How To Start A Blog Step-By-Step

Watch This First- How This Blog Made Me An Internet Millionaire 

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Thinking about starting a blog?

Let me share with you why starting a blog is a very wise decision…

Since launching my blog I've made over a million dollars online and my life has completely transformed for the better because of it.

The best part is that i've helped thousands of people get started online and many people have gone on to create six and even seven figure incomes since starting their journey with me. 

This business model works in almost every single niche. I've used this model in 150 + niches and many of my readers are not in the “Make Money Online” niche. I want you to understand you have unlimited potential to build a successful blog that will create a full time income.

Steve Howell made his first six figures online with a small audience of just 1000 people. (Real Estate Niche)

Steve Howell

Fred McNiff discovered me a few years back doing a random Google search.

He then applied what he learned from me to take his offline business- teaching Thai's how to speak English to an online format using a blog.

Within a very short period of time he was making $30k-$40k per month. After I gave him and his wife a few tips, his business is now making as much as $70k per month.

Fred-McNiff

I've also helped 100's of people in the Direct Sales & Network Marketing niches grow their following and make sales for their company by teaching them how to setup their blog and generate qualified leads for their business. 

So in this post I'm going to show you step-by-step how to start your blog the right way and how you can turn this into a full time career.

If you have just 20 minutes you will be able to launch and setup your first blog.

Below you will find step by step diagrams and supporting videos to show you how to do everything. 

So let's get started!

Important! – Before We Get Started

Note Before We Get Started: To be 100% transparent if you purchase Bluehost on this page you're purchasing through my affiliate link. With that being said I use Bluehost for my websites and I would never recommend something I don't believe in.

I only make recommendations for products I know will help my readers.

Myself and my team have built 500 + websites for our clients with my agency using Bluehost. So we love them and recommend them to all of our clients.

With that being said I've put together some amazing bonuses to help you kick off your blogging career when purchasing Bluehost and launching your blog.

Option 1: You can follow this step-by-step tutorial and setup the blog yourself. When you purchase Bluehost through my link on this page you will get: 

My Blogging Mastery Training Course ($497 Value) – This course used to be sold for $497, but I've pulled it off the market. The only way to get access to it now is to purchase my “Top Earner Mentor” group coaching program or to buy Bluehost through my link.

This training course will teach you how I made my first $500,000 with blogging and it's constantly updated.

Other people are charging $500-$997 for similar training, but I want to make sure you have everything you need to turn blogging into a full time career.

Access To My Private Facebook Mastermind Group ($997 Value)- Every week I hold live coaching sessions teaching you what I'm doing in my business, the latest traffic and conversions strategies and helping you with anything you need in your business.

Just this bonus alone is worth the price of purchasing Bluehost through my affiliate link so you have a mentor to guide you and show you what to do and how to do it effectively.

This can save you months or even years of not getting results. 

Option 2- My team will setup your blog for you free of charge for purchasing Bluehost through my affiliate link on this page.

(It's important to note that “ONLY 25 PEOPLE” can use this option each month. We've limited this option to make sure we can deliver your blog on time and I devote most of my team to working on my business.)

When you select option 2 you get all of the bonuses above and you also get:

Premium WordPress Theme ($89 Per Year Value)- As I mentioned above I own a marketing agency in the Philippines and we have an agency account with several theme providers.

If you decide to have my team setup the website for you then we are going to set you up with the best theme on the market by Elegant Themes(Divi). This theme is drag and drop friendly and will allow you to build anything from a simple blog to a complete master piece if you want to expand in the future.

My team will install Divi for you when they setup your blog.

Install The Best Free & Paid Plugins- When they install your blog they will also install all the best free plugins to help optimize your blog and make sure it's Search Engine friendly. They also will be installing premium social sharing and email optin plugins from Elegant Themes as well.

Important Notes:

If you have any questions- Please send an email to my team at support@bulldogwebmarketing.com for the fastest response. They can help you if you're stuck on choosing a domain name or any general questions you may have. You also can send me a message here personally on my fan page.

If you setup the blog yourself- Once you purchase Bluehost through my link make sure to send an email to support@bulldogwebmarketing.com with your receipt from Bluehost and let them know what domain you used with your Bluehost account so they can verify you purchased through me.

If you have my team setup the blog for you- When you purchase Bluehost on this page follow the steps on each page. I will walk you through each step and then you will submit your information for my team to get started on your blog right away.

Now that we got that out of the way we can jump into the tutorial…

How To Start Your Blog In 5 Simple Steps

Here is what we will cover:

1.) Why you want to use WordPress for your new blog.
2.) Choosing your custom domain name.
3.) How to setup your blog with just 1 click (no tech experience needed)
4.) How to customize the design of your blog.

Watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial to setup your new blog.

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Step 1- Why You Want To Use WordPress


WordPress is the industry standard for bloggers.

When you use WordPress you're using the platform all professional bloggers use to build big businesses, but it's beginner friendly enough that anyone can customize their blog to fit their needs without needing technical skills.

Why Everyone Recommends WordPress:

1.) It cost you nothing to use (you only need web hosting like Bluehost and a domain name)
2.) It's beginner friendly so anyone can learn how to start and use their blog.
3.) There are thousands of free and paid themes to create the perfect design for your blog. (You can upload a new design in minutes)
4.) There are thousands of free and paid plugins to create advanced functionality for your blog. (Just requires one click to install)
5.) It's the platform that powers over 99.9% of profitable blogs including my blog.

Why You Shouldn't Create Your Blog On A Free Platform:

I get asked all the time why you can't just use a free platform like Tumblr, Blogspot or Blogger…

All of these platforms are lacking a lot of features and customization options if you're serious about blogging.

Why you should not use a free platform:

1.) You will not be taken seriously- If you want people to trust you and buy products from your website then using a free platform is not a good way to get credibility. 

Ask yourself if you would take me seriously if you landed on this blog, but instead my domain name was “zachcrawford.blogspot.com”.

Blogging is one the most affordable businesses you can start so there is absolutely no reason not to have your own hosting and domain name.

2.) Limited to how you can make money- A lot of the free platforms have strict rules on what you can promote or sell. Some of them will not allow you to sell your own products or recommend affiliate products. Even worse some of them display their ads on your blog and you can't control it.

3.) Limited customization options- You will be limited to basic templates when you use a free platform. With WordPress you have thousands of free and paid options to build anything you can possibly dream up.

4.) Zero control- With the free platforms you literally have zero control over your business. They can tell you what you can and can't do, they can run their own advertisements on your content and at any given time they can delete your blog without warning. (Just Google it and you will see it's a real problem)

If you're serious about making a full time income blogging there is only one option – Your own domain and web host.

Blogging is affordable enough that anyone can afford it if they're serious about building a business online.

Step 2- Choosing Your Custom Domain Name


I've created over 200 + websites in my career and I don't think the domain name matters as much as most people will tell you.

What truly matters is your content.

You can have the best domain name, amazing branding and design and make zero dollars if you don't focus on your content.

With that being said I'm going to share a few tips with you to brainstorm ideas for your domain name.

Tip #1- Most good domain names will not be available.

My domain Psychologicallyunemployable.net is a perfect example. I wanted the .com, but it was taken when I started my blog several years back.

I actually own Psychologicallyunemployable.com now because I connected with the guy who owned it years later and negotiated a trade to take it off his hands.

Most of the domain names you think of or want will be owned by domain brokers. I wanted my name Zachcrawford.com, but someone purchased it and they want $2,000 for it. No F^*cking thank you!!!!

A domain name is not that important, I don't care who tells you it is.

If you can get a domain name that is easy to say, spell and remember then by all means snag it up, but a domain name will not define your success.

A perfect example of this is my blog “Psychologically Unemployable”.

When I got started I didn't actually plan to turn this into a marketing and make money online blog it just happened over time.

I created it because I believed i'm truly Psychologically Unemployable and I wanted to document and share my process to reach success and transform my life.

If you think about it Psychologically Unemployable is a mouthful, it's hard to spell and I use the .net

I literally broke all the rules the “so called experts” tell you and yet I made over a million dollars with this blog and my customers all tell me they love the brand name and they too think of themselves as “Psychologically Unemployable”.

So if your favorite domain is taken… Don't let that stop you!

Tip #2- Get the .com if possible

Ideally you want to get the .com if it's available.

It's getting harder and harder to find good .com domain names.

It's best practice to get something that is shorter, easier to say, easy to remember and easy to spell.

If you brainstorm domains with my tips and still can't find a good .com then I would consider getting a .net or .org

Tip #3- Brainstorm words or phrases related to your niche.

One of the best ways to come up with good domain names is to brainstorm keywords that are related to your industry.

I like to do this by playing with broad keyword phrases in Google Instant Search.

Once I start playing with basic keyword ideas I will look at the results for each search and check out competitors websites.

I note down:

  • Competitors website names
  • Keywords they use in their blog post titles
  • Unique keywords Google suggests to me as I try different searches.

You should be able to come up with 50 + different keywords or terms rather quickly by doing this.

Tip #4- Brainstorm slang words or makeup your own words

Don't be afraid to use your own unique sayings or add words onto the end of keywords.

Example: Fitdadhappylife, Fitdadfitness, Fitdadz

If the domain you want isn't available, try adding just one letter or one additional word to get the .com

Tip #5- Use your name if it's available

I've seen people use their personal name for marketing blogs, fitness blogs, personal blogs and just about every major niche you can imagine.

If my personal name was available I would have used it from day one.

Speaking of which if your name is available, I would buy it right now even if you don't plan to use it this very moment. You may want it in the future and then it will cost you $2,000 like my name.

Tip #6- Combine words from your research

If you did a little digging you probably found several keywords you like.

Now combine them to make a catchy domain.

The final step is to see if your domain is available

Once you've selected a few ideas you like you can use this tool to check if the domain is available to purchase.

Step 3- How To Setup Your Blog


Now that you've figured out your domain name it's time to purchase website hosting from Bluehost to setup your blog.

If you prefer to watch me build the website step-by-step then I suggest to watch the video earlier in the post. Watch a few minutes of the video at a time and then pause the video to implement the steps.

If you have any trouble setting up your blog reach out to my support team at support@bulldogwebmarketing.com and we would be happy to help you.

Now if you prefer to follow the post I will walk you through each step visually. 

How To Setup Your Blog With Bluehost

The first thing to do is Click here to open up Bluehost in another window then follow each step below.

Click the green “Get Started Now” button on Bluehost's website.

setup your blog with bluehost

Once you click the green “Get Started Now” button it will bring you to a page with the pricing options that looks like this.

blog pricing options

I suggest you just select the basic plan because it's all you need to get started. 

If you ever want to create more websites you can upgrade at anytime. 

Note: The lower price for $3.95 per month is when you select 36 months of web hosting (paid up front). I suggest you purchase the 36 months for a few reasons:

1.) You're making a commitment- If you're serious about blogging then this shouldn't be an issue with you at all.

You now have 3 years of your web hosting covered and if you follow what I teach you inside my Blogging Mastery training and you attend my weekly coaching sessions you should be making this investment back quick.

2.) You're saving money- This should be a no brainer, but it makes no sense to pay $7.99 month when you can save 50% monthly by purchasing 36 months.

3.) No Risk To You- Bluehost offers a 30 day guarantee. So if for whatever reason you're not happy during the 30 days you can ask for a full refund.

After you select a plan it will take you to a page where you need to enter your “new domain”.

enter your website domain nameSelect the new domain option and type in the domain you decided on in this box.

Hit the next button and it will take you to the next screen…

Now you will need to fill out your basic contact information.

fill out your details

Now you will need to select how many months you want to purchase hosting. As I mentioned above I recommend the 36-month plan because it provides the best value.

Note: Some of the boxes may already be checked, but you don't need all of these options. The only option I suggest to keep is the “Domain Privacy Protection”. This feature will keep your information private from the public.

The final step is to input your credit card information, check the standard Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and hit the green submit button!

Once you pay you will get a email with your receipt and also a email with your login details.

At this point before going forward make sure to send an email to support@bulldogwebmarketing.com and let them know you purchased Bluehost through my link and let them know your domain you registered with so they can get you access to your bonuses.

Now once you login to your Bluehost account you should be asked to pick a password for your account. 

Once you login to your account you should be asked to pick a theme for your WordPress blog. The screen should look like this.

Just select any of these free themes to get started. You can change this at any time, and I will be showing you how to do this in a bit.

Once you select your theme your screen should look like this.

Select the “Business” option to be taken to the next screen. If for some reason you don't plan to monetize your blog then you can select personal.

You will then be taken to a screen that looks like this.

At this point you can start navigating the WordPress dashboard or publishing your first post, but I'm going to walk you through how to select a theme to customize the design of your site first.

Step 4- How To Customize The Design


Now that you have access to your WordPress dashboard, it's time to customize the look of your blog. Don't worry, it's easy!

I'm going to show you how to pick out a free theme to get you up and running, but I would suggest to upgrade to a premium theme as soon as you have the money to do so.

A free theme will work just fine for a beginner blogger, but they lack a lot of features and tools that a premium theme will provide you. 

I will recommend a few premium themes below, but if you're on a budget don't worry the free themes will do just fine to get started.

To change the theme navigate to the left hand side menu. Now click “Appearances” -> then click “Themes.”

Once you click themes it will take you to a page that looks like this… Click on WordPress.org themes.

Now you will land on a screen that looks like this. You can either browse through featured themes or popular themes.

If you like the look of a theme and want to see what it looks like just hover your mouse over the theme – > then click preview.

This will show you what the theme looks like so you can get a better idea if it will fit your needs. Once you like the theme simply hit install and your new theme will be live.

Now if you have more money to invest into your blogging career then I suggest a paid theme.

Paid themes give you more flexibility and tools to work with to create the design you want. Some of the themes even provide you with tools to help build your email subscriber list.

Elegant Themes- You can't go wrong with any of the themes from Elegant Themes. Divi is by far one of the best themes on the market currently because of it's flexibility and drag and drop editor. Divi would be my recommendation to start with.

Elegant themes has been around for years, constantly updating their themes to make them better and have great customer support.

I've built hundreds of websites for clients with Elegant Themes and I use their themes on almost all of my personal websites.

Thrive Themes- My second favorite theme provider is Thrive Themes. 

I personally like Thrive Themes because they have a lot of lead generation tools built into their themes to help you build your email subscriber list. 

They also have a lot of great plugins that allow you to customize the look and functionality of your blog. You can see an example of that below with the Q&A section.

A free theme just wouldn't give you the type of options and flexibility that Elegant Themes or Thrive gives you.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


I've compiled a list of the most common questions I've received over the years about blogging.

The questions are organized by category below and if you click on the question a drop down will appear.

If I didn't cover your question just comment below and I will make sure you get the help you need. If you need any additional help at all you can reach out to my team at support@bulldogwebmarketing.com

How To Start Your Blog:

How much does it cost to start a blog?

What is the best blog host?

How can I start a blog for free?

Do I need a web developer to customize my blog?

Where can I find custom WordPress Themes?

Where can I get a logo or custom graphics made?

Content Creation:

I'm not a good writer! What options do I have?

Can I do a video blog instead of writing?

Can I do a Podcast instead of writing?

What type of content should I create?

How often do I need to blog?

How many words should your content be to rank in Google?

Can I outsource my content?

How To Get People To Read Your Blog:

How do I get people to read my blog?

What is the best traffic sources for blogging?

Do I have to use social media to be successful with blogging?

How To Build Your Email List:

Do I need to build an email subscriber list?

What is the best email marketing provider for bloggers?

What are the best tools to build your email list?

General Blogging Questions:

How do bloggers make money?

How much money can you make from a blog?

What pages do I need on my blog?

What are the best WordPress plugins to use?

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