Are you thinking of starting a blog? Maybe you’ve heard how easy it is to make money blogging or maybe you just like to write or express your creative side? The main reason I started blogging was to inspire others and share creative ideas and if I made a few extra bucks on the side, then that’s even better! If you are thinking of starting a blog, here’s how to start a WordPress blog in 4 easy steps!
But first, here’s a little background on my blogging journey…
Back in 2010, I started a mommy blog and I had no idea what I was doing. I love writing and wanted to make money online while being a new stay-at-home-mommy so I monetized my site with Google AdSense and Amazon Associates. I wrote a few sponsored posts for retailers that offered free products/giveaways in exchange for product review posts.
That blogging journey quickly ended when I started working full-time in 2011 and I didn’t start blogging again until January 2015 (the blog you are reading today). I was still working a full-time day job with a crazy commute back then (you can read about how I finally quit my job and started blogging full time in my post When I Realized I Couldn’t be a Full-Time Working Super Mom).
My main reason for starting another blog was to showcase my creative side online. My goal was to promote my handmade products (I opened my shop at the same time I started blogging in 2015) and to share ideas for home improvement, crafts, and DIY projects.
Since I was always sending pictures of my completed home and craft projects to friends and family, I might as well post them publicly for the world to see, right?
How my life changed…
I’ve come A LONG way through my blogging journey and it was a lot of hard work (and still is) but it is also SO WORTH IT! My life has completely changed since I took the leap to quit my day job and start blogging full time.
I get to make my own schedule, which means I see my kids and hubby more while working from home, AND my insane 2-hour daily commute is now history! I’m at the happiest point in my entire life… and life is really good 🙂
I will admit that making my own schedule and working from home was a HUGE transition for me. I talk more about how I was able to overcome the transition roadblocks in my post The One Rule that Changed the Way I Work a Home.
Time management is a struggle for most bloggers (especially newbies!) and finding the perfect work-life balance will make or break your success. Since I like helping my readers (that’s you!), I’m going to share my time management process with as you start (or if you are still deciding to start) your blogging journey and give you my Blogging for Business Time Management Guide as a FREE BONUS!
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Blogging can be what you make of it.
Blogging is not a way to get rich quick. There are many bloggers making between $1k-$100k+ a month (yes, a month!) but it doesn’t happen overnight and there are many streams of income for bloggers to make money.
If you don’t like writing then blogging may not be for you. Almost every great blogger I know loves writing so if you can’t stand writing, maybe there is another avenue that suits you. If you love writing and are passionate about a subject, then you should’ve started a blog like, yesterday!
If you want to express your creative, crafty, DIY side through a blog – do it! Pinterest will be your best friend and will generate more traffic to your blog than you could ever imagine!
If you want to help, inspire or influence others – there is no better time to start blogging than today and your voice can be heard worldwide!
It’s going to take A LOT of hard work in the beginning and if making money is your only focus, then the money will never come. You will give up before you get there, so stay focused on the other reasons you start a blog.
Here’s how to get started blogging in 4 Simple Steps…
You may have a similar blog idea to mine or maybe you just like to write. There is always room for more bloggers online and money to be made! Plus, I love having the freedom to make my own schedule and do fun things for my blog.
Be sure to check out my Resources page for all of the blogging resources that I used to turn my blog into a money-making business!
Here’s how I started my blog, it was super easy and you don’t need any technical skills to set up your new blog:
- Pick a Hosting site (I recommend starting with Bluehost Here)
- Choose a Domain (your www.name.com)
- Download WordPress
- Start Blogging!
BlueHost and their support team has been amazing! My old blog (2010) was through Blogger and although Blogger is simple to use, it’s not the best when you are trying to be unique, stand out or monetize. Wordpress offers a variety of themes or you can buy a theme to differentiate your blog. I use a Genesis theme from StudioPress and highly recommend going with a Genesis theme! Go HERE to see the awesome themes at StudioPress after you complete your hosting set up!
Go to Bluehost to get started. You will need to pick a domain name – you should pick something that describes your blog – many bloggers use their personal name as well. Bluehost will let you know if the domain is available.
Be sure to read my post I Changed My Blog Name and This Happened for more blogging advice on choosing a name and the pros and cons if you are thinking about changing your blog name.
Once your domain is verified, you will need to complete the information section.
You will be taken to the package option page. I use the privacy protection but you can decide what extras you need. They have 12 – 36 month options. Don’t forget to go through your EBates account (or sign up Here if you don’t have an Ebates account yet and get a free $10 gift card!) so you can get cash back on all of your online purchases! Our family earns an average of $50 every 3 months from Ebates and you can too!
Enter your payment information next and BAM – you have a website!
You will receive a welcome email from Bluehost with the next steps for your WordPress Install. Log into your BlueHost account, click on the Hosting Tab and you will see the icon for Install WordPress.
Once WordPress is installed, you can start writing and sharing valuable content! Have fun getting to know the basics of using WordPress. It is very user-friendly and you can search topics in their Support Forum if you are stuck.
Woohoo! The fun has just begun! Congratulations, this is the beginning of your blogging journey!
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