Are you new to this blogging thing? No idea where to start? Before I started blogging a few years ago, I didn’t know where to start either. But it really isn’t that hard and anyone can do it.
And why wouldn’t you want to start a blog? Doing it right can boost your brand significantly. You can use your blog to build your email list and use it to launch and sell products and services. It’s really a no brainer, so don’t let all this techy stuff get in the way of getting started.
Here is our step-by-step guide on how to setup your first blog.
Domain and Hosting
The first thing you need to do, is invest in a good domain and web hosting. For the domain, think of name that is brand-able and memorable. For example, Smart Passive Income is an example of a memorable blog name. Play around with a site like Bust a Name to help you come up with a cool name for your blog.
For web hosting, we recommend Media Temple. Media Temple offers shared hosting plans for people starting out, but you can also scale to their VPS web hosting packages when your blog starts getting more popular and receiving more traffic. Not only do we like Media Temple, but people like Josh Kotsay recommend using Media Temple as well.
Blog Platform and Theme
Next, you need to choose a blog platform to use. The most popular one out there is WordPress, and I would recommend using that. It’s usually available as a one-click install for almost any web host you go with. It’s used my millions, so it’s very easy to get help.
You want your blog to look nice, so you should install a nice looking theme to go with it. For the best all around theme that looks like and offers lots of customization options, I would go with the Thesis framework of course. It is highly customizable and you can install some great looking child themes to shape the look and feel of your blog as you like it.
Writing your Blog
Once you have all this setup, then you you just need to start blogging. Hopefully you have some ideas about what you already want to blog about, but if you don’t, read this post by Joshua Becker titled 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog. It’s an excellent read, and it will inspire you as you start your journey into blogging.
One thing that is very important when blogging is to find your right niche. What’s the best niche? It’s the niche that you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about what you are writing, then your blog is not going to last long. You’re going to get bored long before you get successful. Entrepreneur.com has an excellent article on Finding your passion if you are currently having trouble coming up with something.
While it might look daunting at first, starting a blog is very easy and it’s very beneficial to do. It can provide you with a creative outlet to express your thoughts, and give exposure to them to a wider audience. A blog is also essential if you want to sell your product. It gives you much more brand exposure and allows you to promote your wares to a loyal audience.