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How To Start Your Own WordPress Blog For $3.95/month

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This is a really quick and easy guide to start your own blog in 15 minutes or less with no technical experience.

We were recently able to secure a BETTER deal for our students, of only $2.95/mo!

To get your blog set up quickly, you just have to follow each easy step below and then you will officially be a blogger!

Start a Blog (1)Starting your own WordPress blog may be one of the best decisions you ever make. I know it was for me!  

My blogging business brings in an income that averages over $30,000 per month, and also allows me to travel for free with my family to amazing destinations around the world. A blog is a perfect way to bring in a side income, and with some persistence, you can be making more money than you ever dreamed. 

In order to start your own blog, you will need to be on a self-hosted WordPress platform.

I recommend Bluehost because they are the biggest in the business AND they have agreed to provide my students a special deal that is not available if you go to their site directly. Bluehost has over 2,000,000 websites on their servers and they have an amazing support team in place to help you out 24/7. 

For a limited time, any new signups through my link will get a special price of $2.95/mo AND it includes a free domain for the first year.  This is the best deal you will find ANYWHERE!

I have been blogging for over 10 years now, and I love what I do because of the money and the opportunities that it provides for my family.  Last year we traveled 150 days out of the year, and I did not pay for a single hotel room.  In most cases, all our travel expenses (flights, meals, etc.) were fully covered. I even took trips with my family where we were paid to vacation. I feature products and services on my site and sponsors pay me to feature them in my posts. Not to be left out, I get invited to attend many special events that are experiences that money cannot buy.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the past year because of my blog:

Income from It's A Lovely Life is an average of over $30,000 per month. Our blog has earned in the 6 figures for the past 4 years and the money coming in is still growing at a rapid rate.

We traveled over 150 days last year as a family. These destinations included: Turks & Caicos, Cancun (twice), Hawaii, A 19 Day Tour of Florida, A Dude Ranch in Tucson, Aruba, Jamaica, Virginia, Maryland, Austin, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Dells, Colorado Springs, Park City Utah, all over California, and more. We were “hosted” on all of these trips and were even paid to take many of these trips in exchange for coverage on the site.

We attended many special events: World Premier of Lethal Weapon in Hollywood, Numerous special events at Disneyland and Disney World, and KIA events in Lake Tahoe and San Diego.

Have I convinced you yet that blogging can be fun and profitable?  It is really the only business I know of where you can get it started for such a small investment.

20161215_112357Most importantly, I am able to be there for my family all of the time. I work on my own schedule….I never have to miss a game, a school event, or stress about missing work when they are sick or need me.  I am my own boss, and I decide everything about my business.

You may have thought about getting a blog started in the past, but for whatever reason, you never started.  This is your opportunity to take the big leap and start your own business.

So, I told you that I would 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 can then start on your path to living the life YOU really 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 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.. 

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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.

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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

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Next, you will fill in your account information.

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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

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 budget, the PRIME plan for 36 months is probably the best value 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.

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Click HERE to Go To Bluehost

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.

Next Steps:

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. When it is finished, you will be able to login to your WordPress dashboard to begin setting up your new blog!

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:

example: yourname@yournewdomain.com

Follow these instructions to setup your email account(s)

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.

I would also like to invite you to join our FREE Start A Money Making Blog Facebook Group. This is a vibrant community of thousands of bloggers (and us) who are there to support you in getting your blog started.

Blogging is no longer a hobby for many…it is a real business that generates a substantial amount of income. If you are interested in making money with your new blog, I highly recommend that you join us!

Here are some links to just some of the fun things we have done over the past year (because of the blog):

Family Dude Ranch Review: White Stallion Tucson Arizona

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Review

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun Review

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Luxury Family Travel Review

Pete And I Are Going On A Surprise Tropical Vacation!

Ultimate Florida Family Road Trip Guide Day 1

Hawaii With Kids- Oahu Family Fun Day 1

Williamsburg With Kids Day 2 Busch Gardens Guide

24 Hours In Baltimore With Kids Featuring Hotel Monaco

The Complete Guide- 2016 Halloween Time At Disneyland

Grand Palladium Resort & Spa Riviera Maya The White Sands Suites Review

Hollywood Date Night- Lethal Weapon Premier

Winter Wonderland Family Adventure To Lake Tahoe With Kia

Incredible Weekend Getaway To Wisconsin Dells With Kids

Garden Of The Gods Club & Resort Review

A Cool 48 Hours In Park City, Utah

Heather
Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.

9 Comments

  1. Hi Heather,
    I already have an established blog hosted on wordpress with a domain name, etc. that I’ve been doing as a hobby, but would like to learn how to make money from it. Do I still need to go through SiteGround?
    Thanks! Chris

    1. Hi Chris! It’s Pete answering here because I handle most of the hosting and technical side with our site. It sounds like you probably already have a self hosted wordpress site. Are paying for a host now? If you are, that should be all you need to get going for now. SiteGround isn’t the only host out there, but they are the best in my opinion…and we’ve been through a lot of them! Let me know if there is anything else I can answer for you.

      1. Hi Pete,
        Thank you for getting back to me. That’s good news. I pay my site hosting annually and just renewed in February. If I find too many limitations for change I may switch to SiteGround at that time. Thanks again! Chris

  2. This article is so helpful! Hoping to start my family blog this summer and I need all the tips I can get! ☺

  3. After setting up the blog how do you make money as I didn’t see any info on adding a PayPal or bank account for money to be deposited in?

  4. I’m new to this. Can you please explain to me why a host site is needed? It looks like I could create a blog site through WordPress without going through SiteGround but I would like to know the pros & cons of doing so.

    Thanks,
    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer, A company like SiteGround or Bluehost is where you need to go if you are looking to generate income with your blog. When you are self hosted, you control everything. WordPress.com is a beginner type site where they make it easy, but they control everything about your site too. When you are self hosted, you are in total control of your site and the ways in which you can make income. Here are a couple of links you should check out: This is the new deal we have worked out for hosting that is a little better pricing: https://itsalovelylife.com/start-your-own-wordpress-blog-for-2-95-per-month/
      Also, here is the link to our Facebook group which is geared towards getting your blog started and there is great information and support here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1386052068132248/

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