The Easy Guide to starting a blog in WordPress

Starting a blog can seem overwhelming and intimidating. I’ve created this website to help beginners like you to become a blogger with the most basic computer skills. The good news is that WordPress is making it possible for anyone, at any age and skill level, to start and maintain a blog like no other time in the history of the internet.

And, it only gets easier. WordPress developers are releasing new features every day that can help you add any component you want to your website or blog with a few clicks.

The reality is that blogging is becoming as simple as creating a social media account. And that only means that it is more accessible to everyone.

Who am I?

My name is Paul. I’ve created websites since 2005 and WordPress blogs since 2011. Many of my blogs failed to become popular but a few took off and they are now bringing me a decent passive income from affiliate marketing or advertisement.

I created this website to help you avoid making the same mistakes I made and to start your blogging experience on the right foot.

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Before we start, I want to make this disclosure: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. That means that if you decide to make a purchase after following the link, the owners of this site get a small commission, without you being charged more. I only recommend services I tried personally or I’m currently using. Using affiliate links is a part of the blogging experience. You’ll learn how to do that effectively and ethically by following the guides on this website.

The Easy Guide to starting a blog with WordPress

The steps below are easy to follow and will take minimum investment. Starting a blog can vary from free to a few dollars a month and can go up to hundreds of dollars a month. It all depends on how complex your blog is, what components you want to install and how much you want to speed up your marketing with paid advertisements.

But before you take any step, you have to think long and hard if blogging is for you. It takes time and commitment. The results are 100% based on that. The good news is that you can test that commitment for free before doing any steps that require an investment of money. Learn how to start your blog for free and test your commitment. None of the work you’ll do will be wasted. You can easily jump into the steps below and use everything you do for free.

There are 5 essential steps you need to take in order to have a successful blog.

Define: Decide what you want to write about, find a good domain name and buy it.
Set Up: Host your blog, install WordPress and customize it.
Create: Write content.
Promote: Share your blog through Social Media, marketing and SEO
Monetize: Make money blogging. Monetize your blog through affiliate marketing or Ad Networks.

Let’s break this down.

Define

In this step you decide what kind of blog do you want to write, what are you passionate about and what kind of content you’d like to create. I strongly recommend to start a free blog and test your commitment as part of this step like I mentioned above. That will only take 10 days but in the long run, it will save you a lot of time and maybe money.

Once you decides that you want to have a food blog, a travel blog, a tech blog or one of the many themes and passions out there, it’s time to get creative and find a blog domain name.

Don’t let this be a delay in your process. Target to do this in 1 day at the longest.

The main elements of a good domain name are:

  • find a short name, the shorted the better
  • use a main keyword you want your blog to be known about
  • don’t use anything else but letters
  • get a dot com domain, forget about the other extensions
  • watch out for weird words that might result when you associate words in a domain name.

Read more about how to choose a domain name.

Essential tools for finding a domain

There are probably hundreds of websites that do the same thing but these two should do the job. They are free and super fast. Don’t overthink this. You need to spend most of the time creating content. The sooner you get there, the sooner you’ll get your blog in front of the readers.

Once you find a good domain name and you check if it’s available, do not buy it, move to the next step. Many hosting companies will give you a free domain or more for free in the first year.

Setup

In this step, you have to create the structure for your blog linked to your domain. In other words, you have to get your empty website published.

For that to happen, you need to find a webhost. There are managed hosting solutions and self-hosting solutions. The first one costs more but you’ll do less work. The second one is cheaper but you’ll have to do a bit of setup yourself. Think about it as ordering takeout versus cooking the meal yourself.

If you are truly not technical and the budget is not a concern, go with the managed WordPress solution. Be careful when you think about budget. Always think long term, how much it is going to cost per year, how much are renewal costs etc.

If you can handle a little work, and I really mean a little, go with the self hosted solution. You have more control over the whole process and it is really very simple. Most webhosts have a one click install solution available to install your WordPress.

Best webhosts for blogs

The two webhosts that I use are BlueHost and Hostinger. I would recommend any of them to anyone. They are both reliable, secure and fast webhosts.

What is a webhost?

A webhost is essentially a company that owns the server that is going to store your blog, your posts and pages, your pictures and videos on your blog and will route everything to your web address.

To get a webhost, you sign up for an account, usually for a monthly fee, to access these services mentioned above. For the two webhosts I mentioned above, as part of the sign-up process, you buy your domain name (or you get it for free for the first year) and you install WordPress on your website.

Once this process is complete, you are not going to be dealing much with the webhost company. You’ll manage your blog in the WordPress Backend of your website, through the WordPress interface.

The only times you’ll go back to the webhost is to as for support if your website is down, to restore something from the backup or to add additional services or websites to your account.

It’s a very simple and straightforward process.

What is the WordPress Backend?

The backend is the administration center for your blog. It is where you write you posts and pages.