Just like I did, you may sit down one day, and think to yourself:
“I should create a blog!”
The great part is, you can create a blog, and it’s easier than you think! It only takes a couple of hours to get started, and you don’t even need blogging experience.
There a lot of reasons you may be thinking about starting a blog:
Help others succeed. Its fulfilling to share your experience with other people, so a blog is a great way to chronicle your success and lessons learned
Communicate with your audience. Whether you own a business or have a claim to fame already, starting a blog is a great way to reach out to your followers.
Share your story. A blog is a great way to share information about your hobbies, experience, and activities.
Generate Passive Income. Whether you have a full-time job or not, there is plenty of upside potential in the form of passive income generated by a well designed blog. If you have a computer, tablet, or phone you have everything you need to blog with low startup cost and overhead.
So now that you’ve decided a blog is for you, what’s next?
Basic steps to create a blog
There are 5 basic steps to create a blog just like I did.
Lets get started…
1. Decide on a topic
If you want your blog to be a success, pick a topic you’re familiar with, like I did. My blog is mainly about getting out of debt, and since I have over $800,000 of it, I should be an expert on the subject.
2. Choose your platform
There are many options when it comes to platform, but usually, the cheaper the better. Unless you have existing knowledge in the area, it’s best to start with a basic and inexpensive platform. You’ll need to make a couple of choices here – blog platform and website hosting platform (we’ll talk about both).
NOTE: Depending on whether you want to BYOD (Bring Your Own Domain or not, you want to pay attention to the following two choices when creating your blog in WordPress:
- Hosted WordPress is both your blog platform and your website host. Example: http://thebloggo.wordpress.com
- Self-hosted WordPress is your blog platform only – you have or will buy your own domain. Example: https://thebloggo.com
As you can see by my own domain name, I chose the BYOD option, and recommend you do as well. There is a small monthly fee associated with this choice, but it really helps solidify your brand identity.
A hosting provider is basically your blogs parking spot on the web. It holds the unique pointer that allow others to find your site.
I personally chose Bluehost for my blog, due to its ease of use and interface. Click here if you want to skip right to Bluehost (opens in a new window).
If you’d like to walk through the setup steps for Bluehost, check out this post.
3. Choose your domain name
Your domain name is your address, or location, on the web. Mine is thebloggo.com. If have an existing domain with a domain registrar, like GoDaddy or, Namecheap, you can use that. My tutorial on setting up web hosting will help walk you through it.
4. Install WordPress
Once you have your web hosting platform in place you’ll want to set up your blog platform. I chose WordPress, and created a tutorial on how to install it in Bluehost here.
At this point, if you registered your domain with Bluehost, you should be able to get to your site by putting the address in your web browser.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a WordPress site. Now get out there and conquer the interwebs!
Want to learn more from someone who’s been blogging for over 10 years? Click here to check out the Knowtbook by renowned blogger Amy Lynn Andrews. It has everything you need to create and monetize your blog.