I am so excited that there are so many people interested in blogging and working from home! If you read my post 2 Side Jobs That Make Me $3,000 Per Month as a Stay At Home Mom you can see exactly how and just how much I’m making working from home.
I have lots of info that I want to share. Part of being a blogger is sharing your knowledge and things you have learned with others and I am so excited to talk more about this here.
Today I am going to help you get started on the very first thing that you need before you can make money from home. You NEED a website. In fact, I have several.
Everyone has websites these days and a blog is the BEST way to start. Why? Because it’s simple, just start writing about topics that your target audience would be interested in and people will find you!
You can use your blog as a standalone way to make money OR you can even use your blog to help support another business, maybe you already create products or want to in the future. Blogging is the best way to build a community that trusts you and are interested in what you have to say.
Regardless of where your business takes you, working from home for your online business means that you have to create a presence online on your blog AND on social media. So let’s start now!
Let’s Get Started
First, you will want to start building your empire with reputable companies. You don’t want to spend endless hours on building your blog only to have your site and files crash because of the companies you went through to start it. I recommend starting with a WordPress platform and Bluehost as the hosting company.
I have used WordPress since I started building websites. WordPress is awesome because the options to customize are endless. There are endless amounts of templates, both free and premium available to choose from. There are thousands of free plugins that will allow you to customize your site easily without any technical knowledge.
The WordPress platform itself is free, but in order to use WordPress online you will need to establish a hosting account through a hosting company. I recommend Bluehost since it’s reliable and inexpensive. Hosting basically means that you are paying a company to store all of your files on their server. Your blog files have to be kept somewhere!
A WordPress website with a custom domain will cost you about $60 – $100 per year depending on how many years you purchase up front.
There are free options out there like Blogger and Squarespace. However if you are truly serious about monetizing your site or making money from home then do not go with Blogger or Squarespace. There are limitations for both and what may happen is that you will end of switching to WordPress in the long run anyway which could wind up being costly and complicated.
Now let’s get into the details and I will walk you through step by step in getting your first WordPress blog setup.
By purchasing through this link you will receive the best price of hosting + a free domain! YAY!
Once you click the link above you will see this page.
If you have not purchased a domain elsewhere then choose I Need a Domain Name. Then proceed to fill out your account information.
Head over to choose your package. Your package may be different because by registering through this link – you are getting the best rate on their available packages.
Your plan is billed for annually, I always go with the 36-month price option because it’s the best price and it keeps me from having to renew my account every year. Even if you are just starting out I still recommend the 36-month because it’s the best value and you can cancel at anytime and receive a refund if you decide you don’t want to use Bluehost any longer.
Next. It’s time to install WordPress
This is your blogging platform. Trust me when I say you will be very happy you started on WordPress. I know so many people who get to year 2 or 3 or even later into their blogging career and they find that they have to switch in order to make some serious money.
You will get taken to a page that looks like this after you purchase your hosting package.
Its super easy because it installs in just one-click!
So simply click on WordPress to install.
If you don’t already have an email account created for your blog just use your primary email account to register with WordPress, these things can always be changed later on.
The final steps are pretty self-explanatory. Fill in the fields with your information. You will be creating a username and password.
If you need help installing WordPress, Bluehost has a great video tutorial available here.
After you are done installing WordPress you will get a confirmation message and email with your admin URL where you will login. You will also get a temporary password.
Next Up: Themes!
This is the fun part. This is the designing of your website but don’t let the word web-design scare you if you have no experience. You will see just how easy it is by installing a theme your site will transform right in front of your eyes. 🙂 There are many many themes out there for WordPress and it’s all about finding one that suits you and your site best.
There are free themes out there and then there are the premium themes that you do pay for. I started off with a free theme, however I quickly upgraded to a premium theme and here’s why. With a premium theme you are getting the best. The developer charges for their theme because they are standing behind their work. With premium themes there is usually more options to customize the look of your blog without plugins or any extra stuff. Small things like changing the way your links look, the color or size of your font. Things like that. The functionality of premium themes is usually superior, less buggy and if you need help with it you can reach out to the developer for support. You will not get support for your free theme.
I personally use Genesis Framework because I think it’s the best. The support is amazing and you can choose from a variety of well-made child themes to go along with it. If you are looking for something feminine and soft then check out Restored316designs.com. I’m in love with them!
If you need help activating a theme, check out this WordPress site for a step by step guide.
Once you have your hosting setup and you have WordPress installed and a theme uploaded you’re officially setup and ready to publish your first blog post!
Now it’s time to get to brainstorming some ideas. Are you ready?
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