How to Start a Blog - Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

 If you want a simple and comprehensive guide on how to start a blog, you've come to the right place.

With more than 4 million readers, we are one of the world's largest blogging sites. And today we help you.

 

In this huge and in-depth article

We'll walk you through the step-by-step process of starting a blog, answering some common blogging questions, and showing you free tools and resources that will put you on the road to success. 

You follow the simple steps, create your own blog and start filling your wallet with twenty more than ten. 

Sounds good? 

Let's dive right in.


Choose the correct blog topic

"What are the most popular blog topics?" "How do I find a blog idea?" "What should I blog about?" "How do I choose blog topics? How do you start a blog? 

We get a lot of questions like this and they usually come from people who don't have much intelligence.

Most people are unaware that there is a high probability of failure, so they spend months or even years creating a blog with no chance of success. 

They eventually give up and start over, but then again, they spend months or even years creating another (or third or fourth) blog that doesn't work. 

The reason? 

It's not because they are stupid. 

That's because they chose the wrong blog topic.

Of course, if you're starting a personal blog, the rules are different. Do you like the theme? It's fun? These are the only two questions that should be of interest to you. 

But if you want to start a blog that generates traffic. 

If you want to create a blog that generates passive income. 

You must choose a viable blog topic that has a chance of success. Because here's the part that's hard to swallow:

That's the bad news.

The good news is that we'll show you how to pick a winner.


How to choose a winning blog topic

These could be your hobbies, topics you suspect are highly profitable, or anything you read about in a magazine while waiting to see the dentist. 

To be a viable blogging topic, you need to be able to answer these five questions with 'yes'. 

Does an existing blog on this topic have a Facebook page with more than 10,000 fans?

Does a blog on this topic have more than 50,000 followers on Twitter?

Does Amazon have a book with more than 30 reviews on this topic?

Are there Google ads when searching for words and phrases related to this topic?

Does a word or phrase related to this topic have more than 100,000 searches in Google Keyword Planner?

These questions will tell you whether there is an audience for your topic or not.

 

Here's why this is important

Too many bloggers try to be cute. They're looking for an audience that no one else cares about.

If there are no competitors, who will connect with you? Where does your audience come from? How can someone find you? 

It's counterintuitive, but the more competition there is in a blogging field, the easier it will be for a new blogger to succeed in that space. 

Therefore, do not try to be unique. Don't try to be too smart. 

Choose a blog topic with an existing audience and popular blogs already competing for audience attention.

 

Choose the right blogging platform

We keep this section short there are several free blogging platforms that provide solid value for who they are and what they do. 

In fact, we are strong advocates for bloggers to start with a free Medium.com account so they can test their ideas and make sure they are viable before creating a complete blog. 

But if you're ready to build an audience and make money online, there's only one blogging platform to consider (and no, it's not Tumblr, Blogspot, or Wix). 

Or more specifically self-hosted WordPress.

With virtually unlimited plugins to install, customizations to make, and layouts to implement, a self-hosted WordPress blog offers flexibility that free platforms cannot match. 

Yes, WordPress is also technically free. It's open source. As we explained in the article link above. 

Either way, you click on the link and consciously or not ask yourself a single question while scrolling through it. 

"Is this something for me?" 

In a few seconds, you must decide whether you want to continue reading the message or move on to something else, and the only way to stay is if it is relevant to you. 

And not just the mail. When you decide, take into account the design of the website, the headings of other publications and yes the domain name. 

Is there any question about who the page is for? Entrepreneurs of course!

How about, of course, for people who want to become better bloggers? 

Neither name is smart, but they help you decide if you want to stay or go by clearly formulating who they help. That is what makes a good domain name.

 

Of course, all the amazing domain names are taken, right? 

It is not necessary.

Here are three different ways to find the perfect domain name: The easiest way to get a clear domain name is to convene the audience on the domain itself. Name the topic. If your blog is focused on a specific topic, try to find a domain name that describes it in clear and concise language. Name the benefit. Why do people stay? If you have a correct answer, sometimes you can make it a new domain name that really stands out.

 

Our suggestion: Use these three strategies to list 10-20 domain names that you would like. You can print them out in a word processor or, if you want, use a blog generator like NameStation to produce many ideas at once. 

When you're done brainstorming, go to a domain registrar like Namecheap (linked link) to see if domain names are available. 

Namecheap's Beast mode allows you to search up to 5,000 domain names at a time. the search button:

Otherwise, go back to the drawing board for another brainstorming session or you can go to a premium domain name marketplace like Sedo.

 

Either way, a few tips: Don't be tempted by your domain name. While it is certainly useful to have a good one, there are thousands of very popular sites with horrible domain names that nobody understands. 

In other words, it is not really a brand or breaker factor for your site. Take a few days or maybe a week to brainstorm and then make a decision.

 

Buy a web hosting plan

If you don't know the term, a "web server" is a kind of repository for sites on the Internet. 

You pay a small fee to maintain your site on the Internet, manage all your visitors, back up your site, provide customer support, manage your site security, etc.

 

Brief about: Website hosting costs money, but you generally get a good chunk of your money. 

Editor's Note: If you're on a tight budget, check out 11 Free WordPress Hosting Services That Aren't Bad. None of the free options discussed can compete with premium webhosts, but if 'cost' is your main concern, you may want to check this out. 

There are an incredible number of different WordPress hosts, but the one we recommend to our students is SiteGround (affiliate link). SiteGround is like one of those restaurants that is affordable and really good and may be the best web host out there for newbie bloggers.

 

Here are some of our favorite features

A technical support team with knowledge of WordPress, Free SSL certificates (so Google knows your site is trustworthy) And if you're a new customer, SiteGround offers discounts of up to 62% to readers (just click on one of our SiteGround affiliate links).

 

How to buy web hosting from SiteGround

Go to SiteGround (affiliate link) and click the GET PLAN button below the managed WordPress hosting option that works best for you.

 

For beginners, we recommend the StartUp plan

  • On the next screen, do the following:
  • Enter the domain name you previously purchased from Namecheap.
  • Click the CONTINUE button

On the last screen, complete four sections

  • Account information (your email address and password)
  • Customer data (your name, postal address and telephone number)
  • Payment information
  • Save your changes to Namecheap by clicking the green check mark.

If you need a usable image, here's a short YouTube video tutorial from Keri Lawrence to walk you through the process:

 

Install WordPress

Now that your new domain and web host are connected, it is time to set up WordPress. 

But just calm down. Installing WordPress is not complicated. 

In fact, many premium WordPress hosts (such as SiteGround) make the process ridiculously easy, no knowledge of cPanel or localhost required. 

If you choose a different site host, we'll walk you through your WordPress installation steps in a moment. 

But first, let's take a look at SiteGround.

After you log in to your SiteGround user panel for the first time, the Account Setup Wizard appears as a pop-up window:

As seen in the screenshot above, click on the Start a new website option and select WordPress as the software you want to install.

 

Then create the login details for your WordPress account

Enter your preferred email address, a proper username and a strong password.

Finally, after reading SiteGround's terms of service, click the Finish Settings button and that's all there is to it.

SiteGround will now install WordPress for you. In a few minutes you will be ready to log into your WordPress dashboard.


Log in to the WordPress dashboard

Go to your WordPress login URL in your favorite web browser by adding / wp-admin (or / admin or / login or / wp-login) to the end of your domain name. 

Your WordPress dashboard will look like this:

Now comes the fun part. Let's start customizing your WordPress site. 

We start with a new coat of paint. 

Before we start customizing your WordPress site, we need to know about something.

Your content is more important than anything else.

You may have a site that is ugly, clunky, and slow, but if you have good content you can still drive traffic and earn passive income. 

But not the other way around. You may have the most beautiful and user-friendly web page online, but if the content stinks, no one will care about you. 

So don't get lost in these details. Concentrate on making your site functional and then you can always come back and make it unique or beautiful later on.

Sounds logical? Good.


How to choose a WordPress theme

In WordPress, your "theme" is designed by your site. It determines how your blog looks to the world. 

There are tens of thousands of theme options to choose from, some for free, some for money. 

You may think it's okay to have so many options, but it's actually the opposite. In his book The Paradox of Choice (linked link), psychologist Barry Schwartz says that having too many options can lead to paralysis in the decision-making process. 

The more options you have available, the more likely you are not to choose one.

 

So let's keep this very simple

And if you want an advanced page builder that lets you customize the layout to your heart's content, choose Elementor Pro (connected link).

Choose the WordPress theme that best suits your situation and your needs. 

  • Download it. 
  • Let's install it now. 
  • How to install WordPress themes 
  • Go to the navigation pane to the left of Appearance
  • Choose themes

Searchable themes from the huge library of free WordPress themes at WordPress.org or click the upload theme button to install a WordPress theme that you downloaded from a third party (such as Astra or another Elementor theme).

Let's go both ways: 

Route # 1: Install a new theme from the WordPress.org library.

To install a free WordPress.org theme.

Type a theme name or desired function (for example"minimalistic") in the Search for themes. 

Route # 2: Install a thirty people WordPress theme.

To install a WordPress theme that you downloaded from a third party, click the Upload theme button and whether you choose a free theme or a theme, there are specific categories or types of WordPress plugins that you absolutely need; however, there is no such important complement. 

Anyone who tells you otherwise gives bad information. 

In the next section, we'll go into the six categories of WordPress plugins that you need to install. And yes, we do have a plugin recommendation for each category. 

But if you don't like any of our recommendations, that's fine.

The 6 types of WordPress plugins you need to install (+ recommendations)

  • Performance plugins (our pick: WP Super Cache).
  • Security Plugins (Our Pick: iThemes Security).
  • Backup add-ons (our pick: UpdraftPlus).
  • SEO plugins (our pick: Yoast SEO).
  • Plugins to share on social networks (our choice: social warfare).
  • Plugins for building email lists (our pick: Convert Pro).