Now that you have your domain decided, it is time to get your site setup!
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 SiteGround that cost is $62.35 a year (for the StartUp 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.
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 students with SiteGround. SiteGround is a top notch hosting company that I use myself. This current deal (which is the best you will find anywhere) is $3.95/mo. for a total of $62.35 for the year (that includes a new domain…if you already own a domain, the cost would be $47/yr). That is using the StartUp plan, but if you think your blog will grow quickly, the better value may be to do the GrowBig or GoGeek plan (more details below). Step one is to click HERE.
You will be presented with three options when you click the link and will be asked to select the StartUp, GrowBig, or GoGeek plan. The StartUp plan is the entry level option that I have been talking about that is only $3.95/mo. If your budget is very limited to start, that is the cheapest option.
But, if you think you will grow your traffic quickly, probably a better choice is to opt for the GrowBig or GoGeek plans as they are both 60% off now and will allow more traffic to your blog. GrowBig and GoGeek also have some additional features like priority support, ability to handle higher traffic amounts, tools to increase website speed, and website staging (GoGeek). For only $2 extra a month you can upgrade to GrowBig, and for only $8 extra a month you can get the GoGeek plan.
The form will now pull up that asks for your domain name. It is time to pick a domain name (your own dot come). Enter your preferred domain in this box. If it is taken, you will be notified on the next screen and will be able to pick another name. Click the “Proceed” button when you are ready to move on.
Now is time to enter your information and payment information. Enter this and continue scrolling down the page.
Note: If you anticipate getting your new site ramped up pretty quickly, you may want to consider the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. Since there is a 60% off deal for new customers, it would make sense to take that option right now.
Make sure to select the 12-month plan…this is how you will be able to get the hosting for $3.95/mo (or $5.95/$11.95 depending on your plan). If you select month to month, you are charged an upfront fee that just isn't worth it. Keep in mind that if you do not select domain privacy, your information will be in a public database.
Now simply check the confirmation box (terms of service) and press the Pay Now button.
That is it! I guess you are officially a blog owner!!
You will then instantly receive an email from SiteGround with your website setup information. When you log in, you will be given the option to automatically have WordPress installed on your new site. Answer yes to this, and you will officially have a WordPress blog set up!
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!!
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