Step 1: Get Started
The entire process of getting your blog setup and ready should only take you about 20 minutes. After that your blog will be online and ready for you to start blogging!
Before you can start blogging there are two things you need to do:
1. Pick a domain name.
Already have a domain registered? Jump to #2
The domain name for this blog is theblogstarter.com. If you type that domain name into an internet browser anywhere in the world you will be sent to this site.
You want to pick a name that is unique and descriptive, so your audience will immediately know what your blog is about.
Another option is to simply use your own name. For example, I have registered scottchow.com. You can also add your middle name or middle initial if you find your name is already taken.
Many of the top bloggers use their own name as their domain name. This has the added benefit of preventing someone else from registering your name, allowing you to secure your “virtual real estate”.
Once you have some candidates for domain names, you will need to choose a domain extension.
.com is the gold standard, but .net and .org work just as well. I would suggest staying away from other extensions like .us or .biz, as they are not as familiar to most people.
You may find that the domain name you want is already taken. This happens to all of us. In fact, it happened to me with this site. Blogstarter.com was already taken, so instead, I chose theblogstarter.com. If you find that your desired name is already taken you can try adding simple words like “the”, “a”, or “my” to the beginning of the name, or you can try adding dashes between words such as the-blog-starter.com.
See if your domain is available
Note: You cannot use any punctuation other than dashes in a domain name.
If you are still struggling to find a good domain then you should check out NameMesh.com. This is a really helpful free tool that allows you to enter in the words you want you use and then gives you a ton of different suggestions that are all available to register. For example, if I want to start a fashion blog I can simply enter the word “fashion” into NameMesh and I get a list of domains (my favorite: fashionizable.com).
2. Choose a web host.
Choosing a bad host will doom your blog from the beginning. Users will be frustrated with slow page loading times and you may often find that your blog is simply not working at all (yikes!).
There are hundreds of different web hosts you can choose from, but my recommendation for your blog is BlueHost. In fact, BlueHost is the web host I use for theblogstarter.com. I have been very happy with BlueHost for many years now, and recommend them for all new bloggers because:
- They offer a free, simple installation of all the popular blogging tools, including WordPress (the one I recommend and show you how to use in this guide).
- They have been recommended by WordPress since 2005 and currently host over 2 million websites.
- They offer industry leading 24/7 customer service via phone, email, or web chat.
- They offer a money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
Because BlueHost is a top-quality web host they cost a bit more ($5.99 per month) than low-quality hosts. There is a way to get a discount though. Just use one of the BlueHost links in this guide and you can get BlueHost’s high-quality service for just $3.49 per month (for 36 months), including a free domain name.
Click on the next step for a complete step-by-step walk-through of how to register your domain name and setup your blog. If you have any issues during this process you can always contact me for free help.
In fact, if you have any trouble at all setting-up your blog with this tutorial, just contact me and I will do it for you. BlueHost compensates me when you purchase through my link, so my services are free of charge to you!