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 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?
- 1-Click WordPress installs: Installing WordPress and getting your blog up and running is an absolute breeze. It takes one click and the awesome people at Bluehost take care of the rest. It seriously can’t get any easier! Continue reading because this beginners guide for starting a blog outlines every step in detail with photos!
- 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. Once there, click on GET STARTED and you’ll be taken to this screen.
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.
Finally, 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?
Follow the steps for setting up a secure password and you are good to go!
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 a blog and installing WordPress
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 set up WordPress on your new Bluehost blog.
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 your Bluehost dashboard
Login to the Bluehost CPanel using the username and password that you generated when you purchased a domain and hosting plan above.
Step 2: Initialize the WordPress installation process
Find and click on the Install WordPress icon in the Website section of your Bluehost Cpanel.
Step 3: Choose the domain you’re installing WordPress to
This might seem overwhelming but trust me it’s not!
If you want your blog to be located on the main page of your domain then simply type in yourdomain.com in the domain field. If you’re looking to house your blog elsewhere, feel free to create a directory that will be devoted to your blog.
In other words, if your plan is to have a static landing page to welcome your visitors and then have them click over to your blog you might want to put it in a directory called “blog”. If you want your websites main page to be the blog then just leave the directory frield blank. Click next!
Step 4: Change settings if necessary
This is the point where you can change the username, password and email address associated with your new blog. Click on advanced settings and make any necessary changes you need to.
Step 5: Read the licensing agreement
Have a look through the licensing agreement and agree to its terms so you can proceed.
Step 6: Install your new WordPress blog
Hit install and Bluehost will start the installation process for you! Aren’t they awesome?
Once the installation is complete you’re ready to go and start blogging!
Head over to yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ and login with the username and password you’ve selected. Have a look around, install themes and have fun!
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. If you want to know how I do it and how to start monetizing your blog sign up for my Ultimate FREE Profitable Blog Checklist below! It’s packed with valuable tips and tricks to get your blog off the ground and making money FAST!
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
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.