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The Loop'd'loops Life

The Loop'd'loops Life

Happy Healthy and Well Balanced Life

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Challenged by My Dad

Challenged by My Dad

My dad has always been a huge supporter of who I want to be. He is super encouraging when it comes to my motivation too. Last week he asked if I would be up for losing 25 pounds by Christmas. This is a huge challenge […]

How To Create a Personal Budget

How To Create a Personal Budget

This is one of my favorites! Seriously! I love to make budgets! What is not fun about trying to solve a problem like this! Although I love making them, sticking to them is even harder! Here is my step by step Guide to creating a […]

How to Start a Money Making Blog from Scratch

How to Start a Money Making Blog from Scratch

Good Morning!!

I have been blogging for years- actually too many to remember. I started with Weebly, moved to Blogspot and ended with WordPress. I wanted to do more with my blog; wanted to make something of it; to impact people. The mindset change that followed has allowed me to grow my blog in unexpected ways! Blogging allows me to work from anywhere, travel, and experience life in a very different way. I am incredibly excited about the opportunities in the near future in which blogging has helped me.

Being part of the blogging community, I have to say, my story is one of many whose lives have changed since starting a blog. How are you going to change your life? The only thing you need to do is to start your blog- that first post! I want to help support you through the beginnings of blogging. Click here to get started and to get the special Bluehost discount only available to my readers through this link. The first step to changing your lifestyle!

There are so many ways, once your blog is created, to earn a nice income. One important factor though is setting up the blog from the get-go. If you follow along below, I will walk you through step by step in creating your blog. The easiest way to start a blog with Bluehost.  Using this step by step guide will start you on your way to living a life and earning an income how YOU want!

Step by step I am going to walk you through three major aspects of starting your own blog.

  1. How to use WordPress on Bluehost
  2. How to start a WordPress Blog
  3. How to Publish a WordPress Blog
  4. How to take full advantage of my list of tools with how to make your blog even more successful!

 

Please follow along and join me on this journey to your best life!

There are 2 routes you can take with Bluehost and WordPress. For me, I already had started my blog and had quite a bit of material I didn’t want to lose so I synced my Bluehost account with my current WordPress account.  This tutorial is going to be written as if you have no current blog or do not have any current blog posts.

Creating an account with Bluehost

The first step to creating a successful blog is to find a good hosting company. Bluehost is one of the top hosting brands on the internet. They host over 2 million WordPress sites and are excellent for beginners and starting websites because their platform is easy to use. They allow you to do so much more with your blog than almost any other hosting company out there!  I am in the transition of adding a store to my blog- blogging and selling is a huge benefit to earn an extra income!

Click here to signup for $3.95/month (this deal is ONLY available through my blog).

With this deal

To cut down on steps, Bluehost uses a process that automatically installs WordPress at sign-up. This means you can start writing your first post minutes after joining!

You also get:

Free domain name (With other hosting companies, you have to pay for this separately but with Bluehost- it’s part of the deal!)
Free email address.
Bandwidth is unmetered (for those of you like me who have no idea what that means: it means that you won’t have to worry about TOO many visitors!)
Extensive library of training videos (Installing a WordPress theme, setting up mail, how to embed a video, etc…) Their videos make it easy for everyone to successfully build a website.
Full refund if you cancel your account within 30 days. Or prorated refund for the remainder of your hosting term if you cancel Bluehost after 30 days.
24-hour technical support via chat, ticket or by phone.

Creating an account with Bluehost

At this point- you are presented with options in regards to what is included in your plan. For me- I stuck with the basic plan. This works for most of a blogger’s needs. Choose the $3.95/month plan for the best pricing

 

Picking a Name

This is one of the best parts! You get to pick your domain name! The domain name is the name of your website. There are no additional charges to this since Bluehost gives it to you for free- unlike some other hosting companies. I personally had no clue what I wanted to use as my Domain name. I had a few ideas but nothing that could be flexible with how I saw The Loop’d’loops Life growing and transforming over the years. My tip for you- find what your niche is, be SUPER specific! Once you decide that- base your name off of that category.

For me, I had no idea what I was going to focus on. I dove head first. The Loop’dloops Life is derived from a nickname I had growing up. I wanted to write about how my life had changed and was being impacted by different choices and such. So that was the beginning of The Loop’d’loopd Life.

I do have a tip that many other bloggers stand behind. DON’T CHOOSE A COMPLICATED NAME! This is difficult when you know what you are wanting to do but it doesn’t help your bloggers find you.  I also suggest to pick a .com vs .net or .co since it’s more common and looks more authoritative.

 

Bluehost Signup Page

 

Choosing Your Commitment

If you are wanting to go with the best bang for your buck- select the 36-month plan for the best pricing. If you don’t click through the link from my blog- you will not get the correct pricing.  There is a little side note for you- this commitment is not 100% set in stone. But I wouldn’t switch to any other company from blue host. If you decide this isn’t for you, you can cancel your account after 12 months, Bluehost will refund you for the 24 months you haven’t used. The cheaper monthly fee will always be better since you can cancel anytime.  When finishing up this step- you can unselect all the boxes/options. They are not necessary for starting your blog.  If you felt the need to get an add-on- Site Backup Pro is always a good way to back it all up. For me personally, I write my posts off of WordPress and transfer them when I am ready to post them.  Also, Sitelock Security helps protect your blog from being accessed by hackers! Again, I don’t think it is necessary but that is completely up to you. If you change your mind you can always add them later.

 

Payment 

At this point, enter your payment details and click enter! You will be prompted to create a password for your account as soon as the payment goes through.

 

Another thing I absolutely love about Bluehost is their customer service. If you, at any point, get lost with sign up or decide you want to cancel. Reach out to them and they are some of the best people in customer service you can ask for!

 

CONGRATS! You are now a proud owner of a blog.  So what now? Stay tuned for the next post- We will walk through how to Install WordPress and other tips, tricks, and tools of blogging!

God Still Makes It!

God Still Makes It!

Good afternoon! I was just working away, typically I have a sermon running in the background as I work on booking flights and data entry.  Something caused me to stop, listen, and give my full attention to the sermon. This sermon was from a series at […]

Letter to 245 lb Me

Letter to 245 lb Me

Dear Ellie, I know you hate the way you look. Please stop. You know those people who have said things in the past. They are no longer in your life. Those who are can see your beauty. The people who are in your life now […]

When You Decide “OK, Something Has To Change”

When You Decide “OK, Something Has To Change”

I am going to be 100% transparent (not that I usually am not- just intentionally sharing it all this post). I get nervous about if my debit card will be approved almost every time I go get gas- Which is twice a week. Seriously- at least twice a week I wonder if my card is going to decline or not. Pay week or not, that stress is always there.

I have decided I am fed up with the worry that “DECLINED” is even an option.

Please join me on a journey of Financial health! I will share all the struggles, tips, tricks, and side hustle experiences I have through this! If you would like to join me on becoming financially stable and on your way to having freedom of finances- please comment below or send me a message and I will walk with you side by side this journey.

Each week I will be providing an update on what we want to accomplish next in this journey. I will also be reflecting on how I am accomplishing the goal with you all.  I absolutely love that we will be going on this journey together. If you have any feedback or information you would like to share- Please feel free to contact me.

Today is Day Zero. We are going to take today to prep for the next step. If you have a printer- or prefer to do it online. We are going to print out/ access our bank statement for last month. This is all you have to do. Some people know exactly how to do this. Others of you may not even know how to log into your bank account. If this is the case- please contact your financial institution and they can walk you through logging into your account. Please print last months- for example, October 2018 is the budget I am creating so I will want to print off September’s bank statement. We will be doing this step on the 1st of every month. We will continue to do this until we get a good idea for what our budget will settle with.

Please comment below with anything you would like to suggest, ask, or to provide tips on this.


Here we go! FAQs for this mindset change.

What are we changing?

We are changing our mindset about money. In the world today, money has become a #1 concern for most. This leads to anxiety, stress, and greed. We are taking this journey to change the way we think so that we can have a healthy relationship with our finances.

How are we changing?

Taking a second look at what you spend your money on. We are going to start by cutting out and budgeting items in your life that you feel are more of a “luxury” versus a necessity. We will start by taking the last months bank statement and looking through every expense you made. This will help us determine our budget for this next month.

Do I have to give up everything I love?

Simple answer. No. If you are saving and living miserably- you won’t stick to the plan. I am aiming for living the best life while creating a future of being financially stable. There will be some things we will need to wait to purchase until later down the road.

This sounds like a very difficult change. Is it worth it?

The stress will be eliminated, the constant worry about whether or not you can afford groceries that week, and the inability to do things you long to do– all will be gone! This is going to be a life-changing process. Although it won’t always be easy- it will be 100% worth it.

What Now?

Now just stay tuned for our ” Money! Money! Money! ” posts! You can either follow the category and see all posts here or you can stay tuned with our weekly email.


If you have any suggestions, tips, tricks, or ideas about starting your first budget- please send me an email! I would love to have you featured here on The Loop’d’loops Life!

 

 

 

365 Day Challenge Check-in

365 Day Challenge Check-in

Good Mornin’! If you haven’t already, check out my Instagram. This is where I have been posting about the 365-day challenge. We are onto day 40 today. If you had missed the posts there, don’t fret! I will catch you up momentarily. This week I […]

10 Ways to Keep Going When Blogging Is Lagging

10 Ways to Keep Going When Blogging Is Lagging

Do you ever sit there staring at the computer screen wondering what the heck you’re going to write about? I have felt this way all week. I log in and find my self easily distracted by anything other than writing. I don’t want to call it […]

Because: puppies

Because: puppies

 

I know this has nothing to do with The Loop’d’loops Life but my goodness- I think these two are needed for our health. They bring so much joy to me! <3

Living In an Anti-Christian World

Living In an Anti-Christian World

I felt the incredible need to be defensive and argue “But you know I’m not like that.” His answer: “You’re not a normal Christian.”