How To Start A Blog
Starting a blog is not as easy as it seems. You hear stories about people who make six figures monthly just from blogging and you think it must be easy but you couldn’t be more wrong. If you learn more about these people and stories, you are likely to discover the sacrifices they made to get to where they are. This is not to discourage you from starting your blog but to get you to have the right mindset before you go into blogging.
Before you quit that 9-5 life, think deeply about why you want to choose to blog as your fall back job and if you think it will be worth it. When you do this, then follow our step by step tutorial on how to start a blog and become successful at it.
STEP ONE: Know Your Reason For Choosing To Blog
People go into blogging for a variety of reasons. Some do it as a hobby; some people just stumbled into it while others go into blogging looking to earn an income for it. Blogging can change your life. Not only is it flexible and fun, but when you have become successful at it, you get to travel the world or do whatever you are passionate through the blogging medium. It is a great way to live your dream. There are so many advantages to blogging, as a successful blogger you can;
- Make a ton of money, if that is your goal
- Become a famous author; blogging is mostly writing, and you can easily transition from writing posts to writing best sellers.
- Work from wherever you want; you can work from home or while traveling. Blogging is flexible and entirely at your convenience.
- Become an internet celebrity; you may think that being internet famous is not a big deal but I assure you, it is. You have influence, and you get endorsements from huge companies.
- Be stress-free; writing can be therapeutic. You can blog just for the relief it brings.
- Be free; your freedom is limited if you are working under people. When you blog, your time belongs to you.
STEP TWO: Select The Right Platform And Hosting Company
When you build your blog, you have to start on the right note. There are several options to choose from when it comes to blogging platforms and hosting companies. Wix, Squarespace, WordPress, and Bluehost are some of the most popular options. However, if you aim to build a blog and not a website, WordPress is the best choice.
WordPress is the most commonly used platform, and it powers a large percentage of the internet.
- It has fantastic support and customizability with thousands of themes, plugins and other options.
- It allows you to scale and can handle lots of traffic, unlike the other platforms.
- WordPress is great for beginners, it is easy to use, and it includes a one-click install with Bluehost.
Just as WordPress is an excellent platform for building your site, Bluehost is the perfect hosting company, and it goes hand in hand with WordPress.
Bluehost comes with a free domain name, and their plans will only cost you a small sum. It is perfect for when you are on a tight budget.
It is also an excellent option for beginners because it is easy to use. Bluehost also offers a guarantee on their hosting packages, you can ask for a refund within 30 days of purchase.
If you are looking to start your blog for free, now is the time to change your mind because that is a terrible idea. There are so many disadvantages of free blog hosting, and if you plan to earn money from your blog, you shouldn’t attempt it.
- If you do, your blog will look sloppy
- The customizations are limited
- You can’t monetize your blog because they don’t allow ads or affiliate links
- The websites are slow
If you want to become a successful blogger, self-hosting is the way to go.
STEP THREE: Get A Domain Name And Web Hosting
Getting a domain name is not difficult if you sign up with Bluehost. Go to Bluehost.com, click the button to get started on the homepage. A list of pricing options will pop up.
Pick the pricing plan that is best for you; the options are $2.75 for the basic plan, $5.45 for the plus plan and $5.45 for the prime plan.
You can go with the basic plan which is $2.75 if you sign up for the 36-month contract term. There are some advantages to this, and they are;
You can cancel risk-free within 30 days.
Signing up for a longer term is a sign of commitment to keep up with your blogging
It ensures that Bluehost won’t raise the price of your hosting during that period.
Enter your new domain after selecting your plan. If you are struggling with finding a good domain name, here are some tips;
- Use your name
- Use your name with your blog topic
- Make up a word related to your topic
- You can use a .co instead of a .com
When you enter your domain, click next then fill in your contact information and go to the package information section.
Select your account plan- remember, this is where we recommend the 36-month plan for a great value.
Click next and tick the boxes that are relevant, especially ‘Domain Privacy protection’ which ensures that your personal information remains private.
STEP FOUR: Set Up WordPress And Choose A Theme
If you are using Bluehost, then the process of setting up WordPress would be so much easier for you.
After you set up your password, pick a theme for your WordPress site. There are loads of free themes that are beautiful and user-friendly.
Select the Business option, after this; you can write your first post.
You can continue to customize your site and tweak it whenever you like, it may take time to become familiar with all the tools, but you will master it eventually. You don’t need any tech experience to make your site what you want it to be.
You can either choose a free theme or a premium theme. The premium themes have some advantage over the free ones such as extra tools. You can invest some more money to get a premium theme if it is still within your budget.
However, the free themes are excellent, and you can use them until you get used to the platform.
You can save time and get a better design with a paid theme. Some themes we recommend are;
- Divi Theme: This is customizable and user-friendly, and if you purchase it, you will get access to the entire Elegant Themes market which includes over seventy themes.
- Avada Theme: This theme is less user and beginner-friendly than Divi, but it is also cheaper.
It can get a little overwhelming, so it is important to pace yourself and dedicate time and effort to your blog.