Since posting my last blog post talking about “How to Start a WordPress Blog Using Digital Ocean“, many people have reached out with questions regarding different aspects of blogging so I decided to do a series on things that I have learned over time. Feel free to follow me on this journey to build this blog into a successful one over time. In this post, we will look at the 10 steps to starting a blog. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to drop them in the comments section below or reach out to me via social media here:
10 Steps to Starting a Blog
Bottom line up front. The 10 steps are as follows – Please read further for more context:
- Think about why you want to start a blog
- Pick a blog name
- Determine if the blog name is available (If not available, go back to step 2 and pick a blog name )
- Register the blog name with a domain registrar
- Determine what provider you want to host your blog and set up hosting
- Point your domain name to your blog
- Learn your blogging platform
- Determine your initial posting frequency
- Start posting
- Promote, promote promote!
1. Think about why you want to start a blog
This step shouldn’t be too difficult. If you are here reading this post, either you love me and want to show support or you genuinely want to start a blog. Maybe it’s a combination of both. Either way, you should have a idea of what you want to talk about. If not, here is an exercise you can go through to help determine what you want to talk about.
Grab a piece of paper and something to write with. Write down 10 things that you are truly passionate about. Once you have listed those 10 things out, relist them in order from 1 – 10. The thing that you care about the most should be at the top of the list. What are your top 3 items? List them in the comment section below so we can see what you will be blogging about in the future. If you’re already blogging, feel free to drop your link below with your website description. If you don’t have a description, the post wont be allowed. This exercise should help you identify what you want to write about.
2. Pick a blog name
As you can see by the name of this blog, I decided to use my name for jamesmuldrow.com. If you are looking to brand yourself this is an option. If you are looking to be more niche and not as broad as my personal brand, feel free to think about what you want your name to be. Try not to overwhelmed yourself by the thinking you have to have the perfect blog name. History has shown that content matters more then the name of your blog.
3. Determine if the blog name is available
When starting a blog there are several domain registrar websites that you can use to search for available domain names. The following list was compiled from How to Choose the Best Domain Registrar in 2020 (Compared):
Use one of domain registrars listed above to search if the name you want is available. Once we have determined the name is available, the next step is to purchase the domain name.
4. Register the blog name with a domain registrar
Now that you have conducted a search and identified that the domain name you want is available, it is now time to purchase your domain name. You can use the website that you conducted your search with in the previous step, or you can use a completely different one. Once you have purchased your domain name, now we need to determine what provider you want to host your blog and set it up.
5. Determine what provider you want to host your blog and set up hosting
There are many hosting providers out there. In fact, a large number of the domains from the list above can be used to host your blog.
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One thing you need to determine is whether you want shared hosting or your own Virtual Private Server (VPS). There are many pros and cons that come with both options. Here are some of them. Feel free to check out https://www.digitizd.com/hosting/shared-vs-vps/ for more info related to these pros and cons.
6. Point your domain name to your blog
Now we have to talk about some of the more techie stuff. Depending on how you purchased your domain name and blog in the previous two steps is what will determine how we point your domain name to your blog. On most shared hosting providers, if you purchased hosting and the domain name from the same provider, they normally have a drop down box when setting up your blog that will allow you to select the domain name to associate with your blog.
If you chose to host your blog on a VPS instead of shared hosting on the same platform, the process will be a little different. The process will involve you modifying an A record in your Domain Name System settings to point to the IP address of your VPS. If all of this sounds foreign, please check out this post I did that walks you step-by-step through “How to Start a WordPress Blog Using Digital Ocean”. It even includes a video! Once you’re are all set up, the next step is to learn the blogging platform you are using.
7. Learn your blogging platform
Whether it’s WordPress or some other content management system, your efficiency will be based on how well you know and understand the platform you are using. In the future, I will be posting guides on how to accomplish different tasks within WordPress. If this is something you would be interested in, please subscribe to our newsletter here:
8. Determine your initial posting frequency
Staying consistent is important. Whether you decide to post daily, weekly, or monthly, determining your posting frequency and then sticking to it will set you up for success. It’s understood that every now and then we need to take breaks. It’s ok, and it’s normal. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Take your break and when it over get back to posting. In order for your dreams to come true, it is important that you start!
That takes us to the next step which is to start posting.
9. Start posting
Take the self-doubt and throw it out the window. You can achieve anything you set your mind to. You can do it! For real! If you need some more pep talk, check the following video out:
Here are some helpful tips for writing your blog – 11 Ways to Write Blog Posts Faster: Blogging for Beginners, by Allison Lindstrom.
10. Promote, promote promote!
Ok, so your blog is all set up. You published your first post, now what? You have to promote your blog! Tell your friends. Tell your family. Post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media platform. Don’t be ashamed to promote on your platforms when you are starting a blog. Tell people in person as well. Don’t stop promoting!
If you made it this far in my blog post, thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read Starting a Blog in 10 Steps. It is greatly appreciated. If you found this information informative, please subscribe to our newsletter, drop a comment below, and share it with a friend. Thank you again and have a wonderful day!