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Now that you have your domain decided, it is time to get your site set up!
A note about cost: Having your site self-hosted will cost you a little bit of money. For our recommended provider Bluehost, that cost is $59.40 a year (for the Basic plan). This is a small price to pay for something that can earn you so much money. Sometimes you have to spend a little money to make money, and this is one of those times. There is no way to start making money with a blog without getting the hosting setup. This is the best deal out there right now, and there are no legitimate hosts that have a better price.
CAUTION: When setting up your blog, make sure to click through one of the below Bluehost links. That will automatically insure that you are getting the absolute best pricing available, a free domain (.com) for the 1st year, and also WordPress will automatically be installed for you. Also please note that this is the self-hosted version of WordPress (this is what you need) instead of the WordPress.com version (which you don't want).
So, without further delay, here is what you need to do to get started…don't worry, it is really pretty easy!
Step 1: Click my link HERE to get the special offer I negotiated for my readers with Bluehost. They are the largest WordPress hosting company, and are trusted by millions of bloggers (including us). This current deal (which is the best you will find anywhere) is as low as $2.95/mo depending on the plan you choose.
There are 3 Choices for Packages: Basic, Plus, and Prime
If you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine.
But, if you have a little bit extra budget that you can commit, the PRIME plan probably has the best value for the 36 month package. For that you get these included: free domain privacy, free SiteBackup Pro, and SpamExperts. The really interesting feature is that if you decide to run more than one blog, you can host it on your same Bluehost account for no additional cost (except for purchasing an extra domain.)
Click SELECT on your preferred plan to move to the next step.
On the next page there are 2 options:
New Domain – If you do not have a domain for your blog yet, enter in your preferred domain name in this box and click NEXT
I Already Have A Domain – If you already own a domain, then enter your domain in this box and click NEXT
Next, you will fill in your account information.
Now it is time for you to make some choices:
Account Plan Options:
$59.40 for 1 year (12 months) – includes a free domain for the 1st year $4.95/mo
$94.80 for 2 years (24 months) – includes free domain for the 1st year $3.95/mo
$99 for 3 years (36 months) – includes free domain for the 1st year $2.95/mo
As you see, the longer the plan you choose, the cheaper the price. The minimum term is 12 months and all fees are paid upfront. After you pay, there are no monthly fees.
The other options for the BASIC plan are:
Domain Privacy Protection – All domains registrations are kept in a public database. If you choose this option, your information will be kept private.
Site Backup Pro
Search Engine Jumpstart
SiteLock Security – Find
Even if you are limited on budget, I would still consider Domain Privacy Protection.
As mentioned above, if you have just a little bit more, the PRIME plan for 36 months is probably the best deal out of all the options. You get everything in the basic plan plus upgraded storage, free Domain Privacy Protection, Site Backup Pro, and Spam Experts. Also, you have the option to add as many new websites as you want without any extra hosting fees. All you need to do is buy your new domains.
The final section is Payment Information. Simply enter your credit card information here, check the box agreeing to the terms, and press Submit!
Congrats!! You did it! You are now officially a blog owner. But, you are not done yet for today!
You will now be prompted by Bluehost create a password for your account. After you create your password (make sure to take note of it,) WordPress will begin installing on your account in the background.
It will next ask you to pick a theme. You can do this step now, or skip and pick it later.
You will also receive emails from Bluehost with your account and WordPress information. If you can't find them, make sure to check your spam folder.
Also, you will probably want to setup an email account for your blog:
Follow these instructions to setup your email account(s)
Great work in setting up your blog! That is a big step, and hopefully you will look back at this as a very important day in your life. Tomorrow we will discuss how to get your blog setup and looking good!!
Did you start your blog today? We want to celebrate it because it is such a big step. Post in the Facebook group with #celebrate and let us know the domain name of your site. We are always so happy to see these, and we will all #celebrate with you! If you would like to include a quick blurb about what you will be writing about that is great, but definitely not necessary. Also, if you would rather just send us an email to let us know that is ok too.
To make things even more fun, every Monday we will be choosing one person from the past week's #celebrate posts (or emails) to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card. So, if you started you blog using this course and our Bluehost link, make sure you post or email us.
One last thing….if you haven't joined the Facebook group yet, what are you waiting for? Join now so you get the most out of this course.