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How to Start a Blog in 2021: 6 Easy Steps to Get You Started Today

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Have you ever wanted to start a blog?

Maybe you enjoy writing and yearn for a creative way to express yourself. Maybe you’re looking for an inexpensive way to promote a product or service that you currently offer. Or, maybe you just want to share your thoughts and opinions with the world.

Creating your own website can help you do all of that and more. Even better, you don’t have to be a tech wizard to get started!

In fact, my husband Greg and I started this blog in 2012. We had zero tech skills, no real plan, and barely any idea of what a blog should be. Still, we built our own blog anyway and had a ton of fun doing it!

Since then, we’ve grown to love blogging and have even turned it into our family business. These days, we both blog full-time, working entirely from home and making multiple six-figure incomes!

Of course, not everybody wants to turn their blog into a business, and you certainly don’t have to do that either! Whether you want to blog for business or blog for fun, the most important thing is to get started.

Thankfully, getting your blog off the ground is actually quite easy! Just follow the simple six-step process we’ve outlined here to get your blog up and running in minutes.

And, if you want even more help starting a blog, don’t forget to check out our FREE email course by using the form below!

 

 

How to Start Your Blog in 6 Steps

Blogging is a fun and enjoyable hobby, but starting a blog can seem a bit daunting – especially if you’ve never done it before. With a little guidance, however, it isn’t that hard to get started.

That’s why we’ve created this guide to building your first blog. We’ll show you where to apply your focus and help you breeze through the technical elements so you can get your blog up and running in less than an hour.

Are you ready to get started? First things first – let’s choose a name!

Step 1: Name Your Blog

To start a blog, the first thing you need to do is choose a domain name for your site. It can be anything from your own name (like hollydjohnson.com) to something that is more “search engine friendly” (like makemoney.com). Seriously, it can be anything you want it to be…as long as it isn’t taken already.

When deciding on a name for our website, we really wanted to create our own brand. Although we came up with a bunch of crazy names, we eventually settled on the brand name of Club Thrifty. We think it was a pretty good choice, don’t you agree? 😉

As you can see, our brand name is relatively focused yet flexible. While our website was originally focused entirely on frugal living, our brand name was flexible enough that we could branch out into other areas of personal finance a few years later. Now, in addition to budgeting and money management, we also write about travel and lifestyle topics.

That’s not to say you have to brand your website just because we did. Whatever you do, just choose a name you like. Whether it’s eccentricartlover.com or marvelfansunite.com, pick a name you like and move on!

Step 2: Register Your Domain

Once you’ve batted around some names, make sure the domain names you selected are available. Better yet, check on those names WHILE you’re batting them around. Nothing sucks worse than spending four days coming up with the perfect domain name only to realize that it has already been purchased by someone else!

To check on the availability of your favorite domain names, simply type your domain name into the search bar at GoDaddy.com. They will search the web let you know if it is available within seconds.

Typically, domain name registrars (like GoDaddy) sell domains for as little as $12 a year. You can also find places that offer domain names for free. However, it may be something like clubthrifty.wordpress.com or ilovecookies.wordpress.com. Honestly, you know how cheap we can be, and even we think you should bite the bullet and buy your own domain name – especially if you want to make some money from your blog.

Better yet, here’s a hot deal for you:

Free Domain for 12 Months – Want to save money when starting a new blog? Get a free domain for 12 months with your hosting plan at Bluehost! Get started here.

Seriously y’all, even if you’re blogging as a hobby, make sure to get a custom domain name. It makes you look more professional, you’ll fare better in search results, and you’ll have a much better chance at growing your blog. Plus, you can get by for less than $20 a month – which is considerably less than most hobbies cost. The best part is that this hobby could actually make you money!

Here’s how to register your new domain name at Bluehost:

  1. Login to your Bluehost account Control Panel. (We’ll teach you how to create one in the next section.)
  2. Click the Addons tab.
  3. Choose Domain Registration.
  4. Enter your desired domain name.
  5. Choose your desired top level domain (ie: clubthrifty.com) from the drop down menu.
  6. Click the Check button.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
  8. Review the Registration Settings and click Add to Cart.

Boom. Easy. As. Pie.

Step 3: Find a Host

So, now that you have the world’s greatest domain name, you need to find a host for your blog.

There are several different companies that provide hosting services, but our favorite for beginners is Bluehost. Their customer service is good, and it is hard to beat their pricing. Furthermore, we love how Bluehost makes it super simple to integrate your website with WordPress, which we’ll talk about in a bit.

Hosting plans at Bluehost typically start at just $2.95/month. For reals, guys…that is dirt cheap. Here’s a nifty little image that compares their plans:

bluehost plans

Of course, these prices are subject to change, but they are all very affordable. As the name suggests, the “Basic” plan is probably enough to get you started. However, I’d opt for the “Plus” plan. You get unlimited storage, unlimited domain names, and more for an extra three bucks a month. The best part about these plans is that they all include a free domain name, so make sure you take advantage of that!

Opening a Bluehost Account

Now that we know where to go for your hosting, let’s talk about how to start a blog with Bluehost:

1) Go to Bluehost.com and click on “Get Started Now.”

image of bluehost homepage

2) Select your hosting plan.

bluehost plans

3) Enter your existing domain name or claim your FREE one.

image of bluehost setup

4) Enter your contact and billing info.

4-Contact info

image of bluehost package options

image of bluehost payment options

5) Create a login and password.

image of login screen at bluehost

6) Voila! You’re done!

image of welcome to bluehost screen

Editor’s Note: When it comes to addons, typically we don’t pay for most of the extras. Generally, the only extras we consider are private domain registration and a dedicated IP address. As the name implies, the private registration is a nice privacy feature so people can’t just look up your address. Since this is a shared hosting account, the dedicated IP address helps keep your domain safe from any Google penalties that may be caused by some goonball who sharing your hosting account. Register for your Bluehost account now by clicking here!



Step 4: Connect Your Domain and Host

Now that you have a domain name and a host, we need to get them talking to each other.

If you’re using Bluehost for both your domain registration and hosting services, you’re good to go. You can skip to the next section. If you’ve decided to buy your domain name from a different registrar, you’ll need to read on.

To connect your registered domain name and your hosting account, we’ll have to use domain name servers, or DNS for short. I don’t want to bog you down with all of the technical names and details, but it is easier than it sounds.

Think of creating your website in terms of building a new house. The DNS is like a zip code and your domain name is your actual address. Essentially, you’ll need to change your DNS in your domain registrar account so that your address gets put in the right zip code.

When you open a new hosting account, you’ll get a welcome email providing you with your new DNS info. It will read something like this: “Nameserver1: ns1.bluehost.com, Nameserver2: ns2.bluehost.com.

If you bought your domain name at a registrar like GoDaddy, simply add these addresses to your registrar account. Since each registrar is different, you’ll need to look the specific directions for changing nameservers on each particular site, but they typically make it super duper easy for you.

Step 5: Build Your Site

Booyah! You’ve got an “address” and a “zip code” that are communicating. Now all you need is a “lot” to build upon. For this, I suggest that you use WordPress.

Again, Bluehost makes creating a WordPress site super easy. Here’s how to do it:

How to Create a WordPress Website with Bluehost

1) Login to your Bluehost account.

image of bluehost account panel

 2) Click on the “My Sites” (sidebar) or “Create New Site” (footer).

image of bluehost account panel with highlighted create new site

3) Create a site name and tagline.

image of bluehost create a site name and tagline

4) Choose your domain name from the dropdown and install.

Bluehost choose domain name wordpress

Bluehost WordPress Installation

5) You’re done!

wordpress install success page at bluehost

Step 6: Designing Your Website

When it comes to the design of your new website, WordPress provides a ton of options for customizing the look and feel of your site. There are hundreds of templates that allow you to design the site that you want. Many of them are even free through WordPress itself. (Bluehost also has some themes available.)

To browse free themes, simply click on “Appearance” and “Themes” in the sidebar of your WordPress dashboard.

Wordpress dashboard

 

Now, if you really want to make your website look slick, you definitely want to buy a custom site template.

Honestly, this is something we wish we would have done WAAAAAAY sooner. The look, feel, and speed of our site became much more professional when we made the switch to the Genesis framework from Studiopress.

Genesis is not a template in and of itself. It is a framework upon which you can build something uber cool using a “Child Theme.” Again, think of WordPress as the lot, Genesis as the brick and mortar of the house, and your child theme as the paint and decoration of your site.

For a one time fee of about $100, we were able to get a professional framework and custom theme…and it was WELL worth it. Had we started on the Genesis framework right away, it would have saved us oodles of hours. Instead, we had to build the site twice. Plus, the website was much nicer to look at and way easier to navigate – which translated into a lot more visitors coming and staying at the website.

Since our first experience with Genesis, Greg has built several different websites, and he has used the Genesis framework on almost every one of them. In fact, several of my best blogging friends still run their websites on Genesis…and some of them are making millions a year! So yeah, Genesis is definitely a great program.

Get started with Genesis here.

Now the Fun Part: Write Stuff

Yup! I make 6 figures from home and it all began by starting a blog. Learn how to start a blog, make money online, and quit your day job inside!Complain about your neighbors. Post pictures of your pet gerbil. Start an online diary about your Star Wars figurine collection. Who cares? The blog is now yours to do whatever you want with it!

If you stick with it and write engaging content, you will start to attract visitors. People will come to your website to read the words that you are writing! How cool is that?

Keep plugging away, and you may even be able to make a little dough and quit your day job! We certainly did. Pretty good for a couple of nerds who knew nothing about blogging when we started, right?!?

Wrapping Up: It’s Time to Take Action

So, there it is – everything you need to get your blog up and running in less than an hour!

Of course, there are tons of things you’ll need to learn along the way – especially if you want to make money blogging. Thankfully, we have an entire course to help you out. It’s called Earn More Blogging, and it’s a great way to speed up the process and avoid many of the mistakes we’ve made over the years.

>> Earn More Blogging: Learn More <<

Again, none of this matters unless you take action. Dreaming about your own blog isn’t going to cut it. If you’re ready to start a blog, you need to dive in and just get started!

We hope this piece has been helpful for you. If it has, we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d support us by clicking on our affiliate links when you sign up. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our free blogging course by using the form below!

Good luck with your new website and happy blogging!

 

 

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96 Comments

  1. Hi Holly,

    Good step-by-step guide.

    I would love to see a part II which outlines how you have grown your blog.

    1. Hi Holly…
      So sorry for asking… but is there any part II that has already being posted..?
      Because i certainly curious about how you grown your blog visitors and rank high in search engines

      Thanks (✿◠‿◠)

  2. I go back and forth on whether I would recommend that people start immediately with a self-hosted setup or just get started with blogger or wordpress. It depends what your initial goals are, but if you’re simply interested in blogging and don’t really have plans for making money yet I actually think I lean towards the latter, with the condition that you decide relatively quickly whether blogging is something you’ll actually keep up and if so, make the switch within a couple of months. I know that when I started blogging I just wanted to write. Dealing with the setup required with a self-hosted site would have frustrated the shit out of me. After a few months I knew that I wanted to stick with it so figuring out the technical side of self-hosted was worth it to me. I could see the arguments from the other side too though.

    1. Yeah, me too. It’s up to the person, I suppose!

      1. I think everyone should start with a self-hosted blog. It’s worth the risk of quitting and not sticking to it. It’s a huge pain to shift it over after-the-fact.

    2. I’m with Matt! Even though after I made the switch I thought, “What the heck took me so long to do this?” I don’t know if I ever would have started if I was staring down self-hosted. It would have been too daunting for me as a newb. That being said, you covered everything really well for those ready to jump in!!!

    3. I agree, I don’t think I ever would’ve started blogging if I had to figure out all of this self-hosted stuff. On the flip side, now that I have started blogging, I’m much more interested in trying to make sense of it… although the whole self-hosting side of things is still pretty daunting. I can’t figure out if it’s more daunting than the prospect of trying to switch over my whole site at some point to somewhere else though.

      1. Yea as you have aluded to, the thing with that is, if you start on blogger or wordpress, it is then harder to move everything over at a later date.

        I would recommend to just bite the bullet and go self hosted from the offset, it really is no more difficult than the guide Holly has written above, and is pretty cheap. I think with a small financial investment you are also more likely to keep it up.

  3. Hey Holly,
    This is a good post who wants to start a blog. It is a very detailed guide for newbies. I have been slowly learning the technical part of setting up a blog and maintaining it. It is fun when you start involving in it

  4. I am addicted to thinking up domain names but the only ones I’ve purchased have been for legit sites (some that never made it out of the idea phase) and then for my kid’s names. Someone let taynia.com expire a couple weeks ago, so I scooped it up. Made my day.

    1. Haha!

      I have a TON of domain names that I’m holding onto for the moment!

    2. Lisa Brown says:

      How do you get paid from blogging? I’ve thought about starting a blog and your steps on how to do it are great. Just the making money doing it i’m unsure of.
      Thank you

  5. Love the straightforward tips. Honestly I knew I loved blogging before I even started Young Adult Money but now I’m completely hooked. Especially once you are able to monetize and start to see money come in, there’s no going back!

  6. Great post mate. I’ve just sent it off to a mate of mine who wants to start blogging and is not too sure where to begin. I think you make some excellent points in this post and I’m sure it will motivate him to take the next step, setting everything up.

  7. Awesome post! 🙂 I wish I would have known to start off with a self hosted site. I started a new blog after about 2 years of blogging and it’s hard to build back up again, but I’m getting there! (Hopefully 😉 )

  8. I’d add try googling proposed names (and misspellings of them). If you want to write about dolls but end up mixed in with pornographic search results that’s probably not your best bet. =)

  9. Solid tips Holly! I am pretty tech ignorant myself, so if I can do it then anyone can. I think you hit all the major points and I say once you decide on your name just get started.

    1. I am totally tech ignorant. My idea of fixing a computer is hitting it.

  10. I managed all of those steps with a lot of errors and missteps and I am posting 3 times per week and my Alexa ranking is now under 110,000.

    I am hopeful there is a part two to this post entitled How To Monetize Your Blog When Google’s AdSense Just Doesn’t Want You.

    1. Great job on lowering your Alexa ranking!

      Google AdSense is crazy. Just keep applying.

      1. I was with AdSense for about a week and then they kicked me off for some sort of unnatural clicks or something else I can’t figure out. I have appealed about 15 times but they just keep sending me a polite computer generated rejection email. I need to give up on them and move on.

    2. Congrats on improving your Alexa rank, Jane!

      Any tips for aspiring newbies way down in the deeps?

  11. Nice outline to starting a blog. I would argue that you need the writing skills more than the technical skills. You also have to have some passion and the ability to stick with it when you have no visitors or income until you are able to grow.

    1. I agree. Without writing skills, it’s all kind’ve pointless.

  12. Good start Holly. I created a guide on my site as well. Stay tuned next week on Modest Money for my wordpress security guest post. I will show you how to lock down you blog to make sure it is not hacked.

  13. Great tips Holly, I’m currently a Hostgator user but I’ve often thought about switching to Bluehost because I’ve heard from a lot of people that the customer services is better.

    1. We have only used Hostgator but I’ve heard good things about Bluehost!

  14. This is a great guide. I’m so happy that I started my blog!

  15. I am probably the least technical person on the planet, but I would still say go with self hosted from the beginning. There are literally tons of YouTube videos that can show you the most simple things and when you make some contacts, people are usually nice enough to help you out. I still don’t know lots of stuff, but that’s not a good reason not to get started.

    1. You’re right. Everything we learned about blogging was found on the internet.

    1. Cool. Was the switch painful…or did it go smoothly?

  16. I hope you write more about your blogging journey…I still few like I’m clueless as to what I’m doing. Also…how do you invest in domain names? Do you buy up domain names you think will be popular?

    1. I just buy domain names that I might use in the future or think I could resell later for a lot of money.

  17. I think this is great info I can pass on to friends who may want to start their own blog. I think in a addition to this one, there needs to be a follow up post on how to have a “successful” blog. That’s a multi step process for sure! 🙂

  18. Have you made any money from collecting domain names? I’d be curious to know how that’s going.

    1. I haven’t sold any yet. I just buy domains that I think I might want in the future or I think I could resell at a later date. I have some pretty good ones!

  19. I can’t believe you took the plunge, Holly! Congrats to you. As a blogger who does it as a hobby, that is a huge step to take. Very cool!

  20. Great tips, Holly. I echo the others on wanting a followup on how to build it into a successful blog. Anyone can create a blog but far fewer can create and sustain a successful blog. You and Greg have certainly do that and I’d love to hear you thoughts on how and why you think it worked so well. Have a great weekend!

  21. I just helped a friend start a blog and for $99 with WordPress you can get a domain, hosting, and all the perks for 1-yr. It was amazingly easy as they do all the work – you can literally have your blog up and running within 15 minutes with your own domain. Pretty cool for those that are completely computer illiterate.

    Also, I love buying and reselling domains! I recently sold CouponFinders.com for a pretty penny to a UK company.

  22. Sometimes it’s scary to think about how easy it is to become a “publisher” of content on the web.

    And IT NEVER GOES AWAY!

  23. Great write-up Holly! Step one of the process is really critical. People need to spend a great deal of time coming up with the name for the blog as it really defines what you are about and will help attract readers. Sometimes I think I goofed in naming my blog something nondescript. In the long run I think it will take more work to build a brand with it and attract readers.

  24. I constantly check domain names. If I think I have a good, unique idea I check it but it’s usually already used up. I am wanting to start a new non pf blog but all of my great ideas have been taken. I want to take my time. There’s nothing worse than putting in a bunch of time to create a blog with a bad domain name. I’ve been there before!

  25. But I like my day job 🙁

    Otherwise, thanks! Would have been amazing to find this as I was starting out, but there’s still a ton I can use. Will also pass along this link when new folks ask

  26. Simple enough, however a great deal of thought goes into every step. For example, I decided to have someone program my site. For a few hundred dollars I have exactly what I wanted.

  27. Holly, we hired someone to do all of this and just walk us through it, but what a helpful resource. It’s promising to hear that you’re not tech-savvy because neither am I, but I love writing and blogging!

  28. Nice thorough post, Holly. You’ve covered all of the basics. I think too it’s important to consider the purpose of your blog too, from the beginning. If you’re just looking to write, you don’t have to know too much, but for those starting a blog for the purpose of monetizing, there’s lots to know in order to increase page rank quickly, etc.

  29. I don’t know that I’d call starting a blog easy by my standards of blog creation, but I guess starting my blog back when I didn’t know anything about it was pretty easy. Building the site is the hardest part of building the blog.

  30. We’ve been at the blog thing for about a month, and I have to say it is far more work than I anticipated. I’m someone with a lot of good ideas and decent writing skills, but the technical parts annoy me. A few people have mentioned that all the answers can be found on youtube, which is true. You still need the time to go through it, and sift through all the stuff that doesn’t exactly answer your question.

    However, now that I’ve done it once, I feel like I could create 4 more blogs in about :30 minutes. If only I had the time to write them all…

  31. Great post. I see a lot of abandoned blogs out there, so maybe with good instructions (and the part 2 mentioned above about growing your blog) more people will stick to it!

  32. This is a great guide to starting a blog. I have been wanting to write a similar guide on my site because I know there are a lot of people out there that wish they could quit their job to blog about something they love.

  33. The one caveat I would add is that switching domain names is a HUGE pain. Not just coming up with the new name and setting things up a second time around, but having to put in place all the redirects so you don’t lose all the traffic you have already, or get penalized by Google for duplicate content. Avoid it if at all possible!

  34. Great outline Holly! I’d love to give up my day job (not that I hate it or anything) to focus more on blogging and writing. Like Moneystepper, I’d love to see how you’ve grown your blog too!

  35. Starting a blog is most definitely a great way to make money. It does take a bit to start making anything really, and it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. It’s rewarding, too. You seem to be doing a really good job with it!

  36. My Wealth Desire says:

    I am happy for you that you made it through blogging. Your experience and journey of quitting your jobs is every part time bloggers dream.

  37. I am happy for you that you made it through blogging. Your experience and journey of quitting your jobs is every part time bloggers dream.
    Great outline Holly! I’d love to give up my day job (not that I hate it or anything) to focus more on blogging and writing. Like Moneystepper, I’d love to see how you’ve grown your blog too!

  38. Elizabeth S. says:

    I recently listened to a podcast with Gary Vaynerchuk and he thought having your name was the best url. Do you have any suggestions for what to do if your name is already taken? I even looked at my maiden name :/ Maybe my husband and I just need to change our names?? haha

    1. I’ve heard people say that before too.

      Hmmm….I don’t know. My name is Holly Johnson and that site belongs to some light rock singer in the UK, so that idea was out for me too =)

      I would just pick something catchy that is easy for people to remember! And, if you see a domain you like is available, buy it. If you wait too long, it will be gone!

  39. Steven Le says:

    Awesome guide on how to start a blog! For some of us it’s just simple and easy but for someone who has never done it before it can be rather tricky. I mean, when I first tried changing the DNS so my site would work, I was there for hours…

    Sending this post to some friends who might be interested!

  40. I love it how all PF bloggers have such a “create your own site” post full with affiliate links as a way to make money.. hahha

    1. I know! How dare anybody try to make any money for providing people with FREE and useful information!

  41. Skillmills says:

    That’s great idea. It’s a full step by step guide to lunch a blog.

  42. Hi Holly,
    A while ago, you posted about how to become a freelance writer as sort of an offshoot from blogging.
    have a degree in English and writing is one of my talents. I am looking to start a blog to hopefully branch out into more writing jobs.
    Right now I’m deciding what I want the blog to be able. Saving money is one thing that I am very passionate about, also raising my kids, and photography. Maybe I will combing them all into one.
    Can you direct me to some sites to get started?
    Can you also direct me to this blog post?
    Thanks!
    Lisa

  43. Love the post, I have my own blog and couldn’t have laid our a tutorial better. My blog now is sports/man related, but I am also thinking about starting a finance blog. Do you think this market is to overcrowded or should I move into this direction? It would just be based on my personal financial endeavors and not real elaborate.

  44. Blogging is fun and it gives a satisfaction to your life. I had many blog failures before I found a niche and the right hosting. WordPress is a lifesaver when it comes to blogging and I love its simplicity. Nowadays blogging has become harder as there are so many people competing against you. I would like to add one suggestion that picking exact search engine friendly domains can be a bad idea as Google frown upon EMD’s.

  45. As discussed in this article, I purchased a domain name from GoDaddy on 8/4, and hosting from HostGator on 8/5.

    One thing I did not see mentioned in the article, which I just discovered, is that GoDaddy would not allow me to transfer my domain for 60 days. So, I can’t move my domain from GoDaddy to HostGator until 10/4, which stinks because I upgraded my HostGator hosting from Hatchling to Baby yesterday (I already have a DJ business website, so I’m going to add the budget blog domain to that shared hosting account). I upgraded the hosting yesterday, but won’t be able to use the unlimited hosting for the new domain for two more months. Perhaps you could add that warning to your directions?

    Also, do you think it would be good to go ahead and start hosting my blog using GoDaddy, and then move it to HostGator when the 60 days run out, or just wait to set it up after I move it to HG?

    Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent guide.

    1. Just to be clear, when you buy your domain name at a separate site (ie: GoDaddy), you can host that domain name anywhere immediately. You can not transfer the registration to another website immediately. However, you don’t need to. All you need to do is change the nameservers to point in the right direction. So, in your case, simply change the nameserver information at GoDaddy to the correct nameservers for Hostgator. Email me if you have any questions!

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  47. Hi,
    This is great information. Thank-you.
    What if all I wanted to do was write ?
    Is there a service where I could just submit my articles and just have someone do the posting and placement etc. and all that technical stuff ? I just don’t want to get caught up in getting ready to get ready if you know what I mean. I just want to sit down everyday and write which is what I’m best at.
    Thanks

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  49. HI, thank you for the great info. I just recently started a blog and found this very useful. Hope it helps others out there starting their blogs. Thanks again…

  50. Thank you so much for your post on 6 Easy Steps to Start a blog. I followed the steps and now my blog is up and running!!! Check it out at mylittlebluekayak.com

  51. Hello! Awesome instructions on how to get started. This has helped me a lot, but I am still lost as how to design a template and install it as a plug in for Word Press.

  52. Once I get a little more comfortable with my art skills, I’d really like to make a webcomic. Could I use these steps for making that, too? Or would it be a better idea to use them for making a blog ABOUT the webcomics when I start them? Thank you for the steps! I certainly plan to look into it more! 🙂

  53. Tracy Hilbun says:

    Do you have tips from moving an existing blog from blogspot to wordpress?

  54. rg@spontaneouspursuits.com says:

    Thank you so much for your tips on starting a blog!!!

  55. I have seen a lot of how to set up a blog site before, but this one is the most detailed and to the point. Thank you

  56. I have a blog but it hasn’t made me money yet. I would love to quit my day job . I hav3 tired a lot of things.

  57. This post is a great one to help someone get a blog started. More so did I find your story on how you got started motivating. Our personal experiences can usually be what encourages people the most. Thank you.

  58. I’ve been reading a lot of posts about starting a food blog lately (as I have really been wanting to take the plunge), and I really enjoyed how you broke everything down. It certainly helps give me the extra “umph” to get one started! But at times, I find the more I read the more I confuse myself on which path to take – buying your own domain name or simply starting one for free on a blogger.com or wordpress.com. Since I would be such a newbie at this, which do you suggest? Is it difficult to switch over to a more “serious” platform if you started from a free one? How often do you or should you post? How did you come to find your voice? How often do you create new recipes? I’m sure these questions are becoming overwhelming for you just as they are from me! But I would love to get your insight and to hear from your experiences.

  59. “I adore your blog!! My blog is only 8 months old so I’m definitely going to read through all of this tips – can’t wait to implement some of your advice!

    I wanted to ask if you have attended any conferences with other bloggers and how important you think this is to grow your network. I am looking at the Alt Summit this June, the Food Blog Forum in Asheville in August, IFBC and the Big Potluck later this year. Any thoughts? Thanks so much,

  60. Deborah Glenn says:

    I am not very tech savvy so have a dumb question. I understand about blogging etc, what I don’t understand is How do you get paid for blogging. I would very much appreciate if someone could fill me in on how it makes money and how one is paid. Thank you.

  61. SYlvia Reddom says:

    Thank you so very much for this info sharing — and congrats on a great BLOG as well as wonderful writing!! Looking forward to following you more on this great journey! Best regards for a great 2018!!!

  62. Kaitlin boyd says:

    Hello,

    I loved reading your post! I was the most clear process that I have read thus far. After reading your blog post on the 6 steps to starting a blog I was left with three questions.

    1. What does Bluehost do that wordpress doesn’t?

    2. If you sign up with bluehost and decide to leave do you still own your domain name or do they?

    3. If you sign you with bluehost or a different company can you decide to take your blog to a different hosting site? For example if I started with Bluehost and then decided to move to Wix or wordpress only?

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