Have you ever thought about starting your own blog? Do you wish you could make money from home by blogging? You’re in the right place.
This is your beginner step-by-step guide on how to easily start a self hosted wordpress blog. Wow, what in the world does any of that mean? I’m going to break it down for you and make it incredibly EASY!
Starting a blog has changed my life and allowed me to stay at home with my young family, while creating an income doing something I’m passionate about.
Are you just getting started and have no idea where to begin? There is so much information online and I know it can feel overwhelming. Creating a blog isn’t hard. You just need all the right information in one place.
Click here to start a blog on WordPress and then use the tutorial below for simple instructions on how to set it up.
Remember, take it one step at a time and if you have any questions just shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m honestly happy to help. Really!
If you haven’t yet, I recommend you sign up for our FREE 5-Day How To Start A Blog Course. We share all our tips and tricks, give you customized support, show you how to make money and dive into a lot more exclusive details.
WHO SHOULD START A BLOG?
Anyone! If you have something to say, a passion to share or a business to promote then blogging can be for you. I’m so glad I took the jump and started Mom’s Healthy Habits. It felt intimidating in the beginning but has been such a positive outlet and way to make great money. I am able to have a flexible schedule, travel freely and work from home.
Keeping it real – it has consumed more hours, commitment and persistence than I expected but when you’re loving what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I love how much purpose it’s brought to my life.
FIND YOUR “NICHE”
When you get started in blogging you’ll hear this word thrown around everywhere. A “niche” is a topic you focus your website and the content you’ll be writing about. Examples: lifestyle (a bit of everything), parenting, finance, video gaming, recipes, hair/beauty – etc.
It’s important to specify what your blog is about so your viewers know what to expect from you and it will help you create a loyal following.
My “niche” is saving during parenthood. Saving your sanity (parenting & relationship advice), save your money (how to be debt free/save money/places to get freebies) & teaching others how they can make extra income on the side too.
Every single successful blogger has started from scratch. I am no different from you and I don’t come from a tech background. Consistency, passion and hard work is all it takes. We’ve all started in the same place *mic drop*
WHAT IS A DOMAIN?
Your domain is your address on the internet. For example mine is: www.momshealthyhabits.com and I go by the name Mom’s Healthy Habits.
Do research before deciding on your name. Social media is a powerful tool for branding and promoting your content. Make sure it’s Domain, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest names are all available.
How do you know if a domain is available?
Click Here to search for available domain names – then at the top of the page (3rd in) hit “domains.”
Now try some plugging in some ideas. If it isn’t available it will tell you right away and give you other options.
When in doubt or if you can’t figure out a domain that isn’t taken: use your own name. Please don’t stress about this part – your content matters 100% more, I promise!
You can try it as many times as you like but DON’T BUY YOUR DOMAIN YET. I can get you a domain name for FREE below. I want to make sure you have all the information before we get there.
WHAT IS WORDPRESS?
WordPress is the “backend” of your site. It’s how you post your content and set up the way you want it to look.
WordPress is the #1 most popular platform in the world because it has no limitations on how you want to customize your material. WordPress is so versatile that there are hundreds of YouTube tutorials and support forums that guarantee you’ll never be “stuck.” That makes it the most powerful blogging platform, period.
Wix, Blogger, WordPress.com (not .org) – are all different providers that include their own hosting but if you want to own your content and monetize it to make money, you’ll want to go with WordPress.org (which is easy) and a self-hosted site.
WHAT DOES SELF HOST MEAN?
Self hosting is a server that “hosts” your web page and keeps it running 24/7 on the internet.
Why not use a free platform?
It sounds tempting but often it’s only a façade to get your money later. Nothing is free. Think about it, that company needs to make money somehow or they’d go out of business. Plus they are:
- Able to run their own distracting ads on your site
- Almost impossible to monetize to make money
- Have limited options for themes and customization
- Unprofessional URL (example: www.momshealthyhabits.blogspot.com)
The self hosting I personally use and recommend is: Bluehost
Reasons I love Bluehost:
- Perfect for new bloggers (simple, easy to understand and effective)
- Fast webpage loading speed
- 30 day money back guarantee
- FREE website builders
- #1 Recommended self hosting (by wordpress.org) and includes easy 1-click wordpress installation
- 24/7 support
- Affordable plans
CHOOSE YOUR HOSTING PACKAGE
Select the package you’d like (I recommend the basic plan since it’s really all you need) and a great deal at 50% off the original price.
On the next screen you will get a free domain name for signing up for the 12 months (or longer) hosting plans. I started with the 36 month plan for additional savings as well as to keep me committed and accountable to making my blog a success.
Next is simply payment and if you want to add any extras to your hosting plan. It is completely up to you but I didn’t in the beginning (until I started making money). This is a feature you can add at any time in the future.
Make sure you un-tick any boxes you don’t wish to add your plan but I highly recommend you sign up for a minimum of 12 months for a few reasons. You receive lower pricing, a free domain name and you won’t have to deal with an expired website each month. If your domain goes down, you can lose valuable traffic and potential followers. The more years you sign up for, the less you pay.
You will now be prompted to download the wordpress.org (not .com – that’s a totally different site) that will allow you to own your website and give you the freedom to customize it any way you like. You can easily monetize your web page so your blog posts aren’t just being read by your mom (but thanks Mama). They’re easily Pinterest and Google searchable.
You now have an amazing template to get you started.
PICK YOUR THEME
You now have a blank website and it’s time to customize it to show your unique personality and really make it your own.
What is a theme?
WordPress may store your content but a theme designs the way you want it to look.
A theme is a set of files with pre-written code so you can customize your website without having any knowledge of coding.
A theme allows you to change the colors of your menu and display, upload a logo, use various fonts, add a header and footer menu, display blog posts on your home page and so much more.
Not every theme will allow you to make the same customization’s so you need to be selective in what you want.
My free theme story:
When I first got started I chose the free theme “Activello” by Colorlib and it was a big mistake.
The problem was that I’m not super techy or a website programmer. I was trying to create EVERYTHING from scratch and I have no knowledge of code.
I wasted countless days/weeks working on the back end of my website rather than doing what I originally set out to do – create and share my content.
It almost caused me to quit. My passion (and patience) dwindled until I finally made the call to start over and purchase a premium made theme. Time is money and I was wasting too much. It was worth the one time payment for my situation. I have ZERO REGRETS!
This is up to you as there are plenty of free themes. It’s impossible for every theme to be beginner friendly, customize everything without code knowledge and be free.
What is the Genesis Framework?
The Genesis Framework is a frame that stores your website designs separately from your core code.
In English — it doesn’t intertwine your theme with your website code. Without it, if you were to change your theme/design, you’d have to start from scratch every time.
The Genesis Framework creates a sleek professional design that ranks you well in search engines, automatically updates your website and makes your blog both computer and mobile friendly without knowing code. It’s a built in translator.
That means you can change the theme or design of your website at any time without a developer and it will never hurt your search engine ratings or mess up your previous blog posts.
Plus, having 24/7 customer support is a big deal. That alone has been worth the one-time payment for me.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to start putting yourself first and making your own goals come true.
If you’re thinking: I’ve got my hosting and I’ve downloaded WordPress – NOW WHAT?
I highly recommend signing up for our FREE 5-Day Blog eCourse where we teach you what to do next, how to publish your first post, the free essential plug-ins that make blogging easier (and what a plug-in even is) and how to make your WordPress “drag + drop” friendly.
Do you have any comments or questions? Please feel free to reach out anytime and e-mail me: email@example.com
The beginning stages of blogging are so exciting and I’m happy to listen or offer any advice I can!