How to Start a Blog

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Blogging has become more than just a hobby, a side job, extra money or side hustle. A growing number of individuals are working from home, doing what they love… and earning a lot of money. Enough to replace more than just one income. If you haven’t looked at our article on, 5 Top Blog Income Reports, you might want to. And be prepared to be amazed.

We’ve been blogging for years.

In fact, I still remember the first time I heard the term, blogging. It didn’t take long before we had one up and running.

In those early years, there weren’t a lot of choices for would-be bloggers. Today, it is refreshingly different. But all those choices can prove challenging. Let us give you some simple steps. We’ve had wins and plenty of mistakes. And… learned a ton. We’ll pass on what we’ve learned to you.

So — you want to blog, maybe.

Do you love to write? Are you passionate about a topic? Blogging may be for you.

If you want to take the leap — here’s how. It’s really, really not difficult!

 

Our Advice

Take out a piece of paper — or better yet, a notebook. I promise you’ll be glad that all your little notes are in one place. You’ll be surprised at how often you grab for it.

Brainstorm.

Write down your interests, topics you know something about, things you’re at least interested in, if not passionate about.

Doesn’t need to be long — bullet points. Just create that list.

And of those topics you’ve just jotted down, circle the ones you love. Ones that you think others will love too. Ones you think others will be interested in and want to read more about — want to read what you know, what you’ve experienced and what your advice is on that topic.

And therein is your niche.

 

Choose a Name for Your Blog

You’re not done brainstorming yet. See, I told you that notebook would come in handy.

Write down potential names for your blog. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few names you like — ask others.

Seriously. This is incredibly important. See what kind of response you get from those closest to you. Is the name catchy? Is it memorable? Does it make sense?

 

Buy that Name

Once you’ve written down a couple of winning ideas, it’s time to see if that name is available. That name is called a domain name, but you probably already knew that.

What to do? Go to the bottom of this post where it says “Search for Domain Names.” Enter your choice names and see if they are available.

Keep trying until you’re satisfied. We recommend buying domain names with a .com extension.

And then… BUY IT from Bluehost.

We recommend buying domain names with a .com extension.



 

Host Your Blog

Once you’ve purchased your domain name, you will need to “host” your blog. Again, Bluehost.com, is our choice. It is truly one of the best values on the web. For around $5.95 per month, with this link, you can secure hosting and move on to creating your website and blog.

 

Blogging Platform

If you want to generate income from your blog, WordPress is what you want. If you’ve hosted your site through Bluehost.com, all you will need to do is activate WordPress within your dashboard.

 

Creating Your Blog

This is the fun part. You will choose a theme from WordPress, right from the “Appearance” tab in your Dashboard. Activate the theme (or template) of your choice. There are plenty of Theme options that are free. You can view them by clicking here.

Suggestions on Themes:
  1. The Genesis Framework: This is the most common theme professional bloggers use. But you may want to look at other StudioPress Themes. I particularly like the Divine Theme and Cafe Pro.
  2. Elegant Themes: I love the look of these themes as well.

Take some time to peruse websites in your niche. Decide what you like, what you don’t, what hasn’t been done–and what needs improvement. Write them down, draw pictures, diagrams — in your handy notebook, of course.

 

… you’re on your way! Now go and create some awesome content!

 

Resources and Generating Income

Be sure to read our post on 5 bloggers reporting monthly income– one in excess of $150,000 in one month.

And then … read this:

 

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Written by 

Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

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