Have you thought about starting a blog recently, but don’t know where to start? I’m so glad you’ve found this post! In this post, I will show you how to start a blog and answer some frequently asked questions. This post doesn’t get too technical, so anyone can do it – even you!
I actually started blogging in 2014 when I was pregnant with my third child. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing. I must have searched every YouTube video about blogging and used every free blogging shortcut I could. If I had had these step-by-step instructions back then, I probably never would have given into blogger burnout.
How to Start a Blog
Step 1: Decide What You Want to Blog About
Deciding what you are going to blog about is ultimately going to decide everything you do with your blog. If you’re not sure what you can blog about, there so many ideas and types. (You can check out this article to read all the types).
You can do a lifestyle blog, like this one, and leave yourself open to anything, a review blog, where you strictly review items, or even a travel blog and get paid to travel. While each type of blog has it’s perks, the least restrictive blog type is lifestyle blogging. Here are some extra tips for how to decide what you want to blog about:
- Blog about things you enjoy doing. Obviously, don’t create a blog about traveling, if you hate to travel. Create a blog about something you love doing, so you love blogging about it.
- Blog about something you knowledgable about. Maybe you went to school for nursing or business, so you could share tips and write about a topic you know a lot about. Chances are, if your friends come to you for advice, you could benefit from writing a blog.
No matter what you decide to blog about, it will be hard. There are millions of blogs writing about the same information you will be sharing, you will have to be creative to stand out.
Step 2: Pick Your Blog Name
One of the hardest things about blogging is coming up with your blog name. Your blog name is something that will define you and go with you every time you make a post or send an email. Here are some suggestions for picking out your blog name:
- Use a name that allows you to expand. Picking a name like A….. Reviews or J… Travels will limit your blog to just traveling or reviews. Although you can change your name, later on, it is much easier to pick a name that allows you to expand from the get-go.
- Use a name that you’re not embarrassed by. When you first start your blog, it may be easy to hide it from your family and friends, but eventually, words going to get out. Use a blog name that you can be proud to say and you won’t regret later.
Step 3: Choose Your Blogging Platform
When it comes to choosing your blogging platform, you have many options to choose from; Blogger, WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, etc… All of these platforms have their pros and cons, but I highly suggest starting your blog out in WordPress. WordPress is the most popular of the blogging platforms and it is the platform I currently use and love.
If you choose to blog through WordPress, there are two different options, hosted and self-hosted.
Hosted blogs, the ones that say WordPress.com are the type of blogs that are free and you cannot make money with them.
Self-Hosted blogs, like this one, cost a bit of money, but you can make money with them and have more control over them.
Since I use a self-hosted WordPress blog, this blog will teach you how to start your own self-hosted blog.
Step 4: Decide on a Web Host
Deciding on your website’s web host will be one of the most important things you do for your blog. There are literally hundreds of web host to choose from, but I recommend a host that has a ton of positive reviews and staff that are available to assist you 24/7. When I first started this blog, I signed up with Bluehost web hosting.
Bluehost was an okay web provider and they were cheap, for just starting out, but I ended up having a really negative experience with Bluehost. Although Bluehost host many starter-blogs, most people who have had them have had negative experiences too. That’s why I suggest using Siteground web hosting.
Siteground has 24/7 support with next to no wait time. Their staff are friendly and always eager to help. Plus Siteground offers free SSL & HTTPS certificates that many web host charge extra for!
Step 5: Select your plan
Selecting your plan is a very important step. Since most web host offers introductory rates, you will often get your best price during sign up. Once you’re locked into your plan, plans only go up from there. That’s why I suggest starting with Siteground’s Grow Big plan.
Siteground’s Grow Big Plan is there middle plan and its one that is perfect for new bloggers. Since blogging can take a while to see a spike in blog stats, you most likely won’t need a bigger plan for quite some time.
Siteground’s Grow Big Plan allows you up 25,000 visitors a month and comes with premium and essential features. If you think your page will be huge within a year, you may want to look at Siteground’s GoGeek plan to start out with, otherwise, the Grow Big Plan should be fine.
Remember, you can always change your plan later, it will just be more expensive. You can’t, however, get a discount if you don’t reach the GoGeek’s 100,000 visitors monthly.
Step 6: Choose Your Domain Name
This is the part where you put all that hard work of choosing a blog name to use. This is where you will find out if the name you wanted to use is available.
My domain name is crystalcarder.com. You can choose your domain name at checkout with your Siteground plan.
Step 7: Enter Your Payment and Account Information
On the next page, you will enter all of your account information. Make sure whatever email you choose, you have access to it because all of your information will be sent to this email.
After you enter this information, you will be asked to put your payment information in.
Step 8: Create Your Password and Login Credentials
Finally, you will be asked to create your password. This should be something that you will remember because you will use it every time you log in to Siteground. You will also want to make sure whatever password you do use, you make it strong enough to avoid potential hacks.
Whenever you’re a blogger, don’t share passwords with anyone unless you seriously trust them! You never know who may get jealous of blog success or who may try to sabotage your blog. Remember, once it’s out on the internet, it’s there for good!
Step 9: Get Started With WordPress
Finally, the last and final step will be the fun-est step of all – designing your blog! This is the step that you will spend countless hours on and you will probably change your theme a million times before you find that special “one.”
Thankfully, WordPress offers many free themes, but if you’re looking for a more customizable theme, you may want to buy one from Etsy or private websites who sell themes. You can change your theme whenever you want to, so if you’re not happy at first, it’s not permanent.
After you settle on a theme, you can finally start adding as many blog post and any additional things you want to your blog.
Once you feel like you have everything in place and are ready to, you can now launch your website – you will now be viewable to the world!
Good luck & happy blogging!