It’s easy to become lost and confused when it comes to blogging.
Even with all of the resources out there, things can get REALLY overwhelming.
(And if you’re a perfectionist like me, it’s even harder to meet those high expectations!)
However, I have some good news for you if you are:
- a new blogger
- a semi-experienced blogger who wants to get better at blogging, or
- someone who simply wants to start a website but doesn’t know where to begin.
This post will help you… despite which of these categories you fall into!
Where to Begin (Especially if You Have NO Money)???
First of all, if you have NO website BUT WANT ONE, you need to learn about a million things. (LOL)
(For instance, here are 40 Things to Know Before You Start a Blog: A Day-by-Day Guide.)
Seriously. I won’t lie to you. There’s A LOT to know!
Don’t be scared, though.
Just take things one step at a time.
It’s MUCH EASIER that way!
Sure, you can Google “how to start a blog,” but that’s not going to be much help, as you don’t know who to trust or who is going to try to scam you out of your precious, hard-earned dollars by telling you that you NEED certain things that you don’t.
Take me, for example. I started out with ZERO dollars, and I created a free website on WordPress.com. I called it Lorraine Reguly’s Life, because, after all, I was writing about things that happened to me.
I also wasn’t sure if which version of WordPress was right for me. After all I was a newbie blogger! (Hint: Read WordPress.Com Versus WordPress.Org: Which WordPress Version Is Best For Me?)
After about a year, I weighed the pros and cons of having my own site. Because there were more pros, I moved my site to this one (using WordPress.org), gave it a new name, and built my business around it.
Before I made the move, however, I had to decide upon a hosting provider.
(Also related: Best WordPress Hosting • TOP 8 Options Compared • 2017)
(Also related: The 7 Best WordPress Hosts For 2018 Compared)
I ultimately decided to use Abivia to host my site, but switched to CanSpace (aff link) because they offered me a deal that I couldn’t refuse!
There are many other companies you can use, such as GreenGeeks (aff link) or any of the ones listed in Wording Well’s Hosting Guide as well as The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Hosting for more information.
(My original intention was to make a name for myself online, to attract readers for my autobiography – which I’m STILL writing! – but then I discovered I could earn money by offering my expertise to others, which I do via the four different freelancing services I offer.)
So don’t fret if you don’t have a ton of money to invest! You don’t need it!
What You Need to Know
First of all, there are going to be a ton of people who will tell you which blogging platform to use. Your options include:
- Blogger (Blogspot)
- and many more!
There are also a ton of good articles out there that compare different sites, which should aid you in your decision.
First Things First: What do you want to do with your blog?
Figure out what you want to accomplish with your blog.
Read articles that will help you decide which you should choose. Then, if you decide to get your own host (which you really should, as the pros outweigh the cons!), I’d strongly urge you to read this web-hosting guide. It’s chock-full of great info!
I’d also highly recommend checking out these many Easy to Follow Video Tutorials. They not only compare the different platforms, but they show you how to use WordPress, which, in my opinion, is one of the best if not THE best platform to use!
If You Decide to Blog On WordPress… (my personal fave)
Take a look at these guides so you can learn how to install and use WordPress.
They’re all GREAT!
That’s because there are more than 440 million active users using WordPress!
In no particular order of greatness, they are:
- How to Start a Blog in 20 Minutes – Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners (a particularly awesome guide!!!)
- How to Start a WordPress Blog – The Definitive Guide
- How to Start & Create a Blog Today: Step-by-Step How to Start a Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers (yep, for writers…)
- A Solopreneur’s Guide to Creating a Kickass WordPress Website (for entrepreneurs)
- How to Start Your Blog Today A Free Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to Make a Blog in 20 minutes
If You Choose Blogger (AKA Blogspot)
Read this guide. It’s the best I’ve found.
It’s a bit biased, as it’s geared toward authors. But, really, most of what’s in it applies to everyone!
What to Learn Next?
Another million-and-one things! (LOL) Learn how to maximize your social media skills.
Learn the gazillion tips and tricks used by pro bloggers everywhere.
Learn who to follow, and who to befriend. Influencers have power! Leverage that!
And keep dropping by Wording Well to learn more blogging tips!
Additional Blogging Resources
- Recommended Blogging Resources Blogging Toolbox: 120+ Resources for Bloggers 15 Resources for Pro Bloggers (or those who want to be)
- 52 Totally Free Resources for Freelance Bloggers
- Professional Blogging Resources
- Transform Your Blog Posts: 6 Open-Ended Questions That’ll Help You Create Better Content
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Need a Blog Post Writer?
I’m available. I can do it all, too! Images, text, uploading posts directly to your site… whatever you need, I’m your gal!
Feel free to check out the different services I offer! (There are FOUR.) Then contact me and let me know what you need!
Full disclosure notice: In a way, this was a bit of a sponsored post, as Wording Well was paid by a few different people/companies/website owners to include links in this post to their sites and/or articles. However, I would not have recommended them if they were not GOOD!