Starting a blog is really easy.
However, as a beginner it can appear overwhelming when you don’t know where or how to start.
After setting up this blog, I was pleasantly surprised by the minimal effort it actually took to get things up and running.
With a little sweat (and a few tears) I was even able to build my page views to over 1,700 in less than a month.
By creating this post hopefully I am able to break down the process of starting a blog into simple digestible steps so that you can get started on yours today!
A Simple Guide to Starting a Blog
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STEP 1: Define your niche and “why”.
Take a sheet of paper, grab a pen and answer these 3 questions:
- What are you passionate about?
- Who do you want to help?
- Why do you want to create a blog?
- Where do you want this blog to be in 3-5 years?
Do not move forward until you can answer every single question.
Answering these questions are the most vital step in creating your niche and “why”.
Using myself as an example, I created this blog because I wanted a space to share valuable information with those in need. My ultimate goal is to become a “go-to” resource.
I want to help people build wealth through creative sources of passive income (Such as blogging, Real Estate investing, etc).
I’m passionate about self-fulfillment, Real Estate, personal finance etc. and creating a blog was the perfect platform where I could talk about the things that I love, give valuable advice as well as create a community.
It’s EXTREMELY important that you define your WHY because it’s the one thing that will keep you motivated on days that you don’t feel like writing.
And trust me those days will come. You can read more about finding your blogging niche by clicking here.
Once you figure this out then proceed to Step 2.
STEP 2: Create a blog name.
Follow these steps to finding an awesome blog name:
- Take a sheet of paper, grab a pen and write down all the names that come to your mind that fits your blog’s theme, niche, or “why”.
- Choose the name that “clicks”.
- Check availability on namechk.com
Creating a blog name was the most difficult step for me.
I could not for the life of me think of the perfect name for my blog.
I made this process way more complicated than it had to be.
I went through several pages of my notebook writing down names that encompassed the theme of my blog until one day it just hit me. Mama Real Estate.
Hopefully, this part of the process would not consume much of your time but once you find the name that just “clicks” then go for it.
By the way, it’s perfectly ok if you can’t come up with anything. You can always try naming your blog after yourself. For example, if your name is Susie B. Anthony you could try susiebanthony.com, sbanthony.com or whatever combination works best for you.
You might want to check out this post if you need more help coming up with a blog name.
Step 3: Register your domain name & get hosting.
Some people have difficulty understanding the differences between domain name and hosting so let me create a mental image for you:
Picture a house.
The house has an address (domain name).
The house is made of concrete and wood (Your website/blog).
The house is built on a plot of land (Hosting).
Your domain name is your blog’s web address (ie. susiebanthony.com) on the internet.
I built my blog using wordpress.org. I also use this platform to maintain, write blog posts and as well as upload themes.
I use Bluehost to host my website. Bluehost offers top notch customer service and set up was extremely easy.
Also, if you sign up with Bluehost today you will get your domain name for FREE and only pay $3.95 a month for hosting! (Sweet!)
Now to help you understand all of this a little better:
My domain name is mamarealestate.com. My domain is registered with and hosted by Bluehost. I use wordpress.org to design and maintain my blog as well as write blog posts.
Ok, moving on to Step 4.
Step 4: Get a Theme and Design Your Blog
Using a theme for your blog gives it personality.
Themes are templates that have set fonts, colors and other design elements. I currently use the Isabelle theme created by BluChic. There are several free themes that you can use as well. You do not have to break the bank to make your blog look nice.
You should also set up key elements to your blog such as your menus, sidebars, disclosures, About Me and Contact pages. ( In a later post, I will give you give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to set all of this up for FREE)
Step 5: Start Writing
Start writing now. Stop worrying about what to say, just say it. Push your content out as much as possible.
Step 6: Create Eye Catching Graphics
I use Canva.com to design my blog graphics. First I come up with a catchy post title and design my graphics using my color scheme. Keep your audience in mind when you’re designing your graphics. Keep it simple.
Step 8: Promote Your Posts
The last step is to make sure you are letting everyone know that you have a blog. Start sharing your posts across your social media platforms. Create and join group boards on Pinterest. Make sure to share your best content there.
Step 9: Rinse & Repeat Steps 5-8
Make a schedule and stick to it. Whether you want to post content weekly or every day make sure you are consistent with your posting.
Having a blog is awesome, however it does take one special thing to make it worth the effort: Passion.
Make sure the reason why you’re creating this blog is because you want to share your passions with the world, build a community as well as have a positive impact on others.
With this in mind, your blog can take you to amazing heights. With consistency, passion and hard work you can elevate your business and life by creating a blog you truly care about.
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