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How to Start a Blog Part 1: Starting From Scratch

How to start blogging

If you’re still wondering about how to start a blog, don’t think it’s too complicated. From hosting to creating quality content, here’s how to get started on your blogging journey.

If you’re still wondering about how to start a blog, don’t think it’s too complicated. Starting a blog can be confusing and overwhelming. When I first started blogging, I knew absolutely nothing.

I was just in love with reading them and I thought, I can do this! Now, 227 posts later, I’ve learned a ton about blogging, creating content and blog promotion.

All I can say is that starting a blog can be extremely easy and fun. Let’s get started!

Identifying Your Niche

First things first, discover your blogging passion. As they (whoever they are) say, the best writers write what they know.

Don’t write about the best ways to prepare exotic meats if you are a vegan, veggie loving chef. You will run out of things to say and in the long run your blog won’t be very successful.

Readers want to read from people who live, breath, and poop whatever niche they are playing in.

Choosing a Blog Platform

WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace. There are tons of blogging platforms. Some free and some not free. You can choose from many different layouts and themes.

You’ll have to do some research on other blogs you like to see what kind of blog you want for yourself. This will depend a lot on your topic and of course what kind of content you wish to publish.

You can find lots of free themes on WordPress, but the better ones will cost some extra dough. Creative Market has some great premium themes that are geared toward women-run online businesses.

Hosting  & Domain for Your Blog

Once you figure out what kind of topic you want to focus on and which platform you prefer, your next step will be to decide on a hosting service and domain name.

Finding a great domain name can take a while, but it’s worth it. I suggest you pick something brandable and easy to remember.

Try to come up with a domain name that you can also use as your social media handle. Aligning your domain and social media is a crucial step. Bluehost is one of the best hosting services. I use it for all my online properties including this blog.

Creating Content

Write and publish. Write and publish. Use original images as much as possible. If you do use stock images, credit them well. Be consistent.

Find your writing style and blogging voice. Don’t worry about feedback or comments. Just keep posting and be confident. As you create content, remember to revisit the layout and look of your blog.

As your content grows, you’ll naturally want to expand the style of your blog as well. Maybe create your own logo, create tabs and categories. Have fun, it’s your blog!

Sharing & Social Media

This will be the hardest part of being a new blogger—having the confidence to actually share your blog posts. It’s one thing to sit quietly and write. Who will notice? But the only way to grow your blog is to share your content.

Start with friends and family on your personal Facebook page. Then once you have a few posts under your belt, create official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Instagram and Google Plus, etc.

Don’t worry about scheduling or having a strategy at this point in the game, just focus on your content and share as much as possible.

Need More Help with Starting Your Blog?

If you’re just starting your blog on need more help, enroll in my free blog launch e-course. I also have many other free blogging resources available.

If you’ve been blogging for a minute and still aren’t seeing the results to turn your content into a business, consider getting a blogging coach.

 

Image via The Everygirl

 

Alethea Robinson

Founder & Blogger-in-Chief, See Girl Work

Alethea Robinson is a freelance marketing & content writer who provides content strategy, blogging, and writing & editing services for creative agencies and small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to her freelance business, Alethea is also founder and blogger-in-chief at See Girl Work, an online community for creative, entrepreneurial-minded women. Before starting her blog and freelance business, Alethea worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years.

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