How to Start a WordPress blog with Bluehost!
Today I want to show you how easy it is to start a WordPress blog with Bluehost. Why would I want to show this? Isn’t this a personal finance blog? Well, blogging has entirely changed my finances and my entire life.
Starting a WordPress blog with Bluehost can be done in less than 20 minutes and will cost you less than $5 a month, probably one of the cheapest businesses you can start. The best thing about Bluehost in 2018 is that WordPress comes automatically installed, so even fewer worries for you!
I highly suggest you consider using Bluehost for your blogging journey, and if you sign up with my personal link, you’ll get a free domain name as well as a discount when you sign up! If you go sign up, come right back here and follow along with my instructions to totally understand the process before you get started! Ps. if you have any difficulties, you can always message me through my contact page and I can try and help you out.
Why should you start a blog?
Being a blogger has allowed me to make money from home, to be my own boss, and to start paying off all my student loan debt quicker than I ever imagined. Blogging is going to change my future too. Because I’m a blogger I don’t have to have a traditional 9-5, and I can travel the entire world for the rest of my life. It’s amazing. I can run this business from my laptop anywhere in the world that has a wifi connection.
You seriously can turn a little website into a giant business that can satisfy all your dreams. It’s a great creative outlet that you can use to escape from your 9-5. Starting a blog will help you in so many different areas of your life!
Now, there’s a couple thing we need to discuss before we can really dive into the tutorial. There is a few FAQ about blogging that I want you to totally understand before you commit and throw money at something just in case you decide it isn’t for you.
Q: Why can’t I just use Blogger or Blogspot for free?
Okay, I understand that starting a website for free sounds great but there are a lot of downfalls to using a free platform like Blogger or Blogspot. If your plan is to just blog about your life and share it with your family, or use it as a diary, honestly stick with a free option. If your plan is to turn this blog into a business or make even a little bit of side income from the blog, you must be self-hosted and pay a bit of money. If it’s going to be a business, starting a WordPress blog with Bluehost is your best option, I promise.
The reason is that it’s pretty near impossible to actually make money using a free platform because they make monetizing your blog really difficult. Also, a platform like Blogger or Blogspot can shut down at any moment and you have no claims to your website because they own it. This means you could lose everything at a moments notice, ouch.
Q: What’s the difference between a blog host and a blog platform?
So, this blog that you’re on right now is using the platform WordPress and is hosted through Bluehost. A blog platform is an interface that you use to create your blog and write blog posts, and the blog hosting is the website that works with the backend to make sure that your website is up and running and works on your domain.
If you’re going to take blogging seriously, you should be using WordPress as your chosen blog platform. I started out using a platform called Weebly, but it didn’t have nearly as many options for plug-ins and wasn’t as powerful as WordPress! Plus, all the blogger tutorials are WordPress focused and that’s where I learn most of my stuff.
Q: Can I actually make an income, or is all the internet talk just lies?
Making an income from blogging is definitely possible and the big bloggers aren’t lying. Now, I’m not saying that starting a blog is a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and lots of it. You’ll never find a blogger that started to make a million dollars a year right off the bat. Don’t let the big bloggers’ income reports scare you either, it is possible and you can get there!
Q: Why should I choose Bluehost over another hosting provider?
I’ve been using Bluehost since I started this blog and I’ve never had a problem. They’ve done great work on not quite an adult. They’re one of the most well respected hosting companies out there! The best thing is you can start a blog with Bluehost for under $4 a month and get a free domain.
A huge thing for me with Bluehost is their killer customer service, I was once very confused about something (it was totally obvious and I felt silly for calling them after) and someone answered the phone quickly and helped me with only a minute long conversation.
Have I answered all of your burning questions? If you have any more, feel free to send me an email and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Are you ready to start a blog? If you want to go through this tutorial effectively, be sure to sign up and take it step by step with me. Let’s take this adventure together.
Steps to Start a WordPress Blog with Bluehost
Step 1: Decide on a Niche and a Domain Name
The very first thing you need to figure out before you sign up for Bluehost is what you’re going to blog about! That’s what a niche is, for example, the niche of this site is personal finance. Not Quite an Adult is all about teaching people how to make money, save money, and get out of debt.
Some other popular blog niches include food/recipes, fashion/makeup, lifestyle, parenting, health and fitness, and personal development. Do any of those speak to you? If not, what else could you write about that you think could make you money?
Once you decide on a niche, the next thing you need to do is figure out a domain name that someone hasn’t already registered. Don’t make the mistake of buying a domain before you sign up for Bluehost! If you sign up for over 12 months of hosting they throw in your domain for free!
A domain name is super important, I’m not even sure why I decided on notquiteanadult.com it’s so random and weird but I love it because I’m not quite an adult haha. Just please, don’t spend a month not starting a blog because you can’t think of a blog name. If you’re indecisive, just go with your name. Eventually, I’ll be relaunching taylorohalloran.com as a secondary website!
Have you decided on a niche and domain? Let’s move on to actually setting everything up!
Step 2: Buy Hosting
When you click through to Bluehost using my link you’re going to land on a page that looks something like this:
Click on that big beautiful get started now green button and you’ll be well on your way to starting a blog.
The next page you’ll see is going to be where you choose which plan is best for you.
Automatically, Bluehost will suggest that you get the most expensive plan, but that isn’t necessary for someone just starting out blogging. Keep in mind that you have to pay for the entire cost up front, so choosing the cheaper plan is probably a good idea!
Once you choose the basic plan, you’ll be able to type in the domain you chose. and that will look like this.
Once you enter your domain and choose your plan, you’ll be directed to a page where you enter your personal information and I can’t help you with that! So go ahead and finish off that section!
Right after the account information, you’ll be shown the package information section, this is where they try and sell you on a few addons that aren’t totally necessary, so just go ahead and uncheck all the boxes.
Deciding on how long you get the hosting plan for is entirely up to you, if you want to take advantage of my low price for my special link, you’ll want to choose a 36 month hosting plan, but if you don’t have a lot of money up-front, the 12 month plan is just fine.
The next step is to create your password, make sure you make it something you don’t use for anything else because this isn’t a social media account, it’s a serious business!
I’m so jealous that you’re starting a blog in 2018 because Bluehost has recently made it so that WordPress is automatically installed on every site when you sign up. It used to be a bit of an annoying process.
All you need to do now is to pick a theme, and start the blogging journey!
Step 3: Get a Blog Theme
When you sign up for Bluehost they’re going to suggest a lot of really great free starter themes that you can use. You can pick whichever one speaks to you. Picking a perfect theme is pretty much impossible, just remember that you can change just about everything about the way they look.
Step 4: Launch & Start Blogging
There are only a few small steps left before you’re ready to start writing. The next question you’ll answer is whether or not you want a business or a personal WordPress account. If you’ve never had a blog before, hit the personal option. You can always change it later on.
The final step is to launch the website! Hit that beautiful blue button and take the leap.
You now have a self-hosted WordPress blog step up using Bluehost that can be your future business and can really change your life! Below I have listed some of my favourite blogging tools & courses that have changed the way I blog/how I make money from my blog.
You can always pin this post for later and come back to this list for future reference!
Beginner Blogging Tools & Courses
I never wanted to spend a ton of money on a blog theme because for the first few months I was changing my theme every few weeks because I could never find one that worked for me. That was until I found Kale. The Kale theme really checked most of my boxes and it worked wonderfully as a free version, I can’t even imagine how great the upgraded version could be. If you’re looking for a great free theme for your new blog, I suggest the Kale theme by Lyrathemes.com
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool that can really grow your blog traffic through Pinterest. It’s easy to use and only a few dollars a month. Pinterest is my favourite place to get blog traffic from and Tailwind is the best way to get there effectively if you’re short on time.
The more time you spend money learning about blogging, the more you realize that your email list is the most important thing you can have! Mailerlite is my favourite beginner email list provider because it’s free for your first 1,000 subscribers and easy to use.
Pinteresting Strategies is my favourite ebook I’ve purchased for blogging. I spend a decent amount of money on learning things about blogging! Pinteresting Strategies teaches all about a manual pinning technique that Carly used to explode her blog traffic using Pinterest. It’s really awesome and easy to follow.
Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money from a blog without having a ton of traffic, I didn’t know this until I stumbled upon Michelle from makingsenseofcents.com, she’s all about affiliate marketing and is the queen. She teaches the course making sense of affiliate marketing and it has shown me all the potential a blog has for making money through selling other people’s products and how exactly to make that work. It’s amazing and totally worth the price.