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00:19 – Determine the theme and audience of your blog
01:09 – Why do you want to start this blog?
01:26 – Choose your name and branding
02:28 – Determine if you want a blog and a website
02:51 – WordPress demo
03:17 – Installing WordPress
04:32 – Choosing a theme in the WordPress dashboard
05:18 – Using Plugins in WordPress
06:08 – Creating a post in WordPress
09:34 – Widgets on WordPress
10:59 – Creating a new menu in WordPress
12:04 – Creating categories in WordPress
12:38 – Security from spam in WordPress
13:13 – How to optimize SEO in WordPress (Yoast)
15:49 – Backing up your blog
Whether you’d like to sell more products or you’re just looking for a way to make money from home, blogging is still an option.
Why? Because people read blogs. They scour the web, looking for information on how to change the oil in their car or nail the season’s hottest looks. Then they click on links and buy products or services related to the post topic.
We’ve boiled down everything you know about how to start a blog into a few easy steps.
Name your blog
The first thing we recommend to anyone who’s curious about how to start a blog is to buy a domain name. (Already got one? Move on to Step 2.)
To create a blog, you need a domain name. This becomes your blog address. Until a few years ago, bloggers had just a few choices in web extensions, generally, .com or .net. Now you can actually get a .blog extension for your web address. Brilliant, right?
Choose a blog builder
The most common question on how to make a blog is, what blog platform should you use? Although there are plenty of options out there, WordPress is the favorite because it’s easy to set up.
Pick a web host
Web hosting is what makes your blog visible to others on the web. Without it, no one but you would ever see your blog posts. Hosting typically runs on a server owned by a web hosting company, and your blog takes up just a small space on that server. It’s kind of like renting a single apartment in a building. You pay for the space you use.
Link your domain name to your blog
Whatever hosting company you choose to go with should have a tutorial for how to connect your domain to your blog. If not, this is a red flag and you might want to reconsider your host.
Connecting your domain to your blog should not be like performing brain surgery. It should be fast and easy. Once you have completed this step, the fun stuff begins.
Design your blog
The time has come to decide how your blog will look to the world. Now’s when you choose your WordPress theme and any extra plugins to boost your blog’s performance. Whether you go with a free or paid theme, be sure to pick one that reflects who you are and what you do. You want it to be stable, clean and easy to work with.
Publish your first post
Now, before you go freaking out, this isn’t as scary as it sounds. Your first post can simply be a paragraph announcing the birth of your new blog. You might title it, “Welcome to Our New Blog.” If you’re a bit more ambitious, you can craft a longer post with a nifty image or two, maybe something along the lines of “Everything You Can Expect on This Blog.” Or pick a middle ground.
Promote your posts, write more, rinse and repeat
You’re blogging for business now, baby! Make sure to spread the word about that first post and all the blog posts that follow to everyone that is subscribed by sharing a link to it on your favorite social media networks and, hopefully, sooner rather than later, emailing it to your growing list of newsletter subscribers.
Once you develop a healthy archive of blog posts, use it to keep growing. You can continue refining your SEO skills, learn how to use your blog to drive more traffic to your website to increase sales, and send your content to the media to establish yourself as an expert in your field. Now that you’re on the blogging-for-business train, the possibilities are truly endless!
The Journey is what everyday entrepreneurs, like you, need to follow in the pursuit of online success. Our experienced GoDaddy Guides are here to take you through all the steps, both big and small, that you encounter every day.
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