We went from $51,000 in credit card debt to debt free bloggers who now earn thousands of dollars a month because of our gay blog. Blogging for the queer community has changed our lives and it can change your life, too. If you’re not sure if you want to start a gay blog or a blog of any kind, read this article before you go any further and then come back.
Below we share the easiest and cheapest way to start a gay blog of your very own. If you’re stuck in 9-to-5 grind, you don’t want to miss this, especially because we’ve included a negotiated a huge discount to help you get started cheaply.
The Gay Blogs Make Money Side-Eye
You’re now calling bullshit on our claims that you can make money from a gay blog. The first thing we did after we paid off our debt was to write a book about what we learned in paying off our debt. When we shopped our book to publishers, they all rejected it despite liking us, our story, and our book. The reason they all rejected us was because we didn’t have a platform, such as a TV show, social media presence, a previously published book, a radio show or a blog.
We thought our new book was our platform but whatever.
We then created a blog and made thousands of dollars’ worth of mistakes in doing so. We’ll save you those mistakes. Regardless, we created a personal finance blog and it did okay. Even though it was clear in our book that we are gay, it was a little less obvious on our blog. We then decided to speak directly to and for the queer community and that has made all the difference.
Now, with our gay blog, public speaking, books, and freelance writing, we’re earning thousands of dollars a month. Our gay blog not only created a platform that now gets us paid to speak and write, but we earn passive income directly from our blog. Location freedom and time freedom are just around the corner.
We’ll cover all of these topics, including how we earn $5,000 a month now from our freelance writing, in time. For now, let’s get your gay blog started. Our niece followed the instructions below without any help from us and it took her only an hour from start to finish. Unless she’s way smarter than you, your blog will be up in no time.
Pick Your Gay Blog Name
Because you’ve read “How Gay Bloggers Are Changing the World . . . and You Can, Too!” you’ve figured out why you want to blog, what you want to blog about, and your blog niche.
Next, pick your blog name. Because we’re happy hypocrites, we suggest choosing your name as your blog name. When we started blogging, blogs had creative names that identified the blogger’s topic or niche. Times change as much as Madonna’s accent. You and your gay blog are your brand. You and your blog are easier to find if they have the same name.
We’re two people who blog together. That’s not uncommon, but it’s not typical. If we started our blog today, we wouldn’t blog under one of our names and wouldn’t blog under www.JohnSchneider&DavidAuten.com or www.AutenSchneider.com, either.
If your name is John Smith, it’ll be hard to establish your name as your brand. If your name is Shemar Moore, www.ShemarMoore.com is totally already taken and please don’t confuse me. There are exceptions. Channing Tatum chose www.ChanningTatumUnwrapped.com and no one’s trying to wrap that up and put it to rest.
Don’t be too creative, too short, or too wordy. You want a blog name that people will easily understand and remember. Don’t get too attached to the blog names you come up with here, as you’ll need to confirm its availability in a follow-up step.
For now, do a Google search to see if your blog name is currently being used. In a future step, we’ll see if someone’s holding it for ransom.
Choose Your Host and Blog Platform
Our goal is to save you money to start your gay blog that we didn’t save ourselves. It was a long, expensive journey for us, but if you want to start a blog easily and cheaply, sign up for Bluehost because we negotiated a 32% discount for you. With this exclusive offer, Bluehost will be your web host for $3.95 a month for 36 months, get you access to WordPress for free, a domain name for free, and free site builder that super easy and intuitive.
Bluehost is one of the top blog hosting companies in the world and their cost is already reasonable. Our discount is obscene. Because your blogging isn’t bringing in money yet and your husband isn’t sure if this is another fad, keeping your costs down as much as possible is important for your business and your marriage. Therefore, get a 36-month hosting plan with Bluehost. It’s affordable and the 36-month plan saves you the most money. The best part is there are no contracts and you can cancel at any time.
When you start a blog to publicly publish your gay blog posts, your website will need to be hosted somewhere. Because you’re not a multimillion dollar business or Hillary Clinton, you need a reputable company to host your website and provide technical support to keep your blog online and accessible. You need WordPress, which you can get access to for free through this link. It’s the most popular and best web platform.
This is a critically important step and the only reason we know is because we fucked it up hard. We started blogging on Google Blogger/Blogspot. If you’re considering this, just don’t! Choosing Goggle Blogger/Blogspot seemed innocent enough, but it cost us big.
When we outgrew Google Blogger/Blogspot, we switched to SquareSpace because it looked like an Apple product, so we assumed it worked like an Apple product. It was about as helpful as Siri!
If you want to make any money from your gay blog or want to be your own business, choose WordPress through this Bluehost link. It’s what all serious bloggers, freelancers, and journalists use. Plus, WordPress is super easy with its “one-click WordPress installation feature” – Greek now, but important later.
You may also choose Bluehost’s 12 or 24-month plan, but your discount is deeper with their 36-month plan. Whether you choose Bluehost’s 36, 24 or 12-month plan, our discount for you will end and you’ll renew at Bluehost’s standard rates. Regardless of the plan you choose, your payment is required up front when you register with Bluehost. This prevents downtime that could occur with a month-to-month plan. As you’ll learn, Google and your readers don’t take downtime very well. Finally, Bluehost offers a 30-day money back guarantee with a full refund. So, what do you have to lose?
Choose Your Domain Name
Before you get too excited about that name for your gay blog, start the Bluehost process. In that process, you can claim your blog name if it’s available. This is another reason why we love Bluehost. By choosing Bluehost as your host, you get access to WordPress as your blog platform for free, and Bluest will also claim your URL for free for the first 12 months.
Your blog name should exactly match your URL regardless of what blog name and blog name format you choose. URLs with the .com suffix are being used up like twenty years ago when even small towns incorporated different area codes. Other suffixes are available, but it’s in your best interest to get a .com – it’s like the one time you don’t want to go generic.
If you’re thinking of using Go Daddy to buy your domain name because of the funny commercials, don’t. You’ll regret it later and it’ll cost you more initially, as opposed to Bluehost’s 12 months for free option.
Choosing Your Bluehost Plan and Domain Name
Select Your Plan (Basic is Enough)
Complete Package & Billing Information
Choose ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ and skip the extra features, just like the above image.
Choose Your Doman Name Here
Complete Bluehost Account Information
Log Into Your Bluehost Account
Inside Your Bluehost cPanel
- Go here to Bluehost here and click the “Get Started Now” button
- Click on the package you want
- Get your domain name
- Enter your personal info and payment info
- Choose your secure password – secure, secure, secure!
Bluehost includes a Password Generator to generate a super secure password for you that even the CIA or the Russians can hack (that’s probably not true). Protect your gay blog, though, because when it becomes money, you’ll become a target.
Connect Your Doman Name to Your Host
Note: If you listened to our advice to use Bluehost’s 36-month package and got a free domain name, skip this step. If you purchased your domain name at Go Daddy or elsewhere, follow this step.
If you purchased your domain name at Go Daddy or somewhere else, your domain provider will have instructions to connect your domain name to Bluehost. These instructions should be something like:
- Sign into your account with your domain provider (Go Daddy, com, etc.)
- Find your domain name or names, if you bought more than one domain name
- Click “Manage DNS”
- Click “Edit Nameservers”
- Change the servers to “NS1.Bluehost.com” and “NS2.Bluehost.com” and click save
You’ll then add your domain name as an “addon domain” to your Bluehost account. Do this by clicking “Domains” when logged into your Bluehost account and then click “assign”.
Install WordPress on Bluehost
Here’s the climax of making your gay blog come (to life). This looks scarier than it is. Bluehost has done a great job making this as easy as possible.
- From the current page or your Bluehost welcome email, sign into your Bluehost account
- When you’re in your “cPanel” (blogger-speak for control panel), click the “One-Click Install” button, the second box underneath “Website Category”
- Click on the large WordPress Icon at the top of the page and underneath the navigation bar
- Click on the green “Install” button to start your install
- When you click “Install”, you’ll be taken to a site called “MOJO Marketplace” to buy a theme for your blog – skip this step
- From the drop-down menu, select your domain (likely one option) on which you want to install WordPress
- Click “Check Domain” to make sure no one else has claimed your blog name
- If you get an alert that says you’re overwriting files, check the box and continue as long as you haven’t already built another website
- If you do have built other sites, don’t overwrite it – duh
- In “Advanced Features,” create your secure WordPress Admin Name and password – secure, secure, secure – and maybe not the same as your Bluehost info and don’t use “Admin”
- Check “Automatically create a new database for this installation”
- Read the “Terms & Conditions”
- Click “Install Now”
- When WordPress is done installing, you’ll get an email with a link to log into your WordPress account
- Log into your new WordPress account with your login and password from above
- This is your WordPress dashboard and where all the magic will happen
- Go to Appearances > Themes on the left-hand side and choose a free WordPress theme by selecting “Add New Theme”
Now that you’re done, you’re thinking that was easier than you thought it would be. If you’ve read down to here to review the instructions before starting your Bluehost account, here is the link to get started. Now get started! What are you waiting for? You, too, will soon be earning $5,000+ a month!
You’re now ready to start blogging. For instructions on how to use WordPress, including writing and publishing a blog post, watch this great video on YouTube. Now that you’re becoming an online entrepreneur, get used to watching lots and lots of “how to” videos on YouTube and elsewhere.
Happy gay blogging!