1. Come up with a creative domain name that catches your audience’s attention
2. Buy the domain name. (I got mine for free through my host.
3. Find the template of another site that you like on WordPress. (I absolutely love Foodie Pro with Genesis Theme.)
4. Buy and install the necessary theme to your computer.
5. Write your first blog post.
6. Get your questions answered on WordPress Help sites. Trust me! You will have many questions and problems you need to solve but won’t have any idea where to start.
7. Install plug-ins.
8. Optional: Learn to code, unless you want to hire someone, which can be really expensive. (It really isn’t as hard as seems.)
9. Take advantage of Google Developer Tools to see how to code what you want your blog to look like (don’t be unethical and steal an entire blog)
1. Create a great domain name. Here’s now:
- Keep a list of potential names and run them by friends and family.
- Take their opinions seriously and make the necessary changes.
Does your domain have these characteristics?
- Captures your blog’s essence
- Describes what you do
- Short and sweet
- Memorable and easy to remember
2. Once you’ve picked your domain name, enter it into Go Daddy to see if it’s up for grabs.
- Cross off the unavailable domains from your list.
3. Try BlueHost! I don’t regret buying my domain with them one bit. I bought my domain in less than 5 minutes and have not had any problems with their services since. If you’re on a low budget, BlueHost is a great option because it’s as low as 3.49 per month.
5. Install WordPress. It’s super easy! Downloading anything with WordPress only takes a few minutes.
6. Write your first post. This is when you’ll figure out how you’ll write on your blog. Make sure you reflect and ask yourself:
- What’s your tone?
- What strategies will you use to stand out? (like writing lists)
7. When you’re first starting out, you’re gonna have a lot of questions. Luckily, there’s a good chance someone else has the same questions and has already asked them and received an answer that you can see on the WordPress Help site.
8. Installing plug-ins can be stressful when you have no idea how WordPress works. Luckily, I’m putting together a list of the plug-ins I’m currently using for my blog.
9. Learning to code can truly be a pain in the ass! The first month I had this blog, I was dreading the moment when I would need to click the red button telling me how risky it is to edit my code. Most of what you’ll learn about code will come from trial and error. But, you can learn so much from WordPress Help sites and tutorials from other bloggers.
10. Taking advantage of Google Developer Tools will be very beneficial to you once you start to code your site. There will be many things you like about other blogs that you want to use on your blog. Make sure you don’t take too much, though. You still want your blog to be original.
Remember to stay true to yourself and express yourself through the amazingness that is blogging!
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