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October 2, 2020

How To Start A Blog With Bluehost And WordPress in 7 Simple Steps

First things first, I want to give you a virtual high five for taking the plunge and learning how to start a blog with Bluehost and WordPress! Exciting times ahead!

There has never been a better time to get involved with the digital economy and have a positive impact on people’s lives at the same time. And what’s even better is that hosting platforms like Bluehost have made it quick and affordable to get started.

I remember building my first ever WordPress website and blog about 7 years ago, because as a business owner I was told I should have one…

Boy that was one heck of an experience! And truth be told, I had absolutely no clue how having a blog could actually help our business.

A few years ago, I came across some workshops about how to earn an income online. They made me see blogging in a completely new light, and how it was possible to earn an income from your blog or other platforms like YouTube (even if you didn’t even have your own products).

It provided me with the vehicle I needed to truly reinvent myself in living my best life, and reshaping my future.

Since then, I’ve built many websites and blogs for myself and others, and each time it’s become easier and easier…

Yes, the more we do things the more experience we get. But, what I’ve witnessed over this time is just how much hosting providers like Bluehost have worked to make the process of starting a blog WAY more user-friendly… and I really do think they’ve got it right.

Starting A Blog With Bluehost and WordPress To Create an Online Income

I wanted to write this article to break down how to start a blog with Bluehost and WordPress into easy-to-understand steps so that you can confidently start your journey into blogging.

Remember to save this pin to your ‘blogging’ board on Pinterest so can refer back to the information below at any stage.

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My aim is to also empower you with the understanding of what is possible when it comes to making money with your blog.

Keep in mind that making money from your blog doesn’t take a week.

It takes commitment and strategy, but I truly believe it is 100% doable for anyone willing to put the work in.

The potential of creating a profitable blog has the potential to truly change your life.

I understand that it may feel a little overwhelming right now.

So, I also want to make sure that you don’t feel alone or are left confused.

I encourage you to join our Private Facebook Mastermind Group full of bloggers where we drop helpful tips, and you can ask any questions you have, talk strategy and connect with likeminded people.

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This step-by-step guide for how to start a blog with Bluehost and WordPressn has been carefully put together to make sure that you set everything up correctly from day dot. This way you can avoid any unnecessary hiccups that might cause you stress later down the track.

I’ll also walk you through the WordPress Dashboard so that you can confidently navigate your way around once it is set up, instead of being left in the cold.

Reasons To Start A Blog

Everyone has their own reasons to start a blog – and there are so many reasons to start.

For me, I decided to start blogging because I’d recently stepped away from work to be a stay at home mom. After only a few weeks of no work, I started to get itchy feet and look for a new project.

That’s when I was introduced to those ‘how to start an online business’ workshops I mentioned earlier.

Blogging just worked for me because it was something I could do in and around the kids. It was also a way of making a bit of extra side income while I wasn’t ‘at work’.

You might relate with my story, you might not. But here are a whole bunch of reasons that people we know have started their blogs.

  • Blogs can help you build and improve your self esteem
  • To share your love / passion for a hobby
  • Help other people overcome challenges that you can help them with
  • To connect with like-minded people
  • To challenge yourself and learn new skills
  • To develop valuable ‘digital skills’ which can be a massive asset in your future.
  • To create a form of passive income
  • A way of becoming a ‘digital nomad’.
  • To provide a form of creativity
  • To improve your writing skills.

What Do I Need To Start My Blog With Bluehost?

Domain Name:

A domain name is essentially the address for your website… For example, our domain name is www.adigitaleducation.com. It’s what allows people on the internet to find you.

Hosting Plan

You’ll then need what’s known as a host to host/store all your files, blog articles, images etc. so that when people search for your content, it can actually show up.

We use and recommend Bluehost as a hosting provider so we’ll be using Bluehost throughout this tutorial.

WordPress (Blogging Software)

Where you’ll write and publish your blog content, and build your website.

Choosing Blog Hosting and Selecting A Domain Name

When choosing a blog host, there are a few things to consider in your decision-making process.

1. Uptime & Reliability

You don’t want your website out of action because the hosting provider has a high amount of ‘down time’. You need it up and running without interruption.

2. Fast Page Loading Speed

This is how long it takes for a page to load once someone has clicked on a link to your website. Page speed is one factor that Google considers when determining if your content will rank. The faster the better!

3. Easy Setup

As I mentioned earlier, Bluehost has hit the nail on the head when it comes to making the set up of your blog simple and easy.

They’ve removed any unnecessary and confusing technical steps.

This means you can focus on creating amazing content for your soon-to-be readers.

Lay The Right Foundations For Your Blog

In the long run, considering these three factors will prevent many future headaches.

Setting the right foundation will save you loads of time and money trying to fix them… Believe me… we learn from our mistakes.

Having a website that is fast, reliable and easy to work with means that your readers will have a more seamless experience with you and your blog.

This means you’re likely to get more readers, more subscribers, more conversions and a higher earning potential.

What’s the best hosting provider to use?

There are literally hundreds of different hosting providers offering their services, and we’ve done the rounds with a few of them.

Some of them cost us money and probably a few grey hairs. Others have been quite a good investment.

To save you a visit to the hairdresser to cover up those greys, I wanted to share with you my top recommendations for hosting providers… Of course you can choose any hosting provider you like.

We use and recommend Bluehost as the best hosting provider to using in 2020 for new bloggers.

There are a few reasons for this.

This recommendation comes from our experience with Bluehost and what’s worked for us.

We are yet to have a single problem with their hosting – including downtime, speed problems, etc. Other bloggers in our community have told us that any issues they’ve had, they’ve received good support from Bluehost in getting it fixed quickly.

Having support from a hosting provider is like having insurance.

While you might have the mindset that nothing is likely to go wrong, you’ll be kicking yourself if you chose a hosting provider that does not provide that support.

Other than the support, you might be wondering why exactly I recommend Bluehost… Well… There are a few reasons.

  1. Free Domain: For new bloggers, or those creating a whole new website for the first time, Bluehost will cover the cost of your domain for the first year.
  2. Automatic WordPress Installation: WordPress is the website and blogging software used by around 80% of the entire internet. The software itself is free, but needs to be downloaded and installed on your domain. Bluehost has this process so refined that it’s a simple click of a button.
  3. 24/7 Support: As mentioned earlier, having support when something goes pear-shaped is priceless. Having around the clock support means that it doesn’t matter what country you live in, you can get help at a time that’s suitable to you.
  4. Low Entry Price: There are a number of different hosting plans that you can choose from Bluehost, which are suitable for essentially any budget.
  5. No Hidden Costs: What you see is what you get. There are no hidden fees to worry about.
  6. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee: If you decide (for any reason) that you do not wish to continue your account with Bluehost, you can call on Bluehost’s 30 day money back guarantee.
  7. Free Marketing Money: Bluehost provide you with $200 marketing credit just for creating a new account with them ($100 Microsoft Ads and $100 Google Ads). Who doesn’t love a leg up and some free money?

I’m also completely aware that if this is your first blog, you might be wanting to limit the set up expenses.

If you’re nodding your head right now, I have good news for you!

Bluehost has graciously allowed us to offer a discounted rate to readers of this blog.

Instead of the basic plan costing you $7.99 per month, you’ll receive a hefty 63% discount, bringing the basic hosting price down to just $2.95 per month.

That’s less less than a cup of coffee!

All About Using WordPress

WordPress is the software that the vast majority of bloggers use to manage their website and create blog content with.

The benefit of using WordPress is that it truly was created with bloggers in mind.

The dashboard for using WordPress is relatively simple to navigate once you get the hang of it.

Further down in this set-up tutorial, I’ll also walk you through the WordPress platform so you can confidently navigate and use WordPress to build your blog.

Besides being relatively simple to navigate, WordPress has many ‘themes’ that come free with software, so you can create beautiful websites without too much hassle.

There are also ‘premium’ themes which you can choose to purchase if you prefer how those themes look.

If you are considering looking at a premium theme, we use and recommend Thrive Themes because it is by far the most user-friendly theme (especially for beginners) we’ve come across. Their support has been nothing short of awesome!

Okey dokes, enough about why we use WordPress, let’s get started with setting up your blog.

How To Start a Blog With Bluehost and WordPress

Actually setting up your blog is only going to take you around 10-15 minutes, so your coffee won’t even be cold by the time you’re done!

Step 1: Choose Your Bluehost Hosting Plan

To get started, use this link to the Bluehost website where you’ll find the discounted rates. the first thing we need to do is to select your hosting plan with Bluehost.

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Bluehost Hosting Providers website

Once you get to the Bluehost website, you’ll need to click the ‘Get Started’ button. You’ll then be taken to a page where you can select your hosting plan.

As mentioned earlier, there are a few different options for hosting, starting at just a mere $2.95 per month when using our affiliate link.

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Bluehost Hosting Plan Options

If your budget is tight, the basic plan will be perfectly fine to get you started so you can start building up your blog traffic, your audience and your income.

If your budget does allow it, we recommend the Choice Plus for $5.45 per month as it comes with Site Backup and Domain Privacy (so your personal information as the owner of the blog is not freely available on the website).

While the initial investment of hosting may seem a bit confronting, keep in mind that this still makes for an extremely inexpensive hobby. Further to that, the earning potential you are creating by investing in yourself and your business becomes limitless…

Most people spend more money than this on gym membership they don’t use regularly enough to actually make it worth it…

Guilty as charged!

We use a family budget Excel spreadsheet so we have a clear picture of what we can and can’t afford. Along with accounting for many expenses, this spreadsheet automatically set aside 10% of all income for future investments and gives me a clear picture of how much I have set aside for these expenses.

If you haven’t already set up a good budgeting system, it’s something I would recommend to anyone.

Step 2: Choose Your Domain (FREE with Bluehost)

This is where things start to get exciting!

Now is the time to choose your domain name – the name of your blog!

You’ll come to a screen that looks like this…

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Choose a domain name for a new WordPress blog on Bluehost

You can use the domain search function on this page to check if the domain you want to use is available, or whether someone else has already purchased that domain.

Once you’re happy with your domain name, you can click next.

Alternatively, if you’re completely stuck when it comes to choosing a domain and you simply can’t decide, you can choose the “I’ll create my domain later” underneath the domain search.

Step 3: Create Your Account and Enter Payment Details

After you’ve chosen your domain (or you’ve skipped that step for the time being), the page will look like the screenshot below.

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Entering account details for new Bluehost account

Simply fill in all the required fields.

Next, you’ll need to choose your hosting plan.

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Choose the Bluehost account plan and package extras

You’ll notice you have a choice for how long you want your hosting plan to run for.

Longer hosting plans (e.g. 36 months) will receive a reduced price compared to shorter plans.

If you’re completely starting from scratch and you don’t want to commit yourself to a full 3 years straight away, there’s no harm in choosing the 12 month or 24 month options.

However, if you’re committed to growing your blog, then the 3 year option is a good choice as it gives you access to the bigger discount. You also won’t need to worry about paying hosting fees again for another 3 years.

We chose the 36 month plan on the Choice Plus Plan, but again, if this is beyond your budget, the Basic plan will still be perfectly fine for getting up and going.

Lastly, you’ll be given the option to include extras like the Codeguard Basic and the Bluehost SEO Tools Start.

Codeguard Basic

This tool helps you back up your blog and website. It’s useful for if you accidently delete a page or a blog post so you can restore it.

Bluehost SEO Tools Start

This tool helps you optimise your blog posts for Google to help your articles rank. This will ideally help you get more website visitors.

Personally we don’t bother with these extras as we don’t believe they are necessary. There are a lot of free tools out there that we can use once we are set up to do the same job, and we’ve been using them successfully for years.

We’ll walk you through how to set up these free tools (plugins) a bit later in this blog.

Finally, you can put in your payment information, read the terms of service, check the box and click ‘Submit’.

payment page for bluehost while setting up a wordpress blog
Enter your payment details for new Bluehost hosting and WordPress blog

Woohoo! Congratulations! You officially have your hosting plan and domain set up!

Step 4: Log In To Bluehost

The next step is to finalise the installation of WordPress onto your domain so that you can get started with building your blog.

“But wait… didn’t you say it was automatic Kate?”

Don’t worry… It is! The next step is super straight-forward.

After submitting your account and payment details in the previous step, you will have landed on a page that welcomes you to Bluehost.

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‘Welcome to Bluehost’ page after creating new Bluehost account

You’ll find a button which will take you to a page where you can create a password for your account.

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Create a Password for your Bluehost account

Once you enter your chosen password (make sure you write it down), and click ‘Next’, you’re all finished!

And just like that, WordPress has been installed and you’re ready to start building your blog.

Step 5: Choose and Install A WordPress Theme

Once you’ve logged into Bluehost, you’ll be prompted to choose a theme for your WordPress Blog.

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A few of the many WordPress themes available for your Bluehost blog

The images and text in the themes can be customized to your own content. So, just keep in mind that the layout and the general feel of the theme is more important that the colour scheme in the examples as these can be changed later.

Take a browse through the many different themes that they have on offer and select your favourite, or you can skip this step by using the button right at the bottom of the screen.

You’ll then be taken to your Bluehost Account Dashboard (your C-Panel). From here you can manage any of your sites and website domains that you have hosted with Bluehost.

You’ll find your brand new blog waiting for you front and centre.

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Bluehost C-Panel where you can access your WordPress blog

Step 6: Navigating The WordPress Dashboard

You now have the majority of the technicalities set up for your blog.

Woohoo!

You can pat yourself on the back for taking massive action in not only choosing your domain name, but also for getting your website hosted and ready to start building your legacy!

The next thing we need to focus on is creating content for your blog, getting your website looking slick and performing basic maintenance on your site.

This next section will be all about helping you feel confident in using the WordPress dashboard so that you can successfully create a new blog post, and achieve basic maintenance for your site.

Accessing The WordPress Dashboard

If you aren’t already in the WordPress dashboard, you can access it by clicking the blue ‘Log Into WordPress’ button inside your Bluehost C-Panel Dashboard (pictured above).

Alternately, you can type in the URL of your website into the browser followed by /wp-admin. (www.exampleblog.com/wp-admin).

This will take you to a WordPress Admin login page. Use your username and password and click ‘Log In’.

The welcome email you will have received from Bluehost will have your username and password if you aren’t sure what your login credentials are.

Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a screen that looks similar to the one below.

Example of WordPress Dashboard

This is where the magic happens!

Feel free to bookmark this page or save this pin to your Pinterest so you can come back to these instructions at any point if you’re feeling lost.

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Save Pin To Your Pinterest For Later

Inside this dashboard is where we can create pages for our website and write blog posts.

This is essentially the ‘back end’ of your website, so this isn’t going to be visible to people visiting your blog.

The menu on the left hand side is your navigation menu. Below are the main points you’ll need to know about this menu so you can create blog posts and maintain and customize your website.

How to navigate the WordPress dashboard for beginners
Navigating the WordPress Dashboard for beginners

You may notice that my screenshot above has ‘Thrive Lightboxes’ on the left navigation menu, but yours does not. This is because I use the Thrive Lightbox plugin that comes with Thrive Themes. If you choose to go with Thrive Themes too, you’ll also see this appear on your menu.

1. Posts

A ‘Post’ refers to a blog post. When you’re ready to write a new blog, you can head to the ‘posts’ tab on the navigation menu and click ‘add new’. You’ll also be able to go back and edit or delete any old blogs from this same spot.

2. Media

This is where you can upload photos and files that you intend to use on your website.

Technically, you can also add videos to your media library, however I would suggest not uploading them directly to your website as they can be heavy files and make your website slow.

Instead, you can embed videos from places like YouTube or Vimeo without slowing your website down too much.

3. Pages

Pages are different from posts in that they are the typical website pages that you see, including the home page, terms and conditions pages, gallery, about us page, sales pages, contact pages, etc.

You can add new pages, and edit or delete existing pages from here.

4. Comments

This is where you can manage any comments that your readers have left under your blog post. You’ll be given the opportunity to review comments before approving or deleting them as you see fit.

Achieving engagement and meaningful conversation on your blogs will give you a nice brownie point with search engines such as Google.

5. Appearance

This is where you’ll be able to select the theme of your website and customize it’s design. After you’ve built your website out, be careful if you choose to change the theme as it has the potential to break parts of your website. Always do a backup of your website first (more on that later).

6. Plugins

Plugins are like ‘add-ons’ for WordPress that provide an extra level of functionality. There are literally thousands of different plugins that you can use to optimize your website for different purposes including security, speed, contact forms, and more.

Think of them like apps on a phone.

What You Need To Know About Plugins

How To Choose A Good Plugin

Plugins are not created by WordPress themselves. They are created by developers who are wanting to add some sort of functionality to the WordPress platform.

Keep in mind that not all plugins are super duper high quality. Before installing a plugin, check the following points.

  • How many active installations does the plugin have?
  • When was the last update?
  • What ratings has the plugin got?

Plugins that have a high number of active installations, good ratings and have had recent updates are typically a safe choice.

Avoid Having Too Many Plugins

The more plugins you have on your website, the more it will slow down the loading speed.

To keep your website to it’s best possible performance, only have the absolutely necessary plugins on your site.

It’s a good idea to go over your website once every 6-12 months and clean out any old plugins that might not be relevant anymore.

Plugins Require Updates

Developers will periodically do updates to fix any issues, provide more functionality, or even just to make adjustments so that it still works with updated versions of WordPress.

You’ll be notified of any updates for your plugins in the ‘Updates’ tab on the left hand navigation menu inside your WordPress Dashboard.

where to check for any updates inside the WordPress dashboard
Where to check for updates on your WordPress Dashboard

Just follow the prompts to update each plugin or theme.

It’s a good idea to regularly check for updates and to update them as soon as you notice them.

Websites with a lot of outstanding updates are actually at a higher risk of being hacked, so keeping your site well-maintained is a good preventative measure.

Installing Plugins

To install a plugin, click on the ‘plugins’ tab on the left navigation menu and click ‘Add New’.

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In the WordPress Dashboard, click ‘Plugins’ and ‘Add New’

In the top, right corner there will be a search bar where you can search for plugins that you’re looking for.

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Adding Plugins to your WordPress Dashboard

Below are the plugins that we recommend you get started with. They’re all free.

  • Yoast SEO – This plugin is to help you with optimising your content for Google Search. Even if you want to take baby steps and no worry about optimising straight away, I still recommend having this plugin from the beginning. The free version is perfectly fine to get started with.
  • AntiSpam Bee – This plugin helps prevent spamming on your website and is completely free.
  • Smush – This free plugin reduces the file size of your images and documents, which helps your page load faster. This can help your website rank better.
  • Updraft Plus – This free plugin helps you create backups of your website/blog so that if something were to go wrong, you can restore your content quickly. It’s always a good idea to have your own backup and not just rely on the backups that your hosting provider offers. I recommend creating a backup of your current site before doing any updates or making major changes.
  • Wordfence Security – Anti-Spam & Malware Scan. It defends your blog and website against hackers, trojans, viruses, etc.
  • WP Fastest Cache – Helps your website load faster by caching your content.
  • Cookie Notice – Allows you to inform users that your site uses cookies to comply with EU GDPR cookie law and CCPA regulations.

You can learn more about managing your WordPress plugins on the WordPress.org website.

Step 7: Write Your First Blog Post

Now is the exciting part!

Your first ever blog post is about to be written and published for the world to see!

If you’re feeling a little daunted right now, don’t stress! Your blog doesn’t need to be long, and it most importantly, it doesn’t need to be perfect!

The beautiful thing about blogging on the internet is that even after you’ve published your blog, you can go back and change it later if you want to.

If you have no idea what to write about, why not starting off by sharing a little bit about yourself?

Let your readers understand you a bit better by sharing with them why you decided to start your blog and how you intend to help people.

This type of blog can help your readers understand you a bit better and can help you build meaningful relationships… which is what blogging should be all about!

To actually write your blog within WordPress, go to the ‘Posts’ tab on the left hand navigation menu inside your WordPress dashboard and click ‘Add New’.

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How to add a new blog in WordPress

This will open up a fresh page where you can start creating your content, using a WordPress block builder called Guutenberg.

You’ll see a seciton where you’re prompted to add the title of your blog and an area underneath where you can write your content.

As you hover your mouse over your content, you’ll see a dark + sign on the right which is how you can add extra ‘blocks’. New blocks can be added for images, videos, headings, page breaks, quotes, headings and more.

If you are just typing in your text and you wnat to create a new paragraph, you can simply hit the ‘return’ or ‘enter’ key.

Adding Images To Your WordPress Blog

When you select the ‘image’ block, you’ll automatically be given a screen giving you the option to ‘upload’ a new image, ‘add from your media library’ or ‘insert from a URL’.

If this is the first time you’re adding an image to a blog, you won’t have anything in your media library to use, so you’ll need to select ‘Upload’.

Please do not use images from Google or other websites without their permission as this is direct violation of copyright and you may upset the owner of the blog.

You’ll find loads of free images for you to use on your blog in places like Pixabay and Pexels without risk of copyright.

There are several other sites where you can pay for premium images such as Shutterstock.

You can crop your images, adjust them, add fonts and create beautiful, branded designs using tools like Canva (there is a free version or a paid version for Canva).

You can try Canva Pro for free for 30 days or create a free account using this link.

Canva also has a lot of free images for you to use in your designs that can’t be found anywhere else.

It’s an extremely popular tool in the blogging community and is hands down one of the best value tools we use.

Embedding Videos Onto Your WordPress Blog.

Sometimes, adding videos to your blog can be really valuable for your readers.

It can be an effective way to explain something that can be difficult to put into writing, and it can provide better context around your topic.

Keep in mind that it’s quite okay to use videos that you find on YouTube that are created by other content creators providing you do not claim their work as your own.

It’s always a good idea to give them credit for their work.

To add a video block, click the + button as mentioned earlier.

It may not display a ‘video’ option imeediately, but if you start typing ‘video’ you’ll soon be given options for YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok and VideoPress.

For the sake of these instructions, I’ll use YouTube as an example, although the process is essentially the same for all video types.

Choose the block type for YouTube, then you’ll be given a space where you can add a YouTube URL.

This URL can be found when watching the video on YouTube, clicking the ‘Share’ button under the video and using the ‘Share Link’ provided.

YouTube will also give you an option to select the ‘start time’ on the video. This function is really helpful if you are wanting to draw attention to something mid-way through a video.

Font Formatting In WordPress

You can also select a ‘block’ that you’re working on and format your content with the menu that pops up above it.

This includes justification (left, centre or right alignment), bold, italics, and adding links to other websites/pages.

Format the font of text in your blog using the justification, bold and italics

Bold and Italic formatting can help you draw attention to important parts of your content and capture attention.

Adding Links To Your WordPress Blog

Adding links to your site is a great way to direct your readers to other valuable content that they might find useful.

You’ve likely come across this in other blogs that you’ve read.

To create the link in your blog, highlight the words that you would like to add the link to.

Click on the little ‘chain/link’ icon and paste the URL string for where you want to send traffic. Then, click ‘Enter/Save’.

how to add a hyperlink to text in your blog on wordpress - use the chain/link icon.
add a hyperlink to text in your blog using the chain/link icon

If you want a new page to pop up when your reader clicks the link, you can turn the toggle for ‘Open in new tab’ on.

You also have the option to stop Search engines following the link (making it no-follow). This should be turned on if the website/url that you are sending traffic to is not somewhere you endorse or trust.

The final option you have is disclaiming to search engines whether the link is sponsored or an advert. Therefore, if your audience following the link results in monetary gain for you, you should always toggle this on.

For more information about these options, you can click on the little ? signs in the screenshot.

Adding The Final Pieces

Once you’ve finished writing your blog, on the right hand side menu, under the ‘Document’ tab, you’ll be able to select the date/time to publish your blog. If you do not change it, it will automatically default to ‘immediately’.

You’ll also be able to create and select categories and add tags to your blog, to keep it well organised and easy for your readers to navigate to find them.

You can also select a ‘Feature Image’, which will typically display on your website with your blog title.

Depending on your WordPress theme, it may appear slightly differently.

Okay, now that you’re all done, I recommend reading your blog one more time, just in case you have any stray typos, and simply just to make sure that your writing makes sense.

Better yet, have someone else read the blog for you if you can. Fresh eyes can make a big difference!

Once you’re happy with your work of art, you can go ahead and hit that blue ‘Publish’ button in the top right hand corner.

Congratulations! You’ve just published your first ever blog post!

I hope you’re as excited as I am to watch your blog develop!

Your next step is to write more blogs for your website, and start distributing your blog to help people find it.

We believe the best places for driving traffic to your website are Pinterest and through building an email list.

You can learn more about how Pinterest can help your blog and business in the video below.

Final Tips

Stay Organized!

Once you get on a roll with your blog it can be easy to lose track of the blogs you’ve written or end up with a blurry vision for what you want your blog to be.

If feeling disorganised gives you the sweats, make sure you check out The Bloggers Workstation. We meticulously designed this tool to help bloggers keep track of their content and be as productive and intentional as possible.

As content creators it helps us to easily understand our readers, develop a clear strategy and plan that allows us to help our readers and produce income our their content.

Share Your Blogs!

It takes time and consistency to start getting traffic to your blog, especially for a new domain like the one you’ve just created.

Remember to share your blogs on any social media accounts that you have. Also, send an email out to your email list if you have one.

Getting people to visit your blog shortly after you’ve published it can help search engines identify that you have created good quality content.

There are many free ways of getting traffic to your website, but Pinterest is our favourite channel for getting traffic to your blog.

Wondering why?

Learn more about how Pinterest can drive traffic to your blogs.

You can use social media schedulers like Tailwind or Hootsuite to batch your social shares, saving you loads of time.

Do Keyword Research

Keywords are terms that people search for when using search engines like Google, Bing, YouTube or Pinterest.

Rather than assuming people are looking for what you’re writing, make sure you’re researching to answer the questions that people are asking.

Neil Patel has done a really informative guide on how to do keyword research for Google and what to look for. He also has a free tool called Ubersuggest which will help you do your keyword research.

If you intend on using Pinterest to generate traffic to your blog, you’ll need to do keyword research specific to Pinterest. It isn’t the same as Google.

A Final Thought

I just wanted to congratulate you one final time.

Now you know exactly how to start a blog with Bluehost and WordPress and create a legacy around your passions!

You’ve taken the first step of creating an entirely new direction in your life. Maybe it’s the first step in creating an online business with your blog which you can earn an income from… Or simply a way of expressing yourself and providing value to others that have faced similar challenges to you.

For more about how people are learning the skills needed to earn in income online around their interests, register for this webinar.

This is where I got my start a few years ago. It was at that point that I realised the value in learning such skills to really shape my future in the way I wanted it to be.

Either way, you’re contributing to the world in a whole new way… Thankyou and congratulations!!

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