Have you ever thought about how to start a blog with BlueHost?
Do you enjoy reading other people’s blogs and would like to know how they got started?
Today I am going to teach you everything you need to know in order to start your very own blog.
But first, I want to ask you something.
What does your evening look like after a long day at work?
Do you have a hobby that you work on?
Something that peaks your creativity or that you feel proud to show off?
Or do you come home and watch TV until you fall asleep?
Studies have shown that people are watching over 4 hours of TV each day. That’s at least 28 hours a week- more than an entire day’s worth of time.
Think of all the things you could do if you cut even half of your television watching time.
I realized that I was in this rut and it needed to change a number of months ago.
I would come home from work and fall into the TV slump. I’d whip up something to eat, scarf it down on my couch in front of the TV and sit there all night until I’d eventually fall asleep and wake up to the “Are you still watching?” banner on Netflix.
This needed to change.
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Fast forward a few months, I have started my blog and it was literally the best idea I ever had.
Now, when I come home from work, I have a purpose. I have something to do that holds my attention, makes me problem solve and gives me something really interesting to talk to people about.
(Talking about my blog is my favorite conversation of choice.)
So what is stopping you?
When talking to friends, everyone always says, “Wow! You have a blog? That’s so cool!” then they always seem to have the same excuses when I suggest that they should start their own.
I have nothing to write about
I don’t know where to begin to set up a blog
I am not tech savvy
Well, I have great news for you!
Creating the first step of the blog is easy and if you are in the middle of setting up your blog and have a quick question, you can always put your questions in the comments.
I am happy to help out.
So let me show you how easy it is to start your very first blog. You can do this in the 30 minute break you get during work and still have time to inhale that sandwich you made when you were half asleep.
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The first thing you’ll see when you go to BlueHost is their plan packages.
For the low price of $2.95 a month you can start the journey of creating your very first blog. You do not need to be a computer whiz to know how to set up your site because it will take you step- by-step to create your webpage.
If you ask me, less than $3 a month for a full time hobby is quite a deal.
Once you have selected the plan that you are going to do (I suggest the most basic plan of $2.95 while you are starting out) BlueHost will guide you through the whole process of creating your webpage.
Here is what you can expect to accomplish.
1. Create and register your domain name.
The very first thing you need to do is name your blog.
This sounds like fun but it can be tough to find a name that suits your personality, is available and people will remember.
You want to have a domain name that is easy to remember and easy to spell.
Take your time on this.
The special isn’t going anywhere. Be sure to pick a name you will like and be proud to tell people.
Like with most things, buying in bulk gets you a bit of a discount if you sign up for a year.
A year may sound like a long term commitment but it’s important to know that if you start a blog, you’re going to want some time to put your energy into it.
It isn’t a hobby that you put two or three weeks into and then move on to the next thing.
When signing up for a year with BlueHost, you are going to get:
- A website builder (called WordPress)
- A free domain name- this is worth it in itself, because domain names can get quite pricey
- Email service- free for 3 months
The email service provided for free for the first three months is a really nice addition when starting your webpage.
Other hosting platforms do not offer this promotion and you are going to want an email service provider early on to collect email addresses of people who have come to your site.
You will want this so that you can send these people newsletter updates weekly or monthly.
They are interested in the topic that you are posting about so you will want to stay as engaged with them as you can.
2. Setting up your WordPress account
This is where your webpage will come to life!
Setting up a WordPress account with Bluehost is really easy and the best part is- it is completely free when you sign up.
It has everything you need and later on if you decide you want to upgrade by adding in plugins, you are more than welcome to do that.
WordPress is the tool that you use to build your site. You are going to use WordPress to build anything from a regular blog post to a sales page if you create a product for your readers to buy.
In your WordPress, you will be able to choose different themes to help design how you want your page to appear to your readers.
This is how each webpage you see looks different from one another.
There are tons of options that you can choose from and you can design your page to look exactly how you’d like it to.
Things you are going to want to know when starting your blog
- Well for starters, you are going to need to go to BlueHost to set up your domain name and WordPress account (but you already know that)
- Eventually, you are going to want to make some money with your blog. I highly recommend learning how to make affiliate sales. The course to take on that is called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. The creator of this course is making thousands of dollars each month using her methods of affiliate marketing.
- You are going to want people to actually read what you have written. You will learn that Pinterest is a gold mine for bloggers. Making pins can be fun but there is some serious technique that goes into making them. Pinterest Presence is where I learned everything I know about pin making. I highly recommend it. Or save time and grab these 9 pin templates for your blog and business!
After you have decided to start your blog, it is totally up to you to decide what you want to do with it.
Some people pick a particular niche that they like to write about.
Examples of niches could be:
- Travel (like my blog)
- Personal Finance
- Health/ fitness
- DIY/ crafts
Just because some people pick a particular niche that they write about does not mean that is what you have to do.
Let’s say you are a teacher- you could come home each day and write down funny things that happened to you that day (we all know teachers have no shortage of entertaining stories)
I had a friend who was planning a huge engagement for my old college roommate. He invited people from all over the country and had a general website that he would post updates to that helped keep everyone in the loop but she had no idea.
It was an easy way for everyone to coordinate their plans without her seeing anything going on.
Other perks you should know about blogging:
There are a ton of free resources that you can use to help you along your blogging way.
BlueHost has a fantastic tech support team that is 24/7. They are able to answer any questions that you have and are really helpful.
As far as getting ideas on how to grow your blog, have more readers, etc. there are a ton of great podcasts from industry leaders.
My favorite is Do You Even Blog. The host, Pete goes through all kinds of ways to help you learn how to attract more traffic, earn money and different search engine optimization (SEO) tips that any blogger from any niche can use.
Creating a blog is really that simple!
Hopefully this has helped inspire you to create your first blog and show you that it isn’t as impossible as you may think.
Now that you have a starting point, and know what to expect, there is nothing holding you back.
Even if you spend just one to two hours a day working on it, in a year, you will have something really spectacular to show for it!
What do you think?
Did this article help you?
Are you thinking about starting your own blog?
What are your thoughts about it?
If you have any questions, please shoot me a message or leave one in the comments. The internet is a huge place and there is room for all of us who want to be there.