How to Start a Blog

I started My List of Lists as a creative outlet and hobby to chronicle the fun things I found around the web.  Now, less than 2 years later, it is providing a full-time income.  I get to stay home with my babies, blog when I feel inspired, and pay off our debt as I do something I love. Win/win right?

How to Make Money from Home in 5 Easy Steps

Blogging is the perfect job.  It’s a great way to be creative and work from home, while still contributing to the family household income.  It has allowed me to pay off our cards, student loans and even buy a few new toys (camping trailer!) When I started My List of Lists, I truly had no intentions or even hopes of making much money at all.  But I have been so blessed to be able to turn blogging from hobby into a livelihood for my family.

So, I wanted to share with you just how simple it is to start a blog of your own.  Nothing would bring me more joy than to help someone else start a blog that could get them closer to their financial goals.

Step 1- Buy a Domain

First, you need to go to Bluehost and register your domain. What is a domain you ask? Basically you’re buying your URL address.  My domain is www.mylistoflists.com, so you are purchasing your web address. I would HIGHLY recommend that you go to Bluehost because they are giving My List of Lists readers special pricing and A FREE DOMAIN if you use my link. I have had great experience with Bluehost.  They have 24/7 technical support, and you’re never locked into a contract, which always gives me comfort.

When choosing your domain name be creative, but make sure it’s easy to say and spell, and stick with dot-com domains for branding purposes. Bluehost is really easy to set up and walks you through the process, step-by-step.

Click Here to Set Up Your New Blog

Step 2- Set Up Hosting

Next, you need to choose a hosting plan with Bluehost.  Once you have registered your domain, you need to buy a hosting plan.  Pretty please don’t do a free Blogger account.  Blogger accounts are not free, because it will forever limit your ability to make money on your blog.  If you ever want to make money on your blog (and I think you do!) you have to have a self-hosted website/blog.

**Bluehost is giving special pricing if you go through my link of only $3.49 a month!  Most hosting plans are at least 5$ and up, so this is a really great rate.

Once you have chosen your plan, go to the hosting tab at the very top and choose “Website Builders.” Click on “Install WordPress”. WordPress is definitely the most common blogging platform and it is very user-friendly.

WordPress is very forgiving and you can learn a lot by just playing around with it. Follow the instructions through the installation process and you are set up and ready to go!

How easy was that!?

How to Start a Blog

Step 3- Make it Yours

Next, you want to choose a theme or template.  There are a lot of free themes you can choose from. And now it is time to write your first article! I learned so much about plugins, widgets, and how to work on WordPress just from the almighty Google.  Every time I want to do something new on my blog, I ask Google.  And I find a plugin or something to make it easier.  Don’t be afraid to find answers on your own.  You can solve almost any problem if you research it.

Step 4- Promote Your Blog 

Making money on your blog is more than having a perfectly written blog.  You need readers!

I would suggest starting with social media.  It is the fastest way to get your content out there.  Send it out to your family and friends first, and as they share your posts, you get more exposure.  Be sure to include social share buttons on your posts, so your readers can share it.

Pinterest is one of the quickest ways to share your content with the world.  Pin your stuff and share your great ideas with all of your followers.  Share them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

If you have blogger friends with a lot of traffic or followers get them to promote your blog.  Collaborate with others to draw in their followers also.

Create an email list..this allows you to update people when new information is on your blog, so have a place on there for them to enter their email and follow your awesome stuff!

Step 5- Make Money!

There are a lot of different ways to make money from your blog, so you’ll have to find what works best for you. Here are a few ways to make money from your blog:

  1. Google Adsense. It’s completely free, and every time someone clicks on an add…you get paid! Play around with placement, color scheme, etc.
  2. Sell private advertising to companies.  Have an “advertise” tab on your menu and lay out pricing or have a media kit available to potential advertisers.
  3. Affiliate marketing- some companies offer a commission if someone clicks from your blog and buys something.  There is a wide range of affiliate companies and networks.
  4. Offer your services- sell crafts, consultations, time, skills, talents
  5. Sell an E-book- This is a great recurring income.  Once you create it, they can download it from your site and you make money from each one you sell.
  6. Offer freelance writing for other blogs- this not only makes money, but gives your blog more exposure along the way.
  7. Product reviews- Feel free to contact companies and offer to do product reviews for them, or you can do product reviews for any companies listed on this comprehensive list.

The beauty of blogging is that you are your own boss.  You can work when you want to.  You are doing something you love. You can choose your own hours.

Aaaand, you can make thousands of dollars each month on your own schedule.

Start the process now at Bluehost

How to Start a Blog

 

**And please tell me in the comments about your new blog!  I would love to read all of your wonderful ideas, too!**

17 comments for “How to Start a Blog

  1. Connie
    January 25, 2016 at

    Thanks for your information, time and research. It was very helpful, and I have been thinking about doing this so this will assist me in moving forward:)

  2. January 25, 2016 at

    I HAVE REALLY BEEN INSPIRED FROM YOUR PIN. I HAVE WANTED TO START A BLOG FOR SOME TIME. I AM PRETTY MUCH IN CONSTANT PAIN AND NEED T KEEP MY MIND BUSY AND OFF MY SITUATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATION. I AM REALLY INTHUSED ABOUT BECOMING A BLOGGER. I’LL KEEP YOU POSTED!!!!!! JOYCE MCEVER joycemcever@comcast.net

  3. tonya
    January 30, 2016 at

    GREAT ADVICE. THANK U FOR SHARING. WANTED TO DO BLOG JUST NOT SURE,HOW TO START. I will be goggling some things u mentioned. LOL. Widgets , PLUG INS,ETC.. I have a place to start, thanks to u.

  4. Tonya
    January 30, 2016 at

    Thank u for all the info. I at least have idea where to start. I am gonna have to goggle some words u as, widigit, PLUG in, etc LOL!!!
    At least I can start and research. Thank u. TONYA

  5. TONYA
    January 30, 2016 at

    Think forgot to check a box.

  6. Grace Ann Smith
    February 20, 2016 at

    Great information..how do you make a salary off of blogging..? I would love to Blog!!
    Any insight is greatly appreciated!

    • January 28, 2017 at

      November 14, 2012 – 12:25 pm P.S. Also, yes I too have seen that it takes a few months to help rankings and get traction. I also got a boost when I started using Google Plus cotsystennli!

  7. Jessica
    March 9, 2016 at

    Hi! Thank you so much for this. I am new to blogging and uncertain of exactly what I need to do as I already have a wordpress blog but no hosting or registered domain. Do I do the same steps as you have listed in your post or do I need to do something else since I already have a blog?

    Thank you!

  8. Nina
    March 19, 2016 at

    I have been late to the Pinterest game…but I LOVE IT! And now you tell me there is a way to make money simply by sharing my knowledge and learning a little about widgets? You are my new best friend. You will never know how much this information has meant to me. A world of thanks!

    • October 10, 2016 at

      You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful artslcei.

  9. Kiran
    April 22, 2016 at

    Holla Amber! crisp post.. found it helpful.. I am an Indian and are these steps useful in my country as well? Also how do I subscribe to your blog? Thanks and keep up the creative work. 🙂

  10. Cynthia Hancock
    May 11, 2016 at

    Thank you for answering so many of my question. You have given me courage.

  11. Jennie
    July 7, 2016 at

    Thank you for posting. I found your tips great, until I tried to take advantage of the BLUEHOST subscription. That is where it all went wrong for me. My understanding was that I was signing on for a MONTHLY charge (I chose the 5.99 reduced option), and that the domain register charge of $11.99 was waived. Granted, I should have read further, I guess, but when I realized I was charged the entire 36-month subscription price, which I was not prepared to handle, I called to cancel. As part of customer retention I was offered the deal at the monthly rate and refunded credit. Lo, and behold, I was NOT told I lost my 11.99 discount to register the domain, and was given a bit of pushback when I asked to cancel, because I felt the representative was less than forthcoming. I will follow the balance of your tips, and appreciate them, however, since I am still waiting to resolve full credit, I will not be using Bluehost who does not honor the 30-day money back guarantee

  12. Mzz Mona
    July 14, 2016 at

    How do you make an income from Blogging? Can you elaborate just a little bit more?

  13. May 13, 2017 at

    I was sooooo excited to see a walk through on how to start blogging. But “easy peasy” turned out to be a nightmare thus far. I started yesterday to find first thing that there was no $3.49 to get me started through a link on this page. To get as far as even getting a domain name picked and registered took almost 3 hours, waiting waiting on phone and $285.00 for packages of what “I have to have” but don’t know what they are. So, OK…some things failed to get mentioned….but really??? I was trembled to the core so I thought I would wait until I was fresh this morning to look at my new domain. Of course, when I typed it in, there is no domain! Go figure. So, I try to stay patient, realizing that I am new at this, only to find BLUEHOST keeps you on the phone hours going from one person to another (half the day yesterday) and much of the morning today…they also keep the music playing but never get back to you and never tell you how long your wait is. This is day two and coming into the afternoon. Very costly adventure to be not one step further to having a domain, no where near blogging, and no bluehost to turn to but a tutorial anyone could have found on you tube…but…Really????? Unless you are a computer whiz, here is no way “let’s start blogging in 3 easy steps” is EVER going to happen.

    • Amber
      May 15, 2017 at

      I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time. I do know that siteground.com is another great alternative. I have heard nothing but good things and their customer service is great. I wish you the best luck, starting anything new can be so hard.

    • Ella
      August 16, 2017 at

      Thanks Sooooo very much for sharing your story & saving me the headache & grief… I will look elsewhere for starting a Webpage & Blog… wishing you much success in your venture…God Bless!

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