Starting a Blog was one of the BEST things I ever did.

If you’re on the fence, allow me to push you to the side that is telling your “YES! Go for it!”.

Blogging is a great way to connect with people who share your passions, interests and hobbies. It’ also an amazing creative outlet and such a wonderful way to challenge yourself. It also happens to be a great way to make money!

I’ve listed out all the details on how to start a profitable blog in The Business Blogging Blueprint eBook, which you can download below. While this eBook will cost you nothing (that’s right, it’s FREE), you will need to be ready to invest some time and hard work.

Ready to get started? Let’s jump into it!

Whether you are Hobby Blogging or business blogging, it’s important you are setting yourself up for success from day 1! Here are the first three crucial steps to setting up your new blog:

  1. Pinpoint your niche.
  2. Pick your blog name.
  3. Set up your blog with a reputable host that provides great options to secure your site.

 

Pinpoint your Niche

Your niche is your target audience. It is the group of people you want to reach and attract to your cite. Chances are, as soon as you decided to start a blog, you already knew what topic you wanted to write about. If you aren’t sure, take some time to reflect on what you are both knowledgeable and passionate about. If you need more help pinpointing, you can download the Business Blogging Blueprint. It has a “Picking your Niche” worksheet.

Picking your blog Name

Your blog name says a lot about you (and your blog)! Be unique! A fun play on words is always a great way to help people remember your blog name. Make a fresh cup of coffee, pen and paper and start a brainstorming session! Get your partner or best friend in on it and talk through ideas.  Once you’ve got a good idea of the direction you would like to go with your blog name, let’s make sure it’s available by following the steps below to sign up with BlueHost.

Set Up Your Blog with a Reputable and Reliable Host

A quick reference before we jump into this next section:

Your domain is the address visitors will type in to get to your blog.

A hosting site is a company that provides the services for your blog to be the internet.

WordPress is the online tool you use to design and publish content for your blog.

A website host if the company who makes your website available on the internet.  I’ve been with BlueHost since Day 1. I have added so much content to my site in the past year and have never experienced a slow down or glitch in the site. Plus, traffic is growing by the month. Other hosts make you pay based on visitors and as you get up there, it can get pretty pricey.

Get Started

To get started with BlueHost, Click the Green Get Started button below. The sign up process will open in a new tab so you can still refer back to this page for sign up instructions.

 

Select a Plan

BlueHost offers a variety of plans. Read over the features and select the one that works best for your budget.

Sign up for your domain

This is the most exciting part of this process. Let’s check to see if the domain you want is still up for grabs.

(psst… and if it isn’t don’t be discouraged. My original blog name wasn’t either and it ended up working out better for me!)

Enter your domain name under the “new domain” section and hit next.

Tip: Always go with .com. Your blog name should be easy for followers to remember and .net, .co or .org are not the assumptive ending to a domain by most people.

Once you have your domain name, grab it before it’s gone! The next step you will need to complete to secure it is your account information.

Hosts bill on an annual basis which is EXTREMELY convenient for bloggers. You can select to pay for 1, 2 or 3 years up front. I went with just 1 year when I first signed up. You can adjust the time frame on the top drop down under “account plan”.

Read up on the “extras” before moving forward.

Next, you will need to enter your billing information:

Once you’ve completed this, YOU OWN YOUR DOMAIN! CONGRATS! Create your password so you are able to access your account:

You will also receive an email from BlueHost to confirm and activate your domain. Be sure to do this crucial step as well!

Ready to jump into the technical stuff? Let’s dive into getting WordPress installed on your Website so you can start designing, writing, sharing and blogging your little heart out!

Once you have set your password, you will be given the option to log in.

From here, BlueHost will ask you to choose a theme. I suggest you do not take on this task right now. There is a pre-installed theme on WordPress that will do the job while you are still discovering and creating your brand. You might not know EXACTLY what you want your site to look like yet visually. Once you have a basic idea of your brand, you can pick a theme. So click “Or, go to my BlueHost Account”

As I mentioned earlier, you want to make sure your site is secure. Google will be more inclined to put your page at the top of it’s searches if it knows you have taken this step. You will not be able to activate your free SSL certificate that BlueHost provides until your site has been active for 24 hours. Once you’ve passed this mark, view this post on how to activate it.

Let’s start designing! Click here to read about which themes I use and the 10 things you need to consider before installing.

Once you’ve set yourself up with BlueHost, download the Business Blogging Blueprint. It’s a free eBook to help you build a solid foundation for your blog, including how to pick and install a theme, how to build email subscribers, how to write great content and so much more!

Once you’ve got your blog live and a few good blog posts completed, read the Pinning for Pageviews eBook. It has my exact special recipe I used to Pinterest to grow my blog like crazy (and it’s not just me, a ton of brand new bloggers are sharing how it has worked for them too! Check that out here.)

If you are interested in monetizing your site, you’ll want to download the Master Affiliate Marketing eBook. It lays out the strategy I use to make a full-time living off my parenting and pregnancy blog.

The Free Resource Library is constantly growing with blog post on how to optimize your blog. Check back often for new material and be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you can catch my new pins as soon as I post new material!

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