Oh, the question of the century… How to Start a Blog? Everyone is always asking me about my blog and how I even got started. Before I started blogging, I had no idea what a blog even was but as I started to little by little get more involved I fell in love with writing, photography, the blogging community and even make some money!
When I started blogging back in 2011, I began on blogger which was a free platform and that was great for a newbie, but I quickly realized in order to be taken seriously in the blogging world and also to brands I needed my own domain name and a self-hosted website (I chose Bluehost). There are two questions that popped in my mind when I first decided to make the switch from a free platform to a self-hosted platform: One was how much would it cost? You will be surprised to know it will only cost you the domain name (which is fairly cheap) and then under $5 a month for hosting fees. The second question I had was, Don’t I need to grow my blog before I make the switch to self-hosted? My answer for that is no, you need to start with a great foundation which includes amazing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and also the plugins and great resources to add to your blog make it worth every penny! It seems very scary I know, but it’s actually not that hard and I can walk you through the steps!
1.Sign Up for Bluehost
Visit Bluehost and pick which plan is best for you. If you are just starting out I recommend the starter plan because you can always upgrade later on.
2.Buy a Domain Name
Next you will need to buy a domain name if you don’t already have one. Domain names are fairly cheap and a great investment! The easiest way is to buy one straight through Bluehost but if you already have a domain name just enter it in and Bluehost will give you great step by step instructions to change it over.
3. Install WordPress
After you receive your Welcome Email from Bluehost you should be able to log in to your account. You will want to go to the CPanel and click Install WordPress.
Follow the steps and your new blog is installed! Now you just need to give your blog a theme to make it look nice! I will go over that in a later post but for now I do recommend Genesis themes!
I hope I made starting a blog easy for you! Let me know if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.
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