This is a quick and easy way to start a Blog with Bluehost and WordPress.
You can download the PDF for quick access and reference.
- Choose a blog topic
- Pick a catchy domain name
- Get web hosting (with Bluehost)
- Install a blogging platform (WordPress)
- WordPress theme (we’ll start with Astra)
- Design a Logo
- Write Your First Blog Post
- Start an Email List
- Drive traffic to your blog
- Make money with your blog
1. What’s Your Blog Topic
What do you want to blog about? If you’re starting a hobby blog, you can’t go wrong blogging about what you’re passionate about. What could be better than sharing your love (and knowledge) of this subject with the world?
If you want to blog for money, you need to pick a profitable niche.
Some niches that make money online include:
- Money (personal finance, investing, debt, budgeting, etc.)
- Health, Fitness and/or Weight loss (healthy eating, keto diet, weightlifting, crossfit, running, etc.)
- Lifestyle (parenting, crafts, food, hobby, etc.)
When you see other bloggers having success in a niche, that means it’s a profitable niche to pursue. Doesn’t mean you can’t do a blog on English Foxhound just do your research first and make sure you can produce a lot of content.
2. Pick a catchy domain name
What will you name your blog? This part is exciting. Choose a name that is keyword rich, easy to spell and remember but it’s really it is your content that counts. So don’t get stuck on this step.
3. Get Bluehost Web Hosting
If this is your first blog or if you’re on a budget, I recommend getting your domain name and hosting with Bluehost.
- The best price of any hosting company (less than $5)
- Free domain name included with your hosting account
- The WordPress blogging platform is automatically installed
To get your blog online within the next 15 minutes, follow these steps:
Go to Bluehost and click Get Started.
On the next page, choose the Basic package, that’s all we need.
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After choosing a plan, enter the domain name you chose earlier.
If you just couldn’t make up your mind yet, skip this step by choosing “I’ll create my domain later.”
Now pick a term that best suits your budget.
To get the lowest monthly rate you’ll need to get the 36 month plan. Otherwise you can choose the 12 month plan if you don’t want a long-term commitment.
Price hack: If you’re on desktop move your cursor to close the tab – did you get a pop-up offering a lower price? While it might not work, it doesn’t hurt to try.
Uncheck those package extras, except for privacy protection. You’re going to want to keep that so you don’t get spam and it will keep your information private.
Once you’re ready, submit your payment info and you’re all set!
4. Install WordPress
Once WordPress is installed, take the time to begin familiarizing yourself with the WordPress dashboard – you’re going to spend a lot of time here.
Explore these sections:
Posts Practice adding a test blog post or two. Insert an image into the post, then look at your live blog post and add a comment. You can then go to the Comments section to moderate the comments.
Categories Navigate to Posts > Categories. Come up with 3-5 main blog categories. For a keto diet blog, your categories can be keto recipes, keto meal plans, keto basics. You can change these later.
Pages Pages are standalone pages that are not added to your latest posts. For example an about me page or a contact page.
Menu To create a menu, go to Appearance > Menus. We’ll go over what to put in the menu later.
Plugins Plugins bring added functionality to your blog. To add a plugin you go to Plugins > Add new and search.
Settings Here you can set things like your blog name, tagline, timezone and other various settings. While you’re here, change the following two settings:
Go to Settings > General to add or update your Site Title and Tagline
Go to Settings > Permalinks and make sure it’s set to “Post Name”
5. WordPress Theme (we’ll start with Astra)
In this next step, we’re going to choose a design (also called a blog theme).
Go to Appearance > Themes in WordPress.
The theme I recommend starting with is Astra.
Click here to open a new tab and see what you can do with Astra.
To start with the free version of Astra, go to:
Appearance > Themes > Add new and search for Astra.
Then click on Install and Activate to start using this theme.
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Here’s why I like and recommend starting with Astra: It comes with free starter templates so you can design your blog in minutes!
You can see the list of ready-to-import websites here.
To install the free starter templates, go to:
Plugins > Add new and search for “Starter Templates”. Install and activate the plugin.
6. Get Your Logo
Even if you don’t have one design bone in your body, we’re going to design an awesome logo in the next 5 minutes.
Ready to do this? Giddy up!
First, use this free logo maker from Canva.
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Note: You’ll need to create a free account with Canva to continue.
Once you’re in, simply choose a template, make your desired changes, and save the file.
To add the logo to your blog, go to Appearance > Astra Options > Upload Logo
7. Write Your First Blog Post
Before you go spending all day doing this, keep in mind that nobody is reading your blog. The main goal here is to get this post published just to get the ball rolling on your new blog.
A simple first blog post can be as simple as:
Welcome to My Blog
You will get the latest info on…
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment down below!
Follow me on social media [Twitter] [Facebook] [Pinterest] [Instagram]
If you need more help writing content for your blog, I have guides on:
How to write your first blog post
Writing an about me page
Blog post template
Once you’re done writing your first blog post, hit Publish.
And with that, your blog is officially LAUNCHED!
8. Start Your Email List
Before we open the floodgates and let people see our blog, we need to start an email list first.
You may have heard that “the money is in the list.” It’s true.
That’s because it is difficult to get readers who land on your blog posts to buy something. Most of the time, they show up, read your blog post, and then leave.
An email list is the perfect way to continue the conversation that started on your blog.
When you continue to communicate with your audience and deliver EPIC value, you build trust.
And trust is the magical ingredient necessary to make money blogging.
While you can’t see this now, I’m telling you: your email list will your blog’s most valuable asset.
You can start an email list for free using ConvertKit.
Click here to open a free ConvertKit account.
Once you’re all signed up, the first step is to create a form.
Click on Landing Pages & Forms > Create new > Form > Inline
Choose a template and save the form when you’re ready.
To add the form on your blog you need to install the ConvertKit plugin in WordPress.
Back in WordPress, go to Plugins > Add new and search for ConvertKit.
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To finish setting up the plugin, you need an API key which you can find in your ConvertKit settings.
After that’s done, you can go to Settings > ConvertKit in WordPress to find the form you created earlier and add it to your blog.
If you need more help starting an email list, I have a guide on that too.
9. Get Traffic to Your Blog
After you’ve written a few articles it’s time to start driving traffic to your blog posts. To find out where to promote your blog you need to find out where your audience hangs out.
For most, this means social media sites and search engines. Namely, Google, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
But rather than trying to be everywhere, it’s best to focus on one traffic source at a time.
That’s because there’s a learning curve to getting traffic from each platform. And if you try and learn them all at once, you’ll end up knowing a little bit about each one without mastering any of them.
My recommendation is to start with Pinterest.
Pinterest is the best traffic source for bloggers.
Here’s why I choose Pinterest over the other platforms.
Google search is very competitive and takes a long time to rank in the search results.
Instagram and YouTube aren’t designed to take people off the platform.
and Facebook doesn’t distribute your content unless you pay for ads.
Pinterest on the other hand, is designed to send you traffic.
Here are 3 steps to start promoting your blog on Pinterest:
Step 1. Open a business account, complete your profile, and create boards relevant to your niche.
Step 2. Use Canva to create images (called pins) to promote each of your blog posts.
Step 3. Add the pins to the most relevant board on your profile.
Step 4. To further promote and share your content on Pinterest, use the Tailwind scheduler.
Click here to sign up with Tailwind and share up to 100 pins for free.
Tailwind is a Pinterest-approved scheduler that helps you:
Schedule your pins (the Pinterest algorithm favors those who are active on the platform daily)
Analytics on pin, board, and profile performance
Track new follower growth
Provides collaboration tools to grow your reach
After your new blog starts getting free traffic from Pinterest, the last step is to monetize your blog!
10. Make Money with Your Blog
Finally, it’s time to make money blogging! For this last step, I encourage you to sign up to my free 4-day blogging bootcamp. It is designed for beginner bloggers who want to start a blog to make money – not blog as a hobby.