Happy 1 Month Anniversary to me!
The reality of starting a blog!
For several years now, I having been trying to figure out a get rich quick scheme… One that I could work from home, work my own hours, be my own boss, starting to sound familiar? I know, every mom’s dream!
While on Pinterest one day, I started coming across blogging information. How to start a blog… Blogging for dummies… Mom Blogger… So I started investigating. And as I scrolled through blog after blog, I realized something! I could do this! Yes! I absolutely could do this! So that is where my journey began…
I know that blogging is not a get rich quick scheme, but at this point, I am confident that if I put enough effort into this, it is going to work out! In fact, I will not let it fail! So, I have read articles, and books, and blogs, and anything I could get my hands on. Enough information that I thought I might share some information that I have learned in the first month of blogging.
First thing I want to be clear of: It is NOT easy… For a blogger, the writing is the easy part. Time is the hard part. I am married and currently work an 8-5 Monday through Friday office gig, I am raising my 2 awesome grandchildren (girl 11 months, boy 4 years old), and also my baby son who just turned 18 years old. Every single bit of extra time I have, I put into blogging right now. I want it to work, and will not take NO for an answer. I figure if everyone else can do it, so can I.
Let’s get started with some real information!
The following steps are the way that I got started. I have read a lot of posts out there, and most are the same, but there are some variances in information out there. But this is my experiences so far.
- Niche… Yes you need to learn this word. It’s pronounced Ni (as in nip with no p) Che (as in chip with no ip). Niche is going to be what your best at. What you know the most about. What you planning on talking about for the rest of eternity. I know that is a long time. But choose wisely. You want this to be fun, not something you dread doing everyday. So you want to decide on your Niche. Once you decide on this, you are ready to move on to the next step.
Disclosure: Because I use Bluehost and find their service 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 OrganizedKaoss.com up and running.
Click on the banner pictured below. If you use this link, you’ll be able to get a FREE domain, too. This discount applies to all organizedkaoss.com visitors (Hooray!).
Once you’ve clicked “Get Started Now”, you’ll be able to choose your hosting plan.
Select their Basic option – it’s perfect for your brand new website.
The Plus and Prime aren’t really needed unless you’re getting millions of visitors from day one (and best of all, you can save some cash too).
Select your Plan
Secure 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 right form – ‘I have a domain name’.
If you don’t want to choose your domain right away, you can also do it later.
You can check here to see if the domain name you want is available!
If the domain name you want is available, you go straight to the next step from this link.
Fill in your Details
Enter your personal details to complete the registration process. Add you name, address, e-mail address.
Check Your “Package Information” and Finish Registration
Don’t rush, these are the lasts steps you need to complete.
The add-ons that Bluehost provides are great, but most aren’t required.
However, there are few decent, optional ones to consider:
- Domain privacy – this will hide your personal information (name & address) to help reduce the number of unsolicited marketing emails you receive. If you want to keep your website/domain fully anonymous, tick that option. If you don’t want to stay anonymous, untick that option and you’ll save $0.99 per month.
- Site Backup Pro – While WordPress is quite secure, it’s wise to sign up for Site Backup Pro just in case. If you are scared that you’ll mess something up, tick that one to start receiving regular backups of your site. (However if you don’t choose it, you are able to sign up for less than $60/year.)
Once you have signed up with Bluehost, you are now able to start making/building websites on your domain name. Just log in to your control panel and choose WordPress, Joomla or Drupal as your website builder.
How to Install WordPress on the Bluehost.com ‘One-click-installation’
Bluehost provides a ‘one-click-installation’ option for beginners so that you can get a WordPress website up-and-running with just a few seconds.
Once you have managed to grab a domain name and hosting from Bluehost:
1) Log into Bluehost (my.bluehost.com) and you’ll be redirected to your control panel. From there choose ‘Install WordPress’.
2) Now you’ll be redirected to “Mojo marketplace”, where you’ll be able to install WordPress for free with a one-click-installation:
3) Once you have clicked on the ‘Install’ button, you’ll be able to select the domain that you chose earlier. In my case it’s www.organizedkaoss.com.
The white box after the forward-slash (‘/’) can be left blank. If you choose to write something — let’s say “WordPress” — your site will be installed to YourNewDomain.com/WordPress (and you’ll have to type in that full name to access your new WordPress website). If you leave it blank, it’ll be installed straight to your root domain – YourNewDomain.com (recommended option).
4) Sometimes the Bluehost/Mojo installation panel might say that “Some files already exist that location“. Don’t worry about it, as it’s just the default index.html page they’re referencing. Just overwrite it by clicking ‘Continue’.
5) Now, you’ll just need to wait a couple of minutes until WordPress is installed to your domain. You should also receive an email notification once that’s done. If you don’t, just go to Mojo Marketplace, log in, and click on the notification icon. From there you’ll get access to your log-in URL, administrator username, and password. See the image below for an example.
Congratulations!! You’re all done.
You should have a fully functioning WordPress website on your own domain that you can start editing right away. To change a theme/outlook of your site, just log in to your WordPress dashboard and choose ‘Appearance -> Themes’ from the left sidebar.
Once you have a domain name, web hosting and website platform installed, you can go ahead and start reading my more in-depth guides for editing your website, adding new content and making it really work.