How to start a blog for beginners

A step by step guide to starting your own blogSo you’ve done your research and decided that you want to start a blog! It’s an exciting, enjoyable job to have and can also be a very profitable one as well once you learn how to monetize it.

So many of us(including myself) love to write and have such a passion for it, but have never actually followed through with it, whether it’s free lance writing, writing a book or poetry or starting a blog! But one of the things that I have learned from being a Mom is that you have to do something for yourself or you will get burnt out, and then you can’t be as good of a Mom.

And the great thing about blogging is that not only can you do what you LOVE by writing, you can also make MONEY! There are many ways to monetize your blog and earn money all while doing what you love.

There are a few things that you need to do BEFORE you actually set up your blog. Today, in this post I am going to show you how to:

  • Pick a niche to write about
  • Choose which blogging platform you want to use
  • How to step-by-step start your blog(even if you’re not tech savvy like me!) through Siteground.(The blogging platform that I use)

So…..

How do you start a blog?

Well, the first thing you want to do when you start your blog is sit down and think about what you want to write about(your niche).

Finding your niche

Think about what you are most passionate about? What can you talk to your friends about non stop? What do you enjoy doing? Think about all of these questions and then write down what you come up with. You will need to establish your niche so that when people come to your blog, they know what they will be reading about. For instance, when I started the Milking Mama, I knew that I wanted to write about parenting. I wanted to help other women like myself, with breastfeeding, pumping, parenting tips and tricks, etc. I knew that I wouldn’t get tired of this subject and that being a Mama of two, I had a never-ending supply of information to write about. Blogs that have too many niches rolled into one can be confusing for the reader so it’s better to narrow down what you want to talk about.

The second thing you want to do is choose a blogging platform to blog from.

What blogging platform should I choose?

Choosing a good blogging platform is vital to your blogging success. There are many platforms out there such as Siteground, Bluehost, Godaddy,  and so many more, but the best one in my opinion is Siteground.

Why start a blog with Siteground?

  • They are reliable and have an almost perfect uptime! Nothing is worse for a blogger than when their site goes down. If your site goes down then people cant visit it and read those awesome posts that you’re going to write!
  • They have AWESOME customer service! Anytime I need help with anything all I have to do is call or chat online with them and they help me quickly and efficiently. They even will set up WordPress for you! All you have to do is ask them (they did this for me via the chat option and did it in under 5 minutes which was great because I am not the most tech-savvy person!)
  • They are AFFORDABLE. Siteground offers three different plans that are extremely affordable for even the tightest budget.

If you are ready to start your blog today with Siteground click here to go through my link to get a super low price!

Now let’s start your blog! Once you have gone through my link to Siteground scroll down below to follow along step by step!

Step One

Click on the Sign up button

How to start a blog step by step

Step Two

Choose a plan. Siteground offers three plans to fit your individual needs.

How to start a blog for beginners

There is the Start up plan which is awesome for a blogger who is just starting out and is under 10,000 unique visits per month. This plan costs $3.95 per month. This plan’s features are below.

How to start a blog for beginners

Then there is the Grow big plan which has all of the features of the Startup plan plus extra premium features. This plan is $5.95 per month.This plan is for a site that has heavy traffic or several sites with average sized traffic. This is great for bloggers who want to have multiple blogs. You also get priority with customer service help which is awesome! Look below for all the features to the Grow big plan.

How to start a blog for beginners

Finally, there is the Go Geek plan which is $11.95 per month.  With this plan you get the features from the start up plan and the grow big plan plus all the cool premium features just for the Go Geekers!! See below for the exact features

How to start a blog for beginners

Click Get Started on the plan you have chosen.

Step Three

Choose your domain name. If you already have one, you can just enter it in the box provided and move on and click Proceed. If you haven’t chosen a domain yet, think about something catchy and that will immediately let your audience know what they will be reading about. Stick to your niche! You can put in your domain idea in the box to see if it is available and if it is then click proceed! You also are given an option to choose a .com, .org, .net etc, but I would choose .com because it is the easiest for people to remember.

How to start a blog for beginners

Step Four

Complete the boxes for the Review and Complete portion of signing up.

How to start a blog for beginnersHow to start a blog for beginnersStep Five

Set up WordPress. Now there are two ways you can do this: Manually yourself or the EASY WAY: having Siteground do it for you! One of the best things about Siteground that sets them apart is their excellent customer service. They will set up wordpress for you in just a few minutes. Just go to the homepage and click “Live Chat” then ask the customer service rep to set up your site for you and send you your personalized wordpress login details. In just a few minutes you will be set up and ready to customize your theme and you didn’t have to do anything!

Step Six

Go to your email and get your WordPress login details and go to http://www.yourblogsname.com/wp-admin and login to your new site. Now you can choose a theme and start designing your brand new site.

Now you are all set and ready to start writing some AWESOME posts for the world to see!

I absolutely LOVE reading blogs and I would love to read yours too! Leave the name of your blog in the comments so I can check it out!

This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you purchase anything that I have recommended, then I earn a small commission. I NEVER recommend something I don’t LOVE. Thank you for supporting The Milking Mama!

 

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