Maybe you don’t know where to start or how to build your first web site. I’m and want to help you. WordPress is a very easy solution for your first web site, and it doesn’t cost anything. It will allow you to edit your site without knowing any web programming.
This Step by Step Guide will give you instructions on how to install WordPress at Bluehost to make it as easy as possible to get started right now.
You will need an account at Bluehost first. If you haven’t already signed up, you can click here to sign up.
If you are still apprehensive about installing WordPress on Bluehost I will do it for you because I want you to succeed! I do really think you should try it yourself though, because you will need to learn new things to build your passive income online and this is probably one of the easiest first steps. But if you really want me to install it for you, just contact me here after you have signed up for Bluehost and I will install WordPress for you – for Free.
Hopefully this will help you get started earning passive income today. Tomorrow you’re going to wish you had.
Here’s EXACTLY the steps I took to set up this site, Passive Income Idea at Bluehost
The following steps are exactly what I did to get started building this site, in a very short time. There’s still lots to do but you can do this easily in just a few minutes and get started today.
1. Find a Domain
The domain name should relate to your idea. If you don’t have an idea yet, I recommend you spend time thinking about it and come back here once you have an idea you are willing to work hard on and dedicate yourself to.
My idea was to start a site to help other people get started earning a passive income online. Why not call it beachfrontsolutions.com? I didn’t want to spend days trying to find the perfect name and I think it is fitting.
Once you have your idea, now you can find your domain name. If you’re somewhat internet savvy you may have already done this. If you’re not web savvy and want an easy way to do it, you can combine this with step 2 below, since you can get a free domain name when you sign up with Bluehost for web hosting.
2. Sign up for Bluehost
If you don’t already have an account with Bluehost, you will need to sign up for one. If you find my site useful and would like to help me out, I definitely would appreciate if you sign up from my link here so I will get credit for your purchase, at no additional cost to you.
3. Install WordPress
Here’s step by step instructions on how to install WordPress on Bluehost.
a) Click here to get to their site builder. It should look like this:
b) Click on the green button that says “Use WordPress” which will take you to the Bluehost MOJO Marketplace which will take you to a page that looks like this:
c) Click the green “Start” button. It will take you to a page that looks like this:
d) Choose your domain name where you want to install WordPress, and optionally a subdirectory and click “check domain”
I recommend leaving the subdirectory blank unless you know what you’re doing, since you will then need to create something else for your site’s home page.
e) MOJO will check the Bluehost server to see if it can install WordPress and it should work just fine, since Bluehost and MOJO work together to make sure everything is seamless. You’ll be presented with one last screen like this:
f) I recommend you ignore the advanced options. You then just have to agree to the license and click “Install Now”
Now your install should be complete and you will get your login information to be able to edit your site with WordPress. Be sure to save your login information somewhere safe.
Create Google Analytics Profile
You’ll want to track who visits your site. I like to use Google Analytics for it. It’s very robust, accurate and best of all, its free!
If you’ve never set up a Google Analytics profile before, here are the steps.
a) When you first sign in, it will look like this:
b) Click “sign up” and it will take you to the setup for a new account, which will look like this:
You can leave everything as it is, just input your account name (I use my website name there) and your website name, and the URL. There are some data sharing options you can review and change at the bottom of the page. Once you’re ready, click on the blue “Get Tracking ID” button at the bottom.
c) You will be prompted to agree to their terms. Read them if you like, but I would guess about 99.99999% of people don’t ever read these.
d) On the next page, you will see something that looks something like this, but with different numbers, specific to your web site:
This is your Tracking ID. Copy it down. You’ll need this in the next step to add it to your site so Google can start collecting traffic data.
Install Google Analytics Plugin
Now you will need to log in to your site. Remember the login details you were given when you installed WordPress? Click on the admin link, and log in.
a) Once you’re in, on the left sidebar you will see a menu item called “Plugins”.
When you hover over that, it should present you with a sub-menu, one of which is “Add New” – that’s the one you want to click on. It should look like this:
b) The next page will present you with a search form and a tag cloud of popular tags.
I like the Google Analytics for WordPress by Joost de Valk so that’s the one I’m going to show you how to install. Type “google analytics joost” in the search box and click “Search Plugins” and it should look like this:
c) The search result page should show the desired plugin as the top one, like this:
You can confirm the right one by making sure it says “By Joost de Valk” under the description of the plugin.
d) Click on “Install Now” just below the plugin name.
Mine shows it as already installed so that option is grayed out for me in the screenshot above. After clicking on it, WordPress will download and install the plugin. This should normally only take a few seconds – maybe 30 seconds at a maximum. You’ll then be presented with a page that looks like this:
e) Click “Activate Plugin” after which you should be directed to your page that lists all the plugins, but has a message at the top instructing you to enter your Google Analytics code. It should look like this:
f) Click on the link that says “select which Analytics Profile to track” and you will be taken to a page that looks like this:
I like to use the manual method because it is easy and I don’t have to authenticate with another service so that’s what I’ll cover here. If you’d rather go it on your own and feel comfortable, you can click the blue button to authenticate with Google and follow that method.
g) Below the blue button there is a checkbox to the left that says “Manually enter your UA code. If you click that, you’ll be presented with a box to put in the UA code that you got when signing up with Google Analytics earlier. It should look like this:
h) Enter your GA code, and click the button lower on the page that says “Update Google Analytics Settings”. You’re now done with this part.
You can skip this part for now if you want, it’s not essential at the moment. You will want to choose a nice looking, SEO friendly WordPress Theme in the near future though, and I will show you how to pick a good theme and make basic WordPress SEO improvements.
For right now, I’m going to cover the basics of changing this from the default theme to one included with WordPress since I don’t like the latest default theme.
a) Move your cursor over “Appearance” in the left side column of your WordPress admin area.
You’ll be presented with a menu that looks like the one below. Click “Themes” in that menu. Don’t click “customize” as that’s a way to edit the colors and background images of the current theme. You can do that at some point, but that’s not what I’m covering here, so just ignore that for now.
b) Once you click on it, all your installed themes will show up and look something like the picture below.
I just picked one of the pre-installed themes because I know I am going to change it to something better and more customized later.
c) To install one of the themes available to you, just hover your cursor over the theme image, and a button that says “activate” will appear. Click on that button.
d) Optionally, you can click “add new” from this page and then from the following page search for themes and install one of them.
The process of adding a new theme is simple and very much like installing a plugin like we did with the Google Analytics plugin earlier.
Sign Up for An Affiliate Program
I will cover this in more depth later, but you will need to sign up for an affiliate program or advertising network in order to generate passive income from your site following my guide. There are other ways to generate income too, like writing an eBook, selling products, or directly selling advertising spots. We’ll cover a number of options for generating income from your site along with the pros & cons of each in future articles.
The easiest way to get access to affiliate programs quickly is to sign up at Commission Junction. They are one of the largest players in the space and have the most diverse selection of advertisers with affiliate programs you can apply to. We’ll cover this in more detail later.
I chose the Bluehost affiliate program as my first one for this site. So if you signed up through my link, I thank you for giving me a chance to earn some passive income from this site. If you used Pat’s link here on my page, I’m sure he thanks you also.
Write My First Post in WordPress
Now that I have the basic nuts & bolts of My Passive Income Idea site up and running and a relationship with an affiliate I can start creating content on the site.
My first post is this step by step guide on how I signed up and created a basic site, which has taken me nearly 5 hours to write, since I am documenting everything, taking screenshots, and fighting my urge to procrastinate along with occasionally losing focus and checking my email, etc.
That’s a baseline for a start. I’m going to work on improving my focus and speed at which I am able to create an article like this.
Creating a basic site is easy by comparison. Signing up and creating the site took about 3 minutes, and adding the rest of the extras took another 5 or so, but I’m very familiar with this kind of stuff. However, I’m confident that almost anyone can sign up and get all this done in 15-20 minutes if you stay focused.
What are you waiting for?
I recommend you start now. Don’t procrastinate your start on building your own passive income stream.
If you start today you’ll be one step closer to financial freedom tomorrow.