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How To Start A WordPress Blog On BlueHost In 15 Minutes Or Less

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In this tutorial, I'm going show you, step by step, how to start a Wordpress blog on Bluehost in just 15 minutes or less.

Blogging has enabled me and many others just like me (and you) to generate a full time income online.

Running a blog doesn't have to be expensive either. I wanted to get that out of the way early on.

When starting out, I highly recommend choosing BlueHost to start your blog. This is the same company I use and they have plans which start at just $2.75 per month.

​Also, when you create your Bluehost account through my website they will even throw in your very down .com domain name, meaning you get started on the right foot from the get go.

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Free blogs aren't all they're cracked up to be. Right now you may be think that you can get started on either a free WordPress site or even Blogger, I want to stop you right here.

If you want to get started on solid footing then self hosted is the only way to go, it's the only way you get to have full control over your blog.

With a self hosted blog you have more control over EVERYTHING + a cool .com domain name.

The free services mentioned above really limit what you can do with your blog and if you are serious about turning this into a business, when you start a WordPress blog on BlueHost this cost is tiny in comparison to the gains you'll get in return.


- It's EASY to get started, I mean really easy. Even my Grandma could get up and running with her own blog using BlueHost!

- The BlueHost customer service is one of the best in the business and should you have any issues (unlikely) then they will be there to assist you.

- When you sign up with BlueHost you also get a free domain name, something that not all company's do for you.

- Setting up WordPress in BlueHost is a breeze, and it's free.

- Having your own self hosted blog will mean you can make money from your blog

- There is no contract with BlueHost, many other top providers will lock you into a long term contract that you can't get out of, not BlueHost.

- You also get a full money back guarantee!

- The main reason to choose BlueHost is on top of all of the above, it's one of the cheapest options available.

On top of all of that, if you choose to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost and sign up through this site you will be able to drop me a personal email at any time. I will happily walk you through any difficulties you are having, although I've worked tirelessly to make sure I have covered everything in this tutorial, but I'm here if you need me πŸ˜€.

Step #1

Selecting Your Plan

First things first, you will need to visit the BlueHost website, you'll find a handy button (big & red!) below which will open their website up in a new window meaning you can easily switch between this tutorial and their website, making it easier for you to follow along.

Now you have the BlueHost website open, first click the green 'Get Started Now' button, then you will be asked to select your plan.

I understand this may be daunting as there's a bunch of technical terms on this page but or your first blog the basic plan is perfect.

With the basic plan you will be able to create a single website, upload 50gb of files which is WAY more than you will need and also you get unmetered bandwidth included which in plain English means you can have as many visitors to your blog as you like.

All good stuff.

To select the basic plan, go ahead and click the green 'select' button.

Step #2

Choosing Your Domain name

On the next page you will be asked to enter domain name for your blog, this will be your blogs website address.

Blog Domain Name

I don't want to teach you to suck eggs here but as an example, my blogs domain name is

Below I have included a few great examples of domain names to give you some ideas.,,,,

I always recommend either choosing a brand name or using your first and last name and always stick with a .com address as these domains are seen as being global and hold more creditability.

When choosing your domain name it's easy to get bogged down and over thinking everything.

The best thing to do is pick a domain name and go with it. The very worst thing that can happen is that in a few months you think of a better domain name and you have to spend a few bucks on a new one.

Changing a domain name is simple and the support team at BlueHost will take care of you IF you decide you want to change it.​

Enter the domain you'd like to register (it's FREE!) in the 'new domain' field.

If you already own a domain with another provider enter this into the 'I have a domain name' field and I'll show you how to transfer this in a minute.​

Now that you've got your domain name and it's been confirmed that it's available to register you can move on to the next step, where we will be setting up your BlueHost web hosting.

Step #3

Creating Your Account

You are now going to be asked to enter your personal information, your name, address etc, it's pretty straight forward, I think you've got this one πŸ˜‰.

Once you've entered your contact details, you'll be asked to fill in the 'Package Information'

Start A WordPress Blog On BlueHost

First you'll need to select your plan.

As I mentioned above, if this is your first blog then the Basic Plan is the perfect choice for you. If you ever need to upgrade your account at a later date, it's really simple to do.

The reason why I recommend the 12 month plans is because it's less hassle and is a lot more cost effective than the monthly plans available. I have personally had my blogs go down because I forgot to pay my monthly bills, this is the last thing you will want to happen because you forgot to pay your bill!

Remember - with all yearly BlueHost plans you also get a free domain name included.

Next you'll see a number of optional extras, the only one of these that I would recommend you think about is the Domain Privacy Protection. This will stop your contact information being made available in searches (I've never personally purchased this).

Before you move on, have a quick look and check that there are no unwanted upgrades checked.

All that is left to do is fill in your payment information. As standard you will only see the option to pay via credit card, if you click the blue link 'More payment options' you will see PayPal also appear πŸ˜‰.

Everyone loves PayPal so I'm not sure why they hide this option.​


Remember earlier I mentioned that BlueHost have a money back guarantee? This means that for whatever reason if you need to you can get a no quibble refund in full for your hosting plan.


- Visit the BlueHost website

- Click on the basic package (green button)

- Check the availability of your domain name and register it

- Enter in your contact information

- Under package information select your plan and then select if you want Domain Privacy Protection included

- Enter your payment information

- Read and confirm you've read the terms etc and click 'Submit'

On the next page you will see a number of additional upgrades, site builders etc, you won't need any of these so scroll to the bottom of the page and click complete.

The good news is that you're are now set up with both your domain name and web hosting.

All that's left now is for you to create your BlueHost password.

Once you've created your Bluehost password we can then move on to the last step, which is installing WordPress.

Already own your domain name? CLICK HERE for instructions

Step #4

Installing WordPress On Bluehost

Now you have you've created your account and registered your domain name, you're ready to really start a WordPress blog on BlueHost, all that's left to do now is install WordPress.

This part is made really simple by BlueHost.


- Check your email account your used to create your BlueHost account, inside you will find an email with a link to your control panel (cPanel)

- Once you've logged in to your cPanel you will see a '1 Click Install' button, click it πŸ™‚.

- You will then see a 'Start' button, click it.

- Once that's finished loading you will be asked which domain name you wish to install WordPress on, from the drop down menu select your new domain name.

- On the next page you will see a number of different options, this is the advance options section. This is where you will be choosing your WordPress username and password. DO NOT USE 'admin' as your username or a password which can easily be guessed, be more creative.

- Write down your username and password or screenshot it.

- Click the 'Install' button!

And that's it, you are now the proud owner of a fully functional, self hosted WordPress blog ... cool huh? 😎

Step #3

Go Checkout Your New Blog!

To see your live blog, open up a new tab in your web browser and type in your new domain name.

It won't be much to look at right now but don't worry, thats easily fixed and I am on hand to help.

Below I have set out a bunch of additional tutorials to walk you through everything you need to get your blog looking and feeling as you would like.

To start with I'll be covering the essentials and these will be in order so be sure not to jump a head.

It's important to take small steps to begin with and follow each tutorial in order, as much as you may want to jump in head first, getting a feel for WordPress and how it works is essential.


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  1. Ant Carter

    Good post Mike,

    I discovered your blog after you commented on mine, I love what you are creating here – it looks great and the aims of the blog, and the content you are creating, are really well focused on an area where significant demand and interest exists.

    I too want to serve those without the technical skills to make their dreams a reality, and look forward to the content you put out in the future to meet this need particularly.


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  3. Timothy Gagnon

    Great article Mike, and I really like your website’s theme, it’s really easy to navigate and the articles are easy to read as well. Thanks for sharing the detail tutorial on how to set up a simple blog! I just shared this on Twitter (and followed you too)!

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  7. sara

    Hi saw your video on you tube and then visited blog.needless to say I really liked the way you explained making a Blog in such details.A quick question though since we are using blue host and once we click the email from Mojo marketplace ,does it mean we are installing may look like a stupid question but help is appreciated.


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      Mike Appleton

      Hi Sara,
      Sorry for the late reply.

      When installing WordPress through the Mojo marketplace you are installing a self hosting version of WordPress … this means it is package.

      Hope this helps,

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  10. Jeff Hopkins

    Hey Mike,
    First of all, thanks for the instructional video and contextual info on how to make a simple blog and the few extras you included to get a person rolling with their website. This is by far the simplest method and most understandable instructions that I’ve ever seen on this subject. I’m just now getting things going for my blog site, but have been in affiliate marketing for almost 10-11 months. i got involved with an affiliate membership site that had absolutely no lessons on how to build your own blog. However, in their extensive 21-day boot camp training videos and course, there was much talk about list building, various traffic/lead generation methods and techniques, a very comprehensive and detailed sales funnel and the importance of all it’s components, e-mail marketing and follow up, and finally how important it was to have an authority website(blog) that your followers(e-mail list) could always turn to for your business in a box. These were referred to as the five pillars of your successful Internet marketing business. However, the CEO and owner of the membership network pretty much told you to basically “piggy-back” off his Authority website by sending all of our traffic, both paid and free, to his blog(with all his affiliate links, content, social buttons, opt-in forms, etc) until we had our own blog up and running. Now, this membership site was definitely not free or cheap to belong to especially if you wanted to make any kind of significant money. Moreover, all the sales and conversions were done by the network and its team of earners. Some traffic(Coop, buyer-only) wasn’t able to be tracked by their Infusionsoft software in the back office of the network, which was crazy, I thought, since we were directed to use Clickmagick tracking for sales, split testing, etc. Furthermore, we also acquired AWeber for an autoresponder which was one good take-away from this venture. I still have this software with about 2300 subscribers.
    Anyway, I apologize for the review of my short affiliate history that’s irrelevant to what we’re doing here on your authority website, or blog. I just wanted to convey the fact that I’ve not been taught anything about how to make a blog, which will be the central hub or foundation site for my Internet business. I’ve had to read, study, and learn what I do know about WordPress and its functions that enable someone to build an authority website. As well, I have accumulated a large number of WP plugins and have a key for the theme Optimize Press 2.0 to be installed and used at my disposal, if I wanted to do. I’m aware that you have a package of WP plug-ins compiled in a handy zip file for easier use throughout the instructional video.
    In conclusion, I’m wanting to follow your lead and construct my blog just as its done in your tutorial. I do like the blog you’ve made, but I’d like to get my plug-ins, theme, and other products that I’ve purchased just to use on my authority website, or blog, if I feel the need to do so. I’m very impressed with your writing and attention to detail. Moreover, it’s a relief to finally find someone who is understanding to the fact that creating a blog isn’t the simplest thing in the world to do and requires a lot of thought and is technical for people who haven’t done it before. I’ll definitely be sharing your blog site with my lists and recommend that they subscribe to you, as well.
    I do have a question about the admin part of WordPress while building the site. Do you use the software called cPanel? What exactly is cPanel and what purpose does it fulfill involving WordPress? This area of the website building process has always been a little bit of a mystery to me. I’m assuming that cPanel is short for “control panel” since it has a lot of functions to tweak and customize. If you could shed a little light on the subject, I’d be extremely grateful. Anyway, I just want to kmnow the ins and outs of WordPress since it’s such an integral asset for a website(blog) company to function correctly and efficiently. My IM biz, and blog, is going to focus on helping people like myself get thru the rough times and hopefully start making money with affiliate marketing, whatever direction they wanna go, as soon as possible without spending tons of money on information, products, and services that are not going to benefit their business. I’m going to do product reviews, system analysis, and basically just keep people away from the bogus and worthless material that we all know is out there. Moreover, I want to build a huge following of faithful and avid subscribers who I can help find exactly what it is that they are wanting to get from the Internet and affiliate marketing.
    Once again, thanks a lot for everything, Mike. I appreciate your time and effort. It’s obvious that you care about your biz and the people associated with it. Hope to keep in touch and keep rocking thru the new year!



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