Have you been humming and hawing, whether to start a blog of your own?
Well, you’ve come to the right place then!
In this post, I am going to share with you my ultimate step-by-step guide to not only creating a blog but creating a LUCRATIVE one!
Let me tell you WHY taking control of your blog (using some of these proven strategies) can change your life.
I won’t delve too deep into why I got hooked on blogging, but I will share my brief story and let you IN on how I have been able to adapt my passion (blogging), into a profit stream through a few fundamental avenues.
Let’s get to it!
First, My Story In A Nutshell!
Before I launched my blog (in September 2018), I worked at a job that I hated, and I mean really hated…
I was miserable and everyone knew it!
I couldn’t stand working in the evenings (which was required). I would cringe at the thought of working with specific co-workers, AND I always knew that there was something out there that was a better fit for me…
I’m happy to say I’ve found my true calling as a blogger, because it’s creative, fun, lucrative, and I love it!!
Here’s Why Blogging Was My Answer!
Working from home definitely beats ANY other job. To be honest, I’ve never really had a job that I’ve enjoyed enough to say otherwise.
I’ve always had this inner calling towards creative writing and helping others achieve their goals.
This is what sparked my imagination and gave me my daily zest and I knew that I had to do something about it and the answer was simple, I knew I had to start a blog!
I tried my hand at blogging back in 2006, 2010, and 2013, but I had no idea how to get those websites up and running properly.
I was afraid to invest in certain tools, I was choosing to use free sites that limited how my blogs looked and operated, and that drove me crazy!
I was ALWAYS working on the technical side of blogging and that was my biggest regret of all!
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to write about either, or how to layout my posts because I was laser-focused on my site design and its functionality.
And don’t even get me started on monetizing… I had no clue how to do that back then either.
I took my frustrations out on myself, thinking that I wasn’t cut out for blogging. Can you believe that?
I thought that blogging wasn’t for me and with the limited information that was out there at the time, I became confused and irritated with the whole journey.
Back then the resources were limited, and I could only WISH to have the guides and mentors that are available today!
C’est la vie! (that’s life!)
So I want you to know that…
I’ve been in your shoes and I know how you feel!
I want you to know that I’ve been there, I know what it feels like to be lost and confused when starting out on a new path.
But you know what?!!!
I knew that I could do better and I KNOW that you can do better too!
I now make money, EVERY SINGLE DAY!
And nope that is not a joke. (*Pssst, on Dec 17th, 2019, I made $560 in ONE DAY! It’s real money, and it’s growing steadily)
I make money off of display advertisements (which I’ll explain further down below), and I also make money off of affiliate marketing, (which I’ll also explain why you need to start a blog with WordPress for that).
I’ll quickly tell you why you need a WordPress blog, and then I’ll leave it in your hands to decide if blogging really is for you.
Starting A Blog Is Super Easy With This Step-By-Step Guide!
The reason why I started my blog was the persistent drive of my inner calling.
This calling pushed me to take control of my life and start my journey as a blogger (with this blog!).
So if you want to finally start blogging and follow your inner calling, then I am glad you’re here, and this guide is for you!
But before we start the guide, I just want to explain that if you feel that you don’t need my help? You can totally skip the guide and do it yourself.
It’s really not that hard to figure out and you can refer back if you need it.
So you can go ahead and Sign up with Bluehost right here.
Sometimes all you need to do is make the decision to START what you’ve been meaning to start all along!
So let’s go over the reasons why you need to have total control over your blog!
Why Is Having Full Control Over Your Blog So Important?
Having full control over your blog (like being self-hosted) means that you will be able to monetize it… That’s why!
Having full control over your blog means that you can potentially turn your blog/hobby into a lucrative full-time job OR side hustle if that’s what you are after.
While we’re talking about it…. why would you want to set the glass ceiling over you by choosing the free options?
If I’ve learned anything about blogging (trust me I’ve learned a lot!) is that allowing your blog to have infinite possibilities (from the start!) is the best way to start your online presence.
I wish I started with WordPress and Bluehost back then.
Imagine creating something great that will benefit your readers and at the same time, being able to make a profitable living from it?
It’s a no-brainer if you ask me!
Free Hosting Sites will Limit You…
Now, let’s get into why you are here to begin with (to start a self hosted blog with Bluehost!) and why free hosting platforms will really hinder your success.
Free hosting sites like Blogspot, Blogger or WordPress free domain DO NOT and WILL NOT allow you to monetize your blog (aka by placing advertising from ad providers or even affiliate links on your blog !).
Also, if you are thinking about going with WIX?
Don’t start your blog with build your own sites!
They don’t compare to WordPress and will waste your time!
At first, I started my website with WIX then transferred it over to Bluehost.
Since then I’ve had to put far less emphasis on running the technical side of my site! Bluehost even walked me through the whole process of transferring over.
They are that good!
Also, did you know that a self-hosting provider allows you to place affiliate links and advertisements on your blog?
Make sure you have total control over your blog.
Because by making sure that you have total 100% control over your blog, it gives you free rein to link, advertise and MONETIZE your blog with whomever company you choose, so that you can make coin!
You really should learn from me and the other bloggers (that agree with me) and finally start the blog of your dreams, instead of wasting your precious time with the technicalities of your site.
By being self-hosted and investing in a good hosting provider like Bluehost, you can have a sense of relief that your blog will be protected, with the future possibility of making a passive income from it.
Free hosting sites have total control over your blog and some blogs have even been known to just disappear!
I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t imagine having all of my hard work go for nothing. Yikes!
Second, Look To The Blogging Greats…
Since you’ve already figured out that owning your blog is vital for success.
Look to the Blogging Greats and you’ll notice that they are all Self Hosted with Bluehost!
Because as much as being self-hosted is so important, that’s not the only reason why I chose Bluehost…
Bluehost was recommended to me by my most favorite bloggers, and that’s the real reason why I chose Bluehost to start my blog!
I couldn’t resist signing up after the likes of blogger giants like;
1. Rosemarie Groner (The Busy Budgeter)
2. Sarah Titus (Sarahtitus.com)
3. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner (Making Sense of Cents)
ALL of these top bloggers all give Bluehost such amazing reviews!
And I give Bluehost a great review because it’s been SO stable for me… even being at 150,000 pageviews a MONTH!
Plus, these three blog giants are super successful, so following in their footsteps IS a great idea if you ask me.
So, what does a hosting company provide?
A hosting company is where you stow all your blog’s memory, pictures, videos and it’s essentially where your visitors go to visit your blog. It’s important to choose the right host, so you still own your blog.
Your WordPress Theme being supported by Bluehost will be the best blogging decision that you will ever make!
If you take the necessary steps today to start the blog of your dreams?
Know that self-hosting is your best chance for survival and success.
So before we start, I know that signing up for new things can be really scary in the beginning.
But I can assure you that my blog (this blog!) is using Bluehost (*It’s April 2020 and Everything Abode receives over 300,000 page views in 30 consecutive days) and I wouldn’t recommend it to you if I wasn’t absolutely 100% happy with their services.
Don’t WASTE your money paying higher rates when you should be building your blog up to great page views before you even think about transferring your blog to faster servers.
I waited till after 250,000 views a month to spend more money! Stick with Bluehost as I did. Trust me on this!!!
It’s not worth your money to go with something more expensive since you’re so new and just starting out.
Discovering all the possibilities is just a simple step by step guide away… and you are here, so that really means something! Just go for it!
Once you get to Bluehost, click the green ‘get started now’ button.
Step #2. Choose blogs & portfolio
Step #3. Choose the Basic Plan
Start by choosing the BASIC plan, which you can only get through my special link here.
The Plus and Prime plans are for when your site gets a lot of traffic, so for now, just choose the basic plan as I did.
Step #4. Choose Your Blog’s Name (URL) and hosting 3 years in the drop-down box
Once you sign up for Bluehost, you’ll be asked to create your domain name. This is extremely important because this is your blog’s name!
Your domain name is the identification and the location of your blog & your blog’s domain name is part of your URL.
Example: http://your blog’s name goes here.com.
Also, make sure you secure the name you choose on all the appropriate social media platforms, especially Pinterest!
Step #5. Fill out Package Info with code guard.
When you fill out your package info, make sure that you double-check that your plan is for 36 months and only select the domain privacy protection. Also, after you are done make sure to check out this post where I tell you some FREE plugins that will protect your site. You don’t need anything more than this. This is what I did and it was fine for me!
Step #6. Fill in your billing Info
Your basic info goes in here. I know it can be scary filling out your personal info online and I can assure you, I was nervous too, but you are in good hands with Bluehost and this guide that you are following along with.
Step #7. Provide Payment Info
Fill in your credit card information, make sure to click the ‘I have read and agree to Bluehost’s Terms of service’ and then click the green ‘SUBMIT’ button.
Remember, I took these exact steps and I make well over $5,000 a month blogging from home now. You can do it!!
Step #8. Create your secured password
If you used my links for Bluehost, then WordPress is going to be automatically set up for you. This will make your life so much easier.
First, you’ll just need to set up a password for your account.
You will receive an email confirmation from Bluehost…
- Go to your email provider
- Confirm your email with Bluehost
- Create a strong password that you’ll remember
Step #9. Sign in to your Bluehost account with the password that you created
Sign in to your Bluehost account with the password that you created. Fill in your username or domain name and enter the password that you chose. Click the blue ‘submit’ button to enter your Bluehost Cpanel.
Step #10. Install WordPress with the one-click install in Bluehost
Now that you are in Bluehost you will want to find your c-panel now, which can be found in the “Accounts Tab” so we can install your new WordPress blog.
- In your c-panel, you will see a ‘Website’ TAB, with an ‘INSTALL WORDPRESS’ icon. Select the ‘INSTALL WORDPRESS’ icon and press ENTER.
- Next, you will have to enter your domain ‘site name’ and site info (pretty easy)
- You will then need to find your domain name in the little drop-down menu to click it.
- Click “INSTALL”.
Step #11. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard
Enter your website domain in the browser with “/wp-admin” at the end. It should look like the above image!
This is what it looks like for me every day I log into my blog!
Step #12. YOU DID IT, You Now Have A Blog! Congrats to you!
Congratulations, you now have your very own blog space that is only reserved for you.
Now go start creating great content! I know you can do it!
If you’ve gotten to the end of this post, you can sign up for Bluehost here, if you haven’t clicked on the sign-up button yet.
Starting a profitable blog may seem daunting at first, but I encourage you to push past the comfort.
I had absolutely no idea how to use WordPress and Bluehost when I started, and that’s why I am so passionate about teaching others what I’ve learned.
Now, if you need any help while you are taking this guide, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to assist you!
PSST – LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BLOGGING? CHECK OUT MY RESOURCES PAGE ON WHAT I PERSONALLY USE TO POWER THIS SITE!
Now that you have a blog… Here are some posts on blogging to help you get started!
- 6 Blogging Questions You Should Ask Yourself!
- 17 Tips You Need To Know Before You Start A Blog!
- Why You Need To Know About “Nofollow” Links If You Are a Blogger!
Before You Go…
What are you MOST excited about blogging?! I’d love to help you out and hear your thoughts about this! Let me know about them in the comments below!
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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