Welcome, with this step-by-step beginners guide you will learn how easy it is to start a blog in 2021 and hit the ground running in less than 30 minutes!
Sounds too good to be true? Try it yourself!
4 easy steps to create a blog from scratch
Step 1: Decide your blog name and niche
First, know what is a niche and decide one to start a blog on.
A niche is a topic on which you will be creating the helpful content for your readers on your blog.
For example travel, news, lifestyle, home decoration tips, parenting, gardening, etc.
How do you pick best and profitable blog niche?
The best blog niche is the right mix of profitability and your passion. So ask yourself:
- Do I enjoy writing content around the topic (passion)?
- Does the niche have monetization potential (traffic and growth)?
Must read –> “How To Pick A Winning Blog Niche In 4 Steps?”
Step 2: Buy your domain name & hosting
Once you’ve decided what niche to blog on, forming a name for your blog becomes easier. Try to brainstorm names from the niche you’ve picked or take the help of dictionary to run some words.
Also why not try
- Your full name (Example: Neilpatel.com)
- Power words from your niche
Naming your blog is crucial but don’t let it pick your head hard. Just keep in mind to select an easy and memorable name for your blog.
After finalizing the name for your blog, you will have to register it online.
Let’s buy domain and hosting to start your blog
Follow the below steps:
#1. Visit Hostpapa (this is the hosting currently I use to manage this blog)
#2. Go to WP starter under “WordPress hosting” and click on “Get started”
#3. Add/remove add ons and click on “Next step”
#4. This is where you grab the free domain offer
#5. Input your account details and make the payment via credit card
Congratulations! You are all ready to have a self-hosted WordPress blog and that’s your first step to success.
Next, you will receive “Invoice” and “Welcome email” with credentials to your cPanel.
Step 3: Blog installation
Do you prefer quick video tutorial or step-by-step text procedure?
I have both.
Let’s start with the video tutorial first
Step-by-Step procedure to install WordPress blog on Hostpapa hosting:
#1. Login to your cPanel account with the credentials that you have received.
#2. Search for “WordPress” or scroll down to “Softaculous” section, choose “WordPress” and click install.
#3. Enter desired username, password and email ID for your new WordPress admin account.
#4. Scroll down and click on install button to start the blog installation process.
#5. In a few moments, you will see the success message with a link to your WordPress admin panel.
That’s all, click the link, enter your admin credentials to login to your WP admin dashboard.
Step 4: Design your blog (Theme, Plugins & initial settings)
Now you shall see the WordPress dashboard with a wide variety of features. Something like this…
Yup, that’s your dashboard where you get to design your blog with a theme and plugins, write/edit articles, create pages, do the initial settings and the whole blogging thing.
First, Let’s Just Install a theme
WordPress has 5000+ FREE themes, which one to choose?
My personal recommendation is Astra Premium theme. Since you’re just a beginner, it is perfectly okay if you go with its free version or any other theme that you have in your mind.
Because, you don’t have to invest energy and time on worrying about theme for your new blog. As a beginner, your primary focus should be on creating helpful content and growing readership.
How to install a WordPress theme and design your blog?
- Go to Appearance–>Themes–>Search and explore for themes and install one.
- Click on Appearance–>Customization, here you will be able to customize the blog design as you want.
Below are the handpicked guides that will help you further in the process of starting and growing a blog:
- 7 essential settings to do after installing WordPress theme
- What is a WordPress plugin and how to install on your blog
- 17 best & essential WordPress plugins for a new blog
- How to write a blog post in 2021 (The ultimate guide for beginners)
- How to get traffic to a new blog: 5 proven ways
FAQs about How to start a blog and make money in 2021
#Q 1. How do I make money from blogging?
Understand your audience base, build helpful content for them, and build a loyal tribe. Then start finding the relevant and reliable products and promote them via your blog space.
As I always say, invest yourself in learning before you jump in to the monetization part.
Once you are good to go, make sure to check out my below guide on blog monetization to start making money.
#Q 2. Can I start blogging for free?
Yes, you can start a blog with free of cost using blogger.com, wix.com, and WordPress.com, etc. But free blogging doesn’t give you control over the design, customization, and monetization. So it is better to start blogging with a self-hosted WordPress blog (the process I mentioned above).
#Q 3. Is blogging worth it in 2021?
It’s not too late to start a blog and share your knowledge with the people around you. There’s never been a better way and time to start blogging.
With the dominance of YouTube, it’s okay if you get this doubt about starting a blog. Statista makes you understand the blogging reality.
#Q 4. How do I get more discount with Hostpapa?
There are three ways:
- Check out if they have seasonal offers with their sales team using “live chat” option.
- Go for 3 year term to avail maximum benefit.
- Purchase on “Blackfriday sale” period that usually starts at the end of November and run for a week.
#Q 5. I want to share my personal stories once in a while. Should I go for self-hosted blog or free blog?
It depend on what you want to achieve through blogging.
If you want to build audience, reputation and money – A combination of WordPress + HostPapa is the right choice. Otherwise, just go with a free blog like blogspot.com or wix.com.
#Q 6. How long does it take for a blog to generate revenue?
I am not promising you any time frame. Blogging success depend on the efforts that you put in.
#Q 7. I’m not good at English, Is blogging is for me?
Keep practicing every day: offline or online. No one is perfect in the beginning, keep the flow going. Use tools like Grammarly to write better and thoughtful.
#Q 8. How often should I publish content on my blog?
There is no thumb rule for that.
Few bloggers publish daily and few once in a month. At the end, quality plays a king role than quantity. So just focus on delivering the best content consistently to your readers.
Now that I have outlined how to start a blog from the scratch guide with easiest procedure it is the time for you to show some magic.
Have anything to discuss? Please let me know in the comments.