How Do You Start a Blog? [Free Blogging for Beginners Course]

How Do You Start a Blog? [Free Blogging for Beginners Course]

We’re starting a six-part series on starting
a blog and how I built my business to over a hundred grand in four years. I’ll show you a step-by-step to start a
blog and how I make money on seven income sources. I’m revealing the secrets to picking a blogging
idea and growing your website. We’re talking blogging for money today on
Let’s Talk Money. Beat debt. Make money. Make your money work for you. Creating the financial future you deserve. Let’s Talk Money. Joseph Hogue with the Let’s Talk Money channel
here on YouTube I want to send a special shout out to everyone in our community, thank you
for taking a part of your day to be with us. If you’re not part of the community yet,
just click that little red subscribe button. It’s free and you’ll never miss an episode. I’m excited to get started on this series,
blogging has changed my life and I guarantee it will give you something that can make a
little extra money or become a full-time money maker. I just started my Work from Home blog a few
years ago and already reach almost 400,000 people a year. Not only does this provide a huge community
to share with but I think most people don’t understand just how big a business it can
be. I won’t tell you that blogging is the easy
passive income everyone makes it out to be. It’s a business and I had to build it from
the ground up but it’s a business that grows like you wouldn’t believe. In less than four years, I’ve grown the
business to over $100,000 a year and broke $10,000 a month in 2018. You see from that chart though that it didn’t
start that way. You have to get started first and that’s
what we’ll talk about in this first video. I’m going to give you a step-by-step to
picking a blog topic, starting your website and what you need to set a blog up for success. I’ll walk you through all the way so that
anyone can get started blogging. The rest of the series will give you everything
you need to make that money from writing posts to getting the word out, all the ways I use
to make money and the biggest blogging challenges. Let’s get to that process of how to start
a blog. It’s going to be an easy, procedural video
today and I’ll screen share exactly what you need to get started. If you want a quick checklist of everything
we’ll be talking about in the series, I’ve left a link in the video description below. I’m posting the videos over the next two
weeks but you can get that checklist with everything you need right now. One of the first questions people ask about
starting blogging is, well, what should I blog about? It’s maybe more important than you realize
for a couple of reasons. First, you’re going to be doing a lot of
writing and talking about this subject and it could be a business that lasts decades. You definitely want it to be in something
you enjoy talking about and learning. Also though is some topics are just more profitable
than others. There’s a saying in online business that
the money is in health, wealth and love. It’s those three major topics; health and
fitness, personal finance and relationships where the most ad dollars are spent, where
the most is spent on courses and just where people are most willing to spend money. Of course, there are a lot of narrower topics
within these larger ideas and you don’t want to start a blog on something as broad
as personal finance. You want to narrow what you’ll be talking
about further to a specific category in personal finance, maybe saving money or investing. You can also narrow your blog by your audience,
so speaking to a specific group like stay at home moms or families or millennials. This narrowing is called your niche and it
serves two purposes. First, it brings you closer to your readers
because you’re talking more directly to them and their specific needs. Also though, this is going to make your blog
an authority in that specific topic. Google will see that you’re building authority
in one area and will rank you higher and your visitors won’t have to sift through dozens
of unrelated articles to get more of what they came to your site for. So we’ve got a topic that we enjoy and a
niche within it that’s going to make money, now is the step of picking your website name
and getting it online. These are technically two steps but I’ve
got a solution that will take care of both in one that I’ll share next. Now in the good old days of 2005, it used
to be that you could get a boost on Google if your website name included keywords. So you got all kinds of blogs like how to
make and but now your domain name really doesn’t matter as
much. That means you can pretty much name your site
whatever you like, something that’s easy to remember and spell. The one thing I’d caution about here is
putting your name in your domain. The problem here is that if you ever want
to sell the website, it’s obviously going to be harder to find a buyer if everyone knows
the site as Picking a blog name that’s available can
be tricky so I’ll use the domain name checker on bluehost to see if something’s available. If it’s not then the site will make a lot
of suggestions here and I wouldn’t necessarily go with any of these but they can give you
some ideas that you can try out different combinations of adjectives and other words. Now to get your blog online you’ll need
to register that domain, your blog name, and you’ll need web hosting. Web hosting is just a company that holds your
website on its servers and then delivers it across the internet to readers. For both of these, I recommend Bluehost and
have actually negotiated a special deal if you use the link I’ll include in the description
below the video. I recommend Bluehost for quite a few reasons
and it’s the host I’ve started all four of my blogs on. First, with bluehost, you get your domain
registered for free which saves you ten or fifteen bucks right there. It’s also one of the most inexpensive web
hosts and offers a lot of freebies that we’ll look at in getting your blog set up. I’m going to walk you through setting up
your blog but really it takes all of about five minutes and Bluehost makes it extremely
easy. If you click on the link below the video or
go to you’ll see our special discount page here and you’ll
see the offer we’ve set up which includes that free domain name, round-the-clock support
and a money-back guarantee for less than three bucks a month. This is why I love websites as a business
idea. For less than that mocha-coca-china at Starbucks,
you can get your website up and running for a month and making money. So the first thing we see are these three
pricing plans and honestly this first plan is probably more than you’ll need to start
out. Fifty gigabytes of storage space is huge,
you get the free security certificate and everything we’re going to be talking about. The two things that I like and why I ended
up on the Plus plan were this unlimited websites, since I wanted to start a few websites at
once, and then the $200 in marketing offers. Understand that you can always upgrade later
so you might just go with the basic plan and see if you need more later. We’re going to select that basic plan and
next they’ll ask you to pick a domain name which we just talked about so you just enter
your site name in here. You can change this from .com to others like
.net or .biz but I would recommend sticking with the .com type. A few things here on the account signup page,
most of this is just your contact information and payment so all pretty easy though I will
point out some of this package information. First here is you can change the length of
your plan from twelve to 36 months. Even the shorter-term plan is pretty inexpensive
but I always like to lock in the biggest discount. This business is something you’re going
to be building and making money off for years to come so getting that discount is always
nice. Some things they try to upsell you on here
that I usually just check off. The domain privacy information isn’t really
that big of a deal. I’ve got my home address on mine and have
never had a problem or you can use a PO box. This site backup plan, you’ll be able to
backup your site with free plugins we’ll use so we’ll click off that as well and
save you the three bucks a month. Then we’ll uncheck this sitelock security
because this isn’t really something you need to get started either. So this brings my total to just over a hundred
dollars which remember is for three years of hosting. Basically you’ve got your site online for
three years so I’m going to enter in my information and click submit. You’ll get a confirmation email and next
be prompted to create a password for the blog so not your birthday and no pet’s names
please. We’ll just use the auto-generated passwords
for now. Next it’s going to prompt you to pick a
theme for your blog. This is like the layout or design of your
blog what people see, so it’s hugely important. Bluehost will show you the free themes to
get started so we’ll just pick one of these. That’s basically it to get your blog online. It used to be that you had to install WordPress
but now Bluehost is doing all this automatically for you. Your blog will be in a temporary status at
first and just show a “Coming Soon” page so when we click through then we can click
to “Launch Site” and take it live. Here we’re still on the Bluehost panel which
is like a behind the scenes dashboard for your Bluehost account. You’ll rarely use this so we’re just going
to click to Login to WordPress, the behind the scenes for your blog itself. And here’s WordPress, once we x out of all
these notices on the right, you’ll see the left-side menu which is how you’ll make
changes to the blog and manage it. There’s some basic setup you’ll want to
take care of like changing your site title and tagline in Settings and then General Settings. You can also try out a few different looks
for your blog by going to Appearance and then themes to let you pick some of the other free
themes. Once you’ve got your website up and running,
there’s something that’s going to make your life a whole lot easier called plugins. These are computer programs that you can install
onto your website to do a specific task like keep you from getting lots of spam comments
and making it easier for people to share your site on social media. To add a plugin to your blog, just click plugins
in the left menu in WordPress. You’ll see all the plugins on your website
and can click Add New to search for ones you want. When you find one, you’ll click Install
Now and then Activate to get it working. There are more than 30,000 plugins available
on WordPress but understand that having too many can slow down your website. There’s no consensus to how many is too
many. Whenever you decide on whether to add another,
just ask yourself if you really need what it offers. Let’s look at some of the plugins I use
that will be critical to starting your blog. Most of these are free plugins though they
might have some premium levels. When it comes to paying for plugins, I only
have three plugins I pay for and only consider one absolutely necessary for beginner bloggers. First is Akismet, probably the most widely
used plugin on WordPress. This one filters obvious spam comments so
you don’t spend hours a week deleting crap from your comment section. It’s free and the first plugin everyone
needs to install. Next is Broken Link Checker. Now a broken link is anytime you click on
something online and all you see is an error page or a 404 page. This is obviously super annoying for your
readers and Google will actually ding your site if it finds too many. So you install this broken link plugin that
checks all the links on your website to make sure they go somewhere. A word of warning though, this one can slow
down your blog if you leave it on because it’s constantly running through checking
your links. Instead, what you want to do is install it
but only activate it for maybe a weekend each month. Let it run for those three days or so to check
your links, fix any broken links it finds, and then deactivate it so it doesn’t run
continuously. Next is the PrettyLinks plugin, easily my
favorite plugin and the only premium plugin I think every beginning blogger should have. There are two things this plugin does. First, it let’s you create a link you want
to put on your blog. So if you’ve ever hovered over a linkable
text and seen just a jumble of letters, with PrettyLinks you create a link that starts
with your website name and looks much more professional. More importantly though, the plugin makes
it easy to manage all your links. You can change out the direction or the target
where the link goes when someone clicks. This is hugely important for products or affiliates. You might link your course or an affiliate
on a dozen or more pages on your blog but if you ever want to change the link then you
have to go to each page and change the link. With prettylink, you just go into the plugin
and change the target and it’s automatically changed on all the pages. The plugin also shows you how many people
clicked on that link and from which page so it’s a great tracking tool. The next plugin I recommend is the Shareaholic
social sharer. If you’ve ever noticed those social share
buttons on the left side or top of a blog post, it’s probably shareaholic. This just makes it easier for readers to share
your article and gets you more traffic which is huge for new bloggers. One feature I like about Shareaholic is that
you can set it to float where it will stay showing on the screen even as someone scrolls
down the page. Now you’ve got your blog set up and you’re
ready to start posting, getting visitors to your blog and making money. Next week, I’m going to show you how to
write a blog post that will get noticed, not just by visitors but by Google to rank in
search. I’ll be revealing secrets I’ve learned
to make writing easy for anyone so make sure you check that out. If you want a quick checklist to getting started
blogging, everything we’ll be talking about in the series, don’t forget to click through
that link in the video description below. We’re here Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
with the best videos on beating debt, making more money and making your money work for
you. If you’ve got a question about money, just
scroll down and ask it in the comments and we’ll answer it in a video.

22 thoughts on “How Do You Start a Blog? [Free Blogging for Beginners Course]

  1. Great timing. I was thinking if starting a blog would be a good idea and if it would be worth the effort.Thanks

  2. I created a blog last year but never posted it. It took me some time to really figure out what direction I wanted to go. But since I focused my YouTube channel last month, I need to go back and tweak my blog, then publish it.

  3. I so glad to be back on your page Joseph. I am making multiple streams of branding and business setup and some of these tips fit right into the website side. Thank you as always and I look forward to your next video!

    P.S Might you ever cover what role you believe sreaming content may play in establishing who you are and what your company is about? + whether the former is a good idea lol.

  4. We look forward to this series! Blogging can be tough but there are great rewards for those who stick it out! 👌🏽

  5. What do you really do on "your" blog?

    Last night sucked I got a flat tire, and my cars tie rod is blown so Im out a ton of money I was planning on investing. But, hey! at least you got this video up today!!

  6. I'm know that I'm going to watch your series Bow Tie Don on blogging and how to make money on blogging, I tried freelancing and it didn't work out for me. I'm try blogging cause freelance writer didn't work for me cause I didn't qualify on the sites I went on.

  7. A fantastic tutorial for those wanting to get started on a blog. Where were you a few years ago when I was getting started haha.

  8. Thank you! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog but I didn’t know where to start or how much it would cost me. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series!!

  9. Joseph, thank you so much for what you do. I truly appreciate you sharing your knowledge. It has made a huge difference in my life.

  10. Want to know the income source that is more than a third my online income? Don't miss this Free two-video series on creating an affiliate marketing funnel that helped me 4X my monthly income! 🤑

  11. Joseph how would you recommend the actual business setup in the blog when first starting out? How would you recommend handling the bookkeeping and accounting at the beginning? Would you recommend setting up a business entity such as an LLC or an S-Corp or all as a simple DBA?

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