How to Start a Blog for Beginners

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(On the Popular Blogging Platform WordPress)

WITH MICHAELS –

Learning how to start a blog has the potential to change your life drastically.

For some, blogging is a way to cool off after a hard day at work.

For others, it’s a fun for extra income. One that allows them to make extra income together with their normal day job.

And still, for others, blogging has become a business. One so profitable they’re able to quit their paid jobs, travel round the world, and live life on their terms.

You see, blogging is a low cost, zero risk way to open new doors of opportunity that weren’t previously there before.

In this article I am going to take you through, step-by-step, how to start a blog in 15 minutes or less, even if you’re a total beginner.

Before we dive in though, let’s take a quick moment and look at the reasons why people start a blog.

Why do people blog?

People often have very unique reasons for wanting to start a blog. Some are compassionate in nature — perhaps they want to educate others on a rare form of a disease they, or a family member, are struggling with. Others are informative — they want to discuss about a weight loss journey and inspire others to do the same.

And others are as straight forward as they get. They aren’t really sure what to blog about, but they’ve seen other people make insane money and wonder if they can do the same.

No matter your reason for wanting to start, with the right strategies, your blog can:

  • Connect you with millions of people.
  • Get your ideas out into the world.
  • Make you more money than you could ever make at your paid job

Think it can’t happen to you?

Think again:

Just a few years ago i started a blog with no experience. I had no idea how to start a blog, nor did i really even know what to blog about. Needless to say, things have changed in a very short time.

If you’re wondering “should I start a blog?” — The answer is a resounding yes.

SaveIt’s 100% feasible to start making a few thousand of naira per month within just a few months of starting.

The cool thing about blogging is that there is a near limitless number of ways to make money.

How to make money with a blog for beginners:

  • Use display ads
  • Allow companies to buy sponsored posts on your website
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Sell courses, eBooks or trainings
  • Provide a service, coaching or mentoring
  • The list goes on and on…

For newer bloggers, the easiest of these is typically display ads and affiliate marketing. Both allow beginner bloggers to quickly and easily start to monetize their blogs, even if they only have a few hundred readers per month.

Other forms of monetization, such as selling courses or consulting, will typically require a more established site with a large(r) email list of potential customers. This typically comes after months or even years of building a database of quality content on your blog and gaining trusted readers (who may be willing to purchase products or services from you).

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

If you we’re wondering how to start a blog for free, starting a free blog will not be of the advantage to you at all. We only recommend the paid-version of WordPress

Why? Because frankly speaking, the free version has nearly zero customization features and it looks terrible. It will leave you feeling frustrated and you’ll likely give up long before you ever make any money blogging.

We can’t stress this point enough.

Here are but a few reasons you shouldn’t choose a free blogging platform such as WordPress.com:

  • No custom themes (you’re stuck with the default WordPress themes)
  • No plugin support (nearly impossible to have a successful blog without these)
  • Only 3 GB of storage space
  • You cannot choose a custom domain (your site name will be YOURDOMAIN.wordpress.com)
  • WordPress branding is unremovable
  • No SEO control (your site is less likely to be found on search engines)
  • Limited analytics (can’t install Google Analytics)

Do yourself a massive favor. A few Naira per month for the paid-version is very much worth it if your end goal is to turn your blog into a business.

How to Start a Blog on WordPress in 7(seven) Simple Steps

Before you start bringing in the cash from your blog, you need to first create your blog. And that can be an intimidating hurdle for a lot of people, especially the non-tech individuals.  That’s why I’m going to walk you through, step-by-step, how to start a blog on WordPress using Bluehost hosting website.

Why bluehost? Well, in my experience, they are the best all-around hosting company for new bloggers in terms of performance and cost. They’ve also got a great infrastructure to accommodate your blog as it grows, which is really important.

Step 1: Go to blue host Website

Bluehost website

You can click on the link above and go to Bluehost homepage. Setting it all up might seem overwhelming, but once you look at the screenshots below, you’ll see that Bluehost isn’t.

Step 2: Choose Your Hosting Plan

By opening the link above you should land on a page that has three hosting options to choose from (Basic, plus, and choice plus

The basic Plan is the cheapest plan butrealistically speaking the Basic plan is only for a CV type page, not a blog.

Step 3: Choose Your Domain Name

Once you hit the “Select!” button, you’ll be directed to the order form. The first item on the list is the most important one: your domain name!

Register your domain, or buy a new domain. A domain is the URL of your blog.

Think about it for a while, because you can’t change it later. All Bluehost plans include a free domain, so there’s no need to buy it elsewhere.

Tips for choosing your domain name:

  • Stick to just .com endings.  Don’t bother using .biz, .info, .org, or any other endings.
  • Make your domain name simple and easy to remember.
  • Leave out numbers, dashes and anything else other than letters.

Step 4: Enter Your Hosting Plan Information

This step determines your approximate initial cost to start your blog.

Step 5: Enter Your Billing Information

Now, you’ll be transferred to the part no one likes: payment. Just remember that Bluehost charges you for the full 36-month agreement, upfront, similar to most hosts.

Step 6: Create your Password

A system will ask you to select a password that you’ll be using to log in to your website.

Step 7: Choose Theme

This step is optional as you can either select a theme that Bluehost offer, or install your own. You can also skip this option and deal with it later.

Step 8: Building your website on WordPress

Here you can choose to either:

Start Building your website on WordPress

Go to your Bluehost account (cpanel)

If you pick the first option, your WordPress dashboard will look like the screenshot below.

If you pick the first option, your WordPress dashboard will look like the screenshot below.

Step 9: launch your site or display a ‘Coming Soon

You’re almost set. You can choose to launch your site or display a ‘Coming Soon’ page and launch whenever you’re ready.

Once you’re ready to launch you’ll see this:

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