A Definitive BEGINNER’S Manual for Starting a BLOG
Discover HOW TO Begin A BLOG IN 5 Simple Strides with Profitable TIPS FOR BLOGGING Amateurs.
I’ve contemplated for a considerable length of time whether I should begin composing posts about blogging. That is to say, it appears as though just yesterday I didn’t know much about blogging myself. Be that as it may, I frequently wind up with blogging inquiries in my emails! Perhaps I know more out about this frenzy than I give myself kudos for?
Wowser from the get-go: Blogging has been the most fulfilling, elevating, motivating, baffling, frightening, exciting, all around enthusiastic crazy ride that I totally would not exchange for whatever else to invest my energy in. Beside my family and my puppy dog, Miss Molly, who thinks she’s human, this blog is my infant!
In the event that at any point in time you needed an inventive outlet, a place to spill your creative ideas or thoughts, or an approach to interface with other people who have your equivalent advantages, blogging is absolutely the place to do everything. Whatever your interests , blog about it!
Cooking, confidence, making money on line, writing, wellness, decorating, planting, child rearing, innovation, the potential outcomes are boundless. Whatever period of life you’re in, blogging is an extraordinary method for documenting your journey.
I began this blog as an approach to give advice and tips to become a more confident, business minded, fun-loving person, and before I knew it, outsiders were lovin it! Somebody other than my sister was really following and loving my site! Regardless it boggles my psyche.
In the event that you are passionate and energetic to put in the time and exertion, your diligent work will pay you back! (The best part is when you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t generally feel like work by any means.)
I could most likely compose a whole book to share the majority of the blogging data I’ve learned in the previous 18 months (and there’s much more for me to learn), however today, I’m beginning you off with the essentials before jumping into the hard core stuff.
With expectations of giving you some direction to begin your voyage, here is a Definitive Learner’s Manual for beginning a blog in 5 Simple Strides.
1. Pick Your Platform – Free vs. Self–hosted
Now, don’t start out with a blog on Blogger.com with a Google hosted domain name. That “blogspot” in there means the website is free, not self-hosted.
Technically Google owns all of your content, and at any point, if they choose, Google could shut down your entire site. Now that’s a scary thing to think about. And yes, it has happened to other bloggers.
With free hosting, you’re not as marketable, and companies tend to gravitate toward working with the more professional self-hosted blogs.
After a year on Blogger, I discovered it probably wasn’t the best choice, and it took a lot of time and money to make the switch to this new site of mine. There are plenty of professional bloggers who do very well on Blogger, but the majority recommend a self-hosted WordPress blog, myself included. Wordpress has many more options and versatility that I didn’t get on my old blog’s platform.
With free hosting, you’re not as attractive, and big organizations have a tendency to be attracted towards working with the more expert self-hosted websites.
There are a lot of expert bloggers who do well on Blogger, however the majority prefer a self-hosted WordPress blog, and I agree! WordPress has numerous more alternatives and adaptability that I didn’t get on my old blog’s stage.
You will find other blogging platforms, but WordPress.org is what I’m most familiar with and I’m extremely happy using it.
How you doing so far? I suggest you do a little research here before making your decision!
2. Pick A Real Good Domain Name!
I truly suggest purchasing your Domain Name if you’re picking a self-hosted site.
I purchased my present domain name (adviceforahappylife.com) for my WordPress.org site on my switch over and upgrade months back.
TIP: Pick a name that has identity, indications of what your blog is about, short, and not trademarked or utilized by other brands.
I thought “adviceforahappylife” was fitting for My site! My goals are to make women’s life easier with advice and tips they require to become more confident, business-minded, goal oriented and successful in life!
I looked for my speculative blog name all over Google and Social Media, fortunate for me, nothing sprung up. I found my name! Try double-checking it on Bust A Name as well.
Now first, enroll that extravagant new blog name of yours. Bluehost* is awesome for new bloggers. Their client service has been great for me and their hosting administration has been exceptionally easy to use. Their monthly fees are evaluated sensibly and for me, worth each penny. There are a lot of other hosting destinations out there, however, Bluehost is the one that I lean towards.
Bluehost allows you to register one domain name for free with hosting, so that was a nice little money-saver for me.
Here’s how to set up your Bluehost account:
3. Installing WordPress
OK, you’re still on the Bluehost dashboard.
Now that you have your domain and hosting, you need to install WordPress to start the fun part! Blogging! You’ll need to set up a new blog, so in order to do that, scroll down to find the blue icon on your dashboard that says “Install WordPress”. (Easy enough, right?)
If you already have a blog on another platform like Blogger or (the free one), you can transport your own data, if you’re technologically savvy, to your new site. I chose to personally hire someone to take care of that for me as I was terrified I would lose everything.
4. Start Your Designing
Of course this is the most fun part! Your blog design will be playing a major part in your site’s Branding and Identity, so make sure you really like what you see.
Your site should be an expression of your own personal style, favorite colors, and a persona that communicates to your audience what you’re about and what you have to offer them.
Instead of spending many hours on Google and YouTube trying to teach yourself coding tricks and web design, there are many great themes and templates that exist for a reasonable price. These will save you wasted hours and headaches.
When I made the switch to WordPress, I hired a pro, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made for my blog. Since I’d been in this blogging rodeo for over a year, it was worth the investment to have a custom design made, but if you’re starting out, there’s plenty of awesome designs on Etsy for $50 or less.
These are some of my favorite shops for beautiful blog designs:
Yes, there’s lots more out there as well.
I recommend choosing a pre-made theme that is built on the Genesis Framework. That way it can grow with you and is always updated.
Take your time to look around until you find that perfect design that says, “This is me!”
When you find that special one, make it happen!
Many designers provide step-by-step instructions and personal guidance for how to install their themes. You just need to fill in your blog’s information and Voila, you’re in business!
5. Be Open-Minded
Yep, this is a step! And, to tell you the truth, a really important step.
Start your blog because you are truly passionate of your chosen niche to be. When I go to bed at night, I have project ideas spinning through my head. So when I get up every morning, I’m anxious to design something.
Find what drives you!❤️
I blogged for months before I ever felt like I had an audience. Don’t fret! At the start you can try out lots of topics to discover yourself. Content is everything in blogging, it captures your readers attention. If you love what you do, show everyone, make it shine!
Be yourself in your writing. People like humor, be humble, it’s ok to make mistakes! They say you should write just like you’re having a chat with a friend over tea.
Continually practice your photography skills. Good photos and placement can make big strides in your blog.
I HIGHLY suggest reading Abby Lawson’s ebook Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook*. It is jam packed with so much information that I wish I’d known when I started blogging for strategies to build a following, work with brands, and pull an income in one year. You can learn a lot from reading it!❤️
You can also learn from other seasoned bloggers. It’s imperative to be open to suggestions and change!
Ask around for information and tips! It’s always fun helping other bloggers while making new friends at the same time. (Contact me anytime, truly!)😊
I’ve met so many fantastic people in this crazy, fast-paced blogging community!
This journey can be more fulfilling than you could ever imagine.
If you have an interesting story or ideas to share, it’s all up to you!❤️