No more putting it off, ya’ll!
You don’t need to be super, duper tech savvy to start a blog, so what are you waiting for?
Why Start a Blog for Your Business
If you want to transition your hobby into a full-fledged business or want to make extra low-stress income on the side, blogging is a tactic I wholeheartedly recommend.
1. When your blog grows, it can put extra money in your pocket. I just started sporadically monetizing this blog during the summer with advertising and affiliate links. Last month, I brought in $300 in extra income solely from the blog. This does not include income I make from freelancing a.k.a. my service based freelancing business. So, woop, woop to side hustle income!
2. If you have a service based business (a.k.a. freelance) and you don’t want to monetize with advertising or affiliate income, blogging is still awesome. It’s a sweet way to build trust with potential clients.
3. Even cooler, a blog that showcases your style, voice, and work can attract your ideal clients (and detract people who are not your ideal client).
For me, taking blogging seriously has increased my skills, confidence, and business leaps and bounds. The advertising and affiliate income made directly from my blog besides freelancing is a new venture for me, but it’s also growing fast!
As for exposure, I’ve used my blog to land guest features on MagnifyMoney, Wise Bread, The Huffington Post, The Write Life, and more. So, if you simply want to get your writing or voice heard around the world, starting a blog is the logical path to take.
Now, that I’ve given you the why, let’s dig into the how you can start a blog.
Starting a website is not something that requires a huge amount of tech knowledge.
I had limited knowledge about websites and was able to start a self-hosted website on my own.
Here’s how to do it on your own, too:
Website Vocabulary & Quick Preliminary Tips
Let’s first talk about some vocabulary to make sure we’re on the same page.
BlueHost is a domain and host provider. It’s also what we’ll be using in this tutorial to set up your site.
Your domain name is the address of your website that readers type into a browser to find you. Mine is taytalksmoney.com.
For your site to appear online at that address, you need a place to store your site files. That’s called hosting.
Finally, WordPress is a website builder that turns your files into a pretty website.
One quick word of advice: Choose a domain name with care.
There are millions of websites on the internet, which means there are millions of domain names already taken. You may have to get crafty to find a domain that’s not in use. At the same time, you don’t want to get too crafty.
> Find out if the domain you want is available here:
Your domain needs to be memorable and not too obscure.
In order to grow your blog, you want to focus in on a few specific topics that you’re passionate or knowledgeable about. Your domain name should reflect what you intend to talk about, teach, or share with your audience.
Try to avoid any dashes or underscores in your domain name.
If possible, stick to the .com web extension. That may be difficult if the domain you want is already taken. If you must stray from the .com extension stick to the .co, .org and other short extensions that people are familiar with.
Also, test what your domain is in the .com extension if it’s being used.
You don’t want it to send people somewhere weird if they type it in by accident. For example, someone I know has an extension other than .com, I believe it was (hersitename).info and when you type in her (hersitename).com by accident it went to an x-rated site.
Not a good look, so cover your bases, my friend!
Now on to setting up your site.
I created a super easy video to walk you through this:
First, go to www.bluehost.com and then hit play!
(For peeps who like to work through steps along with the video, I have the instructions below as well 😉 )