Starting a Blog was one of the BEST things I ever did.
If you’re on the fence about starting a blog, allow me to push you to the side that is telling your “YES! Go for it!”.
I started my first blog in October 2016 from my lilving room while staying home with my first daughter. Now, it was not an overnight success. I had to work VERY hard and for MANY hours for thosse first few months. But it was all worth it.
I now run my own business and make more than I did at my last full-time job. I get to do all of this while staying home with my two daughter. Starting a blog was one of the best things I ever did.
Blogging is a great way to connect with people who share your passions, interests and hobbies. It’ also an amazing creative outlet and such a wonderful way to challenge yourself. It also happens to be a great way to make money!
Ready to get started? Let’s jump into it!
Whether you are Hobby Blogging or business blogging, it’s important you are setting yourself up for success from day 1! Here are the first three crucial steps to setting up your new blog:
- Pinpoint your niche.
- Pick your blog name.
- Set up your blog with a reputable host that provides great options to secure your site.
Pinpoint your Niche
Your niche is your target audience. It is the group of people you want to reach and attract to your site. Chances are, as soon as you decided to start a blog, you already knew what topic you wanted to write about. If you aren’t sure, take some time to reflect on what you are both knowledgeable and passionate about. If you need more help pinpointing what you should blog about, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are your passions?
- What do you find yourself spending your free time doing?
- What are your areas of expertise within these passions?
- What experiences do you have that make you unique in this area?
- What problems can you help your niche solve?
By the end of your brainstorming session, you should be able to clearly state what you blog will be about and WHO your target audience is.
Picking your Blog Name
Your blog name says a lot about you (and your blog)! Be unique! A fun play on words is always a great way to help people remember your blog name. Make a fresh cup of coffee, pen and paper and start a brainstorming session! Get your partner or best friend in on it and talk through ideas.
Once you’ve got a good idea of the direction you would like to go with your blog name, let’s make sure it’s available by following the steps below to sign up with BlueHost.
Set Up Your Blog with a Reputable and Reliable Host
A quick reference before we jump into this next section:
Your domain is the address visitors will type in to get to your blog. (ex: www.TheBasicsOfBlogging.com)
A hosting site is a company that provides the services for your blog to be the internet.
WordPress is the online tool you use to design and publish content for your blog.
A website host is the company who makes your website available on the internet. I’ve been with BlueHost since Day 1. I have added so much content to my site in the past year and have never experienced a slow down or glitch in the site. Plus, traffic is growing by the month. Other hosts make you pay based on visitors and as you get up there, it can get pretty pricey.
To get started with BlueHost, you’ll want to start by seeing if the domain you have selected is available!
(and if it the one you want isn’t available don’t be discouraged. My original blog name wasn’t either and it ended up working out better for me!)
Tip: Always go with .com. Your blog name should be easy for followers to remember and .net, .co or .org are not the assumptive ending to a domain by most people.
You can check your domain availability that by entering the domain name below:
Hosts bill on an annual basis which is EXTREMELY convenient for bloggers. You can select to pay for 1, 2 or 3 years up front. I went with just 1 year when I first signed up. You can adjust the time frame on the top drop down under “account plan”.
Read up on the “extras” before moving forward.
Next, you will need to enter your billing information:
You will also receive an email from BlueHost to confirm and activate your domain. Be sure to do this crucial step as well!
Ready to jump into the technical stuff? Let’s dive into getting WordPress installed on your Website so you can start designing, writing, sharing and blogging your little heart out!
Once you have set your password, you will be given the option to log in.