How to Start a Blog: A Quick Guide for Beginners 109

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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.

If you want to learn all the juicy details about blogging and monetizing a site, here’s an extensive guide on the easiest way to start a blog.

Let’s begin!

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.

bluehost plans

The next steps are as follows:

  • Pick your domain name

domain name picking

  • Enter the details about your account

bluehost account

  • Select your plan
  • Enter billing info

bluehost 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.

3. WordPress

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.

wordpress install on bluehost

The next actions you’ll need to take are obvious. It’s also when you’ll choose your account details for WordPress.

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After a successful installation, you’ll get an email with your WordPress login info and can then enter your new website.

4. Theme

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.

If you want to check out some premium themes, ThemeForest are killing it.

And the theme I’m using for this site is called Mono.

Once you do that, you’ll be ready to publish your first post or page!

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So, are you ready to start a blog?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.