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Hello, my fin$avvy readers!
Today, I am going to talk about how to start the blog of your dreams in six easy steps.
If you haven’t read what inspired me to start a blog, don’t miss my story here. Long story short, my fiance and I knew that we wanted to improve our financial situation, so I knew that documenting our journey and net worth was going to keep us on track.
Surprisingly, our net worth increased substantially (by $300,000) when I started reading other people’s blogs for financial help. However, I took it to the next level by starting my own blog and sharing our journey with the world.
Starting this blog not only increased our net worth by $125,000, it also helped us make the move to pay off $20,000 student in one afternoon. To date, our net worth hits a new high of $756,000 (on Jan-31-2018), thanks to the blogging community and the fact I started this blog.
But if your intention is to start a profitable blog, that is totally doable too! I know you can do it, but please keep in mind that this is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme. Like Warren Buffett and his investment style, it will require patience, perseverance, and passion. As long as you love writing and talking about your interests, along with solving your readers’ problems, the chances of establishing a profitable blog will be in your favour.
“It takes many years to make an overnight success.”
Whether you plan to monetize your blog or not, you’re here because you decided to start the blog of your dreams. So, congratulations!
Special Offer from Bluehost
If you sign up here, you can start your blog for as little as $3.95 per month PLUS receive a FREE domain name. Note that standard prices are around $7.99 per month. To put things into perspective, that’s less than a cup of latte from Starbucks!
Now, let’s dive into the details on how to start your very first and awesome blog, shall we?
Choose Your Niche
This is where you ask yourself the following questions:
1) What do you love talking about to your friends and family (or even strangers), that you can’t shut up about?
2) What are your strengths, skills, and interests?
3) Perhaps they’re not your strengths or skills (yet). But what are you passionate about that motivates you to learn and grow within that niche?
For example, I wouldn’t consider myself as an expert when it comes to finance, but I am confident enough to offer tips based on my experience and what I’ve learned. As you all know, there is no limit when it comes to learning. The best part is being able to learn and teach at the same time!
4) Most importantly, is this something you would talk and write about even if you weren’t paid to do it? If you answered yes, you’re definitely onto something!
There are so many different topics for you to blog about! To give you an idea, here are some examples:
– General personal finance (that’s me!)
– Stock and/or dividend investing
– Passive income and side hustles
– Real estate investing
– Delicious recipes on a budget
– DIY home decor
– DIY home renovations
– Furniture refurbishing
– Fitness for men and/or women
– Fashion and general lifestyle
– Career and personal development
As you can see, the ideas out there are unlimited! You can blog about almost anything as long as you have a burning desire and passion for that topic.
Tips on Choosing a Domain Name
Now that you’ve got your niche, it’s time to think of your domain name.
Your domain name is essentially your www.yourblogname.com. I know a lot of people overthink this because they want to come up with the perfect name. The truth is, there’s no such thing as THE perfect name.
But you may want to consider some words in your name that will help people search for you. For example, if you blog about frugal living, it helps to include the word “frugal” in your domain name.
You don’t have to rush this part. Sit down and give yourself some time to think, but don’t over complicate it!
Also, it’s worth mentioning that going for something short and simple, with less syllables, makes it easier for your readers to remember your name. I’m sure “money panda” is easier to remember than “finsavvy panda.” Oh, and for those who don’t know, “finsavvy” means financially savvy, LOL.
Anyway, let’s get you started with signing up with Bluehost!
Step 1: Get Started
Click on the green button, “get started now” when you enter the Bluehost page.
For starters, I recommend the “basic” plan. You really don’t need anything more than just the basic.
Step 2: Choose and Register Your Domain Name
Next, register your domain name (I went through some tips on choosing your domain name in the section above).
Again, this domain name is included for free as long as you sign up for at least a 12-month plan with Bluehost.
Now, I recommend going for a hosting plan that is longer than 12 months because it will save you money in the long run. I personally went for the best value which is the 36-month plan.
Again, if you think about it, this will cost you less than a cup of latte. Starting a blog is definitely worth the investment because the up-front cost is so small.
So, what are you waiting for? Follow this step to setup your free domain name. 🙂
Step 3: Provide Your Contact and Payment Information
Now that you’ve decided your free domain name, follow the next step to fill out your contact and payment information.
If you’re having trouble with this section, feel free to call me up and I’ll help you with that! Don’t worry, I’ll only charge you an arm and a leg for helping you fill out your contact and payment information. 🙂
Already have a domain name?
If you already have a domain name (i.e. you’re not registering for a free domain name), then skip to the next section.
Step 4: Create a Password
Next, choose a password for your account, confirm it, and then log in.
Hint: It’s best to choose a password that is NOT the same as your banking or private information. That’s just common sense. 😉
Step 5: Install WordPress on Bluehost
Don’t worry, you’re almost done! This is the most fun part!
Now that you’ve purchased your hosting service and free domain name, the final step is to install WordPress for FREE on Bluehost.
As you can see below, Bluehost will ask you to choose a theme. You can choose what you feel fits your personality. If you’re not ready yet, feel free to skip this step.
You can always choose/change your theme later. There’s an abundance of free and paid themes. Once you get the hang of blogging with WordPress, you can get more serious about installing a specific theme you love.
Step 6: Final Steps
Now that you’ve selected your theme, you can select “Start Building.”
Next, Bluehost will ask: “What kind of site can we help you set up?”
You can choose either “Business” or “Personal.” It doesn’t really matter. You can even click “I don’t need help.”
Done, and done!
Congratulations, you’re officially a blogger now!
Aren’t you super excited?? Let’s celebrate now!!
You can start your blogging journey now.
Going forward, you can log in your WordPress dashboard and learn at your own pace. Bookmark this link so that you can easily access it when you want to log in.
The link to your WordPress dashboard is: https://yourblogname.com/wp-admin/
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bluehost support. They offer 24/7 via email, online live chat, or by phone.
I want to hear from you!
I am so happy that you’ve made the decision to start the blog of your dreams!
Once you’re done, shoot me an email and tell me how your blogging journey goes. I’d be more than happy to visit your blog.
Any questions and/or comments? Feel free to email me at email@example.com. I would love to help!