How To Start A Blog In Under 20 Minutes

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When I was in college, my dream was to make this blog my full-time job. My first year working on this blog full-time, I made $35,000. My second year, I made $80,000. I was a senior in college making $80,000 a year.

A lot of people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to blogging. Creating a blog is much easier than you think, so don’t feel intimidated by it! 🙂 The hard part is monetizing it, but we’ll get to that later. I have a bunch of free resources here if you want to learn more about blogging.

Start a blog that makes money

If your dream is to become a full-time blogger and start a blog, I recommend starting a blog with Bluehost. Bluehost has 24/7 support, a money-back guarantee, and makes it as easy as possible to start a blog. 

If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick 5-day course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.

Below is a step by step tutorial on creating a blog.

✨Blogging Terminology

Domain: Your website’s address. Ex. Mine is FITnancials.com.

Web Hosting: Where all of your website files are stored. This includes code, images, text, video, etc.

Website Platform: A web platform is a content management system. Ex. WordPress.

✨Steps to start a blog:

1. Choose a host for your blog

Finding a reliable host is one of the essential parts of building a great blog.

I recommend creating a blog on Bluehost.

With Bluehost, you get the following:

  • Free domain
  • Free SSL included (your site goes from http to https, which shows your site is secure)
  • 1-Click WordPress install
  • 24/7 support

Bluehost is powering over 2 million websites worldwide, and if you have any questions, you can quickly contact the Bluehost support team.

✨ You can get my special Bluehost rate of $2.95 per month here.

*Currently, you can get $10 cash back from Rakuten when you sign up for Bluehost. You also get $10 just for signing up for Ebates. (So you get $20 total). After signing up for Rakuten, look up Bluehost in Rakuten’s search bar. 

✨2. Choose a plan

With Bluehost, you can choose the basic plan with my special rate at $2.95 per month. Press select.

✨3. Create and register a domain

You’ll want to get started by creating a domain for your platform.

A domain is the address people will go to when they go to your blog. My domain name is FITnancials.

Brainstorm names that aren’t crazy long, and or have words that sound like other words.

I think it’s best to make your domain name clever and clear as people can easily search for it.

With Bluehost, you can create and register a free domain, or you can choose your domain later.

✨4. Check out

Under the “Account Plan,” choose the “Basic 36 Month Price” for $2.95 month.

You can get my special Bluehost rate of $2.95 per month here.

There are package extras which are optional. The only option I’d recommend for now is the SiteLock Security. 

✨5. Install WordPress

After you choose your password, you’ll be sent to a page where there’s a one-click WordPress set up. Super easy.

Next, you’ll choose a theme (Bluehost gives you several FREE options, another bonus).
 

 

✨6. Find a theme

Your theme is what your website will look like when someone visits your blog. 

Before I built this custom theme with a professional web designer, I used an affordable theme by Restored 316. I always got so many compliments on my site. Their themes are high-quality, built with site speed in mind, and are well-known in the blogging world. Find out what theme is best for your business here. 

Once you choose your theme, you’ll want to follow the steps below. (Steps numbered in photos below).

1. Go to appearance.

2. Click Add New.

3. Click upload theme.

4. Upload .zip file. You will receive this when you buy your theme.

a) You will get a download as soon as your payment is cleared. Save the download and then either leave the download zipped or UNZIP the folder. You’ll get directions depending on where you buy your theme.

b) Open “Install Instructions’ doc. Follow the steps for easy download. 🙂

5. Then you’ll click “Activate”.

✨7. You’re ready to get started! 🙂

Now you can add posts, images, etc. So easy! Let me know if you run into any problems or contact the Bluehost support (who will be much more helpful than me since they know everything and are quick to respond).

Learn more: Are you wondering how to start a profitable blog while working full-time? I recommend the Pro Blogger Bundle which includes 4 of the best blogging courses.

I’ve personally taken all 4 courses and they’re exactly what took me from newbie blogger to full-time business owner on Fitnancials.

You learn absolutely everything you need to know to start and run a profitable blog and business. These 4 courses were created by bloggers who made $100,000+ in their first year running a health and fitness blog.  

You can learn more about the Pro Blogger Bundle here.

Do you want to go one course at a time? Check out this course roadmap. Answer a few questions and it will determine where you should start first.

Are you interested in starting a blog? What other questions do you have related to blogging? 

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. This is awesome Alexis! Looks like you’ve accomplished quite a lot over the past 4 years. Your list is incredibly insightful especially to anyone who’s looking to start blogging, but are unsure where to start. Your site looks great, and you have amazing content. Excited to read more content from you!

    1. Thank you so much Win. I love where FITnancials is going!

  2. I’ve read some really good things on Siteground and definitely think that I’m going to use it next time around. I wish I had seen this post when I first started 🙂

    1. Yeah, Siteground is definitely where it’s at. Bluehost has been having too many issues lately with people’s websites going down.

  3. 90% of your page views from Pinterest? Wow, that’s a huge percentage. I think it’s time for me to seriously look into Pinterest.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yep, Pinterest is AMAZING.

  4. Great post Alexis! I actually have a blog, but what I struggle with is getting traffic to it. I don’t want to spam social media sites since I post regularly, but I can’t figure out how to get traffic. I want to be able to make this a full-time job and would love to hear your thoughts!

    1. Pinterest is what has helped me grow the most!

  5. Hi Alexis,
    I follow your sister’s blog and I am so inspired to be a blogger and find it so hard to fully commit to starting one, but this time I am even more inspired to start as soon as possible after reading this. I am a single mother of 6 and I am in school full time and work but I would rather be at home making most money and spend as much time with them as much as possible. I really need your help to get started, I will follow your instructions but if you would please keep in touch with me via email at aasa_natasha@hotmail.com you have no idea how much I would appreciate that 🙂 Love your blog posts.

    1. Hi Natasha. Feel free to email me or go on my contact page here and reach out to me with any questions you have.

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