You’ve come to this page because you were searching online how to start a blog, or you want to learn how to make money blogging.
Starting a blog and learning how to make money blogging may seem difficult or hard to do, and you’ll soon find the steps to start a blog are quite easy.
In this article you will learn the easy-to-follow steps to start a blog.
In this article, We will discuss the six steps to start a blog in less than 15 minutes.
- What is a Blog
- Choosing a domain name
- Choose web hosting for your blog
- Choose your preferred blogging platform
- Setting up a blog on WordPress (WP)
- Getting Your new blog found in the search engines
Why Start a Blog?
Let’s get started with the basic question, what is a blog. A blog is basically an online journal, where you post articles for others to read on the internet. The term Blog is short for the word weblog.
Why start a blog? Your blog can be a personal journal of your travels, where you post articles about places you have visited, a journal you share publicly as you overcome a personal hardship, to help others, a parenting blog, a cooking blog where you post your favorite recipes, or as many people today do, they start a blog to make money online.
Whatever your goal or passion, the process of how to start a blog is the same.
There are two types of blogs you can choose, a free blog, such as Blogger, or a paid blog, such as wordpress.org. Don’t get this version confused with wordpress.com, which is the free blogging software version.
If your goal is just to have an online journal, then a free blog is fine. If you want a professional looking blog, or you intend to generate income from your blog, you will need a paid, or what is referred to as a self-hosted blog, since you are hosting wordpress on your own paid web hosting account.
What Do You Want to Blog About?
To be honest, deciding what you want to blog about is the hardest step in the process, and the step that prevents most people from moving forward. When people ask me, “what should I write about?”
Here is what I tell people when they ask:
- Find a niche that you can write about, or something you love or are passionate about, and has the potential to be profitable.
- If you write with the goal of making money online, you’re already dead in the water. Why? People will quickly see that either you have no idea what you are talking about or you don’t love what you are writing about, and they will click away never to return. It takes time an effort to make money online, and if yo are not passionate about what you are writing, you will most likely get bored or frustrated that money is not flowing in and you will quit.
- Do you love animals, are you a DIY fanatic, have you made money investing, do you love health and fitness, do you love to cook, do you like to work on cars, did you help you child overcome a hardship in life, or whatever?
- These are just a few of the countless topics you can write about.
- Spend some time soul searching and write down all the ideas you can think of that you would never get bored writing about.
- Research the topic online to see if other people are writing about it, or even better, are people asking questions about that topic, because they can’t find the answers they are looking for.
- When someone asks what niche is your blog in? You can say my blog is about “Do it yourself home repairs, or whatever. That is your niche.
Choose a Domain Name For Your Blog
Once you’ve decided what your blog will be about, you need to give it a name. This is called the domain name.
While not critical, it is recommended to have a keyword in your blog title. If your blog is about dog training, your blog domain should have a keyword related to dogs or dog training, such as www.dogtraining101.com.
This will help you rank faster in the search engines – Google, Bing and Yahoo, so people can more easily find your blog and it’s content.
A keyword is a word that people key in to the search engine to find information on their desired topic.
Find a Web Hosting Company for Your Blog
Now that you have come up with a name for your blog, you will need to register your blog with a web hosting company. All web hosting companies can register and host your blog domain name as well as your physical blog.
If you are new to blogging, it is recommended that you have the same web hosting company register your domain and host your blog.
Search web hosting on the internet, and you will literally find hundreds of web hosting companies. For your first blog, I recommend using one of the larger more established web hosting companies.
Hint: If you have selected a web hosting company before you figured out the domain name for your blog, called a URL, just go to the domain tab on the webpage of your desired web hosting company, and search for a URL you like to see if it is available. I recommend using a “.com” extension, rather than .org or .net. It doesn’t matter which web hosting company you use to find an available URL, as only registered domains are stored in a central registry. Every hosting company checks these registries to see if the domain name is registered.
As you become more experienced as a blogger and dealing with these companies, you can have one company register your domain name and another company host your blog. This is generally done for financial reasons. For now, keep them with the same company.
The three most popular web hosting companies are:
- Inmotion Hosting
I am currently using Inmotion Hosting for my web hosting. If you select a web hosting plan with Inmotion Hosting, I may receive a commission.
Choosing a Blogging Platform
Once you sign up for a web hosting account and purchase your domain name, you are ready to start blogging!
Log in to your web hosting account, and follow the instructions to access your account CPanel.
You will choose your blogging platform inside the CPanel area of your web hosting account.
Most self hosted web hosting accounts come with several pre-installed blogging platforms, including:
Why Choose WordPress (WP) as your Blogging Platform?
Every webmaster, SEO specialist and blogger will tell you, if you are new to blogging and are not tech savvy, go with a self hosted WordPress installation. While Joomla and Drupal have their strengths, being user friendly to new bloggers is not at the top of the list.
WordPress has been the industry standard blogging platform and content management system (CMS) since 2003, and with a WordPress (WP) blog, there is no coding or HTML experience required. Just click a few buttons and your blog is up and running in about 5-10 minutes.
You can choose from one of the thousands of free themes or you can choose and install a paid theme.
The theme provides the structure and layout of your blog.
Next you will need to choose your plugins. Plugins are free or paid applications that help your blog run better, protect it from spam or spammy comments and help you be better blogger.
These are the highest rated plugins on WordPress. Just click the install button for each plugin, and it will be installed on your blog. Most of the plugins a new blogger needs can be found for free through WordPress. Just select plugins on your dashboard and search for the plugins you need, and click install.
How to get my blog found in the search engines?
Anywhere from every few days to every couple of weeks, the search engines crawl the internet with bot programs called spiders. These spiders search for new and updated content on the internet to index in the search engines.
You should not expect the search engines to find and index your blog and it’s content for a couple of weeks. Google want to see that you are updating your new blog on a regular basis, so it can take up to a month before you are found and indexed.
The more content you have on your blog the easier it is to be found. Ideally, you want to write a post a day of high quality content for the first 30 to 60 days of your new blog’s life. Unlike a website, blogs are considered living web journals, so the search engines want to see frequent new pieces of high quality content on your blog. Each post should be 500 to 2,000 words. That may seem like a lot, but you will soon see how fast you can crank out a 500 word post.
Congratulations, you are now ready to start your blog!