If you’re reading this post, there’s a chance that you want to start your own blog. And if that’s the case, congratulations! Starting a blog can be intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, all it takes is some research and hard work on your part (yes, even if you’re new).
Set your goal.
Before you can start writing, it’s important to know what you want your blog to accomplish. Is it about writing about recipes? About fashion? About health and wellness? Are you hoping that this will become an e-commerce business selling products online or through physical locations? Once you have a clear vision of what success looks like for your blog, then it’s time to set some goals around achieving those objectives.
Choose your topic.
Now you have a topic, but it’s not enough to just write about that thing. You need to choose your audience and find out what they want from their blog.
This is where things can get tricky if you don’t have an idea of who your readers are or what they’re interested in reading about. Let’s start with the basics: who are these people and how do I know them?
If this sounds like something that will take some time (and maybe money), don’t worry! There are plenty of free tools available online that allow you to build pretty accurate profiles for each person on your site—freely available data like age, gender and location help create excellent profiles for demographics studies as well as targeted advertising campaigns which can be more effective than paid ads alone because it gives advertisers access into areas not usually targeted by traditional advertising channels such as Google AdWords ads or Facebook Ads.
Get a domain name.
Get a domain name. The first thing you need to do is choose a domain name that’s easy to remember and spell. You don’t want to have to spend time thinking about it, or struggling with typing it into your browser or email program—you’re trying to build an audience here!
Choose a unique domain name. If another site has the same idea but uses its own website instead of yours, then they’ll get all of the traffic from Google searches and link exchanges that come with having their own sites listed in the directory pages (which we will talk about later). So pick something different than anyone else has already done so there won’t be any confusion for readers when linking up their blogs together on social media platforms like Facebook groups or Twitter profiles where people share links between each other’s pages so everyone can see what everyone else is writing about at any given time.”
For this website, we use NameCheap as our domain registrar. As the name suggests, it’s really cheap! 🙂
Get a Good Web Hosting.
A web hosting service is a service that hosts your website. It’s the place where all of your content, including images and videos, are stored. The best way to choose a good host is by looking at their features and prices. You should also ask them if they have any free trials available so that you can test out their service before committing to buy it outright.
If possible, look into a few different services before deciding on one in particular because each has its own unique set of pros and cons.
For this website, we use Interserver Hosting, since it’s really affordable and newbie friendly.
You may want to read more about web hosting in our article here about choosing the BEST web hosting for newbies.
After you have your own website hosting, you need to install WordPress.
WordPress is a free open-source software you can use to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps.
Now before you get confused, we will be using the self-hosted one, since it will give us more “flexibility”.
It’s easy to install and set up, so if you’re just starting out with website creation then it might be the right choice for you.
After you have purchased web hosting, you can install WordPress using the “Softaculous Apps Installer” then click WordPress. See screenshot below:
After clicking the button, you can see this page and click “Install Now”:
That’s it! You’re done!
You just need to follow the next instructions on your screen.
By the way, if you are really having trouble, you can always ask for Interserver’s live chat button and a customer service representative will be there to help you!
Instal a Free WordPress Theme.
You’re going to need a theme for your blog, so you can start writing. There are lots of great themes out there and I highly recommend checking out the ones from Themes tab of your website if you don’t want to pay anything.
For this website, we use a Free Theme called “Astra” by Brainstormforce. You can install it by clicking the “Themes Tab” under “Appearance”, then add new theme and search for “Astra”.
Getting traffic is the most important part of starting your blog. You need to use every tool available to get people to visit, read and share your content. Here are some tips:
- Use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The more followers you have on these sites, the better chance you have of getting readers who follow back.
- Create high-quality content that interests people so they’ll want to share it with others (called “content marketing”). This will help grow your audience because when someone shares what they’ve read on their own blog or website, other bloggers see this as proof that there’s value in what you write!
We hope this guide has helped you to get started with your new blog!
There’s no doubt that setting up a blog is hard work, but it can be done with relative ease if you have the right resources and know-how. We’ve provided some ideas on where to start, but there are many other aspects of running a blog that we didn’t touch upon here: how do you get subscribers? How do you optimize your content for search engines? What kind of content should go on your home page? And so on. It’s important to keep in mind that while these details matter, they don’t matter as much as having fun with them or sharing them with others—which is why starting a blog is so much more than just creating an account and posting for the first time (although those two things are definitely part of the process!).
You can also check our post about “How to Make Money with Your Blog!”
JV is the Founder of Digital Entrepinoy. He is a dreamchaser who has gained a wealth of knowledge in entrepreneurship, personal development & internet marketing over the past eight years through self-education. His mission is to inspire millions of people to become online entrepreneurs by awakening their minds to their greatness that resides within them.