How to Start a Blog & Create a Website: WordPress Tutorial
Want to learn how to start a blog for free? Congratulations! You have found the most comprehensive, free WordPress Tutorial on the internet! I created this step by step guide for absolute beginners. No technical knowledge is required!
How to Start a Blog and Create a Website Using These Steps:
Choose What to Blog About
The first step to starting a blog is to decide on what to blog about. I will provide you with pointers on how to choose a blogging topic that matches your interests and goals.
Choose a Great Domain Name
A Domain Name is your web address, allowing web surfers to find you on the web. I will show you how to choose a domain for your blog that will help you get noticed.
Choose an Awesome Web Hosting Provider
A Web Host service is required to make your website available on the internet. I will show you how to choose between the best web hosts available and help you avoid the worst hosts.
Install and Configure the WordPress
Now for the easy part! My WordPress Tutorial will show you how to install and configure blog in minutes. Where other WordPress Tutorials simply show you where the install button is, I will help you start a blog that is ready for prime time.
Create Blog Posts That will be Loved by Google
I will show you how to get your blog posts at the top of Google search results using known on-page and off-page search engine optimization (SEO) techniques.
Learn How to Make Money with your Blog
Sure, you can blog for the fun of it. But wouldn’t it be great if your website made money? I will show you my favorite ways to monetize your WordPress blog and how to make money while you sleep!
How is this WordPress Tutorial Different?
There are many WordPress tutorials available that will show you how to start a blog. Most of them simply show you how to sign up for services and install the blogging software. This guide is different because I will show you how to create a fully customized and functioning site. Once you have complete this tutorial, you will have a finished site that you can brag about, not an empty shell that you will abandon later.
Another reason this guide is different is that it contains easy to follow WordPress tutorial videos. Not only do you see the steps presented on this page, you can also see me perform the actual steps.
Why Should I Start a Blog in the First Place?
Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and interests with the world. A blog can be used to connect with like-minded individuals related to a particular topic. A blog can be used to promote businesses or freelancers. Best of all, a blog can be used to generate a passive source of income.
See the section below for a small list of possible blog types to consider:
Niche Blogs / Personal Blogs: Start a blog on a topic that interests you. Example blogging topics include health and fitness blogs, diet and recipe blogs, fashion and makeup blogs, arts and craft blogs, sports blogs, video gaming blogs, photography and video blogs, dating and romance blogs, Gadget and tech review blogs, and much, much more. If you choose a good niche topic, you can turn your blogging hobby into a passive source of income.
Sample Blogs: Tech Ranker
Small Business: Create a website to promote and grow your small business. Start a website for your restaurant, barber shop, home repair service, or other retail establishment. Implement Local SEO to help your site show up at the top of Google search results. Reach new customers, grow your company, and make more money.
Sample Blogs: Young House Love
Freelancers and Consultants: Start a blog to promote your freelance or independent consultant work. Showcase your capabilities, experience, and portfolio to potential employers, customers, and partners. Sell books, short stories, music, works or art, and more, directly from your website. Leverage your site’s search engine results and social media presence to develop leads, reach new clients and partners, and grow your business.
Sample Blogs: MDR Photo
YouTube Stars and Social Media Darlings: Already have a huge online presence on YouTube, Twitter, or another social media site? Consider starting a blog to extend your online reach and monetize your existing audience. Use your site to review and market products and services. Take advantage of your followers web traffic to make money from ad revenue. Showcase your best content on a platform that you control and increase your revenue stream.
Celebrities, Athletes, and Artists: Start a blog to promote your latest movies, concerts, or shows. Display a portfolio of your best work. Showcase your video highlights. Connect with and interact directly with your fan base. Create viral content to increase your celebrity and online presence.
Check out my article on choosing a blogging topic for some pointers on what to blog about.
Can My Blog Make Money?
Yes! Making money with your blog isn’t hard if you are willing to do what is known to work. Here are three basic elements to creating a blog that makes money:
- Create great, unique content related to hot topics, using the best known practices.
- Ensure that your articles and website are optimized for search engines.
- Promote your website.
Depending on the amount of effort your are willing to put into your blog, you can make anywhere from a few hundred bucks a month to a few thousand bucks a month. If your blog really takes off, you can blog full time and leave your day job! I will give you tips on how to accomplish each of these tasks.
Do I Need to Have Technical Skills to Use This Guide?
Absolutely not! All you need is a computer, internet access, and a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.). Set up is easy. No technical skills required. This WordPress Tutorial provides clear, easy to follow instructions for starting a blog quickly and painlessly.
How Long Will it Take to Start a Blog?
Once you have decided on the topic and the domain name you will use, the setup process can take an hour or less. Customizing the look of the website and adding your first articles can take a day or two. Most people will be able to create a fully functioning website in just two days. Staring a blog can be a perfect weekend project!
I’m Ready to Start My Blog!
Congratulations on your decision! Please proceed to my WordPress Tutorial for beginners, step by step guide.