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“Oh my Gawwwd you have to staawtt a blog!” Did you read that as Fran Drescher? You should have. If you love expressing yourself, sharing ideas and helping others….you really need to learn how to start a blog.
With blogging you have control! Myself, I want to be traveling, growing my own food and bettering people’s lives. I have no desire to sit behind a desk, realizing someone else’s dream.
What is hosting?
Hosting provides a secure server where your website’s information is stored. It’s also what makes your website available online. Bluehost has done a phenomenal job streamlining the setup process. I knew that when I signed up with Bluehost that I was going to make a difference in my finances. The investment is minimal and refundable. You get to work with a company that stands behind their product 100%. Most importantly, you get to explore a new source for making money. There’s nothing to regret.
Why is WordPress the blogging platform for you?
WordPress.org makes creating a professional, versatile blog come together in minutes. Endless themes, widgets, and plugins are available. You can make your site function just as you wish. If you are considering starting a blog, get hosting from the start. The domain is free with Bluehost. The ultimate treat is that WordPress is also FREE through Bluehost.
So you’re ready!
I’ll get you started with or without an existing WordPress account. This process is simple and definitely proves you don’t need to pay for set up.
Think of your domain name.
Start a list of favorite words and phrases. What do you like about other blog names? Are they descriptive? Are they inspiring? What do you want to convey to your reader? Think about what you want to carry out and what you want to represent.
*Choose a domain that is easy to type, say and remember.
*Use a .com domain. It looks more professional than a .biz or .net. If your blog domain name isn’t available on .com go back to the drawing board because it’s important.
*Remember it’s a blog name not a sentence. Keep it to a couple of words.
*Be mindful of typecasting. ‘Saralovescoupons’ sounds like a pretty good name, right? Your blog might have coupon help, amazing recipes and tons of kids activities. However you don’t want to direct people to your site just based on coupons, because your other content might get missed.
Bluehost is recognized as one of the most affordable and reliable hosting companies available. You can start your own blog with Bluehost for $3.95 a month. Bluehost partnered with WordPress to create a 1 Click Install, you’ll be up and running in under 15 minutes.
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With Bluehost you receive a free domain ($15.00 value) to go along with your hosting. I was too intimidated to get my hosting initially, and I still regret not monetizing sooner. Don’t be me.
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Choose the Basic Plan.
The Basic Plan is perfect for new bloggers. The 12 month plan will save you money with a lower monthly rate. Bluehost offers a full refund on yearly plans. Buying upfront you are 100% guaranteed.
Register your new domain name.
It’s completely FREE with your annual hosting plan through The Rising Damsel. If you already have a domain name and plan to transfer to bluehost, take care of that during this step.
Package Add-on Page.
Feel free to explore. You can absolutely add more to your package later on.
Get that plastic out!
I know your excitement has built!! Click, click, click!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You’re the proud owner of a squeaky clean new domain!
Your first inclination might be to hop right onto WordPress.org…STOP! Remember that lovely one click install that Bluehost promised? That starts now.
Check your email for the 1 click Install.
You’ll receive a link in your ‘Welcome’ email from Bluehost. This will bring you to your new ‘CPanel’ on Bluehost. Select begin installation.
*From Bluehost.com after you log in: click ‘Hosting’, then click ‘CPanel’. Next click on the ‘WordPress’ icon under the ‘Website’ section (this is if you don’t go through the email link.)
Click the drop down to select your domain.
Select the domain you want to host on. WordPress will be officially kicked into gear and will begin the installation process. Yay!
Choose your Admin Username and Password.
Next you will see ‘Advanced Options’. This is where you will choose your username and password for your WordPress.org website. Choose something unique and secure. You will want to check ‘Automatically create a new database for this installation.’ If you already have a database, you can unclick that box. If you’re not sure, then you probably don’t have one, just let it create a new one.
Click Install Now!
Remember to save your username and password. Voila! You can now login to your WordPress.org site!
Blogging 101: Keep reading to get all the basics up and running so you can start your normal posting schedule!
Genesis Framework made by Studiopress is my choice theme. All the themes at StudioPress are expertly crafted. Genesis is especially loved by businesses and blog owners. With customizable features and the flawless professional appearance, it can’t beat. Their Genesis Code Snippets go above and beyond to help give you detailed instructions on anything you could ever want to change. Please be aware this information is for a site on WordPress.org. If you are not self hosted. I love and recommend Bluehost for my hosting and could not be more satisfied.
Make a Logo and Add as Header.
This is your first impression on your reader! Edit your photo in Canva or in Picmonkey to create a logo within minutes. *It’s a good idea to create brand cohesion by setting one of your logo colors as a ‘link’ color.* To add your header, you will need to click Appearance –> Customize. The customize dashboard will look different from the previous menu. Select ‘Header Image’ and then click ‘Add New’. The image will be resized to fit automatically.
Everyone tells you to think about your niche. My advice is different from most. Throw that dirty niche out the window! Your life experiences can be what motivates you to write everyday. Here are some questions to get you thinking: What’s important to you? Who is in your life and how do they influence your day-to-day activities? What are your goals? Where do you live? How do you live? What are you changing? What do you enjoy? Answers to these questions will keep you motivated. Create your own niche. You don’t have to conform to anything. What’s important is that you blog consistently. In connecting with your own genuine content your readers will relate to your sincerity and keep coming back for more!
Profile Picture and Welcome Message.
Everyone will want to see your beautiful face! Canva and Picmonkey are your new best friends. Insert your picture by navigating to Appearance –> Widgets and searching ‘Image (Jetpack)’. Drag your widget to where you would like it to appear on your blog while still in the widgets section.
Let your reader learn about you with an ‘About’ category. What makes you unique, and should I trust you? You’re creating credibility as well as making a friend. Add pictures and make yourself memorable. This is a great area to highlight your credentials, achievements, and where your blog has been featured. This is a prime space for your favorite posts to get your readers involved.
Make it easy for your readers and affiliates to contact you with a ‘Contact’ page. You never know when someone will come knocking on your blog door to set up ongoing ad space. You might even score some freebies! If your information isn’t easily accessible you could get passed up. It’s a good idea to get an email address specifically for your blog.
When deciding what to write about, blog categories will provide clarity. It also allows your reader to quickly scan your site and zero in on what interests them. *First you need to write a post, and only then will you be able to add it to your menu bar.*
Think about your categories as you would pinterest boards.
Here are some suggestions for categories to get you started:
Foodie Blog – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sandwiches, Desserts, Quick Meals
Mommy Blog – Work at Home, Dollar Store Crafts, Travel with Kids, Potty Training, Couponing
Mommy Blog – Family Wellness, Losing Baby Weight, Breastfeeding Tips, Health and Postpartum
Lifestyle Blog – Travel, Recipes, Outfits, Health, Organization
Lifestyle Blog – Fashion, Makeup, DIY Beauty, Exercise, Fit Meals
Lifestyle Blog – Crafts, Style, Photography, Money Saving, Blog Help
Craft Blog – Make your Own Clothes, DIY Accessories, Homemade goods, Thrifted Revamps
Money Saver Blog – Cheap Meals, DIY Decor, How to Travel, Thrifty Living, Budgeting Tips.
Sometimes our interests find a way to co-mingle. As you develop your blog, you can introduce sub categories. This helps to break down the category even further.
Highlight all the tools that your blog utilizes. A few examples: Where and how do you earn extra money? What programs do you use to edit your photographs? What are your favorite stores and brand names? It all comes down to what do you use and what works for your blog? Resources are needed from chefs, mommy bloggers, crafters and health gurus to fashionistas and tech bloggers. Success is inspiring. Other people are going to want to know what reputable companies helped you gain that success. Don’t forget to add your affiliate links!
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What will be your main goal for blogging? Are you a master chef or are you planning a mommy blog to supplement your income? I love hearing what inspires others! I can’t wait to hear how your setup went. Please feel free to leave me any questions you may have. I am more than happy to help!