In 2017, I started a blog called The Crimson Cardigan (TCC) with Bluehost and WordPress. I'm going to show you how I set everything up to start blogging that same day.
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Why Bluehost and WordPress?
When I wanted to start TCC, I had only heard about people using WordPress and Bluehost for their blogs. It's only afterwards that I realized that there were so many people promoting Bluehost, because they have a great affiliate program (a great way to make money from blogging).
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Now, I'm part of that program too. If you use my link, you also get a little discount off the cost of hosting. Use Ebates when you purchase a Bluehost plan, and you can get $10.00 cash back!
WordPress (.org) is the most common blogging platform, and it's also one of the easiest ones to monetize. Now, make sure you're not blogging on Wordpress.com. That is the free site, and there's no good way to monetize a blog on a free platform, because it isn't yours.
Your blog needs to be something you own, otherwise, you have no rights to the content.
Do You Need Both Bluehost and WordPress?
Yes. Bluehost is the host. This is the backbone of your blog - all the techie stuff. WordPress is the blogging platform where you do all the writing and posting.
They're separate and work together to support your blog framework.
How to Setup a Blog with Bluehost and WordPress
Go to Bluehost
Creating Posts on WordPress
You can create your first post by going to Posts > Add New. Write, focus on content and implement good SEO practices. Don't forget to install some plugins to help with analytics, SEO and site speed.
Useful Plugins for WordPress
I tried out many plugins, and some would crash my site, because they weren't compatible with my blog theme.
If this happens, you can go to your Bluehost Dashboard > WordPress Tools > Plugins and turn off your plugins one by one, refreshing your blog homepage each time, to find out which plugin is not compatible with your site.
These are some of the plugins that I used:
Yoast SEO for easy search engine optimization of your blog posts
Jetpack for site stats and analytics
Minify to optimize the speed of your site
Smush Image Compression and Optimization to compress your images for faster loading time
Mailerlite/Convertkit/Mailchimp plugins for the mailing campaign program I was using. I used all three.
Google Adsense for easy ad placements on my blog posts.
Pinterest Pin It Button so readers can easily pin your content.
Other plugins that may be useful:
WP Date Remover - remove the date from blog post url (http://yourblog.com/01-01-2018/blog-post-title/) so that the date part is removed (http://yourblog.com/blog-post-title/)
Backup Buddy - backup your site, because sometimes the internet sucks
The plugin options are massive, so make sure that you're only choosing the ones that are useful to your blog. If you use too many, you'll overload your site, and it'll be harder to figure which one isn't compatible if your site crashes.
Changing WordPress Settings
There are a ton of settings that you can change around, and I recommend you go through them one by one to see which ones you can change to adapt to your style and needs.
Just don't change any coding unless you're really comfortable with all of that stuff.
So there you have it - how to setup a blog with Bluehost and WordPress. I hope you found this post useful.