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How To Start A Successful Blog From Day 1

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

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Does the thought of starting a blog scare you to death? Girl, I hear you! When I first decided to start my blog I thought to myself, “What am I thinking? I don’t have the slightest idea how to blog!” But I took a leap of faith and jumped in head first. I didn’t even know what WordPress was but I set up my account and have not looked back since. 

I’m not going to lie, blogging is A LOT of work. But it is incredibly rewarding to know that people out there are reading my work and hopefully learning new things, or even helping them answer questions that they are in search of. Don’t ever feel like you have nothing to offer the blogging world. We all learn new things from one another on a daily basis and your voice matters. 

For me, blogging is a form of therapy. Once I sit down in front of my computer and start typing, all of my troubles from that day, and even the whole week seem to disappear. I get lost in my work and I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love it.

As I stated above, I literally had no clue on what I was doing. I knew that beauty and fashion were going to be my main topic of discussion but from there on, I had no idea where to start. Today, I am going to show you a step-by-step guide on exactly how to start your new blog and get set up and running. Believe me, you will love the blogging life and you will thank yourself that you started this new journey.

Step 1: Choose A Platform For Your Blog

Choosing a platform that will help you make your blog profitable is very important. I would personally suggest starting off strong so you don’t have to switch platforms down the road. WordPress would be your best choice and the platform I use for my blog.

Step 2: Choose A Web Hosting 

In order for other people to see your website, you’ll need to have it hosted (or stored) on a server, which is provided by a web hosting company, such as BlueHost. If you’re just starting a blog you definitely don’t need to spend that much on web hosting. That is one of the reasons why BlueHost is so awesome. Instead, you’ll pay around $4 – 5/month. You can renew your hosting every year. BlueHost is what I use at Sheryail Marie Beauty and it has been fantastic.

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Step 3: Select A Plan And Choose/Register Your New Domain

When you decide a name for your blog, a great feature with BlueHost is that you can see if it is already taken. This makes the choosing aspect super simple. First thing you have to do is head on over to Bluehost by clicking on this link, and then click on “Get Started Now”. Then you select your plan. If you are just started, out I would select basic and upgrade later. Again, BlueHost only offers annual plans when you originally sign up, but you will save by paying for the year up front. You’ll also get your domain name registered for free for a year by signing up with one of their plans.

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Enter your personal information and select the account plan you want (1, 2, or 3 years). After you’ve filled out your personal information, selected your account plan, entered your payment information, hit “Submit”.

Now that you bought your hosting plan, you’ll need to create a password. Remember, never create anything like 1234, or your first and last name. Make sure it’s NOT something easy to figure out! 

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

After creating your password you will see this page.

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Step 4: Integrating To WordPress With Just One Click

The amazing thing with BlueHost is that you can integrate your domain to WordPress with just one click. Everything will be done for you so you don’t have to worry about the ‘techy’ stuff if you are not tech savvy like myself. This was a lifesaver for me.  

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Step 5: Choose a WordPress Theme And Start Writing!

The fun Part, choosing a theme for your website that inspires you. Choose a theme that will represent you and what you want your brand to look like and represent.

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Here is where you pick a “Business” or “Personal” WordPress site, and then you will continue to follow the next steps.

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

Now you can have the pleasure of launching your BRAND NEW BLOG! So exciting!

A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1
A step-by-step guide to creating a successful blog from day 1

That’s it! You’ve just taken the next step into a whole new journey! I know you will love and succeed in this journey you have just created. Feel free to comment below if you have just started a new blog. I would absolutely love to check it out. I am always looking to connect with new (and experienced) bloggers and I would love to connect with you all. Please comment below if this post helped you with starting a new blog, or ways that I can improve the post. Good Luck and enjoy the blogging ride. I wish you all the success you deserve!

xoxo, Sheryail Marie

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