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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 gave into blogger burnout.
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 by 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
There are many host you can pick from to host your blog. The one I started this blog with, Bluehost, offers some of the best deals for bloggers who are starting out.
If you decide to go with Bluehost for your hosting, just click on this LINK and follow these simple instructions:
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Select your plan
Whatever plan you decide to use, will determine how many visitors your site can hold at one time (important if you go viral), how much you pay a month, and other things like whether or not you will have a free email account with your blog. I would recommend signing up to either the plus or prime plans because you get more extras with these plans.
Choose Your Domain Name
This is the part where you put all that hardwork 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. Your domain name is included with any of the Bluehost plans.
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.
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 login to Bluehost.
Get Started With WordPress
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for, you get to design your website! You will be given a choice of theme designs to get started with (you can change this later).
If you don’t love any of these blog themes, you can always purchase one later on websites like; Etsy or even have someone design your website for you.
After you choose a theme, you can finally start building your WordPress site and adding blogpost and other things to it.
The next question is just whether or not you will use your site for business or personal. You can also skip these questions and choose the I don’t need help option. If you choose this option, you can get to exploring WordPress a lot sooner, but if you need help, this may not be the best option for you.
If you choose to make a business or personal site, you will redirected to a new page where you can set your page up to your liking. Once you have everything in place and feel ready to, launch your website.
You will now be viewable to the world!
I know this post has a lot of information, but I really hope it helps you! If you found this post helpful, I would really love it if you would like and share it with all your friends!
If you lost the link to Bluehost in all the information, just click HERE.