If you have been planning to start a blog then this is the best time to do so. If you are an absolute beginner and have no idea what blogging is all about? and how do you get started with it? then you’re going to love this post. In this guide.
I will walk you through each step in the process that you need to take to start a new blog. It has everything you need to know to get started.
There are some of the simplest steps you can start a blog:
- Pick your Blog Name
- Choose a blogging platform
- Buy a domain name for your blog
- Set up your blog’s hosting
- Create your important pages
- Publish your first blog posts
- Promote your blog
The first step to finding a good blog name is choosing your topic.
A good blog name should be descriptive so that potential readers can instantly tell what your blog is about just from the name.
If you are blogging about one specific topic then you will definitely want to include that in some way in your blog name. Try not to get hung up on just one word though. For example, a cooking blog doesn’t necessarily have to have the word “cooking” in it. The words “food”, “recipes”, and “meals” would also let people know that your blog is about cooking.
Step 2: Choose a blogging platform
Before you can even start worrying about how your blog will look, you’ll need to know the best place to start a blog. This is known as a blogging platform.
There is A LOT to choose from. You are able to create a blog with many different blogging platforms, such as WordPress, Custom, Drupal, Gawker, and may more…
However, given that there are over 72 million active users using WordPress today, it’s clear that WordPress is the best blog platform hands down.
- It’s FREE for everyone to use
- It’s super easy for you to set up on your own
- It’s safe & secure
- It’s HIGHLY customizable
Step 3: Buy a Domain Name For Your Blog
Once you’ve decided on the perfect niche for your blog, then you need to pick the perfect domain. This is another crucial step in your blogging journey.
Think about it for a moment…
Picking your domain is like choosing your marriage partner. It needs to be perfect and available. It’s a big decision that’s not easy to change, so take the time now to choose wisely.
Step 4: Set up your blog’s hosting
Now that you’ve got a name picked out it’s time to get your blog online. This might sound hard or technical, but the steps below will walk you right through and make the process easy.
To get your blog up and running you need two things: blog hosting and blogging software. The good news is that these typically come packaged together.
A blog host is a company that stores all of the files for your blog and delivers them to the user when they type in your blog name. You must have a blog host in order to have a blog.
Step 5: Create your important pages
Before we look at these 5 important blog pages, here is a brief guide on how to create pages in WordPress. This is as simple as creating a post.
- Point to the “Post” link on the left menu of your WordPress Admin and click “Add New“
- Fill the form that shows up: Post title and Post content
- Click to publish when your page is ready.
As a matter of fact, there is no big deal in creating a page in WordPress. It’s as simple as the steps above.
Some important pages on your Blog:
- Contact Page
- About me page
- Service page
- Disclaimer page
- Private page
Step 6: Publish your first blog posts
Now, in the WordPress post page enter the title of your post in the top box and then begin writing your post in the lower box.
If you would like to add a picture to your post, click on the “Add Media” button and click “Select Files” to upload a picture from your computer. You can make adjustments to the picture size on the next screen. When you are ready click “Insert into post” to add the picture.
When you are ready to make your blog public just click the Publish” menu at the top right of the page in your “post” area then click the “Visit Site” button to see the blog.
Step 7: Promote your blog
Now that you have set up your blog and know the basics, it’s time to make your blog successful. Many beginners struggle at that point.
One of my favorite ways to get readers to my blog is to post links on my social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. This is great, because not only do your friends see the link, but if your friends share the link with their friends it automatically multiplies your readers. If you have created high-quality content on your blog then social media is a great way for your blog to go viral.