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How to Start a Blog | Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

December 5, 2017

How to Start a Blog

Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

When I first started my blog I did so to share my love of health & fitness with others.  What I didn’t realize is that blogging is an incredible way to share ideas and connect with the world, and make an income.  I was clueless on how to start a blog so hopefully this article will help you!

Quick jump to Step 2:  Affiliate Marketing for Beginners!

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The tools and tips discussed in this article will help you to start a blog in a short period of time.  You will be able to connect with others who share similar interests and work to create an income doing something you love!

Here are my top tips for how to start a blog!

Step 1:  Pick what you want to blog about

This is called your niche market, or your ideal client.  A lot of people choose to blog about something they are passionate about.  This will help you to be able to authentically write posts and later on partner with companies and brands that you feel are a good fit for your target audience.

Some examples of blogging niches are:  lifestyle, food, wellness, fashion, beauty, parenting, etc.

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Step 2:  Set up your domain name

You can easily set up your domain name using Bluehost!  I chose Bluehost because it was very cost-effective.  Also, I’ve used Bluehost since I started my blog over 2 years ago and they’ve made it super simple and cost-effective.  Before you get started with Bluehost you will want to decide on what you want your domain name to be!  I chose Momma Fit Lyndsey because my blog is about healthy lifestyles for mommas!  You can make your domain name anything available and related to your brand or niche!

How to use Bluehost to set up your domain name

  1.  Go to Bluehost and click the green “get started now” button.how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  2. Select your plan!  You can absolutely start with the basic plan and update later if you need additional features.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  3. Select your domain!  This is the fun part.  This is the first step in creating your brand and thinking about what you want to blog about and the type of readers you want to engage with.  Make sure you select “.com”how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  4. Enter your account information next.  Double check that you have the right email address since that is where the correspondence from Bluehost will go.how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  5. Select your package!  Click the dropdown menu to choose your account plan.  Don’t worry about the added security items or search engine jumpstart.  The only thing that is really necessary is the domain Whois Privacy.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  6. Add in your billing info!how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blogOn the next page you will be asked if you want any add-ons.  Skip them for now.

At this point you’ll get your confirmation email from Bluehost.

Step 3:  Connect Bluehost to WordPress

Go to your newly created Bluehost account and log-in using the information sent to you in the email.  Click “Control Panel Login” and enter your log-in info.

Next, go to “website builders” and click the Install WordPress icon.

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Click the green “start” button.

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Leave your domain in the field and click “check domain”

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Last step!  Click Install Now

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Step 4:  Design your Blog!

This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is!  There are a ton of free templates available on WordPress, OR you can search Etsy for “wordpress blog templates.

BONUS TIP!

You can get started in affiliate marketing right away.  This is a great way to get started making money with your blog.  Bluehost offers an awesome affiliate program for their customers.

There you have it!!! Your blog is ready for you to write your first post!  Have you started your blog yet?  What are some of your favorite templates or plug-ins you’ve found?

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30 Comments

  • Isobel

    December 8, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hi Lindsey, I just wanted to thank you for putting together this brilliant post! I found it on Pinterest and used it yesterday to start my blog and I was so grateful for the clear and uncomplicated instructions – it was just what I needed to overcome my fear of not being tech enough and just go for it!

    I’ll be launching my blog soon, I’d love if you would check it out as you had so much to do with it starting!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 9, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Hey Isobel! This is awesome!!!! I’m so excited for you to get started. I will be adding more details soon in a series on how to monetize your blog and set it up for success!!! I’m so excited for you to start!

  • Carly Sharples

    December 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What a brilliant, insightful and helpful guide to starting a blog adventure! I wish I had seen this when I started on my journey – there aren’t many step-by-step guides out there and this explains the process so well. I love the graphics too, makes it so much clearer to follow along with!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

      thank you! I know it is sometimes hard to get started! hopefully this helps someone!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    December 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I bet your beginner readers will find this helpful!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

      I hope it helps them too!

  • Beth

    December 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Great post on getting started!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

      thank you for checking it out!

  • Belle

    December 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This post is really helpful! I’ll be sharing this to some of my friends who I know want to start their own blog!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

      thank you for sharing! I hope it helps them 🙂

  • Theresa Bailey

    December 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I’m not a user of blue host, however, I can appreciate the simple instructions. My best tip for any new blogger is to read up but try not to read too much! It can be overwhelming at first, but if you just take it step by step you’ll be on your way to a blog in no time.

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

      that is a perfect tip!!! I feel like sometimes you can get overwhelmed by saving too many resources! simplification can lead to action.

  • Meg

    December 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Great basic overview. I started a blog with Bluehost and I’ve been happy with them so far. 🙂

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:01 am

      awesome! I’m really glad you had a great experience!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    December 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    This is such a great step by step guide! It can be so overwhelming when you first start out!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 7:01 am

      It really can be!! there is so much good info out there but sometimes it info overload haha!

  • Charissa | thenotsobusymom.com

    December 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I’m a Bluehost fan!!
    Great, easy-to-follow tips, Lyndsey!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      you are welcome! Love Bluehost too!

  • Alfa Sengupta

    December 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I love this and how easy you’ve made it! I just sent it to a friend who is thinking about starting a blog, and she was like “I can do this!” =)

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      aww thank you for the share!! I’m so glad it could help!

  • Erica

    December 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Great step by step! I personally use bluehost as well and love it!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      I’ve had great luck with them also!

  • Jazz

    December 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    These screenshots are helpful. Where were you when I started my blog?!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      hahah thanks girl! hopefully they can help someone just starting!

  • Justine @ Little Dove

    December 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I use Bluehost too and I’ve been pretty happy with it! I switched over from Blogger a couple years ago and I love all the things I can do with my site now, and I love that I own my content.

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      yes! I love being able to control it too! glad you are having a good experience!

  • Samantha -Raising Twincesses

    December 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I wish I had seen this post a few years ago when I first started my blog, it would have helped me out and saved me so much time googling!

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      December 15, 2017 at 7:18 am

      thanks for checking it out!! I know I wish I would have known a lot of this back then too!

  • Sakshi

    January 26, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Hi Lyndsey..thanks for sharing this information..it proved really helpful to me..😊

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      January 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      so glad it helped you Sakshi!

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