So many people want to start a blog but think it’s a long process that requires technical knowledge. Well, it isn’t.
Blogging is a wonderful experience. I’ve been doing it for many years now, have learned a lot on the way, and now do it effortlessly.
But it wasn’t so in the beginning.
I had no idea where to start, and had to make some mistakes, waste a ton of time, miss out on important steps and then make up for it with extra work, and more.
I never really did my research in the beginning, and didn’t learn from those who’ve already achieved what I was after.
That’s why I decided to create a quick guide on how to start a blog. These are the steps you can’t go without, that’s where your journey begins.
I’ll make it short and to-the-point so that you can get your first piece of content out there as soon as possible.
How to Start a Blog: A Beginner’s Guide
1. Find your niche.
In the digital world, they say that the riches are in the niches.
There are 2 ways you can go about this: you can either choose a broad subject (like personal development) and niche down once you find your voice and have some readers, or you can start blogging about something specific, which you have enough knowledge about, and see where that takes you (such as productivity tips for freelance writers, best places for digital nomads to work in Thailand, relationship advice for mums-to-be, etc).
Truth is, there’s too much of everything out there. So if you don’t have anything useful to say, your blog won’t stand out.
Make sure you know something about the topic you’ll cover, but also be interested in it, care about the problem you’ll solve with your content, and make sure there are others out there wanting to read about it.
You can dominate even a crowded niche if you’re serious about it, publish content frequently, include your unique voice, establish yourself as an authority in the field, and hang around long enough to be noticed and get traffic.
Once you find your niche, choose a domain name connected to it. That’s how your site is called, in my case it’s letsreachsuccess.com
2. Choose a hosting provider.
The next step is to get hosting that will make your site live. It’s basically the space where all your data resides.
My choice is Bluehost, one of largest and most trusted web hosting services that powers millions of sites. (I’m also an affiliate for them and will get a commission if you decide to sign up for them through any of the links or images below. I’m confident in their ability to provide value and have been running my blog with them since the beginning.)
The sign-up process is simple. Once you visit their site, and click the ‘Get Started Now’ green button, you’re taken to a page where you can select your plan.
I’m currently using Plus, but started with the basic one when I had less traffic and was new to this.
The next steps are as follows:
- Pick your domain name
- Enter the details about your account
- Select your plan
- Enter billing info
Once you’re done, you’ll receive an email from them. The login info is there.
Go back to Bluehost after that and simply login with your email address and the password your chose.
You have the server space for your blog, now you need a publishing platform where you can manage your content, and have the freedom to do things like open up a store and sell your digital or physical products, let people comment and share your content, optimize for traffic, edit your posts and style them in a beautiful way, choose a theme and design your website to look appealing to visitors, and do all sort of other things, without any knowledge about coding.
There are many blogging platforms and content management systems (CMS) out there, free or paid, but WordPress has always been number 1.
Chances are, whichever popular site you’re a fan of, it’s hosted on WordPress.
People who aren’t serious about taking their blog to the next level and don’t want the freedom to do more with it and the ability to have full control over their site, can sign up with wordpress.com.
But the real deal is a self-hosted site with wordpress.org. That’s where you’re the owner of the domain name, and have the chance to make this website popular, make it look the way you want, and also start making money from it.
This guide on how to start a blog is about working with Bluehost as a hosting provider, and WordPress as a blogging platform.
So here’s how to combine the two by installing WordPress and finally get your site up and running (these are basically the next steps after creating an account in Bluehost):
Log in, go to cpanel and click Install WordPress.
The next actions you’ll need to take are obvious. It’s also when you’ll choose your account details for WordPress.
After a successful installation, you’ll get an email with your WordPress login info and can then enter your new website.
First, you’ll need to choose the theme of your blog by simply going to Appearance/Themes on the left sidebar in your dashboard. Take some time to choose something which looks good but also makes it easy for the visitor to navigate.
There are plenty of choices, so just pick one you like, see it’s additional info and decide whether it’s the right one for your goals. Then, install it and play with it a little as there are ways to customize it and make it look even better.
Once you do that, you’ll be ready to publish your first post or page!
So, are you ready to start a blog?
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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