how to start a blog

How to Start a Blog or Website

Have you ever wanted to have or make your own website?  Well here are some step by step instructions to help you learn how to start a blog or website!

Maybe you want to start a business.  Maybe you want to expand your reach on the internet or perhaps you just need to know how to start a blog for fun. There are tons of reasons to create a website or a blog whether they be personal or business related. These days if you have a business you should most likely have a place online for customers to find you. More and more tools coming out every day to make getting started even easier.  But with so many tools it can be confusing know where to start and the difference between the tools. So we have created a step by step guide for helping you learn how to start a blog from scratch!

how to start a blog

Here are the 6 key steps to learning how to start a blog or your own website

  1. Find a specific focus or topic for what you want the blog to be about

  2. Choose an appropriate and SEO friendly domain name

  3. Find a host and where to purchase your domain

  4. Pick which content management system (CMS) you would like to use for your blog like WordPress

  5. Design and customize your blog

  6. Consistently write meaningful, unique and SEO friendly content




Find a specific focus or topic for what you want the blog to be about

Some people know exactly what they want to talk about on their blog right away. That’s great, those people just need to learn the ins and outs of blogging.  But for those out there that are still looking to find their topic or focus, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Be specific! If you think you have an idea of what you may want to blog about, try to narrow it down even further.  The reason is that there is already so much on the internet. If you want to differentiate your blog from another one you will need to find a niche.

If you still have no idea what you want to talk about on the internet but would like to start blogging for fun or for the experience then you may need to do some digging.  First, consider writing about your own passions or interest.  Blogging is much more enjoyable when you actually are interested in your subject.  Also, think of blogs you follow or like reading and think of ways you could enhance them or things you feel they are missing.

Choose an appropriate and SEO friendly domain name

The more people start their own blogs the less and less domain names are available.  This can make it tricky when trying to select a relevant domain.  The point is ACT FAST!

Check out this list from Godaddy about how to pick your domain name:

10 tips for choosing the perfect domain name

Find a host and where to purchase your domain

What is a web host?

For those with little or no experience when it comes to web development, a web host is a company that provides space on a server for your website to live and access the internet.  If the domain is the address, then the web host is the company that provides the actual home.

There are many hosts to pick from and many factors to consider.  BlueHost is a top rated company that offers many different plans depending on your needs and budget.  They also offer around the clock customer support and have tools to help you start using a variety of different content management systems like WordPress.

bluehost web hosting

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Pick which content management system (CMS) you would like to use for your blog like WordPress

The most common CMS used by bloggers today is still WordPress with over 27% of all websites on the internet built on WordPress. This is a pretty staggering statistic when you think about it.  If you have any knowledge of other CMSs or want to build your website from scratch, great. But, WordPress is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your website launched today.  There are tons and tons of free “themes” (which are essentially frameworks) to choose from and also some you can purchase on WordPress or one Envato Theme Forest.

Design and customize your blog

Once you have decided which theme you like, it’s time to start customizing and designing you website.  Most themes have a built-in customizer but there are also tons of plug-ins you can utilize to make a really unique looking site.  Make sure to pay attention to how the demo content is laid out and read any supporting documentation.

Consistently write meaningful, unique and SEO friendly content

Now that your site is built there is just one more thing to do… start generating quality content.  If you really want to start driving traffic to your site you will have to keep a couple basic things in mind.  One is writing on a consistent basis.

The best way to learn how to start a blog is simply by getting started.  So what are you waiting for?!

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