No more putting it off, ya’ll!
You don’t need to be super, duper tech savvy to start a blog for your hustle, so what are you waiting for?
Why Start a Blog for Your Business
If you want to transition your hobby into a business, having a blog is something I wholeheartedly recommend.
1. If you have a service based side business (or freelance), a blog is awesome. Posting regularly about topics related to your business that peak the interest of customers is a great way to build trust.
2. 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).
3. There’s no way around it, people who want to work with you will look you up online and expect you to have a site explaining what you do.
Now, that I’ve given you the why, let’s dig into the how you can start.
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 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.
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 😉 )