How to Start a Fitness Blog in 2018, Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide
Whether you’re a fitness professional or just someone who is super passionate about health and fitness, we’re going to show you how to start a fitness blog so that you can channel that knowledge into a profitable blogging career!
UPDATE: Bluehost has given us a special discount for our readers! You can now set up your fitness blog for as low as $2.75/month! It also comes with a FREE domain name!
Why start a fitness blog? 10 months ago, Lauren and I were just a couple frustrated young professionals looking to make money online and escape the 9-5.
I (Alex) was a personal trainer, sick of waking up at 4 am to train clients, and she was a CPA, sick of her job hurting her health and happiness.
We were tired of chasing fleeting weekends and vacations that never lasted long enough! So, like many of you, we found a tutorial just like this and learned how to start a fitness blog, which became Avocadu.com.
In less than a year, with our fitness blog, we had…
- Quit our full-time jobs to work online
- Made $103,457.98 that year (six-figures in our first year… it still shocks me)
- Completely turned our lives upside down and experienced things we never thought were possible
You can see our income reports, and they will show you that we average around $20,000 – $30,000/month with our little health and fitness blog.
Most of all, it’s what this blog has done for our LIFE that is most important.
We can wake up every morning, have our coffee, and completely design our day. We have been able to visit family more often and travel to places like Nicaragua and Bali and still work while having fun!
Today, we want to walk you through how to start a fitness blog and get you on your way to designing your own life!
The following will be a step-by-step guide to how to start a fitness blog of your dreams and actually make money from it! And trust us when we say this: If we can do it, ANYONE can!
Click here to start a blog on WordPress, then use the tutorial below for easy step-by-step directions.
In this article, we are going to talk about starting a blog the ONLY way you should – through Bluehost.
You can start a blog with Bluehost for just $2.75/month when you sign up (that low price is through our link only!). You also get a FREE domain name when you sign up!
This is so important at the beginning before you are making money to cover your expenses.
Incredibly easy to use
The process to start a fitness blog can get a little confusing when you start talking about domain names, hosting packages, etc. Our step-by-step tutorial below has images, and we even set up a new domain just to show you how it works.
If you sign up for 12 months or more (best pricing option) and decide that it’s not right for you, you can ask for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.
Let me also just say that we didn’t initially start out with Bluehost. Our transition happened when we had an issue with another popular hosting company, Siteground.
Basically, we had an unexpected influx of traffic from Pinterest, and our entire website shut down. This cost us a TON of money in forgone sales, and we vowed that it would NEVER happen again.
We got on the phone with Bluehost, and their awesome customer service team took care of everything for us! They are available by phone 24/7, and they take care of whatever issues you throw at them!
Also, this article is focused on a how to start fitness blog, and a successful one at that – not a personal journal or diary blog. There are other resources out there for things like that (but not here).
Free vs. Self-Hosted Plans
There is free blog hosting and free plans (think blogger.com), but there is also a reason why 99.9% of profitable blogs don’t run on them and why you should not use them…
- It looks incredibly sloppy.
- The customizations are limited.
- You are limited in how you can monetize your blog.
- The websites are slow (there’s nothing more frustrating than a slow website).
- I personally know of ZERO successful entrepreneurs who use them.
If you’d like to know a little more about the differences and why free blogs are a mistake if you want to take your blog biz seriously, see our article on WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org (free vs. self-hosted blogs).
Because of these glaring flaws, we are going to focus on self-hosting (think Bluehost) in this article, because that is the ONLY way to start a fitness blog that will actually be profitable.
The difference truly is only $3-5/month, so you can’t afford NOT to go with self-hosting!
Okay, so this post is going to EPIC. It will walk you through how to do EVERYTHING. Make sure to save/pin this, and come back to it for later if you can’t finish everything today.
- Step #1. Register a Domain Name ($0 with web host package)
- Step #2. Select a Blog Hosting Package ($3-$5 per month)
- Step #3. Set up WordPress ($0)
- Step #4. Choose a Blog Theme (Free – $80)
The first step in the process of how to fitness blog is to register your domain name.
Register Your Fitness Blog Domain Name.
Click here or the photo with our bright shining faces below to start the process, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below to get set up.
How do I get a domain name?
You can click here to purchase a domain name and create your blog, and you can get the domain name at the same time that you set up hosting.
You can also check to see if your desired domain name is available here:
If you’re having trouble coming up with a blog name, just remember not to overcomplicate it. Your name matters very little in the grand scheme of things. It’s the content that you provide that truly matters.
For example, our other blog is called Avocadu. With 4 syllables, it’s hard to pronounce and doesn’t quite roll off the tongue easily. Everyone goes “Avocado?” No… But it’s still VERY successful because our name just doesn’t matter that much. People remember our CONTENT!
People remember our CONTENT!
You can get your domain name directly through Bluehost, and it’s also FREE if you purchase a hosting plan. We recommend doing it this way because they make it as easy as possible for you!
Already have a domain name and want to transfer it over to Bluehost? You can do that through this link as well!
Get a Blog Hosting Package.
Wait…. What’s hosting? Every domain name needs a host where the domain is run from.
Basically, a host is a server or other computer that can be accessed from the Internet. You need one for your website! There are lots of hosting companies out there that own hundreds/thousands of those things where you can run your website from.
Again, this can quickly get overly complex, but the best hosting company we have used and what most bloggers recommend is Bluehost.
When starting out, getting a domain name from the same place where you host makes everything 10,000x simpler.
And again, the domain name is FREE if you sign up for 12 months with Bluehost.
So let’s get that domain and hosting set up! What’s a step-by-step process without an actual demonstration?
Here we are going to walk you through every step we took to register the domain name, paleoeatz.com to demonstrate how to start a fitness blog.
First, go to BlueHost.com, if you haven’t already.
We also have the steps below outlined in a video version for some of you that learn better visually. The video can be found on our Youtube Channel, below.
Make sure you have Bluehost pulled up in a separate window before beginning the tutorial.
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After you click the button to get started on the homepage, you will then see a list of pricing options.
Next, choose which pricing plan is best for you. No worries – you don’t need anything more than the BASIC plan.
Note that the lowest price of $2.75 per month is if you sign up for the longer contract term of 36 months (paid up front). We recommend that you go ahead and take advantage of this low pricing plan, and here’s why:
- You can cancel risk-free for 30 days. Bluehost offers a guarantee, and you can cancel your plan at any time during the first 30 days and get a full refund.
- Signing on for a longer plan represents a commitment you are making to your blog and yourself. Commit to making this a long-term deal that will reap you TONS of rewards over the next few years!
- It also ensures that they won’t raise the price of your hosting during that time.
After selecting your plan, you will want to enter your new domain, as seen below:
Enter your domain under “new domain” (you can see where we inserted the paleoeatz.com), and hit next. Fill in your contact information, and then go to the package information section.
FIRST — Select your account plan. This is where you select the LENGTH of your plan. As we said above, we recommend the 36-month plan, because it provides the best VALUE.
NEXT — Some of the boxes on this page may already be checked, but the only option that we recommend is the “Domain Privacy Protection.” Adding this feature ensures that your personal information as the website owner remains private.
Your screen should look like this:
Congratulations! You now own your very own website!!!!!
Not too painful, right???
The next few steps will direct you to create your password before beginning with anything else. Make sure to create a secure password!
Okay, let’s get you started with WordPress!
Set Up WordPress on Your Site.
Bluehost just made it easier than ever to get started with WordPress. They actually eliminated a couple of steps in this process, so you’ll get through it in no time.
After setting up your password, you should be directed to select a theme for your WordPress site. Your screen should look like this:
You can select any one of these free themes to get started. Don’t worry – you can change this at any time, and we’ll discuss it in more detail in a few moments.
First, we want to get you to the main screen where you can start to play around and customize things.
After selecting a theme to start with, your screen should look like this:
Select the “Business” option to be taken to the next screen (it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an actual business started yet – this is the first step in that process!).
You will then be taken to a dashboard that looks like this:
From this step, you can write your first post and start looking through the options in WordPress, but we recommend settling on a good theme first.
It’s time to make it stylish and customize it!
We need to start this off with a bit of a warning. When learning any new software or platform, the beginning can be daunting and confusing. It’s going to take a few weeks working in WordPress and playing around with it for things to start becoming familiar.
This is the stage where a lot of people get frustrated, and a lot of self-doubts come up. This is normal and something every blogger before you has gone through.
Lauren was a CPA, and I was a personal trainer with NO coding experience or anything close to an “understanding” of how the system worked.
Trust that you are going to stick with it and learn the system.
WordPress is the most POWERFUL blogging resource on the web today and gives people who have no experience coding the ability to create beautiful websites.
Commit to learning the ins and outs of WordPress, and it will serve you very well in the future.
And if every day you focus on creating awesomeness, in 2 months time, you’ll be shocked at how proficient you will be!
Choose a Blog Theme.
From the black, left-hand menu –> click “Appearances” and then “Themes.” It’s now time to find a great theme for your blog and start making it look how you want!
Note that WordPress has a few free themes that you can choose from, so play around with those a bit to get started and find one that works for you.
Free themes are a great place to start if you’re a beginner blogger, but they will lack some of the tools a paid theme gives you.
If you free stretched at this point, we get it. Rock a free theme for a month or so and get used to the platform.
If you have the extra $50 – $100 to invest and want to get your blog looking the way you want it to in less time with fewer headaches, then go for a paid theme.
We have a few recommendations here:
Divi Theme is incredibly customizable and very user-friendly. It’s our #1 recommendation and what most of our new bloggers in our Launch Your Blog Course are using. You can easily customize the design of your homepage and other pages on your website and they have great customer service.
They also have a no-questions-asked, 30-day money-back guarantee so there is absolutely no risk to try it!
When you purchase Divi, you also get access to the entire Elegant Themes market, which includes over 70 other themes to choose from if you don’t end up loving Divi. This theme is quickly becoming the #1 new theme on the market for newbie bloggers!
Avada Theme is what we personally used for the first couple of months on our blog. At the time that we used it, it had fewer customizations than it did today, and that was why we ultimately made the switch to another theme. BUT it has since been updated and now comes with a LOT more customizations and less of a learning curve.
Build and Launch Your Fitness Blog
This post has been getting quite popular lately and people kept asking us for more help. They loved the walk-through but wanted to speed up the process to building and launching their blogs…
- When is the right time to launch my blog?
- How many posts do I need to start with?
- What should I start writing about and how can I improve my writing?
- How do I make my blog look as beautiful as I envision?
I sent out a survey and our thousands of readers were begging us to build an eCourse on how to build and launch a successful blog FASTER.
You can absolutely start a fitness blog on your own without our help, but the idea is to speed up the process and help you avoid the many mistakes newbie bloggers make when building their blogs!
At this point, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed, but I wanted to make sure you have every resource at your disposal.
For some of you, just start with the basics and start working through things yourself. For others, this is going to be the best resource EVER to start a fitness blog off on the right foot…
Introducing our Launch Your Blog Course!
How to Build and Launch Your Successful Blog with WordPress in 1 Month or Less, Without Any Coding or Being a Tech Wizard, Guaranteed!
- WordPress Training
- Step-by-Step Designing Your Blog
- How to Create Beautiful Images
- How to Produce Amazing Content People Love
- Getting Started with Email Marketing
- Setting Up Social Media
- And so, so much more!
You can click here to check out the Launch Your Blog Course and get starting on the building phase! 🙂
Watch This Video All The Way Through.
Listen, Lauren and I know it can be overwhelming and confusing when starting out. We were right there looking at our computers sitting in the same seat you are right now.
That’s why we made this little video to get you motivated for what being a full-time blogger can be like…
For more free blogging tips and tricks from the experts, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel Now scroll back up and get started!! =)
Final Thoughts and WordPress Resource List
Ok, this post is already 3,500 words, and I need to shut up. After you start a fitness blog, you’ll want to take the next steps to making your blog SUCCESSFUL:
- Get traffic.
Therefore, part 2 of the How to Start a Profitable Blog Series is about getting massive traffic to your blog.
Part 3 is then about how to convert that traffic and monetize the SMART way.
Alex and Lauren
Co-Founders, Create and Go
P.P.S. Below are some additional free WordPress resources to help you get started! Use these websites for further customization of your blog and writing help:
- Must-Have FREE WordPress Plugins for Every Blogger
- 18 Essential Resources to Learn WordPress Like a Pro (Great article. Covers all sorts of free training blogs and other things I wish I had more time to say):
- 8 Great Tools to Help You Write and Edit Blog Posts Better
We hope you enjoyed this post on how to start a fitness blog, and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions in the comment section below!