How To Start A Blog: Step By Step Tutorial For Creating A Profitable Blog In 2018
I created my first blog in 2012 with zero computer experience. It took me forever to figure it out. (Let’s just say I googled until I nearly lost my eyeballs.) This guide contains what I learned along the way and is especially for those who want step-by-step instructions in an easy and simple format.
Why Start A blog?
There are many reasons you might consider it. Here are a few popular ones:
- Make money while working from home. Making money with a blog is hard work, but the barrier to entry is low, making it very low risk.
- Become a published author. These days, publishers rarely work with authors who don’t have an online presence. The reason is simple: it’s a lot easier to sell books to people who already know you. A blog is one of the easiest places to start.
- Get more exposure for your existing business. A blog gives anyone–from individuals to large companies–the ability to reach a large number of people at very little cost.
- Just write. If you want to write, share your story, encourage others and build a community, a blog is a great place to do that.
Do you see yourself in any of those? Can you see how you would benefit from a blog? Let’s get you up and running!
In order to start a blog, you will need to be on a self-hosted WordPress platform.
I recommend Bluehost because they are the biggest in the business AND they have agreed to provide my blog visitors a special deal that is not available if you go to their site directly. Bluehost has over 2,000,000 websites on their servers and they have an amazing support team in place to help you out 24/7.
Choose the plan you’d like to start with. I typically go with the Plus or Prime plan because you get more unlimited features.
Note that all plans come with one free domain (for one year) which is good. Your domain is your web address. I’ll talk about choosing a domain in a minute.
If your budget is super tight (I’ve certainly been there), go ahead and choose the Basic plan. You can upgrade at any time.
Click one of the green “select” buttons to move to the next step.
On the next page there are 2 options:
I Already Have A Domain – If you already own a domain, then enter your domain in this box and click NEXT.
Next, you will fill in your account information.
The other options are:
Domain Privacy Protection – All domains registrations are kept in a public database. If you choose this option, your information will be kept private.
Site Backup Pro
Search Engine Jumpstart
SiteLock Security – Find
Even if you are limited on budget, I would still consider Domain Privacy Protection.
As mentioned above, if you have just a little bit more budget, the PRIME plan for 36 months is probably the best value out of all the options. You get everything in the basic plan plus upgraded storage, free Domain Privacy Protection, Site Backup Pro, and Spam Experts. Also, you have the option to add as many new websites as you want without any extra hosting fees. All you need to do is buy your new domains.
The final section is Payment Information. Simply enter your credit card information here, check the box agreeing to the terms, and press Submit!
Congrats!! You did it! You are now officially a blog owner.
You will now be prompted by Bluehost create a password for your account. After you create your password (make sure to take note of it,) WordPress will begin installing on your account. When it is finished, you will be able to login to your WordPress dashboard to begin setting up your new blog!
You will also receive emails from Bluehost with your account and WordPress information. If you can’t find them, make sure to check your spam folder.
Also, you will probably want to setup an email account for your blog:
Follow these instructions to setup your email account(s).
Blogging is no longer a hobby for many…it is a real business that generates a substantial amount of income. If you are interested in making money with your new blog, I highly recommend that you read a blog post on how to monetize your website. It’s a very resourceful article.
As I always say, Happy Blogging.