Want To Start A Successful Blog From The Very Beginning?
Who wouldn’t, right?
When I started my blogging journey over a year ago I never thought I would love it as much as a do!
However, I will be honest and say in the beginning I made a lot of mistakes that cost me a TON of time and frustration.
Looking back, I wish I would have known what I know now, but unfortunately that is not how life works, haha. SO, instead, I am going to share with you today how to start a successful blog the RIGHT way right from the get go!
Sound like a plan? Well, Darlin’ I thought so!
Step One: Choose a Host
The first thing to starting a successful blog is picking a site host. The way I like to describe this is like a party. When choosing a host, you want a darn good one that is gonna give you everything you need.
The BEST host hands-down to me is Siteground.
Why do I love this host so much? THE CUSTOMER SERVICE!
I will tell you that this is the best customer service I have ever experienced, I mean they are almost chic-fil-a status (For those of you who don’t know who Chic-fil-a is, they are an amazing fast food restaurant who are known for the best customer service and amazing food). The offer over the phone service and chat and are always super fast and so helpful. Their services are also really affordable. You can get started for only $3.95 a month right now!
Thats cheaper than a Starbucks drink! I started out with the “Startup” package and if you ever want to upgrade, you can.
When I first started, I was using the free WordPress.com platform and I quickly realized I wanted more possibilities when it came to design and function, so I decided to switch from wordpress.com to WordPress.org and a hosting site. When I first started, I used a different hosting company and it was a total nightmare. When transferring everything over, I lost about 1/2 of my blog posts and over the course of 5 months with this other host site, I had my site hacked 3 times! I ended up researching other host sites and Siteground was highly recommended. I switched right away and they did ALL the work to switch it over for me, FOR FREE. I have not had a single issue since then and that was about a year ago! So, needless to say I LOVE siteground.
Step Two: Choose a Domain Name
A successful blog always has a good name! So, you will need to choose a memorable domain name. For example, my domain name is TheBelleLifeBlog.com. When choosing a name, there a few things I would consider that I am going to list out below.
1- What type of blog do you want? (i.e.- fashion, food, lifestyle)
2- What will you write about? (i.e.- recipes, finance, hobbies)
3- What type of people do you want to read your blog? (WHO is your ideal reader? Women aged 20-30? Mom’s of all ages, etc)
Once you have these questions answers, I would suggest writing down a few ideas and then seeing if those names fit all 3 of those criteria above. I believe, to be a successful blogger, you need to build a brand. You need to stand out and make sure your readers know exactly what they are going to get when they come to your site.
For example, My site is a lifestyle blog. When some reads my site name, they see the word “life” in it which is a pretty big giveaway that they are going to be reading a lifestyle blog. Now, a lifestyle blog can cover a big area of topics. For my blog personally, I write about faith, fashion & business/marketing. Why? Because all 3 of those things describe me. I am a Christian, who loves affordable fashion and I have a background and degree in International business and marketing.
Once you have a name, you can search within siteground and see if your name is available. If it is, then you will need to purchase it, which is $14.95 a year.
After you choose your domain name, you will go to Review and Complete, fill out your personal information and payment information. When you get to this screen below, make sure to leave this domain privacy checked.
I highly recommend paying for this because it allows for your information to be private so spammers can not find it easily.
Once you have completed this, you will be brought to this page where you can login to your customer area.
Step Three: Install WordPress.org
Once you proceed to you customer area, you will have a pop-up asking you what you would like to do. You will choose the Get WordPress preinstalled option!
The next screen will ask you to put in your admin email and create a username and password. This is the same email you used when you registered for your domain.
Once you have done that, it will ask you to choose a template. This will be the design of your site and what it looks like. You can start off with a free one (I did). However, I eventually wanted something a little different, so I ended up purchasing a template later on that a designer created. So you do have the option to change it later.
Once you have selected your template, click proceed and you will be brought to a congratulations page with your admin URL, Admin Login and Admin Password.
You will copy and paste that admin URL into a new webpage which will bring you to this screen.
You will enter in your username and password. Once you have done that, you will be brought to your dashboard page (see below).
Once you are here! Your website is MADE! YAY!
Step Four: Customize your Website
Almost every successful blog that I have seen has a great web design. So, at this point you will need to customize your new site. As you can see, there is a big blue button that says Customize Your Site! You can click on this and it will take you step by step on customizing your site with the template that you choose. 🙂
Yay, you have just created your own blog/website! WAHOO! Now, pat yourself on the back and get to customizing your beautiful creation!
Now that you have created a blog, want to learn how to make it thrive!? I got ya covered, girlfriend! Click the photo below and you’ll be on your way!
After you have gotten your website the way you want it, there are some next steps I recommend.
The first, is setting up an email system for your site in which you can have people subscribe to your mailing list. The main way to create a successful blog is to have a MAILING LIST. One of the BIGGEST mistakes I made, was not starting my mailing list right off the bat! There are free services out there, but I recommend convertkit, which was made by bloggers so it has ALL the features that a blogger would need.
The second, is if you want to monetize your blog through affiliate marketing, I recommend, signing up for a few affiliate marketing sites that I recommend here. These sites are free & once you are accepted, you can start selling products from THOUSANDS of companies through links in your site. This is a huge way to make money with your blog.
The Third, set up social media accounts for your new blog. I recommend setting up a different account for your blog instead of using your personal one so you can start your branding right off the bat. My favorite social media platform that I have used to grow my blog traffic is Instagram. Interested in how I grew it to over 10k ORGANIC and ENGAGED followers in less than 6 months? Check out my Five Step By Step Instagram Tips here!
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