Everyone has the dream to be self-employed right? Well, I was self employed for almost a decade before I started blogging. I can tell you that it is not worth the trouble if it does not have the potential to provide a great income and freedom to enjoy life more. Blogging has given me both and much more quickly than my other businesses! I am so excited to be able to teach you how to start your own money making blog in 2018!
Never listen to anyone that says blogging is not hard. When you find those types of websites…run…or close the page as quick as possible! That is not someone that you want to listen to! Even if the technical aspect is not hard for you, juggling all that needs to be done to run a successful blog is difficult. Building a profitable blog is hard work but it has been worth every minute! I work when I want to from where I want to. Last week, it was from Panama City Beach, FL! Today it is on my couch in front of the TV while my husband and daughter watch a movie beside me.
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How to start your own money making blog!
You should know that I have read so many (probably too many) blogs and researched every tip I found. I am the type of person to research things for too long before making any decisions. This may slow me down but I never have to doubt my decision. I came across so many things throughout the process of starting my blog and thought “I sure wish someone had told me that.” As I got further along I realized that many of these bloggers have probably never ran a business before and that is why they left out what I felt were crucial details. If you want your blog to make money it needs to be treated as a real business. If you just want to blog as a hobby (which I don’t personally recommend because this is a lot of work!) don’t bother with setting up a real business. You can always turn it into a business later, however that will be more difficult.
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How To Set Up A Blog With Bluehost
All you need to do is click my link below for Bluehost to sign up for your own self-hosted WordPress website then follow my step-by-step instructions below! Using my link gives you access to a free domain! Right click to open in a new window so you can still view the instructions!
Once you click on the link above you will be taken to the Bluehost home page where you should click on the green “Get Started Now” button.
Next you will see the “Select Your Plan” screen. The “Basic” package is plenty to get started but if your budget allows I would go for the “Prime” package. The main reason I recommend this is the domain privacy. It is something you can add to the “Basic” package for .99/month but for only $1.00 more per month you get all the benefits of the “Prime” package.
The next step is to enter your chosen domain name. Think about what you plan to write about and try to choose a relevant name. Many good names may be taken so be creative. Consider using your own name if it makes sense to do so. Try to pick something with a .com address available. Click next then enter your account information.
Next is where you select your package. This is the next section where you should choose what your budget allows for. In the image I provided below it shows the “Basic” package selected. The only available option I would choose is Domain Privacy Protection. This hides your personal information from the WHOIS database. WHOIS is an organization that manages all data regarding domain registration. If you chose the “Prime” package then this is included. Select the term that you want…you will notice that the longer you choose the cheaper it is! I would uncheck all of the other options as these can be handled with free plugins.
Enter payment information.
Once you submit your payment you are officially a brand new blogger! Congratulations!
Create your password then WordPress will install onto your Bluehost website!
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