Feel like starting a WordPress blog to spark off your blogging journey? Blogging is fun but requires a lot of dedication and commitment of course not forgetting patience. You are not going to start a blog and expect it to yield right away or in just a few months with a few articles unless you have been in the game for long, probably identified a low competition niche and you are very well conversant with all the sides of SEO (On-page SEO and Off-page SEO) and more.
I started blogging in 2013 and earned my first payment 4 months after. This was quite early for me and indeed i didn’t expect anything close to that but it all comes down to your mentors. I want you to make money, that is why i will guide you on the exact steps to take to spark off your blogging journey, market it till you are able to make a full income out of it.
Today i am going to show you the exact steps involved in starting a WordPress blog in the simplest way possible because i do not intend to take you through hard procedures. If you do not want to go through these procedures, you can take advantage of our free blog setup services and have your blog setup, secured, installed with a good theme and well configured for you at no cost. All you will have to do is just login to your WordPress back-end and start publishing your posts.
For those who are new to blogging, all i can say is you shouldn’t Panic but rather open up your brain to learn every single day of your journey, love what you are doing, dedicate yourself, write extremely relevant articles and lastly, follow some of the most influential people in whatever topic you intend to blog about (Actually this is what made me).
Now before we look into the exact steps of Starting a WordPress Blog, i want you to ask yourself two questions. Are you blogging for fun or you intend to make money from your blog? Truth is most people side with the money perspective and so do i. However, i won’t do it at the expense of my readers and the plans are long term. If you are Starting a WordPress Blog to make money then you have to know that nothing will come the easy way for you but the long term benefits are definitely worth it.
If i told you bloggers like Pat Flynn are making over $100,000 a month you will hardly believe it though it is true. Funny thing is all these successful bloggers were once like you and the mere fact that they made it this far means you can stand the same chance too if only you learn a lot about blogging.
How do i start a WordPress Blog
So why did i choose WordPress? As you may know, there are what we call free blogging platforms and self hosted platforms but to cut the story short for you, phase out anything to do with free blogging platforms unless you are blogging for fun as said earlier on. Self hosted WordPress is the way to go nowadays and the mere fact that you are installing it on your server means you are installing a very powerful platform that will give you control, security and simplify a lot of things for you.
Choosing self hosted WordPress to power your website will save you from a lot in the future when your blog grows. So we choose a self hosted platform, what next? You will need to spend a few dollars on purchasing web hosting along with a good theme for your blog. As for web hosting, i recommend three companies i have worked with (hosted with) previously in a hierarchy. Lets get started by following the exact steps below;
The very first step to starting up a blog is to purchase web hosting. Good news is i managed to come up with a brief list of web hosting providers that not only offer relevantly affordable web hosting services but also offer free domain registration for the first year of service. Check them out below;
Also see: Best Web Hosting Companies for WordPress
These web hosting companies are reputable and have been in the industry for a while. They will definitely host your blog without any serious issues. All of them accept credit card and Paypal payments but A2 Hosting turns out to be the only web hosting company that accepts Skrill payments on the list above. One thing you should always avoid is dealing with local web hosting resellers. You will simply cause more harm to your website than good hence, always endeavor to deal with only reputable brands.
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To rub the truth on your face, most of the successful blogs are good looking and so should yours be. Good looking themes will definitely earn you trust from readers and most of the times these themes are already optimized for SEO, an added advantage. You should mind the kind of theme you install on your blog because funny looking websites are always under looked in most occasions. A theme will cost you somewhere between $35 to $100 but in case you don’t have that money at the moment, you can download a free genuine WordPress theme from the official WordPress site and install it on your website. Stay away from downloading themes from shady (unauthenticated) sources however good looking they might be else you might end up causing more harm to your domain than good. If you feel like spending on a WordPress theme then you can check out some of the Best websites to buy WordPress themes from
By this step i assume you have already purchased web hosting from a reliable provider and probably downloaded or purchased a WordPress theme for your blog. The next step is installing WordPress on your web server. Hosts like Siteground and A2 Hosting have the option of automatically installing WordPress for you at the time of purchasing web hosting which can save you a lot of hustle especially for a beginner. You can also install WordPress manually if you opt to. I previously wrote an article about installing WordPress on a web server that should guide you through the entire process. If you find the process complicated, don’t hesitate to ask me for help or guidance should you get stuck somewhere. I can also setup your blog and configure it for you at no cost if you signed up with any of our web hosting partners.
Once WordPress is up and running on your server, you can now start off with the content bit. “Content is King” and i will always emphasize it. What you write is what will determine the success or failure of your blog. Today the web has millions of web pages and billions of users implicating the mere fact that each user is out on the hunt for vital information calls for you to write very informative articles for your blog. When you write relevant articles, you will definitely gain more readers who will trust and recommend you to the rest. Making money off a blog takes hard work, dedication and patience but most of all, you have to love what you are into which is where proper “Niche Selection” comes into play. For starters, you should only blog about the topics you are knowledgeable and passionate about else you might risk losing focus during the process.
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If you follow the exact steps above, you should have your blog running in just minutes. However, this is just a small part of the puzzle and i can best describe it as a spark to your blogging journey. Later on, you will have to learn the different ways of making money off your blog, how to get readers for your blog, increasing your traffic, building your online community plus a lot more factors. All this will come from experiment and experience as you blog unless you get a mentor who will always be around to guide you through out your blogging journey. This blog has quite relevant articles that should guide you through the same as well. Other than that, i wish you the very best in your blogging journey.