Do you like writing? I do! I've always had a thing for writing.
I know I am not the best writer, but it is something that I genuinely enjoy (which I think is the most important thing). After all, it is always good to do something you enjoy. Otherwise, you're in for some rough mornings. You don't want to wake up every morning thinking, “Man, I have to write again today!?”, do you?
I started this blog because I enjoy writing. I was a member of eHow until Demand Studios bought them. I really loved writing eHows but I just couldn't get into Demand Studios platform. When I decided to give it a shot, there were never any article titles available; so I decided to start a blog instead.
I figured by having my own blog I could write about whatever I wanted and not be stuck into particular topics or layouts. I can be my own boss in a sense.
You may be wondering what steps are needed to start a blog. Everyone creates their blog in basically the same way. I am not sure how everyone else did it, but I can tell you the steps I took to start this blog.Do you want to start a WordPress blog the right way? Learn how we created our blog back in the day! Click To Tweet
To Start a Blog You Have to Know Your Niche
One of the first things I had to do was decide what I was going to write about. You can not start a blog without knowing this.
I choose to write about being a mom and what that entails. Moms wear many hats as we all know so my niche morphed into the lifestyle sector.
Once I thought of a topic for my blog, I had to buy a domain. A domain is your website's address. For example, my domain is www.homejobsbymom.com.
I chose to buy my domain through Go Daddy because they are the most well-known domain registrar (and they were having a sale at the time!). It costs me less than $10 per year, and I don't have to worry about my content being deleted because I don't own the site.
Create a Blog with a Reputable Website Hosting Company
The next thing I had to do was find a host for my domain. Let me be honest. I really had no idea what website hosting company I should choose since I had never created a website before.
I decided to go with HostGator because most of my fellow moms on my Work Place Like Home forums had the consensus that HostGator was the best company to go with.
None of them seemed to like Go Daddy's hosting services, so I just went with the popular vote.
However, these days I use SiteGround because it's one of the best for WordPress websites and has a nifty staging area when creating new websites.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. I would recommend thoroughly reading reviews of any hosting company you are considering.
Then I had to choose a content management system for my website. A blogging platform is used to create and maintain your blog. The two prominent companies I had heard of before I started blogging were WordPress and Blogger.
Everyone I talked to seemed to think that going with the paid version of WordPress was the best choice, so that's what I did.
Appearance Does Matter
Themes. Now that I had my blog site up and running, I needed to make it presentable.
I spent quite a few hours just switching themes in and out just to see how they worked. I decided I wanted a theme that I could add a header or logo to had a slideshow, change the color of, had tabs that could have multiple subtitles and a layout that allowed sidebar and footer widgets.
Getting your site to look the way you want can take quite a bit of time. Just play around with it, and you will find something that fits you.
Right now we use Mai Lifestyle Pro with BizBudding and the StudioPress Genesis Framework.
Plugins. Next, I played around with some plugins. Plugins allow your website to perform various tasks.
The plugins I am enjoying so far are:
- Akismet – It protects your site from spam. It has already caught 12 or so comment spam on my blog
- Broken Link Checker – It has helped me find two broken links right so far
- CoSchedule – We use this for content and social media scheduling
- Yoast SEO – Helps us optimize our content for the web
- Tailwind – Love this for Pinterest marketing
Want to Start a Blog and Get Paid?
Another thing you have to decide when you start a blog is whether or not you want to make money on it.
Blogging is not a get-rich scheme. I would suggest that you actually like writing if you are going to start a blog because it can take quite some time to make money from blogging if that is your goal. I have heard you can make money from a blog in several ways.
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling a product
Write Amazing Content
Another thing I had to concentrate on was actually putting content on my blog. It's great to have your website up and running, but it isn't really a blog unless you have some posts and pages with content on them.
My goal was to at least have something on each of my pages before I launched my blog.
I have been working on my blog for 26 days now, so I am far from a blogging expert. I have spent hours and hours working on my blog-seeing how everything works.
When I start something new, it is all I can think about. I have found it helpful to have a piece of paper lying out next to my bed at night.
My brain has been running a mile a minute, causing me not to sleep. I keep thinking of things I should do or things I should look up to, which gives me busy brain. When I write out all these things on paper, my mind stops running, and I can sleep.
Being sleep-deprived has also caused me to lose some weight. I have lost about 6 pounds since starting this blog. Please don't get too consumed with your new project.
Now that my blog is more or less ready to go, I will focus on spreading out my time commitments. There needs to be a balance between all of your many jobs.
Okay, okay. I will fess up. Yes, you can start a blog in less than 26 days. You could do all of the above steps in a day if you wanted to, but I like to overthink things.
I also wanted to officially launch my blog on the 1st of a month to keep better track of my stats. The time you put into your blog is entirely up to you. It is your choice on how quickly you want or need your blog to go public. Just remember to have fun!