Just to clear the air, when I say “for dummies”, I am not trying to greatly offend everyone whose reading this right now, all I’m trying to show is that this guide is really simple and it’s how I made this blog (and I’m nothing special). The world of websites can seem pretty daunting at first, and the idea that someone might actually find your content in this huge maze, let alone like it, might seem pretty far-fetched. That’s where you’re WRONG. However, contrary to preconceptions, creating a blog is extremely SIMPLE. With the right attitude and mentality, you could have a blog setup within the hour.
All you need to do is follow these really simple steps, and you’ll be blogging in no time!
Firstly you need to find hosting, which is basically a monthly payment to a company who house your website (a bit like renting a storage garage in a huge warehouse). This company will look after all the nitty-gritty aspects of your website (such as coding), and are a must when starting up. I personally use Bluehost for my hosting, just because of the amazing customer service, the free domain and fair prices. There are also other hosting companies out there who offer similar features.
Tip: Don’t fiddle too much with your hosting dashboard, one time I accidentally wiped my whole website!
WordPress is the king of blogging software, and a complete no brainer for any blog. There should be an install button on your dashboard, which should then lead you to the WordPress website where you can proceed to build your account. WordPress will allow you to customise your blog and write posts in a simple and easy fashion.
WordPress sorts out all the internals of your blog, but a theme will give it a complete facelift and make it look a lot more attractive. There are hundreds of themes out there, however I use X theme from Theme Forest on my blog, which may be expensive but it offers unlimited customisation options. Themes usually cost around $40-50, and are a one time purchase which you can change at any time.
There are thousands of widgets, plugins and add ons which you can install for free, but here are the ones which I found the most useful.
Instagram and Facebook feeds
Once your blog is up and running, it’s time to show it to the world. Create social media accounts on pretty much anything you can think of and post on them often, but not so much that you deter the reader. Don’t spend all your money on advertising, but instead write guest posts and boost your internet presence within your niche. Success won’t come instantly, so be patient and just keep blogging.
Tip: It might seem controversial, but if your site is still not getting the attention it deserves, then you can actually BUY retweets and shares of sites such as Seoclerks and Fiverr; this will boost your influence and make your site more visible.
Blogging is more of a marathon than a sprint, so just keep at it and results will soon show 🙂
Why not put your own blogging stories in the comments, and the tools you used to get there!