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Starting a blog is a great way to earn extra income on the side. I’d recommend taking a look at my post, How to Start a Meaningful Blog in 2017 before you start typing away at the keyboard. You can’t expect to slap a blog together with duct tape and glue and expect the money to start pouring in. It takes research, work, and a LOT of patience. In my first week of starting Climb To Million, I learned about a bunch of things that I never even knew existed. Affiliate marketing, WordPress, Email Lists, just to name a few.
Once you’re ready to dive into the world of blogging, you’ll need to do a few things first. I’m here to walk you through the process.
1. Select your Plan and Register a Domain
I personally recommend using Bluehost for your hosting plan and domain registration. It’s inexpensive and the entire registration process will take you ~5 minutes. Well, excluding the time it will take you to think of a clever domain name. I must have gone through hundreds of options before I landed on ClimbToMillion. Since you’ll be locking yourself in with that domain for a while, it’s best to spend some time and put some thought into this.
After clicking my exclusive link, it’ll bring you to a page that looks like this:
Click that green “get started now” button and move on to the next page.
Next, you’ll select your hosting plan. There are a few different options to choose from, but the “basic” plan will work for you just fine. It’s the one that I went with. If you find yourself needing more in the future, I’m sure it’s no problem to upgrade your plan to the next level. But for now, let’s start with the basic one.
Awesome, good work. Now here comes the difficult part. Choosing your domain name.
As I mentioned above, I must have gone through hundreds of different domains. You want to make sure that you feel confident with the one you choose. Why? Because once you start adding content to your site, you’ll be referencing it all over the place. Also, it’s best to create an email account with your domain as well, to separate your blog away from your personal account. So you want to make sure you pick something that looks nice after “[your name]@…”.
If you already have a domain name, you can sign up with that too.
2.) Creating your Account
After you’ve locked down a solid domain name, it’s time to create your account. This process is fairly straightforward.
Then, select your package information. If you’re planning on sticking around for a while, go with the longer term subscription. It’ll be a larger upfront cost, but you’ll end up saving more money down the road.
There are some extra plans you can select on top of your hosting plan. These are completely up to you. I believe I went Domain Privacy Protection. Seemed like decent value for the price. I have another domain through a different host and I remember just getting spam calls all the time, trying to sell me something. This way, it hides your contact information so they can’t find you. At least I hope that’s what it does.
Enter your payment information, check the box that you agree to their terms, and click “Submit”! It’s that easy.
3.) Connect to WordPress
Once you’ve registered your domain and selected your hosting plan, it’s time to sync up your site with the WordPress platform. After you log in, you should see something that looks like this. Click the “Install WordPress” icon.
It’ll take you to the MOJO Marketplace. I wanted to take screenshots of each step, but I’m not entirely sure if it’ll change anything with my current site. I didn’t want to take the risk. If you have any questions through this process, I’d be more than happy to help.
There will be a step where you create a WordPress username and password for your admin account. This is what you use to log into the platform. Once it’s setup, you’ll be able to go http://[yourdomain.com]/wp-admin. This is where you’ll be able to manage your entire site.
That’s it, just 3 easy steps to get up and running with a WordPress blog through Bluehost. Now, it’s time to start adding content to your blog.
If you have any questions on this process, don’t hesitate to contact me directly. I’ve learned so much from starting Climb To Million; connected with other awesome bloggers, gained so much knowledge about personal finance, and it’s helped me become a better writer in general. How has it helped you? Comment below!