Start Your Own Blog in 5 Steps

 

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Have you always wanted to start your own blog but you were not sure where to start?

I get asked this question all the time. I'm a huge believer in blogging. It has been an open door to an amazing life for myself and my family. We are always off on an adventure, and I love being paid to write! The number one question I'm asked by friends, family, and my readers is how they can start a blog too. I've been working on this guide for a long time, and I'm so happy to be able to share it with you all now!

This really is the the quickest and easiest way to start your own blog!

If you've always wanted to start your own professional blog {where you are making money and attending press trips like I do} or maybe you just want to start off slow with a family blog, I've put together an awesome guide to get you started blogging in 10 minutes with only 5 steps! I recommend Blue Host to start your blog because they offer the easiest way to start a blog with their simple steps. The links below are affiliate links {which means I'm compensated} and by clicking on them, you get the special discounts mentioned at no cost to you.

Here is how to start your own blog in 5 steps:

  1. Get your site set up with a name, url and a place to host it.
  2. Install your blogging platform. I use and recommend WordPress.
  3. Pick a theme, it's what makes your site look nice.
  4. Get social. Start a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ for your new blog
  5. Start Writing

Let's get started!

Step 1- Pick your site name, your url and your hosting}.

This can be the hardest part… but don't let that stop you. Go with the first couple ideas you have because those are often the best ones. Don't over think it, just do it!  Just click here or on the any of the images below to get started. Each step of the way you will be shown exactly what to do. It's super easy!

Once you are on the BlueHost site, just click on the green, get started now arrow and follow the easy steps!

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Make sure your complete Step 1 before going any further. 

Step 2- Build your house.

Okay, you already did step 1 right? If not, go do that right now. Don't put it off another second. You will thank yourself later for that!

Now is the time to install the program that is the bread and butter of your blog. Once you install this you are just about ready to start writing! After you signed up for your site name and hosting you will get an email with your login info. Use that to login and then follow the instructions to install WordPress.

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10Step 3- Let's make it pretty! 

This is the fun part. Themes are what make your site all pretty. I have a magazine style site that lets my pictures do the talking on the front page. There are also themes that look more like a traditional blog where there are excerpts from all the latest posts. You get to pick what style you like best. Don't put too much thought into this because you will most likely change it again and again. I average about 9 months to a year on each theme. It's like redecorating a room in your house or buying a new outfit. Trends change quickly and if you are serious about blogging as a business this is just one of those things you have to stay on top of. It's also one of the most exciting parts because it's super fun to get a new look on your site. WordPress has some free themes and it's totally okay to play around with them and keep one for now. If you are as excited as I was, you will want to use a theme that does more or looks different than the basic free ones. I pick my themes from themeforest because they are inexpensive, beautiful, functional and because there are so many to choose from! After you purchase a new theme follow the instructions on how to upload it to your blog and then get busy customizing it! 

Step 4- Set up social media pages for your new blog!

You might already have a Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts and those you can just start using to promote your blog, but on Facebook and Google+ you will want to set up a page for your blog so get going on that. Then once you have something to share be sure to post it there and put a link back to your site so everyone can read all about it!

Step 5- Start writing!

This is the part you've been waiting for! Let your creative juices flow. Write {and share pictures of} your famous cookies or your daughters awesome birthday party and you have your first post! You will be amazed at all the places you will find inspiration to write about. Before you know it you will have an awesome blog and you will be so happy you finally started it.