How to Start Your Blog for only $2.75 a month
👋 Heather here! So you've decided to start your blog. That is awesome! Pete and I are going to walk you through the super easy process each step of the way!
⭐Before you start your blog, you should already know the domain name you are going to start your blog with. If you don't have it picked out yet, we can help with that too! All of our tips are in our FREE Start Your Blogging Business 5 Day Crash Course. We invite you to sign up today if you haven't already!
DISCLOSURE: We believe in being complete transparency. The links below to Bluehost are affiliate links. This means that we earn some revenue (at no cost to you) when you click through our link(s) and set up your service. This helps us offset the costs of the free training we provide, offer the absolute best prices and allows us to better serve you with the free help in our groups. Our sites are hosted by Bluehost and we truly love their service.
Ready to jump ahead and get your blog started: Click THIS LINK to get the It's a Lovely Life! special price and bonuses listed below just for our students.
When you sign up through our link above, you will get the following:
- FREE access to our WP Fast Launch course ($197 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 (piece 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!)
🎉 Now the fun starts. In less than 10 minutes, you are going to be an official blogger!
You can either read the steps I am sharing below, or you can watch this video that Pete made for you. Either way, please remember to click on any of the links in this post when you start your blog so that we can give you all 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 two 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.
➦If you stay on this page for a little bit, it will pop up with this option:
➦If you haven't decided on a domain yet, you can select “Choose Free 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know, that is ok too.