9 Steps On How To Start A WordPress Blog
Owning a blog is like owning an office space for your business. It’s more like the back bone of your online business. And it can also generate extra income on the side for your business.
It’s my job to show you how you can easily start and set up your wordpress blog with these simple but effective steps.
NOTE: Making money with a blog takes a longtime but if you follow the right tips and steps it would be a walkthrough for you. Let’s dive right in.
Start A WordPress Blog
Step 1: Discover your niche
Discovering your niche doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose what you like.
It can also mean choosing a niche you find less competition or a niche with high market value and high search volume.
Like other bloggers or courses out there would tell you to pick a niche based on what you love doing.
The right way to pick a niche is just basd on three things: Passion ,Skills and Experience. With this, you can find a perfect niche that suits your lifestyle.
Step 2: Find the perfect domain name
THE PERFECT DOMAIN NAME?
That’s like the everyday question everyone is asking right now. But it’s funny that a domain name doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be flexible.
For example, if I start a blog on the men’s fashion niche and I pick a domain like menswears.com and I have written tons of articles on the site and later realize I could still go into a generalized fashion niche for both women and kids. Now you can’t use that domain name to achieve this goal but if you had gone for a domain name like fashiontrends.com. With that domain you could add other categories even without removing old contents from your site.
That’s why I always recommend using your name as a domain name because it’s more like a branding but it’s flexible although your name might be unavailable but you could still find your way around the process . A perfect example is my domain name davidwebcentral.com
Step 3: Pick the best web hosting provider
A web hosting provider provides server space to host your website. This is where your website is hosted(lives). And where all data on your website are stored and backed up.
People who visit your website do so through this server. So as you can imagine, it’s pretty important.
Every single website needs a web host.
There are many web hosting services out there. I will write a review on the best web hosts for you.
Step 4: Install WordPress
Depending on the plan you sign up for with your web host. WordPress should be installed automatically if you picked the WordPress plan for your blog but if you didnt you would have to install WordPress manually which is quite easy because most web hosts offer a one-click install option for wordpress.
NOTE: Don’t use other competitors of WordPress like Wix etc. WordPress remains the best and 38% of websites on the web are all WordPress based.
Step 5: Pick an eye-catching And responsive WordPress Theme
Picking an attractive theme doesn’t solve the problem here. The question should be whether the theme is responsive. A theme not developed probably or has bad code in it can make the theme not to be responsive. And this will result in slow load time and it will definitely affect your ranking in google and customer experience with your website.
I recommend you use free WordPress themes if you are on a budget. But if you have a little money to spare you can go for the premium themes which you can get as low as $30-$50.
The free twenty-twenty WordPress theme is my go to if you want to start now.
Step by step guide
Click on Appearance:
Click on upload theme:
Choose any theme suitable for your blog:
Step 6: Install important WordPress plugins
Installing lots of plugins can affect your website in many ways. The most common is slow load time.
Your website’s load time determines how successful your blog will be.
Top 5 recommended plugins for your blog
- Yoast SEO: This aids in analytics of your site SEO(search engine optimization) and ways you can improve on it
- Google analytics: This helps you in knowing where your major traffic is coming from, which website is doing the best or worse and lots of other things. You can also connect this to your google search console for easy crawling of you web pages by google. I recommend using monster insights for connecting google analytics
- Elementor: This is a basic drag and drop plugin which can be used to design your web pages. It’s so easy to use.
Step 7: Pick a blogging schedule
Consistent blogging is important for every blogger.
It determines how fast you will rank on google. Because the google bots will consider your blog as a blog with quality content.
My recommendation for beginners is once a week. As you grow then you would increase it to 3-4 blogs a week.
Big websites that work with teams upload 10-15 blogs a week. For your quality content to be recognized by google fast once a week would do the job.
Step 8: Build an audience
The most important part of blogging is audience building and this can be done in many ways.
Social media is an effective way of building your audience. There are many social media platforms out there where you find audiences related to your niche.
Example: Facebook, instagram, pinterest,twitter and so much more. You can either go through the paid route which is easy by promoting your page through Ads or you can grow them organically by providing value and rendering services.
If you have money on the side to spare I recommend you go for the paid route. But if you are on a budget go through the organic route but it takes time
Step 9: Monetize your blog
There are many ways to monetize your blog
You can monetize your blog through;
- Affiliate marketing: This simply means promoting other people’s product for a commission. Every product out there probably has an affiliate program. So it’s not difficult finding one to promote and start making money from them. It is a great way to start making money because it requires zero$ to start now.
- Putting ad spaces on your website: This can be google ads or other ads platforms. You can even create ad space on your site for individual promoting.
- Online courses: You can create a course online and sell to your audience. This has a high conversion rate cause they are obviously your followers and they would want to learn from you.
- Selling your own product and tools
- Rendering services or freelancing