I have been using WordPress for all my websites for more than 10 years, and I have learned a lot of technical “things” during those years; which seem difficult at first sight. In this article, I will explain how to start a blog on bluehost , and I will share some tips to help you succeed in creating your wordpress blog.
Bluehost makes it easy to start a WordPress blog. All you need to do is:
1. Create your Bluehost account
2. Choose a domain name (Do not worry, I’ll explain everything you need to know).
3. Install WordPress in a few clicks
4. Login to your WordPress site, and start creating your blog (SUPER easy)
5. Get traffic on your new blog (I have some good advice for that!)
When I started my first blog, I had no idea how to get traffic, so it took me a few years to master this part. I learned some tips that exploded my results and now I have launched several successful blogs, which generated me several thousand dollars in affiliation, ads, … etc … and all that with WordPress.
I will do my best to share everything I’ve learned in this article.
The first step is to create your Bluehost account. Click here to discover the best hosting offers on Bluehost .
I remember being a bit nervous before creating my first hosting account at Bluehost . After several searches, Bluehost’s offer seemed to me the best possible hosting offer, but as a student (at the time), it still seemed a lot to me … but I finally took the plunge. This turned out to be the best investment I have ever made! I have remained a loyal customer of Bluehost because they are cheap, reliable, have a surprisingly good customer support, and they make the technical part of the work with WordPress very easy to manage.
How to start a wordpress blog on bluehost
When creating a website, you must use a lot of text, photos & videos to create your website. However, these files will be on your computer (or someone else’s), at first. This computer is your hosting space. Or, to create a website, you must either turn your computer into a server connected 24 hour Internet, and manage all the technical part & security of the latter, or simply buy accommodation, paying a company (like Bluehost ) , so that your files are accessible to all; on the Internet.
After that, you will also have to choose a “domain name” to put on your Bluehost account. A domain name is the .com name you choose so that users can grab it on their browsers, and find your website. For example, the domain name of my website is webcrowz.com. You can choose a “.us” or “.co.uk” … etc, but I strongly recommend that you take a .com domain name, even if it is difficult to find one available. Do not worry, you’re never “marrying your choices”, you can always change your domain name later.
To create your blog, you normally need to know how to code; to develop the latter of AZ. However, this is not relevant anymore, because WordPress completely solves this problem. WordPress is a free software that you can integrate into your hosting account Bluehost , and create your blog, by personalising the appearance of the latter, with your photos, videos, texts … etc.
You may have heard of free blogging platforms such as blogger, Tumblr, etc. These solutions are unfortunately not suitable for a serious blog project. By using the WordPress platform on Bluehost , you can customize your site to infinity, add features in a few clicks, and you own your site , and therefore you have full control.
Another thing to know is that the free blogging platforms do not have any technical support, unlike Bluehost. I remember calling them at 11pm when I crashed my blog, and they gave me a backup within 5 minutes. Impressive!
Step 1: Create your account
The first thing to do is to create your Bluehost account . Then you can go back to this article, to follow the other steps.
What are you waiting for? … .. GO GO !
When you create your account, you can choose from the plans: base, plus or bonus. I recommend you start with the ‘basic’ offer for your first WordPress blog. Later, if you decide to create more sites / blogs (it’s addictive!), You can always update your subscription in a few clicks, to get an offer that allows you to place an unlimited number WordPress blog on your account. Yeah, unlimited ! Another reason to love Bluehost !
Step 2: Choose a domain name
On the next screen, you will choose a new domain. This will be the .com name of your website (and I recommend that you choose a .com domain name and not a .ca or other).
You will most likely go through this stage with a phase of “frustration” because you will probably find that all the short and easy names are already taken. The best recommendation I can give you is not to insist on a domain name idea. As I said above, you can change your domain name after, for less than 10 €, so do not let this stop you from starting. Choose a name, and proceed to the next step!
A small tip that may help you get a good domain name is to use domain name generators; like panabee.com (that’s my favorite) … you type one or more keyword (s), like “makeup, tutorial” for example, and it will provide you full of possible domain name ideas (by adding prefixes & very cool suffix) … and also, it will tell you in real time, if the domain name is available (blue heart), or not (broken heart).
Again, do not be obsessed with your domain name. All short names will already be taken in .com. But be aware that any name will sound good once you have created a blog with good content. This is the content of your blog, which will determine the degree of success of the latter, not his name!
Step 3: Uncheck all boxes
On the next page, you’ll have access to a lot of options for Bluehost’s add-on services.
Little trick : you can simply uncheck all the boxes and save money. You do not need these additional services. Adding services such as “search engine optimization” may seem like a good idea, but believe me; you do NOT need these options, to rank well on Google. My sites receive thousands of views, and I do not pay for it.
So just uncheck all the boxes.
You must now create a password to access your Bluehost account. Your account is now configured.
Step 4: Install WordPress on your hosting
WordPress is a software that installs on your hosting (the server that makes your site available to users). For example, WordPress makes it so that you can simply press a download button and attach an image to your publication, instead of writing HTML code to attach that image. This makes customizing your blog fast and easy.
In most web hosts, the installation of WordPress involves downloading and uploading files, creating databases and using an FTP client … etc. Bluehost does this for you in a few clicks and will automatically guide you through the process.
Start by signing in to your new Bluehost account. Click on the blue “log in” button
Now, Bluehost will invite you to choose a theme. A “theme” is the basic layout of your site. Choose a free theme from the list. Do not even think about choosing for the moment. I will talk about themes later in this article. You can change the theme after setting up your site.
Now click on the blue Start Building button. This will take you to the WordPress dashboard of your blog and WordPress will be fully installed on your site.
If you encounter problems during any of these steps, Bluehost has excellent technical support. You can click on the chat button on their website, or call their support number at any time. Your site will be updated immediately.
Step 5: Connect to your WordPress blog
The Bluehost portion is now complete, and you will NEVER need to access your Bluehost account.
From now on, you access your WordPress blog by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin (obviously, the domain name “yourdomain.com” must match the one you have already chosen). The part “/ wp-admin” is what you need to type each time you want to access the administration of your blog.
You will enter this address thousands of times over the next few years!
Now all you have to do is quickly personalize the look of your blog, adding a logo, a header … etc, then start creating as much content as possible; in your niche; to attract a maximum of visitors to your blog.
Step 6: Get traffic to your blog
Now that you have an operational WordPress blog, you have to get traffic. A lot of traffic!
Bringing people to your blog and learning to monetize it, are topics that take a little time, and mastery. But here are the most important things you can do to get traffic as quickly as possible:
Writing Long Articles: It may seem like writing short, fast articles that quickly give someone an answer to a question he or she has been looking for on Google, the best strategy to start. However, it does not work. After writing thousands of articles over the last ten years, I looked at my statistics and guess what? The 40 articles that generate the most traffic, all make more than 3,000 words. Again and again, I find that the main Google search results are long, accurate and extremely useful.
Write fewer articles that express your opinion on a topic, and focus on articles that directly answer questions that users might ask: Instead of writing articles like “Why photos of models are photoshopped,” write articles such as “How to make skin smoothing on Photoshop”. Answer the questions of Internet users, and you will get traffic.
Do not give up, very early: It is quite normal to get <50 visits per month during the first 6 to 8 months of the launch of your blog. Google takes a lot of time to test your site and see if it should rank higher. Then about 8 to 12 months after writing your article; the article will end up giving its best traffic performance. Do not be discouraged if you do not see any progress in the first six months. It happened to me too, and I’ve seen it for years.
normal to get <50 visits per month during the first 6 to 8 months of the launch of your blog. Google takes a lot of time to test your site and see if it should rank higher. Then about 8 to 12 months after writing your article; the article will end up giving its best traffic performance. Do not be discouraged if you do not see any progress in the first six months. It happened to me too, and I’ve seen it for years.
Step 7: How to monetize your blog
If you’re here, it’s probably because you want to create a blog for a purpose … make money with this blog.
There are many ways to monetize a blog, and make money. Here are the methods I prefer:
- Affiliation: with this method, simply join affiliate programs of different services & platforms, to get an “affiliate link”, which you will stick on your blog; to recommend the service / platform in question. Once a visitor buys the service, or joins the platform you recommend; through your affiliate link … you earn a commission. The simplest affiliate program to start is that of Amazon, but be aware that there are thousands of possible affiliate offers on the internet, such as Clickbank, Share-a-sale and CJ … etc.
- Advertising: Without a lot of traffic, it’s hard to make money through advertising. Since the ad only earns about $ 10 per 1000 views, I never think of ads before reaching about 30,000 views / month. From here you can (if you wish) place Google ads on your site or use other services such as Media.net. If your niche site is in English, targets customers in the US, and you have at least 100,000 views / month, you can use AdThrive.
- Information Products: These are your own digital products that you sell on your site. It can be ebooks, videos, audios … really all that people can download. I do not recommend creating information products before having a large audience. And sell them only if you are ready to commit to providing after sales service. As soon as you start selling products on your site, your income will become less passive. Whatever your product, customer support will be required.
- Physical products: You can also create or sell a physical product on your blog. This will make your site even less passive, and this does not suit most niche sites. However, this can be a good way to further monetize a niche site, especially if you want to do your full time job!
Do these 10 things as soon as WordPress is installed
And if we set up your blog together, soon are installation; with it’s 10 steps 😉
- Configure permalink links : Every time you create a new page or write an article, WordPress will automatically create a URL (web address) for this page / article. WordPress has a template for what this address should be, so it’s not quite random. The bad news is that the default template does not make sense (neither for you, nor for google!). If you leave the default value, all your pages and all your articles will have an address in the format “domaine.com/?p=102”. If you modify your permalian model, you will simply delete the “gobbledygook” that appears at the end, and make it more readable. To change the configuration of your permalinks, log in to the WordPress dashboard, then go to the left menu, and put your mouse on “Settings”. When the drop-down menu appears for the settings, click “Permalinks”. Then choose a new model for your permalinks. Choose “Publication Title”.
- Save your blog: You absolutely must do it. I happened to spend hours, days and even months on a blog, and all of a sudden … ploof, gone! It you understand, that you absolutely need a backup, in case there is a bug in a plugin, theme … that shatters everything. When you schedule regular backups of your blog, if your blog bug, and you will not be able to access it. You can quickly restore your blog (it’s like on your computer). If you use a good host, like Bluehost, your site is saved automatically. If you encounter a problem, call them and they will restart your blog in minutes. They did it for me. However, it is advisable to save at least occasionally a separate backup. There are many backup plugins you can use for this. Choose one, and use it.
- Delete all the plugins and install those there: the plugins are only small software that add features to your WordPress blog. WordPress is already installed with some plugins and you do not really need it. So delete them. On your WordPress dashboard, in the left menu, go to “Extensions” and click on “Installed Extensions”. On this page, you can check the box next to each extension, then, using the drop-down menu “grouped actions”, select “Delete”, then confirm that this is what you want to do. Now go to the top of the extensions page and click on “Add”. The page for adding plugins has a search box. Type each of the names below in the search box, and then install and activate:-Google Analytics from MonsterInsights-Shortlinks from Pretty Links – Best WordPress Link Tracking Plugin by Blair Williams (not the paid version, the free version) -Spam Honeypot Matthew Turland (Look for “Matthew Turland” and you’ll find it) -Yoast SEO by Team Yoast-Amazon Affiliate Link Globalizer Attila Gyoerkoes, Markus Goetz (Woboq) *
- Install a good theme: A WordPress theme is “the base”, to make your blog attractive. The theme determines the layout, fonts and features available on your blog. There are many free WordPress themes. Some are even pre-installed. Do not use these free themes. They often have compatibility issues with plugins, and are not very versatile or customizable. There are many premium themes that are not so expensive. My favorite I use on most of my niche blog is X Theme. Now, do not look to personalize your site beyond the design of the theme. Before buying your theme, explore their site and watch the demos. Make sure at least one demo looks like what you want to see on your site. No need to lose your money on a theme, it’s ultimately you will waste time customizing the code 😉
- Start writing good articles: Now is the time to write. To attract visitors to your blog, you must create quality content, which is not too short. The mistake made by many bloggers is to write articles of <500 words. My recommendation, do not write any article of less than 1500 words. Personally I turn around an average of> 2,000 words, and occasionally between 3,500 to 4,000 words. The data shows that these items rank better on Google!
- Resize images before adding them to your blog: Images are an important part of a blog. But many people make the mistake of downloading images in full resolution. If your images are too big, your pages will load slowly. Nobody likes this! Whether you’re using Photoshop, or a free site like ResizeImage.Net , be sure to reduce the size of your photos before uploading them to your wordpress blog. For full width photos, I put up to 900 pixels wide. For small photos, I put 350 pixels wide.
- Join the Amazon partner program . If you want to generate passive income with your blog, the first affiliate program you need to sign up for is Amazon’s partner program. Just google “Amazon Partner” to find it and register. It’s free ! Once registered, you get a tracking ID for your blog. Copy this tracking ID. Now go to your “Amazon Affiliate Link Globalizer” extension, and click on “Settings”. Paste your tracking ID into the dedicated box for this purpose. Now, the plugin will automatically add your tracking ID, to all links from your blog to Amazon, so you can hit a commission, if someone clicks on one of your links, and makes a purchase. “Amazon Partner” to find it and register. It’s free ! Once registered, you get a tracking ID for your blog. Copy this tracking ID. Now go to your “Amazon Affiliate Link Globalizer” extension, and click on “Settings”. Paste your tracking ID into the dedicated box for this purpose. Now, the plugin will automatically add your tracking ID, to all links from your blog to Amazon, so you can hit a commission, if someone clicks on one of your links, and makes a purchase.
- Block spam comments: Personally I use the extension “Akismet Anti-Spam”. This makes it possible to detect a large number of spam comments, which the Internet users publish on your blog, simply to promote their products, sites, services … .. But that will not detect everything! Spam comments give your site a “scam” look, so in addition to using this plugin, I recommend you go to “Settings” and click “Chat” on your dashboard. Here you can disable comments, if you do not want to worry about it. But personally I chose the option ” The comment must be approved manually “. This allows me to check all comments before they are posted on my blog. I also recommend you go to the section called “Blacklist for comments” and in the box, type the unwanted words, which can be used by spammers, by putting one word per line. My list contains a lot of vulgar words, as well as several prescription drugs that have started appearing in many spam comments on my sites. Do this and a lot of spam and inappropriate comments will be filtered automatically.
- Be authentic and useful with your content: The best approach to getting a lot of satisfied readers on your blog, is to be remarkably helpful. Write articles that answer people’s questions and provide solutions to their problems. When recommending products, do not constantly try to sell products. Offer products that really benefit your readers. Change the password on your site: You will be surprised at the frequency with which wordpress blogs are hacked. Hackers have computers that run algorithms, trying to guess the admin passwords for WordPress sites constantly (brute force attack). Make sure to use a long & unique password, which you do not use on other sites. I like to create totally random passwords, and very long!
- Good bein here! Starting a blog is exciting. Thanks to your blog, everyone will be able to access YOU and your ideas. Do not be discouraged when you are tired of writing after a few weeks. Keep your ultimate goal in mind, keep working, and the results will be there!