What do you need to start a blog?
Don’t get scared! Like I just said you don’t need any specialized knowledge to blog. You don’t even really need any particular technology or a lot of money!
If you don’t know what any of the things on this list are I’ll explain them all don’t worry.
To start a blog, you are going to need:
An internet connection.
An email address.
A domain name.
Domain Name: a domain name is the .com or .net people type in to get to your website.
so our domain name for this website would be abloglife.com
Domain Hosting: domain hosting is the engine that keeps your website online. This allows your website to be seen by other people all over the world.
Domain hosting is something you have to get from a company, the company I suggest every new blogger use is Bluehost.com
Bluehost.com installs WordPress for you, gives you a free domain name, and signing up is easier than signing up for Facebook.
Along with that, Bluehost also has Wordpress experts that can help you FREE OF CHARGE with any technical hiccups you may run into, through their program Blue Flash!
I always suggest it because of their fantastic customer support and the experience I have had with them over the past two+ years.
WordPress Installed: WordPress.com and WordPress.org are both blogging platforms that make it super easy to be a blogger.
WordPress.org is self-hosted, meaning it gets installed to the website host you sign up for, and it has your domain attached to it.
WordPress.com is NOT self-hosted, so even if you pay to use it, they still are hosting your website, and own your content.
WordPress.com is a website that you go to post blog posts, and you can have your .com. However, the downside of using WordPress.com is that:
You don’t own your content.
You're extremely limited in how you can monetize.
You are limited in how you can track your website growth.
You are limited in how you can design your website.
WordPress.org is self-hosted, which means that you will own your content, have the ability to monetize, have the ability to design and track; however, you want to.
Don’t worry; it isn’t hard to have a self-hosted website. If you sign up through Bluehost.com, they install WordPress.org for you so there is nothing you have to worry about just create an account, log in and it’s installed!
How do you start a blog?
The way I tell people to start blogs is a little different than most people because I don’t tell people “choose a topic” or “choose a niche” over and over again is because truthfully I don’t think it matters.
I started blogging talking about how to make fantastic food on a budget; then I started talking about my favorite designer dupes; then, I started talking about money-saving tips and being married in college. During each of those times, I made money.
I genuinely think you can make money blogging about anything if you are determined to do so, so if you want to talk about fitness and parenting, you can do that!
So the way I am going to walk you through blogging doesn’t have you start by picking a topic. Instead, I am going to start by talking about choosing a name; then I will walk you through each thing you need to do step-by-step in this order:
Naming your blog.
Sign up for hosting for your blog.
Installing a theme.
Creating a header for your blog.
Creating an about page for your blog.
Starting to create content.
Drive traffic to your blog through Pinterest.
1. Naming your blog.
Picking a domain name can be confusing, and hard because the internet has been around a while, and it seems like EVERYTHING is taken.
The key to picking a domain name is to try everything that comes to mind.
I always recommend trying to use your first and last name, or something that incorporates everything you want to talk about like “greensforchange.com” if you wanted to talk about a plant-based diet.
Tips for coming up with a domain name:
use a .com people are used to .com’s
Don’t misspell words if you can help it, because if you tell someone you run into my website is “candy cane dot com” they won’t think to type in “kandeekayne.com” when they get home.
Use something simple that covers everything; I started with smartandsimplistic.com because that name can include anything I want to talk about.