In this post, you will learn how to start a WordPress blog successfully in a matter of minutes and get my top three tips for blogging! You will soon be on your way to be making extra money or traveling more, and it all begins with a self-hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost. I’ve been using their hosting services since 2009 and now have a made a special deal so you can start your blog for only a few dollars a month! You’ll also get a free domain if you sign up through my link. This low monthly price won’t last forever so I suggest acting quick to snag it. There is a 30 day back money guarantee if you change your mind, which I assure you, you won’t ‘cause if you’re already thinking about blogging, you’ll love it!
If you’re looking to start a self-hosted blog, I suggest going with the same hosting company I’ve been using since 2009—Bluehost. Yes, that’s eight whole years that I’ve been with Bluehost! I first started out with them when I had a photography site, and then stayed on the same hosting plan when I switched to my travel blogging site. I now have six websites with Bluehost!
Bluehost is a great web hosting company, and obviously from how long I’ve been with them, I’ve had great experience with them especially when it comes to customer service and needing support. Whether it’s through calls or chatting online, they have always been supportive and reliable, and best of all, installing a WordPress blog happens in one click.
My Personal Story and Perks of Blogging
Blogging has been an absolute dream! If you don’t already know, I used to be a public accountant, then I moved to the private accounting industry. I then became an executive assistant just to get out of the accounting industry but was still lost on what I wanted to do. In 2015, my husband and I moved abroad to Amsterdam, and he told me to do whatever my heart desired. Enter—blogging!
Blogging has given me the ultimate career freedom and has enhanced the things I love to do in life. I can work from home and be really flexible with my schedule. I’m actually writing this on my living room couch in my PJs—hooray to comfy productivity. I’ve been able to travel much, much more since I started a travel blog and have met so many like-minded entrepreneurs and travelers in the blogging industry.
To be transparent about some of the perks of blogging, when I travel, I don’t pay for accommodations out of pocket. Hotels invite me to stay there. I make hundreds of dollars from affiliate income each month, which means I passively make income. If you scroll down, you’ll see more helpful posts on blogging, and I share some of my sponsored posts so you can see a real example of how it’s down.
Also, blogging has led me to expand my blogging skills by applying them to company’s social media and content. I now am a social media strategy freelance and have a successful, sustainable business.
Anyone can make money from blogging, and at the very least, pay off the costs that come with hosting a blog. Paying for a self-hosted blog (versus a free one with limitations) will allow you to make the blog your own, and as a result, make more money off it. At the very least, I’m sure you can make your money back fairly quickly as I was able to pay off those costs from blogging itself in a few months.
My Hosting Provider Since 2009- Bluehost
Aside from my good personal experience of being with Bluehost since 2009, year after year, Bluehost stands out as one of the top web hosting companies. I suggest hosting your website with them because you can start your own blog with them for as low as $3.95 a month (this low price is available through my link only; normally it is $7.99+ a month).
Also, Bluehost will give you a FREE domain name for signing up with them for a minimum of 12 months. This is normally a $12 value! I definitely recommend the 12-month plan to start, but to save the most amount of money in the long run, then the 36-month plan is the best value.
Benefits of Hosting With Bluehost vs. Getting a Free Blog
You might be thinking about all the free options there are to start a blog like Blogger, Tumblr, or even the free WordPress version, but if you’re actually serious about making money off blogging and letting it bring you on the path of freelancing or creating your own blogging business, then self-hosting is a must. I won’t go into all the reasons as to why the extra dollars a month spent on Bluehost is better than a free website, but in general, having a self-hosted site on Bluehost will allow you to run whatever ads, affiliate links, direct advertising, and other ways to make money as freely as you want.
Blogger and other free sites do not always allow this so making money off free blogging sites is extremely difficult. Also, most companies and advertisers don’t take blogs seriously unless they are self-hosted, which is another reason to get a website with Bluehost. Seeing a self-hosted site makes you look professional!
Reasons Why Bluehost Should Be Your Hosting Provider
Again, I’ve been using Bluehost since 2009 and think that they should be your first and only choice for your WordPress blog, but my main reasons are because:
- I’ve experienced great customer service with them for eight years!
- It’s easy to use. You can literally create a WordPress blog in MINUTES. There is a one-click WordPress installation process. See the exact steps on how to below.
- Bluehost is quite affordable. Plans start at $3.95 a month, and you can start making this back within months of starting your blog.
- You get a FREE blog domain name, which is normally $12.
- WordPress through Bluehost is FREE. If you sign up for WordPress without Bluehost, WordPress starts at about $8.25 a month.
- Bluehost is the main hosting company that WordPress suggests using on their home page meaning that WordPress and Bluehost work seamlessly together and have lots of options for add-ons and customization.
- If you decide that blogging isn’t for you within a certain number of days, Bluehost will give you your money back so it’s essentially risk-free to try.
- Your WordPress blog will be self-hosted on Bluehost, which will allow you to monetize it effectively to make money.
- Your appearance of professionalism will be on top of the world when you have a self-hosted blog vs. a free one.
To get any of these benefits, you will need to go to Bluehost through my link to sign up. Yes, there’s a lot of other hosting companies out there, but the fact I’ve been using them since 2009 and have six websites with them now is enough for me to know that they’re a great hosting service. I personally know many other bloggers who feel the same.
If you need any help at all with signing up for Bluehost, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! E-mail me to ask how to set up Bluehost, pick a plan, or even interpret the pricing plans.
Exact Steps for Creating a WordPress Blog on Bluehost
1. Head to Bluehost to select your plan.
2. Select the Basic plan to get the most bang for your buck. The Basic package is most likely all you will need when starting to blog. You can always upgrade to a larger plan when you need it, but for now, let’s keep the costs low because that’s all you will need.
3. Register your domain name with Bluehost. If you go directly through Bluehost instead of registering a domain name elsewhere first like GoDaddy, then your domain name will be FREE. If it’s too much pressure to think of your domain name when you sign up for hosting, Bluehost will give you a $11.99 to buy a domain name later!
If you can’t think of a domain name now and need help, keep reading below to my Top Tips for Starting a Blog. I talk about choosing a niche and a domain name.
4. Fill in your account and billing information, and pick out your package. If you want to save a lot of money, I encourage paying for the 36-month plan to get the $3.95 a month price. You will save $145 over three years if you choose this option. However, if you don’t want to commit to three years of hosting costs, that’s understandable! You can either choose a 12 or 24 month option for $1 or 2 more a month, or go with the three year plan and get your money back within 30 days if you decide you don’t want to blog anymore.
You may also want to buy domain privacy protection for an addition $0.99 a month to protect your privacy. But that’s really all you’ll need for now. When I started my blog, the only costs I had were hosting and domain privacy. I didn’t pay for any upgrades, plug-ins, or themes until a few months in when I made back my hosting costs for blogging and had extra to spare on blogging goodies!
5. Now that you picked a package and signed up with Bluehost, Bluehost will guide you on how to create a WordPress blog in one-step. This is FREE through them.
- First, you’ll have to pick a theme for your blog. You can pick any just to get through the process. You can always change it easily later as there are lots of good free ones to choose from.
- Then, you’ll want to click on ‘Start Building’ and choose whether this blog is a ‘Business’ or ‘Personal’ blog. I clicked ‘Personal’ when I started, but it’s up to you. There’s also the option to click ‘I don’t need help.’
And… guest what?! That’s it! Now you are signed up for a WordPress blog.
That wasn’t too bad, right?
Now join my free Facebook group for blogging help.
Top Tips for Starting a Blog
Now that you have your blog, the next move is to work on its design, and of course, producing some top-notch content for people to read.
Choose a Niche
Choosing a niche will allow you to laser focus your attention on one industry that’ll bring you good affiliate income and marketing opportunities. If you are spread all over the place like covering electronics, travel, and beauty, it may be hard for readers to come to your site for your expert advice. By choosing one industry, like I did with travel, it’ll be easier for you to seek out opportunities and create a following.
My best suggestion for choosing a niche is pick something you love talking about or working with! You will be immersed in this niche for as long as you blog so make sure it’s something you enjoy, and if you want to make money from blogging, a niche that can also be profitable. Some ideas of niches are beauty, travel, lifestyle, and personal finance.
You can even drill down into the niche like I did with my travel blog. My travel blog is focused on food while traveling since I love to eat while traveling, and it’s been great to chat about the two passions of my life as well as attracting people who love to eat when they travel too. On the flipside, the niche isn’t too small that I can’t expand and talk about other travel-related things like how to pack for a specific location. After all, if I’m going somewhere to eat, I need to do the regular planning steps to get there!
Pick a Blog/Domain Name
Picking a name is hard, but once you pick a niche, you are already one step closer to getting your name. Think about what you love, what describes your blog, and what describes you. Write a bunch of those words down, and start combining them. Like for my travel blog, I knew I would talk about food and traveling so I thought of names like ‘Flights and Forks’ and ‘The Traveling Fork’ until I came upon Tales From a Fork.
I want to strongly suggest to pick a name that you won’t have to spell out for people or that is so obscure that you have to explain it. Also, take your time in picking one, and know that this name will represent you as your blog turns into a full-blown business. You can always change your domain name later, but it’s best to spend time on one now because changing your domain name later will be a hassle.
When you buy a domain, make sure to get it in .com (not .net or .somethingelse) because that’s the most familiar website ending for people. It’ll be easy for your followers to remember in order to get to your site. If the domain name you want is also available for all social media urls, well, LUCKY YOU! If not, you will have to switch up your social handles a bit to match your domain name.
Write for Yourself
My biggest tip for when it comes to producing content is, “Write for yourself!” If you write for yourself as if you are the sole audience, then you won’t be inhibited by fears of what others think. Also, your opinion is very valuable. You’ll soon find by writing for yourself and letting your real voice shine that somewhere out there, your tribe will start amassing and reading your thoughtful insight on your blog.
I’d love to hear what you have to write. Once you start your WordPress blog via Bluehost, let me know by commenting below or connecting with me on Facebook! If you have ANY questions along the way, pleeeaassseeee reach out to me on my Facebook group. I always wished I had someone to help me out when I first blogged, and now I can be that someone for you.
Join a Free Blogging Network
This isn’t one of my top three tips for success, but it is really important to be part of a network of bloggers in this industry that is so silo’d. Whether it’s help with your blog or just mingling with others to get motivation, it’s good idea to be part of a blogging network. I have a free one on Facebook where I will help you with your blog!
Want to know how you can start making money blogging?
Check out this post on how I made $1,000 a month blogging. I wanted to share $1,000 because it is very reasonable and attainable unlike those blog posts you see where people are making tens of thousands a month (kudos to them). It’s all about baby steps, and I want you to see that process in between making $0 and making $10,000 a month.
Best of luck with blogging. Reach out to me if you need to!
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