Let me guess: You love doTERRA and thought about selling doTERRA online, but you don’t don’t where to start. Guess what? The #1 thing you can do to expand your doTERRA business is to start your own doTERRA blog. All you’ll need is about 15 minutes, a domain name and a credit card.
Don’t wait. Today is your day to start your own doTERRA 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 doTERRA blog before you know it.
Please note that this is step #8 in my FREE How to Sell doTERRA Online Training. If you haven’t already, click here to see the complete training and complete steps 1-7 first.
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Here some simple steps that will help you to start your blog:
Step 1: Find a host and choose a plan
I highly recommend you pay for your WordPress site. You will find a free website to be super-limiting. A free web host (such as wordpress.com, blogspot, etc.) is best if the blog is made for personal reasons, such as sharing photos with family, with no intention of expanding the blog or making a profit at all from the blog.
Since you want to make a profit from your doTERRA blog, you are going to want a self-hosting web host. Lucky for you, I’ve been blogging for profit for six years now and I’ve heard and experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of all the WordPress.org hosting companies.
I have heard of nothing but good reviews from fellow bloggers about SiteGround – plus they have the lowest price. It’s really a no-brainer. You can see a comparison chart here. Here’s why I like SiteGround:
- Outstanding 24/7 customer support
- 1-click install
- Free SSL certificate (so your blog can be https, which makes Google happy)
- Unique security options
- Free email account
- Free daily backup
- 30 day guarantee if it isn’t what you want
To get started, click here to go to SiteGround.
Click on “SEE PLANS”
I’m going with the assumption this is your first blog. In this case, the StartUp plan should be perfect for you. You can always easily upgrade your plan later.
Step 2: Choose your domain name
Once you have selected your plan you will be asked to choose a new domain name. A domain name is what you will see in the url and will be the name of your website. For example, bestessentialoils.com is my domain name.
This is truly the hard part. When I said you can start a blog in 15 minutes, that’s assuming you have a name all picked out that isn’t taken. If you don’t, this part could take, and probably should take hours or days. Click here for tips about choosing your name.
Here is where you will enter the name you want. If you aren’t sure if it’s available, just give it a try and it will tell you if it’s available or not.
Once you pick a name that’s available, you will get a congratulations message and move to Step 3. Once you find a name you like that’s available, that’s truly the exciting part. You’re almost done!
Step 3: Review & complete
Fill out the Account, Client and Payment Information sections.
Under Purchase Information choose the hosting period. This is the tricky part that I don’t think they make super-clear. See where it says:
*You save 65% on the regular $11.95/mo for the first invoice. Once your initial term is over regular renewal prices apply.
Think about this carefully. This is important. You get the 65% off rate for however long you sign up for this first time. After that, the invoices go up to $11.95 a month. So, yes, you can do a 1-month trial. But then on the second month, your cost will go up to $11.95 a month. Compared to if you sign up for 36 months today, you will get $3.95 a month for 36 months before it goes up to $11.95 a month. That’s a savings of $294.95!
I’m not saying you need to sign up for 36 months, but I’m saying there’s no way you’re going to get your blog set up and running enough in one month and have time to know if it’s going to be profitable for you. No way. These things take time, consistency, commitment and a little luck. That can’t be done in a month.
The EXTRA SERVICES section are all annual expenses.
The Domain Registration is necessary. That keeps the name of your blog registered.
Domain Privacy and SG Site Scanner are optional. I pay for them. I don’t particularly want to, but I don’t want to find out what happens if I don’t pay for them 🙂
Make sure the Terms of Service button is clicked and click on Pay Now. Try not to think about the cost too much. It is a risk, but really it shouldn’t be too hard to make at least $7.85 a month on your blog (that’s how much it is a month total if you do the 36-month option and all the extras).
Step 4 – Install WordPress
After you signup for your WordPress hosting package, you will receive all the necessary information you need to login. Click here for all the instructions on how to install WordPress with SiteGround.
Congratulations! You have now successfully created your own doTERRA blog and can start making it look how you want!
After it’s installed, there are more tutorials here on what to do next.
Here are more posts on my blog of some important steps to take next: