So, you want to start a WordPress blog, Right?
Starting a WordPress blog is so easy even you are a newbie and never experienced WordPress platform.
You may find it overwhelming and intimidating to start a WordPress blog. Guess what – you are not alone to feel like that but a larger number of people have the same problem.
In this guide, I’ll show you exactly how you can start a WordPress blog in next few minutes. I’ll go in-depth guide of every step so you will understand more easily without any technical knowledge or coding skills.
Step 1. Find Your Interest
Starting a WordPress site isn’t any rocket science that you need to learn, just you need to be passionate about specific interest and you are ready to start your journey. But you will be amazed to know that most people fail to find their right choice of interest and they quit blogging within few months.
So, before starting a WordPress site, you need to find your interest so that you could get results of your efforts. I’ll help you to find your right interest.
You need to ask these 2 key questions from yourself to find your interest or niche.
1. Do you love to read or write about your interest?
If you don’t love the content of your selected interest then it’ll show in your writing then you are not interested in the topic. I’ll suggest you to not to start a WordPress blog if you’re not interested in your niche.
You can’t write content consistently if you’re not interested in your selected niche and you will quit very early.
For a long-term business, you need to write consistently on your niche related topics and it’s possible only when you’re curious and interested in your niche.
You can do experiments with different niche and see which one works for you. Apart from that, you can also ask your friends and family about your interest.
To be honest, You know best about your interest!
2. Quick research if you have the audience for your interest or not
Having an interest is a good idea but if other people will have the same interest as you’ve then they will be targeted audience from whom you have to build relationships.
Let’s do a quick research on Google (as it’s the No.1 search engine)
Google search gives the best idea if your interest is so narrow or broad.
I’ll personally recommend you to not to go with broad interest. Be specific as it will easier for you to work and ultimately easier to get rank.
If you’re interested in Health niche then instead of writing on “Health” you can write on “Beauty Tips”, “Fitness”, “Women Health Problems” as it will be more specific and easier to get rank.
Step 2. Domain Name & Web Hosting
There are two things that you need to start a WordPress blog:
- Domain name for your WordPress website (just like mine babersidd.com)
- Web hosting where you have hosted the data of your website to make it accessible to the online world.
The domain name will be your brand name. This will be what that people need to remember to reach your brand. Don’t overthink it. The key is to act and gain momentum.
While selecting the domain name for your blog, there are things that can help you to find the right match:
- I’ll recommend you to choose a domain name with .com as it’s easier to remember.
- Try to use the domain with 2-3 words. Almost all domains with 1 word have been taken already.
- You can use specific keywords as it will be easier for others and search engine to recognize your niche quickly. (For example, nerdfitness.com, menfitnesslifestyle.com)
- Avoid using hyphens and numbers in your domain name as it will be difficult to remember. Looks spammy too!
- Go for something that’s easier for others to remember or something that makes you unique than others.
- You can use your personal name or related to it.
The second is web hosting that you need to host the content of your website. Without this, your blog can’t be accessible online.
There are plenty of web hosting companies that provide web hosting with prices range from $3 – $100. I’ll highly recommend you Bluehost for the web hosting as they are biggest and well-known company with the prices cheaper than others, like $3.99/month.
Bluehost will help you to choose the best web hosting plan based on your needs and they will scale with you.
If you are ready to get started now and save money on hosting, you can get it with my partner link and you will get a free domain as well. So, if you’ll make a purchase then I’ll receive a little commission without any extra charges to you. Happy Blogging!
Initially, your blog doesn’t need any other extra feature but once your blog hit the significant amount of traffic then you can use them to get extra benefits.
Step 3. Install WordPress Software
Once you have chosen your domain name and web hosting plan then it’s time to install your blogging software to get access to the most profitable blogging platform. You can’t start a WordPress blog without this software, I use this software as it’s powerful and easy to use.
I’ll show you exactly the steps that lead to start a WordPress blog without technical skills.
After you get your free domain and web hosting, just log into the dashboard and click on “Install WordPress” icon to start your WordPress installation process which takes less than 5 min.
By using “do it yourself” version, click on “Install” button.
Select the domain, you want to install WordPress on and click “Check Domain” button.
In the last step, you just need to click on “install” button to finalize your installation.
Within next few minutes, you will have a fully functional and running WordPress blog.
Step 4. Design Your WordPress Blog
Once you successfully installed WordPress Software to your blog then it’s time to design it.
By default, your WordPress blog will look like that:
You should grab a cup of coffee as you have to play with things in next couple of hours (to be honest).
I’ll help you to do the things quickly so you can start a WordPress blog today.
WordPress has a number of free themes available to use on your blog. You can swap out any theme so you don’t need to stick with one theme during your blogging journey.
To access to your WordPress dashboard, log into your WordPress admin by using URL youdomainname.com/wp-admin.
Here, you need to enter your user credentials to enter the dashboard.
If you are new to WordPress then dashboard may look daunting at first but you will be an expert with little practice.
Before designing your WordPress, it’s important to install a WordPress theme then you can easily adjust in your desired way. hover the “Appearance” menu in the sidebar and click on Themes.
To install a WordPress theme, hover over to the “Appearance” menu in the sidebar and click on Themes.
Usually, WordPress comes up with few themes but you can also install themes of your choice.
For this click on “Add New” button on top to get access to thousands of free themes.
A large number of WordPress themes are available, finding the best one that matches your choice and needs is still difficult. WordPress gives you a “Filtration” feature to find the themes based on your filtration.
Tick your filtration and then apply them by clicking on “Apply Filters” button.
After applying the filter, you will see multiple themes that you can use to start a WordPress blog without extra cost.
By clicking on the theme, you can see an instant preview of the theme to evaluate that how it will look for your blog and topics that you will discuss.
Once you will specify your desired theme, click the “Install” button.
After the installation will be completed, activate the theme by clicking on “Activate” button.
Using the free themes have pros and cons that you must need to know before choosing any free theme to start a WordPress blog.
Pros of Free Themes
- They are free of cost
- Easily available on WordPress platform
Cons of Free themes
- Limited support options
- Limited features and functionality
- Not so unique
- No guarantee in case of bugs
I’ll highly recommend you to use the Premium theme to start a WordPress blog as they have biggest advantages such as:
- More features with customizing options
- Loads faster (search engine ranking factor)
- Support and updates
- Unique from other themes
You can purchase the theme for your blog from these sites:
Let’s start customization process, once you activated your selected theme.
Step 5. Customize your WordPress blog
Note: Free themes may not have all the customization options that you need to learn and use so I’ve uploaded a paid theme (Genesis Theme) as it will provide more menu options and special plugins to enjoy more features.
Click on “Customize” button to start your customization process.
You will be provided with a list of menu options that you can use to customize your website in your desired way.
I’ll give you the brief description about menu options, common in almost all themes so you can easily understand which options controls which feature or function of the WordPress site.
Here is the list:
- Site Identity: To add title and tagline for your blog
- Color: To set your theme colors such as Title and links etc
- Header Image: To add the header image (logo) to your site and adjust size.
- Background Image: Use this option to add a background image to your blog.
- Menu: Use this option to add the menus (Pages, Categories) and adjust their position.
- Widget: You can add widgets to the different navigation of your website to enjoy different benefits such as Facebook Page Likes box, Author Image box etc.
Hit “Save and Publish” button once you are done customizing.
Watch this video by Katrina to create a professional looking website:
Step 6. Optimize your WordPress blog
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of optimizing your website to appear in the search engine (mainly Google) with related terms and phrases.
If you’re new to SEO then it may be little confusing to understand every factor that works for optimizing your website. But WordPress makes it so easier to control different optimization aspects of your blog.
The main goal of your SEO efforts and your blogging journey is to create helpful content for your readers. Whether it can be through text, videos, infographics etc. Your job as a blogger is to create an inspiring relationship with your blog readers.
So, how to control optimization factors of your blog to appear in the search engine?
You can get started with a popular SEO plugin knows as “Yoast SEO.”
To install this plugin, hover over to the “Plugins” menu and click on “Add New.”
Install “Yoast SEO” plugin by searching “Yoast SEO” search phrase in the search box. Active the plugin after the installation.
This plugin will appear at 2 places on your WordPress dashboard, top icon indicated your SEO performance on particular page or post of your website. While left side, menu icon gives access to different optimization aspects that you need to do to optimize your site for SEO.
Go to the “Dashboard” by clicking on “SEO” at sidebar menu.
You have to provide information about your blog in specific tabs. Click on “General” to start optimization wizard for your website.
Yoast will take you to a series of 12 steps to optimize your WordPress blog.
First, step is the introduction so you can skip it. Next is “Environment” where you have to select the environment that best suits your business. More likely you will use choose the Production which means it’s a live blog where you want to send real traffic.
In 3rd step, you’ve to choose your site type, if it’s a blog then click on “Blog” and move next.
In 4th step, you’ve to choose if your website is a company or you’re the only person holding it.
In 5th step, you’ve to enter your social profiles associated with your blog, more likely it can be your personal or company social profiles.
6th step is about visibility. Default settings are fine to use. Set your “Post”, “Pages” and “Media Library” to visible and “Media” to hidden.
In 7th step, you’ve to choose, if your blog will have a single author or multiple. In future, if you’ll add another author then you can change this setting later on.
In 8th step, Yoast SEO plugin will pull Google Search Console data for your website.
Click on “Get Google Authentication Code” button.
A popup will appear, where you have to allow Yoast to get access to Google search console data. Click on “Allow” button to confirm access.
You will be provided with an authentication code that you need to paste in the authentical code box. Click on “Authentication” to confirm your blog authentication with Google.
Once you will confirm authentication, WordPress will be connected to Google Search Console which will show like that.
In 9th Step, you have to choose the title separator for your website. Title separator will separate your blog post’s title and website name in meta title information.
Choose the title separator that you want to use for your blog to separate blog post’s title and website name.
In 10th step, you can sign up for Yoast to receive updates.
You can skip the 11th step, they provide you some exclusive videos to improve your SEO skills and in the final step, they congratulate you on completing the steps successfully.
It helps Google and other search engines to crawl your website for new posts and pages. Yoast has built-in feature to automatically update your sitemap so you don’t need to it manually.
In “Features” tab enable all the advanced features to understand the most about your website. Click on “Save” once you have enabled all the features.
In “Your Info” you have to provide information about your blog to set its foundation.
Next, go to “Webmaster tools” and click on “Google Search Console” to submit your site to search engine and optimize visibility.
By signing to your Google account, choose the “Recommended Method” of “HTML tag.” Copy the verification code without quotation mark.
Paste the verification code to “Google Search Console” text box and click on “Save Changes” verify your domain ownership and submission the in search engine.
Finally, Click on “Verify” button.
By default, Yoast has enabled the Security settings so you need to make any changes.
A new group of menus will appear after you make the changes. Skip the “Title & Metas” and “Social” as we have already gone through these steps during the 12 steps. However, if you want to make changes then read this guide before making any change.
A sitemap is a list of web pages that search engine crawls. Sitemap tells the search engine about the content that you have on your site. Sitemap makes it easier to find the content on your site to serve in the search results.
To create a sitemap for your website, go to “XML Sitemaps” in the menu.
Enable the “XML sitemap functionality” so it will update all the information that you will provide about your post, pages, categories etc visibilities and indexing.
In “Post Type” sitemap setting, set up “Posts” and “Pages” to “In sitemap” and “Media” to “Not in sitemap.”
Keep the Excluding post as it’s, initially you don’t need it and even may not in future.
Go to “Taxonomies” and set up the “Categories” to “In sitemap”, Tags to “Not in sitemap” and “Post Format” to “In sitemap” and click on “Save Changes” to save your changing.
You can make changes in these setting endlessly but the setting I’ve shown you, will keep you on right track.
Set up permalink
Permalink is static hyperlink belong to a particular web page. By default, WordPress set the permalink to yourdomain.com/PostID which is not an SEO friendly structure at all.
If you will use this structure of permalink or similar structures to it then your posts will look like that in the search engine:
By previewing the URL, you can’t understand what the page is about.
I’ll show you how to make the permalink search engine and user-friendly.
Hover over to “Settings” in sidebar menu and click on “Permalinks.”
There are few structures available to choose but I’ll highly recommend you to choose “Post name” structure as it creates a unique link based on the keyword of your post title.
Click on “Save Changes” and now you will see a different version of permalink which will more user and search engine friendly.
So, far you’ve purchased your domain, web hosting, designed your blog and optimized it for the search engine.
Now your blog is ready!
Don’t forget to update WordPress with the latest WordPress ping list to get faster indexed by Google and another search engine.
What’s next? Just you need to do some keyword research (topic research) then write a post about it.
Check out resources to learn how to do keyword research and write a blog post about it:
- Long Tail Keywords – The Complete Guide to Drive Targeted Traffic
- 10 Secrets to Write a Blog Post Like Industry Experts
Starting a WordPress blog is easier than ever but creating the one that will be successful and make money requires hard work, time and passion.
I always encourage you to start a WordPress blog and go forward with your passion and share your thoughts and knowledge on your blog.
As you begin your blogging journey, remember one thing that your main goal is to write for human and creating the inspiring relationship with your readers.
Everything you need to start a WordPress blog is here.
Write epic content consistently that people love, your tribe will flock to you, listen and reacts.
In meantime, I would love to hear from you that what problems are you facing to start a WordPress blog?