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Have you been thinking of starting your own blog? Are you lost when it comes to where to start? Don’t worry, I was too. Because of this, I have decided to create a guide to show people how to start a blog.
First things first, you need to decide why you want to start your blog. Is this going to be a hobby? Are you planning to use your blog as a side hustle to your full time job? Or maybe you plan to blog full time. Yes, the last one is completely possible and feasible.
Secondly, you will want to consider what your blog will be about. This is called your blog’s niche. I suggest grabbing a piece of paper and a pen and begin jotting down ideas.
To help you come up with ideas, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What am I good at?
2. What type of problems do my friends come to me with?
3. What am I passionate about?
Write down as many ideas as you can think of. You can narrow them down as you go.
An example of blogging niches are beauty, mommy/parenting, lifestyle, gardening, healthy living, frugality, and my list could go on and on. You can blog about literally anything your heart desires.
Once you have established what your niche will be, you will need to begin thinking of ideas of what your blog’s name will be. I have found that many people simply use their names. Others use something related to their niche.
Once you have decided on your blog’s name, you can now begin looking into Web hosting. Many people who are just beginning to blog opt to choose a free web host, such as Blogger or Weebly. These sites are great for people who want to blog as a hobby. For those of you that plan or hope to make money from your blog, you will want to choose a self hosted blog.
With a self hosted blog, you will purchase a hosting plan (your websites space on the world wide web) as well as a domain name. I purchased my hosting plan through Bluehost. For only $3.95 per month, you will receive web hosting and free domain registration (usually $15 alone). You will also receieve $150 in offers that will make your site stand out to search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo! as well as provide necessary protection for your website.
The best part is that Bluehost offers a 30 day money back guarantee. If you decide you no longer wish to have your website, you will receieve a full refund!
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Upon purchasing your Web hosting plan, you will be asked to register your domain name. This is your websites address. There are some things to remember when registering your domain name:
1. Keep it short, sweet and to the point. No one likes to type in a lengthy address into the search bar.
2. Make it memorable. Make sure your domain name is easy to remember.
3. Try not to complicate things. Do not add numbers and letters together, as well as try not to use duplicates of numbers or letters
Before you click submit, you should do some searching online to be sure there isn’t a be site out there with the domain name you have selected.
It may take a short period for your payment to be processed. While this is happening, you can download the WordPress.org app. WordPress is how you will access your blog.
Once your blog has been set up through WordPress, you are now able to select a theme. This is the appearance of your blog. You are able to select one of the free themes, or you can purchase a theme through Wordpres. There are also a few websites that offer free WordPress themes.
Once you have selected your theme, you are now able to access your blog! You can add pages, create blog posts, add images, anything you can think of!
If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact me via my Contact Us page.