Blogging 101

How to Start a Blog with WordPress

So you want to start a blog? Well you’re in the right place! I’ll show you how to start a blog using WordPress with some easy to follow step-by-step instruction.

Starting a blog can seem scary and overwhelming. After all, there is so much information being thrown in your face all over the internet about the best way to start a blog.

I’ve been blogging for a few years and almost stopped a few times due to all the overwhelming information.

My blog started out as a creative outlet sharing crafts and DIY’s and a few personal posts. Then it transformed into more of a business where I shared lifestyle and frugal home tips along with a few recipes and kept the DIY’s.

Starting your own blog can be a creative outlet for you where you can share with others and start an amazing community. You can even make some great friends along the way.

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How to start a blog step-by-step

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First of all, I recommend starting your blog with a self-hosted website. It’s more user-friendly than other sites and if you plan to make money with your blog then WordPress is the answer.

A lot of bloggers start on other platforms and end up moving to WordPress for this reason. This takes a lot of time and there’s always the risk of all of your hard work getting lost in the process.

Tip: Before you start your blog you should figure out the niche you will be writing under. I wrote an article on how to find your niche here.

Step 1: Pick a name

Choosing a name for your blog isn’t as easy as you think. It requires a little bit of research.

First, you need to do some research and make sure the name you want is available. These sites offer a free domain name search:

Step 2: Get hosted

After you’ve found the perfect name for your new blog, the next thing you need to do is register it with a hosting provider. This is where your blog “lives”.

Bluehost is a very popular and reliable hosting provider for bloggers. They work with WordPress so it’s hassle-free and easy to set up. If you have any problems, they will help you anytime, 24/7. And they are pretty cheap since they are less than $10 a month!

Click here to sign up with Bluehost.

Another great hosting site is SiteGround.

SiteGround also works with WordPress bloggers as well WooCommerce if you own an online store. It’s suitable for all users, easy to use, and has a lot of tools available to help you run your business. They’re available 24/7 and they have special prices going on if you sign up now.

Click here to sign up with SiteGround.

Step 3: Install WordPress

Don’t worry, installing WordPress is absolutely free. And it’s super easy because if you go with Bluehost as your hosting provider, they do all the work for you!

Step 4: Pick a theme

A theme is the overall design of your blog. Unless you’re a coder (and I’m certainly not!), choosing a theme is the easiest way to get your blog to look the way you want.

Honestly, this is the hardest part for me because there are so many beautiful designs out there that I have a hard time choosing the right one.

  • Where to find a theme:
    WordPress has a ton of free themes for you to choose from and there are premium themes you can purchase as well.
    • Free themes:
      1. On the WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New Theme.
      2. Search through all of the available themes until you find the one you want. You can preview themes before you install them to see what they look like in action.
      3. Once you find the right theme for you, click the install button.
      4. Click the activate button to apply the new theme to your site. Or you can test the theme with a live preview before you apply it to your site by clicking the live preview button.
    • Premium themes:
      Premium themes are themes that you pay for. These themes usually come with more features than free themes and some are updated more regularly. You can do a search for WordPress themes and you’ll get lots of results. One of the most popular places to get beautiful themes is StudioPress. Their Pretty Chic Pro Theme is one of my favorites!!

Step 5: Add plugins

Plugins are from third-parties and add more functionality to your blog. However, these should be installed at a minimum. Too many plug-ins will slow your site down resulting in nobody wanting to visit your blog.

The two most important plugins you should install first are Yoast SEO and Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights.

Yoast SEO is the best SEO plugin for your blog. (We’ll get more into why SEO is important later on, but in the meantime here’s a link to Yoast’s Definitive SEO Guide for you.)

Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights lets you track your blog’s traffic. It also has a lot of interesting data for you to see about your blog such as overall traffic, where the traffic is coming from, views per category, page views, and more.

Step 6: Write excellent content

Congratulations! You’ve started your own blog!

Now it’s time to start writing some excellent content for your readers.

  • Content: Start off by creating an “about me” page or a “start here” page, whichever suits you better. Add a “contact” page and a “privacy” page and a “disclosure” page as well. If you are running a business then you may want to include a “FAQ’s” page.
  • Photo: Add a photo of yourself and a short bio to let your readers know who you are and what you look like. This makes it more personal and helps readers feel more comfortable.
  • Posts: Make sure you are consistent with your posts, posting at least once a week. This helps you build an audience and keep readers coming back.

Recommended Reading:
Blog Posts & Pages: What’s the Difference?
The Difference Between Categories & Tags in WordPress

Now you have the step-by-step on how to start a blog so what are you waiting for? Get out there and get started!

Read these next:
Important Pages Every Blog Should Have
Finding Your Blog Niche
Branding Your Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide

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