Ready to Learn How to Start Your Own Blog?
If you’ve landed on this page, chances are that you’re thinking about creating your own blog, and want to know the steps it takes to get started.
Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this free blogging guide, I am going to share with you how to start a blog from scratch.
I’ve personally built (and sold) over 20+ blogs in my 12+ years as a full-time online marketer, and with today’s software, themes, and templates it’s easier to get started building your own blog than ever before.
Even if you’ve never built any type of website in your life!
The best thing about building a blog, is that it is an actual asset that grows, and gains more value over time. You can use it to make a healthy monthly income, or even sell it later on down the road.
Whether you want to replace your full-time income and travel the world, while working remotely from your laptop, or you just want to use it as a side hustle to pay off some bills, blogs can be a very valuable asset.
The best time to get started blogging is right now.
My hopes with this post is to help you go from zero to blogger as fast as possible. I will try to cover as much information as I can about starting your own blog, what to look out for, and many other tips and tricks.
So buckle up, as this will be a fairly long post! (Broken up into sections of course!)
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A blog is simply a website that is run by an individual, or a small group of people in a particular niche or category, such as camping, beauty, golf, or even recipes., while sharing valuable information, written in a conversational style.
Blogs allow you to build a relationship with your readers, where they can interact with you in the comments section, or via email marketing (we’ll cover this more later on).
Once you grow a following, and build trust with your readers by continuing to provide valuable content, you can start making money from various product recommendations, and much more.
I will discuss monetization strategies for your blog in much more detail towards the end of this blog post.
First of all, to become a blogger, you don’t have to be an expert at all. The beauty about blogging, is that you are in full control! There are no rules!
It definitely helps if you start a blog in a niche market that you are passionate about, because writing fresh content will come more naturally to you.
For instance, say you work at a make-up counter and start a beauty blog, You likely already know all of the best types of makeup to use, the brands of makeup, and other insider tips that the average person may not know.
Or let's say you’re a rock climber...
You likely already have broad knowledge of the best types of equipment to use, the brands with the highest quality stuff, and even some techniques that you’ve learned over the years.
Whatever it is, it can make your life as a blogger much easier if it’s something you’re already passionate about.
Plus, when you write with passion behind it, people will naturally gravitate to your specific personality, and even become raving fans who can’t wait for your next blog post!
This in turn brings more consistent traffic to your blog, which is awesome!
You’ll get to share your personal story with the world, and share ideas with others in your niche who are just as passionate as you are, and even learn from them as well.
Of course not! I’ve created over a dozen blogs over the years in niches I knew nothing about. I simply hired content writers to research and write the content for me, and I just added some more flair to each post to make it less robotic.
Then, I just focused on bringing in traffic, and monetization strategies. This is similar to how the guys at Income School are doing it, and they’ve become very successful in the process!
Well, the first reason to learn how to start a blog of your own is that you can make money from home or on a laptop. You can write a blog post once, and it stays up for YEARS.
This means that as long as you have your blog set up for monetization, (more on this later) you’ll be building a passive income opportunity for yourself and your family.
You will also be able to make a name for yourself, and gain recognition for yourself and/or your business.
Example: If you write a book, you can already have a tribe of passionate and loyal followers who will buy your book, share it with others, write reviews and more..
They might even share it with their audience on
Youtube or even on their own blogs.
This comes down to also building a network of friends and associates / being an active part of the community.
1: Selecting a niche market
2. Choose a name for your blog & get a domain name / hosting account
3. Install your blog with a few clicks
4. Customize your blog (free themes & paid themes)
5. Getting a logo made
6. Set up Plugins
7. Write your first blog post!
8. Get traffic / promote your blog to the world
9. Start monetizing your blog
10. Advanced strategies / optional stuff
There are many types of blogs out there, ranging from personal “diary style” blogs, all the way up to highly detailed tech review blogs. It really boils down to what you’re passionate about, or what niche you've decided on after doing your research.
You can choose to create your blog on many different topics including hobbies, passions, or even something that is extremely technical.
Some ideas could be:
Cooking, biking, bowling, photography, knitting, car racing, make-up tutorials, stay-at-home moms, fashion, BBQ’ing, camping, Kayaking, rock climbing, talking about the latest reality TV shows, or even breakdancing.
It can literally be anything! Obviously, some niches will have a bigger audiences than others, but it’s a massive world out there, and there are PLENTY of people interested in the same things as you.
Once you’ve decided on the niche for your blog, you need to come up with a good domain name (The web address where your website will be at)
While you can technically get a “Free” blog through sites like wix.com and wordpress.com, it pales in comparison to having your own self-hosted website.
By hosting your own website, you have full control over your own content (think terms of service / contracts), and you won’t have to worry about your blog disappearing overnight if the site you hosted your blog on decides to shut down for whatever reason.
(Yes, it happens! It’s happened to me with over 30 web properties I had on a website called Squidoo.com several years ago (no longer exists) and others…
Plus, you’ll have an actual asset that you can sell later on if you choose to do so. To sum it up, you are in full control, and it opens up infinite possibilities, because you are learning how to start a blog the right way!
While you may think using a done-for-you solution like Hubpages, Wix, or WordPress.com seems like the easier option, please don’t fall for that trap!
I know if you’re new to all of this, that it might seem a bit scary, but stick with me, as it’s actually a pretty simple process.
Once you’ve done it once, you can do it again in under 10 minutes!
Your “domain name” (you register this with a domain registrar) which is essentially the address that will point to your website, and “hosting” which is where the files, data, and other parts of your website reside.
But, before we get into setting up your new self-hosted blog, we first need to come up with a domain name.
When choosing a domain, it’s a good idea to take into consideration the TLD or extension of your domain name. (Like .com, .net, .org, etc...)
Dot “com” is Best!
People may remember the name of your blog, but if it’s a different extension, like blogname.info for example, they may forget, and naturally type in blogname.com instead, sending them to the wrong website, or another dead end.
Sure, there are many successful blogs out there that use domain extensions other than .com, but after creating over 100+ websites over the years, I’ve found .com to always work best, and it's also the most trusted. It is advised that you start a blog with a good domain name, because it can be hard to change it later on down the road!
If you have a specific name already in mind, and just HAVE-TO have it, but the .com is already taken, I would suggest going with .net or .org extensions as an alternative option.
(A few other somewhat popular alternatives are .blog, .co, .info, .biz, and .me)
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You can always try to grab the .net or .org extensions, but as I mentioned before, this could lead to people trying to type in your domain name (thinking it was supposed to be .com) and end up going to the wrong website.
Another good option is to try adding small words like “a”, “i”, “my”, or “the” to your domain name.
For instance, if MotorcycleBlog.com is taken, you could try TheMotorcycleBlog.com etc..
Sometimes searching for the right domain name can be EXTREMELY time consuming, (I’ve spent over a month before deciding on one before), but I suggest you don’t overthink it too much.
Try using thesaurus.com to find similar words that you could substitute in your domain name. For instance, substitute the word “great” for “wonderful” , or "funny" for "hilarious" etc..
Hosting companies store all of the files and databases that make up your website / blog and display it to your visitors when they visit your domain name.
In order to have a proper blog, you need to have a hosting account.
If you choose a crappy low-end hosting provider, it can virtually ruin all of your effort and hard work due to slow loading times or excessive down time
(meaning your site will not even be live!).
Worse yet, they could even be running outdated servers and rarely update anything. (this can be a huge problem!)
They both have been great, however if you’re just starting out, I 100% recommend using BlueHost.com , as you can get hosting for only a few bucks per month, they make it super easy for new bloggers to get started, and they are very dependable!
Plus, their always updating their systems and software to the latest versions (which is key!).
Hard to believe, but I got my first Bluehost account way back in 2006!
Bluehost has an incredibly helpful and responsive support team. Their servers are rarely down; like 0.002% of the time (which is also very important!).
Bluehost also gives you a free domain name when signing up with their hosting, so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone as they say. This makes the entire process very easy and seamless.
NEXT STEP: Setup your hosting account and free domain name: Click here...
There are 3 different hosting plans to choose from, but if you’re just now learning how to start a blog, I recommend just going with the cheapest “Basic" plan.
1. “New Domain”, and
2. “I have a domain name”
You’ll want to select the option “New Domain”, and type in the domain name that you have decided to use for your new blog.
Next, you’ll just fill out all your payment details, but be sure to pay attention to all of the check box options at the bottom of the order form.
Here, you’ll need to select your package / extras. I recommend un-checking all of the package extras except “privacy protection”, as this will keep random people from looking up your home address / email address.
Privacy Protection just adds an extra level of security, and it’s less than $1 per month. But, it is up to you if you want the privacy protection or not.
You can then pay with credit card, or select “more payment options” to pay with PayPal instead.
After you’re done signing up for your Bluehost hosting account, it will ask you to create a password.
Once you’ve created a password, and login to your new Bluehost account, you’ll land on a page where you can start your own blog with a custom theme design.
Simply choose one of the templates by hovering over it and clicking on “use this theme” to get started. (Don’t worry, you can easily change this later on)
Next, Click the button that says “Start Building”
Afterwards, you’ll be directed directly to your new WordPress dashboard!
You now have an actual self-hosted WordPress blog! Give yourself a pat on the back, and then go and do a double back flip on your neighbor’s trampoline! 🙂
NOTE: If you’re still having issues, Bluehost has an amazing Live Chat feature where a customer service agent will help you get everything setup quickly and easily.
WordPress is an amazing platform for running your blog. One of the best things is that you can customize the look and feel of your blog to suit your personality and preferences. It’s very versatile!
When selecting a theme for your WordPress site, there are 2 options. Free themes, and Premium themes (Paid).
Both have their pros and cons, but either one is fine.
But, once you start getting more comfortable, you’re likely going to outgrow a basic free theme, and will be looking for even more options and the functionality that a Premium WP theme can provide.
I have personally purchased at least 30 or so premium WordPress themes over the years.
The one I am using for this blog, and HIGHLY recommend is from Thrive Themes.
They have an incredible suite of themes and plugins to make your site look better, run faster, and engage your visitors much better. If you are truly ready to start a blog as a full-time venture, (or at least aiming for that as a future goal) I say go for it!
For a monthly fee, you can get ALL of their plugins and themes to use any way you see fit.
Once you feel you’ve graduated from the beginner stage of blogging, and are more of an intermediate to advanced blogger, I would definitely suggest upgrading to Thrive Themes.
You can learn more about what they offer here:
1: Themify: Visit Site
Themify offers 42 responsive WordPress themes, 12 awesome plugins, and a TON of quality add-ons to customize your blog quickly and easily.
You can get a single theme from Themify for $59, or you can currently get all of their themes, and plugins, and 1 year of support and updates for a one-time fee of just $89! They offer a 30 day guarantee so you can try it out risk free.
2. Elegant Themes: Visit Site
Elegant themes has 87 beautiful premium wordpress themes, as well as plugins for creating stunning opt-in forms and social sharing. This gives you a lot of design flexibility to best suit your personality and preferences.
You can get access to their entire suite for just $89 per year, or $249 (one time fee) for lifetime access. They also offer a 30 day guarantee so you can try it out risk free.
But, please don’t stress too much about buying a premium theme in the beginning, as it’s not 100% necessary to get started.
If you have the extra money, and are up for the challenge, then sure, feel free to start with a premium theme as they are very powerful, and set you up better for the long run.
Another important part of your blog (as well as branding), is your website’s logo.
Logos can range anywhere from 100% free, up to thousands of dollars! Below I will list both free, and paid options for getting a logo.
Styles and complexity of logos can vary greatly, and it really just boils down to what resonates with your audience, and your personal preferences.
99Designs is a contest site where you post your idea for a logo, and talented graphics artists will compete against each other to make you the perfect logo.
While these logos can be truly amazing, it’s more for established companies, and not so much for people starting a new blog.
But, if you have the money in the beginning, and want an absolutely stunning logo, they are highly recommended. Just know that contests start at $299 and go up from there.
I suggest checking out some of the contests to see how it works. Here are some examples of logos that resulted from their logo contests:
WordPress Plugins are tools created by 3rd party web developers that you can use to better manage certain parts of your WordPress site.
There are thousands of WP Plugins out there for almost anything you can think of. While your WordPress install already includes some basic plugins, you’ll likely want to add some more of your own to customize your website to your liking.
And since you're learning how to start a blog on your own, you'll want to know how to add, edit, and remove various plugins from time to time. It's actually pretty fun to explore the different functionality of each plugin.
Just have fun with it. Afterall, you are starting a blog for fun right? 😀
Since plugins change all the time, and opinions vary greatly on which plugins to use, I am not going to go into much detail here.
I suggest that once your blog is up and running, you search YouTube and/or Google for “Must have wordpress plugins” or something along those lines.
This way you can get the most up to date information, as well as varying opinions.
Not all websites / blogs will benefit from using the same exact plug-ins, as each one has its own unique feel, and end goal.
Just know that if you add too many plugins, it can slow down the loading times of your website, which can result in a high bounce rate.
(In other words, people leaving your site!)
Bounce rate is a very heavily weighed factor in Google’s search ranking algorithms. For this reason, you’ll want to find ways to keep visitors on your website as long as possible.
I would recommend checking out other blogs in your particular niche to see exactly what they are doing.
After you have your core pages completed, you can now get busy with the fun part… Writing actual blog posts!
It’s always best to write the majority of your blog posts in a conversational tone, or one that is like a one on one conversation with a good friend or neighbor.
But, another thing you need to be aware of is SEO, or search engine optimization. This is because, in order for people to find your blog through organic search (like Bing or Google), you’ll need to incorporate keyword phrases that people are actually searching for.
For this reason, it makes perfect sense to write blog posts around a particular keyword phrase or topic that people are already searching for.
You can find such keywords by using a keyword research tool, or the "Google Alphabet soup Method" which is simply typing words or phrases with your main niche keyword into Google search to see what Google suggests / auto-fills as possible search queries for you as you type.
For example, if you're in the "drone" niche, you might try typing something like:
"Why do drones" And you'll get these search queries (as an example)...
But, back to to actual Keyword research tools:
I recommend making a big list of potential keyword phrases that you can target, along with a blog post title for each one. This is crucial when learning how to start a blog in the early stages!
This way, you’ll always have a grab bag of potential blog posts topics you can write about to bring much needed SEO traffic to your blog.
So, now that you can see the basic idea as far as SEO is concerned, it’s time to get blogging!
This is where you can truly shine, and get as creative as you want, because after all, it’s YOUR blog!
Another great way (and a somewhat obvious one) when figuring out how to start a blog that is destined for success, is to read other blogs in your niche often to get inspiration and ideas.
One very important thing to keep in mind is, you want your content to be absolutely amazing!
I don’t say this to scare of intimidate you, buy be sure to go all out, and provide as much value as possible in your blog content so that your readers will want to come back again and again!
You can easily achieve this by simply doing research prior to writing your posts, and simply taking your time. I also suggest adding eye-popping images, different fonts, and highlights throughout.
You want to keep your visitors interested and engaged. Nobody wants to read a blog post with a bunch of boring jumbled together text.
Try to have only 2 to 3 sentences before having a line break between each paragraph. Blogs are different than print books! After all, it's the INTERNET! According to a study done by Microsoft: The average attention span on the internet is only 8 to 9 Seconds!!!
At the end of each post, you’ll also want to have a call to action, asking them to leave a comment with their point of view or thoughts on the blog post you just published.
This is one of the best ways to build a relationship with your readers, as you can start a discussion! Just make sure to keep up with incoming comments within your WordPress dashboard.
Now that you have some content on your blog, it’s time to start promoting it to get some traffic! But, "how to start a blog that brings in traffic", you ask???
There are endless ways to drive traffic to your new blog, but I will cover some of them in this blog post.
YES! You’ll be able to portray yourself as an expert or influencer in your niche, and people from the blog that you left a quality guest post on will want to know more about you, bringing WARM traffic to your site.
Warm meaning, they already know a little bit about you, because they just read a blog post that YOU wrote, on another blog that they already like and trust!
This is great when you first get started blogging, and are figuring out how to start a blog that brings in traffic organically.
AdvancedWebranking.com has an amazing list of 150+ Websites to Guest Post on. I definitely recommend checking it out. https://www.advancedwebranking.com/blog/150-sites-to-guest-post/
So, you may wondering to yourself... "How to start a blog... that MAKES MONEY!"
There are many different ways you can monetize your blog. It all boils down to the strategy you decide to go with, and how much traffic your blog is getting.
The easiest way to get started is with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is where you send traffic to a product or service, and that company shares a portion(or percentage) of the sale with you. You simply sign up, grab your unique affiliate link that they give you, and you’re good to go. When someone clicks on your affiliate link, and makes a purchase, you get a commission.
You can either place banners on your website, or better yet, create individual blog posts for specific products or services (either a review post or a "VS" comparison post work best). You can also make videos to post on youtube, as well as to add into your blog posts to keep visitors on your blog longer.
Remember when we discussed "bounce rate" earlier in this tutorial? 😉
You can find affiliate products to promote on websites like:
(Keep in mind, not all of these will be related to all niches, as some are digital software etc…)
Running a blog all by yourself can be a massive undertaking. Afterall, it’s not all about just posting content. There are things like search engine optimization, social media marketing, graphic design, and even daily tasks that can be quite a lot for just one person.
The best way to handle the sheer volume of tasks is through outsourcing! If you'd like to learn more about hiring virtual assistants to speed up your efforts, you can check out my full course on outsourcing at http://www.outsourcingsimplified.net
Please bookmark this page, because I am going to update it with some more advanced strategies.
Well, that was fun! I truly hope that this long form blog post about how to start a blog has been helpful to you. It took quite a bit of work to put it together for you.
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I'm a husband, father, and full-time digital marketer whose been working 100% online since 2008. I love leveraging the power of outsourcing to create online businesses in multiple niche markets. From developing software, to creating niche blogs, and even selling physical products through Shopify stores, I really love what I do. DreamHustleProfit.com is my new blog where I can share what I'm working on currently, as well as what I've learned along the way.
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