Now that you have your domain decided, it is time to get your site set up!
First a brief word about platform. The platform of choice for bloggers is WordPress. WordPress is the software that your site is built on…just like Windows/Mac/Android. There is really no reason to get started on something other than WordPress if you are starting a blog…it is that dominant right now in the industry.
Also, if you have plans to make money on your blog, then you NEED to get your own hosting for your WordPress site. There is a “free” option that was popular a number of years ago, but it is not really a valid choice these days…especially for making money with your blog.
So now I will show you exactly how to get your own WordPress site started now. The whole process takes about 15 minutes or less, and after you take these steps, you are officially part of the blogger community. You can then start on your path to living the life you really want.
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.
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 not only the largest WordPress hosting company, but they 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
Most new bloggers go with the Basic plan because it has everything you need and it is the most economical.
***If you think your blog will grow quickly, you may want to consider the PRIME plan. It costs slightly more per month, but also includes more storage space, Domain Privacy, SiteBackup Pro, and SpamExperts. Also, if you will be running more than one blog, you can host those extra blogs on your same hosting account for no additional cost.
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 choose some options:
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
$106.20 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 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
The only option above that you might want to consider is domain privacy protection. The other options are not necessary for most beginning bloggers.
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 receive a welcome email from Bluehost with your account login information. Use this to login to get the next stage, which is installing WordPress!
Click HERE to access the walkthrough to install WordPress. You must complete this step in order to start your blog.
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 randomly choosing one person from the past week's #celebrate posts (or emails) to receive a $25 Starbuck's gift card. So, if you started you blog, 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.