Hey Ladies, this post focuses on setting up a blog or a website to chronicle your weight loss journey.
So, you’re in the process of losing weight and you want to tell the world about your weight loss journey. Not only can you chronicle your progress and keep yourself motivated but you can also share your success and challenges to motivate others. The great thing is that with advertising, affiliate programs and other minimization options, you can make money while blogging (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot with programs like Amazon Associates and Google ads) as well as expand your online brand.
GET STARTED Today! Three Quick Steps to Hosting a Weight Loss Blog/Website!
What’s the best way to do it? If you’re on Facebook you could create a fan page and hope other users like your page and follow you. That is a great way to start but, you’re only going to reach people who are on members of Facebook, and, believe it or not, not everyone is on Facebook. You can set up a Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram account as well, but again, you need to consider how you’re limiting your audience. So, how about a website or a blog? That way anyone with an internet connection has access to your site… and setting up a blog/website is much easier than you think.
And what is a blog anyway? It’s simply a website. Don’t be confused about the terminology. The technical definition of a blog is a web log, or an online diary, which is perfect for writing about any type of activity you may want tell people. And because of the way blogs are structured, they are perfectly optimized for search engines, so websites like Google and Yahoo can find your content easier. One of the most popular blog platforms in use is WordPress.
WordPress makes it simple to categorize your content, relate web posts to each other, connect with other social media accounts on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram, and it comes with a built in search engine so users can find additional information on your site. You can also create web pages of static content (like an about me or an faq page). And, if your site becomes successful enough, you can actually make money from the blog by selling advertising space or products. So, what are the steps?
For your hosting needs, we strongly recommend using Bluehost.com. Why Bluehost? Good quality, good service and a good price. Plus, like most places, you can buy a domain name and your web site at the same time.
First Step, go to Bluehost.com and click on the green Get Started Now button.
On the next page, you’ll be presented with 2 options for a establishing a domain name/web address. If you do not have a web address already, select the first option (New Domain.. please remember, your web address must be unique or not exist already). If you do have a web address/domain name, chose the second option.
On the following page, you’ll fill out your contact information and your billing information as well.
After you complete your billing and contact information, on the next page you’ll be presented with a few extra options. Here are the only things you need to be concerned about in the package information area.
- Choose how many months you want for hosting. (We recommend no less than a 12 months for hosting… the longer you )
- If you want your contact information related to your web address to be private, click on the Domain Privacy Protection option for an extra 9.99/yr. Please remember, this is optional.
After you’ve purchased your Bluehost.com account, you’ll need to install WordPress on your site.
WordPress is a content management system that will allow you to run a website without needing a designer or a web developer. In order to install WordPress on a bluehost account, check out the video below.
It takes about 5-10 minutes to complete the setup and once it’s installed, it’s ready to go!
There are a number of free templates out there, but in order to make your site really work for you, you need a good quality customizable template.
For free themes, you can find several on WordPress.org, but most aren’t as optimized or well thought out as the themes you would find on some of the other sites listed below.
If you want the ability to really customize your website, you should pay for a good template… it will be worth it for you in the end.
With a good template, most of them can be customized enough for use on multiple sites and each site can look distinctly different depending on how you use the template’s options.
So, if you’re losing weight or even exercising, build a website and tell the world about it. You can help others by sharing your story. It shows people that weight loss is possible and that they are not alone on their weight loss journey.
Let me know when you get your weight loss blog up and running. I’d love to stop by and check it out. Tell the world about your blog via the social media channels you use, email your friends or just maintain it anonymously. It’s your choice.