If you have spent any time on Pinterest, you have probably landed yourself onto a few self-hosted blogs. Blogging has became one of the best sources of income for people who wish to work from home or even just provide a supplement income to their full time job. You have probably wondered how people do it.
I still have to almost full time jobs, but I enjoy my blog because it is a great creative outlet. It has also kept me accountable throughout my debt free journey. Becoming debt free is not an easy journey, but it has definitely allowed me experiences that I would have never had if I hadn’t even started the journey. I hope that it will slowly become a part of my income, but I am currently content with my writing.
Here are 7 Steps to help you start your blog
1) Stop worrying about every detail.
You don’t have to decide what every blog post is going to say. You don’t have to decide who is going to read your blog. There is no reason to stress about every detail right now. You just have to decide to start.
“A journey of a thousand miles still starts with the first step.”
The first step is exactly what you have to do here. Decided to start a blog is the first step.
2) You need a place to host your blog.
I am not a computer person what so ever. I have almost no tech skills. Having a place to host your blog is like a little piece of the internet that your rent out. The company that you decide to rent through is who takes care of the backside maintenance. They are also the people to call when you decide to try to code something and completely mess something up. These are the tech people that non-tech people need in their life.
I personally go through SiteGround and I have had absolutely no problems with them. While I haven’t had to use their customer service *fingers crossed*, all of the reviews from people who have had to use it have been good. I got recommended to SiteGround through a group of other bloggers.
Siteground is always running different sales. Through this link, you get 60% off the monthly price if you sign up today! Some of the time you get a free domain if you pay for a year out, but they are constantly changing it! Don’t put it off if they aren’t currently running that deal though! Siteground is still by far one of the cheapest hosting sites out there! I recommend the StartUp package. You can always upgrade, but I have been blogging for about a year and I still don’t need more than the StartUp.
3) You need a domain.
This is how people find your website on the internet. For example, my domain is “www.TheSavvySagittarius.com.” I used Savvy in the terms of Financially Savvy and I am a true Sagittarius at heart. I love horoscopes and fun stuff like that. This fit me because as I started my blog, I was super into horoscopes. Actually, I still read them every day.
This is something to put a little thought on because you won’t change it after you decide. Fun ideas are a play on words of your name and what you want to write about. It could be as simple as your name. Make it fun.
This is a time to put some thought into what you want to write about. If you want to share all of your favorite recipes, a play on the words food, chef/cook, “In the kitchen with..” In the past, I had a travel blog with the domain “Elyse I Travel” as a play on words of “At Least I Travel” You want something original, so avoid plays on other companies that are already out there. I did a quick google search of “The Savvy Sagittarius” to see if there was anything similar out there. It doesn’t have to be super creative, but it does need to be something you love and that vaguely represents what you want to write about.
After you find an available domain, you complete the purchase with your account information and you now have a place to host your blog. Now it ‘s time to get your blog all set up!
4) Connect WordPress with your new domain
After you make the purchase, you can log into your account to make the edits. This is one of my favorite tutorials on how to set up WordPress with your Siteground hosting. Again, I am awful with technology so I watched tutorial after tutorial to figure it out. If you go to “My Accounts” you will find a “Cpanel” option. This is where most of the options will be to change anything. Under “Autoinstallers” WordPress is an option. After installing that, you may need to create an account with WordPress, but you should not need to pay for anything through WordPress! Do not make the same mistake that I did when I first started! I highly recommend keeping the usernames and passwords the same or written down for your blog.
5) Customize your blog with a theme!
There are a billion and ten themes to choose from. This is one of my favorite parts of blogging. I love making it mine and creating something pretty. I personally like the white and black minimalist themes. Right now I have Omega installed on my blog.
Don’t compare to others with this. Do what you love. When you view your site at first, it is going to look super boring. Start with a theme and keeping playing around with other features under “Customize.” Have fun with this part!
6) You are now ready to write!
On your dashboard, you can start writing! This is the whole reason you started blogging, so have fun with it! Take your first month to build your content and just enjoy writing. I personally wouldn’t worry about building a huge following or making money in your first few weeks, because no one wants to follow someone with one article.
Content is king when it comes to blogging. The more time you spend on it, the more everything else will come naturally. Your dashboard will look something similar to this, without the stats and drafts of course! You can write your first blog post. I actually write all of my posts in Microsoft Word and then copy them over to WordPress.
7) Social Media accounts
I recommend starting a social media account specifically for your blog instead of trying to make your personal account the same. I would start a Pinterest, Facebook “page”, and a gmail account where everything for your social media can go to. Start small and build as you go. I can not stress enough to have fun with your blog. If you love it, you will most likely have more success!
I hope this was helpful in getting your blog started because I know it can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you have no technology skills whatsoever (Like me!) Thank god for the internet that makes a tutorial for pretty much anything.
Throughout my year(ish) of blogging, I have learned a lot. The biggest thing I have learned is patience. It isn’t always about the numbers as it is the process. The more you learn in the first few months, the farther ahead you will be!
I wish you luck, but if you ever need assistance, contact me and I will either help or point you to someone who can!
Send me your new domains so I can follow along on your journey!