How My Passion Project Blog Changed My Life & Step By Step How I Started!

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Drew Manning here talking about a topic that I have been passionate about for 6 plus years.. My Blog.

As most of you know I am that crazy trainer that purposely gained 70 lbs in 6 months just to lose it again in 6 months. I’m sure you’re thinking “Now why would you do that?!”. Well, I wanted to know what my clients experienced mentally, physically, and emotionally during their weight loss journey with me.

I was shocked when I discovered how truly difficult it was.. especially emotionally. With this knowledge and new outlook on my passion to help people, I knew I had to share my experience with others. Thats when blogging came into my life. I used my blog as an outlet to motivate and educate not only people on their weight loss journey but also fellow trainers that had the same mentality I had before my journey.

Along with my blogging journey came other opporunities such as features on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, amazing content for my Youtube channel and other social channels, a New York Times Best Selling Novel and even a hit tv show on A&E and Lifetime! Even though I have enjoyed where my journey has taken me I will alway appreciate where its started, my blog. 

So.. if you’re like me and looking to inspire people with your experience and story, keep on reading as I share EVERYTHING I did to turn my personal journey into a world wide movement in just a few years with absolutely no idea what I was doing to start!

UPDATE: Bluehost has graciously given me a special discount for my followers that want to learn how to create their own life changing blog & digital brand!

Ready to learn how to start your very own blog similarly to how I built fit2fat2fit.com into a revenue generating venture!? I’m going to break down each step of how I was able to accomplish all my goals and share with you the very simple (and cost effective) process of how to get started!

Blogging is one easy way to turn your passion into a steady flow of income. To be a successful blogger, you need two things – good content and a well-designed website. While I can’t help you with the content (that’s up to you), I can talk you through the steps required to set up your WordPress site on BlueHost!

 

Why BlueHost?

Because they offer affordable monthly plans that are catered to blogger’s needs. There are several plans to choose from, and each comes with a domain name. More on that in a minute.

 

  • Affordability

You can literally get started for as little as $2.95/month with Bluehost! You also get a FREE domain name upon sign up.

 

Little things like this are critical when starting out as you have yet to generate revenues!

 

  • Ease Of Use

 

The process to start a blog can get a little confusing when you start talking about domain names, hosting packages, etc.  This step-by-step tutorial walks you though the basics of getting your blog started in as little as 30 minutes!

Trust me, finding a easy to use set up makes all the difference later on! My personal blog has had many iterations and if I tried to “wing it” over the past 6 or so years… Im not sure the blog would still be up and running!

 

  • 100% Guarantee

 

With BlueHost if you choose to sign up for 12 months or more (best pricing option) and decide that this route is not right for you, you can ask for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Bluehost and their awesome customer service team will take care of everything for you!  They are available by phone 24/7, and they take care of whatever issues you throw at them!

This is crucial to the success of your site! If all of a sudden your site gets a large inflow of traffic and the site crashes, you can always contact Bluehost and their amazing support will help resolve any issues and get the site back and running again. (This has literally happened to me twice while getting started)

Overview:

  • Step 1: Register Your Domain Name
  • Step 2: Pick A Plan
  • Step 3: Set Up WordPress On Your Site
  • Step 4: Grab A Theme For Your Blog
  • Step 5: Build And Launch Your Blog
  • Step 6: Start Creating Content

 

Step 1) Register Your Domain Name.

 

Fitness Blog - Step 1

A domain name is a must-have. It’s a unique identifier that shows ownership of your site. It also provides your readers with an easy way to reach your blog. No one wants to type in a lengthy WordPress handle every time they want to read your content.

Pick a domain name that relates to your niche. This isn’t something you want to change down the road, this is a very crucial and important step in launching your own blog!

You can register your domain name through BlueHost, where it’s included as part of your hosting package.

Step 2) Pick a Plan.

 

A web host is a place where your site is located. Hosts ensure that everything on your blog runs properly. They also give you important information like tracking metrics that show who is visiting your blog, how much time they spent reading your content, and so on. Web hosts do charge for their services, and there is a range of price options to choose from. This is true even on BlueHost, where there are three different tiered plans, each with several options.

Start by clicking the button on the homepage and reviewing the payment plans.

 

Pricing Plans:

 

The next step involves choosing the plan that best fits your needs. You can go over what’s included in each tier.

There’s one thing to note here – the $2.95 per month introductory price is only available if you choose a long contract term. This 36-month plan must be paid up front. We highly recommend that you go with this option because you’ll be saving quite a bit of money.

Of course, if you decide that you don’t like your hosting plan, BlueHost offers a 30-day risk-free guarantee. This means that if you cancel within the first 30 days of your term, you’ll get all of your money back.

Once you’ve chosen your plan (and the length of your term, of course), you need to enter all of your payment information, pick your ideal domain, and then hit submit. Voila! You now have your very own website.

The next step involves choosing your password.

This is necessary, as it keeps your site secure. Make sure to pick something unique that you’ll remember. Aka don’t use the password: Password 😂

The system will talk you through all of the steps needed to create your password. Once your screen looks like the one below, you’re all set to go.

 

Step 3) Set Up WordPress on Your Site.

 

Fitness Blog - Step 3

WordPress automatically installs after the hosting account has been created.  This is a great feature that eliminates steps & confusion for you!

Start off by selecting one of the free themes. You won’t be stuck with this for long. It’s just an easy way to get all of your pertinent information listed, and so we can discuss the customization options.

After you pick a theme, you’ll see this screen:

Click the blue “start building” button. From here you can post your first blog article, insert some information on your “about me” page, and go through all of the steps required to launch your new blog.

Your computer screen should now look like this:

Now for another quick warning – learning WordPress can take some practice. There are plenty of customization options, plugins, and ways to monetize your site. We recommend that you start slowly and learn how to use the platform one step at a time. It’s very easy to get frustrated at this stage. When you do feel like you’re stuck, just take a step back from the computer. You can always go back in later and try again.

 

Step 4) Grab a Theme for Your Blog!

 

Fitness Blog - Step 4

Are you ready to choose your custom theme? One of the best things about WordPress is its wide variety of such themes and the ability to upload a 3rd party custom theme. They are also easy to implement!

When it comes to themes, their are three options in which you could choose a theme.

 

Option 1:

 

Start on the black, left-hand-side menu inside your WordPress dashboard. Click on “Appearances” and then on “Themes.” This is the fun part of creating a blog.

Feel free to play around with the free themes, including the one that you chose to begin with. Some of them have options that allow you to change the sidebar configuration and add a custom header.

It may take some time to find one that works for your needs, and you might want to test them out for a week or two to get a feel for how they handle. Don’t worry about this. Many bloggers go through this same thing at first. Your readers won’t be put off if your theme keeps changing.

 

Option 2:

 

WordPress also offers several paid theme options. These are extremely customizable and have many different options to go through to make them look how you want them to.

The paid themes here are generally more detailed then the free theme options and come with more support.

 

Option 3: (Personal Favorite)

 

The third and final option is purchasing a WordPress theme from Themeforest.net and uploading it to your WordPress dashboard. Theme Forest is a very well know hub for themes, scripts and HTML coding options for a various number of tools across the internet.

Head over to the top menu bar once you get to themeforest.net and select “Web Themes & Templates” then select “WordPress”.

Here you can search literally THOUSANDS of website templates. My best suggestion is to either search by most popular and/or narrowing it down as best you can to your niche.

You can find a template for almost any niche out there here, which is why it was a life saver at first. It takes away the need for a super expensive web developer and put the controls right in your hands. Most themes come with a few months of FREE support, enough time to work out most of the kinks on your blog!

 

Step 5) Build and Launch Your Blog

 

One of the most common questions that I get is – when should I launch my blog? This is kind of tricky for us to answer, as it’s really up to you.

Fitness Blog - Step 5

Some of the most common questions involve how many posts you should start off with, and which day of the week is better for launch. While, as we stated above, there are no true, correct answers, you do need to have some published content when you launch. A good general rule of thumb is to have the site entirely set up before launch day. This involves having your theme set, everything customized, your About Us page in place, and, of course, at least one post. You’ll know when you’re ready to launch.

Another really amazing feature of WordPress is the almost unlimited plugins that work with WordPress! 

Plugins let you add new layers of customizations such as streaming in your Youtube channel onto your blog or adding a “Contact” box for fans to reach you and so much more!

To check out the plugins store, simply head back to your WordPress dashboard and on the left select “Plugins” then “Add New” and you will see something similar to this:

Another great place to find additional plugins is back at themeforest.net. They have an entire section of WordPress friendly plugins!

 

Step 6) Start Creating Content

Fitness Blog - Step 6

Congratulations! You made it to the end of this post. Hopefully, by now, your site is set up on BlueHost. You have your custom domain name and some basic content. You might even have determined the best plugins and monetization methods. You’re ready to go. Get started on your content and start bringing in readers!

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Comments

  1. Hey, Drew,

    Really enjoyed reading through this post. It gave me a sense of hope that starting a blog will be worth it in the long run, especially if it’s something you’re passionate about.

    Your story of purposely gaining weight just to lose it is really unique! And though you’d probably agree with me that there are probably a hundred other fitness blogs out there, there’s still value in starting one. I guess what I’m trying to say is there’s really no reason to think you shouldn’t do something just because it’s already been said and done.

    I mean, the principles of weight loss, of blogging, are mostly the same. But it’s our experiences with these principles and applications that differ, and they will resonate with some crowd somewhere.

    That’s one of the reasons I figured I’d start a blog too. Even if a lot of people had a blog about passion projects or productivity or motivation, I’d still start one because I had a different perspective.

    So thank you for this. I hope others will be inspired to start a blog as well (or any passion project, really) after reading your success story. 🙂

    Mica

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