A lot of my readers have reached out to me over the years that I’ve been in the blogosphere asking about starting a blog, running a blog, and if all of the work that goes into it is really worth it. The answer to all of those questions is – YES! Once you decide to start a blog, and you decide on your niche (the topic(s) you want to blog about and/or the people you want to target) you’re all set to get started!
To make it extra easy for you, I put together this free 16-page workbook that will walk you through the entire process, everything from finding your niche to setting up your social media accounts.
Before you start your own blog there are a few very important things that you have to do.
Buy your Domain Name and Choose a Web Host
Your domain name is critical and it’s really important that you think it through before committing to a name. A few general rules are:
- Keep it short and simple
- Make it easy to spell
- Relate to your blogging niche
- Allow flexibility to grow
You can buy your domain name when you set up your hosting plan and currently, there is only one company I would recommend. In the past I’ve used GoDaddy, HostGator, and BlueHost but I’ve used A Small Orange for the past year for all of my sites and I don’t have a single bad word to say about them.
I use the shared hosting plan which you can get for as low as $5 a month. It’s their “most-loved plan” and they offer “24/7 E-Mail and Live Chat Support” which is incredible for people like me who work on their blogs at 2am.
You can check out A Small Orange here and they make it really easy to install WordPress by clicking on the WordPress icon from your cPanel. If you need more help installing WordPress on A Small Orange I have you covered, right here.
Design Your Blog
My first theme was Delightful Pro from Restored 316 Designs and I customized it to suit my preferences. I then changed to a theme from StudioPress which was built on the Genesis Framework. I switch back and forth frequently (which I definitely do not recommend) but you can’t go wrong with either company.
Psssst – for even more themes see my blogging resources page.
Set Up Your Social Media Accounts
If you don’t already have them, please make sure you set-up social media accounts immediately.
I know bloggers who waited until they had a following but if you do that you are missing out on the people who connect with you at the beginning of your journey. Set up a Facebook page, add your blog to BlogLovin’ and connect your Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to your blog.
I use CoSchedule and HootSuite to help manage all of my accounts and schedule posts and MailChimp for my newsletters. If you want a lot of flexibility and extra features then I recommend Aweber for your newsletter because they allow flexibility in design, content and have other features like auto-responder emails and confirmation pages.
Then, all you have to do is start writing and connecting with your fellow bloggers.
There are millions of people out there just waiting to welcome you into the community and help you be successful.
Ready to get started?