Do you have a lot to say? Are you the go-to person amongst friends for advice? Have you thought about blogging, but don’t know where to start?
It is so easy to start a blog, trust me!
Step One: Your Blog Needs A Name!
Every blog needs a name! So put your thinking cap on and get to brainstorming. If you could sum up your personality in just a few words, what would it be? Now think about what topics you want to blog about and how you can tie those into the personality words. Try to make it snazzy and easy to remember so people will be coming back again and again! Some of my favorite blogs have short and sweet names, like Pinch of Yum and House of Brazen and Damn Delicious! A thesaurus can help too!
Once you’ve settled on your blog’s name, it’s time to get that domain name!
Google is the place to go for a great deal on your domain name!
For just $12 a year, you get the domain + FREE private domain registration. That’s an expensive add on if you were to get your domain anywhere else. It is worth it to have it; otherwise, you will be hounded by e-mails offering assistance for your website.
Step Two: Your Blog Needs A Home (aka hosting)!
So you’ve decided on the perfect name and have purchased your domain….. now onto hosting! I have personally used SiteGround in the past, but I am currently using (and LOVING) Cloudways. Siteground I absolutely loved, but I stupidly did NOT prepay for more than a year which made it expensive when it came time for renewal.
SiteGround has the best customer service and is super easy to use!
If you sign up for hosting through my SiteGround affiliate link you can get hosting for your blog for as little as $3.95/mo! *Disclosure: If you sign up via my link, I will receive some compensation. I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t absolutely love it.*
From my experience, you really don’t need any of the add-ons that they offer. For 12 months of hosting, it’s only $47.40! I would strongly recommend that you purchase 36 months of hosting instead if your budget allows. The price jumps up to about $120 per year after the initial year if you only buy 12 months.
Cloudways is another option if you would prefer to pay month to month or would like to host more than one domain!
For $10 a month, I can host my blog, the website I created for my sister’s company, and a friend’s blog while he decides if he wants to stick with his blog or not; plus as many more as I want. It’s super fast and they have excellent customer service. If you sign up using my Cloudways affiliate link, you’ll get a great deal on hosting and I’ll get compensated for referring you. I would never recommend anything that I haven’t personally used myself and loved.
Step 3: Make Your Blog Look Amazing!
Name? Check. Hosting? Check. Now on to my favorite part, customizing the appearance of your blog! I purchased and tried out about six different themes before I found the one I’m currently using now. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of great FREE, I repeat FREE, themes available!
For a really professional and good-looking blog, your best bet will be to buy a theme.
Pipdig, Bella Creative Studio, and Bluchic are my favorite theme makers. I purchased two from Bella Creative Studio and one from Bluchic. I’m currently using a theme that I purchased from Pipdig and I LOVE IT!
So $12 for the domain, $47.40 for the hosting, and a free theme = $69.40 to start your blog for 12 months!
Make your dream a reality and start your blog today!
If you have any questions at all, please write a comment or send me an e-mail! I’m always happy to help 🙂