How To Start A Wordpress Site on Bluehost

How To Start A WordPress Site on Bluehost

How To Create A Wordpress Blog With Bluehost

After people have seen the success that I’ve had with this website in a short amount of time, I’ve received a lot of emails and private messages about how to start a blog and make money the way I am. So, I’m going to teach you how to start your own money making blog today!

Starting my blog almost a year ago has completely changed my life. As many of my readers know – I used to be a band director that wasn’t too happy with my career choice, and only 6 months after I left teaching I can work from literally anywhere that has an internet connection and choose my own hours.

Because of this site and the skills that I picked up from blogging, I outperformed my monthly teaching income in less than 3 months after I quit my job. *Update* I now make over $10,000 per month blogging! Here is one of my recent online income reports where you can see how I make money with this site.

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

Profit and Loss statement just after I quit my job in June of 2015

I’m sure you are wondering how. 🙂 Basically, I make money from affiliate partnerships that I have on my “Recommended” page and various places on the site, and I also started a marketing company based off of my work with M$M. Between MillennialMoneyMan.com and StellarisMarketing.com, I was able to pull off a leap of faith that most people only dream about taking.

Blogging can = $freedom$.

I really believe that a WordPress blog is the only way to go if you want to start blogging, and I’ll explain why below. If you want to go ahead and get signed up with WordPress and Bluehost (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH), click here or the picture below and then read my how-to guide in this post.

Bluehost

How blogs work:

I’ll start this how-to guide by detailing how a blog actually works, and show you the easy steps you need to take to get started with your own!

If you already know how blogs work you can skip down to the step-by-step guide below (it’s marked in green like this).

A blog is mainly comprised of 3 parts:

  1. Domain – The web address for your site
  2. Host – The company that runs your site from their servers
  3. Platform –  The engine that powers your site

For this site, the above 3 translate to:

  1. MillennialMoneyMan.com – Pretty cool
  2. Bluehost – Awesome
  3. WordPress – Awesome

While it gets more in depth after you pick a host and platform, you really only need to understand the first three to get your blog up and running!

1. Domain

Fortunately for you, I made a couple of completely avoidable mistakes when I created this website. I didn’t read a how-to guide and it cost me money and DEFINITELY cost me time. I originally picked this domain on Go Daddy, which works fine. I didn’t know at the time that Bluehost will throw in a FREE domain if you sign up for their hosting service. So…there went some cash down the drain. :/

Going with Go Daddy also meant one more account and password for me to remember, so I have already started the process of transferring this site’s domain over to Bluehost. My memory is not so great.

As far as picking a name…just try to be creative. I stumbled onto MillennialMoneyMan.com after figuring out that most of the names I wanted were taken up. I like it because it’s fairly easy to remember, but unfortunately the average Joe has no idea how to spell “Millennial” (myself included sometimes).

Try to make your site name simple, fairly short and to the point, and go with your gut instinct! I really believe that if you put out good content, people will come to the website even if the domain name isn’t perfect.

2. Host

There are several hosting companies out there, but Bluehost is by far the best for people that want to create a money making blog. I actually started this site on a different hosting service that I found out wasn’t that great after I got into it.

When I started my online marketing business, my first client already used Bluehost and I had to learn how to work with their product. I loved it. I found it to be much easier to create email addresses and find your way around the admin panel than the hosting company I originally used for M$M.

One of the most important aspects that makes Bluehost better than other web hosting companies is their customer service. You don’t need to call in and wait on hold – they have a sweet online chat system that puts you in touch with people who actually know what the heck is going on with your website.

I use their help area extensively (probably 2 times a week) and am yet to be disappointed, so there’s that.

3. Platform

THIS is the main reason I think every blogger starting out should use Bluehost’s services. WordPress is hands down the best platform to build your blog on. The majority of blogs that you see online are powered by WordPress, and many major companies use it as well.

WordPress makes it simple to create a high quality blogging site, and best of all – WordPress is Free Fifty Free through Bluehost. Free Ninety Nine. Free…you get the point. In addition, you can download and install WordPress directly through Bluehost. If you turn into a internet bad@$$ later down the road you can also manage multiple WordPress sites through your Bluehost panel! (Let’s take it one step at a time though).

Bottom Line: WordPress is fully integrated with Bluehost. It takes another needless step out of the equation. Most importantly, building your blog on the WordPress platform allows you to make money.

Free blogging platforms like Medium, Blogger, and others are very limited and won’t allow you to turn your blog into a real business down the road. Many of the money making features and freedom of a WordPress blog just aren’t there with the free blog sites, because someone other than YOU owns them and is making money (you are just helping them do it).

Whether it’s through Google Ads, affiliate sponsors, website design and management services that you’ll learn by making your own site, freelance writing gigs you’ll pick up along the way as you learn to blog, marketing services like I provide, or any number of the money makers related to blogging – WordPress is the best way to go. Work for yourself, not someone else!

Step-By-Step Guide: How To Start A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

1. Select your Hosting and Register Your Domain

Like I mentioned earlier, you can do this through Go Daddy, but I would highly recommend that you get a free domain through BlueHost with my exclusive link.

All you need to do is sign up for 12 months of service. DO NOT GO MONTH TO MONTH on hosting. It costs more and is a pain in the butt. If you don’t pay, your site will be shut down, which sucks. Just don’t.

You’ll have a few options to choose with Bluehost. Basic is the cheapest, and I would recommend it for someone that doesn’t want to drop a ton of cash into their blog at the start. For a little perspective – my marketing clients use Plus or Pro…you won’t need those yet. Oh just FYI – you have to pay for the entire price up front.

You are looking at a little less than $50 for the entire year if you go with 12 months, which is a killer deal. To select your hosting plan, click on the picture below and keep following along in the tutorial:

Bluehost

The screen where you type in the domain you want will look like this: How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost And then this: Bluehost After you sign up with your domain and put your billing information in, you will see a pop-up that asks if you want to add extra services. My clients use several of them (Sitelock Security, SEO Jumpstart, Domain Privacy etc).

Some are useful, some aren’t. I went with privacy protection through GoDaddy when I made this site, and the Bluehost equivalent is “Domain Privacy Protection” for $12 a year. Never a bad idea to keep your information safe!

Summary of step #1:

  1. Choose a hosting plan (probably basic)
  2. Find a domain name
  3. Enter your personal information
  4. Enter your billing information
  5. Create a password. I use Bluehost’s password generator because it makes crazy passwords that look like: jdhE23+`-@4ja92$0jKd~24

Ain’t nobody breaking into your site with something like that unless they’re with Anonymous.

2. Transfer Your Domain:

***This one always trips people up. If you went with my advice earlier and did your domain through Bluehost you can skip this part of the tutorial. This is for my people that already have a domain through GoDaddy.***

You’ll need to tell Go Daddy which servers will host your site. If you don’t, you won’t be able to use your Bluehost service!

  • Sign in to your Go Daddy account and select ” My Domains”
  • On the Domains screen, select “Manage DNS”

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

  • Select “manage” under “nameservers”.

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

  • Select “Edit Nameservers”

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

  • Change the servers to “NS1.Bluehost.com” and “NS2.Bluehost.com” and click save. (This was already changed in the above picture).

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost Done, now you can move on to the last and best step….

3. Install WordPress!

Heck yeah, almost done creating your future money making/life changing blog. 🙂

  • Sign in to your Bluehost account and click on “home” – you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:

7-cPanel

  • Click on Install WordPress
  • You’ll be taken to a site called “MOJO Marketplace”, which is a 3rd party site that sells themes for your WordPress blog (I’ll explain below). Don’t worry – you don’t have to buy anything from MOJO if you don’t want to.
  • Click the Install button and find WordPress, and then select the domain you want to install WordPress on from the dropdown menu
  • You’ll create a WordPress Admin name and password in the “Advanced Features” area. Make sure BOTH of these are secure. Some people suck on the internet and will try to hack into your WordPress site and either mess with it or shut it down. Shut down = losing money later on. I always put my user names and passwords into an excel file somewhere safe.
  • Click “Install”

BOOM. You’re done (kinda).

Now you can go to your fancy new domain and sign in via the WordPress login (the information that you created on MOJO Marketplace). It looks like this:

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

After you log in, you have a few options. It probably won’t take you too long to get the basics of the layout. It will look like this but with way less stuff:

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

You should feel special, not many people have seen this screen!

You can either go to Appearance>Themes on the left hand side and pick out a free WordPress Theme by selecting “Add New Theme”, or you can search the internet for “WordPress Themes” and will find thousands of free and paid options that way.

My thoughts on free vs. paid themes:

At this point you have a WordPress blog, but you’ll need to select a theme to create the look of your site. I started MillennialMoneyMan.com on a free theme, and eventually worked my way up to using the Thesis Framework for this site (about $250 once you pick a skin to go along with the theme).

I’m torn on free vs. paid for new bloggers, but free is probably the best way to go. If you want to do a blog for funsies and don’t care about monetizing yet – go free. If you are serious about turning a blog into an income stream – go with a paid theme.

I mentioned that I use the Thesis theme for this site (it’s awesome and you can find it on my recommended page). However, Genesis is crazy popular and also the framework that I used to build StellarisMarketing.com.

They are both great, but don’t operate the same way at all. I plan on doing a side by side review of both of them, so check back here in about a month!

Some final words on making money with a blog:

First of all – I truly believe that learning how to blog can open countless doors and financial opportunities in your life. Starting this site has been one of the best things that ever happened to me (other than getting married – my wife proofreads my posts). 🙂

I used to think that making money through a blog was just a pipe dream, but seriously…if I was able to have some amount of success doing it, others can too. I don’t really feel like I was special or smarter than anyone else that could make a website. I just found a niche (student loan debt) and tried to provide value for people that are struggling with their loans.

I’m not saying you’ll be able to quit your job in 6 months like I did, but you can definitely make money if you put time and effort into your blog. You HAVE to stick with it and learn as much as you can. Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day. I still work on this site and build this brand constantly, and I’m only a year in!

Also, hustle really really really hard on social media. Trust me on that one. Have fun. You will meet a ton of helpful people in the blogging world, and all of them are nice. While you are technically competing with each other for readership…everyone has the same goals.

More freedom. More income. Better quality of life.

One last time, here’s my exclusive link to get started with your own Bluehost blog and free domain. If you use this guide and get stuck – email me. I want you to experience the same life changing awesomeness that I have! Another great way to get in touch with me is on Twitter here.

Good luck and don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions! Here are some of my other posts about blogging:

November 2016 Online Income Report: $11,173.63

October 2016 Online Income Report: $11,343.22

September 2016 Online Income Report: $10,127.27

August 2016 Online Income Report: $6,196.71

The Reason I Quit My Job To Blog

How to Run a Blog with a Full Time Job

3 Strategies I Used to Grow My Blog QUICKLY

MillennialMoneyMan.com turns one!

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Blogging

How I’m Growing My Blog in 2016

Have you had success with a WordPress blog? What would you do differently now that you’ve got some experience with blogging?

24 comments… add one
  • Taylor Davidson Jan 2, 2016, 6:24 am

    That’s a pretty neat guide for the beginners like me. I am still struggling with the monetization part. Probably, it is because I have not achieved the ranking yet. SEO and link building seems to be a more difficult task than anything else

    • Millennial Money Man Jan 2, 2016, 10:35 am

      Glad you liked it Taylor! SEO can be tough. The biggest advice I have on SEO is to make sure that you do it 100% white-hat. Write great content and build your network with blogs and people that have high ranking websites.

  • Tyler Jan 8, 2016, 9:17 pm

    This is a awesome guide, I just started my blog about a month ago and will be working on monetizing it soon so I was hoping to read more about that (not that my daily trips to smartpassiveincome.com don’t help with that). I’m struggling with the fact that the easiest way to monetize is to put ads up but that I don’t want to do that, I’m working on a resource page and that’s about all I can think of as of now, I’m much more interested in freelancing than making money directly from my blog.

    • Millennial Money Man Jan 8, 2016, 10:03 pm

      Thanks Tyler! I actually think that freelancing or offering blog management services for companies is a FAR more effective route to fast monetization than ads. People think that you need to make money from your blog, but it’s really about making money from your blogging abilities!!!! Ad revenue takes a ton of time and traffic to be really effective.

  • Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor Feb 8, 2016, 7:49 pm

    Maybe I missed this in a previous post, but where does your actual blog income come from? How much of it is from ads, affiliate income, sponsored posts, or freelance writing?

    • Millennial Money Man Feb 8, 2016, 8:57 pm

      Hey Kalie! Check out my latest post: “3 Strategies I Used To Grow My Blog Quickly”. I detailed exactly where my income came in last month from the blog.

  • Peter Feb 15, 2016, 1:19 am

    Hi Bobby,
    I am using the free Wordpress and none to bright on IT things. Can I transfer my free Wordpress blog (with the free theme) to Bluehost, would I first need to upgrade from my free Wordpress plan?

    Thanks
    (I like your blog too)

    • Millennial Money Man Feb 15, 2016, 1:43 am

      Hey Peter! Send me an email (Bobby@millennialmoneyman.com) and I’ll walk you through the export process!

  • Mikey Mar 24, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Thanks to this post I now have a blog! I followed it to a T and it was super easy! My site and even first few blog posts are now in the history books! I wish I would have seen this sooner.
    Excellent work M$M!

  • Brad Grimm Apr 15, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Blogging has created very cool opportunities for me. My income is split between three sources; physical product sales, affiliate marketing sales & Google Adsense income. Be sure to chose a nitch you are passionate about and be consistent.

    • Millennial Money Man Apr 15, 2016, 3:38 pm

      For sure! I like writing about $$$ so much that it doesn’t feel like work. It’s awesome!!!!!! 🙂

  • Bruce Apr 29, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Any recommendations on how to develop a logo for a website, blog, or app without spending an ungodly amount of money and/or sacrificing quality? Thanks in advance!

    • Millennial Money Man Apr 29, 2016, 3:03 pm

      I used thelogocompany.com for mine, which cost about $150. That’s a little high for people that are just starting out blogging and may not be serious, but for a good quality design with ALL of the necessary high resolution files (which is KEY) it’s a fair price. You also get unlimited revisions, but make sure that you have an idea in mind of what you are looking for and the process will move faster. A lot of people use Fiver, which is super cheap for ok quality. It’s a tough question because you can spend a TON of money if you hire a firm, or as few as $10 on some sites. Hope that helps!

  • Andrew @ DebtFreedomJourney May 31, 2016, 7:55 pm

    This is an excellent and thorough guide, a must read for any beginner. You’ve definitely given me some ideas on how to improve my similar guide.
    I decided to go with a paid theme and I’m very happy about that fact. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time customizing and the code is speedy and efficient. I had a very pleasant experience with MyThemeShop but there are other really great resources for premium themes out there as well. Great post as usual.

    • Millennial Money Man Jun 1, 2016, 8:13 am

      Thanks Andrew, glad it helped (this post took me FOREVER but a bunch of people have used it)! There are good free themes out there, but I worry about some of them from an SEO standpoint. A lot of the free ones just aren’t coded as well as some of the good paid themes out there and have issues because of it.

  • Marita Aug 10, 2016, 2:35 am

    Thanks for the post! Quick question, over what base/considering which factors you make the recomendation of Wordpress being “best” for blogging? The interface, the cost, the capabilities to monetize? Also, what about Squarespace, any opinion on that? Thanks again!

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 10, 2016, 8:46 am

      Hey Marita! Great question – here are my thoughts:

      Wordpress is fairly easy to get started in my opinion, but I do know that the learning curve is a bit steeper than it is on Squarespace. Most of my blog coaching students have no issues with wordpress other than just understanding the layout when you are in the admin panel.

      The reason I like WP so much is that everything is focused around your content. It’s easy to write posts, publish, edit, etc. That’s the most important thing about blogging anyways right?

      Every blogger that makes significant income that I know uses Wordpress. Every. Single. One. Any big financial blogger you can think of is on WP. My marketing clients also use it for their businesses, and it works perfectly for using content to market their brand.

      Squarespace doesn’t quite have the range of customization options that Wordpress gives users. Wordpress is open-source, so there are thousands of plugins that you can use to customize your site. The only issue is that some of them are coded poorly, so always stick to the ones that are rated highly in the plugin area and you will be fine.

      That’s not to say that Squarespace is a bad platform. From talking to people and looking at SS websites, it looks like a good option for beginners or people that want everything wrapped up into one package. It’s ALSO a good option for people that need a visually based website rather than content based (photographers, artists, etc.). The issue that will come up over time is that when you are ready to go ultra custom with your theme (which you absolutely will if you blog long enough), it will be more difficult there than on Wordpress. I only know about two bloggers that use SS, and both have told me they wished they had started with Wordpress from the beginning.

      The last piece of advice – I would say avoid Wordpress.com (most serious blogs you see are self-hosted wordpress.org sites). I just have too many people that have issues trying to transfer over pictures and posts from a wordpress.com site to their self-hosted site when they decide to make the jump.

      Hope that helps!
      Bobby

  • Dalton Sep 21, 2016, 8:34 pm

    Hey Bobby,

    This is a great guide and extremely helpful. So, thank you for putting it together. Quick question: Is there a stock photo list you pull from for you blog posts? Or do you use your own photos for all? I’m unsure if there is a plugin that can be used instead having to upload photos all of the time.

    Thanks!

    • Millennial Money Man Sep 21, 2016, 10:08 pm

      Thanks Dalton! Glad it helped. Pexels is great for free pictures, and I also search on Google for creative commons pictures. I actually have started paying for pictures recently, but I don’t think any new blogger needs to do that. Plenty of free pictures out there. I upload my photos after editing them in Picmonkey.

  • Neeshay Nov 5, 2016, 2:13 am

    Hello!
    So I am just thinking of setting up a site and I’m confused about one thing. If I go with the free wordpress theme, will I not be able to add advertisement banners or get paid using good adsense?

    • Millennial Money Man Nov 5, 2016, 11:12 am

      Hey Neeshay! If you are on a self-hosted Wordpress site like the one this tutorial shows you how to make, you CAN use advertisement banners and adsense even with a free theme.

  • Brenda Jan 5, 2017, 1:10 pm

    Hi M$M,

    I was wondering you ever took a blogging course? Or did you just learn as you went along? I started mine a few years back but haven’t been consistent (I just read your post on full time work and blogging, this will change this year) and still do not know how to change the font on my posts. The blog course I’m looking at is about $350 which is quite a bit of money for me, I keep going back and forth on this decision.

    ~Thank you~

    PS I’m a new subscriber and really enjoy reading your blog.

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