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HOW TO START A BLOG IN FIVE EASY STEPS

 So you've been bitten by the blogging bug huh? It happens to the best of us. You may know someone with a blog and they inspired you to start your own. Or perhaps you have a few blogs you love, and you think to yourself "I can do that!" and you know what? You totally can! I've been blogging for more than a year and I LOVE it. Let me tell you now though, it is ADDICTING! It's fun to watch it grow and see people who resonate with it. It can open many doors and help you achieve your dreams. Blogging is an amazing outlet for creativity, and will push you to better your writing and creative skills. You're probably thinking, I know all of this already I just want to start! I get it you're excited and you probably typed "How To Start A Blog" into google only to quickly realize there are LOADS of articles on the subject. With all the information out there and the thousands of "How To Start A Blog" posts, you're probably excited but wondering where to start.

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.)

HOW TO START A BLOG

So you’ve been bitten by the blogging bug huh? It happens to the best of us. You may know someone with a blog and they inspired you to start your own. Or perhaps you have a few blogs you love, and you think to yourself “I can do that!” and you know what? You totally can!

I’ve been blogging for more than a year and I LOVE it. Let me tell you now though, it is ADDICTING! It’s fun to watch it grow and meet people who resonate with it. It can open many doors and help you achieve your dreams. Blogging is an amazing outlet for creativity and will push you to better your writing and creative skills.

You’re probably thinking, I know all of this already I just want to start! I get it you’re excited and you probably typed “How To Start A Blog” into Google only to quickly realize there are LOADS of articles on the subject. With all the information out there and the thousands of “How To Start A Blog” posts, you’re probably excited but wondering where to start.

In the beginning, it can seem very overwhelming. There is a steep learning curve when it comes to building a successful blog. In this post, however, I’m just going to show you how to simply set it up so you can start posting already. You could have your blog set up before the kids wake up from nap! Yes, it’s that easy! There’s only five simple steps.

FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO STARTING A BLOG:

STEP 1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC OR NICHE

I’m sure you have a reason to start a blog, no one wakes up and says “hey blogging sounds fun, let’s set one up.” You have an idea in mind. But before you pick a name, you need to really narrow down what your blog will be about and who it caters to. Choosing what you are going to blog about is very important because it will help you determine who your audience is. Once you find this out, you can focus on what they actually need and want to read.

STEP 2: CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME!

A domain name is like the address of your house. It tells people where to find you. Picking a name took me 3 months. DON’T BE A KATHERINE! I over-think and analyze everything. Had I known I could just change it I would have launched my blog sooner.

My domain name is just my first and last. This is because I couldn’t commit to a traditional mom blog name like “Mama Loves Naptime”. I knew eventually my kids wouldn’t take naps and my blog name wouldn’t make sense (to me at least).

I also didn’t want “mom” in the title. Because even though I would always be a mom, I wouldn’t always have kids under my roof. You may want to blog about other things besides motherhood. Blogging may be something you do for 10 or more years so you have to think about the future and pick a name that will still fit you and your brand.

After I considered names that would fit these criteria, I settled on “Woman By Design”. I own the domain name for it and link it to “katherinewandell.com”. I could go on and on about picking a domain name, but for now, you just need to pick something to start. You can always change it later.

If you really want to get set up today, and I know you do. Go to Bluehost and click the GREEN get started button. A great thing about setting up your blog on Bluehost is that you get a FREE domain name with it. Yes, you heard me right!

After that enter a domain name in the box on the left under “new domain”. Make sure “.com” is selected from the drop-down menu. Then click the “Next” button. After you complete that you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll fill out your personal information.

STEP 3: CHOOSE A CMS & WEB HOSTING COMPANY

Remember how I said a domain name acts as an address for your website. Well, a hosting company acts as the home. Think of it as the place that your website lives. There are a lot of options out there for this, there’s Blogger, Wix, WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Squarespace, Bluehost and many more. 

With a hosting company, you’ll also need a CMS which is short for “Content Management System”. A CMS is like the back end of your website. It will be where you write posts and add photos and manage your website. When starting out I painstakingly read all the articles explaining each of these hosts and systems.

Let me save you the time and just tell you to use BlueHost and install WordPress.ORG. for your CMS.  When you sign up with Bluehost, you can then download the WordPress software from your Bluehost account. You need the software to manage all your content, but we’ll get to that. Hold on

You can do all this on Bluehost.com it is just $3.95/month and easy to set up!  So if you haven’t clicked over to their site, I suggest you do so now. Open it in a new tab or window so you can follow along with this post and get it set up quickly.


STEP 4 INSTALL WORDPRESS:

Go back to your cPanel. You’ll see a section that says “Website.” Click “Install WordPress.” It will just take 30 seconds to install and then you will set up a username and password. Once you have this, you’re all set!

Next: GO TO YOUR WORDPRESS ACCOUNT

This part can be confusing at first. There are two ways to get to your new WordPress account.

  1. You can find the tab in your Bluehost account to open WordPress. This is a feature many other hosting services don’t include. Which is another reason Bluehost rocks!
  2. The second way to get into your WordPress account is to type in: WWW.YOURDOMAIN.COM/WP-ADMIN (insert your own domain.) Then you will be prompted to type in your username and password.

Once you get into your account, you will see lots of tabs and information. This is the “back-end of your website, no one will see this but you. Now you could easily start writing posts, but you’ll probably want to install a theme to make your website look pretty on the front end.

There are lots of free themes out there. However, if you want to make any custom changes you’ll be looking at lots of web developer fees. As a DIY-er at heart, I prefer to have full control over my website. I tend to change things every couple weeks, adding pages and tweaking the order of things. If you are anything like me then you have to check out the Total theme by AJ Clarke. It has high ratings and has been downloaded over 29,000 times. This is the theme my website currently uses.

The Total Theme is a complete drag and drop theme with a front end page builder. You NEVER HAVE TO TOUCH CODE! I have never hired a web designer and have completely built my theme myself. Another great thing about this theme is it is a one time fee of $59. The creator AJ Clarke, updates it regularly and maintains it daily. This theme is his baby!

Now you may not want to devote the time to construct and design a theme out of nowhere. He has about 18+ demo themes that you can choose from after you import one you can make customizations from there. There are so many beautiful demos to choose from, and you can change anything you want. Below is a screenshot to give you an idea of the different categroties he has made demos for:

You can check out the Total Theme and see all the demos by clicking the image above or here: Total Theme

STEP 5: BLOG YOUR HEART OUT!

 Now that you have your:

  1. Topic / Niche
  2. Domain Name
  3. Hosting Provider & CMS
  4. Installed WordPress

It’s time to blog your little heart out! The first post/page I suggest you write is “Start Here / About Me”. Let people who land on your new site know a little about you. OR if you are planning to do a blog launch, and want to create a little buzz around your project, then I suggest creating an “Under Construction” landing page. This way you can keep the site secret while you work on content. If you bought the Total theme, you can see how to easily do this in the theme docs.

DID YOU USE THIS GUIDE TO START A BLOG?

If so congratulations! Blogging is hard work but a lot of fun! Welcome to the world of blogging my dear friend. I would love to know what you named your blog in the comments below. I read each and every comment and enjoy seeing new bloggers grow.

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.)

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So you've been bitten by the blogging bug huh? It happens to the best of us. You may know someone with a blog and they inspired you to start your own. Or perhaps you have a few blogs you love, and you think to yourself "I can do that!" and you know what? You totally can! I've been blogging for more than a year and I LOVE it. Let me tell you now though, it is ADDICTING! It's fun to watch it grow and see people who resonate with it. It can open many doors and help you achieve your dreams. Blogging is an amazing outlet for creativity, and will push you to better your writing and creative skills. You're probably thinking, I know all of this already I just want to start! I get it you're excited and you probably typed "How To Start A Blog" into google only to quickly realize there are LOADS of articles on the subject. With all the information out there and the thousands of "How To Start A Blog" posts, you're probably excited but wondering where to start.
So you've been bitten by the blogging bug huh? It happens to the best of us. You may know someone with a blog and they inspired you to start your own. Or perhaps you have a few blogs you love, and you think to yourself "I can do that!" and you know what? You totally can! I've been blogging for more than a year and I LOVE it. Let me tell you now though, it is ADDICTING! It's fun to watch it grow and see people who resonate with it. It can open many doors and help you achieve your dreams. Blogging is an amazing outlet for creativity, and will push you to better your writing and creative skills. You're probably thinking, I know all of this already I just want to start! I get it you're excited and you probably typed "How To Start A Blog" into google only to quickly realize there are LOADS of articles on the subject. With all the information out there and the thousands of "How To Start A Blog" posts, you're probably excited but wondering where to start.
So you've been bitten by the blogging bug huh? It happens to the best of us. You may know someone with a blog and they inspired you to start your own. Or perhaps you have a few blogs you love, and you think to yourself "I can do that!" and you know what? You totally can! I've been blogging for more than a year and I LOVE it. Let me tell you now though, it is ADDICTING! It's fun to watch it grow and see people who resonate with it. It can open many doors and help you achieve your dreams. Blogging is an amazing outlet for creativity, and will push you to better your writing and creative skills. You're probably thinking, I know all of this already I just want to start! I get it you're excited and you probably typed "How To Start A Blog" into google only to quickly realize there are LOADS of articles on the subject. With all the information out there and the thousands of "How To Start A Blog" posts, you're probably excited but wondering where to start.

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