Start a Blog on SiteGround: Easy Step by Step Guide
Are you trying to level up your business by starting a blog? Well, you’ve just come to the right place.
And I am going to show you how you can start a blog with easy step-by-step process.
But before anything else, I want to give you some basic information about blogging, and the steps you will be dealing with.
WordPress.org VS WordPress.com
I know you have heard a lot about WordPress, but not exactly the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
The one major difference between these two is who host your site.
At WordPress.com, they host your site, that means you don’t have all the rights. And anytime they can delete your site if you violate some rules.
While in WordPress.org, you host your own site (self-hosted). It needs a little investment, but it is more secure and convenient.
Professional bloggers always recommend WordPress.org.
Here are the reasons why:
- You only pay for the host and domain
- Thousands of designs are available
- Offers easy to use Plugins to help your blog run more efficiently
- You have all the rights (you own your site)
What do you need to start a blog?
There are two main things that you need for you to start a blog.
Domain Name – This is your web address (just like mine www.prolazydad.com). Take your time to decide the name of your site, because I don’t really recommend changing it as it will also affect your site stats.
Web Hosting – This is where your site live on the internet. Usually it costs $9.99/mo, but SiteGround offers 60% discount to our readers. So, that makes $3.95/mo for StartUp web hosting.
I will give you my 3 main reasons why I recommend SiteGround:
- Easy Setup
- Fastest Server Connection
- Excellent Customer Support
You are guaranteed that your site will be up 99.99%. And anytime you are in trouble, their support will guide you right away (no waiting time).
Easy Step by Step Guide
I am now going to show you the step by step process on how to start your own blog.
Step 1: Setup Your Domain and Hosting Plan
First, you need to choose your hosting plan.
Go to SiteGround and choose the best plan for you. For starters, I would recommend the StartUp option, but the GrowBig is the most ideal because of its premium features.
Anyway, you can upgrade anytime when you want to. Click on “Get Started” if you have already decided your plan.
Then you will be redirected to the page where you will input your domain name.
Note: If you have already a domain, you can also select the option “I already have a Domain“.
I’m sure that you have already decided your domain name.
But if you are still confused, I will give you a tip. Most popular bloggers use their real name on their domain to create a brand. So why not use your real name?
Click on “Proceed” after you input your domain name.
And your next step is to review and complete your order.
Fill in all the required fields needed in the form (Account Information, Client Information, Payment Information), and make sure that you have double check the period or number of months you want to purchase.
If you have selected at least 12 months, then your total would be $62.35 including your domain. I would say that is very good deal for owning a site.
But if you are serious in this business, I would prefer you to choose the 36 months.
It would definitely save you some money.
Then you will get a confirmation that your account has been successfully created.
You will also receive an email confirmation with your purchased plan, including the login details to your cPanel.
Step 2: Installing WordPress
Nothing is easier than a SiteGround support does the installing of WordPress for you, right?
Don’t worry, it will just be quick, and they are available 24/7.
You will need a little help from their support to have it installed.
You already have your login details when you sign up the hosting plan. So, you just need to login to your account and go to “Support” tab.
Now just scroll down a little bit, and click “here” or “+” to expand.
Then find “Technical Assistance” and select “WordPress Assistance“.
A new window will pop up and ask you if you want to post a ticket, or proceed to live chat.
I don’t want you to wait that long, so I recommend to select the live chat.
Just mention that you are a new customer and you want to Install WordPress on your account.
They will give you an instruction once they have finished the installation.
By the way, you can login to your WordPress account using your username and password in the url below:
This is the place where you hang out most of your time to post.
Step 3: Select Your WordPress Theme
There are thousands of FREE themes available on WordPress.org, and I am going to show you how you can select one.
It sure takes time if you are a beginner, since you want your site to be the best, and what theme fits on your niche.
But I would say that themes don’t really matter, it is more on how you create the content.
Anyway, here’s how you select a theme.
On your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes. Then click on “WordPress.org Themes“.
On the next page, you will see thousands of Free Themes available on WordPress.org.
You may start browsing now on what theme you want to use on your site.
You can hit on “Preview“ if you want to see what it looks like. Once you have finalized on what theme you want to use, hover on the theme and click on “Install“.
Wait for a few seconds while installing the theme on your WordPress. After completing the installation, the “Install” will be replaced by “Activate“.
Just click on Activate.
That’s it!. Well done.
You can also customize it by clicking on “Customize“.
Here are some things you need to consider in selecting your theme:
To give you a little background on WordPress, read the functions of each menu below:
- Dashboard – Where you can see the analytics of your site.
- Posts – Here you can write and publish new blog posts and view and edit old ones.
- Media – Upload your files like images, PDFs, videos, etc..
- Pages – Where you write and publish pages on your blog and view and edit old ones. (ex. About Me, Contact Us, Home, etc.)
- Comments – Here you can check the comments of your readers.
- Appearance – Customize your blog appearance or look in this menu.
- Plugins – Where you can add or remove plugins.
- Users – You can add additional author, or user.
- Tools – Here you can do the import and export.
- Settings – Edit your blog settings here.
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Planning for your blog
As much as possible I want to help you plan your blog. So I am going to give you a few of my recommendations below.
Find the best niche for you
You need to decide what niche you are going to do on your blog.
What is a niche?
In blogging, a niche is somewhat a specific topic on your blog. For example, this blog, I write about Freelancing and Blogging.
How to decide the best niche?
Ask yourself what are you passionate about. Do you like food, travel, fashion, movies, or any expertise you have that you want to share.
Just don’t start a niche just because it’s the hot topic today. Find what you really want to do on your blog.
If you don’t love what you are doing, there’s a big possibility that you will end up quitting soon.
Be specific, but not too narrow that you can’t even think of a list of posts or topics on your blog.
Why specific niche is important?
Because your readers might leave your blog if you mix a lot of things. Two niches on one blog would be good if they are connected to each other.
But it will still boil down to what is your passion.
Define your target readers
You must know who are your readers. By defining your readers you will have a view to where you can promote your blog.
If your niche is about travel, then your readers could be a person who loves to travel.
Then join some communities that talk about travel.
“This is my target readers, this is where I share my post.”
Of course, make sure that you do not spam, and just make friends with them.
List possible posts
As early as now, list at least 10-15 topics you want to post in your blog.
This will also determine how narrow or broad your niche is.
I don’t recommend starting a blog that is too broad.
You will find it too hard to catch up with the updated post and your blog will be less credible.
Just like I said, “Be specific, but not too narrow.”
If you have already defined your readers, create a post that will help them.
Add value to your readers
Readers are the main reason why a blog even existed in the first place. A blog without readers is nothing more like a well without water.
And you will never become successful without valued readers.
So create a connection with them. Treat them like they are your family, and answer their questions precisely.
This is the only way that your readers will trust you and keep on coming back to your blog.
Spend time doing some research about your post.
Find the truth and what is interesting on it. This will put a good impression to your readers.
And always be careful on what you post, and never misinformed your readers.
Ignore bad comments
We can never prevent the people who like to criticize our work.
But you should not worry about them. Just always remember that they are not our readers, and you have nothing to do with them.
Just delete their comment whenever you encounter these kind of people.
One of the reasons why they do this because they might be envious of what you do. Or they just want to troll around online.
Creating a page on social media may not be important in your first few months of blogging. Since you will be focusing more on the content.
But you still need to do some social media engagement to generate a free traffic.
In the meantime, you may use your personal account to promote your site.
But once you established your blog, you should create a page on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GPlus and Instagram.
In this way, you can increase your traffic and widen your blog engagement.
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Why You Should Start a Blog?
There tons of reasons why you should start a blog, but I will give you my top 10 reasons.
1. Time. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, if you can’t start a blog today. When?
2. You will learn new things. The best part of blogging is you will learn a lot of things that you never knew you could do.
3. You will become a better writer. Blogging is somehow practicing your writing skills. The more you write, the better you will become as a writer.
4. Building your connections. You will gain more friends and more followers that trust your work all across the globe.
5. You can express your thoughts. If you’re the kind of person that can’t express out loud, then say it through writing.
6. Make Money. You could never hide the fact that blogging makes money. But your income will also depend on your hard work, it could be $10 per month or $10,000+ per month.
7. You will inspire others. By sharing your success with your readers, you will give them a reason to do the same.
8. Freedom. This is my favorite part. You can do whatever you want. Work anytime you want without having a boss. You can even work while on a vacation, anytime, anywhere.
9. It will boost your confidence. As you learn more things, it will boost your confidence because you do things that others can’t do or won’t do.
10. Become a better thinker. Blogging requires a lot of research and decision-making. You need to make the right choice in making a decision. But don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is part of success. Just think wise.
It is better to start today and fail, than to never start at all. Don’t be afraid to fail, because it is always part of success.
My greatest regret in blogging is why I didn’t take this very seriously back in 2012.
And why I did not start a blog early.
I don’t want you to regret the same thing I did, so you need to take action now.
I want you to start a blog, to build an audience, and to enjoy freedom on what you want to do.
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