You are reading this blog post because you have finally decided to start a blog of your own. It will take you only 20 minutes or less to go through the whole process. This blog post is a quick step-by-step tutorial on starting your own blog. The process is user-friendly and anyone can do it with just a little technical information that I will guide you through. The following points are a gist of what you have to do to get yourself a blog.
- You need to name your blog by picking a domain name to make it .com .net etc. (I personally recommend to have a .com blog name)
- Get hosting for your blog. I consider Siteground my top favorite hosting service for my blog.
- Design/customize your blog by outsourcing (99 Designs)
- Writing and publishing your first post ( The ” what should I write part?”)
- Begin to make money from your blog from different strategies of other successful bloggers.
- 1 Step 1: The first step to start a blog
- 2 Announcing your blog over the internet
- 3 The easy process to build a blog with WordPress in SiteGround hosting
- 4 Installing WordPress on your blog
- 5 What to do with a new blog?
- 6 Writing and planning your blog posts
- 7 Free blog planner
- 8 You have Successfully Subscribed!
- 9 How do other bloggers monetize their blogs?
Step 1: The first step to start a blog
Let me tell you the most important point about picking a good blog name.
Name your blog with the topic you love to talk/write about most
Yes, it could be your passion or hobby of doing anything and you believe that passion of yours can provide a useful information to other people is what your blog should be about. That’s it! This where you pick your blog name.
For example, if you are a mother? And you love spending time with your kids? and You are well aware of a healthy lifestyle as a mother. So you can have a blog name that somewhat relates to the term “Stay at home mom”.
In another case, If you run an academic blog, try naming the exact subject or topic you wish to describe. For example, I have a blog on economics subject where I write about basic economics so I named it econtutorials.com. Any student who wants to study basic economics will surely google the word “economics” and by having a domain name of the exact keyword written in google search bar will give an edge to my blog.
*Flashback: When I was a beginner blogger, the book of Abby Lawson helped me greatly in understanding everything about how to create a complete business from your Blog from scratch.
Announcing your blog over the internet
Now that you have picked a name for your blog. You need to get it running online by buying a hosting service. If you don’t buy a hosting service for your blog. It won’t have an existence in the World Wide Web. Because a hosting service has the capability of keeping all the files and folders of your blog. And every time a user who wants to find something related to your topic will be able to find your blog.
There are different types of hosting services but I really recommend SiteGround. Not because it is a good hosting service but also because I have been personally using it for my own blog and it has performed really well compared to my previous hosting service. I have written a complete review of SiteGround hosting along with the snapshots of the prompt response of their customer support. They are super awesome in their response whenever you need any help.
The next step after buying a hosting service is to select the best possible software to build up your blog. Majority of the blogs are using WordPress which is very user-friendly and easy to use.
The easy process to build a blog with WordPress in SiteGround hosting
Choosing the right plan in accordance with your requirements
Siteground has different plans according to the needs of your blog. If you are a beginner you can start with the Startup plan. I am currently on the Growbig plan as I have more traffic compared to a startup blog. However, it is recommended to take the Growbig plan because of the following reasons.
- It includes all of the characteristics of Start-up plan
- Hosts multiple sites
- Has a web space of 20GB
- It has extra fast response time
- Premium support
- Up to a monthly visit of 25000
- Super cacher: This cacher boosts your site speed with is good for Search Engine Optimization of your blog. Google prefer such websites which have a good SEO.
Write the name of the domain that you have decided to fill in the complete information.
THAT’S IT! YES !! You can now install WordPress on your blog and begin with your design and first post.
Installing WordPress on your blog
Check your email for the information and come back to SiteGround website and log in to install WordPress Blog. If you think I am being techier! You can ask their support team to help you out through LIVE CHAT and they are super friendly in helping you with setting up a WordPress blog for you.
Go to Cpanel
Click on WordPress from the Autoinstallers
It will take you to the details of WordPress – click install
Fill in the information
https://www.yournewblog.com/wp-admin (your domain) and log in!
What to do with a new blog?
Now that you have sailed through the journey of creating your blog, we move ahead to blog theme selection and customization.
There are several places to look for when it comes to selecting the best theme, branding, logo designing etc. However, I would like to recommend the one that is of great value and trending in the marketplace.
The foremost strategy of generating passive income via blogging is to have a lovely yet simple logo that you can get in just $5 through fiverr, a platform where people provide services at a low-cost price but of high quality.
Also, since I love making my blog a bit more feminine, I opted for the Hungry JPEG which is super awesome for branding and graphic designing and selecting a font for the blog.
But getting your logo done is the minor part of your blog work. The real task is “how not to wander around hundreds of blog themes and select a genuine, simple and clear blog theme”
In my case, my top choice would always be Divi theme from the elegant themes. The title “Elegant” says it all when it comes to Divi that is all-in-all, a theme which has more than 100 layouts of about page, homepage, blog section and what not. So even if you are a complete newbie and have no idea about customizing your Divi theme. There are pre-designed layouts that you can select with one click for an automatic makeover of your blog.
I have been a staunch supporter of DIVI for almost 3 years now and I can’t think of replacing it because no other theme has that all-in-all support of theme customization. You can literally just do whatever you want your blog to be.
So If you buy the Divi theme of elegant themes, it includes hundreds of pre-made blog layouts that make it easy for you to build and create pages and blog post of your choice. And also an email marketing opt-in service of Bloom as well as social media sharing plugin called Monarch. (Yes! They are awesome)
Just in case, if you still need to check other alternatives as a comparison then you should go through the creative market as well as BLUCHIC themes with their lovely feminine designs (My fav is Rachel theme)
Writing and planning your blog posts
When I started blogging without any help and mentorship, I felt totally devastated. And I found myself in the middle of nowhere whenever I thought to write a blog post. Even if I had a good topic to write about, I seriously didn’t know how to organize my blog post.
Besides when everything is already written about blogging, why would someone bother to read me! and I am dead sure you will have the same questions for yourself when you start a blog.
At times, I couldn’t come up with something valuable that could fill a gap in my niche of blogging and freelancing tips. I read other bloggers but couldn’t come up with my own unique Blogspot even with the enormous amount of love, passion, and desire I have for blogging.
This is why I decided to create my own planner to be more organized and systematic in writing every new post. And my foremost step was to create a blog goal and blog post planner that enabled me to write a post of 1000 words in 30 minutes.
You need to understand the anatomy of blog posts. If you have all the essentials (images, headings, call to action ) included, people will find your blog more professional.
So download the blog post planner and outline your first blog post by introducing yourself, your hobbies and your purpose for creating a lovely blog.
Afer that, you need to do a little homework for creating a list of blog posts that you can easily write in the initial days of blogging so you are not worried about your next blog post and it would save a lot of your time when you already know what you need to write.
The reason that I emphasize on writing a pre-planned content is that all the blogging books that I have read in my 6 years talk about creating a foundation for your blog with a proper and purposeful content that provides value to your readers. You can go through the must-have guide to blogging to understand my point.
How do other bloggers monetize their blogs?
I have been an avid reader of other bloggers who are quite successful in blogging business and I learned a lot from their experiences. I also love reading income reports of other bloggers who share their experiences of all the strategies they use to monetize their blog. I would highly recommend the following books go through if want to monetize your blog.
- Abby Lawson’s Building a framework: The Ultimate Blogging handbook + Video tutorials
- Meera Kothand’s “The Blog Startup”
- The She approach ~ Boost blog traffic
- Amy Lyn Andrews blogging basics
- The Six-figure blogger
- How to earn quick money as a freelancer
One tip for reading other bloggers is that you have to find those bloggers who are related to your niche. Get to know what strategies they use to monetize their blogs and try to apply those strategies to your blog.