If you stumbled upon this post, I’ll bet you graduated with a bachelor of arts degree…
Most likely in English, education, history, sociology, psychology, or even fine arts.
I’ll guess something else…
You have an affinity for people, travel, culture, learning, and teaching. And of course… new experiences.
You love to share your thoughts and ideas about these topics (maybe on Facebook) with likeminded people.
Right now… you’re either teaching English abroad, or you’re about to embark on a teaching adventure.
What a perfect time to start a blog!
Imagine the amazing things you’ll see, the interesting people you’ll meet, and the inspiration and ideas you’ll get for a blog while you’re overseas…
One of the fringe benefits of living and teaching abroad is you have plenty of free time.
Teaching hours are minimal, and you have fewer distractions from family and friends back home (because you’re in a completely opposite time zone).
All this free time could be invested in your blog about a topic or interest your passionate about.
Now, imagine this…
What if, after a year or two of teaching ESL overseas, you’ve grown bored of the classroom, but can’t imagine returning home and locking yourself down to a 9-5 job either.
Maybe there’s somewhere else you’d rather be and something else you’d rather do?
Did you know there are travellers, expats, nomads and teachers who’ve built and monetized blogs? And, they now enjoy a “location independent” lifestyle?
This means, if they want to live in Thailand they can. If they want to travel to Brazil they go…. They don’t have to wait for their 2 week vacation and permission from their boss.
So, wherever they are, and as long as they have a laptop and an internet connection…is where they live and work.
And while they’re living a location independent lifestyle.. they continue to earn income from the products, services and advertising they promote on their blogs.
Disclaimer: Just because you start a blog doesn’t mean you’ll ever make any money at it. Some do, some don’t so what. Blogging is fun, but it takes time and effort to build your audience. Keep that in mind if you plan to monetize your blog.
However, the good thing is… you’ll meet so many people while you’re abroad, like all the students you’ll be teaching, for example. So, you should be able to grow your blog traffic quickly.
Wherever YOU are… Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto, Shanghai, Bangkok, or Dubai… just put things on hold for 15 minutes and follow the three steps below. You’ll be up and running with your own blog before you know it.
Let’s get started!
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission if you purchase through those links. I have used all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust.
Start your blog in 3 easy steps
Step 1: Domain Name and Hosting
Step 2: Installing Word Press
Step 3: Design
1) DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
This is where the ‘rubber meets the road”. (excuse my idiom. I’m an ESL teacher) 🙂
What do you want your domain name to be?
Mine is eslteachingonline.com. Here’s how I did it. Come up with several domain name ideas. Once you’ve got a few visit Bluehost to see if your domain name is actually available (someone hasn’t already taken it) by entering it in the box that looks like this:
When you’re asked to pick your plan level I recommend the Starter Plan, which is paid in one lump sum instead of monthly, but it’ll save you quite a bit of money. Paying lump sum will save you money.
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.
Below is a screenshot of what I use for package information settings.
You’ll notice I signed up for the 36 Month Price. That’s because I’m serious about blogging and want to make it my business. I also save money choosing the longest duration (3 years)
If you’re not sure you’ll like blogging then just sign up for 24 months or even 12.
The Domain Whois Privacy hides 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 eslteachingonline.com. 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. Then 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’re now up and running with your Blog. Nice work!
You now officially have your own blog! I like to call it my own piece of property on the Internet! How does it feel?
Welcome to the blogosphere my fellow ESL teacher!
You’re moments away from sharing your living abroad stories and photos, online services (perhaps teaching online), or whatever your passion.
How about a travel or exotic food blog? Blogging ideas are limitless.
Before you start sharing you’re blog with others, there are a few things you can do to make your blog look pretty It’s time to pick your theme!
WordPress has hundreds of free WordPress themes to pick from. You can browse through the options here. If you’re looking for a premium theme, check out these options:
1. MyThemeShop – This is the theme I use for this website. It’s working very well for me so far. The support is great, because I’m NOT a techie. I have a bachelor of arts degree NOT a computer science one.
2. The Thesis Theme – I used this theme on a previous blog. Highly recommended also.
3. Genesis Theme – I haven’ tried Genesis themes yet, but I subscribe to Coppyblogger and it’s awesome. Can’t go wrong with these themes.
Be sure to take your time to look over several themes. Think about what themes are appropriate for your blog topic and your audience.
Also, how does your blog look on a mobile device like an iphone or ipad? (very important!). Most premium themes will say “responsive”. That means they’re mobile friendly.
Did you know that much as 50% of my web traffic at eslteachingonline.com comes from mobile devices? I’ll bet you’re reading this blog post on your smart phone or tablet right now.
So choose a responsive theme and pick a blog design that will resonate with your audience.
P.S – Don’t wait until you return from your teach abroad adventure to start your blog. Begin now, while you’re living it. It’s where your inspiration will come from.