How to start a Blog in 2018: Easiest 7 Steps in just 7 Days

As I promised to teach you How to start a Blog blog within 7 Steps-7 Days tutorial, here I am.  So, are you ready to learn how to change your life by starting a successful blog??

Today I want to walk you through 7 Steps-7 Days guide to creating the blog of your dreams and actually make money from it. How to start a Blog is super easy and earning money from Blogging is super fun. And, trust me when I say this: IF I CAN DO THIS, ANYONE CAN. 

How To Start A Blog

DAY 1

Why starting a Blog is a great idea:

Before a few months ago, I was just a college student, doing 9-5 classes and spent my free time on the internet searching some random things. I was happy until I found the secret of make your life better doing blogging. A few months back I came across the term BLOGGING and I started doing research on it. I came up with some brilliant outcomes:

  • I can utilize my Free time doing something productive without hampering my studies.
  • I can give my Hobbies and Talent a global platform and showcase it to the global audience.
  • I can earn extra bucks which have no limit. I can buy my favorite clothes, travel around and purchase some textbooks with my own money.
  • I discovered that it can be the best friend of Housewives, unemployed, College student and professionals who want to earn passive money.

If you want to earn money online, I swear to stop searching out things on the internet and start your own blog. Blogging is the easiest and guaranteed to earn money without any limit.

Again, it is not just about money. During your journey you will get to learn unlimited thing that will make your life smooth, you will gain respect and fame and you will be proud of your self-made Lifestyle.

I am 21 years old and I can’t wait to see myself as a top blogger in this year. So,stop thinking and start today:)

Before starting with your own blog, I highly recommend you to go through my previous post-Ultimate Blogging Guide. 

Why you should go through The Ultimate Blogging Guide :

  • You will have a clear idea about blogging. It is always better to have some idea before investing your efforts and time.
  • Isn’t starting a blog hard?? Just delete your fear of starting something new. I stand strongly against the rumor that Blogging is hard. How to start a Blog will definitely change your mind.
  • Motivation and inspiration towards your NEW BLOGGING LIFESTYLE.
  • How can you select your proper niche.
  • Last but not least: Why you should go for Self Hosting site rather than Free Hosting Site.

Reading out these points from my previous blog, I am sure that you are confident in what you are going to do. If you have chosen your Blog niche, we can move on to our next day.

Day 2

Let’s create the base: Set up your blog with Domain and Hosting

Your head is gonna spin if you count the number of hosting sites on the internet. I was literally shocked when I searched on Google How to start a Blog. As a beginner and a student, I always wanted a site which provides the best service under my budget. I certainly won’t recommend you to invest hundreds of dollars at the very beginning. After lots of research, I came up with an excellent web hosting site Bluehost.

Why I prefer Bluehost over anything??

When you are learning how to start a Blog, this is important for you to know that your expenses are going to cover up with your income. Spending a lot of money where you are unpredictable with your income is not a smart idea. So, chose your Domain and Hosting site as cheap as Bluehost.

I have done a lot of research on finding out the best web hosting company and Bluehost is the only one who was able to meet my budget and all essential requirements.

IT COMES WITH A FREE DOMAIN:

I spent 1000 Rs on my Domain and separately for my hosting (though I changed it later on). I wish I would have a guide to tell me about Bluehost. I definitely don’t want you to do same mistakes I did. I purchased my Domain from GoDaddy with approx 1000 Rs and separately spent money on Hosting. A hilarious thing I did.

Bluehost provides FREE DOMAIN NAME even with the minimum basic plan.

Here’s a good news: Bluehost has launched their best of 2018 offer.  Must say- BEST FOR BEGINNERS. You can now set up your blog as low as $3.95/month which is approx 256.75 Rs per month. And the best part is, it comes with a FREE DOMAIN NAME.

IT IS SUPER EASY TO USE:

This site is not like others where you have to open your YouTube tab again and again to use it. Bluehost is incredibly easy to use. I will show you the complication part of choosing a domain and hosting plans step-by-step with images.

Bluehost OFFERS A COMPLETE GUARANTEE:

I am pretty impressed with Bluehost for its money back guarantee. As a beginner, I prefer a web hosting site that comes up with guaranteed service and if I am not satisfied, I can ask for a full refund within 30  days of my purchase. That means I will get back my investment if that won’t work for me. What can be cooler than that?? :)

This guide: how to start a Blog is focused on making a successful blog, I am providing the best content where you will find no difficulties.

I will again quote WHY YOU SHOULD GO FOR SELF HOSTING RATHER  THAN FREE HOSTING:

  • You have full right to your own contents. When you use free platforms like blogger or word press, they control your contents, which you definitely don’t want to.
  • Tell your readers that, yes you are a serious blogger. You chose loveforfashion.com over loveforfashion.wordpress.com because you lost few drops of faith on the free WordPress hosting website. Thus if you choose free platforms to work with you will not be able to reach your deserved traffic, which is, of course, a great loss.
  • Initially, I wanted to start with a free platform to check whether it will work for me or not. Drop that stupid idea. Because when your mind will change and you want to switch your site to a self-hosted blog, trust me, it is extremely disgusting and a long way. Rather I chose to invest a little money on self-hosting at the beginning only. It is a small investment that is worth spending.

Because of these flaws I always prefer the Self-hosted blog. Again if you want to earn money through your blog, self-hosting (Bluehost) is the ONLY way a profitable blog will ever run.

$3.95 is so less which will bring a lot of money to you. The difference is only $3.95/month.

So, have you chosen your best platform to start with?? Let’s go for it.

Overview:

  • Register for your own domain name- (Free ie $0, comes with web hosting package) 
  • Get a web host as low as $3.95/month (for 24 months)
  • Install word press – $0
  • Grab theme and plugins for your word press- $0

Step 1: Click on the picture below and give your first step towards creating your successful blog.

Step 2:  View their hosting plans

For a beginner I suggest you to go for Basic Plans as you can change your Hosting plan anytime you want. You can directly access to Basic Plan by Clicking on this link .

Step 3: As you have chosen your plan, let’s move on to the next step DOMAIN REGISTRATION.

Bluehost gives it for free with your web hosting package. The only thing you need to do is select an appropriate Domain name for your blog. I will again recommend, please go through my Ultimate Blogging Guide before choosing your Domain name. Be sure, it is something that will cover all of your content.

You can enter your domain name in the first box. If you already have a domain in your hand, move on to the next box.

Step 3: Now you have a domain name so let’s grab it before anyone else.

Give your detail information to Bluehost.

And finally, complete your purchase.

You can see a huge amount they are asking you. Not necessarily you have to accept all the offeres they are offering. You can untick those circled offers and complete your purchase under your budget.

Remember $3.95 only works if you don’t want to pay anything for two years, that means if you select their 24 months web hosting service. Else your 12-month service package will look like this-

I will recommend you to select 24 months hosting plans. Because-

  • You will not pay anything up to two years.
  • You will save $1 per month which is a great amount
  • Feel safe asYou can get your money back if it doesn’t work

Step 4:

Complete your purchase now.

Congratulations!! You have your own Registered domain and web Hosting site in your hand. Now, Relax and get ready for Day 3.

On your next step, they will ask you to provide a secured password. Complete that step carefully and use a strong password.

Day 3 

Today is the third day to learn how to start a Blog with WordPress, we will install WordPress. Bluehost provides the easiest way to install WordPress. After setting up the password you will be directed to set up your Blog theme. If you get started with WordPress, it will longer duration than Bluehost. Your screen will look like this-

You can select any FREE theme which will be the best match of your Blog. Let me tell you, you will get a long list of FREE themes in WordPress, but all of them are not so handy to use. I have spent a lot of time on finding out the best match theme for me. Now I am working with Activello and by far I have no plan to change it. From my research, I found some beautiful FREE themes which you can go for.

  • BLOG INN
  • OMEGA
  • PLACID
  • SERENTI
  • SYDNEY
  • VERITY

You can find 50 + FREE themes on This site.

Let me reveal the  BLOGGER’S SECRET: Creative Market :

Free themes are perfect for beginners. But if you have some extra money to spend I would definitely recommend you to go for paid themes. Free themes are good, but they do not come with a package of tools. You won’t get some important tools on your Free theme as they are giving it for Free. But if you have a limited budget then I  will suggest you rock with a Free theme and change your theme with your income to increase your sales. After reading the whole post on how to start a Blog, you can give a head start with Free themes.

For paid themes and fonts, I cannot find a better place than Creative Market This awesome place provides thousands of unique Themes and Fonts at a very cheap price as low as $2. If you want your blog to stand out differently from other, I highly recommend you to go for Creative Market. You can find everything you need for a blog on one platform. This beautiful platform looks likes this-

 

I am sure you can not wait to see how this Platform looks like.

Why I prefer paid Themes and Fonts:

This is a bonus step of learning how to start a Blog. Paid Themes and Fonts are very easy to use. They are strong and they do not come with a bug. Again you will get all your important tools where Free themes lag behind. This is because you have invested your money in them and they try their best to help you on building a strong blog.

I will teach you how to install your theme:

Step 1: Click on the Appearence->themes

Step 2: Click on Add new->Install->Activate

 

 

Step 3: If you have a paid theme, it will come with a zip folder. All you need to do is upload your theme from your files and follow the same procedure.

So, here your Day 3 completes with Installing Themes and Fonts (if required).

 

Day 4

The Day of how to start a Blog is all about knowing about plugins.

What are plugins:

These are must needed tools to increase the functionality of your blog.

I have already talked about plugins on my previous blog, let’s talk about some important plugins you must install in addition to earlier ones:

  • Contact form 7 : This is the plugin with the help of which you will make the Contact form.

Steps

  1. Install contact form 7 plugin and activate it.
  2. Go to the plugin settings and copy the shortcode.
  3. Paste the shortcode on your contact 7 page and save it.

Your contact page will look like this.

  • Google Analytic Dashboard for WP: This plugin shows your site performance and statistics. You can analyze your site activities with this plugin and it is very important for the growth of your site. This is how google analytics analyses my site.                How to start a Blog

 

  • Recent post widget extended: I have already discussed it in the widget section. For that, you need to install the plugin and activate it.
  • Sumo me: This is my favorite plugin. 🙂 . It builds my subscriber email list, creates subscription pop up and analyses shares of my site. This plugin is very user-friendly and therefore I highly recommend it to beginners.
  • WP socializer : This plugin connects your site to your social media accounts which a site can not grow. It adds native social media buttons, icons, floating sharebar, follow us buttons, profile icons, mobile sharebar and selected text share popups easily with complete control and customization.
  • Yoast SEO: This is gonna be your most effective tool. With the help of this tool, you can work with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) easily and help your post to appear on the front page of google.
  • Hello bar: If you have seen a red pop up on the top of my website on last few days, I have created that using Hellobar . You ca not find it WordPress plugin store but you can install it for Free using this link.

You can obviously find many more plugins in word press. These are just basics. Explore the plugins and find those which will be beneficial for your blog.

Day 5

As we have moved on to our Day 5 of How to start a Blog, Let’s know How to publish your Blog. To publish your blog, you must have a blog post.

Let’s create the first ever Blog post on your blog:

Remember: Your content is the root of your website. Before starting a blog you must have some excellent content which readers love to read. You must have some unique information on your niche that you want people to know. When you are about to create your first blog post, think about why people should read this post. Your first post will put the first impression. So you definitely don’t want to lose this chance.

Related Readings:

Things you should keep in your mind while writing your first blog post:

  • Your content should definitely meet your blog niche: If your blog name is Fashionlove.com and you write your first blog on music, that will definitely make a bad impression on readers. Because your readers expected something related to Fashion on your blog and you have disappointed them.
  • Avoid Grammatical error: “The first impression is the last impression” and don’t let your common mistakes to waste this opportunity. If you write a sentence on your first blog like – “Since 4 years, I used this product”, no people are going to read further. Rather than, I strongly recommend you to use Grammarly. It detects all errors in a sentence and helps you to make it correct.
  • Focus keyword and increase SEO: SEO has a long story. As a beginner, keep on mind that you need to beat your competition on market and for that, you need a strong SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that Search Engines like Google, Yahoo can make your website appears at the top. Make a focus keyword and try to green your maximum number of SEO analysis just like I have shown below- 

 

  • Make a keyword research: Why you need keyword research- Well let’s say you want to write a blog post on focus keyword- “Green tea”. You need to have an idea how many audiences you should target. If “Green tea benefits” focus keyword has number of searches than “Green tea”, that means you should use “Green tea benefits”. Because you want to reach more number of people. In Keyword research, Hothblitz provides the best service. This FGoogleogle Keyword Planner will make your work easy and help you from losing millions of audience.                                                After entering your email, it will do the analysis:.          I am sure you got an idea what I am talking about. But if you want to sell an e-book describing “Benefits of Green Tea” , you should go for Focus keyword: benefits of green tea (which is a less general keyword). If you saturate your blog post using a general keyword, you will lose your targeted customers.
  • Use beautiful images: Black and White words are mostly boring, to keep engaging your readers, use images. For beginner bloggers, I definitely recommend you to use Canva. It is a free design tool used by 95% beginners bloggers(including me)

I am pretty sure that now you have a great content and ready to publish it.

Related Reading:

Day 6

The day of how to start a Blog is all about promoting your blog. As you have built your blog, published your first post now you have to work on traffic. People out there do not know that you own a blog with excellent content. You have to reach them yourself, tell them what you have to offer via your blog.

The best way to do this is advertising your blog via social media. Social media is a platform which you can use as a traffic builder for your blog.

How to use Social Media to promote your blog

When you are learning How to start a Blog, you should always know How to promote your Blog. There are some tips you should follow to reach your targeted audience:

There are many ways to promote your blog via Social media. But as a beginner try these once. Once your blog gets few views you can go to next level.

Related Readings:

Day 7

Bravo!! You have taken a great step towards your dream lifestyle and you have your own blog in your hand today. On your last day of FREE How to start a Blog course, I would like to give some tips for beginners which I have experienced during my journey.

Tip 1: WordPress is an open software and not much tough. I recommend you to learn the software and operate it by yourself rather than spending thousands of rupees on a web developer.

Tip 2: Blogging is all about building a network. You can grow only if you can be a part of the blogging community. Connect with bloggers, talk to them, get inspired from them and grow your blogging business.

Tip 3: Collection of email is very important in the field of blogging. People who subscribed to your blog, they trust you and they want to take what you have to offer in future. Your subscription list is going to turn into your customers.

Tip 4: You definitely don’t want to get stuck in between. For that educate yourself with the idea of blogging. Watch videos, read blogs and see how other bloggers do their work.

 

Well, I have invested lots of time and effort to make this blog post on how to start a Blog. Because I truly want you to get familiar with blogging and have your own successful blog. And I will again say, If I can do this, anyone can.

I hope you have found this e-book helpful and easy. If you face any difficulty in between, please contact me. I am always here to help you. Don’t forget to share your blog in the comment section below. I am excited to see how it looks like.

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Hello, I am Kiyashmi , a 21' blogger living in North east of India,Assam. I empower soul searchers about this revolution of :Twenties and Lifestyle. I write contents to make a healthy and happy life through hobbies and travel. if you hit that 'subscribe' button - a new friend!!

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4 Replies to “How to start a Blog in 2018: Easiest 7 Steps in just 7 Days”

  1. Love this, thank you so much for helping other people fulfill their dreams! <3

    1. Hey dear, your comment made me smile from ear to ear because I still remember the time I started with this blog post. I suffered a lot when I started my blog first and I totally understand that struggle. I created this one to help those ambitious people like you and me..If I can, anyone can. :)

      And must say, your travel photographs are excellent. Stay connected girl!! I am super excited to see more of it :)

      1. Thank you so much girl, will love to stay in contact with you! Keep on the great work!

        1. Always Dear!! :)

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