How to Start a Blog for Your Business in 3 Easy Steps

Interested in learning how to start a business?

Did you know you can start a blog and turn that into a business?

I’ve been blogging since 2014. I have two blogs – Elna Cain to help with freelance writers and Twins Mommy to help moms make money blogging. I get emails all the time asking for help on how to start a blog for their freelance business or as a way to earn an income and grow their brand.

How to Start a Blog for Your Business in 3 Easy Steps

If you’ve been thinking that you want to start a blog and a business, now is the time!

A blog is versatile. You can use it to promote your service – coaching, freelance writing, Pinterest management, etc. – and you can use it to grow your audience, brand, and income.

Starting a blog has also been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m able to stay home with my twins (they just started school!) and earn a living doing what I love – writing and blogging.

If you’re willing to put in the time to setting up a blog, then you can work from home and enjoy doing what you love to do!

Some of my favorite service-based websites are:

  • Innovative Ink – this is my own writer website 🙂
  • Miranda Nahmias – Miranda is a VA
  • Nesha Woolery – Nesha is a freelance designer
  • Carrie Madormo – Carrie is a work at home mom and freelance writer
  • Work From Home Happiness – Ashlee has a wonderful site to help you work from home

These blogs help bring in income as a side business or full-time business. I’ve had so many people email me and tell me their personal story for wanting to start a blog for their business, but they just don’t know how to do it.

One thing is for sure: it’s essential to have a website or blog to help attract potential clients (or readers for your blog). It’s hard to have a successful business online without a website!

Note: the term blog and website will be used interchangeably. I view a successful blog as part of your website and you can base your business off a blog too.

So, if you’re ready, here’s how to set up your website in only 3 steps. It’s super easy, “techy” free and if I can do it, then I know you can do it too!

1. Figure Out What You Want to Blog About

When learning how to start a blog, you need to refine your message.

This is what your foundation is for your blog and business. It’s also your blog niche and blog topic overall.

Your blog niche – one that can ultimately be your paying niche as a blogger or freelancer – is an important first step to having your own blog. This can be hard for many people. It was for me.

When I started blogging on Innovative Ink (I later moved it to Elna Cain), I wrote about what I was learning – freelance writing. It was sort of a no-brainer and….it stuck! But for Twins Mommy, I struggled to find the right content for the right audience.

It took some trial and error – and different niche topics – to finally stick to topics centering around growing your blog.

If you’re are learning how to start a blog as a way to generate leads to your freelance business, I suggest you:

  • Write in your paying niche, or
  • Write about your service

For example, if your blog topic involves Pinterest marketing (your service is Pinterest management), then you can start a blog about Pinterest and marketing. Your new blog can create quality content around starting on Pinterest, Pinterest tips and more content ideas around using Pinterest.

Similarly, if you’re a freelance writer, you can effectively help other new writers by writing about the business of writing (can I say writing one more time?) 🙂

And a perk to learning how to start a blog is the potential to earn income from blogging with affiliate marketing, content marketing and email marketing.

Yes, it’s a lot, but you don’t need to know all of that right now.

The important thing is knowing how to find your niche!

What Do You Have Experience In?

Use what you know. If your background is in finance, then you can start and grow a business in this topic. You may not like it and it may be the reason why you want to quit your finance career, but you can leverage that experience and knowledge – in the beginning – to get your blog off on the right foot.

What Do You Want to Learn More About?

Maybe there’s a topic that you’re interested in learning more about. For me, the more I learned about marketing my business, the more interested I became in writing about that as my niche –search engine writing, search engine optimization, understanding Google Search Console, premium theme ideas, blog design and more!

If you have a passion for camping, WordPress, entertainment, etc., then use that as your starting ground for blog content. Write about it on your blog and see if it’s a good fit for you.

The beauty of blogging is that you can pivot to new topics easily.

Is Your Blog Niche Profitable?

If you want to be a freelance writer, then you need to pick a profitable niche.

Niches like these pay a writer hundreds of dollars per post. To find out if your niche topics are profitable, you need to do some research.

  • Go to Facebook groups and see what people’s struggles and challenges are
  • Look at job boards to see if companies are seeking writers in your niche
  • Search on Twitter, #(your niche) to see what people are sharing

This can give you an indication if your niche is popular and needed online.

You can also search for popular blog topics and create your niche from that list. ConvertKit has compiled a list of common blog topics that both professionals and not-yet professional bloggers write about:

Once you decide on the topic and service you can now start a blog. Here are some examples of starting a writing blog:

  • Start a tech blog – if you are a tech writer you can start a tech blog that shows your expert knowledge in this topic
  • Start a DIY blog – if you want to be a lifestyle writer you can start a passion blog. Starting a DIY blog can open the doors to sponsored content and collaborating with household brands as a freelance writer.
  • Start a finance blog – if you want to be a finance writer or fintech writer or even a writer for the cryptocurrency industry, why not start a finance blog?

Of course there are many more types of blogs to start, these are just a few examples. The important thing to remember is to find that paying niche that will help you make a living as a writer.

2. Choose Your Domain Name

When you learn how to start a blog, the first real thing you need to do is choosing your domain name.

Your website name should be representative of your blog and business. For me, I decided on Innovative Ink as my service. It seemed to represent what I do. I later realized that using that name may not have been the best option.

Why?

Because for new people seeing that name, it almost looks like a content agency or big business with multiple staff. It doesn’t show that it’s just me. I also used a local country domain (.ca) and in hindsight I should have used a .com for a global audience. That’s why later I switched to ElnaCain.com! This uses my name to brand what I do.

When I show you how to start your blog using my special link at Bluehost, getting your new domain registered is absolutely free!

When thinking of your domain name:

  • Make it easy to say and spell
  • Don’t make it too long (ex: Kellycanwritealldayandallnight.com)
  • If in doubt, use your name (if you can get it). Variations of your name include adding writes, biz, blogger, blogging, business, content, etc..

One thing to consider when choosing your domain name is to also think about your social media names. Yes, I said social media.

Having a blog gives you the opportunity to share what you write, and to connect with others. You do most of your connecting on social media like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

So when thinking of your domain name, check to see if it’s available for your Facebook page or Twitter profile.

Continuity means people can easily find you.

3. Choose Your Blogging Platform

This site, Elna Cain, is a WordPress.org site. This means it’s self-hosted. This means I have complete control over my content and my monetization strategy. If you want to run a blog or even offer a service like freelance writing, then having a self-hosted site is your BEST option in the long run.

This gives you the capability to start a business, look professional and be credible.

And while you can use other platforms besides WordPress.org – like Squarespace or Wix – there are some important reasons why you should choose WordPress at Bluehost:

  • There’s a big WordPress community out there for WordPress hosting questions. This means if you have a question, you can probably find the answer in a blog post or YouTube video.
  • Most sites are WordPress sites (which means your future clients are probably using WordPress too)
  • It’s much easier to customize a WordPress self-hosted site with plugins and themes
  • WordPress the company itself recommends Bluehost as one of a very select few “best and brightest hosts.”

This is a self-hosted wordpress blog and with Bluehost, the best hosting plan for freelancers!

And the best part is, you can set up a WordPress blog in under 10 minutes! It’s super easy too!

4. Choose Bluehost as Your Hosting Provider

When I started my freelance writing business, I wanted to make sure to have a secure and reliable web host and Bluehost is one of best and most popular hosting providers out there for those wanting to start a blog or service-based business website.

Check out some of their awesome unique features!

Why Choose Bluehost?

1. You Get a Free Domain

With Bluehost, you receive a free domain when you sign up using my special link. Right there, you’re saving $12-15 or more. Super important if you’re bootstrapping your blog or business.

Registering a free domain is something that a lot of other web hosting providers don’t provide for their customers. So make sure to take advantage before Bluehost changes their mind (this recently happened at another very popular host…for reals)!

2. They Have 24/7 Support

One of the great features about using Bluehost is the support for new bloggers and freelancers.

Starting a blog doesn’t have to be challenging. If you’re brand new to blogging or starting a business online, Bluehost can help you with your tech questions about starting a blog. Bluehost has a variety of ways to offer their help:

  • articles
  • webinars
  • online chat
  • toll-free phone
  • Bluehost knowledge base – a list of common issues you might face

Here’s a little tidbit.

I’ve used the chat many times and they’ve been super helpful (and just this morning I was on the phone. In and done…question answered…in less than 3 minutes).

And, even my course students find Bluehost very supportive with any tech issues they faced:

And here are more:

3. Automatic WordPress Installation

When you choose Bluehost, WordPress is automatically installed when you sign up and you don’t have to do a thing!

I’d say it’s as easy (and easy to use) as Squarespace or Wix…at a fraction of the cost.

This makes it a cinch to get your freelance business up and running right away.

4. Very Affordable Pricing

When you start a business and website you want to keep your costs down.

You’re not generating any income right off the bat, so investing in your business can be hard in the beginning.

Bluehost has made it affordable with their plans and when you use my special link you can get started for as low as $2.95/mo).

You can even start your freelance writing business for under $60 (if you decide to choose the one year plan instead).

That’s amazing! Just think about when your parents were your age and how expensive it was to start their own business. They would need to rent out space, buy business cards, and buy ad space in newspapers or on TV. That’s a lot of money for a brand new business!

When you compare that to having your own website that can potentially generate thousands of dollars per month, for about $100 or less, it’s a no-brainer!

So, you can see that starting a website for your blog or service-based business doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

Once you choose Bluehost, just follow this easy and quick tutorial on how to start a blog for your business!

Let’s get started. Just click on over to Bluehost and follow along! For more help, I have a video tutorial on starting a blog just for you! Follow along with me!

Step 1: Choose Your Plan

After you click on the big green button that says, “get started now” your next page shows the plans.

There are three main plans Bluehost has for you: basic, plus and prime.

If you want to host multiple sites (i.e. have more than one blog or business online) or need unlimited storage space, you can go with the plus plan from day one. Let me tell you, creating sites is so addictive, I’ll bet you can’t just stop at one!

And if you’re planning on getting domain privacy (highly recommended), the SpamExperts and CodeGuard service, check out the choice plus plan because it’s included for free!

But if you’re just getting started, or if cash is super tight, the basic plan has all you need to get going.

It’s perfect for new freelancers and bloggers. You get one website (and a free domain) with plenty of website space to get your business up and running.

Step 2: Choose Your Domain

Remember the domain names you were choosing from before? This is where you can check to see if it’s available in a dot com. I highly suggest you get a dot com rather than a dot something else. That’s partly personal opinion, though.

If your domain isn’t available, pick a variation of your original domain name. For example, if contentbyelna wasn’t available I would maybe choose one of these options instead:

  • elnawritescontent
  • elnascontent
  • contentandelna
  • elnaswritingbiz
  • contentiselna

Remember that your domain name needs to represent what you do as a blogger or freelancer. You can use your personal name as a domain too.

This might be the best thing if you feel that you may want to pivot your business some day.

For example, you start out as a VA (virtual assistant) but later learn that most of your VA tasks are writing and you change to be a freelance writer. If you use your name then you can switch that easily.

But, if your domain name is rebeccatheVA, then that will be a bit more challenging. So, really sit down and think about your ultimate end goal. What is the main service you want to provide and can you see yourself doing this long-term?

If you are overwhelmed with figuring out your domain name for your freelance business, Bluehost has something amazing for you!

They give you the option to create your domain later. This means you can start a blog, set up a business blog, your pages and everything and THEN decide on a blog name!

How cool is that? I love that option!

Step 3: Account/Package/Payment Info/Password

Once you pick your package, the next thing is filling out your information. Go ahead and fill out your account information and choose the package you want.

Remember, you save the most money when you choose the 36 month plan…and you don’t have to worry about paying for hosting for the next three years.

One thing to note, you can use a credit card to pay or use your PayPal account.

Next, you need to set up a password for your Bluehost account.

Once you log into Bluehost it will ask you to create a website and go through questions like what type of website you are creating. At any point you can skip the steps.

When you are asked, “How would you like to build your website?” choose the limitless customization. This option is the default option for starting a website or blog.

From there Bluehost wants more information about your website. You can fill in the sections or skip the steps.

At any time you can change what you filled in, which means this step is just to help you plan and set goals for your site.

Install WordPress

Bluehost makes installing WordPress seamless and pretty easy.

After you set up your account password for Bluehost, you can pick some themes. It’s best to pick a free theme and customize it yourself or with a page builder.

The best one is Astra for your WordPress theme as it’s the lightest and has the most ways to customize the look of your site.

From here, Bluehost directs you to the backend of your WordPress website!

 

If you don’t pick a theme within Bluehost, then Bluehost installs the default WordPres theme. Down the word you can choose a blog theme like a premium theme (for example, an Elegant theme).

But, when you’re ready you can start customizing the theme you end up choosing. You can add a logo, change the header image (if your theme has one) and create your business pages.

In your WordPress dashboard you can also explore Yoast SEO (it’s added for free when you start a blog), and any WordPress plugin (search for one that helps improve your blog like ones that helps with optimizing images, or one that lists related blog posts).

Logging Into Your WordPress Account

Bluehost has made it super simple and easy to log into your account. They’ve created a beautiful control panel and with one click of a button you can login into your WordPress site.

In Website in a Weekend 3.0 I show how you can go to your website and login from there.

Congratulations!

You are one step closer to getting your website up online! Are you excited? You are learning how to start a business as a side hustle! Setting up a blog over time can be your main way of living like me!

It’s fun learning about how to use SEO for blog traffic and the search engine, setting up Google Adsense for some income and just having fun with your blog design!

Of course, the point of learning how to start a blog is to use it to help you land some amazing freelance writing jobs!

Getting a website up is one of the first steps for a new freelance writer. This is your home base and is where you lead prospects to so they can hire you!! Yay!

Now what?

If you’re new to freelance writing here are some blog post ideas to help you along the way:

When you start your blog for your service-based business, let me know in the comments. I would LOVE to see it!

Need a Website For Your Freelance Writing But Stuck With the Tech Part?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Hello Elna, Thank you for all the great lessons. I appreciate you taking the time to be so thorough. Of course, this is my first post on your blog, and I am testing out my gravatar. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)Reply to Elizabeth
Hey Elizabeth! Great Gravatar! Way to go! Have fun with your freelance writing business!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! Just giving my Gravatar a spin as I work through the Write Your Way to your First 1k course.Reply to Tiffany
Hey Tiffany! Looks great! Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
Hi Tiffany! Great to hear!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, a great resource for anyone starting a blog from scratch and not knowing what to do. Love the step-wise process and the supporting images. I wished I had stumbled upon your blog earlier.Reply to Tia
Hi Tia, Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed this post about starting a blog!Reply to Elna
Great info! Getting my site set up ASAP!Reply to Melanie
Hi Melanie, Great to hear! Enjoy your business blog πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
well done , very informativeReply to Ron
Hey Ron, Thanks! Glad you found this start a blog post informative πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Great post Elna. Thanks for sharing with us all. Cheers from the Write To 1K group!Reply to Bryson
Hi Bryson, Thanks a bunch and glad you are enjoying Write Your Way to $1k course!Reply to Elna
I may be late to read this particular article but it has taught me a lot. I recently launched by freelance writing blog freelancersdigest.com and I’m definitely going to use of your tips to make a few changes. Thanks for such for your rich and insightful advice Elna.Reply to Catherine
Thanks for all the great info!!! Currently taking your course! πŸ™‚Reply to Raegan
Hi Raegan, Thanks so much! Enjoy the course and I’m here if you need help!Reply to Elna
Comment…can i get my website set with a phoneReply to Abraham
Hi Abraham, It might be a bit tricky to do it with a phone as it does require a lot of typing so I would try to use a laptop at least!Reply to Elna
I have been thinking of my starting my own blog for quite some time now and the tips that you have mentioned here do help a lot so thank you so much for sharing this!Reply to Rashmi
Hi Rashmi, You’re welcome! Glad you are interested in how to start a blog as a new freelance writer!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for the information. I found it very practical. On to taking action.Reply to Nafisah
Hi, That’s so great to hear! Learning how to start a blog is challenging so I hope my video and my advice helped you!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am enjoying reading your content – thank you for being so thorough. I named my website Verum Marketing with the intent of social media management but have since decided to focus on content and copywriting. Should I move away from this name as you did? I appreciate your input!Reply to Krystal
Hi Krystal, I think your name is general enough to do other things besides social media! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Thanks so much for the information,I really learnt alot about bloggingReply to Pearls
This is awesome information Elna. Thank you so much!Reply to Robin
Hi Robin, You’re welcome! Glad you want to start a blog!Reply to Elna
I desperately need a stay at home job but finding something to talk about as a writer is very scary and challenging but going forward with this seems like the thing to doReply to Sherri
Hi Sherri, I know it can be challenging to start a blog and then start writing, let alone trying to find business jobs! What I can suggest is you to grab my writing niches guide to get started! https://elnacain.com/course/booming-writing-niches/Reply to Elna
This is wonderful Elna! I am a college student thinking about starting a blog. It would begin as a passion/diy blog at first. I feel inspired! Thank you for sharing!Reply to Eliza
Hi Eliza, That’s fantastic to hear! Good luck starting your blog for your business. If you need more help I do have a post on finding gigs for college students: https://elnacain.com/blog/freelance-writing-jobs-college-students/Reply to Elna
Great information, Elna! The process looks so daunting, but you explained it so well. Thank you!Reply to Diana
Thanks for sharing this information. Your tips will definitely help out for the perfect blog writing as you explained so well.Reply to Tom
Hi Tom, Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed my starting a blog post!Reply to Elna
Thank you, Elna, for making something that seems so incredibly difficult understandable. I have wanted to start freelance writing for a very long time now, and through reading your posts and starting your ‘writing your way to your first 1K’, I have finally gotten to a place where I feel it is possible! Thank you!Reply to Becky
Hi Becky, That’s amazing to hear! So happy you are living your passion!Reply to Elna
Love the content, Elna! I bought your WriteTo1K course a few weeks ago and I’ve been making insane progress!Reply to Adam
Hi Adam, That’s fantastic to hear! I hope you are enjoying the lessons in Writeto1k!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for the in-depth explanations! I feel a little more confident about my journey.Reply to Xaviera
Hi! Thanks so much!Reply to Elna
Thanks Elna for sharing such valuable information. I have one concern, when I log in to WordPress, I get a notification informing me the site is not secure. How do I go about this?Reply to Cindy
Hi Ciny, It looks like your site is secure when I visit it. The coming soon page at least. Are you still having this problem? You could always install the Really Simple SSL wordpress plugin but in your case I don’t think it’s necessary.Reply to Elna
do you have training for wordpress?Reply to Deborah
Hi Deborah, My course Writer Website in a Weekend does have lots of help for creating a WordPress website!Reply to Elna
Excellent article, with very valuable information. I created a blog for my company, but I need to switch to WordPress to make it more professional. Thank you for the tips.Reply to Mileide
Hello, thanks for sharing this. I have to websites and I want to start a blog for them. Your content was really helpful. Thanks for sharing and greetings from Brazil. πŸ™‚Reply to Sabrina
Hey Elna! Just testing out my Gravatar πŸ™‚ I really enjoy how easy to understand your Writeto1k course is as well as all your blogs!Reply to Amy
Hi Amy, Looks perfect! Good to see you created your Gravatar and the Writeto1k course πŸ™‚ Email me if you have any questions!Reply to Elna
Fabulous post – thank you, Elna. I’ve used this as inspiration to set up my own platform using your recommendations. Such an easy well-written guide to follow. Thanks again.Reply to Richard
Hi Richard, Thank you so much! So happy to hear you are starting a blog. Creating a blog is a great asset and help you make money! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Elna, Thank you so much for this post! Your content is very easy to read and helpful to someone new to blogging! I will be starting my blog shortly!Reply to Austin
Hey Austin, Thanks for coming over! Glad you enjoyed this post!Reply to Elna
Great stuff!Reply to Joey
Hi Elna, Thanks for your detailed explanation on the topic. I got some really good tips to that i utilized to start my own blog on my website. The issue I am facing now is that although i am focusing mostly on topics that are not covered a lot on Google and are low in competition, however I am still not able to rank on those topics that makes me demotivated. Any tips on getting ranked quickly will be highly appreciated πŸ™‚Reply to Jay
Hi Jay, Thanks for stopping by! As for SEO, a lot of it depends on the age of your site and your EAT – expertise in your topic, authority as a leader in that topic and trust meaning the information you provide is conventional and not alternative. From there you need to gain backlinks and get other bigger brands linking to you! I do have a contributor blog called Freelancer FAQs where you can guest post to help with backlinks.Reply to Elna
Thank you, Elna, for your insightful and comprehensive overview of how to start my blog. Your step-by-step and clear instructions are a breath of fresh air.Reply to William
Hi William, You’re very welcome! Glad you want to start a blog for your freelance business!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I can’t thank you enough for all the helpful content and advice. Your explanations are clear, your tone is genuinely friendly, and the information itself has helped to alleviate anxieties I didn’t even know I had coming for me! 🀣 A good teacher keeps her students excited about learning, and I can’t wait to keep reading! You’re the best!Reply to Hannah
Hey Hannah! Thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed my tutorial on starting a blog for a business πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for your tips and advice you share with us all. I love the way you break things down so that their easier to understand.Reply to Deborah
Hi Deborah, You’re welcome! I love helping my writers so it’s a treat when I hear that you enjoyed my writing style! Have fun creating a website for your business!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thank you for all your hard work, encouragement, and support!Reply to Jeannie
Hey Jeannie, You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed this post!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna! Your blogs have been a source of inspiration to me, you have no idea! I’m currently trying to customize my free WordPress account and boy, it’s not easy. I want to post a couple of my fiction works there and link it to a portfolio site like Clippings. Would it be possible to switch to a self-hosted platform later on, seeing as that’s more professional?Reply to Nkereuwem
Hi, Thanks for letting me know! So happy to hear you are enjoying my blog and online content! As for your question, I don’t now if it’s easy but it’s doable! Ask your hosting platform once you sign up to start a self-hosting website!Reply to Elna
Hello! I am a student in your Write Your Way To Your First 1k course and I am finding it and its associated links to be incredibly helpful in setting up my online freelancing business. Thank you for making such an awesome educational reference for us newbies. I can’t wait to share my successes with the group.Reply to Angela
Hey Angela, That’s great to hear! I hope you are enjoying the Writeto1k course! Enjoy starting a blog for your business!Reply to Elna
Thank you Elna for such a fast and professional response.Reply to Mark
Hi Elna, my name is Mark and im really really close to becoming a freelance writer. I must admit, the closer I get the scarier it gets. I look forward to taking your course real soon so be looking for my name in your in box. I do have one question though that i don’t think you covered yet and its about my picture. I have acne scarred skin and wanted to get some professional pictures taken, should I wait to get the pictures taken to build my website? Do I HAVE to post my picture on my website at all? What type of attire should I wear, sweater, suit tie, sports coat etc…… Please respond as soon as possibleReply to Mark
Hi Mark, Thanks so much for your continued support! I see you comment on my Youtube channel and I’m happy to see you comment here πŸ™‚ As for your headshot, Alicia Rades wrote a wonderful article over on FreelancerfFAQs so I’ll drop it here: https://www.freelancerfaqs.com/makes-good-freelance-writer-headshot/ But to help you, just be yourself! Looking professional in a nice top is probably a good choice. I would also just check out other male freelance writer websites and see their headshots! Just try not to overthink it! πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Hello Elna! I recently found you online and have been so grateful for your advice about beginning a freelance writing career. I do have a question for you…I have a blog (on blogspot) that I have occasionally posted in over the years. The idea of the blog was for me to be transparent in life and it covers a few areas I am particularly passionate about. Now that I have decided to pursue freelance writing, should I create a new blog or could I use the one I already have? And should I create separate social media accounts for my writing than my personal ones? Thank you for all of your great advice and guidance!Reply to Rose
Hi Rose, Thank you for your kind words! In all honesty, it’s best if you create a self-hosted website. Your blog on blogspot isn’t self-hosted and it won’t look that professional if you end up using a “free website.” So, yes, create a self-hosted Bluehost website (this is the easiest and quickest). As for social accounts, if possible (like for FB you need a business Facebook page), you can create new ones, otherwise just use the existing ones you have!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! I’m currently setting up my writer’s website after taking your write to 1k course and this blog post was super helpful! I can’t wait to have my website finished and see what the final product looks like. Thanks again for helping me kickstart my freelancing career and being such an awesome resource to so many aspiring freelance writers.Reply to Mallory
Hi Mallory! That’s awesome you taking the course and applying it! So happy about that! Thanks for coming over and I can’t wait to hear about your success in the private Facebook group!Reply to Elna
Thank you for the clear and concise information! I am looking to start working as a freelance writer and I was wondering, if there is more than one niche I am interested in writing about, should I create a different blog for each? Is it better to keep one blog dedicated to, say, education and then a completely separate one for food/wine? Any input is appreciated. Thank you for all your help!Reply to Katie
Hi Katie, Great question! If your niche topics are highly varied, like the ones you mentioned, then I would have separate blogs or at least, separate places for that. For example, if you want to get paid to write in the educational niche (which is a great profitable writing niche), then start a blog on that and market your writing services. Then, over on Medium or LinkedIn for example, you can create food/wine content. But, if your niches are similar like education, parenting and business writing, then you can house that all under one website when starting out! I hope this makes sense!Reply to Elna
It does! Thank you so much for your help!Reply to Katie
Hi Elna, I love your content. It has made things easier for me. I’m a freelance writer and i just started at the beginning of this year so things have been a bit tricky. plus i recently started a blog, mostly to promote what i do and i just want to ask, is it advisable for me to write on more than one niche on my blog? would love to hear from you. Thank youuuu!Reply to Sonia
Hi Sonia, It depends. If you found a great writing niche to dive into then you can pivot your blog and write about that instead. Or, if your new topics are similar to the one your are writing about you can combine both under one blog! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I love how specific and descriptive this post is! I could have really used this kind of detailed walkthrough when I originally set up my site. I’m currently working my way through your Write Your Way to Your First $1k course and stopping by to leave a comment!Reply to Liz
Hi Liz, Wow! Thanks so much! I’m sorry you didn’t get this guide before you started a blog! Glad you are motoring along through my Writetok1 course!Reply to Elna
Thank you for such a comprehensive post! I’ve bookmarked it to “restudy” it later. I’m a full-time professor of literacy and composition at a community college, but am anxious to develop a side hustle and have more opportunities to “actually” write myself. I’m a little stuck on my niche–education seems the obvious choice, but I’m a generally curious person and welcome chances to explore other worlds. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, thanks for your helpful posts; you’re an excellent teacher!Reply to Allison
Hi Allison, Thanks so much for your compliment! Teaching is in my blood I think! In college I was a Girl Guides leader and was a lead therapist for ABA teams where we helped children with autism. Then later I worked in the school system and a special education teacher! I’m so happy you are interesting in doing some freelance writing. It definitely a great side hustle for teachers! The education niche is a great niche to dive into but of course, be open to other niches and industries. Sometimes it’s best when a niche reveals itself to you rather than picking one yourself!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna, First of all, thank you for this! I felt overwhelmed by the pool of information and links about becoming a freelance writer. You makes it so much easier for me to start it all! I was wondering though, for the billing, is it $106 all at once or is it billed at $2.95 every month? Thank you for reading this!Reply to Beatrice
Hi Beatrice, Glad you enjoyed this post on how to start a blog! As for your question to get to $2.95/month you do need to lock into the 3 years subscription! Good luck and have fun building your blog!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thank you for the insightful article. I am an author, playwright and freelance journalist looking to market my work to a wider audience. I am unsure whether a blog or a portfolio would be more suitable OR whether I need both? Of course I would like the option to become a freelance writer for businesses, but my main priority is promoting the more creative, personal work and uploading some unpublished pieces directly onto there. What do you think I should do? Apologies if the question doesn’t make much sense… I’m a little bit of a technophobe! Thanks, DanReply to Dan
Hey Dan, Thanks for this question! Personally I feel you should grow a readership online so that they will want to read your content! By starting a blog for your business you can share BTS, musings, as well as market your upcoming books or plays. And you can also publish portfolios on portfolio sites to drum up more business! Good luck!Reply to Elna