How To Start A Blog Like A Pro
A Step-By-Step Guide For Newbies!
Have you caught the ‘start-a-blog’ fever?
Maybe you’ve seen those people who make a living by blogging about their passion and want to join their ranks. Or perhaps you just love the idea of being able to share your thoughts with people from around the globe.
No matter what your reasons for wanting to create a blog are, I think it’s a great decision!
But you might feel a bit overwhelmed, right?
There’s so much information out there that it can be hard to figure out exactly what you need to do to start a blog.
To help you out, I’ve tried to collect everything you need to know about starting a blog in one single place.
Without leaving this page, you’ll learn how to pick a blog topic, what the best platform to start a blog, the technical steps to create a website for your blog, how to customize your blog’s interface and functionality, and much more!
I’ll walk you through the entire process with tons of screenshots so that, no matter what your technical level is, you’ll be able to follow along.
The sooner we get started, the sooner you can start publishing blog posts. So let’s dive in!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to start a blog?
After deciding the topic you want to write about, it takes you about 20-30 minutes to start writing a blog.
Is it expensive to start a blog?
No, it isn’t (ONLY IF you know how to save money spent on your blogs). With the method I’m about to show you, it costs under $5 per month to start a profitable blog. I consider this price is quite economical when it comes to comparing with other costly methods on the Internet!
Can’t I just use one of those free platforms to start a blog?
Frankly speaking, free platforms don’t come with a guarantee of quality. The method that I want to offer you is totally guaranteed, and it will provide the most ideal and high-quality platforms which can protect your content and give you the right to control your personal blog.
Do I need to be one of those tech geniuses to start a blog?
No, actually there is no skill or experience required to start a blog. If you want to write blogs like a pro, let me show you how to do it in the next part of this article.
How To Create A Blog?
If you are wondering how to start making a profitable blog as a newbie, this article is here to help. I’m going to outline every single thing you need to do to set up your own blog. It’s time for you to get the ball rolling!
Step 1: Choose a topic
This will be one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make. It depends on your purposes. I highly recommend that you should brainstorm a blog niche at first to direct your blog towards a specific issue to avoid being lengthy and rambling.
However, that niche should be well-known and can easily draw the attention of viewers. To ensure that your niche is popular enough, you can do keyword research with the help of Google Trends.
Step 2: Pick a blog platform
I highly recommend that you should choose WordPress or at least you should try it for once. WordPress is very popular as a blogging platform and here are the reasons why:
– It’s easy to use and affordable.
– You are able to create your own website.
– It’s open-source software and widely used.
– It provides professionally designed themes for you to choose from.
Step 3: Register a domain name
A domain name is regarded as the address where people can find and visit your website. A suitable and memorable domain name can quickly drive more visitors to your websites. Hence, it should show the main topic of your blogs that perfectly represents the idea inside.
However, your domain name must be unique and registered before using it.
Step 4: Purchase web hosting at SiteGround
This host is 100% newbie-friendly. It knows how to simplify the blog set-up process and is much more affordable than other tools. Here are the steps you need to follow:
– Go to the dashboard and click ‘Choose plan’.
– Click ‘Get started’ under ‘StartUP’.
– Enter the domain name then hit ‘Proceed’.
– Enter your account and billing details.
– Connect your domain name with your web hosting.
Step 5: Install WordPress on your web host
This step is quite simple. When you sign in to your SiteGround account for the first time, you need to:
– Hit ‘Start a new website’
– Select the WordPress software
– Fill in detailed required.
– Click ‘Complete Setup’
Step 6: Choose a WordPress theme
There are thousands of themes available for you to choose from. However, you can install your own ideas and customize them at ease.
Step 7: Choose WordPress plugins
There are several types of plugins, such as Backup plugins, Mailing list & opt-in form plugins, etc.
Step 8: Create some blog pages
You should prepare a Contact page and About page.
– A Contact page provides all the contact information to your customers such as your email address, your Facebook account, etc.
– An About page includes brief information about yourself and your blogs.
They will help you deliver all related information directly to your viewers.
Step 9: Write and publish your first blog post
You need to follow these steps below:
– Click ‘Add new’ under ‘Posts’
– Add title, media, tags, categories and the content you want it to appear inside your blogs.
– Hit ‘Publish’.
Step 10: Start getting traffic to your blog
There are millions of ways to generate more traffic to your blogs, but I think you should consider using these two methods below. I guarantee that they will give you a helping hand!
– Learn the basics of SEO.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Search engines provide a long list of links to webpages, which create the main sources of traffic based on your keywords. You should equip yourself with basic knowledge about SEO to ensure that your blog content can have the highest efficiency.
– Use social media to promote your blogs.
Social media can help you reach a larger targeted audience. With proper social media marketing strategies, I think this won’t be a difficult task for you.
Step 11: Try to make money from your blog
I believe many people come up with the idea of using blogs as methods to help them gain passive income without leaving their home! I will list some of the most common ways to earn money from your blogs below:
– Run Ads
– Promote affiliate links to gain commission
– Write blogs as a service
As you venture on in your blogging career, you’ll start to evolve into using more advanced tactics to promote and monetize your blog.
These topics might be overwhelming right now. But once you feel confident enough with the basics of blogging, here are some posts you should read to start taking your blog to the next level:
- Learn why an email list is important and how you can build an email list for your blog
- Start using something called “content upgrades” to promote your list
- Create a membership site based around your blog
- Build a Facebook group around your blog
- Learn some copywriting strategies to make your writing even more awesome
Bookmark those posts for later! But for now, congratulate yourself on a job well done because you had the gumption to do something awesome – start a blog!