HOW TO START A BLOG IN 5 EASY STEPS

So you want to be a blogger? Well guess what my sweet friend, you are in the right place!

If you haven’t already read my “Why I Started Blogging” post, then I highly recommend doing so, because it gives a lot of insight and shares my passion for blogging.

This is actually my second go-round with blogging. The first time was not so great. I wasn’t showing up as my true self and I ended up hating it and deleting everything that was associated with it.

5 STEPS TO START A BLOG

Fast forward a few years, and here I am blogging and loving life. It seriously brings me so much joy, and I am so passionate about it now. That is exactly why I am here writing this very blog post. I want to inspire and encourage anyone who wants to start a blog, to do just that.

I feel that blogging is such an excellent way to share our message and connect with the world…annnnnndddd make some money doing so.

So let’s get started on 5 easy steps that you can follow to start your blog!

STEP 1: HOW TO START A BLOG

The very first thing you need to do to become a blogger is decide what exactly you’re going to be blogging about. What topics are you going to share? Who are you going to be sharing them with? Why will they matter to your readers?

These are all questions that you need to have answers for before you start blogging. Clarity is key in launching your blog and making it through the tough times, and believe me there will be tough times. But those tough times will be followed up by even more amazing times.

In my Blogging for Profit + Purpose book, I walk you through the steps and questions to ask yourself that lead you to these answers. The more detailed you can be, the better.

HOW TO START A BLOG IN 5 EASY STEPS

STEP 2: HOW TO START A BLOG

The next thing to do is decide what you want your blog to be named. You need to make sure that both the url and the social media platforms that you plan on using to promote your blog have this name available. You want it to be the same name across all platforms for consistency, so that your readers can easily find you. If it’s not available, just keep brainstorming!

I have a whole section on naming your blog and url tips in my Blogging for Profit + Purpose book, including where and how to host your domain name (url) and choosing a name that will stay relevant to you throughout your blogging career.

STEP 3: HOW TO START A BLOG

Creating and customizing your blog can be one of the funnest or most excruciating tasks depending on what your personal strengths are! If you are a creative soul and love working with color palettes, finding complimentary fonts, and creating logos then you will love creating or customizing your blog template.

If all of the above sounds daunting and tedious, then you my friend are better off either purchasing a pre-made template or paying someone to customize your blog for you. Hint: a pre-made blog template will almost always be way cheaper.

The important thing here, is that you are creating a blog that looks and feels good to you. You want it to accurately represent you as the blogger and the topics you are going to blog about. Are you a super girly lifestyle blogger? Your blog should look feminine to your audience. Are you a minimalist food blogger? Your audience should feel the simplicity of your personality and your recipes based on your blog design.

STEP 4: HOW TO START A BLOG

Ok, so you know the whole purpose behind your blog, you have your blog name, your blog template is on point, and now it’s time to actually start writing your blog’s content! This is the best part in my personal opinion, because you are finally ready to start putting your message and your stories out into the world.

In my Blogging for Profit + Purpose book I share a complete blog post checklist to show you from start to finish how to write (and promote) your blog posts. This is a super handy tool for newbies, and if I am being completely honest here, I totally still use it too!

Here are a few of my best tips when it comes to writing your blog posts:

  1. Keep a list of blog post ideas going either in a Notes app on your phone or on a sheet of paper. This is super helpful when an idea pops into your mind about something you want to share or if you are having a blog post brainstorming session to keep all of your ideas together where you can see them and later turn them into a post.

  2. Try to bulk write your blog posts as often as you can. This is super helpful to put out amazing content because you will be in the flow as you are writing them. I tend to set aside one day where I write all of my blog posts for that week. Most websites have a feature that will allow you to schedule posts once you are done writing them. This is a huge time saver too.

  3. Get comfortable with the camera, either in front of it or behind it depending on what topics you are blogging about. Quality pictures and aesthetics are everything, and can honestly make or break whether or not a reader will come to your site or stay on your site. I recommend taking at least 2-3 high quality images for each blog post you do.

HOW TO START A BLOG

STEP 5: HOW TO START A BLOG

I will keep this last step, which is monetizing, super short and to the point because I go into so much detail on this in the Blogging for Profit + Passion book.

If you are pouring your time and energy into creating your blog and providing your readers with incredible value in each post, whether its a product review, healthy recipe, fitness tip, style inspiration, etc, monetizing is going to happen naturally. However it is your job to learn how to do it correctly and how to optimize it so that it is mutually beneficial for both you and your reader.

Whatever you do…don’t become that blogger when it comes to monetizing and selling. If you want to monetize the right way, check out my book.

So there you have it! I hope these tips have helped inspire you to start your blog and hit the ground running!

I didn’t go into as much detail here, as I do in my book, but I feel it needs to be said in these closing words. You have a unique voice, a unique story, and a unique message unlike anyone else’s that needs to be heard. Do not let thoughts like “the blogging world is saturated,” or “blogging is too hard,” or “I don’t have time to start a blog” hinder you or get in the way of you helping all of your future readers by sharing that message with them.

You got this girl! I am here cheering you on from the side lines every step of the way!

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And because you are still here with me and I believe SO much in you and your message, I want to offer you 20% off my Blogging for Profit + Purpose book right now (limited time offer). Use the discount code: BLOGGING20 to claim your copy today.

HOW TO TURN YOUR PASSION INTO PROFIT WITH A PURPOSE DRIVEN BLOG

The Blogging for Passion + Purpose book will help you:

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The Blog Post Checklist is an exclusive resource with all of the steps you need to follow to create an amazing blog post and optimize it’s exposure to your readers.

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