Want to know how to start a successful blog in 2017? It won’t take you more than 30 minutes if you follow these easy, step-by-step instructions.
Step 1: Choose a niche and domain name
Step 2: Pick a blogging platform and hosting company.
Step 3: Design your blog with a theme and add content.
Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Start a Successful Blog:
Here’s how I started my blog, step-by-step.
Choose a Niche and Domain Name:
What’s your purpose for wanting to learn how to start a successful blog? If it’s meant as a well-read personal diary for you, the sky is the limit with your niche and your name. However, if you plan to profit from this blog at any point, through affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, or by selling your own products or services, it would benefit you greatly to consider establishing your target audience.
Who do you connect with most? Who can you imagine reading your blog on a regular basis? Do you have an activity you’d like to build this blog around? Ex. photography, cooking, teaching, writing, books, skiing, etc. The niche you choose will inform your name choice.
EXPERT TIP: Do not search for your domain name until you’re ready to purchase it, as the price will go up when the hosting companies see that the name is in demand. Have a few options ready when you sit down to purchase your domain name. Speaking of which, you can buy your domain name through SiteGround. I highly recommend them for their speed, safety, and amazingly fast customer service. Wait until the next step though as you can get your hosting through them too, so two birds with one stone! If you decide to sign up, I’d so appreciate if you clicked through my link as I get a small referral commission (that’s one way bloggers are able to make money from their blog, and you can do the same with yours!)
Pick a Hosting Company and Blogging Platform:
For hosting, SiteGround is the bomb. Trust me, I’ve been through the Bluehost nightmare. So many bloggers recommend them because they pay a really big referral commission, and I got roped in through one of those offers too. However, their customer service was terrible, my site was always crashing and was sooooo slow!
Trust me on this one. I’m not in it for the commission (although it’s certainly nice and I encourage you to sign up as an affiliate too if you love their service. They treat their affiliates right). Click on this link if you wanna give me some blogger to blogger love:
EXPERT TIP: Once you have your hosting, you can have SiteGround install WordPress (.org not .com) to your domain. It’s so easy. Just contact their customer support, which takes less than 5 minutes and they’ll have you set up in no time!
Design Your Blog With a Theme and Add Content.
I really recommend investing in the Genesis Framework. If you’re truly wanting to know how to start a successful blog, it’s worth the investment as [the best] child themes use Genesis as a basis. Then you’ll need a child theme. Here are some places that offer pretty ones:
Now you get to personalize your blog and of course start posting content! I’ll be posting more soon on the next steps. In the meantime, here are some more tips (scroll down to the Plugins section).
I hope this post has helped you learn how to start a successful blog. Please let me know what questions you still have and I’ll do my best to answer them!