So you think you want to blog? You’ve heard that it can be a great way to make a living (true!) and you’ve started doing some research first (excellent!!) You’ve likely read a lot of different information and aren’t sure which is “right” — I remember how confusing that was when I was newbie!
When I started my own blog, I had no idea that I could make any money at all, much less enough to support my family. Sometimes I actually pinch myself, because now I make more than double what I did in my previous career! (Read the 5 ways I started making money as a new blogger).
Blogging has been an unbelievable blessing and it just keeps getting better! I love to talk about blogging and helping others achieve things they never imagined possible.
I truly believe that this industry will only continue to grow, and there is room enough for bloggers of all types who are willing to go for it, learn the craft, and work hard!
Today I’m going to focus on the very basics of starting a blog and talk about some of the common hosting myths that can be very confusing. Choosing a web host is the first and most-important step in creating a blog that will make you money.
These are things I had to figure out on my own, but would have been awesome to know beforehand!
4 Myths About Web Hosting for New Blogs
Myth #1- Free hosting is the way to go
Full disclosure here: I started out with a free WordPress.com blog. However, this meant that when I wanted to start monetizing, I had to switch to a self-hosted paid hosting plan. Paying someone to switch my site over was an unexpected expense. Many free services have strict limits on how you can monetize or if you can do so at all.
(Read more about why I don’t suggest a free blogging site, and 4 more things I wish I had known before I started a blog).
Also, on a free hosting site like WordPress.com or Blogger, there is the chance that you could lose everything should they shut down or decide to remove your site. This is uncommon, but it does happen.
At just a few bucks a month, Bluehost’s Basic plan was such a minimal expense that I could afford it even before I saw any profit from my site. The peace of mind that I own my domain and content is worth it!
Myth #2- You need an expensive hosting plan immediately
One of the things I tell every new blogger I work with is to keep your costs as low as possible for as long as possible.
If you spend a ton of cash before you start bringing in any income, it could be discouraging. Plus, it’s not good business sense!
The Bluehost basic plan is absolutely perfect while you grow your site! If you sign up through my link, you’ll get exclusive pricing for my fans that is even lower than what’s listed below:
Myth #3- A starter plan can’t handle any serious traffic
As a member of multiple online blogging communities/support groups, hosting is a popular topic of conversation. I’ve seen experienced bloggers tell newer members that their shared hosting plan is going to max out as soon as anyone visits their site.
I’ve been with Bluehost since I made the switch to self-hosted. I was with their very basic shared hosting plan for months as my site grew. Bluehost’s Basic plan easily handled six-figure monthly page views for my site, so if anyone tells you that you need a premium plan when you’re just starting out, I would question their judgement.
I eventually did upgrade to their Optimized WordPress “Blogger” Hosting package. If later down the road you find that blogging really is your “thing” and your site is growing by leaps and bounds, you might consider a more specialized package too. Bluehost Optimized WordPress “Blogger” hosting (what I have) is still very affordable compared to many dedicated server packages provided by other companies.
Myth #4- Big companies have poor customer service
This just isn’t true. A close friend of mine who actually is a web/software developer let me in on a little secret: Bluehost is one of his top hosting choices. Why? Because they have the resources that smaller companies may lack.
Why do I love Bluehost? I can call their support line at ANY hour of the day if I have a question. Since I upgraded to their Blogger package, I’ve never had to wait for my call to be answered. This is invaluable when any downtime from attacks or your own mistakes (oops!) can be costly.
Are you getting excited yet?! CLICK HERE to get started with your very own Bluehost hosting plan!
How to set up your Bluehost hosting and website:
STEP ONE: Go to Bluehost and register your domain (it’s free with your Bluehost hosting package), or transfer if you already have one:
STEP TWO: Select and purchase your hosting package. If purchased through my link, you could pay as little as $3.95 per month!
It really is risk free: if for any reason you change your mind during your term, you’ll be refunded the unused portion of your pre-payment.
I recommend going with at least the 12 month plan so you won’t have to worry about renewing each month.
You really don’t need most “extras” shown above, but I recommend Site Backup Pro (which will automatically create a backup of your site at a time you schedule), and Domain Privacy Protection (which keeps your personal contact information, like your home address, private).
STEP THREE: You will receive a welcome email from Bluehost after you purchase your hosting plan. This email will provide a link to your cPanel, where you can install WordPress and get started. (There’s a button that says “Install WordPress”).
When creating a login name, go with something original and NOT associated with your blog. Don’t choose “admin” as this is the first thing hackers will try! A password with at least 10 characters and that is a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols is a must. Be sure to write down your user name and password somewhere safe, as your password could be difficult to remember (that means it’s strong!)
Select the option that says “automatically create a new database for this installation” and then click the “Install Now” button.
If you have any questions, you can always call Bluehost. They’ve always been super helpful when I was confused or thought I had “broken” my blog.
Once you’re signed up and ready to go, read more of my BLOGGING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS…then get writing!
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