Hi guys & Happy Monday to you..So glad to be here for another post. My husband just cooked the most delicious meal, I’ve just had a sweet, easy-going day and I could not be happier 😉 #oneofthosedays
Just a couple of days ago, I got some questions about how to set up a blog, and what steps one would need to take to get one up and running. I’ve had the experience of starting and creating content for 2 blogs so far – and even though it takes a bit of time, and also going through a bit of a learning curve, it’s SO satisfying to see your own creation up and running! There’s nothing like it.
I thought a blog series outlining the steps towards starting and maintaining a blog would help people like you out, so allow me to present the very first blog series from Chutzpah HQ – Jumpstart Your Blog
Want to know how to begin the process of starting your own blog? Let’s get down to B-A-S-I-C-S.
Before I begin, here’s a disclaimer. There are a LOT of ways to start a blog or a website, and the web providers available online are more than one can count. If you google ‘How to start a blog’ there are thousands of posts, but here – I’m presenting these points from my own experience, what’s worked for me, and what I continue to do when setting up online ‘homes’.
Also – here’s what you can expect in this ‘Jumpstart your Blog’ series: #jumpstartyourblog
1. The essentials before you start creating content
2. Types of blog posts for your blog
3. Planning and Organising blog content
4. Sharing your blog posts on social media
Let’s jump in:
1. Choose your preferred blog platform
My recommendation here would be wordpress.org. The main reasons I chose this platform was that it was really easy to use, free to use (depending on the theme you choose) and there are a lot of free themes to choose from, if they suit your preference – and also, depending on what you want to use the blog for.
Along with this, you will also find a support forum in case you get stuck.
I’ve found that with WordPress, blogs load up pretty swiftly and they look great and function fantastic.
2. Choose your blog name Coming up with a name is hard, guys. I sometimes buy domain names and store them just because. Do any of you do this? Ideas galore. I’m usually buzzing with a new domain name idea early afternoon time 😛
But on a serious note, options for names can go from having your own name.com or an idea.com to a feeling.com – really comes down to your own purpose, potential and passion.
Bottom line when choosing – Whatever makes you smile – and something that’s instantly recognisable to your tribe, too.
3. Choose web hosting for your blog
This is pretty simple. You have 2 alternatives here. A free domain or a self hosted domain (you will need to pay for this)
With the free domain, the downside is you cannot get your domain name, it would be www.name.wordpress.com – which doesn’t look very professional – at least to me.
I would recommend you have your own domain name, with a name of your choice – for example – with this website, chutzpahcreative.com and you will be the owner of it as opposed to it being chutzpahcreative.wordpress.com
I normally buy my domain names from Go Daddy. You can also buy yours at Crazy Domains.
Usually the costs of a domain name that’s not sought after would be $AUD 12-15 per domain name, per year. If it’s a sought after name, it costs more. Depending on how much in demand the domain name is, it could even set you back a few hundreds of dollars!
An alternative to save is to purchase a .org or .com.au or even a .net. Most people prefer a .com as it seem to comes across as more ‘legit’, but more and more blogs that are successful have a .net or even a .co
4. Setting up a blog on your own domain
After choosing your name and purchasing the domain, you will need to choose a hosting company that can host the blog. The host is generally defined as the company that puts the blog on the net so everyone can view it. Again, there are a lot of hosting companies online and they vary in price and reliability.
I recommend going with Bluehost – they are dependable, well established and I’ve used them before, too.
5. Designing your blog:
There are 2 options with designing your blog – Either get a free theme online or you hire out a web designer and they can create a custom design for you. A designer will take into consideration a whole lot of factors including what purpose your blog serves, your audience and readers, the service or services you would like to offer, and perhaps even a separate page for digital courses or testimonials from past clients.
Creating a blog purely through free online templates is definitely an option if you don’t have the budget to hire a designer, the only investment in this case will be your time and effort – and a fair amount of googling and some basic coding.
aaaand now, my friend, You are SO Ready to post content!
After taking care of 5 points above, you should be all done and ready to
fly write & create!
Creating content – and doing this consistently is really where blogging happens. A blog is one of those places where you can truly express yourself creatively and also give your audience a glimpse into your professional work. All bloggers face the same issues, and collectively our journey is just about how we deal with creative and technical challenges along the way!
So now over to you. Do you have a blog? Did you set up your blog yourself? If you did, what are some of the lessons you learned while doing it? Share your website and introduce yourself below in the comments and I would love to check yours out! 🙂
If you’re a first time blogger or someone wanting to set one up, drop a question in the comments section and I’ll do my best to help you out!