I was so scared to start this blog and obviously it’s still extremely small. I had his idea in my head that really blogging was very difficult to start up and that it takes that sort of “technical know how” to start – but really it’s very simple.
Because blogging has the potential to change my life and many other lives.
Blogging has allowed me to:
- Connect with people all over the world and share my thoughts, experiences and what I’ve learned with anyone (who actually wants to listen!)
- Have very flexible schedule so that I have the potential to work when it fits me, travel anytime I want and work from anywhere in the world. It makes it very easy to do on the side too.
Now, it just takes 5-10 minutes to set up your own blog and I’ve negotiated with Bluehost so that all TECHTRUSTED readers can get their own blog starting at only $2.95 per month. It makes me laugh how this is actually less than a cup of coffee each month – yet has so much power.
Click here to start YOUR OWN WordPress blog and then just follow along with the step-by-step instructions below to go through this simple and quick process.
(NOTE: This free guide contains affiliate links. So I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase your plan via one of them. Never ever like lying to my readers!)
Why not go for free webhosting?
This is one of the biggest questions I get when I help people to start blogging, so, I’m going to address this now before the practical part – then you won’t think about it!
Can’t I just sign up for a free blog at for example Blogger or wix or a free WordPress site?
I would not recommend doing that because:
- If you’re on a free blogging platform then you won’t be taken as seriously as you’d like by readers and companies (that could want to purchase from you, advertise on your website or hire you).
- You won’t have entire control over your own website – which is your unique creation. This free blogging platform can then place their ads on your website which may annoy readers and you won’t get paid for it. You won’t have your own domain which will also make you weaker. The biggest thing is that if you don’t own your website you can’t monetize it (if you don’t want to earn at all then give it a try and have fun!)
So if you want make money from your website which could be a side income or in many cases a huge full time income – you need to be self-hosted so you have full control over your content, design and brand and all options open when it comes to monetizing your unique website.
Step 1: Choose your web hosting.
If you’re starting a blog then I highly recommend BlueHost. Why?
- 2 million use it and it is recommended by the best. You read that right – w million websites worldwide are hosted by BlueHost and it also hosts the majority of the biggest blogging sites out there. I cannot tell you the monopoly that these guys have on the hosting market.
- One-click installer. They have the power of being able to press one button and install WordPress which is the easiest way for you to customize your blog and post articles that you write! Makes amateur blogging much easier.
- You’ll be self-hosted. This benefit has already been mentioned and it’s a big one.
- You get a free domain name. This is powerful as you don’t have WordPress or anything like that in your name. This is effectively the address of your website – mine is Techtrusted.net
- A free SSL certificate. You can use this to add an extra layer of security to your website and make people feel safer when using your site (Google for very serious about this last year for rankings).
- 24/7 support. Allows new bloggers and experienced bloggers alike to have support whenever they need it.
- 30 day money back guarantee. If you really don’t like what you’ve bought – then they’ll give you your money back as long as it’s within the 30 days.
- 63% off for TechTrusted readers. A final reason is that Bluehost has been kind enough to offer all TechTrusted Blog readers a 63% discount for anyone who sets up a WordPress website or blog. So you can get started at only $2.95 per month – I still cannot believe how cheap this is.
Continue to follow this step by step process and I can assure you that with the use of some pictures (which actually always help – one pictures = 1000 words), you’ll have your blog up and running in 10 minutes!
Step 2: Buy your hosting package.
I use images from the official Bluehost website during this step to ensure that it is clear what I’m explaining!
Click the green “Get Started Now” button in the new window you just opened which can be seen on the bottom left of the page.
On the next page choose which one of the 3 webhosting plans you want. (To start off I think the basic plan is fine and you can always upgrade later on if you wish).
After you’ve done that you get the excitement of choosing your own domain name – one of my favourite parts as all the names I came up with appeared to be taken – but so fun to brainstorm!
And on the following page you choose if you want 12, 24 or 36 months of hosting and then simply type in your account and payment information to finish off the page.
Here you can also choose if you want any of the extras like domain privacy or site backup which I personally don’t think you need at this point (most are just upsells). Then you put in your payment information and click submit. Very easy!
Step 3: Set up your WordPress blog by using the one-click installer we spoke about.
You’ve now got your personal and unique domain name, hosting package and you have gotten access to what’s called the control panel for your web hosting account – sometimes referred to as “cpanel”.
As you log into the cpanel you may see a message that tells you the beautiful fact that you can have Bluehost install the WordPress website for you – an amazing software.
HOWEVER that comes at a cost and it’s very easy to do it yourself for free, so I’ll make sure you know how!
- First, find the blue Install WordPress icon on your cpanel page and click it once, as this is the one-click installer we mentioned before.
- On the next page simply fill out the few options there. Be sure to set both a complicated Admin Username (do not use admin as a username) and Password. This will make your website a whole lot more secure against attacks (I can assure you that you should not be naive and assume you won’t get attacked). Write down the username and password on paper or in some other location and keep it somewhere where you can easily find it when you need it, that is also secure!
- Then click the Install button and your website/blog is created instantly – this moment still amazes me every day.
- You’ll then get the website address for where you log into your website. There you simply type in your admin username and your password and then you’re ready to embark on your blogging journey and start shaping your new blog into your idealistic version.
Good luck guys! Get out there and express your opinions!