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Full Disclosure: I would probably be considered a newbie to blogging so I would like to give you a little bit of a background so you can decide whether to trust my advice or not.

My husband and I own a small business with about 35 employees (on a good day)! It fluctuates as we live in an area with high job demand. We purchased our business 7 years ago and it has drastically improved our lifestyle. What it has not given us is much freedom as I have always wanted to be able to travel more. It was always our goal to be self-employed so when we saw an opportunity we took it. We enjoy what we do (for the most part); however any business, in which you have employees, means you have problems. It is just the nature of the beast. Luckily my hubby handles the employees along with the operations and I take care of the accounting and administration tasks.

My passion has always been with travel and photography. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to see more, do more, and capture it all! I started reading several travel and lifestyle blogs and saw some of the amazing places that these people have been and things that they have done. Blogging has afforded them these opportunities so I decided to start one and blog about some of our trips. As I started writing about some of our trips I realized that there are several ways that I have saved or made extra travel money over the years so the blog topics expanded a little. I think everyone should have the opportunity to travel more…they say it builds character!

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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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