How to Start a Blog | Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

How to Start a Blog

Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

When I first started my blog I did so to share my love of health & fitness with others.  What I didn’t realize is that blogging is an incredible way to share ideas and connect with the world, and make an income.  I was clueless on how to start a blog so hopefully this article will help you!

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The tools and tips discussed in this article will help you to start a blog in a short period of time.  You will be able to connect with others who share similar interests and work to create an income doing something you love!

Here are my top tips for how to start a blog!

Step 1:  Pick what you want to blog about

This is called your niche market, or your ideal client.  A lot of people choose to blog about something they are passionate about.  This will help you to be able to authentically write posts and later on partner with companies and brands that you feel are a good fit for your target audience.

Some examples of blogging niches are:  lifestyle, food, wellness, fashion, beauty, parenting, etc.

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Step 2:  Set up your domain name

You can easily set up your domain name using Bluehost!  I chose Bluehost because it was very cost-effective.  Also, I’ve used Bluehost since I started my blog over 2 years ago and they’ve made it super simple and cost-effective.  Before you get started with Bluehost you will want to decide on what you want your domain name to be!  I chose Momma Fit Lyndsey because my blog is about healthy lifestyles for mommas!  You can make your domain name anything available and related to your brand or niche!

How to use Bluehost to set up your domain name

  1.  Go to Bluehost and click the green “get started now” button.how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  2. Select your plan!  You can absolutely start with the basic plan and update later if you need additional features.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  3. Select your domain!  This is the fun part.  This is the first step in creating your brand and thinking about what you want to blog about and the type of readers you want to engage with.  Make sure you select “.com”how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  4. Enter your account information next.  Double check that you have the right email address since that is where the correspondence from Bluehost will go.how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  5. Select your package!  Click the dropdown menu to choose your account plan.  Don’t worry about the added security items or search engine jumpstart.  The only thing that is really necessary is the domain Whois Privacy.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  6. Add in your billing info!how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blogOn the next page you will be asked if you want any add-ons.  Skip them for now.

At this point you’ll get your confirmation email from Bluehost.

Step 3:  Connect Bluehost to WordPress

Go to your newly created Bluehost account and log-in using the information sent to you in the email.  Click “Control Panel Login” and enter your log-in info.

Next, go to “website builders” and click the Install WordPress icon.

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Click the green “start” button.

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Leave your domain in the field and click “check domain”

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Last step!  Click Install Now

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Step 4:  Design your Blog!

This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is!  There are a ton of free templates available on WordPress, OR you can search Etsy for “wordpress blog templates.

BONUS TIP!

You can get started in affiliate marketing right away.  This is a great way to get started making money with your blog.  Bluehost offers an awesome affiliate program for their customers.

There you have it!!! Your blog is ready for you to write your first post!  Have you started your blog yet?  What are some of your favorite templates or plug-ins you’ve found?

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2 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog | Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

  1. Hi Lindsey, I just wanted to thank you for putting together this brilliant post! I found it on Pinterest and used it yesterday to start my blog and I was so grateful for the clear and uncomplicated instructions – it was just what I needed to overcome my fear of not being tech enough and just go for it!

    I’ll be launching my blog soon, I’d love if you would check it out as you had so much to do with it starting!

    1. Hey Isobel! This is awesome!!!! I’m so excited for you to get started. I will be adding more details soon in a series on how to monetize your blog and set it up for success!!! I’m so excited for you to start!

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