If you have wanted to start a blog but didn’t know where to start, then you have come to the right place. I am sure you have seen many bloggers talk about the same thing. They all talk about how it just started out as a hobby and blah, blah, blah.
I’m going to tell you now that that’s bullshit. No one buys a domain name, web hosting and uploads WordPress for a hobby.
I have read successful bloggers say they were not tech savvy either. It’s laughable at best. You will need some tech knowledge to get started. I’m not here to blow smoke up your ass. You will only get honesty here.
Since my blog is still relatively new, I figured I would go thru the steps to start a blog.
5 Steps to Starting a Blog:
Domain or Blog Name
You need to find an available domain name or blog name. It took me a while to come up with the name, Paper Petals. You should definitely take your time with this step. The name you choose should be something you will stick with and is appealing to your niche.
While you are looking into a domain name, you should also look into web hosting. Most web hosting sites will let you buy the domain name and hosting at once. Just so you know, most successful bloggers suggest Blue Host (I am not an affiliate for them).
I use 1and1 Web Hosting (I am an affiliate for them). In all fairness, I have provided an article about who offers the best web hosting services, so you can make your own choice. One last thing, make sure you buy a one year package or longer. I don’t suggest to pay month to month.
You have your domain/blog name, web hosting services and now you need a platform to create your blog. WordPress is THE best platform to use. It’s the only platform I know. This blog uses WordPress.
WordPress is very user friendly for even the not so tech savy people. It is the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS). There are more blogs using this platform than any other platform out there. And, it’s free to use.
Finding a theme is another very important step. It’s as serious as finding your domain name. WordPress offers free and paid themes. If you are just starting, I think it’s best to start with a free theme.
You can always upgrade a theme once you are up and running and comfortable with blogging. In fact, some free themes offer upgrades so you don’t have to completely change the look of your blog.
You have your domain name, web hosting, uploaded WordPress, found a theme and now it’s time to start posting. This is where you start creating the content for your blog. It’s what creates your blog.
You may want to start with your About Me page and Disclosure page (for affiliate income and ad income). Then you can start working on the meat of your blog, which is the blog page. Your theme will dictate how your blog posts are displayed.
Most bloggers will tell you this is the hardest part of blogging. Creating great content is what makes a blog successful. Your posts is where it really starts.
Now, you are on your way to blogging!