The Learning Process

How To Start A Blog

I’ve started a few blogs but none that really stuck with me. I created this one because I decided this one would be for the long haul. When I initially started the process, I was still unclear if it was the best thing to do. Thankfully I had a group of ladies who pushed me over the edge. They encouraged me to take the leap of faith and go for it. So, here I am.

Creating a blog isn’t as hard as most people think.

Just to clarify…I’ve provided the steps for you here if you desire to get started. The only tricky part when I started my very first blog was trying to figure out HTML code, but WordPress pretty much does all of that for you. If you have to use coding, you can always Google it, find forums, or join newbie social support groups for bloggers. The information I am sharing is based upon my own personal use of services. You can choose to use these services or you can do your own research to choose what’s best for your needs.

I’ve provided the steps for you here if you desire to get started. The only tricky part when I started my very first blog was trying to figure out HTML code, but WordPress pretty much does all of that for you. If you have to use coding, you can always Google it, find forums, or join newbie social support groups for bloggers. The information I am sharing is based upon my own personal use of services. You can choose to use these services or you can do your own research to choose what’s best for your needs.

This review contains affiliate links. If you click the links, I will earn a commission. These companies have not asked me to do this review. Because I am an affiliate marketer, I’ve chosen to share some of the tools I use to blog. 

Step 1: Getting a domain name and hosting… There are a few places you can choose to purchase a domain. I personally use Namecheap for this. Domains can cost as low as $.88 or in the thousands. It all depends on the popularity of the name and it will also depend on if the name is held by someone else or a business.

Namecheap.com

Step 2: As mentioned in step one, getting hosting… Namecheap also offers to host and WordPress is built in.  Many bloggers prefer or suggest Bluehost for domain registration and WordPress, but there are many platforms in addition to these when it comes to obtaining a domain and hosting. Just like Namecheap, you get access to WordPress with Bluehost.

Why I chose NameCheap…I’ve never experienced any issues with NameCheap as far as servers or my blog being down unless I took it down for maintenance by choice. When I initially started blogging, I already had an account with NameCheap. Because I was already familiar with the platform, I decided to stick with it. If you are starting your blog from scratch, you can choose one or the other. It would be strictly based upon your own preference. Be sure if you decide to blog and you decide to participate in affiliate marketing opportunities that the platform supports it.

I personally stuck with the company I was familiar with because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of learning something new. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it right?

Step 3: Staying in touch with visitors.  Individuals who visit my blog and sign up for work for home information, I like staying in touch with them. I use Sendlane as my autoresponder provider.

I personally like Sendlane because it is cost effective for me. It’s not to say the others are not, it’s just what works for me personally. Sendlane’s lowest package is $9 a month with the ability to stay in contact with 500 contacts if you’re just starting out. The price points go up from there depending on how many people you have on your list. Lead capture pages are also available.

As with domain registration and hosting…You guessed it! There are different companies that offer auto-responders. Again, many bloggers out there use different services like Aweber, GetResponse, or MailChimp.

MailChimp was probably my least favorite because I had to connect to Instapage in order to set up lead capture pages, but you can get a FREE account and build a list of 2K individuals. So, that’s a great feature.
Instapage

The great thing about Aweber and GetResponse, you get to test drive them for a 30-day trial period. Each service has its perks.

 Step 4: Where to find images. You can choose to purchase stock photos. You can also use free sites like Pixabay, FreeImages, Unsplash, and etc. Creating your own is always great. I have done a mixture of using my own and using free images. To edit some of my images I use my phone or Picmonkey to make size adjustments or add verbiage.

Step 5: You need content. I personally like creating my own. There are some bloggers who invite guest bloggers to their sites to post content. There are others who rebrand content. It again depends on you, your preference, your niche, and what you desire to accomplish long-term.

The most important thing is starting. If you get started, you will find that there are tons of people who are willing to help you throughout your journey.

Feel free to comment or e-mail me with any questions. Happy blogging!

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