Today you will learn about how easy it is to set up a blog, as a new side hustle and how it is one of the easy ways to make money in 2020.
You will learn how to set up a blog on your own and how to set up a WordPress blog specifically.
Blogging has changed my life and I'm am super excited this year, to see earnings grow from my blog. Plus, it didn't cost me a lot to set up!
Below I have included a discounted price for you, to set up your own blog. I personally negotiated this with Bluehost for all you, so you can set up a blog for cheap also. Through my link, you also get a free domain name into the bargain!
Act quickly though, because I'm not sure how long this great value price will be around!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Bluehost, and will receive a commission if you sign up through my referral link. This is at no additional cost to you, and you will get great pricing and a free domain name through my link.
Click here to start a blog on WordPress and follow my step-by-step guide below.
If you are looking to start your blog for a cheap price, then choosing Bluehost maybe the answer to your hosting needs.
Personally, in my first few months of blogging, I found them incredibly quick and helpful when solving issues as they arose.
Blogging has been one of the best things I have ever decided to do.
It has led me to be able to share my ideas with the world, to side hustle and earn extra income, all from the comfort of my own home.
Reasons people start a blog
- Greater flexibility with working
- See more of your kids
- Travel and work
- Not limit your earning potential
Read my interviews with bloggers already making 5 and 6 figures every month:
Anyone can earn money from a blog, and the brilliant thing is that you will be able to make the money back for your blog hosting so quickly, because it is so cheap!
Bluehost was one of the top companies for hosting in 2019. You can begin your blog with them for for as small a price as £3.25 ($3.95) a month (this is only available through my link)
Also, if you sign up through my link, then you will get your domain for free if you purchase a 12 month or longer hosting plan (a $15 value).
I highly recommend signing up for the 12 month hosting plan through Bluehost.
It's so cheap and you can also save a lot by choosing at least a 12 month plan. The best value plan to choose would be the 36 month plan. You will save loads more money in the long term and not have to worry about hitting renew.
Why not use a free blogging platform?
When you start your blog, you are wanting to make money to replace your income eventually right?
Free platforms are not seen as professional platforms to host your content.
You may wish to :
- promote other people's products (affiliate marketing)
- write sponsored content
- be in partnership with brands
- make money from adverts hosted on your site
All these things, that you can make fabulous amounts of money from will not be possible. This is because major companies and advertisers will run a mile from as they don't see these types of platforms as truly professional as self-hosted WordPress blogs.
This is another massive reason to try Bluehost.
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Reasons to try Bluehost
- It is an easy to understand package, which is especially useful for beginners or likewise for the more experienced blogger.
- They offer great customer service and fast trouble shooting. Security is great!
- You get a free blog domain
- WordPress through Bluehost is completely free.
- Bluehost offer a guarantee that if it is not for you, then they will give you your money back. (If you get confused as to which plan to pick, which length of time, pricing, or anything else, drop me an email and I'll help out).
- You will be self-hosted which means that if you want to make money from your site, you don't have to start all over again.
- Bluehost is so affordable because all you have to pay for is the web hosting. They offer plans from as cheap as $3.95 or £3.25 a month. You get your own website that can be monetized, all for the price of just over one coffee a month!
- Bluehost will make it super easy to set up a WordPress blog.
So now you need to head over to Bluehost, if you are thinking of starting your blog.
Even though there are many hosting providers, out there, I can say honestly that Bluehost is one of the best.
Many bloggers use Bluehost because of all the above reasons.
They really are a fab hosting provider to help you with your hosting needs.
If you are considering starting a blog on Bluehost and you are interested in learning how to get started with a blog on WordPress , continue below.
Remember I am always here to help you through this process (email me if you are not sure about pricing, hosting options, or anything to do with your blog setup).
Set up a WordPress blog on Bluehost
Choose a domain name and register it
You can click here to buy a domain name and create a blog, then follow the steps below.
Bluehost gives you an option of whether to use a domain already in existence, or to create one.
Advice for this, is to think very carefully at this point.
I think, on reflection, my domain name could have been shorter!
- Make your domain snappy and hard hitting, but simple and different to anything else you have seen.
- Reflect your niche in your domain name
- It shouldn’t be too long, or hard to spell, as this will lead to your audience not reaching out to you.
- Check there isn't a similar domain name out there already.
- Check social media sites you plan to use to promote your blog – is your domain name used already by someone else? If you match your domain name to your social media account name, this will make you easier to find amongst the mass of information on the internet!
- Make a list of possible domain names and discuss with other people, to get their ideas and reactions.
The other thing to consider is how private you want your name. Personally, I didn’t want my name out there, so I have opted for something purely reflecting that I am blogging about budgeting.
I made a list of possible website names and discussed them with other people to gauge their reactions to them. This is always a method I use. I strongly believe that two heads are better than one. Budgeting is a Challenge won because it reflected our struggles with balancing our finances and also made us laugh – we agreed that we do find money management a challenge!
Once you have crafted the perfect domain name, you need to register it so nobody else out there can get their hands on it!
Enter your account information and package choice
Next, Bluehost will ask for account information.
Here I chose the option of the 12 month package, which is slightly more expensive month on month, but again, I could have always edited this further down the line.
Crucially with this approach, I needed to add a reminder to my calendar, to remind myself to renew my blog, as I didn’t want all my hard work disappearing after 12 months – nightmare!
The 36 month package is the cheapest option month on month. But again, your choice depends entirely on your initial circumstances.
Remember also, if your from the UK, to change the country -it is autoset to the US.
Bluehost at this point, will also ask you to make full payment. Bear in mind, with this package, you will receive your primary domain for free!
Payment to Bluehost
Next, you will be through to the payment screen. Enter in your payment information, select the checkbox, and click “submit”.
I wouldn’t worry about the extras at this point – you could always add them later.
Create a secure Password
Next you need to create a secure password for your account.
A combination of letters, lower case and uppercase, numbers and characters make for a secure password.
Select the “create your password” button. Create your password, select the check box, and click “next”.
Nice one – you did it! Brilliant!
Now login and you will be able to install WordPress. This the screen you will see next.
Click on the ‘start building’ button. This will bring you to the screen below.
You need to choose either ‘Business’ or ‘Personal’ for your site. I chose business because I wanted to set up my money making blog from the start.
Then you will be directed to your WordPress dashboard, which looks like this.
As you can see from your dashboard, Bluehost allows you to edit your site, until it meets your desired standards, without anyone seeing it.
When you are ready for your site to be seen, hit the blue ‘Launch’ button.
Now you need to name your site. Type your site name into the “Site Title” area.
Look at a tagline for your blog. For example my tagline is “Money Inspiration. Life, Travel and Value”.
If you decide to use a tagline, type it in the “Site Description” box. Click “Next Step” when done.
Woohoo! You’ve sorted it! Now you can login to your WordPress dashboard and set up your website.
Login to your WordPress dashboard
Logging into your website is easy, through the blue ‘Login to WordPress’ button. This is the editing centre of your website.
Check for an email from “Mojo Marketplace”.
This is really important, as it contains your website URL, your WordPress admin login URL, and your WordPress login username.
Choose a theme
A theme is basically what makes your website look attractive and easy to navigate for a reader. Personally I have tried a few of the free WordPress themes, but I found I couldn’t quite achieve the look I wanted.
I bought a theme from Themeforest, which gave me increased flexibility with my content organisation, social media icons and sliders. Your theme determines many other aspects such as: colours, hover buttons, navigation bar colours, fonts, and even headers.
The purchase also provided me with a 6 months free support package from the author, who always contacted me very quickly. My theme is called ‘Tansy’ and I love it! It is quite feminine but with a modern edge.
You could choose to code your own theme, but I decided I wanted to focus on learning how to produce content,with a ready made theme.
You’re all set up and ready to go on your blog journey!
Remember that you can always get in touch if you need any help or guiding through the steps.
Below are a couple of things to think seriously about, if you are wanting to develop a blog that makes money.
Monetize your blog from the beginning
I know your head is banging now, but I wish someone had shared these two courses with me from the beginning.
They are well worth the investment, as you will:
- approach your blog in a business-like way from the beginning.
- learn what SEO is and how to use it in a user-friendly way for your audience
- make money through affiliate marketing
- gain an insight into who your competitors are, how they get traffic and how they use that traffic to make money.
Stupid Simple SEO
The first course I recommend is Stupid Simple SEO. Mike Pearson has a proven strategy, that works for any website.
It has led to my blog being so much more visible on Google.
I have several posts now on Page 1 of Google thanks to Mike! This means I have more than doubled my organic traffic sessions per month.
The course is available at various points in the year - the next launch is early this year, so keep checking.
At the time, it cost me $297 but this was soooo worth it!
Mike always updates the course, so it moves with Google. You will NEVER need another SEO course - don't waste your money on any other course.
Find out more about Stupid Simple SEO.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Another way you can make money blogging is to sell other people's products that you truly would recommend to your own mother.
But how this is done can be tricky - how do you build trust with your audience, offer genuinely excellent products and review them without the traditional hard sell that NEVER works.
Michelle Shroeder's course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing has the answers. Michelle regularly makes $100, 000 a year from her blog Making Sense of Cents, so she is an absolute genius at this.
Her mantra is to be transparent, honest and only recommend products you genuinely believe in and would use yourself.
She guides students through the process of how to write useful reviews and posts that convert into sales. All the way through, she teaches using examples from her site, that have converted massive income for her and have changed her life.
One post, used as a teaching tool, has made her $500, 000 so far and keeps generating income for her.
Learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing