How To Start a Blog Even If You Do Not Have a Niche (The Entrepreneurial Method)
If you really want to start a blog, commit to follow this one.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition” — Steve Jobs
Chapter 1: Mindset & Niche
Chapter 2: Domain
Chapter 3: CMS
Chapter 4: Hosting
Chapter 5: Design and Content
Chapter 6: Essential Tools
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important” — Steve Jobs
If you are like many people, including my previous self, you probably want to do something, perhaps start a blog, but are not sure how! You keep dreaming and thinking about it but guess what? Nothing has happened so far, and you haven’t taken any action. Some people even know exactly what they want, but still they do not know when, how or where to begin.
Here is the key: if you want to start absolutely anything online, you must have a Website/Social Media. Ok, so you probably know that already.
Unless you are a beginner! Haven’t ever started a website or business before? You don’t have the time, right? These are all just meaningless excuses that keep you away from making your dream a reality. Do you remember the earlier versions of Facebook? What about Instagram or even Dropbox! They all started from nothing, and I mean nothing, and developed over time. There was no money, no capital, no office, no experience and no resources in the beginning
The good news is, you also can do something right now! You do not have to aim to own a huge company, but you can be comfortable in life and even quit your job if you want to.
If you want to do something, I believe you can, and you have to believe it as well. I believe that any person on the planet can be something great if only they try. You have got to take action and start immediately. It doesn’t matter if the first time you try you fail.
You get back up and try again until you succeed. You will learn a lot more information and gain much more experience through failure than you ever would studying for an MBA. So I will show you here how to start a blog. Let’s start and Stop Procrastinating.
So let’s get you started!
I will explain in detail here exactly how you can start a blog, even if you don’t have any idea. Here are a few chapters for you to start reading right now, and you’d better bookmark this for your future reference!
I am going to consider you to be an absolute beginner, so I will explain every step in precise detail.
In my next blog, I will write about how you can make money out of your blog, so keep an eye out for that as well! I am also going to give you an action list so you know exactly what you must do.
YOU SHOULD READ THE WHOLE BLOG BEFORE YOU START A BLOG.
If you are serious about making money from your blog, this guy can help you; he makes a fortune from his blog and affiliate marketing. Additionally, read my blog How To Earn Money From The Internet: Make Your First $1,000 in 2016.
Chapter 1: Mindset & Niche
“If you don’t have confidence you will always find a way to lose.” — Peter Voogd
This is the most important step, your mindset. You must change your mindset before you even start reading.
You must believe that you really can build a successful website. It doesn’t matter if you do not know how yet. You will get to it, but for now, you should be sold on doing this.
If you already have an idea, you still need to read this chapter, as you may discover a better one.
So, how can you choose a niche to start a blog?
Simple answer: ask yourself the following question and write the answers down right now, not later:
What subjects do I most like to read, listen or talk about? For example, clubbing, food, healthy lifestyles, yoga, business, history, marriage, children, school…etc. Write down only 3 subjects.
Don’t move on until you have written down 3 subjects. Couldn’t think of any? If so, answer these questions to help give you more ideas:
- What do you talk to your partner about?
- What do you like to talk about over a beer or coffee?
- What do you often search for in Google?
- What subjects do you pay attention to on TV or the radio,? Is it cars, relationships, the stock market, six packs?
There must be something that interests you! Write down 3 things right now.
Did you write any? Still no ideas? If you’re still stuck, let’s do it the other way around: what you do NOT like? Write down 10 subjects you do not like to talk about, things you get bored of when your friends start talking about.
I’m sure you are wondering how this will help, but believe me, it will. While you are brainstorming topics you do not like, you will find it easier to identify which ones you do like. It has been proven as a strategy that’s worked for me many times.
Still struggling to come up with an idea? Comment right now, and I will help (not later, NOW)! I will help you find an idea that you can use. However, if you have already written down 3 ideas as I said, then let’s keep moving.
Now, you will need to study these 3 topics for about 2 minutes, no talking, no WhatsApp or Facebook, 2 minutes of silent concentration. What subject do you see yourself on a stage talking about? I know many people are terrified of public speaking, including me, but just try to imagine!
Now, you have got to choose ONLY 1 subject that you are really passionate about.Choose only 1 subject.
Still can’t choose out of the 3? Try this: what subject would you like to write a book about? Still no luck? Leave a comment below, and I will help you out.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison
Now for the second step: let’s assume your subject is clubbing. Let’s break down the subject a bit. Why? I’ll tell you. People like experts in a specific area, not someone who thinks they know everything! Readers are brilliant nowadays, and the smaller your niche, the more loyal readers you will get.
If you write about anything and everything, it is going to be really difficult to get loyal readers. It isn’t impossible, but it is really hard. So the best way is to start with a smaller niche and then grow and expand on your journey.
How can you break your subject down to a smaller niche?
Let’s talk about clubbing, for example. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of music do I like? Rock, Pop, Rap…etc.
- What type of crowd am I comfortable being around? Young, mainly male, female, straight, gay…etc.
- What type of drinks do I like? Cocktails, Whiskey, local beer…etc.
You will need to break down your niche to 3 smaller niches (mini niches).
Do you get it? Narrow it down so you do not have “clubbing” as the main topic for your blog. You have to narrow it down to a smaller niche. For example, music in clubbing. So now you know that you will be blogging about ONLY ‘Music in Clubs’. No other topics for the first 10 blogs at least.
And then what? Simple: write about the other niches. For example, write about the crowd. Talk about the type of people in each club. Believe me, people will love to hear about these more specific details rather than a very ordinary blog of “Top 10 clubs in NY”. If you are niche oriented, people will love you.
Keep following this formula, small niche after small niche…just keep doing this over and over again. The number of niches within a topic is countless!
I will now proceed for those of you who understand what you want to write about. If you do not, please return to the top of the page and read this again. Do not just hover — I am here to help you start your own successful blog.
To recap Chapter 1:
- Write down 3 subjects you like to talk about, e.g. clubbing, food, business.
- Take a minute and choose only 1 of these 3. Let’s say clubbing.
- Break this down to 3 mini niches, as I said, e.g. music, crowd and drinks.
- Choose one of these 3 mini niches, and this will be your NICHE TO START WITH.
Congratulations! You have just chosen a business idea that you like and that you will enjoy writing about.
Do not get overwhelmed or confused about what you will write or how you will do it! For now, just keep reading.
What if you do not like writing, and you want to start a different online business? Well, here I am specifically discussing blogs. However, you can start another type of online business by reading this blog. I have personally done it 3 times.
Before we move to the next chapter, where I am going to tell you how to start your blog name and explain things like shortcuts for getting domains and getting traffic, here are some FAQ and excuses related to the above chapter. If you have any questions, please go through them. We both know you have some, just as I used to when I was getting started.
FAQ and excuses
I do not have time to blog, I will start when I can.
Really? You don’t have 1 spare hour per day? You only need 1 hour a day to get started, and this is what you need to commit to. If you don’t start taking the actions I have mentioned above right now, you won’t start at all, and guess what?
You will be in the same position next year, reading similar posts and saying the same thing.Stop Procrastinating and just start now. Write your subject right now.
I do not have money.
Um, who said you need to have any money to get started? I am going to tell you how to start with just a few dollars, like for the price of beer or a movie ticket, and also some more costly options if you have savings you can put into the idea. So please, don’t worry about money right now.
I do not have anyone to help me with it.
Seriously, writing a blog is as easy as reading it now. You do not need someone to co-found your blog with! Having said that, you will need some people to help you while you are growing, and I will tell you how and where to find them. That part is easy.
I still can’t think of any topic to write about.
Do me a favor: read the above sections again, and if you still can’t find an idea, please leave a comment below, and I will help you.
What do I need to start a blog?
Believe me, just read this blog right through until the end. That is all you need.
Chapter 2: Domain
In this chapter, I will show you how to choose a name and domain to start a blog using the Entrepreneurial Method.
There are some platforms and websites that offer free domains, such as Yahoo and WordPress, an option which I do not like, as it will seriously limit your ability to create and grow an amazing site.
Also, you will have a domain like YourDomain.Yahoo.com or YourDomain.WordPress.com, so please do not go in that direction!
Buying a domain does not cost more than $10 per year! I seriously recommend you to read this chapter carefully and follow every step so you can have a perfect domain, using The Entrepreneurial Method.
From my experience, a domain does not have to be the same name as the blog name; your domain can be JohnSmithBlog.com and the blog can be “Vegan Life Blog” or “School Is My Life” or even “Six Packs Shortcut”; it does not matter.
I will leave the blog name aside now, as I do not see it as being as important as choosing a domain.
How do most people choose a domain?
Let me tell you first what most people do when they want to buy a new domain: they go to giant websites like godaddy.com and search for a domain name. They do not find it, of course, so they try different combinations until they find one they like.
It sounds good, right? No! Using the Entrepreneurial Method, you and I don’t do it that way, because we are not like other people — we are here to think differently.
Earl Nightingale once said, “ If you want to be successful, and you do not have any mentor or guidance, you can get ahead and get started by looking at what everybody else is doing and do the opposite.”
Hopefully, you consider yourself lucky now to be reading this blog, and I am honored to be a part of your journey. Anyway, enough of that: let’s see what’s wrong with the above approach of choosing godaddy.com and buying a new domain.
Well, simply, the answer is: SEO, SEO, and SEO — Search Engine Optimisation. I do not want to talk about SEO now, though, as it is an overwhelming topic.
The point is, if you buy a new domain, I can guarantee you one thing: you will not be able to have your blog appear in Google for months, if not a couple of years! Why? Because of the following reasons (it is ok if you do not understand the following information):
- Google gives more weight to old domains than new domains.
- The new domain will have ZERO backlinks, which are the most important factor for Google to show your website on the first page.
- Domain and Page authority for the new domain are absolutely ZERO
As mentioned above, please do not get frustrated if you did not understand, in fact, many people have not even heard about what’s written above. Don’t worry. I will write a full, detailed SEO blog very soon, and I will let you know about it.
For now, you must trust me: DO NOT buy a new domain. Go for old and expired domains instead. However, if you are not bothered and not in a hurry to get your blog on the first page of Google, you can simply purchase a domain from any domain providers like millions of other people, for example from godaddy.com.
What’s the expired domains?
They are domains that have been owned by people/companies before but that did not get renewed. So, some other people were using those domains before.
In case you want to know why these domains might be expired, here we go:
- The domain may be related to a business or website that’s no longer in business.
- The domain’s owner may have forgotten to re-register the domain.
- The domain’s owner may have bought it to sell it later, but did not find a buyer.
- The domain’s owner may have lost interest in the website/blog and did not want to use it anymore.
How do you get an expired domain?
Follow only 3 steps:
- How to find expired domains.
- How to filter them to get the best domain.
- Buy it now!
1 — How to find expired domains
Watch this video I have made; it should explain to you in very short time how to find expired domains.
Steps in the video:
- Go to: expireddomains.net
- Sign up FREE to get the full features.
- Write your subject in the search box. For example, music, club, food or any other name/term you may have thought of. Here, you may need to use a wider search term; you remember what you did when you were choosing a subject for your blog? You had to break down the idea into 2 mini niches. Here, you do not have to do this, and you can choose the primary niche name or even a wider name like nightlife.
- Choose “No Fake PR” and “Available Domain Only”.
- Write 10 in PA and DA.
Now, you have thousands of expired domains to choose from. Good job! You are 70% of the way to choosing the right domain that will appear in Google like a magnet.
2 — How to filter to get the best domain
I will now tell you how to filter the domains even further to get the best domain ever for your business quickly and easily:
A — Download and install Google Chrome Browser (if you are not already using it),
B — Install Majestic Backlink Analyzer Extension for Chrome.
C — Click on any domain you like that you have found.
D — Now look at Citation Flow (CF) and Trust Flow (TF).
For example, see below:
E — Now, the perfect domain for you is the one that has BOTH of the following criteria:
- It has a score of CF and TF that is equal to or bigger than 10. A higher number is always better; if you found any domain above 20, you should buy it now!
- It has a CF/TC ratio equal to or lower than 3 (or even better, 2). The closer this value is to 1, the better it is
Ok, you have found a domain yet? If not, please repeat what’s mentioned above. Don’t just move on and read, as you have got to follow the steps. Otherwise, you are going to get very overwhelmed and end up doing nothing.
If you have tried and really could not find any good domains, please leave a comment below, and I will help.
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Timothy Ferriss
3 — Buy it now!
Great job! You made it this far, so let’s get you a domain registered under your name now. After you have found the perfect domain for you, click on the domain name, and you will see a list of third-party websites to buy the domain from. Remember, you can’t purchase a domain from ExpiredDomains.net, but it is a great tool to show you the best available that many people are missing.
You will then see a list of companies such as godaddy.com, namecheap.com, etc. Just click on any one of them (Godaddy is recommended, as it is the easiest way and we will also use it for hosting and other services).
You will, of course, need to register, but it just takes a few seconds, and then you’ll be all set to buy the domain.
Here are some FAQ related to the domains chapter. In the next chapter, I am going to tell you how and where you should start hosting your blog (step by step).
To recap Chapter 2:
- Find expired domains at ExpiredDomains.net at your niche.
- Filter them to ensure they are not hacked (steps above).
- Buy only 1 domain and name your blog then whatever you want.
What if I do not want to buy an expired domain?
Really? You don’t have 1 spare hour per day! You only need 1 hour a day to get started, and this is what you need to commit to. If you don’t start taking the actions I have mentioned above right now, you won’t start it, and guess what!?
You will be in the same position next year reading similar posts and saying the same thing. Stop procrastinating and just start now, write your subject right now.
I do not have money.
If you want to have a blog using The Entrepreneurial Method, you should buy an expired domain. However you can buy a new domain from any domain provider such as:
Alternatively, simply just Google “buy a domain.”
I cannot find a good expired domain that I like, what should I do?
Leave a comment and I will help, REMEMBER, if you do not ask, the answer is always NO!
Does the domain’s name have to be exactly as the blog name?
No, it does not have to. You can have your domain as Ilovecooking.com and then call the domain “My daily recipes”.
Make Sure to Set a Title
They can be the same or not, and it really does not matter. A domain name can simply be anything memorable, a name that people can remember and Google later on.
For example, MyRoutineForSuccess.com is much better than EnterprisesFacilitiesToSucceed.com. Try to keep it as simple as possible. However, the blog name is something that represents you personally, a message or what you do.
So for the above example MyRoutineForSuccess.com the blog name could be something like; Change your life, quit your job, start your own business, I will help you to be successful, the entrepreneur blog,…etc.
Make Sure to Set a Title
It varies from $1 to thousands, so please do not spend much money on the domain name as it is not that important, it is what you do with the domain that makes you a successful person with successful blogging and online revenue. I would say find something that does not cost you more than $10–20.
Chapter 3: CMS
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” — George S. Patton
This must be decided before you go forward. CSM stands for Content Management system. I am no going to talk a lot about here in this chapter, however in Design and Content chapter I will in details, I just want to give you a general idea in this chapter about CMS.
It’s totally fine if you are familiar with a specific CMS and you are more comfortable using it. However it is still advisable to have a quick read through this chapter, perhaps you may change your mind! Who knows! And remember, any questions?
Leave a comment and I will help! Good luck!
Let me tell you first what the heck is the CSM?
Do you have an oven at home? If not I am sure you have seen one before. CSM is like an oven, and you can’t cook without it even if you have all ingredients and recipes ready, right?
So what will you write (blogs) are the ingredients and recipes, but you will need an oven (CSM) to cook it and make it ready to eat?
Got it? You can always write any question you have in the comments section below if you have any.
As there are much oven manufacturers, there are a lot of CSM providers for blogging; I will mention the best ones below:
There are much more, however as I am writing this blog for beginners to start with The Entrepreneurial Method, I highly recommend to start by using WordPress only.
Why do I recommend WordPress?
- Very easy to use for non-technical people.
- Thousands of themes available to choose from based on your tastes and needs.
- Thousands of plugins to uplift your blog and get more traffic.
- Very SEO friendly.
- Used by millions of bloggers all over the world.
- Recently a lot of hosting providers are offering specific hosting “Managed WordPress” or “WordPress hosting” specifically for WordPress. (I will explain this in more detail in the hosting chapter).
I can go on and on about CSM for a long time, but it would only confuse you and distract you from our main goal: start blogging using The Entrepreneurial Method.
Our goals here is not to read about the whole online CSM, and it is to start quickly using the best tools out there that people spend months to find and understand.
So no you do not need to read or Google the another CSMs, just listen to me, the best way to take an action is to take action. I will show you how read on.
I will tell you more about WordPress, how to install, what’s it and how to design a website and have your first blog online at Design & Content chapter.
Chapter 4: Hosting
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi
I will explain to you here what’s the hosting, its type, why you need one and how can you get the best hosting to start.
Let’s define what is hosting first?
I do not like to complicate things, and you are probably not going to have a Ph.D. in hosting, so let’s make it simple. Hosting is where your website contents and coding will be stored; you know your computer is hosting all your movies, music, files..etc.
So obviously your website needs to be hosted somewhere right? Yes.
The good news is you do not have to buy a computer to host your website; you can get such a service online with a few bucks per month. Boom it’s that easy.
What are the types of hosting?
There are 5 main types:
- Free Hosting
- Shared Hosting
- Virtual Private Server (VPS)
- Dedicated Server
- Cloud Hosting
I will tell you all about it, and I will also identify cons and pros of each, if you have any concerns, please leave your question below and I will answer it.
1 — Free Hosting — –> Suitable for people who are not looking to earn money
Do you remember what I said at the start of domains chapter about free domains? The same applies here, if you get free hosting, you will also get forced to have a domain like YourDomain.WordPress.com.
You will never be able to get a domain for yourself without advertising the big giant domains like Yahoo and WordPress as well. Also, you will either be forced to allow advertising on your blog, or you will have annoying limitations on your blog so that you will never be able to do what you want to.
You will feel that you have NO CONTROL over your blog.Please do yourself a favor and spend a few bucks, I will explain exactly how in this chapter.So to summarize do not choose this option if you are serious about making money from your blog.
2 — Shared Hosting — –> Suitable for Beginner and new blogs.
This is probably the most famous hosting and it is highly recommended for new websites and blogs. Let’s say the hosting company has 10 servers (computers); they will host your blog along with tens/hundreds of other websites/blogs on the same server.
It may sound not very good, but it is very common practice so don’t worry.
Recently, some big hosting providers added a sub-category of shared hosting called “Managed WordPress” or “WordPress hosting”. This is hosting that designed specifically for people who want to start a blog using WordPress.
As I mentioned in the previous chapter ‘Platform (CSM),’ the big companies realized how popular WordPress had become, so they made special hosting for it.
I still recommend you to start using WordPress. I will tell you in detail how to get that hosting further down.
- Cheap, it usually costs around $2–6 monthly.
- Very easy admin and control panel for beginners.
- You do not have to worry about how to manage the server (it is not easy to do this yourself).
- You can be up and running within few minutes once you have paid.
- It is often integrated with another famous platform like WordPress and Joomla (I will explain this later)
- There is usually daily or monthly traffic limitation, if your blog gets over 3,000 user visits every month, you will need to move to another hosting plan, however, let’s face it, at the start you will get not be getting that amount of traffic.
- Small disk size on the server, not critical as you will not have that much content to start with.
- You will have no control over the performance of the server, but again this concerns only people who install specific software on the server, you will not need this at all.
- Your blog is affected by other blogs/websites that are hosted on the same server, so if one of these, somehow manages to manipulate Google, every blog/website on the same server MAY get blocked as well. This is a very rare case that over 75% of bloggers have not experienced, but I have to tell you the all cons.
3 — Virtual Private Server (VPS) — –> Suitable for a small/medium business that is already generating high traffic.
You will still be sharing your blog with other blogs/websites but fewer. However, you will share with high quality websites that are often known for what they are doing. This is often used by small/medium size companies but not beginners.
- You will have more control on your server to install some applications and software. This will only concern websites with some sophisticated applications which we (bloggers) very rarely use.
- Can accommodate a larger amount of traffic than shared hosting, it is hard to say exactly how many visitors but you can have at least 50,000 visitors monthly without any problems.
- It is faster than shared hosting, and that will make your website a bit faster too. This makes sense because the server will be used by fewer websites than the shared hosting.
- You will have complete control over the security of your blog, including the ability to utilize a customized firewall and dedicated mail server (Am I talking in another language? Probably yes! You do not need to worry about it anyway, but it is a good thing.
- You will need a bit of basic knowledge of managing servers.
- More expensive than shared hosting, varies around $15–70 monthly, there are a lot of factors that influence the price such as server RAM, memory, disk space and support.
4 — Dedicated Server — –> Suitable for large websites that generating very high traffic
Did you guess it? Yes, you will have the whole server to yourself, you may do whatever you want to. You can also restart the sever if you want to in case if there is troubleshooting but this is not for you to start with. This used by really big people and companies out there that are getting hundreds of thousands of visitors every month.
- You have full control over your server and its security.
- No one is sharing your server.
- You can get millions of visitors monthly.
- Faster and better performance
- You either must have good knowledge of managing servers or pay to the hosting company to maintain it.
- Expensive. It may cost around $150–1,000+ monthly, again a lot of factors are involved based on the server specification and level of support.
- It can get messy if you do not know how to manage the server, hackers will take advantage of non-secured servers and load it with thousands of spam pages.
5 — Cloud Hosting — –> Not recommended for beginner but can be used by small and large websites
Some people call this the future of hosting, and some are concerned about the security.There is much debate in the market between experts that see it as a good or bad option. I have not actually used it before to judge but here is what you need to know; IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS.
- You pay as you go, like your mobile contract, so for example if you are paying X amount monthly for cloud hosting and suddenly in a month the traffic got doubled, you will be paying more for that month and the same if the traffic decreased as well, so Pay as You Go, got it?
- The best option for scalable as you can use as much memory, RAM, and disk space as you need, no restrictions at all.
- There is a lot of talking about the security as all of your data is somewhere up there in the cloud (virtual space).
- If you are a beginner, this is not for you as you need a bit of hosting knowledge.
- It is a new technology that still in beta phase.
“I started as a mommy blogger, and it’s been great.” — Constance Marie
So by now you know about the main 5 types of hosting, and I bet you are asking yourself which one is the best for you? If you are a beginner, do not even think about it for a second, just choose shared hosting.
You can always change to another hosting later when you get more traffic but just get shared hosting to start.
I will explain here in a lot of detail how you can get shared hosting. There are a lot of companies that provide such hosting; however, I am going to show you how to do it with only 1 of them, and you can follow the same steps for other hosting providers.
Here you go, it is godaddy.com. As I have mentioned in the domains chapter, GoDaddy is also a domain selling provider, pretty much whatever you need to start your blog, GoDaddy can provide.
Before getting into this, did you hear about WordPress? It is the most popular platform to start your blog, and it is free to use it too! I recommend it specially for beginners as it is so easy to use, and if you follow my steps, you can have a blog up and running within few minutes.
You have already discussed WordPress quite a few times previously, so it doesn’t make sense to ask this here.
So GoDaddy along with some other hosting providers figured out how popular WordPress became, so they are now providing a special hosting for all WordPress blogs and websites.
You do not have to worry about installing WordPress platform or having any technical knowledge. I love it, and I see it as a big step forward for bloggers. Godaddy calls this hosting “Managed WordPress”.
You can also choose other hosting companies if you want, I gathered as many as I could find and listed them alphabetically for you, check below list.
Below I will show you very detailed steps of how to get a Managed WordPress hosting from Godaddy. You do not have to follow this type of hosting, but it is the best one if you are just starting.
Do not get overwhelmed with the type of hosting; again you can always come back and change the hosting whenever you want, the idea now is to START.
How to get a Managed WordPress hosting from Godaddy.
2 — Choose 1 plan from the current 4, I recommend the cheapest one as you are just starting out, “Basic Plan”.
3 — Choose a monthly or yearly plan based on your budget, it varies from $3–7 monthly based on the period length you are paying for.
4 — Checkout and now you are all set.
Ok now, you have purchased a WordPress hosting or as they call it in Godaddy “Managed WordPress”. How do you use it and assign your domain to it? Read on!.
1 — Go to your account in Godaddy: https://mya.godaddy.com/ (after you logged in to your account)
2 — Click on Manage under “Managed WordPress”
3 — You will be directed to a page looks something like this.
4 — Click on Set up under NEW MANAGED WORDPRESS.
5 — Now you should be able to see your domain listed here, scroll down and create a username and password for your WordPress admin account, make sure you remember these!
6 — Click Finish!
It will probably take few minutes, DO NOT REFRESH THE PAGE UNTIL YOU SEE A MESSAGE THAT SAYS ALL DONE.
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson
Technically now your domain and website are online, anyone that has your domain name can see your blog right now, but of course, it is still empty. In the next Chapter “Design and Content”, I am going to tell you step by step how to start writing your first blog and how you should design your blog.
However so far, I must say, good work, you are doing great. Keep it up!
To recap Chapter 4:
- Find expired Learn what are the types of hosting
- WordPress hosting (Managed Hosting) is the best option if you are just starting.
- Buy a WordPress hosting.
Which hosting provider should I go to?
It really does not matter when you start out, however I recommend godaddy.com for beginners but look above for list of most of the known hosting providers.
I do not have any money to spend on hosting, what can I do?
If you do not have $3–7 monthly to spend on hosting, try a free hosting provider, however are many disadvantages as mentioned above. If you are really serious about starting a blog and have no money, just get a free hosting and leave the disadvantages aside for now.
This blog should help you get started with free hosting https://iwantmyname.com/services/free-hosting. Do not let the money stop you.
Can I choose shared hosting instead of WordPress hosting
Yes you can but you will need to install a WordPress in your shared server on Godaddy first or whatever CMS you will use. Here are the steps to install WordPress on Godaddy: https://in.godaddy.com/help/install-wordpress-834
Chapter 5: Design & Content
Whether you have written a blog before or not, it does not matter. I truly believe anyone in the world can start a blog, and it does not need expert skills.
I have seen designers, cook, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students and many more people that are very successful in writing, below are some of them:
bike198.com for Mountain Biking
psd.TutsPlus.com for Creative And Educational
TimothySykes.com for Penny Stock Markets
CarAdvice.com.au for Cars
CoolestGadgets.com for Gadgets and Electronic Devices
blog.MapToBuy.co.uk for London shopping
KickBackLife.com for Fitness Business
mixergy.com for Entrepreneurship And Business
WineLibrary.tv for Wine Specialist
TuckerMax.com for Autobiographical
BasketballRenegades.com for Basketball
dooce.com for life in general
TalkingPointsMemo.com for News
lifehacker.com for Lifestyle
johnnyfd.com for Independent Entrepreneur
backlinko.com for SEO
And there are thousands of other blogs, and guess what? All of them are making money and have achieved financial freedom.
So get yourself together and believe that you can be a successful blogger and start a blog now and let’s make money online too. Anyone can do it if he/she wants to.
In this chapter, we will discuss the following steps:
1 — Basic understanding of WordPress.
2 — How to choose a blog theme.
3 — How to write the first blog.
4 — Must have Pages.
Let’s get you started with basic knowledge first about the WordPress.
1 — Basic understanding of WordPress.
What’s WordPress all about and why it is recommended? Well, you’ve got to watch this short video understand all about it and answer any questions you probably have in your mind right now:
I bet you understand more now and remember you can always leave a comment below if you still have any questions and I will be happy to answer.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass
2 — How to choose a blog theme.
Do you need to have a very easy to navigate blog if you do not want to confuse your readers right?
And of course, there are free themes, monthly/yearly subscriptions and one-time fee themes available. I recommend NOT paying any money for a theme when you are just starting, as you can start with a free one or the default theme that is already installed on your WordPress blog right now.
Later on, when you become more familiar with WordPress and your blog needs more, you can change your theme in less than 1 minute! So again, select a FREE THEME.
You should have a clean look for your blog, there are thousands of themes to choose from. There are 3 main ways to find and install a WordPress (WP) theme to your blog:
A — Install a theme from your website WordPress admin
1 — Choose Themes option under Appearance from your WordPress Admin.
2 — Click on Add New.
3 — This is not mandatory step but it helps to filter what kind of theme you are looking for.
4 — Click on Preview to have a look at the theme or on Install to implement it on your blog.
5 — Click on Active to have the chosen theme online right away OR on Live Preview to see it online without activating to your online blog
B — Upload a theme you have downloaded from an external source
There are a lot of websites that you can get WordPress Themes from, the best one I personally like is: ThemeForest.net. Also you can find here amazing 50 free and responsive WordPress themes to download.
Or a Simple Search in Google like “Free WordPress theme” can find you tens of free WordPress themes.
Note: Ususally the theme will be downloaded in a zip format, DO NOT UNZIP. Just follow the following simple steps after you download a theme from any source.
1 — Same steps as the above ones, go to Appearance, Themes and then Add New
2 — Choose Upload from the top.
3 — Click on Choose File and upload the Zip file you have for the theme and then click on Install Now.
4 — Activate!
It is pretty easy if you follow the steps highlighted above, so now you can install the theme you like either straight away from your WordPress admin or from any other website.
If there is anything not clear to you, leave a comment and I will help you, no worries.
3 — How to write the first blog
I bet you know your blog industry by now, let’s say for example you are writing about clubbing: Rock Music nightclubs.
Here are the steps you MUST follow to create a fantastic, impressive and successful first blog.
Create a blog:
1 — Read 3 blogs about the same subject or similar industries such as Pop music in Clubbing or best alternative clubs in town, just read 3 complete blogs. This will give you a kick-start on how other bloggers organize their thoughts and put them in a blog.
2 — Choose a headline for your blog that is catchy and memorable. This should help get you started and give you a quick idea on how to choose your blog headlinehttp://www.michaeldpollock.com/open-your-blog-post
3 — Make it easy to read, add some photos, video to your blog. And make sure you have structure and bullet points, not just a bunch of text that will be hard to read.
And here are the steps to post your first blog online once it is read, it is pretty easy:
- Click on Add New under Post
2. Write a title and content
3. Click on Publish!
And BOOM that’s it, your first blog is online and anyone can see it NOW!
4 — Must have Pages
1 — About me/us.
2 — Contact me/us.
3 — Recommended resources, example:
Ok fine, so how you can make these pages?
Easy! Same steps I mentioned above to create your first blog but here it is a Pageinstead of Post. Watch the below iTheme video to tell you all about it.
To recap Chapter 5:
- Choose and Install a Theme
- Create your first blog (do not get overwhelmed, just write what you feel)
- Create the Must Have pages
Can I change my theme after I installed one?
Yes you can change/install new/old theme anytime you want.
Do I have to have a theme?
Yes you do.
What’s the theme you use?
I personally use several, however the main theme I use is X Theme, I love it.
I am struggling to create my first blog, can you help?
Yes I can, for free no worries, leave a comment and we will talk.
Chapter 6: Essential Tools
I am going to talk here about WordPress plugins that you must have to start out. These will boost your blog presence and SEO. And will save you a lot of time. Do not worry they are all FREE.
Of course, there are some other plugins that do the same thing if you already know them, otherwise please stick to those for now as they are the best and easy to use.
The Must Have WordPress Plugins To Start a Blog
This is made by Noah Kagan, one of my favorite entrepreneurs. Sumome has many free and paid tools inside it and it is very easy to install. This guide will tell you all about it or simply download the WordPress plugin from here.
And here is a step by step guide to take you through the plugin and how to use it in the right way.
3 — CoCeCa
This is one of my favorite plugins so far and it is new, not so many people know about it yet, as it gives you 2 plugins included already. The first one is “Call To Action” and you can display a cool message/link/photo on any page of your blog. See examples below:
As you can see it is very cool way to display a message to your reader or perhaps if you want to take them to another page. It is the same Call-To-Action you see on YouTube.
I will give you a coupon code to take this plugin for FREE forever.
The second one is “Buttons for Mobile” and this one gives you an option to display certain buttons only for mobile users, see more here:
4 — iThemes Security
You have an AntiVirus in your computer right? Well it is the same for your blog too, you will definitely need some kind of security and this plugin is one of the best, take it from someone who got hacked (me) many times!
it is pain in the ass that you really do not want to go through, be ready form the start and have a good security.
You can use this plugin to create an easy and quick Contact Me (one of the essential pages you need to create) page, very handy, you can create that page in less than 1 min.
Have a look to their website, it is quite useful and can help you if you are struggling.
That’s pretty much it, and you can always add as many tools/plugins as you want later on once you become more familiar with WordPress and your blog.
You may also use equivalent plugins to what I have recommended however as you are just starting, I suggest that you only follow my steps until you get your head around it all.
For more information about WordPress Plugins, you may check http://neilpatel.com/2016/03/05/23-essential-and-free-wordpress-plugins-for-marketers/
Can I install additional plugins that you did not mention?
Yes you can but please make sure you know what you are doing first!
Why are you recommending these plugins?
I have analysed and used thousands of plugins over years, these are very trusted and will not mess up your blog.
Because you made it this far, I want to help you even more, in this bonus you will get the following:
1 — Coupon code to use 2 plugins for CoCeCa FREE for a life time.
2 — You will get 100 HD Images that worth over $120 for FREE to use them in your blog.
3 — Neil Patel action list to start your first blog.
4 — I will personally look at your blog and help you make it even better for FREE, but you have you get started and have your blog online FIRST.
4 — I will let you know about my next blog about How To Make Money using your blog!
What do you think? is there anything specifically you are struggling at? drop me a comment and I will help you to start a blog.
let’s talk about it. Good luck.