If you are ready to start a blog but have no idea where to begin, then you are in the right place, my friend. Today I am going to show you how you can create a stellar blog in 6 simple steps. In my experience, anything is achievable when broken down into small steps.
STEP 1: FIND YOUR NICHE
What are you going to blog about? You might be wondering what a niche is? Simply put, your niche is your industry. Personal finance, organic recipes, travel & lifestyle are all examples.
Where will your blog fit in? You should pick a popular topic. It’s ok if there are thousands of blogs already in your niche. Your voice will set you apart from everyone else.
Pick something you have a passion for because you will need to come up with truckloads of content.
STEP 2: GET A DOMAIN NAME
A domain name is how people with find you on the internet. This is a very important step. Your name should define your site and let people know what niche you are in.
There are some exceptions to this rule. Some blogs have great success with their domain names not matching at all what they write about. If you want a stellar blog, your domain should match your message and your niche.
STEP 3: FIND A HOME ON THE INTERNET FOR YOUR BLOG
This means you need to select a hosting company. I recommend two companies: Hostgator and Bluehost (owned by the same parent company when this post was originally published).
The only difference is that Bluehost gives you a free domain. While this may motivate some, I prefer to own my domain myself and keep it separate from my hosting company. If I ever switch companies, or anything, there is no hassle.
I have used Hostgator for over 15 years and can say that they have great customer service and are easy to use.
Check out Hostgator or Bluehost. Both have options to start hosting your blog for only $3.95/month.
STEP 4: INSTALL WORDPRESS
Once you have your host, you need to install WordPress on it. WordPress is the platform you will use to blog. It is very user friendly and super easy to install.
Before you connect our domain name to your blog, watch the video below to see how it is done using Namecheap. Note: if you purchased with Bluehost and got your free domain name, you do not need to do this step.
Now you need to install the blog. You do this in the Control Panel of your hosting account.
STEP 5: INSTALL A THEME
You can choose to use Divi, Extra or any other paid theme. Watch the quick video below to see how easy it is to load a theme.
If all of this seems overwhelming, you can easily hire someone on Fiverr to do all of this for you for around just $5! Click HERE and search for install WordPress. Some even install the Divi theme for you. Do not pay more than $10.
STEP 6: CREATE STELLAR CONTENT
If you want to have a successful blog, you need to create content that people love. Research the top blogs in your niche. See how they write and what topics they write about. Join some Facebook groups about your niche and see what people are asking questions about and what topics keep reappearing.
You have your blog setup with some stellar content and it’s looking mighty fine; take a moment to give yourself a pat on the shoulder for a job well done.
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