The most basic questions that I get is How to start a blog? Is it difficult process? Do I need to be a techie in order to create a blog? How much does it cost to create a blog??
Well, let me answer this in short first, before I go in detailed steps.
Starting a blog is really easy. You don’t need to be a techno-geek in order to have a blog up and running. Additionally, starting a blog doesn’t break your bank. The cost of starting a blog is approx $60 – $70 per year.
I will show you how to get a blog even without any technical knowledge. Have written step by step guide specially for absolute beginners to start a blog.
This beginner-friendly and comprehensive tutorial will help you learn everything you need to start your first blog.
Starting a blog is confusing for the newbies. I too faced this situation several years back when I was starting out. In order to learn how to create a blog, I had to go through a number of tutorials, how-to guides and what not.
So, I decided to create a tutorial that will help aspiring bloggers so that they can learn how to create a blog and get every piece of information at one place.
At the time of writing this, I already have created 20+ blogs and have sold some of them for profit. Some of the initial ones failed to generate traffic and money. But I have learned a lot in the process and used the knowledge to create more successful ones.
Do you Need Technical Skills to Start a Blog?
“Do I need to know coding or html” you might ask. The short answer is No, you don’t.
Over years, the process of setting up a blog has evolved and most of the process is automated. So if you want to learn how to create a blog, you don’t need to be a techie.
Even for running the blog, you don’t need to have a technical knowledge. If you know basics of Internet and know how to type in Microsoft Word, then you can manage your blog easily.
So, just follow the steps mentioned in this guide to to find out how to create a blog in just few minutes.
Remember, if you get stuck at any stage, you can ask me for help.
Before Creating a Blog
If you are new to the blogging world and want to learn how to create a blog, you should check out the following articles first to learn the basic concepts. It will be good to read before we actually get started with setting up the blog. After going through these links, you can proceed to the rest of this article to find out how to create a blog.
If you already know the basics of a blog, you can skip this part.
How to Create a Blog – Step by Step Guide
Once you are through with the above mentioned articles, you will have a fair idea of what is a blog and why people create blogs. Now, let me show you how to create a blog.
Step 1: Select a Topic for the Blog
Your blogging business is going to start with the selection of a topic. You have to decide a topic for creating your blog and write on it regularly.
What are those topics that you are interested in? Topics that you would love to read and write. It doesn’t matter if you are not an expert on that topic. All you need is a passion. You can always enrich your knowledge by reading about the topic regularly.
If you can’t think of any topics, then think about your hobbies. Select something that you really enjoy.
If you make a mistake here, it would mean that you will choose a wrong path and keep walking on it. In many cases, it may take months to realize that you chose a wrong topic.
Don’t choose a topic just because others are making good money blogging about it. It doesn’t make sense to start a blog on a topic that you are not interested in. After few weeks or couple of months, you will loose interest and stop working on the blog. Choose a topic as per your interest.
Read few important points about How to select a blog topic.
Step 2: Choose a Domain Name
The domain name is the Internet address of your blog. A domain name registration is required (with one of the domain name registrars) before you create your blog.
Before you go for choosing a domain name, it is crucial that you have decided the topic for your blog. We have discussed in previous step how to choose the topic.
Now, Think of a domain name that is short and simple, reflects the topic of your blog, easy to remember, easy to spell and is ‘brandable’. Also, it should match with the topic of your blog.
Note: Do not register the domain name at this stage. You will get a free domain name while signing up for web hosting in next step.
Step 3: Get the Best Hosting for your Blog
Web hosting is one of the key things required to run your blog or any website. A web hosting provider company provides space on their server to put your code scripts, images and other files required to run your blog.
When you are going to start a blog, it’s important to choose your web host wisely.
There are a lot of web hosting companies. However, after creating a number of blogs for myself as well as my clients, I have learned that very few web hosts are reliable.
You won’t like your blog to be occasionally down or not reachable. So you need a web host that provides best up-time, is easy to use, provides excellent support and doesn’t cost much on your pocket.
I recommend BlueHost to everyone. They provide great service, superb up-time and amazing customer support. One of the most important features for newbies is the easy-to-use interface that BlueHost provides.
If you run into any problem related to your hosting account, you can call them up on their 24×7 number, email them or chat with them in real time.
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Step 4: How to Set Up WordPress Blog
Installing WordPress is not a difficult task. If you want, you can get it done for free, by an expert.
What does that mean? 1 click WordPress installation means you don’t need to upload scripts, run installer manually. All you need is to click on 1 button (after providing basic information) and WordPress will be installed.
See, told you that you don’t need technical knowledge! 🙂
First of all, go to the Bluehost page by clicking on this link. You will see a page similar to below screenshot. Click on the green button. Bluehost keeps changing the design of their website from time to time. So if the page doesn’t look exactly like, this don’t worry.
Once you click on that link, you will see a page similar to below screenshot. You can choose “Starter” plan if you want to create just one blog. If you plan to have more than one blogs, then you can go with “Plus” plan.
After you choose your desired plan, you will see a screen similar to below one. Here, you can enter the domain name that you want to register for free. If the domain name you chose is available, you will be able to get that. If it’s not available, you will have to try another one.
Once you have chosen your unique domain name, you will be required to enter your personal details and package details as shown below.
The 3 year plan is most economical one. You don’t need any of the extra or add-ons. So just un-check them. Once you have completed the form, hit the submit button.
After you have created a web hosting account, login to the control panel using the credentials. Bluehost will also send your account information over email.
Next, go to the section called “Website” under which, you will find “Install WordPress” link, as shown in below screenshot. Click on it.
On the next screen, click on the big “Install” button.
The next screen shows you the domain name that you just registered with Bluehost. Click on the “Check Domain” button. Now the final step is to click on the “Advanced Options” to allow you to enter the site title or name. Here on this screen, you can also choose the user name and password for the administrator account of your blog. Once done, click on the check box “I have read terms and conditions” and hit the “Install Now” button.
This will complete the installation of your WordPress blog.
You Got a Blog – What Next?
I hope that you were able to figure out how to start a blog. If you face any issues, please feel free to ask me for help.
What are the next steps after creating a blog? Read on through the rest of the article to take your blog to next level and also learn how to make money online using your blog.
Creating Your First Post
Login to the dashboard of your blog. The link will be yourdomainname/login. It’s also displayed on screen after completion of WordPress installation.
Once you login to the dashboard, try to familiarize yourself with different menus and options inside dashboard. Trust me, it’s not difficult.
Click on “Posts” and delete the default one. You don’t need that. Similarly, click on “Pages” and delete the default one.
To create a new post, Click on “Posts” > “Add New”. You will see the post editor where you can write your first blog post. Check out the buttons on top of the post editor.
Over to YOU!
We hope that you found this tutorial helpful. You should now have complete understanding on how to start a blog using WordPress. It’s time to get started now!