You love beer. You love to brew. And you love reading beer and brewing blogs.
Can I guess one more thing? People keep telling you that you should start a blog, and you’ve thought about combining your love of beer and your love of blogs as a place to share your recipes, thoughts and insights.
Well, today might just be your day to start a beer blog!
Put things on hold for the next 15 minutes and follow the three steps below. You’ll be up and running with your own beer/brewing blog before you know it.
First of all, what are some of the benefits of starting your own beer/brewing blog?
I'll list what I've gotten out of it:
- I spend most of the day thinking about my brewing passion, so writing about it comes naturally.
- I get to meet the coolest people… from other brewing enthusiasts to companies that sell supplies.
- I get treated amazingly well when I walk into a craft brewery and let them know I own homebrewacademy.com (many times I even get free beers)
- Companies send me free gear to review
- If people buy products using my special affiliate links, I get paid a percentage of the sale.
- This blog started out as a passion, but within one year it paid me more money than my job… so I quit!
The bottom line, is that blogging about your passion is fun and easy. I would do it for free. The good news, I don't have to.
Neither do you.
Ready to start your own beer/brewing blog? Just follow the directions below.
THE THREE STEPS TO BEER BLOG:
- Domain Name and Hosting
- Installing WordPress
- Making it Pretty
1) DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
This part is fun!
What do you want your domain name to be?
Mine is HomebrewAcademy.com. Here’s what worked for us –> Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible. Once you’ve thought of some possible names, head to Bluehost to see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box that looks like this:
If you’re asked to pick your plan level I’d suggest the Starter Plan, which is paid in one lump sum instead of monthly, but it’ll save you quite a bit of cash.
You’ll also need to host your domain name. Hosting is like renting space on the web to display your blog. Bluehost has great rates and gives you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them.
I love a good deal!
Below is a screenshot of what I use for package information settings.
The Domain Whois Privacy shields your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public.
2) INSTALLING WORDPRESS
Once you’ve completed registration with Bluehost you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress.
WordPress is a blogging software. It’s the software that I use for this site. The best part is that it’s SUPER easy to use and it’s also super easy to install on your website.
Login to Bluehost and find the Website Builders section. Click on the WordPress logo.
On the next page click the “Install” button in the “Do it yourself FREE” section.
Click the “Check Domain” button.
Check the terms and conditions box and then click the “Install Now” button.
Once you get the message that says “Your install is complete!” you’ll want to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change these to something more memorable later, but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.
Type your Admin URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down from the previous step.
You’ve officially logged into your blog. Congrats!
3) MAKING IT PRETTY
At this point, you officially have your own food blog! How does it feel? Welcome to the blogosphere, my friend!
Before you jump into into though there are a few things you can do to beautify your blog. It’s time to pick your theme! WordPress has tons of free WordPress themes to pick from. You can scan through the options here.
If you’re looking for a cool premium theme, check out this options:
Thrive Themes – This is the current framework we’re using with HomebrewAcademy
Everything Thrive builds is amazing and easy to use. I can't recommend them highly enough.
3) GETTING PEOPLE TO READ YOUR BLOG
This is the hardest part for most people to figure out, yet it's very easy to get readers and traction on your blog if you know what you're doing.
In fact, if you follow the directions above and send me an email to brewmaster @ homebrewacademy.com with the link to your new site, I'll send you some free tutorials on how to take the next step.
Now go start a beer blog you animal!