So, you want to start a blog hunh?
Do you also want to make money with that blog?
If you answered yes to both those questions then you’ve absolutely come to the right place because this post is an ultimate beginners guide for starting a wordpress blog!
Can you believe that I’ve been blogging on and off since the early 90s? I’ll tell you that I was around when blogs first started (manually updated entries anyone?) and I’ve watched the blog world change drastically over the last 2 decades and know that blogging is a wonderful side hustle opportunity. The internet is now a place where just about anyone can start a blog, become successful and make a good living from online work.
Without getting into too much detail, This Tiny Blue House was created in November 2016 as a hobby and pastime after giving up my career to stay home with my baby girl. I’m beyond excited to tell you that this space now derives a full-time income for my small family. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about my current situation. I can be a full-time mommy to my 2-year old and actively earn an income from the comfort of my home. It’s truly my dream come true!
If this is something that interests you – keep on reading friend because this post is the ultimate beginners guide for starting a blog. I’m going to tell you exactly how you can set up a blog of your very own in just minutes. Yup, it takes no-time at all. I promise.
If you still haven’t jumped on the blogging train but are tempted by the idea, I’m here to tell you that it’s super easy. Getting up and running and starting a money making blog takes all of 15-20 minutes! Crazy right?
Here are the 3 most important things you need to consider before jumping in and reading through this beginners guide for starting a blog
- What do I want to blog about? Or, what will be my niche?
- What will I name my blog?
- Where will I host my blog?
Let’s tackle those questions one by one shall we?
1. What do I want to blog about? What will be my niche?
I firmly believe that the most successful blogs are written by people who LOVE and are PASSIONATE about the topic they are writing about. The blogs I’m most attracted to are written by people who not only write high quality informative content but who clearly love what they are doing.
I know there are some who believe your niche should be picked based on profitability alone. But, having blogged for well over a year now I can tell you that blogging takes a ton of dedication and consistency. You just can’t keep up that stamina if you aren’t in love with the content you’re writing.
So, pick a niche that gets you fired up. Something that you are passionate about and will want to write about day after day is key. Some niche ideas include: beauty, fashion, lifestyle, health & fitness, parenting, personal-finance, frugal living, education, blogging, motherhood, photography and food to name just a few.
2. What will I name my blog?
Naming your blog is honestly the hardest part of this entire process. With your niche in mind come up with something creative, unique and clearly attached to the purpose of what you plan to write about.
Quite honestly, I regret my name choice. Although my blog name has significance to ME it isn’t necessarily a clear indicator that I blog about frugal living.
It’s also quite a mouthful and if I could go back I probably would have named it something entirely different.
I’m using this lesson to tell YOU that naming your blog is probably the most important commitment you’re going to make in this process. Choose something that will be the foundation of your brand and clearly articulates what your content focus is.
3. Where will I host my blog?
If you want to blog in a professional capacity then you absolutely need your own domain and self-hosting. As a frugal living blogger (hello, saving money!) I know how scary it is to invest in something you’re not even sure will generate you a penny!
But, I’m here to tell you that branding yourself and creating a profitable blog is all about having your own unique online space since potential sponsors, networks and ad agencies are more inclined to work with you if you’re self hosted.
One of my biggest regrets is not jumping in to self hosting from the start. This very blog started off as a free wordpress site and some 6 months later I took the plunge and registered my domain name and bought hosting through Bluehost. I’ve never looked back. I wish I’d done it from the very beginning but like domain name regrets I can’t cry over spilled milk.
If you’re looking to register your domain and buy hosting I highly suggest you take a look at Bluehost. I’ve been with them from the beginning and I do not regret my choice one bit. I love love love Bluehost and would never trust This Tiny Blue House to any other hosting company.
They are fast, reliable and super affordable! In fact, they’re so awesome that they’ve offered TTBH readers nearly 50% off their hosting plans! Cool hunh?
3 Reasons I absolutely adore Bluehost
- Competitive prices: Their prices are incredibly cheap! You’re looking at roughly $3.95 a month for hosting or less than $160 for three years of hosting including a FREE domain name and domain privacy! Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than that does it?
- Auto-installed WordPress : Installing WordPress and getting your blog up and running is an absolute breeze with Bluehost. Seriously, once you sign up with Bluehost, WordPress is now automatically installed for you. Basically, you can start blogging RIGHT AWAY even if you have zero tech experience!
- Incredible customer service: If someone tells you they never have issues with their host, they are lying. Blogs, hosting providers and the internet in general can be wonky. I’ve had a few tech problems creep up over the last year and Bluehost has always been super efficient and quick at helping me resolve them. Their customer service is 24 hours and you can be in touch with a support tech in literally 2 minutes. Their customer service is seriously unmatched and their support team is patient when dealing with folks like me who aren’t all that tech savvy!
A beginners guide for starting a blog with Bluehost
Step 1: Pick your hosting
Head on over to Bluehost by clicking on this link to take advantage of nearly 50% off their regular hosting prices because you’re an amazing This Tiny Blue House reader.
You’ll be met by this lovely screen!
Once there, click on GET STARTED and you’ll be taken to the various hosting plans available.
I suggest you start off with their basic plan at the beginning of your blogging journey. It’s plenty with regards to both storage and speed and comes with a FREE domain name which is a steal. If you’ve got an existing site and need more space then go ahead and take advantage of their plus and prime hosting which are also nearly 50% through my link.
Step 2: Choose a domain name
The next step is choosing your domain name. Type in your desired blog url and click next. Triple check it to make sure it’s spelled exactly how you want it to because once the process is complete there’s no going back.
If you’ve already purchased a domain name elsewhere, type it in to the text box labelled I have a domain name and hit next.
Step 3: Create your account
Regardless of whether you already own a domain or are registering an entirely new one with Bluehost, you’ll be directed to the same account creation page.
First, fill in all the personal information in the account information fields.
Second, have a look at the package information section to confirm your hosting options. To get the greatest value for your money you’re best option is the 36 month plan at $3.95 per month. If you’re hesitant to make a 3 year commitment they also offer a great deal for 1 year of hosting for only $5.45 per month!
Third, select your add on features. Domain privacy is an absolute must in my books. For only $0.99 per month your blog registration information (your full name, home address and contact information) will be kept 100% private. I’m all about internet security and would never register a domain with public blog registration information.
But, that’s my personal preference and you need to decide what you’re comfortable with. As for the other options, they are just that : options. I personally don’t find them necessary and didn’t include them in my package.
Now that all that account information is out of the way, enter your payment information and boom you’ve registered your domain and bought hosting for your super awesome blog-to-be! Super exciting am I right?
Next, let’s work on creating a super secure password. To start, click on “create your password”
Now, come up with a super secret password. A combination of letters, characters and numbers is probably your safest bet. Make sure to write it somewhere safe because this password is the only way you’ll be able to access your new WordPress Blog!
If you followed all the steps correctly, you should now be looking at this screen!
If for any reason your run into any problems along the way feel free to reach out to me via email! I’ll gladly provide you with as much help as I can. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A beginners guide for starting your WordPress Blog
Oh man, I’m so excited for you!
Congratulations and welcome to the bloggerhood!
I bet you can’t wait to get started and have a ton of design and content ideas floating around in your head. But, before you get to designing and writing you need to get familiarized with your new WordPress installation
I promise this is easy and in this beginners guide for starting a blog I detail every step you need to follow in the process. Just follow my step-by-step tutorial below and you’ll be up and running in no time.
Step 1: Login to account with your super secret password
Step 2: Pick a theme that inspires you
Bluehost offers a handful of super awesome themes to get you started. Pick one of the pre-installed themes to get you going. But, don’t worry – you can change, modify or upload your very own themes later on. To get started though pick a theme from the options available to you!
Once you’ve selected a theme you’d like to work with you’ll be faced with this screen! It’s now time to start building that awesome blog and filling it with useful and drool worthy content.
Step 3: Tell WordPress what type of blog you’re building
At this point you need to make a decision between a business and personal blog.
Step 4: Start building your blog
Once you’ve made your selection it’s time to start creating your masterpiece! But, don’t worry – your blog isn’t live yet so you can play around with it, create amazing content and make sure everything is as you’d like it to be prior to launch.
Step 5: Launch your blog
Once your satisfied with your blog, have a couple of posts ready to go and are ready to make it public – it’s time to launch. At this point you need to formally name your blog and give it a catchy description. Then, BOOM your blog is live and out there for the world to read!
Welcome to the bloggerhood friend! I can’t wait to read you awesome content!
A few final thoughts on starting your very own blog
Blogging is awesome.
As cliched as it sounds, blogging has changed my life in so many incredible and unimaginable ways. Blogging allows me the flexibility to stay home with my little girl and write and share my ideas about a topic that I’m incredibly passionate about.
Making money while writing about frugal living is something I never thought possible. But, here I am making a full-time income from a blog that started as a hobby.
All this to say, if I can do it – so can you!
Blogging is wonderful and I hope you decide to take the plunge and find my beginners guide for starting a blog helpful in the process.
Here are a few more blogging related posts you might find helpful to get you started:
- How to make money blogging without blogging about blogging
- 20 must have wordpress plugins
- 20 gorgeous and free wordpress themes
- The ugly truth behind using Pinterest to grow your blog traffic
I want to know what you’re up to!
When you create your blog I’d love to show you some love! Drop the link with a brief description of what your brand new blog is about in the comments below.