How To Create A Blog In 2020 Beginner’s Guide
How To Create A Blog In 2020 Beginner’s Guide. Are you looking for a free, easy, step-by-step guide on how to start a blog? My free guide on this page will show you how to set up a functional blog in minutes.
What is a blog?
In short, a blog is a type of website that focuses primarily on written content, also known as a blog post. In popular culture, we most often hear about the news blog or celebrity blog sites, but as you will see in this guide, you can start a successful blog on almost any topic imaginable.
Should you start a blog?
One of the misconceptions about starting a blog is that you need to be a great writer to be successful. Nothing could be further from the truth. People read blog sites to get a personal perspective on things, so most bloggers write in a style that is very informal and conversational.
In addition, you do not need to be an expert on your topic to have a successful blog. For example, cooking blog readers do not want to read textbooks from a food scientist, they want to hear the experience of someone who has actually cooked some real food, faults and all.
To be successful as a blogger there is really just one requirement: a passion for your topic.
So, just how do you start a blog?
How to Start a Blog in 6 Steps
Learn how to create a blog in about 20 minutes following these steps:
- Pick a blog name. Choose something descriptive.
- Get your blog online. Register your blog and get hosting.
- Customize your blog. Choose a free template and tweak it.
- Write & publish your first post. The fun part!
- Promote your blog. Get more people to read your blog.
- Make money blogging. Choose from several options to monetize your blog.
Let’s start your blog!
Step 1: Pick a blog name
Note: You cannot use any spaces or punctuation other than dashes in a domain name.
If you find that the name you wanted is already taken there are a few things you can do:
- Try a different domain extension. If the .com version is already registered you may still be able to get the .net or .org version of your blog name.
- Add small words. Words like “a”, “my”, or “the”. For example, this site is called earningquick.com instead of quickearning.com.
- Add dashes between words. For example, five-alive.com
Step 2: Get your blog online
To get your blog up and running you need two things: blog hosting and blogging software. The good news is that this usually come packaged together.
- It comes with domain name registration making sure you register in one place
- They offer Cpanel, webmail, and free installation blogging software know as WordPress and more.
- They have helpful 24/7 customer service via phone or live chat.
- They have a money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
Use any Interserver link on this site to make sure you get the special Interserver new user discount.
Disclosure: Interserver compensate me when you purchase through my link, so my services are free of charge to you! In fact, if you have any trouble at all setting up a blog with this tutorial, just contact me and get free help.
At the top, click “Web Hosting ”, then click standard web hosting.
Click Buy now to continue.
Type in your domain name in the left box and then click “next” to start the registration process.
NOTE: If your domain name is not available, you have to choose another one.
- If you already own a domain name and want to use it for your blog, type your existing domain by clicking on the below box and then click “Continue”. Only use the second box if you have previously paid to register a domain from another provider!
- You will also need to choose your hosting package and options.
- All packages have everything you need to get your blog up and running, including a free domain name, easy WordPress blog installation, web hosting, Cpanel, webmail e.t.c (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The 36-month package gets you the lowest monthly rate, while the 12-month package has a lower up-front cost. You can also choose to pay on a monthly basis.
- After complete registration is done, your hosting and the domain will be activated right away.
Your dashboard should look like the image below
Click on the domain name under web hosting, scroll down and click on Cpanel.
Your dashboard should look like the image below
On your Cpanel dashboard, scroll down to find the softaculous app installer under software, click on it and you will be redirected to the installation page.
After clicking on softaculous app installer, your page should be like this:
Click on WordPress, and then click on install now.
Now, you have only three things to edit in this next step which is
- Clear the wp text under (In directory)
- Choose Username
- Choose Password
Note: Do not use admin as your username, cos hackers, use that to hack many websites as its easy to guess.
Scroll down and then save. WordPress will be installed and your blog will be up immediately.
Step 3: Changing your blog design
Once you login you will be in the WordPress administrator area. This is where you can make any changes you want to your blog.
Everyone has a different idea of how they want their blog to look. One of the great things about a WordPress blog is that you can change your entire layout and design with just a few clicks.
In WordPress, blog layouts are known as “Themes”. What is the blog theme? Themes control the entire design of your blog. To change your theme you are going to click on the “Appearance” tab on the left menu.
You will see several themes that are already installed on your blog: Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, etc. These are well-designed, clean-looking themes that can work for just about any type of blog. In fact, many of the world’s top bloggers use one of these themes.
Unless you have a very specific design in mind for your blog, I suggest you use one of these themes to start with. For our example, let’s use the “Twenty Sixteen” theme. In order to activate the theme on your blog, hover over the theme and click the “Activate” button. That’s it! You have changed the entire design of your blog with just one click!
If you don’t like any of the themes that are already installed you can easily choose from thousands of other free themes. To install a new theme, click on the “Appearance” tab on the left menu and then click “Add New Theme”.
This is the theme search screen. There are thousands of themes to choose from. You can change your entire design at any time simply by activating a new theme. To find a theme you like, I suggest you click on the “Popular” tab and start browsing. When you find one that you like to click the blue “Install” button.
Once the theme is installed click “Activate” to activate the theme on your blog. To see your new theme in action, go to your blog and take a look!
Changing your theme is the simplest way to customize your blog, but there are lots of other customizations you can do. Check out this full post on customizing your blog for an in-depth step-by-step guide. You can also watch the video at the end of this guide to see me completely customize a blog from scratch.
Step 4: How to write a blog post & publish it
Now that your blog is up and running it’s time to actually do some blogging!
Go to the left menu and click on “Posts”.
You will see there is already a post there. This is a default post on every new WordPress blog, and we don’t need it. To delete it click “Trash” just under the post.
To begin writing a new post, click the “Add New” link.
You are now on the post editor screen. Enter the title of your post in the top box and then begin writing your post in the lower box.
If you would like to add a picture to your post, click on the “Add Image” icon and click “Upload” to upload a picture from your computer. You can make adjustments to the picture size on the next screen. When you are ready click “Insert into post” to add the picture.
Once you have finished your post just click the “Publish” button on the top right side of the screen to publish it.
Publishing Your Blog
Congratulations! You now know how to start your own blog and publish content!
Step 5: Promote your blog
Creating a well-designed blog and writing great content is just the start. In order to get readers for your blog, you will need to spend some time promoting it, especially when you first start.
One of my favorite ways to get readers to my blog is to post links on my social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. This is great, because not only do your friends see the link, but if your friends share the link with their friends it automatically multiplies your readers.
If you have created high-quality content on your blog then social media is a great way for your blog to go viral.
In addition to getting new readers to your blog, you will also want to make sure your current readers are coming back. This is where email marketing plays a big role.
By collecting the email addresses of your visitors (with their permission of course), you can then notify them when you post something new on your blog. This keeps people coming back to your blog, which not only gives you more readers over time, it also allows you to build a closer relationship with your readers.
Email marketing is too big a topic to cover well here, Here is a guide to email marketing for those who are interested (hint: every blogger who wants more readers needs to read this guide).
Step 6: Make money blogging
Once you have put in the effort of creating great blog content and promoting your blog, making money from your blog is actually the easy part.
There are several ways you can make money blogging, from selling your own products or services, to getting paid to write reviews of products on your blog. But the easiest way to make money from your blog is to sell advertising space.
Once you have a popular blog, advertisers will be hounding you for the opportunity to advertise. The best way to take advantage of this situation is to use Google Adsense. They find the advertisers for you and all you have to do is place the Google Adsense code on your blog to start running ads. Google Adsense takes all of the hard work out of the process and just cuts you a check.
Need more help?
I hope this guide has answered any questions you had on how to start a blog, but if any of the steps were unclear to you, please reach out to me with the contact page.