So, you want to learn how to start a blog? I’m so excited for you! My goal for this tutorial is to provide you with a step-by-step guide that will get you off on the right foot, no technical experience required.
I wish I had found a simple tutorial when I was getting started because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.
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I created my first blog with absolutely no technical expertise in blogging. There were a few tears shed and a tiny bit of hair pulling, but nonetheless, Google became my best friend and I invested hours researching not just how to begin, but how to be successful at it.
Why Start a Blog?
Maybe you’re still thinking about whether blogging is for you. There are many reasons why you might consider starting one:
- You can earn an income- Depending on how much time you want to invest in your blog, you can earn a part-time or even a full-time income. Although it takes a ton of perseverance and hard work, the payoff can be life-changing.
- Community- The blogging community is a wonderful support network of people. No matter what your niche is, you can find others with similar interests. I call other bloggers my “virtual friends”, but regardless, they are extremely supportive and friendly.
- Low Start-up Costs- There aren’t many other professions I can think of that don’t cost an arm and a leg to begin. If you want to become a professional blogger, all it will cost you is a $20 bill!
- Confidence Booster- Blogging forces you out of your comfort zone as you send your thoughts out into the world. While you do experience some negativity, people are generally supportive and appreciate your ideas and creativity.
- You Become a Better Writer- If you don’t like writing, blogging is not for you. Obviously, like most things, the more you do it, the better you become at it. Many bloggers look back at their beginning posts and cringe. The reason for that is that their skill has improved tremendously since they first began.
- It Teaches you to Celebrate Small Things- Blogging is not for the faint of heart. In fact, most bloggers don’t make it. It takes a ton of perseverance and determination to be successful. You quickly learn to celebrate every win, no matter how small. It’s the key to keeping your momentum going.
- You’ll Live More Intentionally- Writing leads to thinking and thinking leads to reflection. The process changes your perspective.
- It Can Change Your Life- My favorite? Starting a successful, money-making blog can change your life. It can enable you to quit your full-time job and work from the comfort of your home, without a boss breathing down your neck. You set your own deadlines, goals, and determine your own success.
Do any of those reasons sound valuable to you? Do you see all the benefits to starting a blog? Great! Let’s dive in!
4 Basic Steps to Starting a Blog
- Decide what you want to blog about
- Come up with a name and purchase your domain
- Choose your platform
- Choose your host and set up WordPress
Step 1: Decide What to Blog About (Your Niche)
This step will be easy if you’re already an expert in something or know, without a doubt, what you’re passionate about.
If you’re not sure, you’ll need to spend some time figuring out what you’re good at, what others say you’re good at, and what you think you could write about forever, without getting tired of it.
If you’d like more direction in choosing your niche, here’s some extra support: Choosing Your Niche.
- Make sure it’s something you enjoy
- Make sure it’s a niche that is broad enough to come up with topics to write about
- Make sure it’s a niche that can support a following – Blogging about dog collars may not attract as many readers as dog training or something else broader.
Step 2: Come up With a Name and Purchase Your Domain
Once you’ve decided on your niche, it’s time to purchase your domain. A domain is your website address, for example, letteredroots.com is my domain. Purchasing an address keeps others from claiming it.
Some people prefer to separate their domain from their hosting. We’ll talk about hosting in a just a minute. The reason for the separation is not to put all your eggs in one basket. Some think this may create an extra level of protection when it comes to your information. If you prefer to keep it this way, consider purchasing a domain from GoDaddy.com.
The other option is to set up your domain with your hosting.
Step 3: Choose Your Platform
What do I mean by platform? The platform is the system from which you will produce your content. While you may be tempted to use a free service, this will limit what you can do, and in some cases, quite dramatically. With that being said, if you’re planning on making your blog a business, it would be wise of you to start out by using a platform that will cost you a small amount of money. My advice? Go with WordPress.org.
Now, some people don’t realize that using WordPress may refer to two different sources:
WordPress.com is a hosted site. This means that they host your site for you, but again, this takes some of the control out of your hands and limits your possibilities.
WordPress.org is self-hosted which means you must set it up through a host. We’ll talk about what hosting is next.
Again, my advice is to invest in a self-hosted WordPress.com account. You’ll thank me later!
Step 4: Choose Your Host and Setup WordPress
Think of a host as your home and WordPress as the furniture and decor you decorate it with. The only two hosts I recommend are Bluehost and SiteGround. This is largely due to their reputation and customer service. I, personally, use SiteGround and absolutely love them. If you’d like to read more about the advantages and disadvantages of using Bluehost and Siteground, read 7 Reasons You Need to Use WordPress.org for Your Website.
After you’ve compared the two, purchase your hosting plan by visiting one of the two links below. By clicking on these links, I earn a small commission, at no cost to you! Something has to keep this little ol’ blog o’ mine running 🙂 :
Click here to purchase hosting through Bluehost.
Click here to purchase hosting through SiteGround.
For even more information about hosting, visit this post: Starting a Blog- Host it Before You Post It.
Once you have purchased hosting, they will set up your WordPress account for you! Just start a chat conversation and they’ll walk you through the entire process. My personal experience with SiteGround has been AMAZING. Their customer service is absolutely impeccable.
Click here to access Bluehost’s chat room.
Click here to access SiteGround’s chat room. Once there, just click on the live chat button in the top right-hand corner of the site.
Start writing, blogger! Welcome to the blogosphere! I’m so happy you’ve decided to step out with courage and begin this journey.
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