Today, you will learn all about how easy it is to create a blog on your own. Blogging is a very big passion for me because I love to read and write and it helps keep me accountable for certain things in my life. You can start a money-making blog for just a few dollars a month!
Are you looking for a free, easy step-by-step guide to work from home by starting a blog?
My free guide on this page will show you how to create a blog that is beautiful and functional, with step-by-step guidelines.
Ready to Start
My name is Angie Marcum, and I am going to show you how to start blogging.
I know that starting a blog can seem very time consuming, overwhelming and intimidating. You will not know if it is for you till you try. This free guide is all about blogging for beginners and I will teach you how to be a blogger with just the most basic computer skills. In less than 20 minutes, you can create your very own blog.
I am not ashamed to admit that when I was a beginner learning how to blog I made lots of mistakes. You can benefit from me from my experience so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes. I created this free guide so that anyone can learn how to blog quickly and easily.
What is a blog?
In the short descriptive, a blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts. In popular culture, we most often hear about news or celebrity blog sites, but as you will see in this guide, you can start a successful blog on just about any topic you have a passion for.
Most Bloggers often write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect directly with their readers. In addition, most blogs also have a “comments” section where readers can correspond with the blogger. It is very important to interact with your readers in the comments section which will help to further the connection between the blogger and the reader.
This direct connection to the reader is one of the main benefits of starting a blog. This connection allows you to interact and share ideas with other like-minded people. It also allows you to build trust with your readers. Having the trust and loyalty of your readers also opens up the door to making money from your blog, which is something I discuss later in this guide.
How to start a blog on SiteGround
1: Brainstorm A Topic
What are you interested in? What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Most importantly, how will you make money with your chosen topic?
Writing and Blogging is my passion. So, that is what you need to think about to get started. So – what’s your passion? What do you find yourself thinking about on a daily basis? How can you use your knowledge to help others?
There are no rules that state you have to have a specific niche or topic when you start a blog. If you like topics like interior design, saving money, deals, frugality, minimalism, and recipes, start a blog that encompasses those things!
During your brainstorming session, I recommend researching ways to make money through blogging. Most people do not know you even make money blogging, so that would be your first step. One of the best and easiest ways to make money is through affiliate marketing – or showcasing products and then earning a commission when your readers purchase those products. Another way is through Google AdSense.
No matter your niche, you can earn an income! Choose something you are passionate about!
Some of the most profitable blogging niches include:
- Personal Finance
- Mommy Blogs
- Working from Home
- College Life
2. Find A Domain Name
I recommend writing out a long list of domain names that you like. Once you’ve settled on a few, head over to SiteGround and see if it’s available. Once you have your domain name, sign up. I recommend the StartUp Plan.
Step 1: Head to SiteGround and Select “Get Started” and choose your Hosting Plan
SiteGround has three plans and everyone can sign-up for any of them with a great discount.
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now.
- The GrowBig plan is a great value with the option of multiple websites and the Ultrafast PHP that greatly improves website speed.
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites or for more geeky development needs like more server resources and GIT integration.
Step 2: Choose your Domain Name
You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign-up with an existing domain. SiteGround offers a wide range of domain extensions at awesome prices. If you are a beginner, I would start out with a .com.
Step 3: Review and Complete your Order
Congratulations! Now it’s time to install WordPress!
3. Install WordPress and SiteGround Together
SiteGround makes it super easy to connect to WordPress. Create your password, log in, and choose a theme. Launch your website and you are all set!
Now, all you have to do is make it look nice, and more importantly, you want it to be easy to navigate for your readers. I used a free theme for a little while but quickly decided that it wasn’t for me. I searched for a new theme and came across Genesis – which is the number one recommended theme for WordPress users. You purchase Genesis and a child theme for it to work. I purchased mine from Restored316.
4. Start Blogging
I would give yourself a couple of days to get everything up and running on the technical side before you try to write up a bunch of posts. You will feel brain dead after installing everything, buying a theme, and trying to figure out how to navigate through WordPress. Also, I wanted to give you a tip. I use Notion where I connect to Google Doc where I write my 1st draft of my blog post. I have lost posts because of a lot of reasons in the past and that is why I don’t start writing in WordPress. I then add my affiliate links and photos when I have transferred it to WordPress.
Next Important Steps (Blog Education is Key) – Never stop learning new stuff
- Customize Your Blog
- Protect Your Blog
- Add Standard Blog Pages
- Set-Up a Custom Blog Email Address
- Register Social Media Accounts
- Decide on a Blog Posting Schedule
- Promote Your Blog
- Make Money Blogging