How To Start A Blog

How to start a blog

There are many reasons to start a blog, some are:

  • Make money with a blog
  • Replace your existing job
  • Spend more time at home or on vacation
  • Total financial and time independence

What is your why?

Why do you want to start a blog? Your why to start a blog has to be very strong to keep you going when you feel like quitting. It has to be able to push you through the difficult times.

What should I blog about?

The best thing to blog about is something that you enjoy blogging about and that you are knowledgeable about. Please don’t blog about a subject because you think it might be profitable. Chasing the money always ends in failure. You will be back at work for a blog that you hate.

But how do you make money with a blog?

There are many different ways, but the most common ways are with affiliate marketing, ads, and creating your own products.  Affiliate marketing as it relates to your blog is by creating links to affiliate products that in turn you are paid a commission per sale or lead.

It is very inexpensive to start your own money making blog. All you need is web hosting and a domain name. You can obtain web hosting for about $3 per month and most companies include a free domain name with your hosting.

Some of the more popular web hosting companies are Bluehost, GoDaddy, and HostGator. It might sound complicated but the host company does all the heavy lifting for you. It is mostly a one-click install to get you up and running, no technical skills required.

When you select a hosting company they will ask you for your domain name, an example would be Walmart.com. You will be able to search to see if the domain name you want to use for your blog is available.

If you already have a domain name, you can always move it to your new hosting company.  With Bluehost, you will receive a free domain name with your web hosting.

Things to think about when selecting your domain name:

  • Don’t make it difficult to spell
  • Be somewhat general, don’t be too specific
  • Don’t make it too long

Web Hosting

Bluehost is an excelling choice for web hosting. They have great customer service, their platform is user-friendly, and their hosting cost is less than $3 per month.

Bluehost Pricing

Go to Bluehost.com, click on the Get Started button, this will bring you to the pricing page. Select your package, you really don’t need anything above the Basic Plan.

You will receive the best monthly price if you sign up for 36 months. The best thing about this is  Bluehost offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Also, your low price is locked in for 36 months.

Next, enter your new domain now, or if you already have one, enter your current domain name.

Select your account plan from the drop-down menu, this is the length of your plan. Next up is the package extra, some of these may be checked, but you can uncheck them, they are not needed.

Next is downloading WordPress to your new site. Don’t worry, this is an easy 1-click installation, no coding or tech skills needed.

Logging into WordPress

To get to your new WordPress site, type in (your domain name)/wp-admin, ex.: YourDomain.com/wp-admin. This is where you will begin to set up your new blog.

Themes

WordPress Themes

The first item to select is your Theme, this is the way your blog looks and the functionality of your blog. They have both free and paid themes, you will be given a list of Themes when you first log on.

Type in the name of a Theme if you know it, or just search for a theme in the search bar. You can also change your theme once you start your blog, so don’t spend too much time on this task.

Once you have decided on a theme, click Activate, and you are ready to customize your new theme.

Setting – General

Click on Setting, then General, input your Site Title and Tag Line. The tag line will appear under your Site Title, type in a short phrase explaining what your blog is about.

Next select your timezone, date format, and time format and this section is completed. In the Setting – Reading section is where you define if you want your site set up as a website with a separate blog page, or your site is set up as your blog is your homepage.

Setting – Reading

Under Your Homepage Displays, select Your Latest Posts if you want your blog on your homepage. Select A Static Page, if you want your blog on a separate web page and choose your desired static page.

Setting – Permalinks

Permalinks are the web address for your posts. Make sure Post Name is checked, if Plain is checked the difference will be:

  • Post Name: YourDomain.com/Camera
  • Plain: YourDomain.com/?p=385

Plugins

Plugins add functionality to your site. Here are the recommended plugins to install with a new blog:

  • Akismet Anti-Spam
  • Limit Login Attempts Reloaded
  • Yoast SEO

To add a plugin, select Plugins – Add New, select or type in the name of the plugin in the search bar,  then activate the plugin. Some plugins will create a new menu selection for the plugin.

Creating Pages and Posts

To create pages and posts, select them from the left menu, then select Add New.  Create new pages for things like your Contact Page, About Page, Privacy Policy, and other pages that will not change. Post pages are for your blog posts, here you will be creating a new post page for each new blog post.

Creating Your First Post

Click on Post – Add New, fill out your title to your post, it doesn’t have to be perfect, you can edit it at any time. Click on the block under your title to write the main text of your post.

Add An Image

Next, let’s add an image. Click on the Image icon on the right side of the screen. You can either add an image from your computer or from the WordPress Media Library.

Let’s Publish Your Post

Once you are completed with your post, it is time to publish it for the entire internet to see. Up until now, it was saved as a draft, where only you can see it. Once you hit publish, it will be available online.

You can send a link to your Facebook, Twitter, and your other social media accounts if you wish.

Thank you for reading my post, I have you found value in it.

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