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Have you seen the show Daredevil? In one of the episodes, a few reporters are talking about how bloggers are now making more than double what they are! That’s the first time I’ve heard that said out loud on a TV show, but I’ve known that it’s been true for quite a while.
The fact is that blogging can be a lucrative business with the right effort and business plan, but first, you need to create a blog that looks good and functions well. WordPress is the blogging platform of choice. It is constantly updated by the creators to continuously make a stronger and better platform, and there are so many themes and plugins for WordPress that it doesn’t matter what your blog is about, you can make it look professional and create a living off it.
Bluehost hosting is one of the most popular hosting sites for WordPress, and while it may seem daunting in the beginning, it is actually quite easy to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost. In fact, they have joined forces with Mojo Marketplace that was designed to make things like installing WordPress, themes, and plugins easy and safe.
Why WordPress And Bluehost?
Before I talk about how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, I just want to really drive home the importance of using WordPress for your blog and doing it on Bluehost. WordPress gives you complete control over your blog. What it looks like, the content you put on, the ads you put on, the tone of the blog and everything else is left up to you when you use WordPress. If you are planning to do more than just write posts about your life day after day, then you need to create your blog on WordPress right from the start.
Bluehost offers everything you need to host your WordPress blog, including 99.99% uptime – which means your blog will be visible to 99.99% of the visitors. It’s easy to install WordPress with Bluehost, as you will find out in this article on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, and it has an affordable price tag with it. Plus, Bluehost has hosted over a million WordPress sites, so they know a thing or two about helping WordPress blogs thrive!
Note: If you have already signed up with Bluehost and have a domain name with Bluehost or pointed towards Bluehost, then skip to step 2. The first step is for people who are not signed up with Bluehost yet.
Step 1: Sign Up With Bluehost
The first step in getting your WordPress blog up and running is to sign up for hosting with Bluehost if you haven’t done so already. You can sign up for optimized WordPress hosting; however, the price tag is a little higher than regular hosting. This is because optimized WordPress hosting offers a safer, faster, and easier to use the platform. Usually, people who have been blogging for a while will want to use to optimize WordPress hosting once their blog starts to experience performance issues due to a rise in traffic or other positive issues like that. Stats have shown that this optimized hosting can drastically improve the time it takes for visitors to download a page. However, I’ve seen mixed reviews on how beneficial the optimized WordPress hosting really is.
The bottom line is you don’t need optimized hosting. If you can afford it, then you may want to but it. As of now, you pay an initial $12.49 and then $24.99 each month after. That’s not a bad price considering all you get, such as up to 100 million visitors a month, 5 managed WordPress sites and an enhanced control panel. In fact, if you can get your blog up and running quickly, and it becomes lucrative quickly, then you could be making so much money that your hosting will be peanuts in the grand scheme of things.
But, as of this tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, I think it’s fine just to get the basic shared hosting on Bluehost. I do recommend choosing the ‘plus’ option if you plan on building more than one website or if you plan on having a lot of success with your blog (which I hope you are!)
The right blog name is important. It can help you stand out amongst the crowd and convey exactly who you are or what your blog is about. If you choose a blog name that doesn’t make sense or doesn’t resonate with your readers, then your blog’s success can be affected negatively by that. Moreover, your blog can be affected negatively in the search engines if your blog name doesn’t make sense.
Even Hubpages, a huge site where many different writers are writing about various topics, is creating new blogs with better-suited blog names that match the various categories. For example, ‘Hubpages’ is a blog name that just doesn’t make sense for things like food, which is why they created the blog name ‘Delishably’ and transferred all food posts from Hubpages into that blog.
In short, for your blogging success, it is important to put some thought into the name you want to use. Let’s talk about how to come up with a blog name that resonates with you and your readers.
Get Clear On Your Blogging Plan
If you haven’t already, you need to create a content plan for your blog. Figuring out what you want to write on your blog, the direction you want to take it, and what you will always focus on are all important aspects of coming up with a blog name.
If you are not crystal clear on your blog plan, there are some questions you can ask to get clear. Make sure you know the answers to all 4 of the following questions.
1. What is my blog about?
You probably already know the answer to this. But, if you don’t, you really need to sit down and figure out what you want to write about.
The main question to ask yourself is what large and small niche it will be focused on? For example, if it’s a food blog, that is the large niche, and if it is focused on vegan recipes, then that is the smaller niche. Deciding this in advance will help you answer the other questions.
If you want to write about many different things that don’t fit into one niche, that’s fine. But, you have to be clear on that so that you can pick out a blog name that resonates with that idea.
2. What topics am I going to write about?
What categories are you going to include and what topics are you going to write about? You may already have an idea, but if not, then research what your niche audience is interested in (especially your smaller niche) and create some categories and topics from that. And, if you are going to be writing about many different things, just jot down the main topics that you really want to focus on.
If you are not sure what you are going to be writing about, then you need to get on other blogs in your niche and find some topics that work for you. I recommend you create a list of the top blogs in your niche and study those blogs carefully.
Obviously, whatever those bloggers are writing about is resonating with their audience, so you can use that information to help you create a blog that is going to also resonate with your audience. You can even look at the comments on each post to see which blog posts are really resonating with the readers and which are not.
Don’t copy other blogs exactly – even if you do find a blog that is killing it on all levels. People on the Internet already have that blog to go to, and your copycat blog won’t add anything new to their life that the other blog can’t already add.
In short, find something that works and add your interests and ideas into the mix. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. If it is working for popular bloggers, then it can work for you too.
3. What do I want my blog’s writing style to be?
Do you want to write in a friendly or professional tone? Will you write swear words or will it be kid-friendly and non-offence? Will you include humor, be sarcastic, or be strictly serious? Deciding what the tone of your blog is going to be like will help you decide what your blog is going to feel like and what you want your readers to feel like when they visit. And, it will help you zone in on a blog name.
For instance, a vegan blog that is humorous could handle a funny or slightly off-the-wall blog name without confusing readers, whereas a serious vegan blog wouldn’t be able to get away with a funny or slightly off-the-wall blog name. It just wouldn’t fit.
4. What is my audience like?
Is your audience going to be mostly men or women? Kids or adults? Parents or childless? Rich or poor? Open-minded or close-minded? Knowledgeable or looking for knowledge? All of these things can help you narrow down a name for your blog that resonates with the audience who will be visiting.
Yes, it’s important to pick a name that resonates with you, but your blog – especially if you are trying to make money from it, should also really mean something to your audience. They are, after all, the people who are going to make your blog successful!
Coming Up With A Blog Name
You should have a pretty clear idea of what your blog is going to be about, what you are going to write about, what style your blog will be, and what your audience will be like. Now, you need to come up with words that fit with what you know. Following are some steps to take to help you do that.
Step 1 – Brainstorm Some Relevant Words
Take out a sheet of paper and create 4 columns. In each column, you are going to write words that come to mind for the above 4 questions.
– Column one: Words that describe my niche.
– Column two: What I am going to write about.
– Column three: Words that express my blog style.
– Column four: What my target audience wants or needs.
For instance, if your small niche is Golden Retrievers, the ‘golden’ may be a word that comes to mind for the first column. If you are planning on writing about training, then ‘training’ comes to mind for the second column. If you want your tone to be sweet, then ‘kisses’ or ‘hugs’ comes to mind for the third column. And, if your audience is going to be mostly newbies with Golden Retrievers, then ‘101’ or ‘tips’ or ‘help’ comes to mind for the fourth column.