Are you ready to start a blog sharing what you love, and earn an income in the process? Of course you are, that's exactly why you're here, lol!
There are a ton of things to blog about. Some of my favorite blogs are about teaching people how to do things.
Others are about fashion, travel, decorating ideas, mom blogs, lifestyle (like mine), or sharing a journey – from spiritual journey to weight loss. Whatever you want to blog about, in this day and age, monetizing your blog is the way to go.
Below are the simple steps to start a blog that makes you money! Before you get started it's important that you know that this website is reader supported & contains commissionable links, at no addtional cost to you.
Click HERE to start a blog on WordPress if you already have an idea for your domain name, then get in a quiet place for the next 7 minutes and follow the 3 simple steps below, you’ll be up and running before you can say OMG I did it! By the way, I’m excited for you!
Let’s make it happen!
The three steps to starting your blog
Domain Name & Hosting
Making it Pretty
1. DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
This part is fun! The best way to explain a domain name is to think of it as your address. Every residence has an address, right? A physical home or office is 1234 Name Street. Online it's usually www.name.com OR https://name.com
What do you want the name of your domain to be? Do you want to grow a personal brand? If so, feel free to use your first and last name as I have.
You might prefer to just go by your first name and add someting fun before it. ElaineThomasInteriors.com, which is named after my parents, is another website of mine. Are your wheels turning yet?
Once you’ve thought of the names you like, then click here to go over to Bluehost to pick a plan. First, pick the plan, I recommend the lowest package if you will only have one blog. It's paid in one lump sum (under $50) instead of monthly, but it’ll definitely save you money.
Next choose your free domain, or secure the pricing now and decide on the domain name later.
2. INSTALLING WORDPRESS
Once you’ve completed your Bluehost registration you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress.
WordPress is a blogging software. It’s the software that I use for www.MimiZackery.com. The best part is that it’s VERY easy to use and it’s also very easy to install on your website. BOOM.
Log into WordPress then find the Website Builders section. From there click on the WordPress logo.
On the next page click the “Install” button in the “Do it yourself FREE” section.
Click the “Check Domain” button.
Check the terms and conditions box and then click the “Install Now” button.
Once you get the message that says “Your install is complete!” you’ll want to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change these to something more memorable later, but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.
Type your Admin URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down from the previous step.
You’ve officially logged into your blog. Congrats!
3. MAKING IT PRETTY
At this point, you officially have your very own blog! Yaaaaaaay… Is that great or what? Welcome to the blogging world, my friend!
You’re minutes away from sharing your first post, come over to my Facebook page and send it to me here.
Before you jump into beautifying your blog. It’s time to pick your theme! WordPress has LOTS of free WordPress themes to choose from. I decided to purchase my theme since I was looking for something feminine and easy to use.
Click here to review the ones I use and recommend.
If you have any issues Bluehost has the best customer service ever. They'll be happy to help you out.
If all of this seems too much for you, my team and I would be happy to help. Click here to check out my done for you blog services.