How To Create Your First Blog [Newbie Guide]
Want to create your first blog? Awesome! I’m here to guide you step by step through the process of creating your first blog.
Who TF am I? I’m Edwin, a six figure blogger who has devoted his entire life to helping people like you to quit the rat race, flip off your boss and make big time money blogging!
Why Start A Blog?
Wouldn’t it be nice to make some side hustle money?
How about enough money to quit your job and become a full time blogger?
That’s what blogging can do for you.
I know what I’m talking about because I’ve been a full time blogger for 10+ years.
I enjoy the ability to work whenever I want, wherever I want!
Yes, that’s right. I do most of my blogging from my iPhone and I can’t say I haven’t worked at the beach a time or two.
As a blogger, I’ve turned my back on the 9-to-5, proved the nay-sayers wrong and have managed to build a six figure income!
Oh and I can practically guarantee you I’m dumber than you!
Seriously though, there’s never been a time where starting your own website could be so cheap – and so easy.
For the cost of a cup of coffee per month and with zero technical knowledge, you can start your own blog today!
If you’re still not convinced, go here for more reasons why right now is the perfect time to create a blog.
What Is A Blog Anyway?
Simply put, a blog is a website that is updated with recent information.
- Businesses may have blogs to keep their customers informed of new products or what they’re doing in the community.
- Personal blogs may give readers updates on changes to their personal life.
- How-to blogs like this one educate their readers with tutorials.
Any way you look at it, a blog is a site that keeps growing with every update.
When you have a blog with valuable information that updates consistently, you have a blog that people (and Google Search) will love!
What Is A Domain?
A domain name for example is “EdwinDollars.com”. While you can create a free blog at countless sites such as blogger.com, wordpress.com and tumblr.com, nothing compares to owning your own domain name.
Think about it, would you rather visit edwindollars.wordpress.com or edwindollars.com? One is certainly more credible than the other.
My preferred place to buy domains is at GoDaddy. It costs about 10 bucks per year. Not too bad for your very own place on the web.
Some web hosting companies like Bluehost offer a free domain with the purchase of a hosting plan.
Have some ideas for your domain? Try either your name or your name + your passion by entering some ideas below!
I have a handy guide on choosing a domain name here by the way.
Now you might be wondering, what’s a hosting plan? Let me explain…
What Is Hosting?
Just like a physical store has to pay rent, a website has to pay rent as well. Hosting is a monthly fee you pay to have the contents of your site stored on a server and displayed to users.
Getting your blog on a reliable host is essential for the success of your new blog.
Here are several things to look for in a web host provider.
- 100% uptime. You need your website to be up and running 24/7. Avoid hosts with too many outages, as this can actually affect your Google ranking.
- Lightning fast speed. How fast your website loads is an extremely important metric. When I click on a link, if it doesn’t load right away, I hit back and go to another link. Your users care about speed and so does Google.
- Reasonable price. There’s no point in over-paying for a host when a cheaper competitor does a similar job. With web hosts, more money doesn’t necessarily translate into better service.
What Is WordPress?
By far the easiest way to create a blog is by installing WordPress. WP is a CMS (content management system) that is the simplest to use.
Want to add a new post? Click on Add New Post. Want to add an image? Click on Add Image. Want to change the look of your site? Simply click on Change Theme.
It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Now you might think that installing WordPress is difficult, but most hosts have a one-click automatic install of WordPress. The webhost I recommend (Bluehost) can automatically install WordPress during the set up process.
One more thing. Do not be confused with wordpress.com and wordpress.org. WordPress.com is where you can create a free blog that is hosted by them. Your URL will look funky and you can’t monetize your blog.
Worpdress.org on the other hand is the free blogging platform you can use to build your own blog on your own domain, the way it should be!
Why Should You Use WordPress?
Here are just some of the many benefits of using WordPress.
- It’s free. The number one reason why WordPress rocks your socks is because it’s free. That’s right, one of the most robust pieces of software you can run is entirely free.
- Google loves it. Google loves recent content, friendly URL’s and rich content (pictures and videos). WordPress is designed to feed Google with exactly what it wants.
- Everyone uses it. While it might not sound too good that everyone uses WordPress, this actually works in your favor. If you ever have a question about how to do something, I bet that question has already been asked (and answered) on Google hundreds of times.
- Keeps getting better. WordPress is an open source project and has many contributors. It seems like every few months there’s a new update with added functionality. I started using WordPress from the beginning and it’s amazing how far it has come.
Can I Make Money Blogging?
This is the number one thing people ask me when they are considering starting a blog. Can you make money blogging? The answer is of course you can! But as with everything in life, success won’t be handed to you.
You need to work hard and have a clear plan to have any chance of making real money blogging.
To be honest, I’m a pretty lazy person. But when it comes to blogging, I hustle like there’s no tomorrow! It’s so different when you’re working for yourself instead of a boss.
For me, it was either SUCCESS or homelessness! I had no job, no savings and no safety net. That’s why I hustled so hard when I started.
What about you? How bad do you want this? How much would $1,000 per month help you right now?
The bottom line is this:
If you want it bad enough… you can do anything!
It Helps To Have Some Help
I’ve been a victim of creating a blog that made me absolutely nothing. Worse yet, I actually invested money into my blog without ever seeing a red cent back.
I didn’t make any money because, while I was working hard, I was blogging aimlessly! I had no vision, no real goals, no one to learn from, I was straight up lost.
Fortunately for me, after years of toiling away, my blogs kept growing and I ended up becoming a six income blogger. But it took me years to test what works and what doesn’t.
I’ve now developed a system to creating blogs that make sustained revenue month after month.
I’m sharing the basics of starting a successful blog in an entirely free email course for aspiring bloggers. I made it free because I know most people who start a blog are strapped for cash. I know I was!
If you have any interest in starting a blog, be sure to join my free email course below. You have nothing to lose (and everything to gain!).
I’m Ready! But What Do I Blog About?
If you want to make money blogging the most important tip I can leave with you today is this:
You have to pick the right niche.
Sure, you might love writing about fashion or celebrities, but how do you plan on making money from those niches?
That’s the problem many newbie bloggers face. They get so excited creating their first blog, only to realize they can’t monetize it.
You need to pick a niche that has marketable products. Here are some examples of niches where money can be made.
- Weight loss. This industry is huge. You could promote weight loss programs and nutritional supplements. You could also market diet books from Amazon.
- Fitness. A fitness blog can be populated with fitness-related affiliate ads. You can also create a course and/or offer personalized training/meal plans.
- Personal finance. You can monetize a personal finance blog fairly easy. There’s credit card offers and money management apps to promote. You can also promote debt consolidation.
- Food blog. You can make money with a food blog by placing ads and getting paid per ad click or per ad impression. Larger food blogs make money by working directly with sponsors to promote their products.
What NOT To Blog About
While you might find it easy writing about certain topics, it’s useless if your blog is never going to make any money. Here are some blog niches to avoid with your new blog.
- Celebrity blogs. “Like OMG did you hear so and so is dating so and so?” Say it ain’t so, but a celebrity blog is a complete waste of your time. With the big boys like TMZ around, why would anyone want to visit your celebrity blog? I doubt you have more value to offer than TMZ.
- Personal blog. Okay I get it, you’re an emotional, passionate person with a flair for art. Yeah, join the club! Nobody really cares how deep you are or what kind of music you like. How do you plan to monetize a personal blog? Good luck with that.
- Art blog. If you’re a fan of art, good for you. But what do you plan to sell? Do you have some Van Gogh’s hiding in your attic we don’t know about? While art may be your passion, an art blog won’t pay the bills.
The answer as to whether you can make money blogging is a resounding YES! Of course, as long as you choose the right niche for your blog.
I get asked all the time if it’s too late to start a blog. I tell them no, it’s never too late! The best time to start a blog is yesterday. The second best time is… NOW!
So let’s get started!
Creating Your First Blog
Great! You’ve made it this far. Now it’s time to go ahead and create your first blog.
While there are many hosting companies to choose from, I recommend going with the newbie-friendly BlueHost. By using my link you get the discounted rate of $3.95 per month, down from their usual $7.99 monthly rate. Along with this comes a free domain and a one-click WordPress install. They also have a 30 day money-back guarantee in case you change your mind.
Click below to get started, the link will open in a new window so you can keep this one open to continue reading.
Step 1: Choose Your Hosting Plan
This next step is easy. For newbie bloggers I recommend choosing the basic plan. It allows for just one website and 5 email accounts. That’s all you need right now. Once your new online business grows you can always upgrade.
Step 2: Choose A Domain Name
A lot of people get stuck at this step. It’s understandable, your domain name is extremely important. I put up a quick guide on how to choose a domain name here that can hopefully help you decide.
But don’t fret, if you’re stuck on this step, you don’t have to choose a domain name just yet.
Hover your mouse over near the X as if you were about to close the page (but don’t close it of course!). You should see a pop-up like the one in the image above.
This lets you choose your free domain name later. Essentially, they credit your account with $11.99 so you can redeem it once you’ve chosen the perfect name for your new blog.
Step 3: Sign Up For Your Hosting Account (With A Hack!)
Now let me preface this by saying that this hack may not work for you. At any time, Bluehost can remove this. But if you hover your mouse as if you’re going to leave the sign-up page, you get the pop-up in the image above. Did you see it? (Let me know in the comments section!)
Click on Claim Savings to have the registration page automatically give you a ridiculously low price of $2.65. Now there is no excuse to not starting your own blog!
Fill out the registration form, complete payment, and move on to the next step.
Step 4: Create A Password
Now that you’re all signed up, you will be prompted to create a password for your Bluehost account.
Step 5: Choosing A Theme For Your Blog
Browse through the available themes and choose one you like. Afterward, click on “Start Building”. It’s as simple as that!
Personally I use the paid themes from Studiopress rather than the free ones, but for a newbie? Just choose a free theme to start. You can always switch to a paid theme once your blog starts making money.
Don’t get stuck on this step either. You can always customize the theme or completely change the theme of your blog later.
Step 6: Your New Blog Is All Set Up!
There you have it, in just six simple steps you have created your first blog!
I’m proud of you and you should be proud of yourself for taking the plunge and creating your own blog.
Now that you’re all set up. Look around WordPress and you’ll see sections to add blog posts, change the appearance of your blog and more, much more.
There’s so much more to go through to turn your blog into a success. But honestly, the hard part is over. That first step is always the hardest.
Now that you’re all set up, you can read my guide on how to create your first blog post.
Thanks for reading ’til the end!
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll be glad to help.
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