The 5 Simple Steps to Starting a Blog
Choose your preferred blog platform
Choose web hosting for your blog
Setting up a blog on your own domain
Designing your blog (the fun bit!)
Useful resources for blogging
So, we made it. Phew. Better late than never! So, without further ado, let’s jump into step 1.
Choosing where you want to build blog is pretty much the first thing you have to do. I’m going to take a leap and assume you’ve heard of WordPress, and this is the platform I advocate. It’s massive.
It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog.
There are more than 82 million active users of WordPress = a lot, basically.
There are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone – it’s all limited. Worse still, you won’t even have access to the free themes offered by WordPress.
Blogging can be quite lucrative if done correctly. The top bloggers in the world obviously earn quite a bit, but even a part-time blogger can expect to make a nice profit if things are done correctly.
Aside from the more tangible benefits like resume-building and income, blogging is a great way to share your ideas with like-minded people.
Choose a theme and decide on branding elements like logos and colors.
Add an opt-in form to start collecting email subscribers.
Begin producing strategic content that helps people.
OVERVIEW: STARTING A BLOG
Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how you can begin starting a blog in less than an hour. We used this process to create our successful blog, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show.
STARTING A BLOG IN FIVE STEPS:
Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
Design your blog using a simple theme.
Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel.
Select the best plugins for your blog.
Write compelling content that adds value to readers.
So you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we. We were clueless. When we started The Minimalists a few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog. We could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a beautiful website.
But good news: it’s easier than you think. We’ve learned a ton during our ascent to 4 million readers. And now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in creating a successful blog. Here’s how we started our blog, step by step, followed by an instructional video, as well as additional rationale and insights: