Starting A Blog: From Inception to Monetization

Staring a blog can seem like a tedious task. I for one, am not technically inclined. Thankfully, my husband is so he helped me so much when I began my journey. Now, my content is not typically about blogging, I am a parenting blogger, but I have had so many of my friends ask me about it. So, I figured I would put it all down as simply as possible, with help from my wonderful husband.

How to start a successful blog and start making money

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Starting a Blog

When I began starting a blog, I really had no idea what I was doing. Like I mentioned, I am not technologically inclined so thankfully I had my husband to walk me through it all. Now I am here to walk you through it just like he did for me! I will say it isn’t a get rich quick type thing, but it doesn’t have to take years to start making money. I started making some extra money in about my second month. So see, it can be done!

Get a Domain

So when I first started, I used WordPress.com. While this is a great platform, you are extremely limited on monetization. If you do the free plan you can’t monetize at all. With the paid plans, you can monetize, but it is limited. After less than 30 days with this platform, I decided to bite the bullet. I moved over to a self-hosted site with WordPress.org and I have never been happier!

There are literally hundreds of places where you can purchase your domain name for relatively cheap. Places like IDotz offer super inexpensive domain names. Your domain name is extremely important. You want it to be simple and memorable, because this will basically be your brand in the future.

Seriously though, I have spoken with so many other bloggers and they all say the same thing; “I wish I would have started out self-hosted”. So learn from our mistakes, and just go for the self hosted option! I promise, domains and hosting are not super expensive!

Get Hosted


After you have your domain, the next step in starting a blog is getting hosted. There is a plethora of hosting sites out there. Most of them are rather inexpensive, starting at about $5 a month. Some of the ones that my husband recommended when I started my blogging journey were GlowHost and Bluehost. Both of which offer extremely inexpensive hosting, along with excellent customer service.With GlowHost, you can even get the domain and hosting together to save you a step! The cool thing about Bluehost, is that it offers $10 in Ebates when you sign up, saving you even more money!  Customer service is important, because it is likely you will need to contact them to assist you at some point in your blogging journey.

So go take a look around their websites. See what packages they have to offer and pick something that fits your needs! You don’t need an expensive option starting out. The basic package will be perfect for any new blogger.

Install WordPress.org

WordPress.org is what I use and I LOVE it. It makes everything extremely easy. Once you have your domain and hosting, all you do is go to their website and download it. They make everything extremely easy for us non technical folks, and their customer service is great. I have emailed with them a few times, and have no complaints in that department!

Make it Pretty

We all know that aesthetics are important, especially in the blogging universe. Now that you are all set up with hosting, a domain and you have WordPress installed it is time to get pretty! You have the option of choosing from a large number of free themes, or you can purchase a premium theme through a site like My Theme Shop. This really all depends on how much you want to initially pay. You can start with a free theme, and then upgrade at any time.

Get Writing

Now you are all set up and have completed starting a blog! I would recommend having about ten or more posts written and scheduled before “going live” with your website.  It is nice to have some posts to promote once you are live, so take your time and write quality content that readers will love!

Want More?

Alright so we have a blog and have started writing, but what else do you need? Well coming next week we will talk all about the best plugins for WordPress and monetization strategies for beginners! In the mean time, check out some of these other extremely helpful blogs for more insight on starting a blog!

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50 comments

    • Jessi says:

      I did it all wrong, lol I only had 1 and it was such a mistake. I would recommend having around 10 or more ready to go when you make the site live.

    • Jessi says:

      Thank you 🙂 I have had a lot of people ask me about it as well, so I figured this would be easier than saying all 1000 times lol

  1. GlamKaren says:

    Really great and simple tips for anyone who wants to get started blogging. The host is major. I’ve gone through two now, but am happy with who I’m with now. The previous one kept stop working. No bueno.

  2. Author Brandi Kennedy says:

    These are great tips – I know several people who have expressed interest in blogging, but haven’t taken the step because they’re intimidated by the process. It isn’t that complicated though, especially when you can find posts like this one that line everything out for you.

    • Jessi says:

      Ha ha I did the same. But I also wanted to learn so I had him show me and kind of teach me so I could handle it if something went down while he is at his day job

  3. fashionphases says:

    These are some great tips for beginner bloggers. I have to tell you. I have to tell you, I wish I had this information when I started blogging 6 years ago. It took me a long time to figure everything out myself.

  4. reesann723 says:

    I always have friends ask me how they can get started blogging. This is a great resource that I can share with them!

  5. Tereza says:

    These are fabulous tips, I enjoy reading about blogging so much! I have in fact an e-book on how to start a blog coming out so it’s good to see that I’m on the right page with others:) Great post as always!! x

  6. Jessica Hughes says:

    You’ve done a great job explaining the steps of starting a blog and provided great resources as well. Blogging is a fantastic thing, but many people don’t realize just how much work it is, even just getting a blog set up and launched.

  7. Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely a journey and a big learning curve. I’m still figuring it all out as a mom with a full-time job outside of the home. I’ve learned from scratch and still learning a lot as I go. Thanks for the tips and suggestions.

  8. Lyd says:

    These tips and steps are perfect. I know so many people who have a blog without a host (something free like wix) and end up regretting it in the long hall, SO important)

  9. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Thank you for reminding me how much goes into starting a new blog. My husband is creating a spin off site and needs to do all of the above!

  10. asseenonjean says:

    It’s so hard to know where to actually start when writing a blog. I started 6 months ago now but had put it off for a while. Sometimes you just have to find your feet but it would be so much easier to have a post like this to read beforehand!

  11. Heather says:

    This is great for influencers looking to start a blog. There weren’t many posts like this when I was a beginner so I’m sure many appreciate your tips!

  12. Nikki says:

    These are all some really great tips and I did most of these when I started my blog. I definitely wanted my own domain and not a free site. I looked at it as an investment into my future.

  13. Cameron says:

    Great info! I’m a new blogger myself and I also did things a bit backwards haha – I had everything set up before I started writing content. o far though it hasn’t been a problem!

  14. blair villanueva says:

    Thank you for your tips! When I first started blogging, I have literally zero knowledge how to do it. So i diligently visit some websites and blogs that I follow and study them little by little, and lots of trial and error. Now am happy i did it 🙂

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