Whether you’d like to sell more products or are just looking for a way to make money from home, blogging is the answer. Why? Because people read blogs. They scour the web, looking for information on how to change the oil in their car or nail the season’s hottest looks. Then they click on links and buy products or services related to the post topic. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and have boiled down everything I know about how to start a blog into 7 steps. You’ll be up and running in less time than it takes to order a pizza!
First though, let me start by listing what you DON’T need to start your own blog:
- Computer programming or coding skills
- Pricey design software
- Past experience with blogging
Half of the world’s population now uses a smartphone (for reals) and 14 percent of them use those phones to look up product info. Which is why everyone’s getting into blogging. Why shouldn’t you?
How to start a blog in 7 steps
Name your blog.
Choose a blog builder.
Pick a web host.
Link your domain name to your blog.
Design your blog.
Publish your first post.
Promote, write more, rinse and repeat.
You’re a mere seven steps away from launching your first blog. Let’s go!
Step 1: Name your blog
The first thing I recommend to anyone who’s curious about how to start a blog is to buy a domain name. (Already got one? Move on to Step 2.) I own FamousAshleyGrant.com and TampaBayFreebies.com, for example. (Full disclosure, I’ve been a GoDaddy customer since 2009 and have used their WordPress blog hosting since a painful misadventure with a free blogging platform). If you type either of my domain names into your web browser, you’ll be taken to the corresponding website. Now, both blogs also have their own IP addresses made up of long strings of numbers. But obviously it’s easier for readers to remember TampaBayFreebies.com than 172.16.254.1.
To create a blog, you need a domain name. This becomes your blog address.
Until a few years ago, bloggers had just a few choices in web extensions — basically .com, net and .org. Now you can actually get a .blog extension for your web address. Brilliant, right? (There’s also .buzz, .guru and lots more — check out the whole list here.) Whatever you put on the other side of the dot tells readers what your blog’s about.
So for example:
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