Starting my own blog has been one of the effective ways to take control of my finances.
I’ve been able to grow my income significantly as a result, and am rapidly gaining financial freedom as a result.
The best bit is that anyone can start a blog these days and earn a side income – some bloggers have even turned their little blog into a full-time business.
In this tutorial, therefore, I’d like to show you exactly how you can set up your own blog from scratch. All you need to do is follow these steps exactly to get started…
Ready? Great, then let’s get started as we walk through the entire process from beginning to end.
The 7 Step Process To Starting Your Own Profitable Blog Today…
There are hundreds of companies offering domain names and web hosting but if this is your first blog then I recommend that you opt for BlueHost.
They offers exceptionally low cost hosting with great customer support alongside. Just as importantly your hosting account includes a free domain name, which makes life a whole lot easier.
Many hosting companies expect you to buy your domain separately, however you’ll then need to configure both to work together seamlessly. For me, that’s far too fussy.
BlueHost eliminates this step, making setting up your blog a much easier option.
Here’s how to get your domain and hosting…
1) Get Started
Navigate your way to BlueHost and click on the big green “Get Started Now” button.
2) Choose Your Package
BlueHost offer a range of different packages. I would personally suggest you opt for the “Plus” account as it allows you to host more than one website and offers unlimited everything.
This is important because many bloggers end up setting up second or third blogs in time to grow their income yet further. The “Plus” account therefore can save you considerable money in the future as your empire expands.
If you’re on a really tight budget you can of course opt for the lowest package, but just appreciate that the limitations present might get a little frustrating in time.
3) Choose Your Domain
As you’re probably aware, all domain names are unique. In other words, if someone else has registered a domain you won’t be able to. Therefore you need to come up with something unique that perfectly describes the overall theme of your blog.
Where do you start?
Firstly, I would suggest you avoid any domain name with dashes in them (because most people believe they look “spammy”). I’d also aim for a domain name that ends in .com rather than any other ending – simply because they appear far more trustworthy.
From here the sky really is the limit.
So grab a pen and paper and start to brainstorm possible words or phrases that could describe the topic of your blog which you selected last time.
A handy tip can be starting off by coming up with a list of broad keywords to describe your site. If we were starting a blog about dogs then we might select:
…and so on.
Then consider “bolt-on” words that either sound good with each of these, or are quite general in nature.
To give you some examples, using just “pooch” as a basis, we might want to consider:
…and so on.
As your domain needs to be unique it makes sense to brainstorm a large list of potentials to start you off.
Once you’ve got your list we can then filter through them to see which domains are actually available.
Simply enter each of your preferred domains into the box on the left of the page until you find one which is available to register.
4) Enter Account Information
Once you’ve selected your domain, simply fill in the form with some basic details.
5) Package Information
Be careful here. You’ll be presented with a whole host of options regarding the package you’re selecting. It’s easy to accidentally buy more services than you actually need, and I’d hate for you to spend more than necessary.
6) Enter Payment Information
Pop your card number in, click the “Submit” button and prepare to become the proud owner of your brand new blog!
7) Select Your Password
As soon as your payment has been processed you’ll be able to take the final step of selecting a password for your account.
Then go check your emails, where you should have a confirmation message.
You’re all done!