Learning how to start a blog is a great way to bring in a little extra side hustle income each month or even make a living from it. I run a few different lifestyle blogs and this is what I do full time. 🙂 Here’s a free step-by-step guide from one of my other websites to show you how to start a blog for extra income step-by-step.
If you’re already living a frugal lifestyle and have saved as much money as you can, starting a blog is a fun way to supplement your income and bring in a little passive income doing something you love.
And if you’re interested in learning about design and marketing tips for your blog, check out my other blog Rebelsaurus. (That’s where this how to start a blog tutorial is from! :)).
How to Start a Blog for Extra Income
Head over to Bluehost. I recommend Bluehost because they’re reliable and were super friendly and helpful when I transferred several websites to them from my old host.
With my old host, I ended up having a high CPU problem because my websites started getting a lot more traffic, so when I moved to Bluehost, I decided to go with one of their cloud hosting plans (under Products- Cloud Sites- Performance plan) because you can easily scale up your speed, bandwidth, etc, as your blog grows and it’s much more affordable than competitors offering solutions for growing blogs. If you’re worried that you’ll “outgrow” Bluehost and have to transfer to an expensive (read: $100 a month) host later on when your blog gets bigger, try their cloud hosting plan instead. 🙂
Click on the big green Get Started Now button on the home page (or go to their cloud hosting page). Now you’ll be on their Select Your Plan page. I would recommend the middle “plus” plan because it lets you have unlimited websites hosted on one account. If you’re like me, you might have a ton of different ideas and it’s great that you’re not limited to just one website. 🙂 Click on the green Select button under the plan you want.
On the next page, you have the option to either register a new domain name or use an existing domain name if you’ve already purchased one elsewhere. Enter your info and keep going.
Once you choose a domain name, you can enter your contact and billing info on the next page.
Next you can choose how many years of hosting you want to purchase. Thirty-six months is the best deal, but if you’re trying Bluehost for the first time, you might want to do the 12 month option so you can see how you like it. 🙂
At the bottom of the screen, you have some options for add-ons. If you register your domain name through Bluehost, I would recommend the Domain Privacy Protection so people can’t look up your personal contact info if they look up who owns your domain name, and the automatic site backups with Site Backup Pro. As someone with butter fingers on my websites, I love having the peace of mind of having daily backups made of every file on all of my websites automatically.
Enter your payment information.
Now submit everything.
You’ll also need to create a password for your new account.
Once you’re all set up, login to your web hosting account with Bluehost.
They make it easy to install and set up WordPress. 🙂
Choose a WordPress theme that you like (you can change this later).
You’ve set up WordPress! If you’re planning on monetizing your site, you will probably want to choose Business for the kind of site you’re starting.
Now you have a few options for what to do next on your WordPress dashboard. If you want to get started right away, you can launch your site (otherwise you’ll just have a Coming Soon screen on your site).
Choose a site title and description.
Yay, you did it! Now on your Bluehost account you can log into your WordPress dashboard or see the other options on your hosting account, such as creating other websites or domains, setting up email accounts, getting customer support, and more.
Hooray, you did it! You just started a blog! 😀
Now what? Learn more about blogging…
- How to Choose a Blog Niche
- The Best Books for Bloggers
- 17 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic This Month
- 5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
- 5 Ways to Make Money Blogging