READY TO START BLOG THIS 2017
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How many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or even years you are thinking when to start blogging?
How many times did you ask yourself when to start blogging and write on your online diary?
Let’s start blogging is much EASIER WAY than you think.
Keep on reading … I’ll show you how!
Here’s how I started my blog, step by step:
PICK YOUR NICHE
What do you want to share and read by your readers?
Currently, these are the three huge profitable niche topics online; “Health & Fitness”, “Relationships” and “Money & Finance”.The best method of choosing a niche is to forecast the topics that will be trending in the future Click To Tweet
Even if, those are the top listed niche. It’s still up to you what would you like to share and where you’re specialize to. Once you pick your niche, lets go buy and have your hosting setup.
BUY DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
Let’s not get to far from this.
I used to recommend this to my colleagues, friends and clients whenever they need find and needed a new domain with hosting, “BLUEHOST“.
You can use the above widgets to look for your new domain name availability. Make sure that your domain name will be incorporate with your niche or the likes.
Bluehost is a one stop shop for your blogging needs or even business needs online. (I mean, hosting and domain) Once you have your chosen domain name availability ready,
You will directly sign up and the fact that they offer you domain name free for the first year! This is totally amazing to decide to go on self-hosted with this incredibly affordable price (this is such a low investment to make for a website) and then, select on this available hosting plan do you want:
Now, we have already your final domain name online and your selected hosting plan.
Before we get into how to set up and build your blog, now that you acquired hosting, I have a little gift for you. If you decided to go with Bluehost and use my affiliate link, I am offering you a free 30 days email coaching session that consists of an email exchange within 30 days, in which, I can guide you from setting up of your blog until successfully launching it with a bang and many more! Simply email me a proof at [email protected] and you got yourself an instant personal blogging coach!
BUILD AND DESIGN YOUR BLOG
You have to choose what kind of blogging platform would you like to use.
Well, this two platforms, I can highly recommend to start your blogging career. If you are decided to get either of this two:
and get back to your Bluehost account to start setting up your hosting and building it.If you THINK it's that SIMPLE, then DO IT YOURSELF. Click To Tweet
Yay! We’re more than halfway to go. At this point, you’ve already picked your niche, domain name, and completed your bluehost hosting account.BlueHost has an easy 1-click installation that is a total lifesaver! #dcgph #starttoblog #2017 Click To Tweet
BlueHost has an easy 1-click installation that is a total lifesaver!
I will recommend you getting the Basic Plan. You’re just starting a brand new blog. But, if you’re already running a business and has a budget, Prime Plan, will suit your needs. All your needs should be met with this given plan. You can always change it later.
Check the easy step-by-step guide below for setting up of your account from start to finish.
This setup will go as easy as 1–2–3. Pretty easy.
1. Register 2. Choose your Hosting Plan 3. Pay
Fill in out all your account info (shown above), then select what hosting account you plan to avail.
The Domain Privacy Protection is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It shields your domain registration information (name, address, etc.) from the public.
And Lastly, your billing information.
Congrats! You have successfully setup your account in Bluehost. WELCOME TO BLUEHOST!!!
Easy peasy, right?
Now, It’s time to install your blogging platform.
You have to logging in and make your way to your first cPanel experience.
PREPARING YOUR BLOG
Yay! We’re nearly getting done. Now, you have completed picking up your niche, your domain name, and pricking building of your blog.
Prepare yourself for your blog design.“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Orson… Click To Tweet
It’s time to pick a template or theme for your blog. WordPress / Drupal has a theme store either free or premium themes that you can easily integrate with your chosen platform, and while some of them are lovely, they are all too common in the blogging world.
If you want a design that stands out, try searching for a theme template that will match your blog’s personality and purchase that separately.
Here are some of my favorite places to go theme hunting at:
- Creative Market – Affordable and great design.
- Theme Forest – Endless choices and amazing customer service.
- Pretty Darn Cute Designs – Sleek and girly designs for the ultimate female orientated blog.
- Restore 316 – The ultimate vault for beautiful WordPress themes.
Looking for more ideas? Check out my post on 10 WordPress Themes For Female Bloggers & Entrepreneurs to find my absolute favorite themes for bloggers.
Set up involves creating categories, pages, and adding plugins. Your pages will include: About Me, Contact Us, FAQ, Resources, Advertise, and the blog categories you think are appropriate.
For a fashion blog, categories might include: product reviews, giveaways and contests, lifestyle, fitness, etc.
About Me: In the About Me or My Story page, you’ll want to tell your audience about yourself.
Who are you?
What experience do you have?
What makes you special that will keep the reader coming back to your blog time and time again?
- How to write a Killer About Me Page for Your Blog
- 10 Ways to Dazzle Readers with Your About Me Page
Add a photo too, for a personal touch. The reader wants to connect with a face, not just a computer screen.
Contact Us: This can be as simple or complex as you like. I like to keep it simple and install the Contact Form 7 plugin which will display a clean, simple contact form on this page.
Feel free to browse the Plugins library on WordPress to see what other contact forms they have available if you’re looking for something more.
FAQ: This might not be necessary depending on the type of blog you have.
I always love FAQ pages. More times than not, any question I have will be found in FAQ. I like this because it’s a lot faster to find my answer than contacting the website.
Resources: This a MUST HAVE, especially if you want to monetize your blog.
The resource page will have a list of your recommendations. For a blog about the art of blogging, this might include recommendations for hosting companies, email marketing companies, themes, courses to improve traffic and more, just to name a few.
Check out my Resource Page to get an idea what yours might look like.
Advertise: If you’re planning on having sponsored posts, sponsored reviews, sidebar advertising, or similar, you might want to add an Advertise page with your rates, media kit, and information. For media kits, I’ve seen some awesome packages on Etsy that you might like.
WRITE YOUR FIRST POST / ARTICLE
Now that your site is set up, its time to start writing. I recommend setting up an Editorial Calendar, which will help you to stay organized. Coschedule has a great calendar which you’ll love.
You can post as often as you’d like. I try to post 5-6 articles per week. I know bloggers who post 1 article weekly. It’s completely up to you.
When writing your post I’d recommend the following:
- Use white space, which means make sure to have adequate line breaks so your article is easier to read.
- Images, infographics, charts, and graphs are great inserts to help your post
- Proofread before and after you publish
- Use Grammarly to check spelling and grammar (they have a browser plugin too!)
- Aim for 1000-2000 word posts. This is a lot of writing. If you can’t do this regularly, try to write lengthier posts as often as you can
- Make sure to use tags and put your post in the appropriate category
Once your post is ready, you can go LIVE!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on creating a blog.
Please share, what are your FAVORITE plugins?