How to start a blog
Blogging is really fun – I have definitely spent many hours writing, designing, creating and chatting with other bloggers. So if you are looking to become a blogger this is the place to learn it – I’ll show you how to start a blog in no time!
In this article, I’m going to help you get started by showing you how I go about making a blog. This might be a more extensive version compared to what you’ll find elsewhere, but I think the following steps are necessary so you don’t get stuck, or end up spending a lot of money on nothing.
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Step 1: Choosing the right Topic
Blogging takes dedication and you should, therefore, pick a topic that you are passionate about. The topic could be anything, but pick something you’re very passionate about – for some its clothes and for others it’s cars. The good thing is that there is an audience for almost any topic. Some audiences are smaller than others, so just keep that in mind, and remember that blogging is about writing about your passion and not for profit only.
So pick a topic that you are passionate about, or you’ll quickly give up!
Step 2: Branding
Now it’s time to start thinking more about the topic that you’ve chosen. If for example, you want to start a food blog, then you would have to think about what kind of food blog you would like to create. This is where a little marketing word comes into good use – ‘Branding’.
This will help you to get a better grip on how you are going to go about creating your blog.
You properly heard about branding before, or even read an article about it. And yes, it can be a complicated process with many steps, but for now, I only want you to focus on these three elements:
Audience: Who would be interested in reading you blog?
Need: What do your audience need?
Benefit: What can you offer them?
This is going to help you come up with a purpose for your blog.
An example of this could be something like this:
My readers are women (audience) that are interested in learning more about Italian cooking (need). The blogs articles will help them to learn and find inspiration about Italian cooking (benefit).
I would suggest that you expand a little more on your audience by making personas for your blog. This will help you keep a focus on your audience when you are writing your articles. But now you will know who you are going to be writing to, what they are interested in, and how you can help. This makes everything a whole lot easier!
Step 3: Structure your content
The third step is to start to think about the content you wish to have on your site. What is going to be there, and how are you going to have it displayed on your site.
Let’s take the example above and start to think about how we would structure our content.
Since this is a food blog we are creating we could structure our content into the following categories:
About Recipes Cookbook Contact
In the recipes section we would also include the following sections:
- Smoothies & Juice
- 15-minute meals
This is going to be the overall foundation for out blog. Keep in mind that you don’t need to write content for all the sections at once. We could start by writing an about page and some introduction lines for the contact page.
For the Recipe section, I would start by making two articles for at least 3 of the topics. This would give the food blog some life – we don’t want readers to come to an almost empty site.
Step 4: Write, write and a little more writing.
Now it’s time to start writing your articles. Start with the about page so you have a good idea about what the blog is going to be about. Then move on, and write about the other elements (recipes, contact page, and perhaps a cookbook). This will give your blog some life from the beginning.
That’s it – you are well prepared to start a blog. And now you know that this is really something that you wish to do. If you were not interested in starting a blog for real then you would properly have stopped by now.
Step 5: Now for the fun stuff – creating your blog
Now it’s time for the fun stuff, not that writing isn’t fun, but this is where you get to buy a domain and hosting plan, find a theme for your WordPress site, and launch your website/blog.
You could also create a blog on www.Wordpress.org if you which to. The difference is that if you choose to create a blog on WordPress.org your domain is going to be www.yourdomainname.wordpress.com and you will not have as many possibilities as you would if you own your own domain name. This is a good place to start out, but if you are really committed to becoming a blogger I would suggest that you buy your own domain name and hosting plan.
The following steps will show you how you buy a domain and hosting plan. And how you get started with your blog.
Buying a domain and hosting plan
A domain is your online address. It’s the URL that you type in your browser to get to your site (e.g. noticethepixel.com – yourdomain.com).
You can buy a domain from multiple places, but in this example, I’ll use www.bluehost.com, which also happens to be the most popular place to buy a domain and hosting plan for a WordPress site. So go to www.bluehost.com and press ‘get started’
Select the plan that you wish to buy. You can start with a basic plan and upgrade later if you wish to.
Type in the name you chose for your blog/website and see if it’s free to be bought. If it’s not free you’ll have to find another name.
Fill in you personal information
Choose the package information that you wish to include, or just use the same setting as I did here:
Final Step is to pay for the domain and hosting plan.
Step 6: Installing WordPress
So you have bought a domain name and a hosting plan. Now it’s time to install WordPress.
Log into Bluehost if you’re not already and find the section that says ‘Website Builder’ and press on the Icon that says WordPress:
On the next page click on the button that says ‘Install’ (Do it yourself (FREE)).
Next, select your domain and press ‘Install’:
You should get a message that says ‘Your Install is complete’. If not, check to see if you did every correctly.
Step 7: Log on to your new WordPress site
The final step is to log on to your new WordPress site. To do so just type yourdomain.com/wp-admin into the browser and log on to your site.
Your new site is now up and running and you are ready to install a WordPress theme, and start to place your articles, about page, and contact page into WordPress.
If you are new to WordPress I would suggest that you open youtube.com and search ‘WordPress tutorial beginner’. Watch one of the videos (they are about an hour or so long) and you will be knowledgeable enough to find you way around a WordPress site.
Choosing the right WordPress theme (free vs. premium)
There are many free WordPress themes that you can use for your blog/website. You can find them here: https://wordpress.org/themes/browse/popular/
I started out with a free WordPress theme when I started as a blogger and I can highly recommend that you do the same. This will save you money and get you quickly going with your blog.
When you feel that the options in the free WordPress theme no longer is enough, then I would suggest that you buy a premium theme instead. The premium themes are often better designed and have more functionalities that the free theme does. You can buy premium themes here: themeforest.net
Step 8: Lunching your website
The final step is to install your theme, set up your blog as you wish it to be, and lunch it by sharing your content on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on.
I hope this article has been useful and as always if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. And also, if you made a blog/website after haven read this article, please let me know how it turned out by leaving a link to your blog here in the comment section. That could also inspire others to make a blog for themselves.