So you’re been thinking about starting a blog. But where do you start? I’ve put together this easy to follow beginner’s guide, 6 easy steps to starting a blog that will help get
you started on your blogging journey.
WHY START A BLOG?
There are many and here are just a few:
- Share your thoughts, opinions and encourage others and build an on line community.
- Promote your existing business.
- Make a little extra money or full-time income from home.
- Or just staying connected with friends and family.
If any of these resonate with you and you are ready to start your blogging journey, you are in the right place.
Not tech savvy, that’s ok, starting your own blog doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, you can be up and running
in a matter of minutes. I’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you start your blogging journey.
STEP 1 – CHOOSE A NICHE
The first step, decide what to blog about. Blogging can be difficult at times, so blogging about something you are passionate about helps.
Choose a niche where you can become the go-to resource and authority over time.
STEP 2 – BLOGGING PLATFORM
Let’s talk about the two most popular free platforms available. Blogger and WordPress.com. Blogger is hosted by Google and because of this fact Google
technically owns all of the content and at any point can chose to shut down the entire site. Another free, popular platform is WordPress.com, however the
free version of WordPress.com does not allow display ads or widgets to customize your blog. Free hosted blogs are not as marketable and most brands tend
to work more with self-hosted bloggers. So free is not always a good thing.
create a site with tools and add-ons that are highly functional.
STEP 3 – DOMAIN NAME & HOSTING
When choosing a domain name you want it to be a name that reflects what you will be blogging about. It should be something that can stand the test of time. For example
if you choose something like, ThisCollegeStudentCanCook.com, over the years you will no longer be a college student and you may want to blog about more than cooking.
As you start to brainstorm you may want to use a free tool, Bust A Name, it allows you to type in keywords you are thinking of using in your blog name and available combinations
name you choose. Once you have your name you’ll need a host if you are going the self-hosted route. There are many, many hosting companies to choose from and these are two I
Now I’ll walk you through how to set up hosting with Bluehost. First step, click get started now.
Select your plan.
Type in your domain name.
Create your account.
After creating your account, you customize your package. There will be several services available, however you don’t have to choose them, you can
add them on later after you have set up your theme.
Enter your billing info, agree to the service agreement and click submit. Next you’ll create your password, login to your account and navigate to
your BlueHost dashboard.
STEP 4 – INSTALLATION
Once you’re in your dashboard, navigate to the MOJO Marketplace.
Next you will be receiving an email from Bluehost with a link to your WordPress login. Click on the link in your email and log into your WordPress and start designing
STEP 5 – DESIGN
Now the fun part, time to make your site look pretty. I highly recommend using a solid, efficient, secure theme like Genesis plus a child theme. Having this combination
ensures your setting are not lost during updates. Think of it like building a house, Genesis is the solid foundation and whatever child theme you choose are the walls and roof.
When selecting a theme it should be responsive, a responsive themes automatically adjust to whatever device your reader is using. All of the themes below are responsive.
WordPress has lots of free themes that you can get started with if you don’t want to start with a premium theme.
Now some of the premium themes that work well with Genesis and they’re great designs for lifestyle or food blogs.
You can browse Restored 316 and Shay Blocks for even more well-coded child themes.
STEP 6 – ESSENTIAL PLUGINS
Time now to make your blog a bit more functional, install some plugins. What are plugins? Plugins are like apps for your blog, they help make blogging easier, especially for
those who aren’t tech savvy, no coding experience required. The list of plugins here are ones that I think are essential for an attractive, safe and efficient site. As you blog you
will find more that you like and will want to install, just be sure not to overload because too many can slow down your site.
If you are going to have recipes on your blog this is a great plugin.
In Blogging Speed Is A Good Thing
Another resource you may find very helpful if you have a WordPress site is Robert Mening’s How to Speed up WordPress because the load time of your site can affect traffic on your site.
All set, now it’s time for you to start creating content for your beautiful blog. I suggest having several posts written before hitting the publish button, this gives visitors to
your blog several posts to explore, which keeps them on your site longer.
If you are a visual learner like me you may find this Udemy Free WordPress video course helpful.
Have fun blogging!