The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide on How to Start a Blog From Scratch

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I am sure that if you are here is because you have ideas and information that you want to put out there. You also know that creating a blog is the best way to do this, but starting a blog can be overwhelming.

If you are ready to start a blog, but you don’t know where to begin, you have come to the right place.

On this post, you will find the ultimate beginner’s guide on how to start a blog from scratch . You will find videos, checklists and audio coaching that will guide you throughout the process of creating a blog and avoid the overwhelming feeling that comes with it.

Before starting this coaching, I highly suggest you download a freebie that I design to help you throughout this process. In this freebie you will find worksheetst and actionable steps that will make this process 100x easier. Plus you will get a step by step tutorial to set up a coming soon page on your blog and start growing your email list before launching (this content is exclusive with the freebie).

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Step 1: Define your Blog’s Purpose

If you want to start a blog is probably because you have a passion that you want to share. Even thought that having a passion is a great place to start, you cannot build a successful blog on just that. You need to have a purpose and turn that passion into valuable content.

Turn that passion into valuable content. 

This is why the first step to starting your blog is defining what your blog is going to be about. As an example to follow I will use my own website Bloggers Meet Bloggers.

I started blogging a few years ago, on a website that no longer exist, where I talked about lifestyle and college. Then I realized that my passion was not college or lifestyle, but blogging (the actual act of blogging). I decided to start this blog, Bloggers Meet Bloggers, but before launching my blog I answered the following questions to make sure I had a purpose.

1. What do you want to blog about?

Example: I wanted to blog about blogging.

2. How can I make valuable content out of this?

Example: I can make trainings and coaching sessions to show people the BTS of having a blog and everything you need to know to grow a successful blog.

3.  Who are you blogging for?

Example: My target reader is a blogger or someone who is looking to make their entrance into the blogging world.

With these three questions I discovered the purpose of my blog.

I wanted give resources for bloggers to grow online and I can do this by giving them educational videos, podcasts and blog posts.

Having a purpose will help you to keep your blog focused. Once you have the purpose of your blog is time to develop your mission statement.

Mission Statement 

Why should you have a Mission Statement?

A mission statement describes what your blog is about. Having a mission statement will help you keep the focus on your blog and it will also let the audience know what they should expect from you.

Here is a simple template that you can follow

Our company is where  [audience x] finds [content y] for [benefit z]

This content mission statement was shared by Andy Crestodina in his book Content Chemistry, where he talks about content marketing. He defines Audience X as your target audience; content y as the topics and formats that you will publish; and benefit z as the benefits that your content offers to your audience.

You should definitely make your mission statement public. This is the promise that you are making to the readers. It’s also a way to let people know what your blog is all about.

Step 2: Naming your Blog 

It’s time to have some fun. I think coming up with the name of your blog is the fun part of starting a blog. It’s time to be creative. Brainstorm a list of 5 to 6 names that you think will be a good fit with your content.

When coming up with a name for your blog, make sure you select a name with the following characteristics:

  1. Your blog’s name is aligned with your content
  2. Is easy to remember
  3. Won’t go out of style
  4. It’s available

If you found a name that satisfy the requirement above congrats you have a name!

If you can’t seem to settle on a name, go to a friend and let them help you decide. You can also go to our Facebook Community and ask other bloggers for opinions.

 

Step 3: Hosting your blog

When choosing a hosting website, you need to make sure that they offer a great price for a great deal. That’s why when it comes to hosting I always choose BlueHost.

BlueHost offers Free domain, you can install WordPress with just 1-click and they have amazing support 24/7 if you get stuck in the process (which I doubt you would because it’s really easy to use).

Let me show you step by step how easy is to set up your website with Bluehost.

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 If you want a video version of this tutorial join Bloggers Meet Bloggers Facebook Group there you will find a video guide to show you step by step how to set up your website with Bluehost.

  1. Click here to go to Bluehost and click on get started now.

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2.  Select the plan that works for you. If you are just starting out I recommend choosing the Basic Plan. The Basic Plan is only $3.95 per month if you purchase 36 or 60 months in advanced.

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3.  Sign up with your new domain.

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4. Create your account and choose you plan and select your package.

When selecting your account plan you can choose to pay a range of months in advanced. I recommend to choose the 36 months plan or the 60 months plan. This is the cheaper option. You will pay only $3.95 per month.

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Below the Account plan I recommend you uncheck the following:

Site Backup Pro

Search Engine Jumpstart

SiteLock Security

Only keep the Domain Privacy Protection selected. This will keep your personal information from being shared.

5. Make your payment and Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you. If this doesn’t happen then just click install in WordPress. Once you make your payment Bluehost will send you a confirmation email.

Just like that in 5 easy steps you will have your new blog using Bluehost.

Step 4: Blog Design and templates

WordPress has a lot of templates that you can use as a base to create your blog design, but because I know you want to stand out I don’t recommend using the templates that WordPress offers.

The layout of your blog is really important. Why? Because this is how people will remember you, by the design of your blog. You blog’s template is also what determines if a reader stays or leaves your website forever.

When it comes to your blog’s design you have two options. You can hire a graphic designer or buy already made templates. Because I know that a lot of my readers are just starting out and have a limited budget for their blogs, I would focus on finding already made templates.

There are a lot of places where you can buy, easy to install templates for your blog. If you just type in “Wordpress Templates” on Etsy you will find hundreds of amazing templates to choose from. Because I know this can be overwhelming, here are some things to keep in mind when buying a template for your blog:

  1. Make sure is easy to install
  2. Read the reviews
  3. Keep the background light and the fonts dark
  4. Check the live preview before purchasing
  5. Make sure it’s easy to navigate
  6. Make sure the designs goes with your brand and style

Usually these templates are easy to install and they have instructions. My favorite place to shop for templates is Pipdig. They have amazing designs and easy to follow instructions.

 

Step 5: Launch your Blog! 

Yay You made it! Once you are ready to launch visit your dashboard in Worpress and select Bluehost:

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You will encounter this message:

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Click Launch and your blog will be up and running. Congrats you have a new blog up and running

Bonus Step: What’s Next? 

You might be wondering what’s next? Of course you need to write new content for you blog, but how do you get readers to visit your site?

How do you make readers stay?

How can I make an income from my blog?

Why am I not getting traffic?

How can I use social media to promote my blog?

These are just some of the things that bloggers struggle with on the daily. Bloggers are constantly looking for ways to answer all of these questions, but you don’t have to do it alone. That’s where I come in.

My passion is to help bloggers grow online. I offer guidance to help bloggers move on with their blogs and help them to accomplish their blogging goals. Let me help you grow online. Join our Facebook group to connect with a community of bloggers and have a support group. Subscribe to our email list and don’t forget to visit BloggersMeetBloggers.com every week to find new content that will help you grow your blog and tackle any obstacle you might encounter.

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In this workbook you will find worksheets, checklist and actionable steps to start your dream blog from scratch and grow online.

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2 Comments

  1. Hannah Denton
    December 4, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    This is so useful! Definitely recommend starting a blog for everyone thinking of doing it – It’s so much fun!

    • admin
      December 6, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Definitely agree! It’s fun and its also a great way to start making extra income online.