start a blog!

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Why start a blog?

I decided to start a blog as a creative outlet and hopefully to make some additional income to the household.  I am a stay at home mom and wife to a farmer, so I needed an activity that was flexible and that had earning potential.  Farming does not always have good years and so I began this journey.

Are you ready to start your own?

Setup your WordPress blog in 5 easy steps:

  1. Decide on a domain name and get web hosting.
  2. Follow these steps to get everything set up.
  3. Install WordPress – One Click Install
  4. Log In and Choose a Theme
  5. Write your first post!  And be sure you have at least 5 posts before you launch your site! Get Visitors to Your Blog.

Step #1

Be creative when you decide on a domain name!  Think of your interests and what your target market will be.  Once you have decided on a name, check the availability here:

Your name might not be available and that’s okay. Try a few variations or even using your name can help.

You can add unlimited websites and blogs to your bluehost account so don’t worry too much if you’re not totally sold on your current domain name idea.

Step #2

Click here to open up bluehost in a new window and follow along.

Click the green Get Started Now button at bluehost to get started.

 

Select your plan/pricing:

 

I started with just the basic plan based on my budget at this time.  I may upgrade once things kick off.

On the next page, enter in the domain name that you’d like to use.

The next step is easy – just fill out all your contact details and payment information (billed annually).

As you can see below, that same screen has some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Domain Privacy Protection. This keeps your details private.

 

Finally all you have to do is add in your credit card details, check the standard Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and hit the green submit button!

Ta-Da you are on your way to having your own blog!

Step #3

Login to your bluehost account (if you aren’t logged in already), and click on “hosting” from the top menu bar.  Scroll down until you see this…

 

Click on the “Install WordPress” icon, and follow these quick steps to install WordPress on your new site:

  • Select your domain from the dropdown menu, and click “submit.
  • Now Bluehost will take care of the entire installation process, and when it is finished, you’ll receive some important login URLs.

At this point, do not exit out, make sure to save this information (screenshot it or copy it into a text document), and click “configure your password.

  • Next, create a username and password, and store this information in a safe place! Click “complete setup” when you’re finished!

Complete the setup, and you will be able to log into your WordPress website!

Now remember that information you saved (see the photo above)?  You want to open up your LOGIN URL in your browser.  When you do that, you will be take to a page that looks like this:

Fill in your name and password, and you have now logged into your WordPress website!  Now it’s time to select a theme and make your website look awesome!

Step #4

Once logged into your WordPress website, follow the instructions on this page, and make sure to click ”yes.”

 

WordPress will walk you through the basics of starting your website and start to get you familiar with the platform.

At some point, you will see the back of the dashboard which will look similar to this:

 

Click “appearances” and then “themes.”

It’s now time to find a great theme for your blog and start making it look how you want!

Note that WordPress has a few free themes that you can choose from, so play around with those a bit to get started and find one that works for you.

Whoo-Hoo you now have a theme for your blog!

Step #5

Write away!  Be sure to include high resolution images to go along with your posts to attract readers!  I own a nice digital camera to take pics with and then edit them in Photoshop.

Spread the word!  Sign up with Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram and Email!  You can find various social media icons to display on your blog for easy sharing of your posts!

If you have any questions for me, feel free to contact me!

 

Happy Blogging!