Awesome! So you are interested in how to start a blog! How EXCITING!
A blog is such an AWESOME thing to have :). The best part about this is that you can make money with it if you choose to! 😉
I will try to make this guide short and to the point so that you won't get overwhelmed.
My goal is for you to create your blog ASAP. Like, within Minutes! 😉
Disclaimer! - This post contains affiliate links which mean's I will earn a commission from your purchase. (Don't worry! It doesn't affect the price! 😉 )
How to Start a Blog
Step 1 - Deciding on what your blog will be about
Before you go ahead and purchase a domain it is very important that you decide what is going to be the topic of your blog.
For example, I decided that I want to help as many other moms (like me) create their own success with blogging, fitness, and motherhood.
Therefore I purchased a domain that had the word "mom" in it so that my audience will know what my blog is going to talk about.
Please take your time to think about your domain!
It's very important to know what you want to blog about!
You can also create a blog that is more general with a few topics...but it might take longer for you to see success with it.
Most of the readers like to read a blog under a specific topic rather than reading a blog that has everything under the moon post's...your goal is to keep the readers coming back to your blog every time they want to know more information about your specific topic.
Step 2 - Purchase your domain
A great website to purchase a new domain is Namecheap (I personally purchase all of my domains there).
(*** YOU CAN GET A FREE DOMAIN IF YOU PURCHASE A HOSTING ACCOUNT ON SITEGROUND *** if you decide to do so, skip to step 3)
Try to come up with a domain name that it will be easy for people to remember.
Try to come up with a domain name that it will be easy to remember.
For example, my domain name is www.HappyBloggingMom.com it's easy and catchy. don't ya thing?! 😉
Don't think to purchase a domain that is toooooo looooong... for example www.HowToBecomeASuccessfulBloggingMomOnline.com. Keep it short!
Max 3-5 words. - o.k. we got that covered. next step 🙂
Step 3 - Hosting Account
You will need to host your domain name on a host server. SiteGround has a great price for hosting your domain with them.
You will only need the StartUp hosting plan.
When you sign up with SiteGround you should know that they will bill you annually the total of 12months (1 year).
Creating your Hosting Account With SiteGround
- Go to SiteGround and click on the "Web Hosting" Tab in the menu.
- Click on the "Get Started" button on the "StartUp" package
- If you already have a domain you purchased tick the 2nd box and continue. If you still don't have a domain you have the option to purchase one through SiteGround.
- Fill in all your personal information. Choose what options you want to add to the purchase...and if you don't want any, just untick them.
Confirm that you agree to their terms and click on "Pay Now".
Step 4 - Conect your new doamin to your hosting account
*** IF YOU PURCHASED A DOMAIN THROUGH SITEGROUND YOU CAN SKIP THIS STEP TO THE NEXT ONE ***
Here is a short video that shows you step by step how to find your nameservers and connect them to your hosting account
Step 5 - Installing WordPress on your Blog
You are AWESOME!
Now you need to install WordPress onto your website.
In this short video, I will show you how to install WordPress onto your blog.
Now you have a blog! 🙂 But now comes the part where you need to change the theme and make your blog look more like a blog! 😉
Step 6 - Installing a Blog Theme
A great theme that I use that is for FREE is the theme called "lifestyle" to install a new theme on your WordPress blog
Tada!!! You have a BLOG all set up!!!!
Now you will need to add a few basic pages and a picture and that's about it...you are ready to go and have fun blogging! 😉
That's it! You made it!
I am one big happy mom!!! 😉