Head’s up, I’m an affiliate with Bluehost, so if you use my link, Bluehost will pay me for it. It doesn’t cost you any additional fees, but it helps me run this blog.
One of the best ways I’ve grown as a person is through blogging. I’ve also built a community, made money and several new friends. It’s been a game-changer for me.
If you’ve ever thought about blogging, I encourage you to try it. It costs next to nothing to start up. Literally, you can get web hosting and a free domain for as little as $2.75 a month if you sign up with Bluehost (that’s who I use, and I think they’re the best).
Now back to you and your dreams of being a blogger!
I find there are typically three things that prevent folks from creating a blog. They are:
- Not knowing what to write about.
- Not being a strong writer, or not enjoying writing.
- Being afraid of being judged.
If any of these barriers sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. In fact, I’ve dealt with all three myself. BUT, I just started writing. My first blog was about my journey into yoga and it eventually led me to quit my job and study yoga in India (yep, true story). My “voice” (how I come across in my writing) developed over time, and eventually, I started to love the process of writing. Now I crave it, and it’s also what I do in my full-time career.
As for fear of being judged, that’s always been there for me and it will never go away. The truth is, when you put yourself out there and share what’s in your heart, not everyone will like what you have to say. Some may say rude or hurtful things! But more importantly, you’ll find people that are like-minded; that share your ideas and appreciate your creativity. That’s the best part about blogging. The community.
Want to get started? Check out this free tutorial that will get you up and running!
How to Start Your Own Blog Using BlueHost.
This is what holds folks up, but my advice is to not overthink it. I came up with my name by writing down a bunch of words that define what I’m passionate about. Then I just started making combinations and checking to see if they were available. Funding Happy was the name that stuck!The beauty of signing up with Bluehost is that you get your URL name included in the cost of your first year of hosting. As I mentioned, Bluehost has one of the most cost-effective hosting packages out there, and their service is incredibly good. That’s why I switched from GoDaddy.
Now, you can start your blog on Blogger, which is a different platform, but I wouldn’t recommend it. You don’t own that content and if you’re going to take blogging seriously (which you should), then be a pro right out of the gate. Using Blogger means you don’t even have a unique URL. So, for example, my URL is fundinghappy.com, but if I went with Blogger, it would be fundinghappy.blogspot.com. This tells your readers that your website isn’t your own. It’s like setting up your ice cream shop in the middle of Nordstroms. Get your own shop.
So, let’s do this….
Start by heading here and selecting the basic package. That’s all you need starting out.
2. Buy hosting for your blog.
To get the best price, choose the basic plan and opt for buying the 3-year hosting up front. I know that seems like a long-term horizon, so if that doesn’t feel like the best choice, just go for 12 months. It’s more expensive, but that’s what I went with. I also purchased privacy protection at .99 cents a month. It’s a VERY small price to pay for a little added security.
BTW, there’s a full refund if you decide to pull the plug in the first 30 days and then a pro-rated refund for anything after that, so there’s no downside here!
When you are ready to create your blog, follow the steps below to buy hosting for your blog.
- Go to Bluehost and click the “Get Started Now” button.
- Click on the package you are interested in.
- Enter your domain name you registered with earlier, or sign up for a new domain name here.
- Enter your personal and payment information.
- Next, you will be asked to enter a password. Make sure it’s secure as this information is very important.
3. Install WordPress on Bluehost.
Now it’s time to install WordPress on your hosting account!! Think of hosting as your blog’s land and WordPress as the house you’re about to put on that land 🙂
- When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find and click on the image that says “One Click Install.”.
- Then, click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”
- Click on the “Start” button. This will begin the installation.
- Once in the installation process, you will have to decide which domain you will want to install WordPress on. Click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using.
- Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” This is where you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. Pick something that’s not easy to hack!
- Click “Install Now.”
- Write down your username and password somewhere you’ll remember.
4. Installing a Theme in Your WordPress Account
Once that’s done, Bluehost will then send you an email with your login credentials. Once you have them, go log into your WordPress account (remember, that’s your blog’s house) and then install a theme. Consider that the decor of your house! Rather than me walking you through that process, here’s a quick video tutorial that will illustrate the process.
5. Start Blogging!
That’s it! Now you’re ready to start blogging. If you want a quick tutorial on how to post your first blog, see this video below. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you get started, it’s a really simple framework to work with. You’ll be a pro in no time!
Got questions on the process? Drop a comment below. I’m happy to help!