Do you want to bring your ideas to life and be reckoned with what you know how to do best in this digital age? One of the best channels to go through in achieving this is to start a WordPress blog.
The internet offers would-be content creators like you the opportunity to reach larger audiences around the world. With a WordPress blog, you can build your career, business, lifestyle, and more and share it with like-minded individuals, while you also make money alongside it.
In this tutorial, I will be showing you a step-by-step guide on how to quickly create a professional blog without writing a single code. WordPress is my preferred way to start a blog because it is so easy to work with. Let’s get started!
- Pick a blog niche or topic
- Create a lasting and memorable brand
- Get WordPress hosting
- Set up your WordPress blog
- Choose a theme for your WordPress blog
- Add Important pages to your WordPress blog
- Install recommended plugins
- Write and publish your first WordPress blog post
- Drive traffic to your WordPress blog
- Monetize or make money with your WordPress blog
1. Pick a niche or topic For Your WordPress Blog
Before embarking on starting a WordPress blog, it’s imperative you start by asking yourself these questions:
- Why do I want to blog?
- What am I really good at?
- Where does my passion lie?
- How can I be of help to people with my talent or skills?
- What are people interested in?
- What do I intend to achieve from blogging
These questions need to be answered so you don’t burn out in the middle of your blogging journey. I once went down this route and I messed up big time. I can’t simply count the number of WordPress blogs I started that amounted to failure.
Don’t fall victim to this. Because your passion will help you find the strength and courage to move on when things look a bit awry. Your passion will spur you on to learn a related skill. Let me remind you that blogging isn’t for the fainthearted or people who are looking for a ‘get quick rich’ avenue. To succeed in blogging, you must be ready and willing to put in a lot of work.
Hence, your niche or area of expertise should be well defined before starting your blogging journey. Most bloggers and content creators usually choose topics like travel, food, fashion and lifestyle, health, business, and marketing just to mention a few. Each of these topics is broad, so my advice is to pick one and focus deeply on it.
Let your niche go in line with your skill(s) and passion before you start a WordPress blog. For example, this WordPress blog you are reading now focuses on digital marketing. Why? because I derive pleasure to help small businesses grow with the help of the internet.
2. Create A Lasting And Memorable Brand
In the blogging world, creating a very impressive and memorable brand is vital. This involves choosing your WordPress blog name, domain name, creating a logo, blog banner, business email, letterhead paper, and so on. Everything must be well intact and presentable.
This usually takes several days to achieve but it is worth it in the end. It’s advisable to get most of it ready (if not all) before your WordPress blog finally goes live.
Once your WordPress blog goes live, ensure you maintain consistent color link texts, catchy blog post banners, fonts, and so on.
Also, when choosing a domain name, it’s probably best it tallies with your niche or area of expertise. If you would like to use your name, then that’s fine as well. One major thing to avoid when registering your domain is its length. One to two phrases are okay. Make sure it’s not too long.
Speaking of domain names, here are two helpful guides for beginners you can read up later: One and Two. The next step is to get WordPress hosting where you will be privileged to get a free domain name (for a year) also.
3. Get WordPress Hosting For Your Blog
You need WordPress hosting to set up a blog. This is where files such as your articles, images, videos, PDFs, and so on will be stored and be shown to your readers anytime they call them up from google search or other search engines or visit your blog directly on their browsers.
Now, this is where I let you in on how to get the most affordable WordPress hosting for your blog. Head over to Bluehost and choose the WordPress basic plan that comes with a free domain. It’s just $2.95 per month (but will be asked to pay for a year which is $35.40) and you will also get a free domain name with your hosting plan!
Bluehost is the world’s favorite WordPress hosting company and the largest powering millions of websites and blogs on the internet. Now, let’s head over to how to create an account on Bluehost.
How To Set Up A WordPress Hosting Account For Your Blog on Bluehost
First, visit Bluehost and choose the WordPress basic plan among other hosting plans as described in the screenshot below. The basic plan is okay for you now since you are just starting out in blogging.
After that, it will take you to where you are to enter the domain name for your blog. As shown in the screenshot below, enter your domain name in order to get a free year.
The next step will be to enter your account details to complete the payment process like the screenshot below. We recommend you go with the 36-month plan because that’s the best value. It lets you extend the first-year savings to 3 years. And if you can’t afford that, you can opt-in for the 12-month plan.
Uncheck the packaging extras because you won’t be needing them. Once you do that you will arrive at $35.40 to pay for 1 year.
Immediately you get past that, congratulations to you for owning a piece of the internet. It will take just a few minutes for Bluehost to finish creating an account for your WordPress blog. Now let’s move on to the main settings.
4. Set up Your WordPress Blog
Setting up your WordPress blog is very essential once you have finished creating an account with Bluehost. Bluehost will then send you an email containing your login URL alongside your password. Simply click the link to log in and first change your password.
Now log in again to your dashboard and begin with your profile setup. This information is what usually appears on blog posts as the author. So, visit the Users section to create a username and your name (either a nickname or a real name ) you would like to display any time you publish a post.
Next, visit the General WordPress settings. In this section, you will need to put in your Site Title and Tagline. Your site title will be your WordPress blog’s name, while your tagline will describe what your blog is all about.
You can also change the time and date format depending on your location. Remember to scroll down to click the Save Changes button.
Next, you will visit the writing settings to add your new tags and categories for your blog posts. Note that you can always come back to each of these settings to adjust them if you currently don’t know what to enter in some fields.
The Reading section is where you will display your Homepage and Blog. Some WordPress blogs don’t use to bother settings this. However, if you want to differentiate your latest posts from static pages, you will first have to create two separate pages and then come back to this section to insert them.
Also, ensure you uncheck the search engine visibility box before clicking the Save Changes button.
Click on the Discussion settings to moderate the comments that will be pouring in later once your WordPress blog goes live. I recommend manually approving comments to avoid spam in your comment box.
Lastly, visit the permalink settings to choose your preferred link. Permalinks are what appear in the browser address bar when a visitor lands on your site. A typical example is a permalink for this page is “start-a-wordpress-blog”.
Having SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) in mind, I usually recommend WordPress blog starters choose the Post name type.
Note: Do not choose another permalink structure once you start to publish your posts. Because if you do, your posts will no longer be accessible on search engines and it will result in broken links and 404 errors on your WordPress blog.
5. Choose A Theme To Start Your WordPress Blog
You need to wear your WordPress blog with a new theme just like you would normally pimp your ride. Your site’s design lies on it. By default, your blog will come with a free WordPress theme, but it’s usually better if you change it to your desired theme.
There are several free WordPress themes in the repository that you can start with. I will advise you to take your time to choose the one you like. But don’t waste time when choosing a theme as your content is what matters. However, you want to take a look at my recommended free and premium favorite WordPress themes.
To add a new theme to your WordPress blog, visit the Appearance settings and click on ‘Add new’ or ‘Add new theme’ to take you to the theme repository like the screenshot below.
Note: When adding a new theme, ensure you don’t add along its pre-texts and images. Add your own texts and images instead.
Then, go ahead to adjust every other necessary setting from the ‘customize’ settings. Also, you can further customize your blog posts and pages with WordPress page builders.
6. Add Important Pages To Your WordPress Blog
To create a page, simply visit ‘All Pages‘ and ‘Add New‘ from the WordPress dashboard. Once the page opens, enter your title and content, and then click the ‘Publish‘ button. You can decide to save it as a draft and come back later to complete it before publishing. Repeat the same steps for each page.
7. Install Recommended WordPress Plugins
WordPress sites require plugins to add more functionalities and also for efficiency. For new WordPress bloggers, you actually don’t need many plugins to start with. Here are some recommended WordPress plugins to add before you go ahead to publish anything on your blog.
- Yoast SEO – This plugin helps you create visibility and boost your content on search engines and social media.
- Askimet Spam Protection – Helps you prevent comment spam on your WordPress blog.
Later you can install some other must-have plugins to achieve the best out of your WordPress blog.
To install a WordPress plugin, simply navigate to Plugins and Add New via your sidebar. Then search for the plugin from the search bar and click on ‘Install Now‘.
Repeat the same process to install more plugins. However, install the necessary plugins instead. And don’t add too much so as not to slow down your WordPress blog.
8. Write And Publish Your First Blog Post
If you have implemented the above steps and are on this section, then I want to congratulate you as an action taker. Before you continue, feel free to join my Telegram group for recommendable tips and guides for your WordPress blog.
Okay, so here you need to write and publish your first post. I believe you already know what to write about as detailed in step 1.
To further help you out, think of how you communicate easily anytime you are among your friends. Apply the same technique whenever you want to blog about a topic. Make it unique, adventurous, and fun. Avoid plagiarism. Then always ensure your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are always correct.
There is always a sample post (titled Hello World!) and comment that comes with every new WordPress blog by default. Feel free to delete them and start yours afresh.
To create your first post, navigate to Posts and click on ‘Add New’ on your sidebar to take you to a blank page, and then enter the following information below.
- Add your title and don’t let it be too long.
- Write your blog post (preferably between 1000 and 1500 words depending on the topic.
- Choose a category or categories and tags (optional).
- Insert a featured image (usually 1200px length and 600px width).
- Preview your blog post to let you see what it will look like in the front end.
- Hit the publish button.
9. Drive Traffic To Your WordPress Blog
I congratulate you once again on starting your WordPress blog. However, this isn’t the end as you have actually just started your blogging journey. Your next move should come with questions like – how do I traffic to my new WordPress blog? or how do I get plenty of visitors to my site, and so on.
From my years of experience, I have come to realize that driving traffic to a blog isn’t a day job. It requires consistent practices on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This depends on how much time you dedicate to growing your blog.
Mastering keywords play a huge role in the area of content development which will enable your blog to generate a consistent amount of traffic. Also, your blog attracts more visitors and leads through the following continuous practices:
- Regular posting of valuable and search engine optimized content.
- Continous on-page SEO, off-page SEO, and technical SEO practices.
- Giving out freebies that come in form of PDF downloads, and so on.
- Hosting occasional webinars to attract new leads.
- Improved user experience.
10. Make Money With Your WordPress Blog
A blog is infinitely pivotable, scalable, and can serve as a foundational piece to build your brand and multiple passive income streams into your life. First, with a lot of input at the beginning, you can walk your way up the financial ladder for years to come.
WordPress beginners and intermediates can make money with their blogs using some of the ways which include:
- Freelancing: You can make money immediately by selling your expertise for hundreds and thousands of dollars a month.
- Affiliate Marketing: You can make money referring visitors (that are likely potential buyers) to some company products and/or services through your blog posts.
- Consulting: You can offer some counseling sessions to your audience looking for a solution to a particular problem.
- eCommerce: You can sell physical products on your WordPress blog by creating an online shop.
And so much more. You can look up some other money-making ideas in this guide.
FAQs on How To Start A WordPress Blog
Blogging can be fun. Especially when you use a flexible and complex-free blogging platform like WordPress. You’d get to network with fellow WordPress bloggers all around the world in your niche and also make money while at it. Feel free to drop your comments in the box if you have any challenges starting a WordPress blog. I’d be more than willing to help to provide help.
Lastly take advantage of our free basic WordPress blog setup if you don’t have all the time to set up one.
We hope this article helped you easily start a WordPress blog. You may also want to see our detailed guide on how to create a WordPress website (step by step).