If you’re looking for an easy step-by-step guide on how to start a blog, then you’ve come to the right place. I will teach you 5 easy steps that you can use to start your blog in less than an hour.
How to start a blog in 4 simple steps:
- Choose your domain name and host.
- Design your blog using a theme.
- Modify your selected theme and add plugins
- Write compelling content and promote your blog.
Step 1: Choose your domain name and host.
The first step to starting a blog is to find a good name. Finding a good blog name comes from choosing your topic. It could be based on your Hobbies & passions, life experiences or based on the niche you’ll like to blog on. Once you have your name, the next step is to choose a domain extension for your blog. The most popular one is a .com extension, but if your name with this extension is taken, you can try other good ones like .net or .org as well.
I personally use SiteGround as a host for my blog based on following reasons:
- Officially recommended by WordPress.org
- One of the best hosting support
- Awesome client interfaces
- Fully managed service
Once you click the banner above or my Affiliate Link you will be redirected to the SiteGround website. Where you will select a package that best suits you. I would recommend to select the “StartUp” package if you are new to blogging and starting fresh.
Once you select the package you will be able to register/transfer a domain name. You will then be asked to register using your personal information and to make a payment for your selected package. After making the payment you will have to make sure to select WordPress install and register your domain login on WordPress. Remember you can always contact SiteGround support team for instant help.
Step 2: Design your blog using a theme.
The next stage of your blogging journey is to design your blog theme. A good theme will give your blog the look and feel you want. WordPress makes everything easy. You don’t have to be a coder to design your theme. Head on over to the section of your WordPress dashboard to browse through the collection of themes, and find a design that’s best for you. I am running a premium theme called “Soledad”.
Step 3: Modify your selected theme and add plugins.
Having set up your domain, blog hosting, installed WordPress and set up the theme, you have now created your blog, next is to add Feed-burner to your blog so readers and visitors can subscribe to your site through email and RSS subscriptions. Follow that by setting up your Google Analytics to track stats.
You don’t need to use heavy or complex plugins on your site. At least not for now. You can start with “Google Analytics for WordPress” and “Yoast SEO”. They take just a couple of seconds to install.
Step 4: Write compelling content and promote your blog.
One of the actions that assure of your success as a blogger is to post great content. Have a good About Page, Contact Page, etc. Then begin to write high-quality blog posts and publish them regularly (I recommend once or twice weekly). You can accompany your posts with images from sites like Pixabay, Unsplash, and Pexels.
Now you have created a well-designed blog and written great content on it, you’ll want to make sure your blog is known and receiving visitors or else you can’t be successful. To get readers for your blog, you’ll need to start promoting it.
One of the best ways to do this is to post links on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Your friends can see the link, and if they like your content, they can share the link with their friends boosting your reach further. Another way is to share your posts and links to public online forums. When people read up the amazing content you’ve shared on these forums, they will like to read more, so post a link to your blog for more reading.
Your blog is not going to be successful if your readers aren’t returning. To keep readers coming back, you need to engage in email marketing. You can collect the emails of your visitors and continue to notify them of new posts (however, you have to do this with permission).
Starting a successful blog in 2019 is not as difficult as it seems. The steps outlined here should get you started, but as you venture on in your blogging career, you will learn and implement more advanced tactics for blog promotion and monetization.