How to Start a Blog: A quick guide and step by step of how to get started with your very own blog!
I’m ecstatic to be creating this tutorial on how to start a blog! I’ve had a lot of followers contact me recently, asking how they would go about starting a blog like I did. So, to best answer your questions, I came up with FIVE easy steps to get you started. But first, if this is your first time here… you can get to know a little more about me HERE.
How to Start a Blog: In 5 Easy Steps
Please note that I am NO professional at starting a blog. But I have been blogging for 6 years, and have started a few blogs, and have helped others start their own blogs. I also believe there is no right or wrong way to start a blog, so these 5 steps oh how to start a blog, are completely my opinion and may differ from others.
Step 1: Decide what your blog is going to be about.
This should be something you are passionate about, because you don’t want to put in all of the time and effort in something, and be burnt out on it in just a few short months and want to quit. Do you love “baking?” You could share recipes and photos of your baking adventures.
Do you love “shopping for clothing?” You could share your favorite “finds,” and “how to dress on a budget!” Or maybe you just want a “place” where you can talk about anything you want! For me, that’s kind of what Fantabulosity is about. So your first step is decide what is important to you, and what you would like to share with the world!
Step 2. Decide what the name of your blog will be.
Will the name of your blog be something that describes it to a “T,” or will it be something “cutesy,” you have come up with? Whatever it is, a good thing to make sure of, is that it’s something that’s easy to remember, and it’s not too long for someone to have to type in.
For “Fantabulosity,” I went with something “catchy.” Yeah, seeing the name of my blog won’t tell you exactly what is going to be shared over here… but heck, I don’t even know what all is going to be shared over here. 🙂 But it’s “catchy,” and people REMEMBER it!
Step 3. Purchase your domain name.
AKA: Your web address like: http://example.com
Now… is the domain you want, available? That’s a big question. You may have the most PERFECT idea for a blog name, until you go to buy the domain, and someone else had that great idea before you. Booo! Yes… That’s happened to me a lot. It has happened to everyone I’m sure. I always buy my domains at Name Cheap, and I’m VERY pleased with them. It’s simple, go here: NameCheap.com, and type in what you want your domain name to be. If it’s available, it will show how much you can buy it for (which is usually only around $11), and if it’s not, it will say “unavailable” or “make offer.”
If you just went and bought your domain, yaaaay! You’re another step closer!
Step 4. Decide which platform you want to use.
This is a big question to answer… but you gotta know…
There are typically only a few that new bloggers try to decide between. What’s a platform? Yeah, I was there too. So there’s a “backend,” to your website, so you can go in to “edit” your site create blog posts, etc. There are pros and cons to them all. “Blogger,” “SquareSpace,” and “WordPress” are typically the platforms that are the most popular.
I’ve heard good things about Blogger and SquareSpace… HOWEVER, I’ve been told that if you believe you will want to potentially make money with your blog with ads, OWN your own blog, or even customize your blog with looks, settings, etc. WordPress is the way to go.
I’ve been told that Blogger has restrictions, and doesn’t let you have FULL control of your own site, and almost every person I know that has started with Blogger, wished that they would have started with WordPress from the beginning.
As far as SquareSpace, I’m not 100% sure what they do/do not allow, but whichever platform you decide to go with, I really, REALLY suggest to make sure that you own it (which means, to pay for “hosting”… which I’ll get in to later), so it can’t be taken away from you one day.
WordPress.com OR WordPress.org?
WordPress.org is the way you wanna go. Yes… you’ll have to pay for hosting. But most hosting plans can be affordable. (Usually around $10/month. Skip a coffee from Starbuck’s twice a month, and you’ve paid for you hosting.) Paying for hosting, and going this route, will give you tons of freedom on customizing your site, putting ads (ahem, making money) on your site, etc.
Hosting is what “holds,” your site, or makes it “live.” Think of it as you’re paying rent to appear on the internet. I personally use Cloudways hosting, but that’s a managed hosting. (I do that to really increase the site speed of my blog, because of all of the content on my blog after years of blogging and because user experience is incredibly important to me.) If you’re just starting out, there are many hosting companies that you can choose from.
I started out using A2 Hosting, and started out with the cheapest package. It seemed to work just fine for me starting out. I’ve also heard really good things about Siteground, from my blogging friends, but have never used them myself.
Step 5. What should your blog look like?
I recommend browsing the web for similar blogs that you love the “look,” of. What catches your attention? What colors do you like? What fonts do you like?
Make note of everything you like of others, that you’d like on yours. Do you like one that you’ve found? Scroll to the bottom to see who designed it, because sometimes the designer will include a link to their site there.
Head over to the designers site, and see if they provide free templates or “ready to purchase” templates, or are taking new customers for blog design. If you don’t have any luck with that, google “free blog templates,” and you may just get lucky enough and find a fantabulous blog template that you love, for free! Etsy also has a TON of templates that you can likely score for a few bucks!
This is my, “Did you get all that?” look…
Yes, this post is full of words, but I hope you find it helpful!
I can’t wait to hear if you’ve taken any of the steps to start your own blog. It has literally been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It started as a hobby, and has grown in to a business that I can do at home… on the couch… with my kids… AND it now provides an income that helps support our family. Absolutely a dream come true.
I believe that if you blog about something that you’re passionate about, you’re blog will be a success!
How to Make Money Blogging
Can you believe that I make an average of $6,000 a month, blogging in my PJ’s, at home? (Except for those days that I want to get dolled up and out & about of course.) I’m often asked by those that have started a blog, for the next BEST step… “How to make money with a blog.” My answer is always, “There are a ton of ways to make money with a blog, and it doesn’t have to be tricky!” If you know the ins and the outs, and have the resources, it gets a LOT easier.
Here’s the deal… when I first started researching how to make money with Fantabulosity, I couldn’t just “Google,” how it works. Sure, there were blog posts out there that told me how others do it. Ads, sponsored posts, product sales, etc. But that didn’t help me. I wanted to know HOW they were doing it. HOW were they getting in touch with big name brands. HOW were they finding companies that wanted to advertise on their site. It took me a few years, relationships built with other bloggers, and countless hours, trying to find the answers to my own questions. So when I’m asked how to make money blogging, I didn’t want to send even more people on a “wild goose chase.” I wanted to HELP you… I wanted to GIVE you… all of the ways I knew how.
I created an E-Course (just a fancy word that’s videos of me talking, and showing you the websites that I use today) that spills the beans on EVERY company that I use to make $6000 a month with. I can’t WAIT to get you on your way of making money with your own blog.
If you’re ready to learn how to make money blogging, HERE’S the e-course that so many others have already participated in!
As always, PLEASE let me know if you have any questions! I’d be glad to answer, or send you in the right direction for an answer. 😉