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If you could beat the 9 to 5 and work from home or anywhere in the world, you would jump at the opportunity right? Well it is possible. Many people think that you need some mad technical skills and x, y and z to start a blog and make money. When in fact it is quite easy. Now I don’t agree with people who say that you can’t start a blog to make money. It’s all well and good to blog about something you are passionate about, but if it doesn’t hit pain points and will help people then I’m sorry to say but you are out of luck. If you want to blog about your cats and their hobbies and you enjoy it and aren’t phased about making money, then by all means blog away. But if you want to make money then you need to be helping people. But I will cover that in another post.
For now let’s get started. Setting up a blog is super easy and can be done in 20 minutes or less! Yes you read that correctly!
Step 1: Sign up for Siteground Hosting
If you want to make money with your blog then DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT create your blog for free on wordpress or blogspot. For one, it looks really unprofessional, and secondly you will not be able to monetise these blogs. So in order to make it professional from the beginning, I would suggest signing up with Siteground.
The reason this is step one is because you cannot run your blog without a host site. This is how you will be renting your spot on the internet. I have been with a number of hosts before, Bluehost included, but nothing compared to Siteground. They are extremely efficient and professional. For someone who is not too tech savvy they are so helpful. They have helped me set up a number of things and are so helpful. They have a live chat which is great and you are able to chat with someone 24/7 which means that you could be anywhere in the world and you can receive instant help. Having to wait for an email is a waste of time.
Siteground have 3 different plans available that are all super affordable. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee which is unbelievable too. To start off you could go with the StartUp plan and that would be perfect for a new blogger. It’s currently $3,95 /month.
I have been so happy with Siteground and wouldn’t recommend it unless I was 150% happy with them. Honestly, it has made the blogging process so much easier .
In addition, if you choose a free site, then your blog could be deleted at any moment without any notice. It has happened to many people and it really is not worth the stress and hassle. If you currently have a blog then Siteground will help you to migrate your site. They will do it all for you and it is a stress-free process.
Step 2: Choose A Domain Name
Once you have your hosting set up with Siteground, you will want to choose a domain name. You can create a new domain name or use an existing one and migrate it. When choosing your domain name make sure that it is something easy to spell and remember. If it’s too long and people get confused then it will be detrimental to your blogs success. Steer clear of numbers (eg: 4ward) and other confusing long words. It may be difficult at first when deciding upon a blog name, but take your time and make sure you are happy with your blog name and that it reflects what your blog is about. You can enter your domain name in Siteground and it will tell you whether the domain name is available or not. Once you have chosen a domain name it becomes your property and you own it!
Step 3: Pay For Your Plan
Once you have selected your plan and chosen a domain name all you have to do is pay for your plan. Siteground bills annually, and it actually works out cheaper that way. For the Startup Plan you will pay $62,35. This includes the yearly web hosting fees and a once off $14,95 domain name registration. The payment process is easy. They accept all Visa, Mastercard as well as Paypal. If you would like to pay via Paypal all you have to do is chat to them on the live chat and they will prepare a link for you. This literally takes less than 2 minutes! There are many other add-on options, but quite frankly as a new blogger you will not need those. When your site gets really big then you could consider using them. If you have any questions about these add-ons you can chat to the friendly team.
Step 4: Sign In and Install WordPress
Your next step is to login with your details that you previously used and install wordpress.
Once you have logged in you will need to go to the tab that says ” My Accounts“. When you get to the my accounts section, you will see your domain name. Click on “Manage account“. The click on the red button that says C Panel. Once you are in your C Panel, scroll down to the Auto Installers section and click on WordPress. You will be taken to the WordPress page. Click on Install Now. You will then need to customise your settings. This is very important. Here you need to ensure that your domain protocol is set to “http://www.yourdomainname.com”. HTTPS are for secure sites and you would know if yours is. You will then need to customise your site name and site description. You will then need to change the admin name and password. These need to be different to what is already written there. Ensure that you write these down as you will need them later on. You will now have installed the software. On this page you will see your administrative URL. Copy and paste this URL in a new tab. It is your blog name plus wp-admin. This will allow you to start building your site.
* Important note: Bookmark this tab and write it down somewhere.
You are now able to sign into WordPress and start blogging!
Step 5: Choose A Theme
WordPress offer various free themes and there are some excellent ones. Remember that you want your site to be easy to navigate. If you would like to pay for a theme I would suggest Lyra Themes. Lyra themes have free versions and pro-versions of their themes. You can find the free versions in wordpress.Again I cannot recommend them more. Their service is outstanding and they have some beautiful themes. Their themes are affordable at $35 and the set-up process is easy. Another great site for themes is Pipdig. They are slightly more expensive, but there are some really great themes here. Now please let me reiterate, you do not need to pay for a theme if you do not want to. You can get a free theme through wordpress that will still look slick and professional. I am simply giving you some examples should you want to purchase a theme.
So there you have 5 super easy steps to starting a blog in less than 20 minutes. It really is easy and with Siteground it is that much easier. I’m a tough critic and would have left Siteground already if they did not deliver the way that they do. Know someone wanting to start a blog? Share this with them. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I would love to help you out.