Starting a blog this way has the potential to change your life, and the way you generate an income for ever.
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Lets Start At The Beginning:
Before we get into this hefty ol' guide, we need to get this straight..
To start a blog, you'll need just 2 things:
- A domain name
Your domain name is the name of your blog. This is what people will type to get to your website. For example, this blogs domain name is cleverblogs.co. Or other popular domain names are google .com, or amazon .com.
Webhosting is where your blog 'lives' on the internet. So if you can imagine your domain name being the address, then your web hosting is the bricks and mortar of your blog. Every blog or website will require web hosting otherwise it wont have anywhere to 'live' or be built.
Purchasing domain names and web hosting can sometimes be expensive if you choose to host with the better, higher end web hosting companies who provide a much better service.
Trust me when I tell you that they're worth it!
Often, the high costs are the most common reason for people not starting their own blog with the better hosts. Thats fair enough-ski.
Thankfully, I've hooked you up with THE best web hosting company for a fraction of the price that you would usually pay. CleverBlogs readers will receive a saving of 50% off - (just $3.95 a month), PLUS a free domain name! (That's less than the price of a coffee!)
They're called Bluehost. I use them for all of my blogs and websites, and for very good reason!
There's a reason why WordPress officially recommends Bluehost more than any other hosting service.
They've been working with WordPress since 2005 to create the most user friendly service, and they host millions of websites online already. You're site will not only run faster, but the setup process is super easy, and their 24/7 customer support is awesome. Besides - if you decide to go with Bluehost and you're not happy... they'll give you your money back. Blaaa Blaa Bla....
They're the Top Dawgz, everyone knows it, and thats who I'd strongly recommend you use. But whatta I know?
So once you've opened up Bluehost in a new window (click here or the image above), you'll need to hit the green 'Get Started' button.
Select the plan that you think is best suited to yourself.
Personally I'd recommend starting off with the basic plan first. Its the cheapest and is ample for the early stages of your blog. Besides, you can always upgrade further down the line if you need to. (May as well save where ya can)
Secure Your Free Domain Name:
Enter the domain name that you want to call your blog in the left hand box. Or if you already have a domain name, type it into the right hand box and hit the next button.
If the domain name that you wanted isn't available because it's already being used, you can either chose from a list of suggestions that are available, or come up with another different name.
If you're having trouble coming up with a name, really don't fret too much on it. Its not 'un-important', buts not the be-all-and-end-all when starting.
A good suggestion is to use your name if its a personal blog.
Or perhaps the topic that you're going to be blogging about.
I named this blog CleverBlogs after watching Pepper Pig with my little boy. The little Elephant was called a 'Clever Clogs' and I thought it had a ring to it. So CleverBlogs was born.
You can use this domain name checker to see if your domain is available:
Account Setup and Registry
Boring part. But trust me the fun begins after this.
First, enter your personal details...
Then you will need to finalise which plan you would like to go with. The 36 month plan is the best value in terms of saving cash because this is where you can take full advantage of the CleverBlogs discount.
Also, I would highly recommend the only optional extra that you select is the 'Domain Privacy Protection'
You can always choose to purchase the other optional extras later if you wish, but domain privacy protection will ensure all of your personal details are kept private.
[Just as a side note, with Bluehost you are billed upfront even though it is calculated at a monthly rate. Remember they offer a full 30 day money back guarantee if you decide its not for you]
And finally then enter your payment details, and read and accept Bluehosts Terms Of Service.
You'll then create a password for your Bluehost account, and BOOM! You're done!! Go and pour yourself a stiff drink - You're now the proud owner of a blog!!
Not too bad eh?
In this step you'll discover just how easy it is to install WordPress with Bluehost, thanks to their 'Quick Install' feature. (This is why I love 'em)
So after you're sorted your password out, you'll be prompted to choose a WordPress Theme, or in other words, how you want your blog to look.
Don't spend too much time on this for now, just choose one that catches your eye as you can change your Theme at any time. (I'll show you how to do this, and recommend some of my favourite WordPress themes in another post)
Once you've selected a basic WordPress Theme, click the 'Start Building' button on the next page
At this stage, you will receive an email with your WordPress login details. Its IMPORTANT to know that your blog login details will be different to your Bluehost login details, and to keep a note of these.
You will then be taken to your WordPress dashboard where you are able to launch your brand new blog.
To make your new blog visible online, you'll need to launch it. To do this, go to the top tab on the left hand side that says Bluehost. Click on this and then click the Launch button.
Once you have hit the 'Launch' button, your website will be visible to anyone who types your domain name into the toolbar, although there's no need to worry as you wont have thousands of people visiting your blog. Not yet anyway. But you will have soon..... 😉
You may want to make a few simple changes to your blog right away, like changing the Site title or the Tagline. These features allow your readers to grasp what your blog is truly about.
For example, the Site Title and Tag line for this blog are:
- Site Title: CleverBlogs
- Tagline: Turning Passion Into Profit
Once you get to this stage, this means that your blog is all set up, its online and you're ready to get creating. Give yourselves a big pat on the back and go and pour yourself ANOTHER celebratory drink!
You're going to be hammered at this rate!!
Quick Side Note
Its important to remember that this is totally new to you, so its very likely that overwhelm will kick in at some point.
PLEASE don't give up on your blog because I know that you'll have nailed it, figured WordPress out and have blog posts published in just a week or two of trial and error, and figuring it all out.
Trust me - EVERY successful blogger has been where you are right now at the very beginning, the secret to success is to persevere and don't give up.
When I first started, WordPress and WordPress Themes were a lot harder to navigate and work with, and I'm REALLY not good at this kinda stuff, so if I can get the hang of it, I have every confidence that you will too.