You’ve probably been freelance writing for a while now, but have you considered how much your clients make off of your content? Even if you’re among the highest paid writers, your clients are sure to be making far more money publishing your content online.
Now that you already have great writing skills, what’s stopping you from starting a blog and getting all the money for yourself?
Even if you don’t want to make money off of your blog directly, having a blog can produce many other benefits, including:
And the great thing is that you don’t need years of specialized training to start a blog.
In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to create a blog with WordPress in as little as 20 minutes.
But first, you’re probably wondering why WordPress is such a great choice for a blog. Here’s why.
Without a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, you might need a university degree in software programming to create a professional blog. It turns the complex coding of creating a superb blog into a simple click-and-drag operation.
WordPress controls approximately 60% CMS market share.
It’s by far, the most used CMS with the next best CMS having a mere 6% market share.
If that isn’t enough…
30% of the 1.5+ billion websites worldwide run on WordPress. Besides, a study revealed WordPress powers majority (62%) of the top 100 company blogs. That shows an incredible number of people enjoy the benefits of WordPress, and it’s a useful tool for the best sites.
Here are the practical reasons that make WordPress a preferred platform:
A domain name is your unique online address that people will use to find your blog and the content in it.
Writers usually worry a lot about selecting the best blog name.
Often, they are thinking of a complicated, incredibly amazing name that everyone will fall in love with.
You don’t need to do that.
Many times, the simplest, most-obvious, commonly used words make truly memorable names. Think about it, why would someone remember a complicated name? They’ll more easily recall a name containing familiar words: Batman (bat + man), Apple (apple, the fruit), Facebook (face + book) and WordPress (word + press).
There are a few rules to help you find the right domain name:
6. Preferably, get a .com domain extension.
Registering a domain name can cost between $9 and $24.
But, being a reader of Writing Doozy you can get it free on Bluehost.
I’ll show you how in step 3.
You wouldn’t stash your cash in any random place, would you?
Likewise, you shouldn’t select any random hosting provider for your blog (a hosting provider offers data storage where all the content of your blog will stay so people can access it.).
What will happen if you don’t get a reliable hosting provider?
A poor hosting provider will lead to:
Now that you know the danger of a poor hosting provider, what then does a reliable one have to offer?
A great website hosting provider delivers:
You’ll get all these features and more from Bluehost.
Now that you have a domain name and know which hosting provider to use, you’re ready to set up your website and hosting.
You’ll get everything done on Bluehost and get a free domain too.
Follow these simple steps:
Go to www.bluehost.com and click on the “Get Started Now” button.
A new page opens up showing different hosting plans. Since you’re just starting out and may not expect to get lots of visitors daily, select the “basic” hosting plan.
A “sign up now” window opens up. To get your free domain, key in the domain name you came up with under “new domain.” Then click “next”. Already have a registered domain name? Key it in under “I have a domain name.” Then click “next.”
A page to fill in your account information opens up. Provide all the necessary details.
Scrolling down on the same page, you’ll see a section to fill in your package information. The 36 months option offers the best value. I highly recommend it.
The last part of the same page is your payment information. Just as with anything that requires payment, don’t be in a rush. Take a bit of time to read the terms of service at the bottom. Then check that everything is filled in properly and submit your details.
When you complete the transaction, you’ll get a request to create a password.
Once you do all that, you now own a piece of “online real estate”: a blog.
Now, all you need is to install WordPress and start blogging.
You’ll install WordPress in one click right from your Bluehost account.
Don’t believe me?
As soon as you create your password in the last step of part 3, you’ll get a page with a “log in” tab. Log in with your password and you’ll get this page:
All you need is one click on the “Install WordPress” icon to install WordPress on your blog.
A new page will display several themes for your blog. Don’t worry about this yet, just pick any. You’ll change it later.
After installation, you’ll get a “Start Building” tab.
Click on the “Start Building” tab, and you’ll be redirected to your new WordPress site. You officially have a WordPress blog.
You’ll see this page on your WordPress site:
Get your WordPress site login information from your email account.
Log into your WordPress dashboard and start customizing your theme.
You certainly want a good-looking blog to match the great content you’ll write and publish.
Therefore, avoid free themes as much as possible. Such free themes typically come with many problems:
If you still want the free themes, here’s how to get them.
In your WordPress dashboard, hover over the “Appearance” tab. A sub-menu will appear. Choose “Themes.”
A whole bunch of free themes will appear. Simply search for and activate the one you like.
Ultimately, the best theme is a professionally designed premium theme from a reputable source. From my experience using the Genesis Framework, I would definitely advise you to go for a premium WordPress theme.
Here are a few reasons why:
Having done that, you’re ready to start blogging and make money from your new WordPress blog.
You probably have a ton of blogging ideas.
Go ahead. Create your first awesome blog post for the world to see. In the WordPress dashboard, click on the “Posts” tab, select “Add New”, and start writing.
I’ve written a useful guide on how to write blog posts. Check it out if you need help with your post.
You’re now a blogger.
Even the greatest bloggers online started where you are right now. Who knows, we might be talking about your awesome blog in the future.
Hi, I’m Mercy Mmbone. My mission is to help beginner freelance writers find success online. Even if you don’t have a degree, becoming a successful freelance writer is not as difficult as you’d think. The most important thing you’ll need to get started is self-motivation.
I’m honored to have worked with many popular companies including Ring Central and Freelancer FAQs.