How To Start a Blog in 2020 With Our Easy Guide for Beginners
A note from Heather and Pete,
We are so happy that you've decided to start your blog. It is a very good decision and the timing couldn't be better.
We have all learned that being able to work from home, or from wherever you choose, is the way of the future!
Plus, being in control of your income regardless of world events brings a lot of peace and security to your mind.
We are going to walk you through the super easy process to set up your blog… each step of the way!
Remember, we are here to help you succeed! We want your blog to be a thriving business that you run on your terms.
If you have any questions or need help, just ask us in the chat bubble on the bottom right of this page.
Disclosure: We believe in transparency. The links to Bluehost are affiliate links. This means that we earn some revenue (at no cost to you) when you click through the links and start your blog. This is how you get the best price too. Our sites are hosted by Bluehost and we love their service.
Ready to jump ahead and get your blog started: Click THIS LINK for special pricing and the FREE bonuses listed below.
When you sign up through the links in this post you will get the following:
- FREE access to our WP Fast Launch course ($197 normally, but free for you!)
- FREE access to the WP Fast Launch VIP Facebook group (Only available to our students)
- The BEST pricing available for Bluehost (even better than going direct)
- Automatic install of the correct version of WordPress (peace of mind and no extra work for you)
- Free Domain for the first year (you don't have to pay for your .com name the first year!)
With these easy steps, you are going to be an official blogger in just a couple of minutes!
You can either read the steps I am sharing below, or you can watch this video that Pete made for you. Either way, remember to click on any of the links in this post when you start your blog to receive the FREE bonuses.
First step: Hosting. We recommend and use Bluehost because they are the largest WordPress hosting company and are trusted by millions of bloggers (including us). Not only that but with our special pricing, which is the best you will find anywhere, you can start your blog for as low as $2.75/mo depending on the plan you choose. I absolutely love that you can start your blog for less than what you would pay for one cup of coffee a month.
Click the bright green “Get Started Now” and you are on your way!
Tip: You will want to make sure you see this image (it looks a little different on mobile, but you will see us on the beach) when you complete your hosting so that we can make sure you get the free bonuses.
On the next screen, you will see 3 Package Choices: Basic, Plus, and Choice Plus
Tip: If you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine.
If you have a little bit of extra room in your budget, the Choice Plus plan has the best value for the 36-month package. With that, you get these included: free domain privacy, free CodeGuard Basic, and SpamExperts. My favorite feature with this package 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.)
Now Click SELECT on your chosen plan to move to the next step.
Now you will see the three options on the screenshot below:
Create a new domain – If you do not already own a domain for your blog yet, enter your chosen domain name (.com) in the box and click NEXT.
Use a domain you own – If you already own a domain (registered somewhere else), then enter your domain name in this box and click NEXT.
Or you can skip this step and create a domain later.
Click: I'll create my domain later
After that, you will see this page if you entered a domain and it is available:
➦Then, fill in your order information on the screen you will see like this one below:
In the circled area above, you will also need to select the length of time you want your plan to be. The longer the length of time, the cheaper the monthly price will be. This is charged upfront and not billed monthly so that we can offer you the absolute best pricing.
Tip: If you want to switch the plan type to Choice Plus or Basic, you'll need to go back to the previous screens to do that.
As you'll see above, there are some boxes that are already checked.
At this point, you'll need to decide what extras to go with.
Tip: We recommend keeping at least Domain Privacy Protection checked (so your name and contact information is not visible in the public domain registry). But, if you are on a budget, you can uncheck all those extra boxes to keep your cost down.
The next section is the Payment Information. Enter your credit/debit card information there.
The final step is to check the box agreeing to the terms, and pressing the green submit button!
🎉 Congrats!!! You did it! You are now officially a blog owner. 🎉
Now let's get you your free bonuses!
Please fill out this short form and we'll immediately send you an email with instructions to enroll in WP Fast Launch for FREE since you signed up through our link.
Next, we want to celebrate starting your new blog with you.
Take a second and post in our private Facebook group (if you haven't joined you can request access right now too) with #celebrate and let us know the domain name of your site and what topics you will be blogging about! Also, if you would rather send us an email (email@example.com) to let us know, that is ok too.
Related: Are you signed up for our FREE Start A Blogging Business 5 Day Crash Course?