How to Start a Blog for Beginners
How to start a blog for beginners in 8 easy steps.
- Choose your niche or topic
First I would suggest having an idea for your blog. Something you can talk about a lot, something you can write an article about once a week or more. What are your interests or passions? What are you an expert at? Identify a problem you can solve. It needs to be something other people are interested in. If you write about how you love collecting purple socks, your blog probably won’t get many visitors.
The internet gurus say the best three topics are health, wealth and relationships. Of course there are other popular topics, like food, fashion, finance and lifestyle. I chose to do a lifestyle blog, this gave me a little more variety, but you don’t want too much variety. With too many topics, you won’t attract a loyal group of followers. I am coming to realize I may have too many topics on my blog.
2. Choose a domain name
You need to have a good name for your website, keywords that represent your site. Something catchy or easy to remember. You don’t want the name to be too long or hard to spell. You want .com if possible. Avoid using hyphens and numbers. Make sure the words don’t spell something bad or inappropriate when put together. For example I have my lifestyle blog WeTrieditatHome.com and my work from home blog WeEarnatHome.com.
3. Chose a web host
I use SiteGround for my web hosting and I am very happy with them. They keep my website up and running without any problems. They offer top-rated Customer Support Service. Their fast and knowledgeable team is happy to help clients with their hosting issues 24/7 on three channels: chat, phone, and tickets and in 3 languages. This is a paid web host, discounted price for new users starts at $6.99 a month for one website. There are other paid web host companies. There are free web host sites, but you don’t really own your website. What if that company decides to shut down or close your website? The free host sites also limit what you can do to your website.
4. Get WordPress
This is the software you use to create your website/blog. You should be able to download WordPress(.org) from your web host. SiteGround’s support is knowledgeable and able to provide assistance on a wide range of WordPress issues (something which most web hosts don’t provide).
5. Choose a WordPress theme
There are free and paid themes to choose from. This is the look and layout of your website. Think of it like a template, you customize to meet your needs. Don’t choose a theme with a hard to read font. Make sure your theme has support and updates.
6. Create content
You probably want to write a few articles before setting up your website. Otherwise it will look empty, no reason for a visitor to stay on your website if there is nothing to see. Break up text into small paragraphs, proofread well and add images and/or video. Link to your social media pages to get shares, likes and follows. I think I started my blog with two articles. I try to post at least one article a week.
7. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
You need terms and phrases (keywords) in your articles to make your site search engine friendly and generate traffic to your website. I am still learning SEO and it is ever-changing. Free SEO education can be found by searching online.
8. Promote content
Share your content in many places. Share your blog posts on social media. Share in social media groups if allowed, but don’t seem like you are spamming. Reply to questions with your blog post link if it contains the answer they seek.
If you are starting a blog to make money, like affiliate marketing, just know it takes time. A blog is not a get rich quick plan. I have heard it said that it takes three to five years before you can make enough money to quit your regular job.
So choose a topic that you will enjoy talking about long term and good luck!