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How to Start a Blog
Guide to Starting a Blog in 2018

Starting a blog is the best way to share your ideas and expertise online.

Or expand your online business. It’s great tool to promote your personal brand or business.

You can also make money from your blog.

Luckily, in 2018, creating a blog is easier than ever.

I’ll guide you through everything with images, so you get your blog started today.

Lot of people have already used the WebsiteSetup.org instructions to create a website, so I’ve probably answered every question you might have here (my inbox has 8700 emails)

But if you get stuck with anything, feel free to contact me, and I’ll help.


‘How much time does blogging take?’

Blogging timeFollowing these instructions will likely take less than 20 minutes.

However, choosing a domain name and the blog’s theme (which determines how it looks) could take a while if you don’t yet know what you want them to be.

Lastly, creating quality content that your potential readers want to read can take even more time. For example, it took me more than 72 hours to put this piece of content together (including images and videos). Overall, blogging doesn’t have to take much time. It’s completely up to you to decide how seriously you want to take it.

‘Is blogging completely FREE?’

is blogging free?The short answer is “Yes.” You can even create a blog free if you want to.

BUT there are a couple of things you should pay for.

A domain name (www.YourBlogAddress.com) will cost around $10/year (but you can get it free—more about that later).

Web hosting is usually around $4-$15/month or more (although, the host I use and recommend is a bit under $3/mo). In a nutshell, it costs less than a coffee at Starbucks.

Bottom line: If you want to start a serious blog, you’ll need to spend a few dollars to get a domain name and web hosting. We’ll go through these in detail in STEPS 3 and 4.

‘Can I use a blog to make money online?’


Some successful bloggers make insane amounts of money ($50k/mo and above), and most of it is passive, too.

There are endless ways to earn money with your blog.

Some folks are offering services, some using Google Adsense program, some are monetizing their blogs with Amazon and some are just selling physical/digital items.

You can learn more about monetizing your blog here: 33 Ways To Monetize a Blog.

But you can set up a blog for fun or as a hobby, too. That’s completely fine and many people are already doing it. I’ve helped to set up blogs for a lot of writers who just want to become a better writer and have no intentions of making money online.

1. Choose Your Blogging Platform

Choose Blogging PlatformWhen starting your blog, there are several platforms to choose from (tumblr, blogger etc..).

However, one that really stands out from the pack is WordPress.

It’s FREE, very user friendly, and perfect for people who’ve never built a blog before.

Why People Use & Recommend WordPress?

  • It’s FREE (you only need a web host & domain name)
  • There are 5,000+ free & paid WordPress themes available to make your design look top-quality.
  • They have super helpful support forum.
  • It offers 45,000+ free plugins to help your blog run more smoothly and efficiently.

91% of all blogs are running on WordPress, including this one— WebsiteSetup.org and WordPress is also used by 62% of the top 100 company blogs.

Why you SHOULDN’T create a blog on a free platform

It’s true, you can create your blog free. But it’ll be very limited in functionality, it’ll look boring, and the address will look somewhat childish (e.g., YourBlog.WordPress.com), which diminishes your credibility.

There are some serious flaws in free options you need to know about:

  1. No Control – Your blog is being hosted on another website (e.g., wordpress.com, tumblr.com, blogspot.com). If you violate their terms of service (even by accident), they can shut down your blog any time (it has happened before).
  2. No Customization – You can’t use all the free plugins or themes. Heck, you can’t even use custom themes to really make your blog stand out.
  3. Other Limitations – Free space of only 3GB. For posts, images, and perhaps videos—that’s just not enough.

In short, don’t create a free blog, especially if you’re serious about starting a blog. Later migrating to a better option from a free blogging platform can be very time consuming and tricky.

Instead, create a self-hosted WordPress blog where you don’t have any limitations. Plus, you’ll be able to use your own (professional) domain name.

This leads me to the next step: finding a domain name.


2. Choose a Domain Name (www.YourBlog.com)

Finding a domain nameBefore you go any further, you need to choose a domain name.

Your domain name is important because:

  • It’s your “first impression” to website visitors.
  • It affects your rankings in search engines.
  • It defines your brand.

With that in mind, you should put some thought into your domain name, but not too much.

If you come up with something you like within 5 minutes, give it a go. (You can change it later). But here are a few domain tips to get you started:

  • Choose brandable over generic. A brandable domain name is unique and stands out from the competition, while a generic domain name is usually stuffed with keywords and unmemorable. (For example, www.LisasRocks.com is more brandable than www.RockCollectingBlog.com.)
  • Keep it concise. According to research from Gaebler.com, a magazine for entrepreneurs, the top-100 websites have approximately 6 characters in their domain name.
  • Easy to type and pronounce. Your domain name should roll off the tips of your fingers and the tips of your tongue without any problem.


3. Sign Up With Web Host and Install WordPress

What is Web Hosting and Why Do You Need it?

Web Hosting is the service that keeps your blog accessible for everyone. It stores all the files, images and content that your blog has and displays it to the visitors.

If you don’t have a web host, you won’t be able to set up a blog for others to see nor will you be able to use your own domain name.

There Are Good & Bad Hosting Companies

Choosing your host is one of the most important aspect of creating your blog.

Bad web hosts cause most of the issues people have related to their blog. For example, unhelpful customer service and hidden fees are quite common…

Many cheap hosts also overuse servers to cut their costs—and that leads to your site potentially not working just because many people are visiting some other site. Only some cheaper hosts control the resources well, so that your website always works right.

I highly recommend using www.Bluehost.com as your host, and it’s the hosting company I currently use.

Disclosure: Because I’ve used Bluehost and found their hosting great, all links to Bluehost are referral links. I’ll earn a commission if you make a purchase and you’ll get a discounted price. This is how I keep WebsiteSetup.org up and running.

  1. They have one-click WordPress installation, which makes it easy for you to get started.
  2. They’ve been officially recommended by WordPress since 2005.
  3. They’re only $2.95/mo for WebsiteSetup.org visitors + they throw in a FREE domain name.

Of course, you don’t need to use Bluehost if you don’t want to. Feel free to use any other web hosting provider that is suitable with WordPress, reliable, secure and easy to manage (i.e. one-click-install for WordPress).

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for creating a blog on Bluehost (or any other web host)

  1. Sign up with a web hosting (I recommend Bluehost).
  2. Choose the hosting plan (you can pick the cheapest one).
  3. Pick a domain name for your blog.
  4. Complete hosting registration.
  5. Install WordPress.
  6. Log in and write a blog post.

Altogether, this takes about 5-10 minutes if you follow the instructions (and you have chosen your domain name). So, you can start writing your first post in just a few minutes.

1. Sign up with a web hosting (I recommend Bluehost)

Go to www.Bluehost.com and click on the “Get started now” button. Use this link to get a FREE domain, too.

This discount applies to all websitesetup.org visitors, so make sure you take advantage of it.


2. Choose the hosting plan (you can pick the cheapest one).

Now it’s time to choose your hosting package.

There are three options: Basic (recommended), Plus, and Prime.

The Basic option is perfect for beginners. The other two aren’t really needed unless you’re getting millions of visitors from day one. Best of all, Basic is the cheapest option so you save some cash, too.

Different blog hosting options

3. Choose the domain name you want (they’ll give it to you for FREE).

Next, you’ll need to choose a domain name.

It doesn’t have to end with .com, so you can also use different endings (such as: .net, .org, or even .co.uk) if your first choice isn’t available.

If you already have a domain name (i.e., you bought it from somewhere else), use the second form on the right (“I have a domain name”).

Choosing a domain name

4. Complete your registration

There are three parts to this page. The first is account information.

Just enter your contact information as you would normally.

setting up hosting account

The next part gives you some service options.

Blog Hosting Options

First you need to choose the account plan. Within the Basic option, you can choose to sign up for 12, 24, or 36 months. I’d start off with 12 months.

Next you’ll have some add-on options to choose from. I recommend you don’t go too crazy with these.

That being said, here are two you might want to consider:

  • Domain privacy – When you register a domain name, all your information is added to a public database. If you don’t want that, you can tick this option, and BlueHost will appear as the registrant (you still have full control and ownership of the domain). So, this option protects you from spammers. If you don’t mind your information being public, untick that option and you’ll save $0.99 per month.
  • Site Backup Pro – While WordPress is quite secure, it’s a good choice to sign up for Site Backup Pro just in case. If you are scared that you’ll mess something up, tick that box to have backups available.

The last part is just your billing info. If you want to pay with PayPal, click the “More payment options” link.

payment information

5. Install WordPress with One-Click Installation

Have you set up your hosting with Bluehost yet? Okay, good.

Now you need to install WordPress. Luckily, with the Bluehost’s one-click WordPress install, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Here is the step-by-step guide to install WordPress on Bluehost:

1) Login to your Bluehost control panel at: my.bluehost.com

2) Once you’re logged in, you’ll be redirected to your Control Panel. From there, choose “Install WordPress”.

Installing WordPress Blogging Platform

3) This leads you to the next page where you can choose your blog destination URL. I recommend using your root domain (www.YourNewDomain.com, not www.YourNewDomain.com/blog/), so just leave the field on the right empty.

installing WordPress part 2

If you need more help installing WordPress on Bluehost, I’ve explained it here (in step-by-step format): How to Install WordPress Blog on Bluehost.

6. Log into your new blog

At this stage, you should now have a blank WordPress site installed, along with your admin access username and password written down somewhere.

Start by typing in your new web address (www.YourNewBlog.com) to see what your WordPress blog looks like. Here’s what you’ll probably see:

default WordPress blog

Next, log in to your admin panel by going to an address like: http://YourNewBlog.com/wp-admin/. (You’ll use the same username and password you chose earlier during the setup.)

After logging in, you’ll see the welcome page of the admin panel. It should be fairly intuitive after browsing around for a few minutes, with all of your major options helpfully located in the sidebar panel.

4. Customizing and Choosing a Blog Theme

Once you’re inside WordPress dashboard, you can start customizing your blog. We’ll go through everything you need to do to get your blog ready and your first post published today.

WordPress dashboard

You should get familiar with the look and items of the WordPress admin menu. Here are the various admin menu items:

  • Dashboard – This is the page you see right after logging in.
  • Posts – Here you can write and publish new blog posts and view and edit old ones. We’ll go through this once we’ve set up the blog otherwise.
  • Media – This is your media library with all the images, PDFs, videos, etc. you’ve uploaded.
  • Links – Many blogs don’t use this at all. You can skip it for now.
  • Pages – Here you can write and publish new pages and view and edit old ones. We’ll look at this after choosing your blog design.
  • Comments – Everything related to comments. You can get familiar with this when you’ve published your first post and readers leave the first comments.
  • Appearance – Here you can change what your blog looks like. We’ll go through this in detail below.
  • Plugins – Here you can add and remove plugins, which add functionality to your blog. We’ll go through this after selecting the theme.
  • Users – If you create your content with others, you can add them as users here, so they can edit posts. Otherwise, you can skip this for now.
  • Tools – Here are some additional tools you can use for publishing posts. You can skip this for now.
  • Settings – Here you can edit your blog’s settings. We’ll look at the essential settings later.

To learn more about each one of these (and see screenshots) check out this tutorial from Karol.

Choose a FREE Theme for Your Blog

I think choosing your new WordPress blog design is the most fun step.

The good news:

  • You can do it all on your own.
  • You can get a FREE WordPress theme that makes your blog look great.
  • You can change it later (just don’t change it so often that your readers can’t keep up).

The bad news:

  • You can spend a LONG time looking for the perfect theme.
  • A WordPress theme is responsible for how your blog looks, so it’s an important decision.

In other words, a WordPress theme is like your car’s frame. It changes how the car looks, but doesn’t impact the features or performance too much.

Luckily for you, WordPress has thousands of great-looking themes already optimized to fit any brand, niche, or industry.

Here’s what to look for in a WordPress theme:

  • Simplicity: Unclear design makes it difficult for readers to navigate your blog.
  • Responsiveness: The theme needs to adjust its layout across different screen sizes and devices. In the highly mobile world we live in, responsiveness is a necessity.
  • Speed: Although most themes don’t slow down your blog significantly, it’s still good to test it. To test a theme’s speed, use the Pingdom Website Speed Test, enter the URL of the theme’s demo, and see how long the page takes to load. If the load time is longer than three seconds, you might want to find a different theme (ideally, the load time is below two seconds).
  • Ease of customization: It should be easy to customize the theme—otherwise, you’ll struggle every time you want to tweak something. Fortunately, many themes offer plenty of easy customization options.
  • SEO readiness: The theme shouldn’t make a huge difference to search engines. But it’s still better to choose a theme that’s designed with SEO in mind. (Look for “SEO Optimized” or “SEO ready” in the theme description.)
  • Security: Themes don’t generally create security issues. But it’s anyway good to check some user reviews and comments—and while doing that, check if people have had security problems with the theme.

Keep these factors in mind when choosing a theme. But most importantly, pick something you love and want your readers to see.

So, how do you find a theme? Here’s a video on how to change/add WordPress themes:


5. Adding Posts and Pages

Okay, now you should be all set up with WordPress. So, now for the fun part – it’s time to create your first blog post! I’ll take you through each step of this process to make it easy for you.

Go back to your WordPress admin panel (http://your_domain.com/wp-admin/) and then to “Posts » Add New”  (or “Pages » Add New) from the left sidebar.

What you’ll see is a very friendly editor screen that should remind you of MS Word or Pages on Mac:

WordPress add post screen

Let’s break down what you’re seeing here:

  1. Title Area: This is where you write the title of your post.
  2. Content Area: This is where the body text of your post goes. The whole area works just like text editing in Word or Pages. You can also add images and other media to your post by clicking the “Add Media” button.
  3. Standard Editing Tools: Here are options like bold, italic, lists, paragraphs, and headlines.
  4. Publishing Tools: This is where you get your post shown to the world; chief among them is the big blue “Publish” button. You can also set a publication date to schedule your post in the future or save the post as a draft for more editing.
  5. Additional Fine-tuning Tools: Update your blog post and categorize it (you can learn more about WordPress categories and tags here).

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Adding links to your posts: You should use outbound links to other websites when needed to back up your claims. For example, if you’re writing an article about meditation, you can link to a study that showed that meditation helped people feel calmer. To add links to your posts, highlight the desired text, then scroll up to the blog menu.

how to add links to your blog posts

Click the paperclip-looking item to the right of the “Align right” item (above the “Add BWS Shortcode”).

yperlink image

From there, add the URL you want to link to:

adding links to posts

Then, click the Settings icon on the right (the wheel-looking item above, next to the arrow).

adding links part 2

Click the “Open in link a new tab” box. This is important—you don’t want people to leave your site when they click on a link!

Adding Images to your posts: I touched on this briefly before, but I’ll explain it more here. Start by scrolling up to the top of the blog menu and click “Add Media”.

adding images to your blog posts

From here, select the files you’d like to upload. You can find previously uploaded files from the “Media Library” at the top-left corner next to “Upload Files”.

WordPress media center

Once you’ve uploaded an image, you can choose its size and placement.

To add a featured image (the image that will be at the top of your post and in the thumbnails of your article), scroll to the right sidebar of your blog menu. You’ll see an option titled “Set featured image”. Click that, then go through the same uploading process to add in a featured image here.

Adding videos from YouTube: Adding in a video can spice up your post. This process used to be a bit complicated, but after some recent WordPress updates, it’s easy.

All you have to do is copy the YouTube video URL into the content area. Make sure that the URL is on its own line and not clickable. When you publish the post, the video will appear. I told you it was simple! Our friends at WPBeginner have a guide for this if you need any further help—check it out here.

Creating the slug: Your slug is the URL of the post. You want to make this slug clear and concise. This will make it easier for people to share it on social media, and overall it will just look better.

You can find the slug underneath the post title. It will say “Permalink: http://yourdomain.com/post_title”.

Sometimes, the title of your blog post will make the perfect slug. But usually, it will be too long, and you should change it, so that it’s no longer than 2-4 words.

Here are some tips for optimizing your WordPress slugs:

  • Target SEO keywords. Think of what people would type to Google when they search for the information you share in the post—those are SEO keywords.
  • Avoid duplicates (make sure it’s not the same as another slug on your website).
  • Don’t change the slug after publishing the post (unless you absolutely have to) as this will result in lost traffic.

Adding headings: Headings help you structure your content and make it easier for people to read. Consider adding headings for each of your main points.

To add a heading, scroll up to “Paragraph” drop-down menu. Select the heading you’d like to use. Note that the “Heading 1” is usually reserved for the post’s title, so stick to the smaller headings (with larger numbers) inside the post.

Titles and Headings

Publish Your Post (or Page)

When you’re done working with your post, click the “Publish” button and then the “View post” link that’s going to appear at the top of the page (you’ll see your post live on the site).

Congratulations! You just published your first blog post. Before you share it with others (which is the next step), let’s add a simple tracking system to your site, so you’ll see exactly how many people you’ve reached.

6. Get Traffic and Monetize Your Blog

No blog is complete without compelling content.

To start, you should figure out the topic(s) that your blog will focus on. Then, come up with 10-15 ideas for new posts. Make these posts a mix of informative and entertaining.

You’ll also want to err on the side of creating evergreen content (content that doesn’t become dated/is always relevant) versus news/current affairs content (which becomes dated and irrelevant). Evergreen content will continue to generate traffic overtime, while other content will run its course and become irrelevant.

Here are some tips for creating strong blog content that your audience will love:

Promoting your blog:

If you want more blog readers as well as the opportunity to monetize your blog, you need to promote your blog.

Turning a blog into a profitable business is doable if there’s enough traffic.

Traffic = customers and money.

How to make a blog with sustainable traffic? All you need is:

  • A content plan (i.e., what will be your blog’s main topic)
  • A game plan for social media (i.e., which social media sites you’ll use and what content you’ll share)
  • Some basic knowledge of SEO (traffic from Google)

To make things easier for you, I wrote a super in-depth article here: How to Increase Blog Traffic for FREE. It’s long, but then again, I go into a LOT in detail.

For now, here are some tips to get started promoting your blog:

  • Start collecting your blog visitors emails by setting up an email marketing services.
  • Read through this for SEO, usability, and Google guidelines.
  • Check out these videos on YouTube about SEO.
  • Don’t be spammy on social media. Instead, aim for a good mix of social media content—share blog posts and videos, as well as content from other influencers, and also share other interesting and value-adding statuses.
  • Answer questions on Quora.com and link back to your blog.
  • Post and promote on relevant Subreddits on Reddit.
  • Use republishing to get featured on large websites.

Next steps to start your blog today

Now that you know exactly how to start a blog, it’s over to you. So, I hope you’re ready to take action!

If you want to share your ideas or expertise with the world, build an audience or community, or make money with a blog, start now by getting it set up. It only takes a moment, but still many people get stuck with it thinking, “I’ll do it a bit later.”

So, here are the steps to take:

  1. Go to Bluehost now to get your blog setup (you even get a free domain).
  2. Choose a theme that makes your blog look the way you want.
  3. Add the few important pages.
    Write your first post (for example, write a short post about why you’re interested in your topic and what you’ll be writing about, so all your readers can see right away what your blog is about).

If you found this guide useful, I have one request for you: let me know via Facebook what action you’re going to take right now—are you going to actually start your blog?

Further Reading

Check out these posts to help you optimize your blog and make it awesome!

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          1. Hey Robert,

            I’ve now set up my blog using your instructions – took 20 minutes as promised so thanks for this.

            However, I have one question – how many blog pages do suggest to add before setting the blog live? I’ve written 10 blog posts – is that enough for launching my new blog?


            • Hi Edi,

              10 posts is more than enough, I’d suggest starting with 5, but many people just launch their blogs and THEN start writing blog posts. Either way, it’s OK.

          2. Hi Robert,

            What are your thoughts on domain names? I know you’re recommending .com, but what are your thoughts on .net or .org? Are there any difference besides .com being more common and memorable extension of a domain name?

            I’m just brainstorming a little hence the reason for this question. Hope you answer 🙂

            • “As an easy starting point:

              If you’re making a website for your business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.com
              If you’re planning to set up a website for yourself, then YourName.com can be a great option.
              For this site (WebsiteSetup), I chose WebsiteSetup.org

              Domain names usually end with .com, .org or .net, but in recent months, a huge amount of domain extensions (the end part of the web address, like .com) have come out, ranging from .agency to .pizza.

              My best advice? Avoid the weird extensions and go with .com, .net or .org unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer – and even then, see if you can find a more common name.

              While .com, .org and .net are commonly used and easily remembered, the domain extension craze hasn’t really gone mainstream yet – so people may not find you if you use a really different domain extension.”

          3. I really want to appreciate the time and effort you put in to write this post. My blog is not yet optimized and I am bookmarking this page right away as it will be very handing. I registered my domain name three days ago and installed WordPress yesterday. The blog will be launched on 29th August which is also my birthday. I may contact you before then so that you can help me analyze my blog as most of the optimization will be done from this guide.

          4. Hey there. So I just started a blog a few days ago with WordPress and have made a few posts already. I chose the free option just to get a feel for everything, but now I’m wanting to update to the premium plan as the free plan only allots 3GB of storage space, which you mentioned here. Unfortunatley, i just came across your website this morning as i was just searching for some blog tips, but my question is, what’s really the purpose of using a webhost with WordPress? The blog i created a few days ago is being hosted by WordPress, correct? Or am I missig something?

            • Hey K,

              It seems like you’re using the free version of WordPress (see differences here: https://websitesetup.org/wordpress-com-vs-org/)
              With free WordPress you’re unable to install all the custom plugins, themes + your site will be hosted on WordPress.com domain (yourblog.wordpress.com) – doesn’t sound very professional.

              WordPress.com is a good service for blogging, but if you want to start a serious blog then you’ll need to self-host it. Hope this helps 🙂

          5. Wow….I really found your teaching on blog creation helpful, I don’t know how well to appreciate you, God bless you much Robert!

          6. Definitely, give some thought to your domain name. This is one the first impressions to what your site is about. I’ve created tons of websites and many of my earlier ones had some dumb domain names.

            Think about what your site is about in 1-3 words or who your target audience is. This is the best advice I have about domain names.

            My main blog, Wallet Squirrel, I’m always on the fence if it makes sense or not. If you think I create lots of squirrel memes, you’d be correct.

          7. Hey Robert,

            Thanks for the post, it was really helpful 🙂 However, I’m just a bit confused as I have a WordPress account/blog already but no custom domain. I want to create a custom Domain but I don’t want to have to start my blog all over again is there anyway that If go through Blue Hosting that I can just upgrade my current blog with the different domain?

            I don’t want to use the direct WordPress plans to upgrade as its so expensive so looking for other ways I can do this! Thank you.

            • Hi Sarah,

              So if I’m correct, you currently have a blog on WordPress.com not WordPress.org? (see the differences here: https://websitesetup.org/wordpress-com-vs-org/)

              And you’re looking to move your blog from free WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress blog? If that’s the case, here’s what you’ll need to do:

              1) Sign up with Bluehost (or any other web host)
              2) Secure yourself a domain name
              3) Follow this guide to transfer your blog to your domain name: https://move.wordpress.com/

              Let me know if that helps

          8. Planning on setting up a blog website and was wondering what a good theme design you could recommend for a
            basic beginner in websites and blogging. Thanks, fred

          9. However, I have one question – how many blog pages do suggest to add before setting the blog live? I’ve written 10 blog posts – is that enough for launching my new blog?

          10. Hi Mr Robert,

            I found this very useful and happy I found you. I would like to know if I can write post on science or philosophy and health issues in the same website or do I need to build different website for the two ?


          11. Great post indeed! I like the infographics:)

            When I first create my website from scratch, it took me around 3 months to complete. When I start using wordpress for my website, 30 minutes done already:)

          12. I did everything until step 4. When it comes to step 5, my bluehost page is completly different. I couldn’t install wordpress and I am pretty lost here. WordPress.com and wordpress.org are different? I think I did some mistake on the way…

            • Marina,

              Here are the steps:
              1. Go to bluehost
              2. Choose a domain name and hosting package
              3. Install WordPress (through Bluehost)

              Let me know if that helps,

          13. Hi Mr. robert.

            please correct me if I’m wrong. Making a category will make another webpage like for example, your home is saraomentalhealth.com and you want your blogs to go to saraomentalhelth.com/blogs? If not, then how to make the site be like that? I mean, what if I like my home to be saraomentalhealth.com then my blogs at saraomentalhealth.com/blog and then I want to have links for each blog? I also want other sections such as news and updates, poetry, etc.

          14. Hello Robert, I’m so glad I found your site. I bought my domain names days ago and now I’m deciding on hosts, and whether to do Linnux or WordPress? I’m a newbie and need all the help I can get, smile. I wanted a host that had everything on there like autoresponders, landing pages,etc
            There’s a product that I purchased that really solved my problem and I would like to tell people about this, and maybe affiliate for the product. How do I set this up, with a personal blog maybe? How do I go about this? Thank you.

          15. I have just beginning to create my blog.I am little confused that I am technically illiterate person, therefore I am in the learning process and building my blog from scratch.

            Thank you for the useful guidelines and tutorials tips for starter like me.

            Thank you for the wonderful technucsl artical.

          16. Hi, Robert,
            I was just searching on Google and bumped into your website. And It looks that you have put effort into crafting this fantastic post.
            Thanks for sharing.
            Have a beautiful day.

          17. Hi Robert, I found your write up really helpful, that I made a full note out of it. Thank you so much.
            But if I may ask, for how long, how much posts do you have to write, or how much traffic does one need before one earns from the new blog?
            And then, how do you track your blog to know how the traffic goes (how many people has checked your blog)?

          18. Hi Rob,

            Awesome guide, thank you for the super useful post.
            One question tho – what is your main recommendation when it comes to link building. You are obviously a world-class SEO in addition to creating this valuable information here.

            Thank you very much,

          19. It’s actually funny, I feel I have so much to share and am tired of being censored that I felt it necessary to find a way to express my aging thoughts and earned wisdom I googled “how to blog” and found your article.

            Which both excited and frightened me at the same time. Thank you.

            Your article is very informative. As soon as a name comes to mind I will put all of your information to the test, the first blog is written just waiting for a home.

          20. I just signed up for Bluehost and WordPress. I bookmarked your page for future reference. Thank you for all the information. I had previously registered with WordPress and didn’t use all the links on your site, so do I need to do anything else for you to get your discount?

          21. Hi Robert,

            Thank you for this post, the steps are very clear and really make creating a personal blog quite achievable. I also appreciate all the other helpful links in the article. I will definitely be a regular visitor to your page. Bookmarked already!

          22. Hello – I have been blogging on WordPress.org for a while and really like it. I have been using Mailchimp to collect email addresses and email my blog from that site. But, I am always having to re-create the blog on Mailchimp before I mail. Am I not doing something correctly? It seems redundant to have to the the blog twice (first on WP on my website and then on Mailchimp). Any thoughts? BYW – this was a very helpful article.

          23. What a resourceful guide you put together on starting a blog. I’ve read a few others and haven’t seen one that really resonates with me. Keep it up!

          24. Thanks! This is really helpful. I do have an account on godaddy already but i would like to create a domain separate from my primary domain using ‘Add domain’ option for bloggin but it didn’t work. Can i create a different blog domain without paying extra?

          25. Hi,

            This is incredibly useful – I am new to this and wanted to get something clarified.

            Am I correct that you are installing WordPress online on BlueHost and not on your actual laptop. As such you can log in to Bluehost and subsquently into WordPress to make edits from any laptop?



          26. These steps are truly helpful and efficient. I just followed these steps for my new blog and it’s working well. Thanks for sharing this post by the way!

          27. I’m also thinking about blogging but i can’t understand which blogging thing is beneficial for me? Can you please suggest me something to start my blogging business.

          28. Hi Robert,
            Thank you for all the info! This site is exactly what I have been looking for to help start my Blog or website. Ultimately, I would like to monetize my site but I’m not sure if I should start with a Blog or Website first. My understanding is all Blogs are websites but not all websites are Blogs. I assume if I follow your set up steps for a Blog, I can start with that and add or link the other when and if necessary? For the most flexibility and opportunity would you start with a Blog or a website or both simultaneously? My ideas involve home design, and decorating.
            Also, is there a way to search the previous questions and answers? I do not see a search box.
            thanks, Susan

          29. Dennis Jerome Miskowski

            It’s January 1st 2018 my name is Dennis miskowski and I will be starting a blog today I’ll give you feedback when I’m finished thank you very much for the step-by-step instructions to start my boss blog thank you in advance

          30. Is there a printable version of your course? I’ve already signed up with Bluehost and WordPress, but am having difficulty from then on

          31. Robert,
            Need advice: Should I have a separate webpage for my “resume” (picture of me, about me/profile section for future employment, etc.) with my blogs that include food, fashion, etc.? I’m trying to write about them and hopefully start talking to brands that I can start selling products on my blogs. What is successful??

          32. Hy Robert,

            Am about to start my blog… I will be blogging about, fashion, entertainment, health $ beauty sport but I don’t know how to go about it. Can I create just a blog for all or create different blog for each of d niche? Pls, kindly put me through.

          33. My main purpose for a blog of my own is to have a place where I am free to express my opinions to the public. A blog seems to be the answer.

            • Hi Martha,

              You can still get $2.95/mo when you sign up for 3 years upfront. Their month-to-month is indeed higher.

          34. Hi Robert,
            Thanks for the instructions.
            I am planning to make a blog for affiliate marketing, still, don’t have much idea, some says it’s good to become Amazon partner. Is it possible to earn money from the blog I just created?

          35. Thank you very much Robert, I have found valuable information on your site that I have decided to follow your publications. I am an engineer dedicated for more than a decade to banking software but I recently started as FreeLancer to build websites to help entrepreneurs. I simply find great ideas on your site, straight to the point and incredible links to further expand the content. You’re amazing, I’ll definitely be around for a long time. Pure Vida.

          36. Excellent and very useful tips. Thanks!
            This post is not just for beginners at all. There is always something new to be learned or remembered, or a new perspective to consider. Thanks for sharing these great infor about starting a new blog.

          37. Great. Your instructions very concise and explicit. I just want to start blogging. I live in Nigeria and someone is paying for hosting in Canada. Can necessary settings for a functional site be done in Nigeria while payment for hosting is done in Canada?
            Please I look forward to hearing from you soon.

          38. You’re great Robert! I’ve been planning on starting my site for a while now, but have just been a little afraid to take the step. You article is really helpful and motivating.

          39. Information provided by you is great. But could you please suggest domain name and hosting companies for people who are using blogger?

            • Hi, with Blogger you don’t need to buy the domain/hosting from a separate company. Then again Blogger has very limited customization options when compared to WordPress so I wouldn’t recommend using them.

          40. Hi Robert,
            Does all of this information apply to all countries? Including charging/international fees etc? I am in Australia.
            Thank you!

            • Hi Tara.

              This information applies to all types of blogs and bloggers all over the world. You can still follow these instructions (and Bluehost). I’m from Sweden, by the way 🙂

          41. Great article! and I really have fun reading your tips as I following the instructions and making my blog perfectly. Thank you for sharing this blog that is so helpful for me.

          42. This is a brilliant guide, thanks for this.

            So right before reading this article I bought a .com domain on GoDaddy (no hosting, just domain). Wanted to check, if I use your link to Bluehost and pick the .org equivalent, can I then host both domains on Bluehost with the .org redirecting to the .com? Assuming I just set up the website on the .com that is.

            • Hi Yu,

              Sure, once you have an account with Bluehost you can log in at GoDaddy and follow these steps to point your .com domain to Bluehost: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/432
              Then create your site on it at Bluehost and finally set up a redirect also from Bluehost control panel for the .org domain (or ask their support to do it for you)

          43. Hey Robert,

            Thanks for the post, it was really helpful 🙂 However, I’m just a bit confused as I have a WordPress account/blog already but no custom domain. I want to create a custom Domain but I don’t want to have to start my blog all over again is there anyway that If go through Blue Hosting that I can just upgrade my current blog with the different domain?

            I don’t want to use the direct WordPress plans to upgrade as its so expensive so looking for other ways I can do this! Thank you.

            • Hi David,

              Sure, you don’t have to give up the progress you’ve already made – both versions of WordPress have an export/import function that you can use to export your content from the wordpress.com site to the new Bluehost + WordPress site. Sign up at Bluehost, pick a domain name, install WordPress and then use this guide for transferring your content there: https://move.wordpress.com/exportimport-content/

          44. Good morning Robert

            Your knowledge on blogging is amazing and sharing these tutorials is wonderful. I have never blogged before but always had an interest even though I am very nervous. To be honest, I am 49 years old and have no clue how to start my intro with two different categories to talk about. First one is about my photographs I have gathered and the second one is about motivating a healthy lifestyle on eating, fitness, and positive outlook. Not sure if I can combine the two or keep it separate and need two different domains. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

            Many thanks,

            • Hi Elina,

              Since they’re 2 separate topics, I would put them on different sites. Though when you start out just focus on one topic, see how it works for you and start doing the other topic only when you feel comfortable enough to run a second site.

          45. Is it the same procedure on bluehost to open a blog and to open a website which is not a blog ..eg business website and personal blog.Do we follow the same steps to establish the two as u stated or there are different routes to be considered along the way.

            Thank you