How To Start A Blog

So when I first started blogging about 5 years ago I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and I will admit to you that I made quite a few mistakes! This time around I decided to consult some experts and learned quite a bit from others that had been there done that and made mistakes already.  So if you are not sure about where to start you are in the right place!

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The good news is that it's actually easier than most people think. I have learned a ton the last couple of months including how to go from 8 comments to almost 300 in 1 wk!

 

1. Domain and Hosting

The first thing I did was go to Bluehost and register our domain.

Getting your domain directly through Bluehost I personally feel makes the whole process very easy vs buying your domain through someone else such as godaddy. If you decide to do this, you can get a FREE domain for the first year as long as you buy 12 months worth of Bluehost web hosting. This makes it well worth it to sign up for at least 12 months of hosting as you will be saving a good amount of money this way. You will also get a discounted monthly price when you buy at least 12 months of hosting.

 

2. Install WordPress

 

Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog and it is FREE!

  • When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find and click on the image that says “One Click Install.”

  • Click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”

  • Click on the “Start” button to begin installation.

  • Once in the installation process click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using.

  • Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” Here you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. You should choose something secure.

  • Click “Install Now.”

  • Remember to write down this username and password because I learned the hard way that my Bluehost and WordPress are different!

YAY! You officially have a WordPress blog!

 

Once your blog is set up there will be tons to learn!!!!

 

First thing I recommend is choosing a Theme.  Through your wordpress dashboard you can find some free ones (Click "Appearance" then click "Themes"   If you’re like me and not a coder then a theme makes the design work a million times easier.

 

Another option is to buy a ready to go blog design through Beautiful Dawn Designs. She provides great premade designs for just $39 and this is probably the easiest and quickest design option.

 

Once I had our domain, hosting, WordPress, and theme, I spent a lot of time tweaking the theme to get the look and feel we wanted. At this point I recommend setting up a free Google Analytics account to track your stats.

 

Plugins: 

I am still learning about plugins everyday but a few I personally use are ClickFunnels, Mailchimp for WP, Google Analytics for WordPress and Ultimate Social Media Plus (to make your posts easy to share with others since people love sharing). They take just a few seconds to install once your site is all set up. If you really want to play around with some cool plugins check out WPBeginner’s Best WordPress Plugins.

 

Last but not least start writing and sharing value! Have fun!!

 

Do you already have a blog? If so PLEASE share your blogging mistakes or tips in the comments below!! 

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      That’s great first figure out a specific niche you want to talk about (lifestyle, food, travel, etc the ideas are really endless just make sure you are passionate about it!) then once you set up your blog you can start doing some affiliate marketing to help monetize your blog. There are thousands of ways to make money from your blog first step is to get set up then start working on the money area.

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  1. blair villanueva
    blair villanueva says:

    I started my blig 7 years ago out of boredom. Then because I always crave for change and new challenge, by and by I made my blog improve and build its brand.

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  2. Adina M
    Adina M says:

    Good post/useful guide for beginner bloggers! I also had no idea what I was doing in the beginning, and it was definitely posts like this one that helped!

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  3. Author Brandi Kennedy
    Author Brandi Kennedy says:

    I love this this post makes blogging seem so simple and unintimidating. A lot of people don’t do it because they feel like they can’t figure it out. Simplifying it makes it seem so much easier for people to just jump in!

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  4. Laurie Albanos
    Laurie Albanos says:

    I was surprised how easy it actually was to build my blog. I discovered that there’s a Youtube video for everything and some of them are really awesome.

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  5. Shorikka
    Shorikka says:

    I had wordpress and it was sooooooo hard. I had to stop using it. I tried so hard. I’m still new at this so maybe when I do my second blog I’ll use it. But puggins
    I still dont get

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  6. Taris Kendricks
    Taris Kendricks says:

    Hey, I am already on wordpress. The only thing I have an issue with is plugins. They are so hard for me. I have never heard of bluehost. That is different. My other mistake was not joing blog groups. Now I am getting more comments than I was before. Nice post. Great read!!

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  7. Eazynazy
    Eazynazy says:

    These are some great tips for Newbies…When I started my blog 1 month back… I didn’t knew about google analytics lol , I have just created an account in that and I regret not knowing it before

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  8. Ana De- Jesus
    Ana De- Jesus says:

    I moved over to WordPress and downloaded the mail chimp plugin but I don’t know how to use it. Would you be able to show me, because I had so many subscribers on the wix version of my blog and I would like to build up my subscriber list so I can notify them when a new post is up x

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