How to start a blog or website in 5 minutes with WordPress.
After publishing the post on how I started blogging full-time, I’ve been receiving a ton of comments and emails, all asking the same question:
How do you start a blog & make money blogging?
Luckily, setting up a blog is really easy, even if you know absolutely nothing about computers or how to set up a website. I’ll walk through how to start a blog here, step-by-step, and please feel free to leave a comment if you run into any issues or have any questions at all. I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible!
How much money can you make from a blog?
I know some bloggers who are making over a million dollars a year, just from blogging! Even some food bloggers are making $500,000 dollars a year or more from their blogs. While I don’t make anywhere near this amount, I also don’t do any amazon affiliate advertising or have in-photo ads, subscriptions, or popup ads on my site. I consider the money an added bonus to something I love and was doing even before I knew you could earn a living from it.
If you want to earn money by blogging, I’d recommend signing up for a self-hosted WordPress blog. I made the mistake of starting on a different platform and ended up having to switch over to WordPress because it offers you so many more opportunities. For hosting, Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress, and it’s what I used when I started my own WordPress blog.
How To Start A Blog
STEP ONE: Set Up Your WordPress Hosting
Click here to start, then you’ll see a green button that says “get started now.” Click that button.
Select your plan – For most beginners, the basic plan is fine. Click the green “select” button on the basic plan.
STEP TWO: Choose A Blog Name (the fun part!)
Think up any name you want, and see if it’s available. Once you’re happy with a new blog name, fill out the form on the “create your account” page and choose the plan you want. I’d recommend going with the 36-month plan because it’s the best value, and you can also get a refund at any time if you change your mind about blogging. So really, there is no risk!
You can uncheck all the extras – although you might want to keep the privacy box checked. The package includes both your hosting (which you need if you want to run ads on your site and make money) and your first year domain registration for FREE!
(This saves you $18, which is what it normally costs to register a WordPress domain.)
STEP THREE: Set Up WordPress To Get Started Blogging
Look in your inbox for a welcome email from Bluehost, and click the link in that email to go to your cPanel. Find the section in the cPanel called “MOJO Marketplace” and choose “One-Click Installs.”
All you have to do here is click the WordPress icon, then click the green “Start” button.
Choose your blog domain, and click “Check Domain,” then show advanced options and set up your own username and password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked. Click to install.
Your New WordPress Blog:
Once everything is set up, you can log in to your new WordPress site by going to the admin login URL and entering the username and password you set up in step three. This takes you to the WordPress dashboard, where you can create new posts, respond to reader comments, and play around with the appearance of your site, making it your own.
If you run into any questions while setting up your new blog, do not hesitate to ask, and I’ll try to respond as quickly as possible