Have you ever wondered how to start a blog and join the people that are travelling and earning money online while having the time of their life?
I bet you have seen all the blogging site out there nowadays yes???
Have you wondered how to start one for yourself and start reaping the rewards like all the others?
Well, you are in luck as right now I’m going to explain to you how I have gone from having very limited computer skills to have my own travel blog website in no time at all.
First thing I found hugely beneficial when researching how to start a blog was to think of this as a mini business and plan accordingly, you never know, if done well and with a bit of
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Why are you starting a blog?
Before you go ahead and start a blog online you need to know why you are starting a blog online and what you are going to blog about. Try and narrow down your niche area as best as you can as this will help you stand out and become an authority in the industry you choose. Let’s go ahead now and look at the most common reasons people are creating an online blog these days.
A blog can be as simple as a comfortable place to share your ideas and stories in life, encourage others or just to build a following. I blog is a great way to do that no matter what the subject
Build an existing business
If you already have a business then a blog is a great way to market this and generate a higher profit. It is very low cost to achieve this as well. Finding out how to start blogging could be a huge business move.
You want to earn money
Many now days make money from blogging online, many travel and blog others blog about becoming a new mother, whatever your interest you can turn a blogging or writing hobby into an extra or main income.
Nowadays most publishers want a client that already has a local following and presence online. Kick start your dream of getting your work published by learning how to start blogging and publishing your work.
Before going any further really think about this step and find something that is going to hold your interest and passion for blogging. Your future blog will likely become a business type project and the faster you begin to think and treat your blog like a business the faster you will succeed online.
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Steps how to start a blog online…
Decide what to blog about – narrow down your niche and what you’re interested in blogging about
Choose a blogging platform – This is one of the first big decisions you will make when creating your blog and we will discuss the best platform to use
Find a host – A website host is another important decision you need to make when starting your blog and unfortunately it can impact the growth of your blog right from the start. We will discuss which are the best to use.
Pick a domain name – Time to name your blog. This will be what people type into the search engine to find your site.
Get going using WordPress – Once I’ve convinced you that WordPress.com is the best platform to use on your online blog we will look how to get started on the website platform.
Design and use your blog – Time to make your blog completely yours. I will share some options you can use to personalise your blog and get it standing out from the billions of other websites online.
This blog post is a quick overview of the topics discussed above. I have also produced a FREE E-BOOK that will over in far more detail the best way to start a blog and how to do it correctly from the start. Grab your free e-book on how to start a travel blog now.
Step 1 – Decide what to blog about
This is the first and one of the most important steps to think about when learning “how to start a blog”. What are you starting this blog about? What are you passionate about? If you don’t know these to things then chances are you’re not going to stay excited enough to build and grow your blog into the online platform you desire and of course if you are not passionate about what you are doing then chances are your readers won’t be either.
If you operate your own business then obviously these things need to relate, promote the products you sell and the services that you can provide to customers. Maybe its a physical service or maybe its an online course and personal assistance platform.
If you are an individual just starting out in the blogging and online world then you have a lot more flexibility with your topic but this can also make things little harder to choose.
So remember the following:
Blog about something that is going to hold your interest as this is most likely to reflect in your blog and hold your reader’s interests as well. You will be spending lots of your valuable time on this so you want a subject that is going to keep you active and engaged otherwise you won’t keep at it and worse still your audience won’t connect with you.
Ensure the topic you choose has plenty of room to grow. A blog needs a lot of quality content to firstly get it going online and secondly remain interesting to existing and future visitors to your site. Be sure you have the ability to continue to expand and diversify your blog inside the niche that you choose.
Find something you can relate to and have strong knowledge and interest in. This could be travel, shopping, fishing or just about anything if you can relate to it go with it.
Check out a list of blog topic niches below:
- Fitness and sports
- Family and home
- Education and career
- Social networks
- Politics and society
Make sure you stand out from the crowd and find a point of difference to every other blog out there. The chances are high that others are already blogging within the niche you’re are going to choose. Firstly try and find an angle within your niche that is different to others out there and then aim to narrow it down a little further while putting your own unique spin on the topic. Remember that the one thing nobody else has online is your unique style and voice.
Step 2 – Choose the right blogging platform
If you are a mechanic you need a workshop and if you are going to become a blogger then you will need a blogging platform. Simple as that.
There are loads out there these days with platforms like WordPress, Wix, Blogger, Squarespace and Weebly just to name the most common.
All of these mentioned have some sort of pro’s and con’s but by far the most user-friendly and popular is WordPress and with good reason. It’s the platform that almost every successful 6 figure blogger is using online these days.
I use WordPress for my site and would recommend it to others every time. It is free to use, easy to set up, simple to use with no tech coding or anything scary to set up and has a large community of users who frequently share knowledge and ideas.
You can even download WordPress onto your mobile and work on the go… super handy.
If you want to be serious from the start get a premium theme or run your blog with WordPress Engine. I suggest as you are just starting out a premium theme such as Genesis or Magazine Pro are awesome themes to get you off on the right track. These can then be personalized to suit your own taste and unique style.
Just quickly I need to explain the difference between the two WordPress options out there, hosted or self-hosting – WordPress.org and WordPress.com
These are free and often referred to as WordPress.com. As is often the case free does not mean better and if you chose this option you’re limited with how you operate and the way you can potentially earn an income. I strongly suggest not taking this hosting option unless your blog is purely a personal project that you never wish to earn from.
This way is by far the best hosting option if you are wanting to potentially create an income online from your blog and who wouldn’t really. It does cost you a little bit but the option I use costs me less than $4 a month. This is sometimes referred to as WordPress.org.
To research, more about the differences in the 2 options follow this link. Now we will cover a little deeper what hosting is and which one is best for your blog website.
Step 3 – Finding a host
OK so by now I hope you have been convinced to opt for WordPress and more specifically the paid hosting option of WordPress.org as your blogging platform. If you are hoping to build a successful business and make an income from then this is by far the best choice you can make. I know many bloggers who started out with the free option only to switch later on and it caused a lot of unnecessary issues.
Now that your website platform is decided you will need to find somewhere to host your WordPress (or other platforms) site. Put simply this means you need to buy some server space. Without this, your platform would only be seen by you from your computer and not shared for the world to discover.
Like everything, there are options out there everywhere for this. I personally did a lot of research and probably went over the top trying to compare each leading brand out there. The one I went with initially was called HostGator and up until a few months ago, I was really pleased with their service. In fact, I really only changed because my blog had grown and I had been hearing great things about a different hosting service.
After searching more about SiteGround I since changed to their hosting service. These two companies are the leading web hosting services for blogging websites and I strongly suggest you do your homework on these two companies and choose which is best for your personal needs. I recently wrote a blog about the differences I have found between SiteGround and HostGator since switching and think it would be of benefit to any new blogger starting a website. I also wrote a review of SiteGround that is available to you as well.
- SiteGround Hosting Review since switching to them
- Compare the differences between SiteGround and HostGator
For now, I want to concentrate on the blog hosting company HostGator but I’m in the process of creating a blog post that also features starting a blog with SiteGround.
HostGator has a fantastic support team that are only too willing to help in your setup and everyday running of your site. Any time I had even the smallest of question they were there and answered it in a matter of minutes. Fantastic customer service goes a long way in my book. Above all else, the site was a reliable option for my first ever hosting service. I never had any ongoing issues with their service and it was a purely personal decision to change hosting that suited my business. Again I suggest you do as I did and research both of these web hosting companies and choose which is best for your personal requirements.
Compare the price and features between SiteGround and HostGator. As I still have no issues with the service either company provides I’m comfortable with suggesting both hosting options to you. As a bonus, if you do decide on join with HostGator through my link you will be entitled to up to 60% off your hosting cost. But remember to read the below to blog posts to understand each service a little further.
- SiteGround Hosting Review since switching to them
- Compare the differences between SiteGround and HostGator
Ok once you have a better understanding about which hosting suits your needs it’s time to sign up to the most appropriate plan. When with HostGator I started with the “Shared” plan, which is the basic plan that most will require when starting a blog for the first time. You can always upgrade later if you are requiring something extra. This plan is only $3.95p/m, less if you use this link.
For people that opt to go with the web hosting service of SiteGround, I suggest starting with the “WordPress Hosting service” on the “start-up plan”. This is the plan I’m currently using and it has proved a great choice.
Now let’s move onto to the exciting part… naming your blog and remember if I have moved to fast in this blog I suggest grabbing the free e-book I’m offering that will step you through starting your own blog from start to finish.
Step 4 – Pick a domain name
Ok so now comes the time to choose a domain name. A domain name is your web address that people will need to type in to find your website, mine is https://www.aussieinwanderlust.com. Try and think of something catchy, short and easy to share.
If you get really stuck on this, you can do it later. Likewise, if you already have a domain registered you can enter that and use it. The below pictures are for if you are signing up with HostGator but it is the same instructions and process if you opt to go with SiteGround.
Enter the domain name of your choice
Enter account information
Enter your personal information for the account. Make sure the email address is live as this is the email address that will be sent all your login details.
Hosting plan length
Ok, we are almost setup… Now you need to choose the length of your plan for your hosting. It is best to try and pay for 2 or 3 years in this option as the longer you choose the more of a discount you shall receive. Of course, if you are still a little unsure of this you can opt for the 1 year plan and review how happy you are with the hosting provider you choose after the first year,
You will pay all upfront with this option but it is a one-off payment and then you can work away knowing that your site is yours for however long you may have chosen. You can choose to pay monthly as well but honestly, it is not a great option and you will end up paying more.
You will have the choice of some add on options when choosing this plan. Have a look through and choose any that you may desire. I personally would include SiteLock Monitoring as this helps to protect your website.
Enter billing information
Here just enter in your payment options, read and check the fine print box and submit.
Once submitted you will have the chance to choose your password for your account. Make it something you will clearly remember and also something others won’t naturally think of.
Step 5 – Get started with WordPress
Ok, now you can log in with the details you just made and get started building your new website with WordPress. I’ve created a FREE training E-BOOK called the ULTIMATE BLOG TRAINING. I suggest any blogger looking to start or improve their blog should grab a copy.
Choose your theme
You will be asked now to choose a theme for your website. Have a look through and choose one that suits you are if you prefer you can skip this for now and choose one at a later date.
Remember the blogging tip I mentioned earlier though about using a premium theme such as Genesis or Magazine Pro. These are two great blogging themes from StudioPress that will ensure your blog is starting off the best possible way. Google also loves these theme frames and as such ranks your new website well from the beginning. These can then be personalized to suit your own taste and unique style.
Search the premium theme options from StudioPress.
Start building your site
Here you may notice that your site is on a temporary domain but don’t panic this is completely normal. It will take up to 24 hours for your domain name to become fully registered and once this occurs WordPress will update it automatically.
Go ahead and click the “Start Building” button you will see on your screen. Once clicked it will take you to your new WordPress dashboard site. The column on the left is like your control panel and this will soon become your best friend as you get more comfortable and grow with WordPress.
Step 6 – Design and Use your new blog
OK, congratulations you now have a WordPress website. Look to the column we previously mentioned on the left-hand side of your screen and try and locate a tab which is labelled “Page”.
Once you find that the first thing you should begin to do is create a “Welcome” page, and “About” page and a “Contact” page. These are three essential pages for any new blogging website along with the “Blog” page which is where any new blog post will appear.
Once those three pages are complete try adding a few blog pages to your site as well. You do this the same way as you added a “page but instead create them in the “posts” tab. This part is all trial and error, it will take anyone new to WordPress time to understand what can be done. Just have a play around with the settings and start discovering more about what can be achieved. The more you experiment the more comfortable you will become, I had absolutely zero ideas what I was doing when I started Aussieinwanderlust and now I have over 30 pages and 100 blog posts.
While you have been having a look and adding a few pages and blogs your site has been in a “draft” setting, meaning it is yet to go live online. Once you are ready to show people what you have been up to click the “Launch” button. Be sure that that the pages and blogs are titled and have a meta description as this will help with ensuring the SEO is right from the start.
Once you have pushed the “Launch” button your blog has officially joined the online world and you are ready for the world to begin discovering what you have to share.
After pushing “Launch” you will quickly just need to title and add a description of your website before going online.
Congratulations you are now live on the internet. What is your plan with it now?
Is your goal to make an income online and help support yourself???
Would you like to learn how to make money from your blog and get it in front of a larger audience???
I have created a FREE blogging resource that will ensure you are taking all the right steps from the moment you begin your online journey. Download a copy of THE ULTIMATE BLOG TRAINING EBOOK straight to your email.
What’s in the E-BOOK
Inside this E-BOOK you will find 7 easy to follow lessons on how to not only start a travel blog from scratch and get it online faster than you ever thought possible but also ensure it is created in the right way.
Learn how to understand SEO, use different social media platforms to your advantage and which ones don’t really help, learn how to get organic and social traffic flowing to your blog, starting to build your email list from day one of having a blog and most importantly for many of us, learn different options and techniques to begin monetising from your blog straightaway.
You don’t need a ton of content or thousands of page views (they help of course) to start earning a side income online. With access to a full list of resources and descriptions on how they can help explode your blog as a bonus as well.
If you are interested in ways to monetise your blog right from the start then it is important you set yourself up for success right from the start. Many bloggers, myself included, get overwhelmed when first starting a blog and charge ahead without knowing what they are doing.
I was guilty of this and it took me months of work to go back through old blog posts, re-organise sections of my blog’s appearance and much more. Work I wouldn’t have had to do if I had invested in my blogging business from the start. I suggest checking out the blog on “How to earn from your Blog” and begin focusing on this from the beginning.
As with every starting any business, a blog will require some initial upfront costs to ensure you give yourself and your new business the best chance of succeeding. I suggest studying some of the blogs in your niche and also investing in a few online courses. Below are the courses I recommend as I have completed each one and found them to be extremely beneficial in the growth of my travel blog, Aussieinwanderlust.
Courses I have taken to improve my blog, grow my traffic and monetize my blog
The SuperStar Blogging course by Nomadic Matt – A blogging course offered by arguably the most successful travel blogger on the internet. It steps you through the complete process to of starting a blog and even offers website tech support.
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing – Once your blog is up and running the next step for most is to begin finding ways to monetize it. Michelle is a genius at explaining how to do exactly this through affiliate marketing. There is also a really engaging Facebook Group where other members support each other.
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Course – Alex and Lauren were one of the first people to harness the powers of Pinterest and deliver huge amounts of traffic to their website. With it comes many different ways to monetize your blog further. The course comes with videos, guides and support to get your Pinterest account delivering traffic to your website for free.
I hope this post on, how to start a blog, has been helpful and also convinced you that starting a blog shouldn’t be intimidating. There are a ton of free and paid resources out there on the web these days and it’s a cool process. It is actually even highly enjoyable once you overcome the fear of starting. Contact me today if you would like some more guidance on how to start.
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Other tools I use to run my website
StudioPress Theme with Genisis Framework – The WordPress free themes are a good basic platform but don’t allow much customisation and can be limited for your website. Purchasing a premium theme will give you large and noticeable differences right from the start.
OptinMonster – Once you begin to gain traffic to your blog or website the next step is to start converting those visitors into subscribers. This way you can begin to communicate with your visitors in a more personal way. Share your latest blog posts with people you know are interested in your content and share deals on travel or sales etc for products you use.
ConvertKit – The software I use to ensure I stay in contact and in the thoughts of my loyal subscribers. You can now join ConvertKit for FREE and begin using their amazing service.
Tailwind – The platform that allows me to schedule my pins to Pinterest automatically. This saves me hours of time a week and ensures that Pinterest stays my number one traffic source for visitors to my blog. Try Tailwind FREE for a month and watch your blog traffic skyrocket.
Canva – This is a FREE or premium tool you will find so useful when it comes to making your social media banners and graphics for your website. I make all my Pinterest pins for my website with Canva.
Grammarly – A free tool you can attach to your website that will auto check your word documents for spelling and grammar errors. It also allows you to fix the errors with a simple click of the mouse.
Starting a travel blog the right way
I have either taught myself a lot by doing loads of research or enrolling in desired courses and mentor groups. Some certainly have been more beneficial than others. Below are some blogs I have written that can give you some great FREE advice.
As I said I have tried and tested a few of the so-called “great courses” on the market. Some have been fantastic and others have been a complete flop. Below are the three that have really benefited my learning and earning capacity online.
We all love to find tools or resources that make things easier and quicker in life. In blogging, this is no exception and can be vital to ensure you get the time you need for more important tasks. Below are some of my favourite blogging resources.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
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