How To Start a Blog

If you're here, I assume that you love talking about health, listening to podcasts and scouring the web for the latest info.

You have so many ideas about how you can contribute and have thought about the idea of starting your own health blog or even a podcast. Maybe you need a website for your health coaching business.

Today is your best day to start a health blog.

Spend the next 15 minutes with me and let's you up and running.

The three steps to blogging:

  1. Domain Name and Hosting
  2. Installing Wordpress
  3. Design and Graphics

1) Domain name and hosting

This part is important!

What do you want your domain name to be?

For example, mine is notjustpaleo.com. Try to use simple words and not use strange spellings for normal words. This will only confuse your future potential website visitors and searchers. They won't find your site.

After navigating to Bluehost, enter your ideal website name and click next.

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Starting-a-Food-Blog-Picking-Your-Domain-Name

Next you will pick your plan level which you should select the Starter Plan which is paid in one lump sum. It's much cheaper in the long term to do it this way.

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Bluehost_Plan_Options

After securing your domain, you'll need to add hosting  the domain. Hosting is how your website actually gets broadcasted to the world. Bluehost has great rates and gives your domain name for free if you decide to host with them.

I highly recommend using WHO IS privacy which is an option you check on the second page. This keeps your personal address and other information private.

2) Installing Wordpress

Once you've completed your registration process through Bluehost, you'll need to install Wordpress.

Wordpress is a free online software that allows you to create your blog. It's simple but powerful for all your needs. Not Just Paleo runs on Wordpress. It's the only software worth using in my opinion.

Login to Bluehost and look for this section pictured below. Click on the Wordpress "W".

On the next page click the "Install" button in the "Do it yourself (Free)" section.

Click the "Check Domain" button:

Check the terms and conditions box and click "Install Now" button!

You will get an "Installation Complete" message where you will see your Login URL, Username and Password you'll need to login with. You can change them later, but take a picture or screenshot of this page.

Go to your web browser and type in your Login URL. You'll see the Wordpress Logo and login page. Enter your login information from the last page.

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wordpress

You're in! Woohoo!

3) Making It Look Good

You now have your own blog! Congrats! You may be on the verge of changing the entire planet, I'd say you definitely are.

Now, you're only a few minutes away from publishing your first blog post, recipe or other spectacular content that you've had locked inside of your brain for the last how ever many years.

However, the basic Wordpress themes are quite boring and not pretty at all. It really makes a difference in if people delve deeper into your website or not. If it looks boring and basic from first glance, they may not stick around. Wordpress offers many alternative themes for free that you can view here. If you want to get a premium theme like Not Just Paleo runs on, you have a few options:

  1. The Thesis Theme -- This theme has been highly successful for many of my fellow blogging friends. It's highly attractive and simple to use.
  2. The Genesis Framework -- This is the current framework that Not Just Paleo runs on. Think of it as the higher end vehicle to deliver your content as opposed to using Wordpress by itself.. It's made my life and blogging experience much more professional while minimizing difficulty.
  3. Studiopress Themes -- This is the company I currently use for themes. These themes are built for the genesis framework. They are beautiful, functional, responsive and great for mobile users. The future of the internet depends on how well your site runs on mobile. These are your best bet.

3b) Get 1-on-1 Business Coaching

When first starting out, it's a daunting task to think and research about the various social media tools, recording software, editing programs and more. So I've conveniently offer 1-on-1 business coaching as part of my mentorship offering.

Learn more about my mentorship and apply here.