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5 Easy Steps to Your Own Blog

Updated on February 16, 2016
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Cindy raised her son while working from home and knows that a little professionalism goes a long way-home or office!

So, you decided you want your own blog, huh? That’s great! A blog is your own personal online journal; your very own webpage where you can record what matters to you and share it with the world! The problem is you know nothing about setting up a blog. Well, here is a crash course on blogging for beginners.

Why Start Your Own Blog?

Your blog will be a place to share what is most important to you. You can share anything here…

  • your know-how

  • personal thoughts

  • poetry

  • images

  • news

…whatever you want. It is the most popular way to share information in today’s world. If you’re not a seasoned writer, it’s okay, practice makes perfect. You can sharpen your writing skills by writing every day.

Best of all, you can make money blogging! That’s for another day, though. Today, let’s just concentrate on getting your blog up and running.

5 Basic Steps to Setting Up a Blog

There are 5 basic steps to setting up your blog. The whole process will take less than an hour, so you can be blogging soon after reading this! We will go through each step in simple terms that even newbies will understand. Here is what you will need to do:

  1. Decide if you want a free or paid blog

  2. Pick a blogging platform (the site that will provide the tools you need to create your blog)

  3. Choose a blog host (the site that will be “home” for your blog and its contents) and domain name (URL)

  4. Learn designing basics for a beautiful blog

  5. Where to go for further help and tips on blogging

Ready? Let’s get started!

Free vs. Paid

There are certain advantages to paying for your blog. For a minimal price-most under $10 a month-you get far more perks than the free version will offer.

The free version will offer you the bare-bones basics. This works fine if you plan to keep your blog private or use it sparingly. Here is what you’ll get for free:

  • Minimal space for multiple photos or videos

  • A domain name that you cannot fully customize

  • Limited themes to work with

  • Very limited ability to monetize your blog

On the other hand, for about a few dollars a month you can enjoy perks like this and more:

  • Your own unique domain name

  • Hundreds of themes to choose from and customize

  • Thousands of plugins (bits of software, like tools, for your blog that can expand its capabilities. For instance, there is an ecommerce plugin that will allow you to sell items from your blog or a page builder plugin that allows you to design your own custom pages)

  • Much more space to upload content, images or videos

  • Community forums

  • 24/7 Tech support

  • Editing tools

  • The ability to fully monetize your blog so you can start making money with it

Pick a Blogging Platform

A blogging platform is basically a site that provides you with the tools you need to build your blog. It will provide you with themes, layouts, fonts, etc., all of which will help you build a blog that is uniquely yours.

There are many platforms out there to choose from, but for the sake of this article we will use WordPress. It is by far the most popular platform and offers both free and paid versions. However, if you want to compare prices and packages, here are five of the more popular platforms:

Blog Host and Domain Name

Choose a unique domain name for your blog; the easier to remember, the better. Now for the host…there are many blog hosting sites available and most start at about $3 a month. The blog hosting site is the space where your blog will “live” and be visible to the rest of the world. Your domain name is your “address”. Basically, you’re renting virtual real estate for your blog. Almost all hosting comes with some sort of support, either by live chat, phone or email as well as various other bonuses. Here are five of the most popular hosting sites:

  • eHost –Prices start at $2.75 a month

  • Ideahost –Prices start at $2.99 a month

  • iPage –Prices start at $2.25 a month

  • Inmotion –A little more expensive at $5.99 and up

  • Bluehost –Prices start at $3.49 a month

Designing Your Blog

Finally, choose a theme from among the hundreds offered. This will be your starting point. Choose a theme that reflects what your blog is about. Once you’ve settled on a theme you can begin customizing it. You can change the wording, fonts, layout, colors and more. This is where having a paid blog comes in handy; if you get stuck or need help, contact support. They will help you and some will even offer to do it for you.

More Beginner Blogger Tips and Resources

You are now on your way to becoming a blogger! There is so much more you need to learn about blogging-especially if you want to make money from your site-so I recommend the following articles:

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      Hemant kumar arya 2 years ago

      Awesome post, this article is really helpfull for me. I just love your site. Every time I come here learns something new. So I wanna say thanks to you..

      Thank you

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      crackerjack9 2 years ago

      Yes, but not just the design possibilities...the ability to make money from your blog also!

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      Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Good information to help anyone start a blog. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be cheap. Having a few more features available for just a few extra dollars can keep one excited about the attractive design possibilities to compliment the blog. Thanks for sharing crackerjack!

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      How long it will take your blog to get established?

      I mean in terms of monetary benefits.

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      crackerjack9 2 years ago

      I believe that paid is best. The cost is so minimal, it's worth it. If you just want a journal that you don't intend to make money on, then unpaid is all you need. But if you want to publish your blog and make money on it, you need all the extras that come with the paid version.

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      peppibright 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the great information about hoe to create a own blog but i have one doubt which i the best one paid or unpaid blogs?