How To Start A Blog In 10 Minutes

Are you a passionate writer? Do you have a story that needs to be told? Do you want to generate passive income for your family? Starting a blog might be your answer.

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Blogs are no longer just for the “professional writer.” They are for the thinker, the designer, the mother, the craftsman, and the teacher.

In 2013, I decided to start blogging and building my personal platform. It’s now become my full-time career and it’s allowed me to make a living from the things I am most passionate about.

Sadly, I see many people not chase their dream because they either don’t know where to start or the “setup process” is too complex.

But it’s not. Below I have outlined an easy step-by-step guide to getting a domain, setting up hosting, and installing WordPress in 10 minutes or less.

There are many ways to start a blog, but you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use. This is what I use for many of my personal websites.

IMPORTANT: The first step for setting up a blog is buying a domain and setting up hosting. If you are not sure about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress, I found this helpful infographic that explains it well. My verdict: stay away from WordPress.com. It’s limiting and does not allow your blog to scale well.

To Get Started I’ll Walk You Through A Few Quick Steps:

1. Getting A Paid Hosting Account (don’t worry this will be cheap)
2. Picking A Domain Name (You Get One Free)
3. Setting Up Hosting
4. Installing WordPress
5. How To Install A Theme

Step #1: Buying A Domain Name

The domain name of my blog is StartupCamp.com. That’s where people find me on the web. Choosing a good domain can be tough. Your domain can either be your name or a branded domain like mine. Luckily, the hosting company I will recommend in step #2 provides you the ability to pick a domain for FREE (regularly $11.99) when you sign up.

Step #2 Setting Up A Hosting Account.

This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog. It’s far easier than it sounds. Stick with me.

There are hundreds of hosting services available. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following several reasons:

  1. Bluehost is large and well known.
  2. They offer excellent customer service (located in the US).
  3. Their packages are highly affordable. If you sign up with the link below, I’ve actually locked my readers a $3.95 per month fee + a free domain. Which is incredibly cheap.
  4. Their service provides extremely fast page load times.
  5. Bluehost is very easy to use.

ACTION STEP: Click HERE to buy your domain and signup for hosting with Bluehost. I have provided a visual guide of the steps below.

Bluehost Step #1

Visit This Link (the same as the one above) and Click “Get Started Now” button.

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Bluehost Step #2

Choose your plan.
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Bluehost Step #3

Choose your free domain name or bring over your current domain. Both are very easy processes.

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Bluehost Step #4

Place your order and pay for your plan.

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Bluehost Step #5

Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you can install WordPress (the software that runs your blog) in a few simple clicks.

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Bluehost Step #6

Click the the green install button.

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Bluehost Step #7

Choose the domain you just registered or the one you brought over.

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Bluehost Step #8

Check the “Show advanced options” box and fill in the title, username, and password. Your title will be the name of your blog (mine would be Dale Partridge). The username and password will be what you use to login to the backend of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).

IMPORTANT: Save this information somewhere where you won’t lose it. You will need it for step #10

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Bluehost Step #9

Bluehost will install WordPress on your server and let you know when it’s complete.

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Click the “View Credentials” button on the top right.

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Bluehost Step #10

Click on “Admin URL” (located below the green box) and enter your WordPress login credentials from step #8. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress dashboard is where you will do almost everything on your blog. From writing articles to changing design.

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Final Step

This is your WordPress Dashboard. You can either begin blogging or upload a new theme for your blog. I would recommend purchasing a new WordPress theme at Themeforest.net. At ThemeForest, in the navigation go to “WordPress” in the upper left section of the page. Then choose your theme type and begin exploring thousands of themes. After purchasing your theme from Themeforest, you will return to your WordPress dashboard and click “Appearance” > Themes > Upload a New Theme. Here you will upload the .zip file of the theme your just purchased.

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Lastly, you will then follow your theme’s setup features provided by the person who developed your theme. This is where you will upload your logo, change colors, add pages, and more.

Congratulations! You have officially setup your blog. This is only the beginning of an exciting journey for you. If you have any questions or issues please leave a comment below. I try to check my comments daily.

Now, Let Me Teach You How To Create An Income As A Blogger.

Though this article is an honest recommendation of a service I do believe in (and use personally), I do want to disclose that I receive an affiliate commission (at no additional cost to you) if someone chooses to take my recommendation. #TruthWins

Author

Dale Partridge
Dale Partridge is the Founder of StartupCamp.com. He's also a keynote speaker and author of the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling book People Over Profit.

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  1. Hey! So i just signed up for Bluehost and the process was not the same as what is listed above. Do you have an updated version of this? I am now lost on the site wondering if I did it correclyt because there was no install wordpress button and only 3 themes are available. Thanks!!

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  2. Margaret Thomas says:

    Bluehost charged my card for 3 years of hosting without showing the charges, all through the sign up there was nothing to indicate it would be more than 5.45 a month. My husband and I both did the sign up together, neither of us had an inkling they would charge us for 3 YEARS in advance.

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    • Yikes! Sorry to hear it, guys; it’s always frustrating when stuff like that happens.

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  3. Epic post with tons of analysis. Great work.

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    • Thanks for those words, Edos! Appreciate and glad you’re here!

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  4. Natosha Pyle says:

    Hi Dale,

    Thank you so much for posting! Super helpful! I would like to start a blog and use it for ministry-similar to like a daily devotional. The domains I am looking at actually have the word “ministries” in them. I am just unsure if I should use the domain .com or .org. What do you recommend?

    Thank you so much!

    Natosha

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    • I’d recommend not utilizing the word “ministries” in your ministry blog, so that you draw in more traffic that isn’t just ‘looking’ to be ministered to. And .com or .org is up to you! That part shouldn’t make too much of a difference now or in the long run.

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      • Natosha says:

        Thank you so much Dale! So very appreciated! Many blessings to you and your family

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  5. Lisa says:

    Dale,
    I am going to give this a whirl! Thank you for the push out of my comfort zone.
    Lisa

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  6. Reggie Sanchez says:

    Hey Dale,

    First of all, thank you so much for all you do for all of us who are really needing a push in the right direction.

    Is WordPress the only blog platform that works well with your process? The reason I ask is because I’ve used Wix.com for quite a while now and I’d like to keep the learning curve to a minimum. I’m willing to make any change necessary of course but I just wanted to ask.

    God Bless You,

    Reggie

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    • Hey, Reggie! Wix is definitely a great, popular platform. As long as Wix doesn’t hinder you and provides what you need to grow, then I’m all for it!

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  7. Rachael says:

    For the blue host starter vs plus plan- what is best? I don’t really understand the 100 email accounts for the starter account vs unlimited in the plus plan.

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  8. Pamela says:

    Hi Dale. Thanks for this post, great read. I have one question though, u said to stay away from wordpress.com, did I overlook the part where you said to choose .org instead?
    Can you clarify this please? Thank you

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    • Yes. Create a self hosted wordpress site. Google some videos on the topic. Ultimately, you don’t want yourdomain.wordpress.com that’s what happens down that road. WordPress.org is a part of the self-hosted version.

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  9. Sandy says:

    Thank you for this article! I have a couple of questions. Is a wordpress blog the same as a wordpress site? Are these the same steps to follow for a wordpress site?

    Thank you again, by the way, love your book, People Over Profit!

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    • Hey, Sandy! You’ll have to make the choice based on how you’re wishing to use it. Often a hobby-to-fulltime blogger will stick with a wordpress blog, but if you’re planning on using it for a business that does something other than post blog content, a wordpress site would be more effective. Good luck with your research!

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  10. starting a blog is always easy but making revenue from it and sustaining is the difficult part.

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  11. Thanks. Very useful for people who don’t want to pay $500 to some guy for a bad blog.

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  12. Sam Lawlis says:

    Dale,

    You advocate WordPress. I am curious if selling product if a platform like Magento or Shopify are better platforms. We are also wanting curated content capabilities that tools like WordPress provide. What little research I have done shows WordPress partnering with WooCommerce for more of the ecommerce heavy lifting. What is your thoughts on this item. Seems like getting the write platform to start is key

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    • Starting with the right platform IS key, indeed! It definitely depends on what you’re selling and to whom you’re selling it! Hope you have been able to figure this out!

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  13. Hi Dale, I currently have a Shopify site and blog from there. I had WP before that and was overwhelmed by the plug-ins. I am starting a new project and was wondering what you thought the benefits of WP are over Shopify? I also saw on another post where you mentioned Rainmaker. It looks more like Shopify to me. Would you use this independent of WP or as the store front? I know that with WP when you want to sell you have to find a merchant account/plug-in or link to another merchant software. I look forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

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  14. I have a passion to start a blog–I just don’t know what to write about- your advice on finding a subject please?

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  15. Maria says:

    Thank you for the info – very practical! Would you recommend bluehost’s cloud hosting (for beginner blogger) ?

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    • Thanks! Yes I would suggest using Bluehost for your blog hosting service.

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  16. Tarah says:

    Hi Dale!

    I am currently part of Startup Camp and my goal is to become a full time blogger. Hence why I read this article on setting up a blog. I currently have a blog which I haven’t written on in quite some time- I am preparing to re-launch it with my own website and such.

    Question: In this article you point out themeforest. What is the difference between the steps you have given in this article vs. using the genesis framework?

    I was originally going to us the genesis framework and then realized that it wasn’t mentioned in these steps. So now I am just confused. What steps should I take to creating my own blog site? Should I go with theme forest or can I do the same thing using the genesis framework? Whats the difference? Help!

    Thanks for taking the time! I am eager and excited to get this up and running 🙂

    Tarah

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    • You can use the Genesis framework too. Setup your blog using bluehost with with wordpress. Then go to studiopress and install a genesis theme instead of themeforest.

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      • Tarah Avery says:

        Will do! Thanks Dale!

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  17. Casey says:

    I enjoyed visiting your webpage. It’s very easy to read without getting sore eyes from seeing too much features added in the usual blogs today.

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  18. Keo Mmereki says:

    Hi Dale

    M all the way in Botswana Africa, can I still use these steps to create a blog, or is it just US based. I would love to start my own blog. kindly assist. thanks

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  19. Hey Dale,
    One of my friends pointed me to you a few Months ago. Needless to say I’m a big fan of yours! I love your content and blog. Keep up the great work!

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  20. Katice says:

    I’m thankful for running into this site through Pinterest. I want to have my own blog and E-commerce businesses. I went to school for communications & journalism but couldn’t find a good paying job to utilize my skills. I decided to get my MBA starting back in July. I find myself bored in my studies because the courses are similar to my undergrad or they are too hard to learn in a 6 week period. I want to be able to buy a house and start a family. My boyfriend is ready to take things to the next level of our relationship but I need to be able to assist financially to our household. I want to be able to enjoy my life. Not be constantly stressed out because I have to choose between work & school all the time. Your video & site seems very honest. I look forward to learning more from you.

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  21. Can anyone tell me the difference between the starter and plus packages from blue host? As a start up blogger which one is more preferred? Is there a difference?

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    • I would go with the Starter package, if you have issues, then upgrade.

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  22. Gloria Angelina says:

    This really helped!! Thank you!
    I was wondering if you could do a post like this about starting a podcast.
    I have spend some time googling it and there is a bunch of information out there, and I’m sure that I could figure it out somehow;
    but if you were to break it down, I would know that it will work and will probably be one the best ways to get started, since I know I can trust you.

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  23. Lauren says:

    Great to have some guidance for this process!

    I want to start blogging with WordPress.com, but my only concern is whether or not I could transfer everything over to WordPress.org, if needed. If I *can* transfer/upgrade, will I be able to keep all my previous work? The last thing I want to do is start over at square one.

    Thank you for responding.

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    • Thanks, Lauren. Bluehost has a great support page about transferring WordPress websites.

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  24. Carol Smith says:

    I don’t use an actual desktop or laptop anymore. I use my iPad Air and iPhone. I’m assuming this will not work solely from this platform?

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  25. hi there! used your “how to start a blog” post and it was really easy! the only part I don’t get is how to add advertisements or whatever to start generating income from the blog.. help????? there must be a step i’m missing, and i’m totally new to this, so forgive my ignorance please!

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  26. Always great content, wish there was a raffle/contest to meet you. I’d toss money towards that, maybe a donation to charity enters you in a raffle to meet the man who creates greatness.

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  27. Thank you SOOOOOO much! I have been looking for straight forward information like this that is simple and to the point.

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  28. And in South Africa – I would love to do this BUT….. where to start is more about – what to blog then anything else?

    ‘what you passionate about is your calling’. I know it is writing – but what if not good enough for a blog?

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    • Tanya. You should consider enrolling in StartupCamp’s curriculum. Check it out on the home page.

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  29. Hi Dale, this was super helpful, but I seem to be having issues uploading the zip file with my new wordpress theme to my website. Any thoughts?

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    • Two ways you can do this. Upload through the uploader in the backend of WordPress or you can do it using an FTP software. Firezilla is free and should work. You’ll just have to drop the unzipped theme into your theme folder. Lots of youtube videos on this too.

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  30. WANJALA W FRED says:

    wow!! first time to meet a revelation to me my life that is wonderful. Be blessed all

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  31. Lori says:

    Hi there! I recently just started a blog and went with WordPress.com but didn’t realize I could do it myself with WordPress.org. I read that you can bring over a domain name, but is it possible to transfer your existing posts? I don’t have too many, but would like to bring them with me if I chose to change this up. Thanks for the guidance, so helpful!!

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    • Hey Lori!

      Yes. you can transfer your files. There are LOTS of articles and videos that can walk you through the process.

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  32. Mukwenda says:

    What do you think of Squarespace for hosting blogs? Any good in your opinion?

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    • It’s okay. You lose a lot of functionality power. The blog world is built on WordPress.

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  33. Dale!
    I admire and respect not only your accomplishments, but your ‘process’ and willingness to share and empower others.

    I am just starting my journey.

    Best,

    Kimberly Pahukoa

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  34. Leah says:

    Price is great except you failed to mention you have to pay for it a year or more in advance. Not a monthly payment. Bummed

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  35. Hi! I have been following your blog for years and it’s nice to see some blogging tips you have here. Kudos and hoping to read more about this subject from you in the future!

    Cheers from Manila 🙂

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  36. Hey Dale Great Post! I’m passionate about my blogging and love articles like yours that encourage others to take it up. In fact I actually mentor others to do exactly that, helping people to tap into their emotions and create their own destiny. I have created a 15 Step-By-Step Guide For Where To Post Your New Blog Posts which you you might find helpful, this can be found on my blog http://emotiontap.com Live with emotion, Christopher Gilmartin

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  37. I heard you speak on SPI with Pat Flynn and immediately bought your book, People Over Profit. I loved what you had to say and was very happy to find out that you are a Christian businessman integrating Biblical principles into your work. I have written a little book (would like to rewrite and expand upon it) and launched a blog/website. I am now encouraged to take these things, combine them with my experience as an holistic occupational therapist and launch an online lifestyle management (coaching) business. I am considering joining your professional start-up camp, just having trouble taking the financial plunge. Thank you for your contribution to this community and your willingness to help others.
    Blessings,
    Jeanne

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  38. Victoria says:

    Hi Dale thank you for writing such informative articles! For the past few months (it takes me a while to think things over) I have been contemplating signing up for start up camp as I have blog/book ideas/books in the works but I am nervous and unsure of where to start and how to build an audience. When I went to check again today it said that the class was full. Do you have an idea of when the next class will be opening? Thanks in advance! -Victoria

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    • Hi Victoria! We actually just opened enrollment again for a few days. Jump on it!

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  39. Hello Dale very encouraging video…I’m interested in signing up for the professional curriculum how soon before enrollment opens? Also, can you view my site blog and give me your opinion I would love to make this into my full time job along with event planning. I love what I do although it’s only part or particle time…I’m work full time as an Quality Auditor (Aviation) industry and far from content. I’m ready to get started ASAP please advise…

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  40. JeaniePro says:

    I’m confused…. The article says WordPress is the best one to use, but further down it says to stay away from WordPress.

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    • JeaniePro: It can be confusing. WordPress is BOTH a publishing software that you can use on your own domain/host AND a hosted cloud based solution. Basically Dale is saying the software is great but stay away from the cloud solution.

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  41. Why will a new blogger need a credit or debit card when you can post blogs free?

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    • To cover your hosting fees. This is a professional blog, not a free blog.

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      • Stares says:

        Quick question similar to this one, about the initial payment…. will I initially be charged for the whole term upfront, or will it be monthly charges. Its a little confusing on the payment page. Some fees say they are annual/charged at end of each term, and other fees are charged at end of each month but has the total for the term.

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        • Depends on what that platform offers. Or are you referring to StartupCamp?

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  42. Thanks Dale! started mine up 🙂 check out my page ninevehnaturally.org

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    • hine says:

      Hi, I jumped over to your site to see how it was going. I am about to start my own. I noticed that you’re still under construction. How are you finding the process? easier than anticipated or harder… just wondering. Cheers. hinem.

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  43. CiCi G. says:

    So I did this a little backwards since I started a blog THEN found this article. How can I merge my already existing WordPress blog with my newly purchased domain?

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  44. Clydesley says:

    Hi Dale! Will I be able to add links for my social networking sites?

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  45. Vicki says:

    I did it!! Thank you for your encouraging me!
    Lifting You in Love!
    ~vicki

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  46. Jenny says:

    Yes, I really like that! I had been thinking lots about creating own site for long time before your advise showed up!
    And I also wanted to become a writer of book!

    Thank you!

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  47. Aman says:

    Hello,does bluehost work for people who lives outside US.

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  48. Nicole says:

    Thank you, Dale! I have been told many times that I should write a book… this sounds much better to me 🙂 I needed this today. Thanks again!

    Best Wishes,
    Nicole

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  49. Kerrie says:

    Dale, Thanks for motivating me to take the next step. Is this still the way to go if you are in Australia?
    Kerrie

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  50. Hi Dale,

    Super breakdown here!

    I’m a fan of simple, concise and practical, and you nailed down each point.

    10 minute window, indeed.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the inspired work Dale!

    Tweeting from Bali.

    Ryan

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    • Absolutely. Thanks Ryan 🙂

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      • How is it best to choose a domain name. Do you have any advise for these.
        Also are they changeable once you have produced it?

        Thank you so much for all your work.
        It’s exceptional and so so useful.

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  51. Michelle says:

    This seemed so easy and helpful! Thank you… can not wait to take the leap and have our own blog site!

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