Welcome to a beginner-friendly guide to setting up a blog! When you’re starting out and setting up your first blog, it can be confusing and challenging to figure out what the best steps are. In this guide, I’ll share all the steps that I follow to set up our blogs.
I’ve created a basic template that I use when I’m helping people set up their blogs. You can download it and adapt it to your own needs, as well.
Please leave a comment below if you have any queries regarding how to set up your blog. I’ll do my best to help!
Reasons to Start a Blog
I think a lot of people think it’s a waste of time. “Why would I want to set up a blog?” I hear you ask. Or maybe you just want to try something new, try to write something original and interesting that you don’t have the skills to do on your own. Maybe you want to share your photography or design skills with the world and gain new followers and followers and followers. Maybe you want to explore a topic you’re interested in and see where it leads you. If this sounds like you, then I think you’re missing out. You really need to give blogging a try. Here are some of my personal reasons to start a blog.
Express your Creativity and Interests
After blogging, you will have a network of like-minded people to keep you inspired and keep you going. You must be enthusiastic about your subject in order to create a successful blog. I love to read blogs that go deep into topics and tell a story in the process. There are some amazing writers out there!
You can make money
Over time, if you do this correctly, you will be able to generate a regular income. The earlier you start, the better, though. Blogging is a great way to diversify your income. If you’re a writer, you can write reviews for companies or books that you’re interested in. If you’re a photographer, you can sell your photos or at least post them to your site for other people to enjoy.
Not sure what type of blog to start?
Try the most popular blogging platform for beginners, WordPress. You might find it a bit confusing, though but you don’t need to be tech-savvy, you can choose WordPress.org and get a site ready to blog within minutes.
If you want to start a blog, you won’t need to learn anything advanced like HTML, you can use one of the many free plug-ins and themes to get your site looking and functioning exactly as you please. You can use your own domain and in most cases get the domain for free if you buy the hosting too.
Start a Blog Now
Do you want to start a blog right now? Then here is some advice. It’s a bit of a cliché, but do something you enjoy. Start your blog while you are full of ideas, but don’t put it off until the next day or next week or next month. Get started now. It’s not going to be simple, and it won’t happen overnight. It will probably take a while before you get the hang of it. But if you set up a blog, you will have a foundation on which you can build. And in the process, you will learn a great deal about blogging, yourself and how to monetize your blog.
We’ve created a simple template that I use when I’m helping people set up their blogs. You can download it and adapt it to your own needs, as well.
We will walk you through the process of setting up a blog that you can customize to meet your needs and interests. We’ll create the email address you need, set up your home page, add the URL to your site, add your favorite social media links, and provide you with some essential advice that will help you along the way.
How to setup a Blog
1) Make a Plan
You’ll probably have a couple of things you want to write about and some photos that you’d like to share. When you’re ready to start your blog, it’s best to make a plan to help you organize everything.
What are you going to write about? You should have at least three areas that you want to write about. Perhaps you’re a photographer or a designer and you want to share your work on your site. Maybe you have a thought you want to share about a controversial topic. Perhaps you want to create a guide to overcoming a common obstacle or a blog post on how to create a logo using WordPress.
Figure out what your niche is. Do you want to talk about decorating, cooking or fashion? Do you want to talk about computers? Any of these can make a great blog post and help you make money from your blog.
Add your top three topics or three topics that you think will interest your readers to your blog. If you have more than three areas you want to write about, you’ll need to pick. But you might have more than three areas you want to write about, in which case you will have more than three topics you can write about.
Most bloggers I’ve helped have more than three areas to write about. I usually suggest five areas, and some have even more.
Pick the main areas you want to write about and figure out what your niche is. But this isn’t an exact science and not everything will fit into the niche. Sometimes you might need to stretch a topic to fit.
Think about your target readers. Are they young girls who like to shop and fashion? Is it younger adults? Middle-aged women? Working professionals? Or do you want to attract everyone?
Take some time to figure out your target readers. Figure out what they want and what you want to write about.
You might want to include a couple of areas where you can include photos.
Figure out how you want to make money from your blog. Perhaps you’re a blogger and you want to sell subscriptions to your site. Perhaps you’re hoping to get sponsors or affiliate partners to share a link on their sites to your site. You can also develop gift guides for other bloggers.
It’s also a good idea to make a shopping cart on your site where you can sell products.
Do you want to get paid by Google? Perhaps you’ll use Google AdSense. Maybe you can attract premium subscribers using signup incentives.
Be realistic about your goals. If you are trying to make money from your blog, it will take time. Don’t expect to make money immediately. Be patient and work at your blog.
2. Choose a platform
The first step is to choose the platform you want to use to set up your blog. The two most popular platforms are WordPress and Blogger. WordPress is more popular and has more features, but Blogger is simpler to use and is free.
3. Register a domain name
The next step is to register a domain name for your blog. This is the web address of your blog, for example, www.yourblog.com. You can register a domain name at a domain name registrar such as Namecheap.
4. Set up hosting
The next step is to set up hosting for your blog. Hosting is the service that stores your blog’s files and makes them available online. You can use a service like Bluehost to set up your hosting.
5. Install WordPress
Installing WordPress on your hosting account is next stage. This is the software that powers your blog. You can install WordPress by following the instructions provided by your hosting company.
6. Configure WordPress
The next step is to configure WordPress. This includes setting up your blog’s settings, creating a user account, and adding your first post. You can configure WordPress by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
7. Add content
The next step is to add content to your blog. This includes writing posts and adding pages. You can add content to your blog by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
8. Promote your blog
The next step is to promote your blog. This includes sharing your posts on social media, adding your blog to directories, and guest posting on other blogs. You can promote your blog by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
9. Monetize your blog
The next step is to monetize your blog. This includes adding affiliate links, Google Adsense, and other monetization methods. You can monetize your blog by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
10. Optimize your blog
The next step is to optimize your blog. This includes optimizing your blog’s settings, adding keywords to your posts, and using other optimization methods. You can optimize your blog by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
11. Maintain your blog
The final step is to maintain your blog. This includes updating your content, adding new posts, and using other maintenance methods. You can maintain your blog by following the instructions provided on the WordPress website.
That’s it! These are the steps that we recommend for setting up a blog. If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to setting up a successful blog.
If you’re looking for more information on setting up a blog, be sure to check out the following resources:
- WordPress website: https://wordpress.org/
- Bluehost website: https://www.bluehost.com/
- WordPress installation instructions: https://wordpress.org/support/article/install-wordpress/
- WordPress configuration instructions: https://www.bluehost.com/resources/wordpress-guide/
Setting up a blog does have several steps to get started and without a checklist to follow and a step-by-step detailed instruction set I always found it difficult.
Is it difficult to start a blog?
But was it difficult? It’s like putting together furniture or LEGO Technic, with the instructions, it’s just using your hands to put a few bricks or screws together, right?
No skills are required if you have the coaching, the step by step, on which to start first, and last, what to worry about, what not to worry about, etc, a direct route from where you are now, to where you want to be with your lifestyle.
Learning how to set up a blog alone is possible and with patients and some technical skills you can be on your way in no time, but what then? You have a blog set up and ready to go but only one or two people ever manage to get to your blog and see it.
You see just having a blog isn’t what makes blogs successful or everyone would be blogging and setting up online businesses, there are vital marketing steps and a specific process to follow to make an online business successful, especially a blog.
There are several different elements that would make you think starting a blog is difficult. But as I said above, with loads of LEGO bricks in one big jumble in front of you, holding the idea of turning it into a finished product, without knowing which brick to put on to the next is difficult.
But let’s not forget, it’s no harder and just as fun as LEGO when you are getting it all right!
Also, one major factor after discussing LEGO, is it’s a Child’s toy, so making a blog should be Childs’s play right?
Is it difficult to start a blog when you have daily step-by-step training? A daily checklist on which tasks to complete and in which order, advice on what to do and what not to do?
No! in that case, starting a blog is as easy as picking up one LEGO brick, looking at a video that has the same brick, then putting that brick into another brick, the exact same way you can see in the coaching, then finally ending up with a blog of your own.
It doesn’t stop there, we keep getting shown which bricks go where until we have our digital products launched and our online businesses established!
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There is also another training that’s provided free to help with this coaching, so you can take the training as advanced as you like from incredibly early on, but it’s simple, step by step tasks on how to set up a blog, get things done, laying the foundations to build upon.
Can you tell I am excited; I have learned how to set up a blog in a few days. I am looking forward to the product creation, I have so many ideas and the right people to tell advise me if they are worthwhile or not.
Once you get just a few days into the coaching program we already get access to more gold dust material on how to properly build, structure, and find resources for our websites.
What I like the most is the daily check sheets, it seems whenever I was working any of the businesses I started, I was doing absolutely everything alone, so when I would get stuck, I would spend two weeks on the same thing, around in circles until I gave up.
However, with a task list ordered by someone who does it every day, I am able to follow the tasks and check them off, knowing each day I am working towards building the online business, task by task.
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