Want to start a blog but aren’t quite sure where to start? Buckle up because this ultimate guide for how to start a blog takes you through everything you need to know to get your blog up and running today! There are lots of components that go into the process when you start a blog, and we’ll cover them all here, so keep reading!
Things You Need To Start A Blog
- a computer (laptop or desktop) – you can use something like a tablet too but it’s difficult to do back end blog stuff with one
- creativity and passion for sharing your story with the world
- a good office space (this is optional but can be extremely helpful in keeping you motivated and on track) with a comfortable office chair and a basic computer desk!
How To Start A Blog In 5 Easy Steps
- Choose a niche.
What kind of blog do you intend to write? This is the first step you need to take when you want to start a blog. Decide what you will write about whether it’s food, budgeting, family, lifestyle, etc. This will help you with step 2 tremendously as well! If you have a business you want to grow and promote like dog training, Etsy shop, online or brick and mortar store, this is a great way to promote your existing business or side gig.
- Decide on a name!
Choosing a name is arguably the hardest part of starting a blog. There are lots of ways to name a blog. You can find a freebie ebook here with 10 tips to help you choose a blog name. Following those tips can be super helpful when you’re first trying to decide on a name! Once you decide on a name, make sure that name is available on all social media platforms as well. You will want to plan on marketing your blog on social media. Check Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and any others you plan to use like Google+ or StumbleUpon.
- Find a host.
Next, you’ll want to find a host for your blog. We here at Barefoot Budgeting recommend Bluehost – it’s super easy to set up and maintain and totally affordable!
- Create content!
Once you’ve got your blog set up on WordPress and you have selected a host, the next step is to create content. At a minimum, you should create 10-20 posts before publishing your blog to the world and sharing it on social media. This way, when your blog is first discovered, people have things to look around at on your blog. Ultimately this will result in more pageviews than sharing your blog with the public with only a single post on it.
- Share your blog with the world!
After you’ve created quality content and you’re ready to share, start doing it! Share on your choices of social media platforms (though you should set these up ahead of time to start networking with others) and let it rip! From here, you’ll notice pageviews building slowly as long as you consistently stay active on your social media platforms.
And that’s basically it for the steps you need to take to start a blog! Have other blogging questions? Leave them in the comments below and we can discuss! I have lots of helpful resources here in this blog, take a look around or let me know what support you need to get started and I’m here for you. And if you start a blog, feel free to leave your link in the comments so I can check it out!