How To Start A Successful Blog In 2018
So you want to start a blog, but you're not sure how?
Well, in this guide we'll walk you through the simple steps to start your blog, and then how you can make your site look like a $10K website!
Don't worry, you're in safe hands....
Having started hundreds (possibly thousands) of blogs and websites for other people in the past, we kinda know what we're doing when it comes to starting a blog.
Start At The Beginning
To start a blog, you'll need 2 things:
- A domain name
Your domain name is the name of your blog. This is what people will type to get to your website. For example, our domain name is theblogmentors.com. Or other popular domain names are google.com, or amazon.com.
The more relevant your domain name to the topic of your blog the better, or alternatively, you can just use your own name which is quite a popular choice.
Webhosting is where your blog 'lives' on the internet. So if you can imagine your domain name being the address, then your web hosting is the bricks and mortar of your blog. Every blog or website will require web hosting otherwise it wont have anywhere to 'live' or be built.
Purchasing domain names and web hosting can sometimes be expensive if you choose to host with the better, higher end web hosting companies who provide a much better service.
Often, the high costs are the most common reason for people not starting their own blog.
Thankfully, we can hook you up with the best web hosting company for a fraction of the price that you would usually pay. We'll get you a saving of 50% off - just $3.95 a month! (less than the price of a coffee!)
Why do we use Bluehost?
There's a reason why WordPress officially recommends Bluehost more than any other hosting service.
They've been working with WordPress since 2005 to create the most user friendly service, and they host millions of websites online already. So they know what they're doing. You're site will not only run faster, but the setup process is super easy, and their 24/7 customer support is awesome. Besides - if you decide to go with Bluehost and you're not happy... they'll give you your money back.
Once you've opened up Bluehost in a new window, you'll need to click on the green 'Get Started' button.
Select the plan that you think is best suited to yourself.
We'd recommend starting off with the basic plan first. Its the cheapest and is fine for the early stages of your blog. Besides, you can always upgrade further down the line if you need to.
Secure Your Free Domain Name
Enter the domain name that you wish to call your blog in the left hand box. Or if you already have a domain name, type it into the right hand box and hit the next button.
If the domain name that you wanted isn't available because it's already being used, you can either chose from a list of suggestions that are available, or come up with another different name.
Account Setup and Registry
First, enter your personal details...
Then you will need to finalise which plan you would like to go with. The 36 month plan is the best value in terms of saving cash, and we wouldn't recommend going with any of the optional extras just yet, unless you wanted too.
You can always choose to purchase the optional extras later if you wish.
Just as a side note, with Bluehost you are billed annually even though it is calculated at a monthly rate.
And finally then enter your payment details, and read and accept Bluehosts Terms Of Service.
You'll then create a password for your Bluehost account, and BOOM! You're done!!
And now the fun part begins! Go to Step 2 and we'll walk you through installing WordPress.