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How To Start Your Blog in 2021

Do you want to learn how to start a blog? Do you want to create your own Blog? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We've been teaching people how to start successful blogs and make money on the side for years.

In this guide we'll teach you how to start your own blog step by step. There's no technical experience necessary – as a matter of fact, it's much simpler and faster than you think!

How To Start Your Blog

Why Start a Blog?

Whatever your reasons for starting a blog, there are plenty of benefits you might not even realize! Here are just a few reasons to start a blog:

  • Express yourself as a writer: Blogging improves your writing skills. You can share your stories, encourage people and build a community through your blogs.
  • Build an audience: Let's say that you are going to launch a product or a book soon and you want to build some buzz before the launch. A blog is the best way to spread the word.
  • Make money online: We're starting with the best reason first! A blog has the potential to make money every month through various methods. You can earn money through running ads, selling your own products and services, recommending other businesses with affiliate marketing, and more.
  • Attract targeted leads: Maybe you already have a business and want to generate leads and get more customers. Publishing fresh content to a blog is the best way to do that.

Select a Niche For Your Blog

To start a blog and make it as a blogger, you have to select the right niche for your blog.

First, make sure to pick a niche that you are the most interested in—the one you are passionate about. Second, you need to make sure a niche has enough audience interest—topics people searching for.

That way you will follow your passion, find your readers, and enjoy your blogging journey.

Once you select a niche, I also suggest you validate it. Below is a 3-step formula to confirm your niche for success.

  • Check niche size.
  • Explore competitors.
  • Analyze monetization potential.

This process will help you obtain a clear idea of the size, competition, and monetization potential for your proposed niche.

Choose a blogging platform

Choosing the best blogging platform can be tricky. A lot of people make mistakes when it comes to choosing the right blogging platform.

A free option might be a good idea if you just want to start a basic blog as a hobby and don’t care about making money from it.

If you intend to start a business, build your brand reputation, or add more advanced features to your blog, then the free option is not going to do well for you because of its many limitations.

Now for the question, which blogging platform should you choose?

The best by far is WordPress.org.

Why? Because it's the most popular blogging platform in the world, and it’s also free.

WordPress currently powers 33.4% of the internet! That's one third of the internet itself.

With WordPress, you can install plugins of your choice and you can customize your website anyway you want. It gives you freedom that no other blogging platform does.

The WordPress software itself is free, but since it's a self-hosted platform you’ll have to pay for the hosting and domain name – more on that below.

If you're ready to get started with WordPress now, you can click here and follow along in the next step:

Get Started With WordPress

Now that we're done with this step let's move on to the next.

Set Up Your WordPress Website

Like we mentioned above, you can’t start your blog without hosting and a domain name. What are hosting and domain names?

Web hosting is where your website lives, like your website’s house on the internet. This is where all your website files are stored. Every website needs web hosting – without it, you won’t be able to take your blog live.

A domain name is the address of your website. Users type it on their browsers to get to your website. For example, our domain name is www.archiewebmaker.com.

For hosting and domain name registration we highly recommend Bluehost. Bluehost makes it very easy to install WordPress, so you can do it with a click of a button. No technical expertise required!

Why Bluehost? Bluehost is recommended by WordPress themselves and has been in the industry since 1995, which makes it older than Google.

Bluehost hosts millions of websites and has been working with WordPress since 2005. Users opt for Bluehost because it is more reliable and easy to set up when compared with other hosting providers.

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How to Get Started With Bluehost

Once you have clicked on the link, you'll be redirected to Bluehost Website. Once you are there, click on "get started". As shown in the screenshot below.

Bluehost

You'll then be taken to a page where you have to pick a pricing plan. Select the one that suits you best. Then you'll be asked to "create a new domain" or "use a domain you own."

Bluehost

Note: Make sure that you pick a unique domain name that is also brandable.

If you want to wait and think about it, then you can click on "Choose free domain later". Next, you'll have to enter your account information and select the account plan. If you want the best value, then select the 36 months price.

Bluehost

Note: You can also purchase extra add-ons if you like, but that's entirely up to you. Since you're just starting out, add-ons aren't really important and you can skip them for now.

After you're done, you'll get an email with your login details to your web hosting control panel. Once you have logged in your Bluehost account you can find your WordPress site under the "My Sites" tabs.

Click on Log into WordPress and then enter your credentials. Once logged in, click on Create Sites.

This will launch Bluehost's WordPress installation wizard, where you'll be asked to enter a site name and a tagline (optional).

After you click on the Next button to continue, you'll be asked to choose your domain name from the drop down menu. If you haven't purchased a domain yet, you can go to the Domains tab from the hosting dashboard.

After you have selected the domain, leave the directory blank and let Bluehost choose it for you. The installer will also show you some essentials plugins to install, you can add those to the installation process.

Then click on the Next button to continue. This will start the installation and it will take a few minutes to install. After it’s done, you’ll see the success message with your website’s details.

You'll also get an email confirmation, you can click on the link that will take you to the WordPress’ admin area.

And that is it, you have successfully installed WordPress on Bluehost and launched your blog!

Install Essential WordPress Plugins

Plugins are what makes WordPress powerful. Plugins can get your site to perform effectively and efficiently. You can get the best features available out there if you pick the right plugins.

With the help of plugins you can get any type of feature or function you want on your website.

How to Install a Plugin on WordPress

From your WordPress dashboard, you can install a plugin by following these steps:

  • Click on Plugins on your WordPress left hand menu.
  • Search for your desired plugin.
  • Click on the Install button next to the plugin you want.
  • After it installs, the button will say Activate. Click on Activate to start using your new plugin.

Now that you know how to install plugins, let’s talk about the essential plugins that you need to turn your blog into a powerhouse.

Must-Have WordPress Plugins
  • All in One SEO: Why is it important? It helps you optimize your blog for search engines.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress: Why is it important? It helps you configure Google Analytics on your WordPress site.
  • Contact Form 7: Why is it important? Contact Form 7 helps you create a contact form which helps your readers to get in touch with you.
  • Sucuri: Why is it important? Sucuri helps you beef up your Site's security.
  • WP Super Cache: Why is it important? WP Super Cache speeds up your blog by making it load faster for your readers.

Configure Your Basic Blog Settings

Before you start writing, it's important to make sure all your blog settings are configured properly.

Set the Permalink Structure

When you first start a WordPress blog, your links will look like this by default:

http://www.example.com/?p=233

So, it's important to change your permalink settings for two main reasons:

  • It makes it easier for Google to understand the intent of the blog by crawling the URL.
  • It makes it reader friendly.

Then your links will look more like this:

http://www.example.com/start-a-wordpress-blog/

To change the permalink structure go to your WordPress dashboard then click on Settings and then on Permalinks.

Then all you have to do is choose Post Name which is the best option from the Google’s and reader’s point of view.

WordPress Permalink Settings
Make Sure Your Blog Is Public

This part is important if you want to get any traffic! You need to make sure that your blog is visible to the search engines so that it can be ranked. To make sure that it’s visible, you need to do the following.

Go to Settings » Reading. Make sure that the box in the search engine visibility section is unchecked.

search engine visibility

Now that you have these settings in place, it's time to move on to the next step, create your blog design.

Customize Your Blog's Design

Now that you have successfully taken your blog live, the next step is to design your blog.

After the installation, you must have noticed that your blog looks very basic. To make it more visually appealing, you’ll have to install a theme.

There are thousands of themes to choose from. You can either go for the free options or you can get premium themes with more advanced features, or you can request a custom branded theme from us.

When you are deciding on which theme to pick, make sure that you go for simplicity. It really helps when you have a clean design along with good content. If your blog doesn't look good then your readers won’t bother reading your content, no matter how good it is.

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That's it! You're finally done creating your blog. We've tried to keep this guide as simple as possible, but if you find anything confusing don't hesitate in reaching out to us. We'll guide you to the best of our abilities.

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