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How to Start a Blog in 2020 Despite it’s Craziness.

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Welcome to my step-by-step guide on how you can start a successful blog from scratch without any experience in these crazy times!

Today I’m going to be talking about:

  1. The current Black Friday / Cyber Monday discount on starting a blog.
  2. How I got started as a blogger and how much money I make now.
  3. What you need to start a blog today.
  4. How to start a blog step-by-step.
  5. What to do after you start your blog.
  6. How to get free one-on-one text coaching with me!

This blog post is kind of long so you might want to copy this link and email it to yourself so you can come back later if you don’t have time now or you can enter your email below and I’ll send you this post, plus a whole FREE 6 day course on how to start a profitable blog.

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It’s the best time of year to get started.

You have perfect timing because for this week only starting a blog is 60% off the typical cost for Black Friday / Cyber Monday. In this guide, I will explain how to make sure you get the 60% that’s just for my audience but I just wanted to give you the heads up.

Now before I teach you how to start a blog I want to tell you a little bit about how I started. If you don’t care how I started and just want to learn how to start a blog scroll until you see the header “What do you need to start a blog?

How did I get started blogging?

Shortly after getting married in 2015 I had a pipe dream of traveling a bunch, and one day being a stay at home mom. I guess I didn’t understand that my job wasn’t just going to pay me to stay home and not work.

We were super poor (I mean super poor) we couldn’t even afford to go on date nights, stop by Starbucks for coffee, and we didn’t get to go on a honeymoon.

Eventually I got sick of always feeling poor, living for the weekends and being a slave to a job I hated. So I headed to Pinterest to try and figure out how I could make money from home so I could at least be a work from home mom since I couldn’t be a stay at home mom.

After failing at what Pinterest told me to do (aka surveys, and transcribing audio) I started to come across pins like ‘“How I Made $10,000 Last Month Blogging”, and after seeing enough of them I decided to bite the bullet and invest the $70 into Bluehost to start my own blog.

I thought the day after I started my blog I would make $300, and to my surprise, I couldn’t even figure out how to install a theme, get people to my website, or install plug-ins.

I felt annoyed because so many bloggers tell you to start a blog but none of them actually tell you how and what to do. So I promised myself that If I ever actually figured out how to have a profitable blog, I would help other people who wanted to find a way to make money from home.

By the 7th month of blogging I had more than replaced my income and quit my job.

Now I make over $20,000 every month from my blog and we get to live in our dream house, drive our dream car, and travel on vacations I couldn’t have ever dreamed of before.

So now I have decided that it’s time to keep my promise to myself and share my best blogging advice so I can help people like you build blogs that will change your life.

Trust me, there is no reason I’m special I had no clue what I was doing when I started, YOU’VE GOT THIS!

What do you need to start a blog?

Don’t get scared! Like I just said you don’t need any special knowledge to blog, you don’t even really need any special technology or a lot of money!

To start a blog you are going to need:

  1. a computer.
  2. an internet connection.
  3. an email address.

A Computer: The reason I say you need a computer is because for one it is hard (but doable if you must) to scroll through this guide, and sign up for a blog at the same time from your phone. If you are on your phone right now but have a computer copy this link, and email it to yourself so you can follow along when you get to your computer.

When it comes to the other two things I listed I’m guessing you already have some kind of internet connection and email address lol. If not you are going to need those things to get started.

Side Note: don’t let your mind get the best of you. You’ve got this!

I was hesitant to put the $71.40 for Bluehost on my credit card to create this blog, because that Is a lot of money (especially for a poor newlywed like I was) and I had no idea If I would ever get it back. My blog hasn’t failed it has become a full-time job.

And just like I didn’t fail I know you won’t fail! just to make sure:

I MADE YOU SOMETHING: I created a FREE ( did I mention it’s free?) 6 Day email course which will teach you step-by-step how to set up a blog, install your theme, make a logo, and create monetized content. It will completely kick-start your blogging success.

  • Day 1: How to start a blog from scratch with no experience (& get a free domain name)
  • Day 2: How to make your blog look ready for readers.
  • Day 3: How to write killer blog posts & make money from them.
  • Day 4: Other ways bloggers make money.
  • Day 5: How to start using social media as a blogger.
  • Day 6: How to stay motivated & not overwhelmed when it comes to blogging.

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How do you start a blog?

The way I tell people to start blogs is a little different than most people because I don’t tell people “choose a topic” or “choose a niche” over and over again because truthfully I don’t think it matters.

I started blogging talking about how to make amazing food on a budget then I started talking about my favorite designer dupes, then I started talking about money saving tips, and being married in college and during each of those times I made money.

I truly think you can make money blogging about anything if you are determined to do so. If you want to talk about fitness and parenting you can do that!

The way I am going to walk you through blogging doesn’t have you start by picking a topic, instead, I am going to start by talking about choosing a name, then I will walk you through starting your blog.

1. Naming your blog

In order to blog you have to have something to talk about, and a .com name of your own!

On my website I talk about clothes, saving money, and traveling on a budget.

One thing I recommend if you are going to talk about many things is that you give your website a name that works with all the topics for instance like naming your website after yourself, or calling it “lifewith(your first or last name here)”.com. Or you could just use your name as your domain name like I have.

If you just want to talk about one thing like a keto diet you could consider something like “myketolife.com”

Tips for coming up with a domain name:

  • use a .com people are used to .com’s
  • don’t misspell words if you can help it, because if you tell someone you run into my website is “candy cane dot com” they won’t think to type in “kandeekayne.com” when they get home.
  • use something simple that can go with all the topics you want to talk about. Maybe consider just using your first and last name.

    You can try out and see if names your thinking of are available here:

Can’t come up with a domain name?

Don’t worry about it, you can set up your blog without a domain name and still claim your free domain later. Not having a name for your blog is no reason not to get started especially because of the price right now, because like I said you can always claim your free domain name later!

If you are still struggling to come up with a domain name after you get started don’t hesitate to click the contact button at the top of the page and reach out to me and we can talk about it!

2. How to Start Your Blog

First, you are going to want to click here to open Bluehost in a new window, while leaving this post open.

It normally starts at $7.99 a month but now for you guys this week for the Holidays it starts at only $2.65 a month.

Bluehost has been great every step of the way. Every time I have contacted their customer service they have been so helpful, and that is the number one reason I continue to recommend them.

What you get with bluehost: 1 free domain, hosting and more than 60% off.

Let’s get started!

By now in another tab you should have a page that looks like this:

you are going to go ahead and click “get started” which will take you to a page where you can chose a hosting plan. I recommend getting the “basic” plan because it really comes with everything you need to start a profitable blog. It is what I used for my blog.

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After you click “select” on the plan you want you are going to be taken to a screen like the one below:

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If you know the domain name you want to use you can enter it in “new domain” if you already bought a domain name before enter it in “i have a domain name” .

After you fill out any of the options I mentioned above you should be taken to this screen:

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Here is where you will fill out the information for your account, this is the info you need to access your account, or you would give if you ever had to talk to Bluehost’s tech support team so remember the email you use.

Also don’t worry about creating a new email for your website before you sign up for Bluehost, no one is going to see this email but you and you shouldn’t get a bunch of spam emails from Bluehost so you don’t have to worry about that either.

After you fill out your account information and scroll down you will see this:

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I recommend signing up for 36 month “account plan”, because it saves you the most money however, you can only sign up for 12 months that is totally fine too!

The only “package extra” I recommend adding is “Domain Privacy Protection” this makes it so that no one can access your personal information, if you decline this the first few days after starting your blog you may get a lot of phone calls, if you can’t afford Domain Privacy (I couldn’t when I started) just block the calls as they come in so those people cannot call you from that number anymore.

After you choose your plan, and package extras it’s time to pay (yes, it is really just that easy)

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After you pay you you will receive a conformation screen letting you know everything went through, after that you are going to want to click “create account” so that you can actually access that blog you just created.

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After you click “Create Account” you will be brought to a screen to create a password for a Bluehost account, this is the password you will use to log into Bluehost to access your blog so make sure you remember it!

Woohoo! we almost have a blog. How exciting? Super exciting.

You are going to be living your dreams in no time flat after this.

This is a pretty simple step so I am going to just drop the pictures of the steps below, but make sure to write down your password, or save it somewhere.

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After you click “Create Account” you will be taken to the following page where you can finally go login to that blog you just created.

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After you click “Go to Login” it should go to a login page where you can type in all that account info you just picked out.

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Once you login you will be prompted to set your website title, and tagline. These honestly don’t really matter and can be changed at any time. So if you don’t know what you want these to be you can just type in like “Blank” and “Blank” and go back and change it later.

Essentially these will just be what come up in the browser tab if someone was on your websites homepage. If you want to pick out your tagline I put mine in the image below to give you an idea of what it could be.

Make sure you select that you want a blog, if you plan to blog on your website.

It will also ask you if you want your blog posts to be displayed on your blog or if you want your blog posts to be displayed on a different page. I always recommend you have your blog posts displayed on your blog.

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After that Bluehost asks you a brief survey just fill it out with what you hope to do with your website, and how comfortable you are creating websites.

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After you fill out the survey you will to pick a theme, all the themes on that page are totally FREE so pick any of them. I will show you how to edit, change or buy a theme in a little while so don’t stress about the choice just pick whatever your first instinct is.

The page that comes up should look like this:

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I personally like the Savant theme that is on page 3 if you are setting this up on a computer and have it full screen.

After you pick a theme you will be taken to your new Bluehost home screen, then you are going to want to click “Get Started”

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After you click “Get Started” you will be taken to your home screen where you should see a checklist of things to complete before you launch your blog. Launching your blog is when you make it public so people you share it with can see it.

I recommend completing this checklist then once you are done completing the checklist you will click “launch my site”

And that is it, you will have a fully functioning website with content on it. How crazy is that?

Can you believe that you are already almost done? it’s crazy how simple it is to build a blog, yet some people think that they will never be able to do it because they don’t know how to code.

After you complete the checklist you are ready to move on to the other parts of this series.

But just so you know what will happen, as you hover over each of the steps on the to do list from a computer you should see a little blue button pop up that says ““

Click on that button and you will be taken to your website where you can complete that step. Sometimes there will be guidance on how to complete that step there as well. If you ever get stuck feel free to reach out to Bluehost support, or google the exact question you have.

I have figured out how to do everything I have on my website now just by those two things basically.

Here is what it will look like when you hover over and click on the first step.

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Thanks so much for listening to me / reading me go on and on about how to start a blog. I know this post was long but blogging has 1000% changed my life for the better, and I love sharing it with people.

Especially when it is more than 50% off the cost of starting a blog.

That’s it! You created your blog. Can you believe it was really that easy?


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