HOW TO SETUP A WORDPRESS BLOG IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

How To Setup A WordPress Blog In 10 Minutes or LEss

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Are you passionate ABOUT SOMETHING? DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE? Do you have a story that needs to be told? Do you want to generate passive income for your family?

Starting a blog might be your answer.

Blogs are no longer just for the “professional writer”. They are for the thinker, the designer, the mother, the craftsman, and the teacher.

In 2013, I decided to start blogging and building my personal platform. It’s now become part of my full-time career and it has allowed me to make a living from the things I am most passionate about.

Sadly, I see many people not chase their dream because their either don’t know where to start or the “setup process” is too complex.

But its not. Below I have outlined an easy step-by-step guide to getting a domain, setting up hosting, and installing WordPress in 10 minutes or less.

There are many ways to setup a blog but you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use. This is what I use here at DalePartridge.com

IMPORTANT: The first step for setting up a blog is buying a domain and setting up hosting. If you are not sure about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress, I found this helpful infographic that explains it well. My verdict… stay away from WordPress.com. It’s limiting and does not allow your blog to scale well.

To Get Started You’ll Need 3 Items:

1. A Credit Card ( Average startup costs can be around $50 – sometimes less and sometimes a little more depending on upgrades)
2. A Domain Name
3. Setup Hosting
4. WordPress
5. A Theme To Install

Step #1: Buying A Domain Name

The domain name of my blog is MovingMountains.co. That’s where people have come to find me on the web. Choosing a good domain can be tough. Your domain can either be your name or a branded domain like MovingMountains.co. Luckily, the hosting company I will recommend in step #2 provides you a free domain when you sign up.

Step #2 Setting Up A Hosting Account.

This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog. It’s far easier than it sounds. Stick with me.

There are a hundreds of hosting services available. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following several reasons:

  1. Bluehost is large and well known.
  2. They offer excellent customer service (located in the US).
  3. Their packages are highly affordable and include domain names. Way less work.
  4. Their service provides extremely fast page load times.
  5. Bluehost is very easy to use.

ACTION STEP: Click HERE to buy your domain and signup for hosting with Bluehost. I have provided a visual guide of the steps below. 

BLUEHOST STEP #1

Visit This Link (the same as the one above) and Click “Get Started Now” button.

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BLUEHOST STEP #2

Choose your plan.
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BLUEHOST STEP #3

Choose your free domain name or bring over your current domain. Both are very easy processes.

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BLUEHOST STEP #4

Place your order and pay for your plan.

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BLUEHOST STEP #5

Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you can install WordPress (the software that runs your blog) in a few simple clicks.

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BLUEHOST STEP #6

Click the the green install button.

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BLUEHOST STEP #7

Choose the domain you just registered or the one you brought over.

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BLUEHOST STEP #8

Check the “Show advanced options” box and fill in the title, username, and password. Your title will be the name of your blog (mine would be Dale Partridge). The username and password will be what you use to login to the backend of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).

IMPORTANT: Save this information somewhere where you won’t lose it. You will need it for step #10

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BLUEHOST STEP #9

Bluehost will install WordPress on your server and let you know when it’s complete.

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Click the “View Credentials” button on the top right.
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BLUEHOST STEP #10

Click on “Admin URL” (located below the green box) and enter your WordPress login credentials from step #8. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress dashboard is where you will do almost everything on your blog. From writing articles to changing design.

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FINAL STEP

This is your WordPress Dashboard. You can either begin blogging or upload a new theme for your blog. I would recommend purchasing a new WordPress theme at Themeforest.net. At ThemeForest, in the navigation go to “WordPress” in the upper left section of the page. Then choose your theme type and begin exploring thousands of themes. After purchasing your theme from Themeforest, you will return to your WordPress dashboard and click “Appearance” > Themes > Upload a New Theme. Here you will upload the .zip file of the theme your just purchased.

Lastly, you will then follow your theme’s setup features provided by the person who developed your theme. This is where you will upload your logo, change colors, add pages, and more.

Congratulations! You have officially setup your blog. This is only the beginning of an exciting journey for you. BIG THINGS!

 

How To Setup Your Own Blog In 4 Easy Steps

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HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING: 

If you are like me you’ve seen a lot of headlines online about making money blogging. Who doesn’t want to make additional income doing something they enjoy that is time and location independent, right?

But is it for real? Yes. Very real.

What can you do with this extra money you are making on the side?

-Pay off student loans

-Pay off debt

-Save for a home

-Pay for a private school for the kids

-Buy a new car

-Travel

The opportunities are endless.

Before we go any further I promised proof that I know what I am talking about so below is a screenshot from one of my Adsense accounts in regards to a site I recently launched. Below is the launch and 90 day earning summary for one site I launched last year that focused on food:

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What would it feel like if you had an extra few hundred per month?

I’ll tell you. It feels awesome.

We live in a great time in history. The internet can work for anyone.

If you get a blog setup and are willing to put in the time and effort, it can become some serious income. Many bloggers we work with make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. (Here is another example from SuperMommyClub.com).

Here we go:

4 KEY STEPS IN LAUNCHING YOUR OWN BLOG :

1. SETUP A BLOG WITH HOSTING

Setting up a blog nowadays is super easy and doesn’t cost much at all.

To setup a Blog you need:

Domain Name – Pick something easy and memorable. This doesn’t have to be a premium one word dot com but it does have to give people an idea of what you are about when they look at it.

CHECK WHAT IS AVAILABLE HERE:


Plus, right now BlueHost will GIVE you a free domain with hosting. Win. Win.

Hosting- There are a lot of hosts out there but I’m a big fan of BlueHost. They are super affordable (like $3.95/month) and have great support. A host is where you website and content will “live”. It’s where the actual files are located that people will access – articles to read, images,etc.

With Bluehost you are going to be able to install WordPress ( a blogging platform) at no additional cost. The reason I recommend WordPress is because it is so easy to learn and there is a lot of documentation online and on YouTube if you get stuck or need training. Plus you can find amazing themes already prebuilt for around $50 on ThemeForest.net instead of spending $2,500 to have someone build it from scratch.

(To help here is a technical link I put together to help you step by step the entire way: How to setup WordPress on Bluehost :) )

2. SIGNUP FOR ADSENSE

Adsense can be a gold mine for bloggers because as soon as you get signed up and approved, is starts running advertisers. All you need is a gmail account, personal info and a bank account.

You can sign up here: www.google.com/adsense

The key for Adsense is placement. Remember a lot of people are browsing on their mobile phone and ads on the top or sidebar don’t get shown. Make sure you put ads in the middle of your web page like this:

 

I have found one of the best performing zone sizes on blogs is a square adzone.

3. SIGNUP FOR GOOGLE ANALYTICS

This is a free Google tool (you can signup here )and extremely powerful. It is how you will measure exactly how many people are going to your website. By using this tool you will know how many people are going to your blog, where they are coming from and what they are reading plus a ton more data. Use this to your advantage – if you know people are most interested in your blogs on home improvement, write more home improvement blogs, etc. The more you provide that your readers want the more they will read. Below is a screenshot from one of our sites that has over 1 million visitors per month.

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4. FIND A SOCIAL PLATFORM THAT HAS AN AUDIENCE YOU CAN WRITE TO.

Just a heads up, these tactics are for advanced users. Those who have setup their blog, have content and are ready to go.

A lot of websites and individuals write content (blogs, articles,etc.) and publish them but have no idea how to put them in front of people who will actually read them. They just go out online and get lost in web space. I’ve found a lot of success in finding a niche that you understand and can be an authority in – moms with toddlers, car enthusiasts, adults with ADD,etc. and use that as your starting platform.

The next step is to then find people that would most likely be interested in what you are writing. Social media is a perfect tool for finding potential readers. Here are some of my tips for the ones I use:

Facebook 

-Join Facebook groups who have individuals that would be interested in what you are writing about and share your articles there.

-Reach out to Facebook page owners with topics and followers that would be interested in what you are writing about and try to get them to share your content across their pages.

-Start a Facebook page and start running “like” ads to build up your followers. (Great info from AdEspresso here). We believe in this – we currently have cose to 100 Facebook pages we run with over 17.5M fans! (Link to pages).

Pinterest

-Look for group boards you can join that have followers that you can pin your content too.

-Create a Pinterest profile and pin high quality content that will attract the type of people that would love to read your blog. We have over 200k followers for our site LifeAsMama.com that caters to moms and I currently have over 996k followers on my personal profile of people that are into the stuff I am.

BONUS: I WANT TO SUPPORT YOUR NEXT STEPS. IF YOU TAKE INITIATIVE, SET YOUR BLOG UP THROUGH BLUEHOST AND EMAIL ME, I’LL PROMOTE YOUR FIRST BLOG POST TO MY SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS. (I HAVE CLOSE TO 1 MILLION) :)

What are you waiting for? It’s your time.

HOW TO BUILD A BLOG IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS (With Walkthrough)

How To Build A Blog in 5 MinuteS or Less

When a lot of us start the term “blog” is quite vague. What exactly is it and how do I put one together? In this we will give you everything you need to do an a walkthrough of exactly how to execute it step by step.

If you want to start thinking about a domain name or website address to name your blog, you can search for what is available here:

There are a lot of different platforms but WordPress (which is a piece of free software) is one of the world’s largest platforms for bloggers. The really neat thing is that WordPress has thousands of add ons called “plugins” that allow you to pretty much do anything you need. For most that means it is a blog that can grow with you – you can publish articles, setup forums, add a store – the possibilities are endless. In this article we are going to show you how easy it is to setup your own personal blog with which you can start blogging, building your business and earning income!

Before you set up a WordPress blog, you have to make the decision of where you are going to host it. A host is where your website and all your content “lives”. If you plan on dedicating yourself to starting a blog it is best to setup your own hosting so you have all the options available to you when you grow and add on to it.

Now there are many hosting companies out there, but Bluehost is the best choice, especially for a WordPress site. Even WordPress itself recommends Bluehost as the number one recommended hosting service, and they don’t officially recommend many hosting companies.

There are many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, but here are a few:

  • Their service is very reliable.
  • Easy to use control panel to set everything up.
  • Bluehost has made it super simple to install WordPress with very little headache.
  • Courteous and professional 24 hour in-house technical support for your hosting account 7 days of the week all year long.
  • For $3.95 a month you can host unlimited websites, email accounts and domains; all on one account.

 

Plus, Bluehost has a 30 day money back guarantee. So, if their hosting is not what you need or want, you can cancel at anytime. (NO RISK)

Note: You Can Sign up Here and continue through our walkthrough. We’ll wait :)

To get ready, you will want to gather a few things beforehand to make the process even smoother. Here are some things you will want to have on hand:

    • Think of a Domain Name. (If you didn’t see the search bar above, I’ve included it below). TIP: Bluehost will give you a free domain with your BlueHost hosting account which can save you $20+.
      Search For Available Domain / website Names here:
    • Your credit card for payment.

Step 1 – Set Up Your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page. Click Sign Up Now.

Bluehost Home Page

Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already own a domain name, you can purchase one now. TIP: a new domain will be free with your hosting account purchase, as you get a free domain with a new hosting account.

Signup: Domain Name

Once you have entered a domain name, you will fill in your personal information.

Signup: Account Information

Then you will choose the hosting package you want. Normal shared hosting is priced at 12, 24, and 36 month terms. The longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate is, which will save you money. For example, by choosing a 36 month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95 a month. Another great bonus to choosing Bluehost is that if you want more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or Dedicated hosting accounts from inside your cPanel!

There are a few other offers here, which you can include at your discretion. One that is highly recommended is Domain Privacy, which will keep all of your personal information private.

Signup: Package Information

After you have filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, you can click Next to complete your purchase. Now you will be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong password, or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.

Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you will be able to get started installing WordPress.

Installing WordPress

This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. They use the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).

MOJO Marketplace

In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs.

WordPress: MOJO icon in cPanel

You will now be on a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.

This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps:

WordPress: Install WordPress

Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next click Check Domain, which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.

Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It is recommended to use a different username than ‘Admin’ and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically Create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database that you have already setup and want to use.

WordPress: MOJO installation, advanced options.

Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now.

You will now see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your Site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure you keep it in a safe place.

WordPress: Installation Process

Now you can log into your WordPress site, by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click Log In. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.

Remember: Sign up through this tutorial to receive 36 months of hosting for $3.95, as well as a free domain name for a year!

Need More Help?

        Check out this video showing how to install WordPress!

 

The 5 Tech Things Your Blog Needs To Be Great

This isn’t meant to be a long list. In fact, I’m keeping it short intentionally, because there are just a few high impact pieces you need to set up your blog to become a great resource for others and a business earning income.

Here are the only tried, tested and approved plugins we use on Moving Mountains:

1. Akismet

akismet wordpress plugin

Akismet is the best plugin I’ve found for fighting comment spam. It’s always the first plugin I download when creating a new site with comments. There really isn’t much to set up, but you do need to register for a free token on their website to enable the plugin.

The image below is a snapshot of the settings page and the number of spam comments Akismet blocked. Over 119,000 spam comments!

Akismet Screenshot

2. Yoast WordPress SEO

Yoast wordpress plugin

There are many SEO plugins for WordPress, but in my humble opinion, Yoast WordPress SEO is the most powerful, all-in-one plugin you can get for free. You can set up everything from blog post titles, social media and sitemaps.

Most of what you need to do with Yoast is a one-time setup. I recommend this Yoast Setup Guide from Tom at Online Media Masters. He’ll walk you through each step of setting up Yoast for your WordPress blog.

3. Facebook featured image and open graph meta-tags

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This little plugin is easy to install and all you have to do is activate it. When you share a post on Facebook, it’ll automatically make the image in your post the featured image on Facebook. Quick, easy and super helpful!

4. Google analytics

google analytics wordpress plugin

You can use this plugin or install Google analytics directly on your site. Either way, you’ll want to have Google analytics before you start blogging. It’s free and essential for tracking your blog’s growth and visitor information.

5. LEadPages (Best Resource we’ve found in a long time_

 

If you’re hoping to build recurring visitors to your blog, you’ll need to get them on your email list. Mailchimp is free for collecting and emailing up to 2,000 people and it’s easy to use.

Once you set up Mailchimp, LeadPages is a great program that allows you to create opt-in boxes at the bottom of your posts and in the side column of your blog. You can also create popups like you see on the bottom of our blog. Want to host a webinar? You can do it. Want to create an amazing place for people to download your ebook? You can do it. Super easy and very, very valuable.

10 Ways To Make Money Online That Anyone, Anywhere Can Do

The online marketplace is the way of the future, especially for entrepreneurial types ready to ditch their 9-to-5 jobs and two-hour commutes. Many people assume they need to start a popular blog to make money online, and that is one option. But monetizing a blog takes time. Unless you really enjoy writing, you’re better off looking at other opportunities better suited to your skill set.

Here are 10 ways to earn easy income online without starting a blog.

1. Fiverr

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Whatever service you’re selling, there’s probably someone on Fiverr who’s buying. Fiverr is a unique marketplace where users offer their skills or expertise for five dollars. Clients hire professionals for voiceover work, keyword research, Photoshop editing, career advice, logo designs, mobile app development — the list goes on.

Think about what services you can provide quickly and correctly, then create a free profile and gig listing. You can also upsell clients with add-on features after they make the initial five dollar agreement.

2. Fulfilled by Amazon

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The Fulfilled by Amazon program allows you to sell products to customers around the world, which Amazon will package and ship for you directly from its warehouses. You’ll have little overhead, since you don’t have to handle inventory and only pay for storage space as Amazon fills your orders.

Get started by finding a product that’s popular on Amazon, then order it in bulk from a site like Alibaba.com to resell.

3. Amazon Associates

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Amazon will pay you a commission just for referring people to its products. You sign up for a free Amazon Associates account, then use custom links to ensure you get credit if someone uses them to buy Amazon products. Here’s a look at the commission rates on different items.

You can write about your favorite products on a blog or personal site, or you can share the links on social media. The goal is to educate your audience about products that would be of value to them, then get them to buy using your affiliate links.

4. Mechanical Turk

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This is another Amazon program, but it focuses on “hits,” or micro tasks, that you complete quickly. Thousands of people power the Mechanical Turk marketplace by working on small segments of many projects. For instance, if someone submits a 60-minute transcription project, 10 people will transcribe six minutes each, rather than having one person take the entire assignment.

Tasks on the site include data entry, writing short paragraphs, taking surveys, and countless other options. Daily earnings range from a few dollars to $100, for those willing to hustle.

5. Udemy

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Leverage your personal and professional experiences for profit by creating a course on Udemy. With four million returning students, Udemy is the largest e-learning marketplace in the world, and you can sell a course on virtually anything through its platform. Current courses cover Javascript, writing, yoga, piano lessons, knitting, interpersonal relationships, and much more. Get creative about what you can teach, and then get paid to showcase your knowledge.

Udemy keeps a percentage of your profits, but promotes your course within its user base so you still end up making decent money. I started using Udemy about three years ago and earn a few thousand dollars a month from four courses.

6. Freelancing

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Fifty-three million Americans make some or all of their income from freelance or contract work. You can work as a part- or full-time virtual assistant, or take on client projects as a writer, programmer, web designer, accountant, business consultant or several other capacities.

If you’re new to the freelancing game, create a profile on bidding sites like odesk.com or elance.com. Strategize before you start bidding to make sure you’re taking on projects that pay well. You’ll also want to set up a portfolio site to make it easy for clients to find and hire you directly. Thanks to intuitive themes from Themeforest, powered by great hosting from Bluehost, you can easily have a portfolio site up and running in no time.

7. Etsy

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Have a knack for homemade crafts? Sell them on Etsy, the international marketplace that’s taken the DIY craft world by storm — and has earned some entrepreneurs serious dough. Sign up for free and test your best products in your own Etsy shop.

8. Craigslist

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Craigslist — it’s so much more than Missed Connections. You can start a profitable side business by advertising your freelance services or selling restored furniture on local Craigslist sites. You don’t have to deal with shipping if you sell locally, but sharpen your negotiation skills before you enter into any Craigslist transactions. People can be brutal when looking for a bargain.

9. Sell photos online

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Thanks to the ever growing number of blogs and news sites, good photography is in major demand. If you’re sitting on a repository of great photos, or are willing to shoot some fresh ones, you can earn money selling your snaps online. Sites like Envato, Shutterstock, and iStockPhoto and apps like Foap all buy photos. And you don’t have to choose just one — you can license the same photos to multiple sites.

10. Sell art on DeviantArt

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This is one of the largest online art marketplaces and home to a passionate art community. Sell your art on the site or promote your work to get commissioned for new pieces. Check out this great resource from The Abundant Artist on selling through DeviantArt.

There’s no limit to what you can sell online. Whether you’re a designer, an accountant, or you’re just really good at making wine bottle art, you’ll find a niche on the Internet. By thinking beyond blogging, you can create multiple streams of income. And before you know it, you’ll never need another 9-to-5 again (unless you want one, of course).

Featured Image by LEEROY via Life of Pix