How to Start a Blog a Blog with Bluehost

Blogging has opened so many doors for me including a few that I had never thought would be possible.  It has allowed me to be at home with my daughter to homeschool her. It has allowed me to provide a very comfortable life for my family. It has taught me things about myself and other people that I never would have had a chance to learn. And finally, learning how to make money blogging has allowed me to have a career only for myself. When you work for someone else, you are helping them to build their dreams. That has never made much sense to me, but learning how to start a blog so that I could work for myself did.


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Learning how to start a blog, really boils down to three easy steps and only takes around 15 minutes. There really isn’t much reason to overcomplicate things. To start a blog you only need a domain, hosting and WordPress. That’s it! When you sign up for hosting with Bluehost HERE, you kill two all three of those birds with one stone, plus you score inexpensive web hosting and one of the best places to host a WordPress site hands down!

For just $2.95 a month using our exclusive Bluehost coupon! Plus they will give you your domain name for FREE!


How to Start a Blog with Bluehost


Bluehost makes learning how to setup a WordPress blog incredibly easy and in fact, I went through their exact same setup when I first began blogging professionally in 2011. I had very little tech experience at the time, but it was so easy to do that my blog was up and running in just minutes!

To get started, you’ll need to head over HERE to the Bluehost website


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Click the green “Start Now” button to get started! By the way, at $2.95/mo, you’re getting monthly web hosting at a monthly rate exclusive to Six Dollar Family readers! Lucky you!


Select Your Bluehost Hosting Package





On the next page,  choose your Bluehost hosting package right here.  Each package offers different offers and bonuses so be sure to read through them carefully. Choose the option that you’re most comfortable with and continue onto the next page. I recommend the basic hosting package for new bloggers since as a new blogger, you really won’t need the other options offered in the larger packages.


Choose Your Free Domain Name




When you choose Bluehost, you are automatically given a free domain name for 1-year! If you need to purchase your free domain, choose what you would like your blog to be called and enter it into the box that says “new domain” on the left.

If, however you already own a domain that you would like to use, enter it into the box on the right and click the blue “next” button to begin transferring your domain to be hosted on Bluehost.


Choose your Bluehost Hosting Package




Once you have set up your domain, you will need to head HERE to choose your Bluehost hosting plan and any other options that you would like to have. Bluehost is inexpensive web hosting, but it is paid up front so choose the length of your hosting term from the drop down menu. I recommend that you go with the 36-month or 60-month option to get the best price as our Bluehost coupon ($2.95/mo) is only valid for those two plans.

When you’ve chosen your hosting plan, enter your payment info and continue onto the next page.


Create your Bluehost Account


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On the next page, set up your Bluehost password and read then accept the Bluehost terms of service.

On the next page, click the “log in” button and get ready to create your WordPress blog!


Choose your WordPress theme



Once you have created your password and are logged in, it’s time to pick your theme! This is the base design for your site and how it will look until you make any changes! Pick one that you love and move on!

Once you have chosen your theme, click the blue “start building” button to log into your new WordPress blog!


Build your WordPress blog on Bluehost



Once you are logged into your blog, choose what type of site you are building. Bluehost is one of the best web hosting options for business so don’t be afraid to build your business website on Bluehost.


Manage Bluehost Options from WordPress



Once you set the type of website you’re building, you’ll be taken to a page like shown above. This is where you can manage your Bluehost settings right from your blog’s dashboard!

Click the blue “launch” button to set your new blog live!


Launch your WordPress blog on Bluehost



Lastly, enter your new blog’s name and description and click the blue “next step” button.

Guess what? You just created a blog on Bluehost! Your new blog is live and just waiting for you to start posting! See? I told you it was super easy!


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To recap, to start a blog on Bluehost you need to:

  • Sign up HERE for a Bluehost account
  • Choose your domain name.
  • Choose the 36 or 60-month hosting package to be able to use my exclusive Bluehost coupon for $2.95/mo.
  • Install your blog using Bluehost’s tool



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Stacy Ott

Stacy Ott is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family as well as The Genealogy Queen and a few others.By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence, and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

I earned over $100,000 blogging last year! Click here to learn how to start a blog and make money blogging!
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  1. jamie pryor says:

    Hello there and thanks for all the helpful tips you have shared. I do have a quick question on how to make money on your blog. I’m currently on and you have mentioned bluehost and wordpress do I need to start a new blog or can I transfer all my info to their sites? Thanks for any feedback.

  2. Deana Gammell says:

    Hi Stacy, does this all work anywhere in the world? I have just found myself leaving a violent husband, and at the moment I cant get any money. So I want to try to earn some. But my health is bad, so I have to try to find ways of earning money outside traditional jobs.
    Kind regards

  3. Stacy,
    First: Love you! Love your story! Love your blog!!
    Second: I signed up using a Pinterest presence that “helped” me start my blog, for roughly $7, but, I’m wondering if I actually control it??
    Third: I’ve clicked two of your mentor link and they link to how to set up a lead page….?
    I’m not published yet so no link to my blog..yet!

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Tori, go ahead and email me at stacy at six dollar family dot com with your questions so I can help you out better.

  4. Angie Bayly says:

    Hi Stacey, with bluehost, can I pay monthly or is it yearly?

    • Stacy Ott-Barr says:

      Hi Angie, Bluehost is paid yearly up front, but overall, it is far cheaper to pay that way than to pay a more expensive hosting company per month.

  5. On average, how much time a week do you devote to blogging? I’m still going to be working full time and will *hopefully* start graduate school in the near future. Between work, academic pursuits, and family life, time is a very precious commodity (like it is for most of us) so I want to avoid spreading myself too thin but I think I would enjoy blogging, especially if it earns some much needed extra money 🙂

    • Stacy Ott-Barr says:

      Dianna, I am a full-time blogger which means 40+ hours at this point, but when I first began, it was very part-time and I was still able to earn.

  6. Katrina Holyfield says:

    This may seem like an obvious question, but how do you make money by blogging? By selling things or just when people read your posts? Or???

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