I was talking to my work colleague this evening about how easy and rewarding it is to get into blogging yet so many people don’t have the direction to get it started. So I thought about summarizing “How to start a blog” in 5 easy to follow steps.
Step 1: Pick your niche + Think about your blog name
Step 2: Buy your Domain + Hosting
I use Siteground for my hosting and so far I’ve had a great experience with them. Pricing starts at $3.95/month.
Once you have both your Domain name and hosting you need to connect both the accounts. Follow these steps:
My Accounts → Information & Settings → Account DNS: copy this information and update it on your domain registrar that is NameSilo in my case.
Then head back to Siteground > My Accounts > cPanel > Add on domains: Add your domain information there
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Step 3: Install WordPress on Siteground
On your Siteground cPanel, if you scroll down a little you will see an option to Install WordPress.
Once done, pick a theme for your new website.
Step 4: Make a Google Analytics account
This is a very important step in your blogging career. If you can’t track your traffic, all of this is for nothing. So make sure to sign up for a Google Analytics account and connect your website.
Step 5: Social media is your friend
If you are new to blogging like I am, you can’t count on your organic traffic. So make use of all the different social media channels out there. I would suggest you to pick the 2 or 3 main channels and focus all your efforts on those.
I use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for my blogging efforts. So far, Pinterest brings in the maximum amount of traffic for my blog as I schedule my posts using an automated tool called Tailwind. Tailwind helps me to schedule pins for weeks in advance, sure it comes with a hefty price tag but in my opinion its totally worth it.
When it comes to Facebook, I share my content on different Facebook groups I follow including Boss Girl Bloggers, Female Lifestyle & Travel bloggers etc. These are groups of likeminded people mostly bloggers who you can connect to.
For all my design, marketing and development needs that I can’t fix myself I use Fiverr.com a marketplace full of freelancers ready for projects e.g logo design etc. If you are looking for initial help for cheap do check it out.
Remember Blogging is a world in itself. If you aren’t ready to be out there, this might not be for you