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How To Start A Blog in 15 Minutes (The Right Way)

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It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now. For me, it is my full time blog and has changed absolutely everything about my life. And it can for you too, in 5 mere minutes. Well, kind of. It can be the beginning.

My E-book, Bang For Your Blog, will be out soon, but I’m giving you this easy tidbit a little early. Because of my blog, I now make 3-4x as much as I did working full time. I work with brands I love. I have incredible followers. It’s truly a dream. You can start a money-making blog for just a few dollars a month. It took me 2 years to get my blog to a point where I had the setup and capabilities to monetize my blog – don’t do that. You can get yourself set up right in minutes for just a few dollars a month. For the record, waiting two years to do this ended up costing me nearly $1,000. Once again, don’t do this.

I have an exclusive discounted price that you can’t get anywhere else to get hosting for only $3.49 a month FOR TODAY ONLY $2.99 PER MONTH! Having a self-hosted WordPress blog is what allows you to monetize it and make money off ads and have the freedom to make your blog a success without technicalities getting in the way.

I’ve been through many hosting platforms (try 3!) and my experiences were b-a-d. I’m going to reiterate, don’t do this to yourself. I was paying 3x more than BlueHost and getting not even 1/3 of the service.

Here is your step-by-step guide.

Click here to start the process.

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1. Choose a domain name and register it.

A domain name is your website (i.e. www.chicstreetstyle.me). This can be a tough one, give it some thought. Words from the wise, make sure you purchase your hosting and domain name right as you check to see if it’s available. If there are any cookies in your browser, people will track that you are interested, buy it before you do and try to charge you a lot for is. This is what happened with www.chicstreetstyle.com (still bitter). That’s why I’m a .me. Some foreign company tried to charge me $1,000, so .me it was!

Do yourself and your blog a favor and get your domain directly through Bluehost and make the whole process easy. If you do this, you can get a FREE domain for the first year as long as you buy 12 months worth of Bluehost web hosting. This is SO worth it to sign up for at least 12 months of hosting as you will be saving a good amount of money this way, as well as a cheaper monthly price when you buy at least 12 months of hosting. The free domain is just icing on the blogging cake. If you decide to get the free domain, follow the steps below s0 you can buy your hosting and get the free domain all in one step.

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If you are starting out, you most likely only need the “Basic” plan. You can always upgrade later. I personally have the “Plus” plan.

2. Buy hosting for your blog.

For me, this was a gigantic headache. I barely understood the concept of hosting (read: tech challenged), let alone with who to go with. I took the word of my graphic designer and went with GoDaddy – HUGE MISTAKE! They charged me 5x as much as BlueHost, had the worst customer service and crashed my site multiple times. Take my word, BlueHost is the best price, value and service you will find.

Starting a WordPress blog, hosted on BlueHost is super easy an painless (and cheap). Here’s what you need to know.

– When starting a blog, choose the “basic” package that’s only $3.49 a month (through my link only). Come on, that’s less than your Starbucks. The best bang for your blog, per se, is to do 12 months up front because you get a free domain name (something I paid $32 a year for!)

– When you are going through and purchasing your hosting, there are a bunch of extra add-ons. I was really overwhelmed until I did my research and basically figured out I needed nothing extra. The only thing you may want to consider is Domain Privacy Protection, so your contact information stays private. This is .99 per month. I’m very public about my blog, so I skipped it.

– Uncheck all of the other adds ons (let’s be real, you don’t need them)

– 1 year or more hosting is the way to go for many reasons. Let’s review, shall we? It’s cheaper, you get a free domain name, it’s more convenient (dealing with a “your hosting has expired” email every month is annoying) and if you don’t renew it in time, your website will be down (which is a big no-no).

– BlueHost (unlike say, GoDaddy) let’s you cancel at any time with no contracts and they will refund your money (insert clapping emoji here). You have 30 days to get it all back, and like rent, it’s prorated after that. Literally no risk involved.

Are you ready? Let’s get you started on your own blog with profit potential. 

1. Go to BlueHost through this link to lock in the cheapest rate (and a few other perks). Click on the green “Get Started Now” button.

2. Now that you’ve decided on a domain name, you just need to register it. Enter it on the “new domain” box on the left and press “next.” If you already have a domain name, enter it on the right to secure your hosting.

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3. Enter all of your information (see, this is easy!)

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4. Now, continue onto the “package information” section. This is where you have to decide what will work best for you. But being super real here, just get the “basic” package. It’s the least expensive and it’s probably all you need. Next, you have to decide how long you want your package for. Let me give you a hint, the longer the term, the cheaper it will be and a lot less headache (no “your hosting is going to expire emails”) or risk of your site being down because your hosting expired. BlueHost charges you in full for the 36 months (or whatever length you choose). This is one of the ways they are able to offer hosting at such an affordable price. But they do have a money back guarantee just in case you want to jump ship risk free later. At this step, there are a bunch of add-on services, but real talk – you really don’t need it. Save your money! You can always add these down the line when you are a bit more established.

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5. Enter in your billing information and press “next.”

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6.Again, you are tempted with more extras. Once again, I would pass. Click “next”

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7. Yay! You officially are hosting with BlueHost and have taken the first step to creating a profitable blog.bh2

8. Now create a password (all pretty simple, right?)

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9. Now you can log in to your account for the first time. Make sure you are logging into “hosting” rather than “webmail.”bh4

10. This is your welcome message and “tour” of BlueHost. You can opt to have them show you around or keep on scrolling.

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11. Now, close out of that window. The next step is to install WordPress. At the bottom, under the “website” category, second from the left, click on “install WordPress.”

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12. Now, click the lime green “install” button.

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13. Now, click “show advanced options.”

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14. Now you need to name your site. You can change this later if you haven’t solidified this detail yet. Now enter your WordPress username and password. Now make sure both “automatically create a new database for this instillation” and “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2” is checked.

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15. Now watch the little bar in the upper right corner turn green. This means that WordPress has been successfully installed.

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16. Now, you should check your email. You should have an email from the Mojo Marketplace. You are going to want to star and save this. I personally took a screenshot for future reference. It contains your website URL, your WordPress admin and password.

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17. Now click on the admin URL from the email. It will bring you to this page. I recommend saving this as a bookmark for easy access. Now enter your username.

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18. To get your password, go back to your BlueHost tab and click “view” in the very bottom right corner. You need to do this within 12 hours or it will expire.

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19. Then it leads you to this with all your information. I would screenshot this for future reference (can you tell I love screenshots?!)bh13

20. Now you have access and should have got into your WordPress dashboard. Once you get used to this, it is super easy no navigate. You will become very familiar with this page.

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From there, you are good to go! I would recommend looking on Etsy for blog templates or hiring a designer to make your site look professional and appealing.

If you really want your blog to thrive and learn how to truly make money off your blog, read my E-book that launches next month, Bang For Your Blog.

As always, thank you for reading.

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2 Responses

  1. This is awesome–thank you for the resource, Brenna! Quick question though: did you have to pay WordPress to redirect your WordPress.com site (if CSS began that way) to the self-hosted domain? I may have messed up when I set up my .com domain. :/ Womp womp…

    • Brenna

      Hi Mary,

      I actually hired a coder to handle that all for me so I have no idea! Good luck.

      xo,
      Brenna