Your Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog in 2017


Your Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog in 2017



The Easiest Way to Start a Blog in Less Than an Hour




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Why Become a Blogger?


Step 1: Set Up Your Blog


Best Place to Start a Blog

Choosing a Domain Name

Getting Web Hosting for Your Site

Installing WordPress and Making it Live


Step 2: Customize Your Blog


Log into Your New Blog and Use The Dashboard

Choose a Theme







Why Become a Blogger?




We all crave freedom and independence. But that won’t be possible without laying the foundation by doing some meaningful work.

This always includes sharing your journey online, building your expertise, writing on a subject and building content on a platform, having an audience, grabbing attention by exposing your opinion, making a difference with your words, being noticed, and more.

And this includes writing.

Now if you haven’t done it before, a few things might concern you, or even stop you from ever giving this a try.

Such as what to write about, how to come up with ideas for new blog posts all the time, how to distribute that content afterwards, what platform to use, how long it will take to build some traffic, what the goal should be, and more.

These are all things that deserve attention. Although, truth is, you can simply write something now, hit ‘publish’, and thus start your online journey.

Easier said than done, though. And that’s why so many people still haven’t started their own blogs or shared their written work anywhere.




Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Start a Blog in 2017



- It will be the only platform online you can control;

- each thing posted can bring you traffic years from now, or be the reason a potential client finds you when you least expect it;

- all your work and online creations will be in one place;

- you’ll be a site owner;

- you’ll start selling your future products there too;

- your site will be the home of your personal brand;

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In fact, I think you should write it down on your to-do list for the next few days to get a domain name and hosting and install WordPress on it. The rest will happen in small steps.


More responsibility goes together with it, of course.

In this case, you just contact the support team of your hosting provider (Bluehost, in my case), and let them do their job. If your site is down, for instance, (which may happen for a number of reasons), they’ll get it back up in minutes.

Having a blog is applicable to every possible thing you’ll want to achieve online in the future.


Want to be a freelancer?

Well, it’s much more professional and attention-grabbing to showcase your work by linking to relevant works on you own website.

There you’ll also have a Contact, About and Portfolio page.

With WordPress, the free beautiful themes it offers, and the easy to set up and smart plugins and widgets (such as testimonials), you can make a potential employer take you very seriously once they land on your website.

What’s more, if you are updating your blog frequently, are on all social media channels, have published a short guide on a topic, or something like that, you’ll gain trust and credibility in less than a minute.


If you want to be an entrepreneur and start a real business after some time, begin building your brand and an audience today by having a blog and publishing content around the niche you’ll be in and the problems you’ll try to solve with your products or services.

Your name can serve as the name of the site, and if you really set out on a mission to say all that you can about all aspects of the topic, you will become an expert in the field.


If you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, but know you’ll want to be making money online _][_after some time and break free from the 9 to 5, start building your digital empire today by having your own website with a blog.


It’s a therapy to share all that you’re going through and know that your words might inspire someone in the same situation if they end up reading your post.

Expect to form connections too. And not just with anyone, but with like-minded people who have similar goals, attitude towards life or current lifestyle.

Who knows, you might meet up with them, travel with them, start something together. The possibilities are endless.





Step 1: Set Up Your Blog



In order to set up a site, you need a few elements. That’s a domain name, a hosting provider, and a content management system (so that you don’t need to use any code to have a functioning and beautiful site).

In this guide, I’ll show you how to get the 3 right and do it using some of the best platforms out there.



Best Place to Start a Blog



The easiest way to start a blog is by using wordpress.org and create a self-hosted site that you’ll have almost full control over.


That’s the open-source content management system that my blog Let’s Reach Success is built on, together with more than 15,886,000 other websites.

It powers  26.4% of the Web  and is the most popular platform for creating a website.

There are others, like Blogger, Joomla, Magento, ModX, RefineryCMS, and many more. I’m not saying you can’t build a good site with each of them and grow it, but WordPress is something else.

It’s free, of course, and lets you put everything you’ve always dreamed about on your website, without knowing anything about coding.

How the site looks like depends on the theme you’ll choose, which is also highly customizable, and what people can do with it (comment, buy stuff, share, contact you through the site, watch videos, become a member, etc.) depends on the widgets and plugins you’ll add, which are basically the features that are already coded for you, and which you just need to install and start using.


The only thing that confuses some people in the beginning is that there are two versions of WordPress – wordpress.com and wordpress.org

The main differences are that with the former you can only write and publish content, your domain ends in wordpress.com, you don’t really own the platform, can’t monetize it, and are limited in terms of features (there aren’t any plugins, only widgets).

With the WP.org, though, you can finally say you have something you control on the Internet. And the possibilities there are endless.

But even if you don’t want to make something big out of your site, and just want it to present your brand, look professional, or else, it’s still worth going for the org version.


My experience looks like this: I was using WP.com for maybe 1.5-2 years, before I wanted to be able to do more with it. That’s because I didn’t really know what the platform offered and I didn’t really believe in what I was doing.


But I’m a writer before anything else, and did build some traffic initially. That’s when I started feeling comfortable with the digital world and found out how someone can create big things on the Internet, and learned a lot about online marketing.


Then, I got a domain name (from WordPress.com, although it’s as easy to get it from your hosting provider), chose a hosting company (Bluehost), and installed WordPress.org on it (with one click).





Choosing a Domain Name


Find your niche.

In the digital world, they say that the riches are in the niches.


There are 2 ways you can go about this: you can either choose a broad subject (like personal development) and niche down once you find your voice and have some readers.

Or you can start blogging about something specific, which you have enough knowledge about, and see where that takes you (such as productivity tips for freelance writers, best places for digital nomads to work in Thailand, relationship advice for mums-to-be, etc).


Truth is, there’s too much of everything out there. So if you don’t have anything useful to say, your blog won’t stand out.

Make sure you know something about the topic you’ll cover, but also be interested in it, care about the problem you’ll solve with your content, and make sure there are others out there wanting to read about it.

You can dominate even a crowded niche if you’re serious about it, publish content frequently, include your unique voice, establish yourself as an authority in the field, and hang around long enough to be noticed and get traffic.

Once you find your niche, choose a domain name connected to it. That’s how your site is called, in my case it’s letsreachsuccess.com



Getting Web Hosting for Your Site


When it comes to choosing a hosting company, the options are many. Some are popular, others are new. Some are cheaper, others offer more options and plans.

Something you can’t go wrong with, though, is Bluehost.

That’s what I’m using on Let’s Reach Success, that’s what most of the sites you’re visiting daily are hosted on, and that’s what experts refer to as one of the top hosting companies of 2017.



What’s more, once you create a profile, you get a domain name for free for the first year (so that makes one of the 3 elements of your new site a no-brainer), and there’s a one-click install for WordPress.





Wondering why you need a hosting provider and to pay for this service?


Well, it’s the surest way to know your site will be up and running every morning when you wake up, and that its data will be stored in a secure server, being handled by the specialists of the hosting company of your choice.

It’s about safety and performance.


Why Bluehost?


Again, with their package, you get a free domain and a free one-click installation of WordPress so that you can create your site and blog, and they are trusted by most of the marketing and online gurus, and power millions of sites on the Web.





Installing WordPress and Making it Live



Step 1: Sign up and get your domain name.


Go to Bluehost and click the ‘Get Started Now’ button.


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Assuming you’re just starting a website, be it to have a blog, begin making some money online, offer your freelance services, sell products, or have a platform on your own online to build your brand, go with the basic plan.




2. Choose a domain name.


Here’s what you’ll see on the next page you’re taken to:


You should have thought about it already. If not, take your time now.

The easiest option is to use your real name. But if you’re more about creating an authoritative site in a certain niche, much like Let’s Reach Success, get creative and brainstorm some ideas.

It must be related to the field, short and easy to remember and spell.


If you already have a domain, you can use it now and still get a WordPress site on Bluehost in a matter of minutes. Just use the second field on the screen.


3. Create an account.


The next page you’ll be taken to is where you’ll add your information and chose a payment method.


Note: You should sign up for at least 12 months to get the other benefits Bluehost offers. But also to make sure you give your site a year to rank in Google and become a trusted platform. It’s not worth paying for just a month or a few.


What’s more, that’s the only way to ensure your domain name is yours and yours only.


Then, check all the details you just filled in, together with the final price, and complete your Bluehost registration to proceed with the next step.


Note: There are some add-ons that will be recommended to you and even included in your package. These are things such as Domain Privacy and Site BackUp Pro. You can easily uncheck them if you just want to test things with this first WordPress site of yours and see how serious you’ll get about it.


Congrats! You now have a domain name and a hosting provider.


Let’s install the actual site on them and create your own digital empire.





[] Step 2: Install WordPress with the One-click Installation of Bluehost.



When you’re logged in your Bluehost account, click on Hosting in your Cpanel.

Note: You can always log in at my.bluehost.com


Scroll down to the ‘wordpress’ section and click Install WordPress.



The next screen will give you a big ‘Install’ button.

You’ll now need to select which domain to install it to from the dropdown menu.

Bluehost also gives you the option to decide whether to have www. in the url or not. The shorter, the better.


By clicking ‘Show Advanced Options’ underneath it, you’ll see a few more fields.

These are your site name, admin username and admin password.

The first you should know by now. The other 2 should be secure enough so that hackers can’t easily guess them.

That’s how you’ll be entering the back end of your site once it’s installed, after all.


Note: Remember to save these for future references.


Also check the field saying “Automatically create a new database for this installation”

After that, you’re ready to hit the ‘Install’ button and see the creation of your site.

Give it a minute or two. Close the window only when it says that the installation is complete.

You must have received an email from Bluehost that very minute too.


Congrats! You’re the owner of a WordPress site on Bluehost hosting now.

And your online journey is about to officially begin.





Step 2: Customize Your Blog


The email you just received includes 3 important things.

Your username and password for entering the dashboard of your new WordPress website, and also a special admin login url that no one else will have.

Save these as you’ll be using them often.



Log into Your New Blog and Use The Dashboard


So, you log in and see a dashboard. Now what?


If you’ve never used a content management system like that, or even seen a dashboard, no worries. It’s pretty easy and soon you’ll do all the possible things on WordPress effortlessly.

From now on, and what would possibly become your hobby and main free time activity over the next few weeks, you’ll be creating content and adding widgets and plugins to your site to let it do all the amazing things that it can.

In your dashboard you’ll be seeing general stuff such as your blog traffic, all your posts and pages, comments, and other general info.

On top of the screen is where you can quickly add a page, post, media or else by clicking ‘New’.

Sometimes, after installing a caching plugin for instance, you’ll see other items added there. You might be able to delete unnecessary data from your site, or take other actions from that place.


What’s important is on the left side of the screen.

When you install plugins, you’ll see them added to the dashboard too.


Now you have Jetpack already. WordPress are closely related to them and this is installed for you.

They offer you plenty of options, so don’t hesitate to go to Jetpack, and click Settings now.

You can activate some interesting features such as speeding up images, adding custom content types (testimonials and portfolios), add a like button to your posts, add sharing buttons, etc.

With Jetpack you can also generate an xml sitemap for your site (which is important for optimization), verify your site with major search engines, block suspicious-looking sign in activity, and more.

Just a few clicks, and you now have more features on your site activated.

There’s more in the sidebar for you. There you can access all your posts, pages, media, comments, feedback and users.


The Appearance tab is where the customization happens mostly, in terms of design. We’ll use it in a minute.


You’ll also find interesting things under Settings.

For example, by clicking Settings and then going to Permalinks, you’re able to choose the url structure for anything you publish.




I suggest you go there now and click Post name. This will make every link that’s created for new pages and posts on your site easier to remember and better looking. No need to add extra stuff in it, such as dates or else, as Google wants to know what the text is about. You can state that by leaving only the most important words (the keywords) of your blog title in the url.

What we’re talking about is the part of any link to your site that comes after your domain and .com (or whatever you’ve chosen).




Choose a Theme


Something you’d want to do now (or maybe leave it for tomorrow morning if it’s late, as you might invest more time in it once you see how many options there are), is to choose a theme for your site.


That can happen by clicking Appearance, then Themes, on the sidebar on the left. Now click ‘Add New’ on the page.


Although you’re already given one of the default ones, there’s a huge number of free ones out there that will answer your needs better.

A theme is basically the layout of your site, the design that’s already coded for you and which you simply install and activate.

Use filter to see only the magazine-style blogs, business websites, news sites, or templates for specific niches such as restaurants, travel, photography, hotels, etc.

You’ll be amazed at what’s out there that you can use right away at no additional cost.


The WordPress theme directory offers thousands of choices for free. All look extremely good, and none of that was possible decades ago when everyone needed to use html and css to create a basic page and design templates for their websites.

Now, however, it’s all a matter of clicking a button and giving your site a whole new look.

You could make it look like a magazine, news blog, a portfolio site, or just use a one-page template to present your business.


While getting a free theme is alright in the beginning, when you’re still getting to know everything that goes together with owning a WordPress website, a premium one is what you’ll get your hands on eventually.


The main reason is simple. Cleaner code is guaranteed, and that’s yet another factor Google uses when deciding if a site should be ranked high and if a domain deserves to be given more authority.


If you want to check out some premium themes, ThemeForest are killing it.

If you’re wandering what theme I’m using for my site and want something similar, it’s this one.







So if you still weren’t sure whether to start a blog or not, I hope I convinced you.


Life is meant to be spent working on things you believe in and are passionate about. That’s how you can be sure you’re doing your best at any moment, you know it’s worth it, are purpose-driven, help others and make a difference at the same time.

I’m also a believer in new projects. And starting a blog in 2017 is gonna be a fantastic one for you.


We have only 24 hours in a day and it’s better to dedicate them to our main goals in life, the things that truly matter to us and what’s giving results.

But it’s equally important to always have a side project to work on, a new hobby to practice, a new field of expertise to explore, etc.

It doesn’t really matter if you fail, because you gain much more than you think when you set up your own blog and share it with the world.





Acknowledgments and Contact



Thank you for downloading this guide. Your time is important and I appreciate investing it in reading this.

I do hope you found it helpful as I’ve shared what works not just for me, but also for millions of other bloggers and site owners out there.

Some of the links in the content might be affiliate. Meaning, I earn a small commission if you purchase a product through them. That adds absolutely no cost to you.


For more on blogging and online business, visit my site Let’s Reach Success.

Feel free to reach out personally at [email protected]


Let’s connect:








Your Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog in 2017

So many people have asked me things like How do I start a blog? What’s the best platform to use? How do I choose hosting and make the site live? How much does it cost to have my own website in just a few minutes? What does it take to make money from your blog? Do I need any special knowing before setting it up? What should I know before publishing my first blog post? How do I build traffic? How do I make my blog look professional, like the ones I’m already following? And more. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself similar questions. Well, starting a blog is easy, what comes next though takes time and trial and error. But you’ll never regret hitting publish, it just takes a bit of courage to do it. That’s why I created this free guide for you. It’s not only the knowledge you need to create your own blog and pick up a domain name for it, set up hosting and install WordPress in a few easy steps, begin using your dashboard and the help of some free tools and services, write and publish content the right way, set goals and build your personal brand around your website, have a newsletter that your readers can sign up for and start building your audience, promote your blog and also monetize your platform in different ways. All that is necessary for you to starting a blog in 2017, and skipping one step will mean you’ll be left behind. Once you go through this guide, you’ll have enough knowledge to be a real blogger and begin your quest to making money from this business venture, and turn it into your full-time career after some time. All that is possible with the fantastic platforms we have the chance to use these days. If you haven’t built a blog yet, 2017 is the time for you to do it.

  • ISBN: 9781370410767
  • Author: Lidiya K
  • Published: 2017-08-04 14:20:11
  • Words: 3458
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog in 2017 Your Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog in 2017