How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

There are many guide and tutorial available online about how to start a blog.  Some stuff is worth reading and some is just crap but this post is really gonna help you to start a blog, as I have spent lot of time researching for this post.

I’ve been asked many times, how to start a blog and make money from many bloggers. Today I’ve decided to write a detail post on this.

BTW, there are some special tips for you at the end  :D

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

This guide is not to motivate someone to guide on how to start a blog. It is best suited for someone who already made the decision to start a blog and need some step by step guide on how to start a blog and setup WordPress.

How To Start a Blog?

This is a How To Start a Blog : Complete Guide To Setup WordPress Blog and easy to follow guide that will help you setup WordPress blog from the start.

Choosing The Right Topic

This is really important step because your blog niche is going to be the most important part of your new blog journey. You don’t just want to write about anything.

Remember: Just writing won’t make your blog successful.

Your writing needs to be remarkable.

The best to find topic about your new blog … is to pick a topic that you are passionate about.

Once you have a good topic… you’ll next need to find a domain name.

Focus on your blog’s aim and you will get success for sure but if you do not know what you want to achieve from your blog then I suggest think of it because blogging is not a joke it needs lots of temperament and patience.

Picking a Domain Name

First setup in this guide how to start a blog is to pick a great domain name. This is your identity. Spend more time on finding best domain for your blog. Write down as many ideas came into your mind and choose perfect one.

Brainstorm few domain names in your mind. Choose a short but descriptive name and also from the results of Keyword search from Google. Make sure your domain name complies with the following things:

  • Choose short and unique domain name.
  • Make use of short keywords if possible like this site have.
  • Make your domain name easily memorable.
  • Do not use hyphens (-) in your domain name as far as possible.
  • Make domain easily to remember. It’ll make blog better. This is also useful for branding your blog.

Make sure you pick a great name, incorporating the tips above.

Don’t change your domain later. It’ll surely screw your blog. You can search for available domain names and register them with Godaddy.com. You could get a domain name for as low as $10-$15. Not a big deal. Godaddy also providers discount coupons.

You can also use these domain name suggestion tools to find a perfect domain for your blog.

Sign Up with a Web Host:

Choosing a best web hosting is also very important to start a blog. There are many web hosting companies that do lots of promises while signing up but at the end they fail to deliver.

The best WordPress Hosting Providers are Hostgator, Bluehost, Dreamhost.

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

It is highly important that you remain cautious about choosing cheap hosting services. I have selected the Best of the Best WordPress Hosting Providers based on their :-

  1. customer experience and service
  2. performance.
  3. money value.
  4. uptime
  5. disk space and bandwidth

I highly recommend Bluehost for hosting your blog. You can easily setup WordPress blog with them in minutes. Some hosting also provide tutorial about how to start a blog and install WordPress etc. Bluehost have great deals and you can host your blog there for as low as $3.95 per month. I know some other hosting companies, but I strongly recommend Bluehost for the following reasons:

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

  • They have an excellent support. Just amazing!
  • No downtimes.
  • Noissues like slow loading or anything else.
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Bluehost is cheaper and also provides a free domain registration

Signup for BlueHost Here

Bluehost is also recomended by WordPress.org. Use this special link to get hosting for as low as 4.95$/month I recommend you to signup for a year or more. So you can get hosting for 3.95$ /month

If you are not happy with Bluehost you can try Hostgator. It’s also best wordpress hosting service provider. I’m using it.

Hostgator is cheap and also best. Their customer support is available online 24/7 and you can talk with them about your issue any time you need. Any problem you have will be solved very quickly.

All of their hosting plans include a Unlimited Disk Space, Unlimited Bandwidth, 99.9% up-time guarantee, 24/7 customer and technical support.

Think twice or even three times before you decide on your hosting. Choose a web host that can easily allow you to setup WordPress blog!

If you’re confuse which host to choose, check out BlueHost vs Hostgator complete comparison.

Point Domain to Web Host.

When you signup with Bluehost. They’ll send you a welcome email. Open that email from Web Host .

  • Look for the “NameServers.” in the email
  • Copy the first nameserver. It will look something like: ns1.bluehost.com
  • Now Go to GoDaddy.com and login.
  • Go to “Domains” Then “My Domains”
  • Click on your domain name
  • Click on NameServers and the “Custom Nameservers”
  • Paste your first nameserver (that you copied) in the first nameserver box.
  • Do the same thing with the second name server. (it will be like “ns2.bluehost.com)
  • Click on OK and done! :D

This is method will work for both hostgator or bluehost!

Install WordPress

Next step on how to start a blog is to setup WordPress on Web hosting. If you are using the Bluehost web hosting, most likely you will be dealing with the CPanel. We can setup WordPress in the CPanel interface.

NOTE: You can also hire me to setup your new blog for FREE!


It only takes 3 simple steps in this how to start a blog guide. If you face any problem with video. You can see screenshot below to setup wordpress on bluehost.

– Under the Software/Services, locate the Fantastico De Luxe and click on that icon.

– On your left, you will see WordPress and click on that. Once the page loaded, click on New Installation.

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide
– Go through the standard settings and you should have your WordPress blog up in matter of minutes.setting up WordPress.

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

Login to WordPress

This will bring you to the place where you control almost everything about your blog including writing posts and customizing how your blog looks.

To login go to: “YourDomainName.com/wp-admin” in your browser.

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide
Enter your WordPress Dashboard Login username and password that you just set up in recent step.

Your dashboard will look like this.

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

Install WordPress Theme

Design is queen. Choosing best WordPress theme is also very important. There are free and premium both themes are available in market. I’d recommend you to choose premium WordPress Themes. Make sure the theme you choose should include following features.

  • SEO Friendly Design
  • Widget Ready
  • Compatibility with every browser
  • Customizable design
  • Different color schemes available
  • Easily customizable header
  • Video and image friendly
  • Social media integration

Make sure to choose a perfect theme for your WordPress blog. There are many websites that providers quality WordPress Themes. Below are some top, best and affordable wordpress themes club. BTW, I’m using Marketers delight skin for thesis theme.

Theme-Junkie  How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

Theme-junkie is a newly opened premium WordPress theme provider in 2009. The company offers user-friendly, great looking, and efficient WordPress themes.

ThemeJunkie provide best wordpress Themes for very low price, Professional looking, Fast loading and great lifetime support. This is one of the best wordpress themes club.

Use this link and enter special coupon “35OFF” to get 35% OFF on any theme! Isn’t that really cool? ;)

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After you select wordpress theme. You can install by going to WordPress administration area > Appearance > Themes. Read more about this in detail here

How To Start a Blog : Ultimate Guide

Write Your First Post

A intersting step on this ultimate guide on how to start a blog.

Click on the Posts | Add New option in the left-hand side menu. You should now see the New Post screen . Enter the title of your first blog post, something like, “Welcome to My New Blog.” I’m clever, right? ;)

Now you can start writing your first post in the field directly. As it’s your first post you can add some information about yourself, your blog and purpose of this.

Now click the Publish button. You can also click on the Preview Changes button to see how your post looks.

WOW, Congratulations! You have just published your first post on your very own self-hosted WordPress blog. :D

What’s next in how to start a blog guide?

Ultimate guide on How to start a blog is completed. That’s all. As I mentioned in starting of this how to start a blog guide that there are some special tips for you.

Here it is!

Some articles that worth reading. They’ll help you to improve your blog, getting traffic and making money from blog.

WordPress

Get Traffic

Content Writing

SEO

Make Money

Recommended Reading

Final Words about How To Start a Blog Guide

Good luck to everyone who has a new blog or is thinking of starting one! . I’ve spend lot of time for research of this how to start a blog guide.

I want YOU to help me in making this “how to start a blog” guide go viral and helping newbies to start a blog.

You can consider sharing this post on social networks using below social sharing buttons. You can also link back to this post from your blog post if you want. :)

Did I missed any point? What are your views about this how to start a blog beginners guide? Do you have any other tips on how to start a blog guide for newbies?

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A blogger, web designer, front-end developer and WordPress expert since 2011. I started this blog during high school. I’ve gone from 0 to $3,000+ per month all in my spare time. Here I share what I've learned so far and what I continue to learn through blogging so that I can be of assistance in some way to improve your blog. Interested?

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  1. says

    For those starting out and are after instructions on setting up a blog this posts is very useful. The pictures were good, I tend to learn better with a video as well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    One of my friends want to enter into the world of blogging. He has been asking many questions for more than a week now. Well, I believe this incredible guide is all what he needs. Will advise him to read this, and stop eating my head

  3. Debbie says

    Wanting to correct what I just said. I have read the steps here, I promise =) I just was unsure which order WooCommerce comes in. I will go back to their site and do some investigating. Is this all going to be quite expensive do you think?

    • Ammar Ali says

      Hi Debbie,

      Nothing to worry about, Just drop me email using contact form, I’d be more happy to share useful information with you on how to build store and sell your products with ease. :)

  4. Debbie says

    Thank you so much for your quick supply. Okay, I am on WooCommerce, now I am going to sound completely green =( . The steps to take would be to get another WordPress.com or org? Then I need to get a domain name, or perhaps the domain name first, a theme from WooCommerce and someone to Host my site right?

  5. Debbie says

    I am wondering if you can get a store set up on a blog. For instance, I sell jewelry and want to minimize all of the places that I have to go to sell my jewelry online. Of course I use Etsy and such but I also like to blog. Will I indeed need to get a website and add a blog to it just to be able to get the ability of selling on my site? Or is there a way to use a blog and have a section for items for sale and a check out process? If anyone could let me know but especially you. I really enjoyed your article. Thank you in advance.

    • Ammar Ali says

      Hi Debbie,

      That is possible. You will need a e-commerce gateway. Did you check WOOCOMMERCE?

  6. Muzammil Shaikh says

    Hi Ammar,
    Making People aware Of The domain And Hosting Procedure and Likewise This factually detailed Guide Is One of The Basic needs For Newbies.
    Thankyou For Another Great Post.

  7. Ammar ZEb says

    Well, first thing we both are “Ammar”, that sounds nice :) secondly this guide is very well written and it will be really helpful for the newbies. Keep Blogging !

  8. says

    Hi Ammar,

    Great post on how to start blogging.
    I would not use any other Blogging platform, only a self installed WordPress script on your own domain, like above.

    A message for RAI above about 404 errors:
    I changed my blog content quite drastically about 6 month ago and left about 140 urls with 404 errors.
    Google has listed these in my webmaster tools. I have downloaded then ans slowly over time asked Google to remove them.
    I recently found a free WordPress 404 redirect plugin that redirects all 404 page back to the home page.
    I know this is a shortcut but the old URL’s have no relevance to any of the new content so redirecting them to my home is the best option.
    So Don’t need a 404 page, anything not found goes to my homepage…
    Is this good or a bad thing?

    • Ammar Ali says

      Hi Glenn,

      I think that should work fine. You shouldnt have to face any issue if you are using such plugin :)

  9. says

    Well Amar sir
    I think every new bie should start with the blogspot blog and than after learning a few tactics on blogging and creating a unique content they should start with the domain. I am saying this because I am also one of them. Anyway this is great post and I like your style that you embed your other blog post here and all are them is very useful.

  10. says

    Just about everything I need. I have a few friends who are eager to start their own blogs. Will definitely point them to this well-written article.

    That said, starting the blog is just the first step. Preparing 3-5 articles (and a few more as drafts) before launching the site or advertising it might be a good idea too. Keeping the blog alive and updates is another game indeed.

    My deepest regards Ammar. This is a wonderful post indeed.

  11. Tilak says

    These are really very helpful tips to start a blog. Blogging is not a easy task its really very hard work. I agree that WordPress is the best blogging platform and you can get easily many free available WordPress themes and plugins for your blog.

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