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.com (NOT Self-hosted, not recommended): This is where you sign up for a free blog that is for personal use and is hosted by WordPress. It’s a great introductory platform for new bloggers, especially if you’re unsure about anything and don’t want a commitment. This platform, however, doesn’t allow you to monetize your blog, puts limits on plugins and customization, and you can’t pick your own URL, it would look something like this www.yourblog.wordpress.com
WordPress.com (Self-hosted, personal recommendation): This is where you self-host your own WordPress blog with a company that will keep all of your files and information. This is the best option if you’re looking to turn your blog into a business, monetize it and customize it.
When I first started blogging I started with a WordPress.com site, It was a great way to learn a bit about blogging before being completely committed to it. When I decided to give my blog the full go, I rebranded, redesigned and switched over to WordPress.org. For the purpose of this step-by-step guide, I’ll be concentrating on how to start a blog with WordPress.org
So now that you’ve chosen your platform, let’s talk a little about hosting. What is hosting? Hosting is a service provider (like BlueHost) that keeps your website files in one location on a server in order for your website to be seen by others.
BlueHost has been my go-to hosting provider for years now. I used them on this blog as well as for my graphic design business and Wanderlustudio. They’re an awesome company that has 24/7 support (even a chat feature that I love), 30-day money back guarantee, and their prices are super competitive.
Step 2: Visit BlueHost’s home page
Head on over to Bluehost and click on the green button that says “Get Started Now”, the link will open in a new tab so you can easily follow along with my step by step instructions. You’ll get a discounted rate by using my link.
Step 3: Choose a plan
You will be instructed to choose a plan of your choice. I recommend starting off with the basic plan for a new blog, and you can always upgrade later when your blog grows.
Step 4: Choose a domain name
Once you select a plan it will ask you to choose a new domain, this is your brand name. Be sure to choose a domain name that fits your niche, will represent your blog and you’ll be happy with using 5-10 years down the road.
If you have an existing domain type it into the “I have a domain name” field. Click ‘next’ to find out if the domain is available. All BlueHost plans include a free domain (a $15 value).
Tip: Remember to check if your blog name is available on all social media platforms. You want to stay consistent.
Step 5: Purchase hosting for your blog
Enter your personal information like you would any other online checkout and select the plan you want. I recommend signing up for 36 months to save more money but you could certainly do less if you don’t want the commitment.
Keep all of the boxes unchecked except for Domain Privacy Protection; this will keep all of your account information private. The other offers you can add on later when your blog grows.
Enter your payment/billing information and hit “Submit” to complete your purchase.
Congrats you are now a proud owner of a self-hosted blog!!!
Step 6: Create a password
You will now need to confirm your email, create a new password, and agree to the Terms of Service.
Step 7: Login to your account
The next screen will ask you to choose a theme for your blog. These are recommended themes from BlueHost, you can either choose one of these or skip this step and add your own theme later (I recommend shopping around for a theme you really love vs picking the first one you see).
Step 8: Setting up WordPress
The next step you will have an option to either 1. Start building your website on WordPress right away, or 2. Go to your BlueHost account. I recommend going with the first option. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard.
You will be asked if you’re using your site for business or personal use. Click business, and follow the prompts to start building your blog.
BlueHost automatically puts up a “Coming Soon” page for you. This allows you to work on your blog on the backend without anyone seeing it live.
Step 9: Launch your WordPress blog
After you’ve altered your WordPress theme to fit your liking and put up some awesome new blog posts it’s time to go LIVE! Press the blue “Launch” button when you’re ready. You will be asked to type in your:
Site’s Title: the name of your blog usually the domain name, i.e. Ania Travels
Site’s Description: what is your blog about, i.e. Travel and Lifestyle blog for the Solo Female Traveler
Your blog is now LIVE!!!! Happy Blogging!
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xoxo Ania Travels 💜
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