So you want to start blogging, you want to take that jump. Something is holding you back.. it could be the intimidation of whether you can actually succeed, it could be nerves of what other will think, or it could be a reason similar to mine, you have no CLUE where to even START. I’ve got you, this blog post will be the guide and the tips to help you finally take that leap and start that blog!
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A few years back, I had always been seeing others blog online and reading other people’s content, always thinking to myself.. how cool is that? I want my own corner of the internet, where I can express and share my content! I want to create and share it to the world, but I had no clue where to start.. A lot of it came down to personal research, taking the time to search the internet for what I wanted to know.. but I also came across some other great blog posts that broke down a step by step process. My hope is that for you, reading this post alongside some mini research will be enough for you to take that jump because let me tell you this.. I definitely don’t regret starting my blog!
Blogging can open many doors and opportunities, but also just be a great outlet for creativity! Without further ado, let’s break down the steps you should follow to start your own blog! If I can, you can too!
1. What is your blog about?
This is probably the most important step of all to making your blog, what the heck are you going to write about? Before you go ahead and set it all up, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got a clear vision of what your goal is and what you want to create. That’s the best part about blogging, the possibilities are really endless! Your blog niche could be something along the lines of..
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Make it whatever your interests and passions are, don’t overthink it too much because as you create content, you will learn more about what topics drive more traffic, and what you enjoy sharing more.
2. Pick a Host!
There’s many options out there for hosts you can have on your blog, I went with one that was highly popular and I just noticed many other bloggers use. Don’t overthink this too much, just go with a reputable and affordable one. For me, that’s SiteGround, it’s a no brainer. Starts at just $3.95 per month, has outstanding support, and super fast speed for your website so no worries about lagging or glitches. You can check out their pricing options and more details here!
Here is what you’ll see on the main page for SiteGround, you will most likely select WordPress Hosting and then be guided to the pricing and plans page..
Once you get to this part, I would recommend to select StartUp at $3.95 a month, comes with all the basic features you will need to run your blog. You won’t need to be worried about upgrading until your audience and page views start growing.
3. Create your Domain.
Once you sign up through SiteGround or whatever host you prefer, you will be guided to choose a domain name for your website and the format for your blog. I recommend using WordPress, it’s the most popular and has a relatively simple interface. You’ll purchase your domain name through the host and sign up through WordPress, once that process is completed, you have the bones of your blog set up already! It’s that simple.
4. Theme time!
Once you have the domain claimed, the host, next step is your theme. I always recommend to new bloggers just to start off with a Free WordPress Theme, no need to overcomplicate things! Just while you grow accustomed and familiar with your website, and then you can add on a quality customizable theme afterwards.
Here’s some free themes you can check out to get started!
If you want to look into some of the higher quality themes that are still affordable, I personally recommend Pipdig, I have had a great experience with them and find their themes really easy to use and customize to my liking! The theme I have right now with them can be found at this link!
Or just head over to their website here and check out their other themes as well.
5. Create Content!
At this point you have the basics down, you have your domain set up and your website ready to go! All that is missing is your personal touch and your content.
So if you picked your blog niche in step 1, this should be a relatively simple step for you. My advice, start simple. Do an introduction post, doesn’t matter what your blog niche is, introduce yourself so your audience can get familiar with you! Share your excitement for your blog, what to expect, this will help you dive right in and get the hang of things. Once you’ve done that, just go for it and write your heart out! I believe the most successful bloggers are the ones who stay true to themselves, so don’t let the comparison game discourage you. Everyone starts out as a beginner!
I’m so excited for you and really hope this helped you get the basics down for how to start a blog, and ultimately helped you see that it’s not so hard after all! The most time consuming part is actually setting it up, so once you’ve got that down, you’re golden!
Here’s some tools and resources that have helped me maintain and grow my blog as well that may help you..
- Canva – This has been a life saver to me, if you follow me on social media and my blog, you’ll know my love for Canva by now is real.. They’re totally free and you can make endless graphics, ebooks, images all on there. This will help you loads!
- Free stock photos – If you aren’t the biggest photographer around like me, you’ll find stock photos extremely helpful. Check out some of my favorites for getting stock photos at these links.. (PicJumbo, Pexels, Styled Stock Society, Pixistock)
- Mastering social media to drive traffic to my blog – I’ve written and shared my social media tips in order to help grow your blog traffic on several posts and I’ve even made an eBook about it! Check out the blog posts here and check out the eBook here as well.
- Payhip – This has been a great way for me to create and sell digital products! If you plan to make eBooks, digital downloads, I highly recommend using them. They’re totally free for all the basic features you’ll need! You can check them out here.
- Mailerlite – Getting started as soon as possible with an email list is something I highly recommend! This allows you to develop a connection to your audience and share more of your content, I love Mailerlite, they’re free to get started and super easy to use! Check them out here.
Q: If you do have a blog, what is it about? If not, what would you want it to be about? Let me know in the comments down below!