How To Start a Blog For Beginners? Setting Up a Successful Blog
How To Start a Blog For Beginners?
I was inspired to write this post to help all the people who are searching for “How To Start a Blog For Beginners?”.
This will give you all the information you need to begin setting up a successful blog in a matter of minutes.
Yes minutes…You can have a live blog ready to go by today!
So if you’re ready, then let’s get right into it…
What Is The Best Way To Set Up A Blog?
The best way to set up your first blog is by taking the right steps that I will lay out for you below.
I would say that 99% of people that set out to start their first blog never end up taking the first step.
But you’re different, and you’re going to get up and running today, because let’s face it, a blog could be one of the best and least expensive investments you ever make (trust me on that).
Step #1– Sign Up For Web Hosting
In order to actually get the ball rolling, you will need to sign up for web hosting to be able to run your blog (which comes with a free domain name…sweet!)
You will then need to select your web hosting package…don’t worry, you can select the most basic one if you’d like :).
Once you select your web hosting package you will be brought to a screen that looks like this below.
You will now have to choose a domain name that you want for your new blog.
This is exciting, we’re getting somewhere!
And don’t worry, this can be fun…which brings me to my next step.
Step #2– Choose Your Domain Name
You have complete flexibility when choosing your domain name.
It really depends on what niche you plan on getting into…
For example, if you choose to create your blog in the Internet marketing, make money online or home based business niche like my blog here, I HIGHLY recommend you brand yourself.
In this case, my blog domain is https://evanhoeflichmarketing.com.
If your name was Bobby Williams…it would be a good idea to secure your domain name as bobbywilliams.com or bobbywilliamsmarketing.com or succeedwithbobby.com…something along those lines.
Catch my drift?
Choose a domain name you are comfortable with and move forward with it.
Step #3– Install WordPress on Bluehost
This step is as easy as watching a 2 minute video…no seriously!
(Make sure you’ve signed up to Bluehost here and have selected your hosting package before completing this step).
Watch this video on how to install WordPress on Bluehost here: How To Install WordPress
If you have any additional questions, Bluehost offers amazing customer support…do NOT hesitate to ask them for help.
Once you have completed this step, you pretty much have your blog created.
Easy right? 🙂
Step #4– Choose A Theme For Your Blog
This is where you get to really customize your blog and not feel like quite a beginner anymore.
In fact, if you’ve made it this far, you are ahead of 99% of people, so congratulations to you!
You are now ready to select which theme you would like to use for you blog.
You can do this by logging into WordPress and on the left navigation select:
> Appearance and then > Themes
See screenshot below to see what I’m talking about.
You will soon come to realize that WordPress is the best blogging platform because of its sheer simplicity and usability.
It makes designing and customizing your blog a complete breeze.
Feel free to explore all the attractive themes and pick one that fits your blog the best.
Step #5– Start Blogging!
Now that you have the “skeleton” of your blog set up, you need to start fleshing it out with some content.
Unfortunately, I cannot hold your hand at this stage, but I can point you in the right direction.
This is where your creativity needs to come out (take a look at other popular blogs in your niche to get some inspiration).
One thing for sure is you should have an “About Me” page so people know that you are a real person that they can trust.
Your next focus should be on putting yourself on a schedule of writing at least 1-2 blog posts per week.
I’ll say it again, that’s 1-2 blog posts per week.
This is much easier than you think, especially if you enjoy the topic you are writing about.
Make sure to share your new blog everywhere, especially on social media.
The idea is to start building a following and gaining traffic (you will want to install an analytics plugin to track your traffic or use Google analytics).
Step #6– Monetize Your Blog (Make MONEY!)
Once you have everything set up and are actually starting to blog consistently, you will want to monetize your blog so you can actually make money from it.
The best way to do this is by collecting email addresses so you can build a responsive email list.
I recommend signing up with Aweber email autoresponder so you can build a profitable email list.
They offer a FREE 30 day trial.
You will also need products to sell…That’s where ClickBank and other affiliate companies come in (don’t worry, these are free).
You can choose from thousands of products to sell and in almost any niche, where you will earn a percentage of the commission every time someone purchases through your link.
Now I can go into extreme detail on almost every approach I am bringing up in this blog post, but I must let you experiment and test things out for yourself.
This is where you need to be resourceful and make sh*t happen!
Do your research if you get stuck, and never give up.
Advanced Marketing Strategies
Below are some advanced strategies I use in my blogging business to help bring in loads of traffic, subscribers and conversions.
Strategy #1- Learn SEO and Implement It
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is really one of the best skills you can learn when it comes to making money with blogging and even starting your own business.
It can help you get your content ranked in the major search engines like Google and Bing, which can potentially produce loads and loads of natural organic traffic.
Keep in mind, that this is a long-term approach but it can generate significant results if done correctly.
Check out my quick post here to go over a few SEO basics that you can implement right away.
Also, a few good SEO tools to keep in mind are:
- MOZ or Serpfox (ranking software)
- Google analytics
- Google Webmaster Tools
- Screaming Frog (website crawler)
Strategy #2- YouTube combined with Blogging
Another extremely underrated marketing strategy is to post a YouTube video every time you write a blog post.
This is a win-win especially from an SEO perspective.
People are using YouTube more than ever as a search engine and now is the time to capitalize off of that.
As a free bonus you can check out my private YouTube training series at the links below:
Now of course there are other strategies you can implement when it comes to starting a blog…but this will get you up and running quick.
Feel free to get creative with this and explore things on your own.
Remember this is a longer-term approach and your won’t see results overnight.
Keep at it, and stick with it for years to come.
I look forward to seeing your work.
I will be posting more killer content on “How To Start a Blog For Beginners” in the coming months so stay tuned…
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