You are thinking of starting your own blog page but don’t know where to start? Congratulations! Trust me when I say that if I can do it, you can, too! No, really. When I started out, I was clueless! But, with some great suggestions from other bloggers, tutorials, and other authors, I set my mind to learning everything I could about blogging and I will gladly share that information with you. Most of my knowledge has come from self-taught methods and I am happy to tell you what I have learned and what works for me.
- Decide what the purpose of your new blog is. The more you narrow down what your blog topics will be about and who your intended audience will be, the better off you are.
- Choose a catchy name for your blog and create your domain name. This might be the hardest part of the whole process. Don’t get me wrong, this is a completely doable task. It just might be harder than you thought to come up with a domain name (the name of your blog that is yours and only yours) that is catchy but hasn’t already been taken. I used the WordPress site for this step but you could also use Go-Daddy or a similar Domain Name service.
- Choose a website company that you would like to create your blog with. One website option is Blogger. Many great authors and bloggers have started out with this free online website builder that originates through Google. Another great place to start is through WordPress. WordPress is the option I chose simply because I am vision driven and like the hundreds of free and purchased themes that are available. You can play with the themes until you decide which one you love most and gives you the look and feel that you are going for. WordPress is very simple to use, has tons of free themes to choose from and is a self-publish site. Self-publishing is the route I took because I wanted to keep my expenses down and run my own show. I chose to purchase a premium theme for a small cost but am happy with the results. I think my webpage looks pretty sweet, actually.
- Now you need a Host. The host is the power behind the train. The webpage cannot be seen by readers without a hosting engine. Basically, you are purchasing a small section of space in the cyber world server and it is your space for as long as you hold onto it. Hosting is how your readers find you through your domain name that you purchased. You need to figure out what hosting company you want to set up and maintain your own website with. Make sure the hosting site is compatible with the web page provider that you have chosen. I use BlueHost for this website. It is relatively cheap and has great customer service.
- Congratulations! Start blogging and hit publish. No really, that is all you have to do. Yes, there are steps to setting up your theme how you want it to look, or learning how to market your blog, but all of that is easy to learn. The most important steps are these 4 that I have shared with you. The rest is just personally preference in how and what you want to present on your website. Happy Blogging!