I remember when the first time I thought of starting a blog popped into my head. I was so intrigued with the idea, but the technical prowess required to start one seemed completely overwhelming.
Where do I start? What’s this hosting business and don’t even get me started on domains! While I might be overdramatizing the start-up a wee-bit, I soon realized that I had nothing to worry about with a little research.
Starting a blog was hard many years ago, but now if you have a credit card, a computer, and an internet connection (assuming you don’t have dial-up, ugh) they can be easy to set up. You’ve probably seen other bloggers say it’s as easy as these three steps:
- Pick a Web Host
- Pick a Domain Name
- Install WordPress and Get Blogging!
While these are three important and easy steps, it’s a little bit more than that. I would like to think that someone with no prior history of blogging could be set up in 10 minutes flat, but most of these guides don’t go into much depth of setting up your first WordPress blog.
So today, I’m going to walk you through the whole blogging process. I’ve broken it up into multiple posts to help you skip around to what you’re interested in most:
Lesson 1: How to Start a Blog (You’re on this one!)
Lesson 2: WordPress Control Panel Tutorial (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 3: How to Install WordPress Plug-Ins (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 4: How to Write Awesome Content for Your Blog
Lesson 5: How to Set Up Email Marketing (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 5: How to Create a Facebook Page for Your Blog (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 6: How to Make Money from Your Blog
Lesson 7: How to Increase Your Blogs Page Views (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 8: How to Generate Blog Article Ideas (Coming Soon!)
Lesson 9: How to Blog on a Busy Schedule
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I know your time is valuable, so let’s dive right in. Don’t forget to ask your questions in the comments at the end of the article. Oh yeah, don’t forget to check out How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul which is great for any level of blogger to pick up.
Pick Your Topic
Before you even consider starting the technical aspect of starting a blog, have you decided on what you are going to write about?
It’s probably the most important thing you’re going to have to decide. You don’t want to start a blog about traveling and then start writing about crafts. I mean you could, but it probably wouldn’t be the wisest decision.
The best part about blogging is that you can write about anything you’re interested in. Just remember you are going to have to be able to provide fresh content on a regular basis, so make sure whatever you pick you can babble on for days!
Write a Lot of Content
When I first got into blogging, I thought I would post five days a week. I wanted to start writing content before I created my blog because life is busy and it would give me an idea of how many articles a week I could handle.
It didn’t take me long to realize writing five articles a week on top of a full-time job and managing family life was near impossible. Trying to crank out five articles a week produced some dreadful content that I didn’t even want to read.
I backed off shooting for numbers and decided to focus on delivering better quality. For the most part, I only write about one article a week, but at least I’m happy with what goes on the blog.
When you launch your blog, you will want to post a minimum of an article a day for the first month. Posting one a day at first will help get much-needed content on your otherwise blank slate. After the first month, I recommend going down to once a week and focus on promoting your blog.Sharing is Caring!Click To Tweet
WEB Hosting and Domain Name
The first thing you are going to need is a Web host and a domain name. A host puts your blog or site on the internet, and your domain is the URL that people type to find your site such as www.google.com.
So the first thing you want to do is go to Bluehost. You’ll see different plans, choose the plan that works best for you.
During your hosting set-up, Bluehost will ask if you want to register a domain name with them. Register a domain name with Bluehost. It might take a few shots to get the domain you want. It seriously took me about three hours to find one that wasn’t taken.
You’ll see a confirmation screen after you’re successful at finding a domain. Bluehost will then ask you to set up a password for your account which will let you log into your Bluehost control panel.
WordPress is the recommended blogging software for your site. I would venture to say WordPress powers the software behind your favorite blogs.
Luckily for us, Bluehost has a one-click WordPress install when you log into your control panel. That’s right! One-click install. You’ll find the install under website > install wordpress.
After You click Install WordPress, it will ask you to select a domain for installation. If you select the ‘www.yourdomain.com’ option then your site will have www. shown in the URL. I chose to not have the www. shown, but you can change it later if you wish.
Our next article is going to show you how to log into and navigate your WordPress control panel. The control panel is where you can choose your blogs look and start making some posts!
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