Last Updated on November 5, 2022
How to start a blog on Bluehost in 2022?
If you’re wondering how to become a blogger, then you’re in the right place. Having a successful blog is a wonderful way to start earning money from home, especially because the situation we’re living in is currently very unpredictable.
The pandemic has left a lot of people unemployed, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it can be really hard to find a new job. In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a blog for beginners.
Online businesses have grown a lot during the last decade, and now basically everyone can make money from home. The only thing – and I’m not kidding – the only thing you have to do is really want it, work hard on it, and you will succeed.
You don’t need to be a perfect writer, you don’t need to have a lot of money, and you don’t need any extra special technology to succeed. It’s amazing what we, humans, can do with willpower. Besides, who wouldn’t like to work from home?
If you want to start a lifestyle blog, for example, the first thing you have to do is START YOUR BLOG. Don’t delay your decision. Now, this is the part that might make some of you think: “I don’t think I’ll manage to do that”. Don’t let it scare you away.
This process has been made really easy for everyone (and it’s cheap in the long term), so let me guide you through it with this guide to starting a blog for beginners.
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Choose a niche
You can’t start a blog if you don’t know what you want to blog about. The first step is to choose a niche or two. Of course, you can choose however many niches you prefer, but it’s suggested you pick a few niches and stick to them.
My blog focuses mainly on personal growth, but I also blog about mental health and productivity. Some people might say my niche is too broad, but I’m really confident in what I do. Let’s see how this works out.
Before we get into how to start a blog on Bluehost, we need to choose a niche first. It will help with your SEO and also keep your readers interested in you. If you write about blogging and gardening, your readers might not be interested in both topics. So it’s better to keep your niche clear to let your readers know what your blog is about.
To choose a suitable niche, think about:
- What are you good at? Also, what can you teach other people?
- What have you achieved in life? Can you share your knowledge and expertise in that area with your readers?
If you think you’ve chosen your niche(s), then think:
- Are you passionate about it?
- Can you imagine writing about it for the next five years or even more?
If you choose a topic that you really can’t write about, you’ll experience writer’s block soon. Better yet, choose a profitable niche that you know you’ll continue to write about.
Other things to think about:
- Is there an audience for this topic?
- Who is your perfect reader?
- What are they looking for?
You can use Google Trends or do a Google search to check the volume of your keywords.
If there’s no one interested in your blog topic or it just isn’t a profitable niche, chances are you won’t really succeed with it. To learn how to become a blogger and start building a blog from scratch, you need to choose a suitable niche.
Niching down is also important from an SEO viewpoint. If you focus on only one niche, Google will eventually start seeing you as an expert in your field (if you’ve done everything properly), and it will increase your chances of ranking higher.
You need to ask yourself if you can make money by writing about this niche. There are tons of ways to make money by blogging. You can show ads on your blog, use affiliate links, do sponsored posts, or even sell your own products on your blog.
I actually think every niche can be monetized if you think outside the box. However, monetizing and earning money are two different things. You need to check if that niche is popular enough so that you have enough potential buyers.
It’s preferable for the niche to be evergreen. What does “evergreen” mean? Basically, it’s a niche that does not depend on the season.
There are quite a few topics people love throughout the year (blogging, health & fitness, beauty, DIY-ing, food recipes, etc.). Besides your own passion, think about whether other people would be passionate about this topic too.
Choose a blogging platform
The next thing you have to do is choose a blogging platform.
There are a lot of opinions about which blogging platform to choose. I used to really like Blogger, and I almost made that horrible mistake when I wanted to start a blog on Blogger.
Now I personally prefer WordPress, because it’s easier to navigate, it gives me more opportunities, and I find it to be more user-friendly.
Please note that there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is free, but it’s quite limited. If you launch a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, you’ll have a lot more options to choose from (different widgets, themes, add-ons, tools, and plugins).
If you start a blog for free, you’ll save money because it’s, well, free, but you’ll also have almost no control over your blog.
A few reasons for going with a self-hosted blog:
- Free blogs don’t appear as professional as self-hosted blogs. You’ll also have the .wordpress.com or .blogspot.com ending connected to your blog name, so it does not look very nice at all.
- With free blogs, you can’t install plugins and other stuff that helps you become a better blogger and achieve a better user experience.
- Most of the time, free blogs can’t be monetized because free platforms usually limit your advertising options.
- With self-hosting, you’ll have TOTAL control over your blog.
If you’re going to create a blog that you have no control over, why bother creating a blog at all? Of course, if you’re just a hobby blog and you have no plans to monetize your content, then go for it.
Some people think choosing a self-hosted blogging platform means you have to be tech-savvy. It’s not true at all.
If you choose WordPress.org, you won’t even have to install WordPress yourself because Bluehost, which I’ll discuss shortly, will do it for you for free. If you still decide to go with Blogger, follow this tutorial.
Before we really get into how to start a blog on Bluehost, you’ll also need to think about your blog’s name. Brainstorm some ideas by using the pen-and-paper method. Make sure that your blog’s name is memorable and, preferably, connected to your niche. Don’t make it too long either.
BTW, make sure to Google your blog’s name before deciding, so that you won’t get nasty surprises later.
Now that you have a niche and a name for your blog, let’s move on.
It’s time to pick a web hosting provider. It’s really important to pick a reliable host. If your site is constantly down or too slow, you’ll lose potential readers, which means you’ll lose your income.
It will also affect your SEO enormously because site speed plays a huge part in SEO rankings. Google prefers sites that load faster, so you NEED to make sure your hosting service offers the best loading speed possible.
Different hosting sites offer different plans, but I personally prefer Bluehost. A lot of people are against Bluehost, but as for now, I have no complaints about them. Even WordPress itself recommends them.
Now I’ll guide you through how to sign up for their services, but first, I’ll tell you my reasons for choosing Bluehost.
Why I prefer Bluehost:
- You’ll get a free domain name for the first year. That’s a win if you’re on a tight budget.
- A free SSL certificate is included. Security is SO important nowadays.
- Free and easy WordPress installation, user-friendly interface. See? You absolutely don’t need to be a tech genius to start a lifestyle blog!
- They have 24/7 support, which is really useful for beginners like me.
Now that you’ve chosen a blogging platform and hosting, it’s time to get started.
I would like to note that this blog isn’t my first one. I used to have a free blogspot.com blog and I didn’t get really far with that. To be honest, I was so afraid of WordPress. I was genuinely afraid.
I once made an account and when I looked at WordPress’s dashboard, I had a mini anxiety attack. It looked so difficult, so I gave up and continued on my blogspot.com blog. As I mentioned, I did not get very far with it.
So that’s my most useful advice for you. If you don’t want to purchase hosting from Bluehost, that’s fine. There are tons of other hosting providers. But if you’re looking for how to start building a blog from scratch, go for a self-hosted blog. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Choose a plan
Let’s get serious now. To finally learn how to start a blog on Bluehost, click here. Click on the Get Started button. Yes, do it!!!
Now you’ll see different plans. Each of them has its pros and cons, but I would go for the basic plan because it’ll cover all your needs (at least for now).
What you need to know about Bluehost is that the longer the plan you choose, the cheaper it is. If you choose a 12-month plan, you’ll pay 4.95€/month ($5.95). If you choose a 24-month plan, you’ll pay 4.12€/month ($4.95). And if you choose a 36-month plan, you’ll pay 3.29€/month ($3.95).
The thing about Bluehost is that you can’t pay monthly payments. I think that’s what scares a lot of people. That’s quite a lot of money to pay all at once, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
But think of it as an investment in your future life. After all, the only investments you’ll never have to regret are those in yourself, right?
I chose the 36-month plan to save money in the long run, but if you’re on a budget and trying to spend as little money as possible, you can choose the 12-month plan as well.
Select a domain name
Let’s recap. You have already chosen a niche, blog name, blogging platform, picked hosting and chosen a plan. You’re doing such a good job!
Now it’s time to choose a domain name. When you buy hosting from Bluehost, you’ll get a free domain for a year. After that, you have to pay according to their price list, but I think it’s a nice bonus.
If you have decided on your domain name, simply type it into the box. If you’re not sure which name to pick, I suggest you check out this post about choosing a blog name, which has a lot of useful advice on how to pick a suitable domain name. A little tip: people usually choose their blog’s name as their domain name as well.
You also need to make sure that your chosen domain name isn’t taken. Visit this site to check your domain name’s availability by typing your domain name into that box.
If you want to reach an international audience, make sure to choose the .com ending. It also looks more professional than .eu or even .blog.
Add your account information and choose package information
Now, the next step requires adding your account information. Fill in all the fields. There’s also an option to sign in with Google, which makes it even easier.
Then you can choose the account plan and it’ll show you the price you’ll have to pay all at once.
Choose package extras and fill in the payment information
In the package extras section, you can choose different extras, but I personally suggest you uncheck all of them. You really don’t need them, and it’ll keep your price as low as possible.
The last step on this page is to fill out the payment information. You can pay by credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, they also have other payment options. Agree with their terms and conditions and YOU’RE HALFWAY DONE WITH YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS STARTING A LIFESTYLE BLOG!
Create a password, choose a theme, optimize your WordPress and start writing
Now it’s time to create a password for your account. Just like always, choose a password that’s really hard for strangers to guess. Don’t forget to use a capital letter, a number, and perhaps even some characters. If you’re unsure which password to choose, read this post on how to create a strong password.
Your account is ready! OMG! How exciting is that?! Now you can log into your Bluehost account. You can either use the password you created or sign in with Google as you did before.
Learning how to become a blogger isn’t as hard as you thought, right?! Now you can really start working on your blog. First, Bluehost will ask you a few questions that you can answer.
Choose a theme and add important pages
The next step is to choose a theme. You can choose a free theme and stick to it, but you can also buy a premium theme later. Don’t focus on the theme too much, as it can be changed later.
Your WordPress is already installed (see, wasn’t it easy?). I bet you didn’t think it was that easy when you typed “how to become a blogger” into Google.
Now you can customize your blog design. You can stick to the free theme you chose before, but you can also buy a new premium theme or even buy a theme from another site (like Etsy) and upload it to WordPress.
When it comes to legal pages, I highly recommend Amira’s legal bundles. Amira is a six-figure blogger who works as a LAWYER. So, she totally knows what she’s talking about.
She offers a starter legal bundle, which consists of three must-have website legal policies that you can customize according to your blog and nine bonuses.
Install essential plugins
Another highly recommended piece of advice is to install essential plugins on your blog.
The number one plugin to install is Yoast. It helps you understand SEO, keywords, and everything related to it. However, do not rely 100% on that green light. If you don’t get the green light but believe your post is 100% SEO optimized, go ahead and publish it. You know better than the computer.
W3 Total Cache is a plugin that will speed up your blog’s performance. If your blog is too slow, you might actually start losing readers. Make sure to install it properly by following this tutorial for beginners.
Smush is a plugin to use if you want to compress the photos on your blog. Compressing your photos is also important to improve your site’s speed. The free version works just fine, but I use the Pro version because it gives me more possibilities and compresses the images even more. You can get the Pro version of Smush here.
Akismet Spam Protection is a spam-fighting plugin that protects millions of WordPress sites from comment and contact form spam. It’s a must-have because no one likes spam, right?
Grow Social helps you add social media share buttons to your blog. How many times have you stumbled across a great blog post that you’d like to share, but there is no share button to share it? So you just leave. To avoid that mistake, install social media share buttons on your blog.
Wordfence Security protects your website by detecting and blocking malicious traffic.
Whatever you do, do not install MonsterInsights. It’s a mistake I made, and it slowed my site down a lot. You can install your Google Analytics code using the Insert Headers and Footers plugin.
Before you launch your blog, make sure you have a few blog posts with beautiful images prepared in advance. I’ve written two great posts to help you with that: creative lifestyle blog post ideas for every niche and sites to find free and feminine stock photos.
Don’t forget to remove the Coming Soon page. Go to the Settings – General section of your site’s dashboard. If you don’t remove this page, other people won’t see your blog.
Promote your blog
Now that you have learned how to start a blog on Bluehost and you’ve already published your blog, it’s time to promote your well-written blog posts. To find out how to do it, read my blog post that tells you all about boosting your blog traffic using these free tools.
To promote my blog, I focus on two sources – Pinterest and SEO. Working on SEO takes some time, but it’s really worth it. You can learn some new tips from my blog post about easy SEO tips for beginner bloggers.
Pinterest is also labeled as a bloggers’ goldmine, but from what I hear, getting traffic from Pinterest isn’t as easy as it used to be. So, it also takes some time, testing, and patience.
However, I’d like to mention something. As a beginner, I highly recommend you check out Tailwind. Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler tool that lets you schedule your pins in advance. I pin my own pins manually, but I use Tailwind to schedule other people’s pins. It saves me tons of time.
By using this link to sign up, you’ll get 15 dollars of credit, which means you can get your first month of Tailwind Pro for free.
When we talk about Pinterest, I can’t end this post about how to become a blogger without mentioning Carly Campbell’s course called Pinteresting Strategies.
Carly has a mom blog and she uses Pinterest to drive over 200 000 views a month from Pinterest to her blog. A lot of Pinterest courses claim to teach you “valuable Pinterest tips”, but for me, they all feel the same. I learned nothing new.
However, Pinteresting Strategies truly opened my eyes. I learned so many new things about Pinterest and I can’t wait to up my Pinterest game. I implemented her strategies a week ago and I’m already seeing a slight increase in my Pinterest stats. I’m so excited! Make sure to get your copy of Pinteresting Strategies here.
If you don’t want to pay for any courses right now, then I also found Amy LeBlanc’s free Pinterest 2021 strategy course very useful.
Learning how to become a blogger isn’t actually that hard
That’s it for my blog post about starting a lifestyle blog. If you have any questions or you still haven’t completely understood something about building a blog from scratch, please contact me or let me know in the comments below. I’m more than happy to answer them!