How To Create A Blog With WordPress Step By Step – Easy Guide
It’s amazing how a blog can change your life for the better, that’s the thought I’m having as I’m sitting in my office with a smile on my face.
I want you to have the same feeling, the same drive, and the same and even better results that I’m having with my very own right now…
Whether you’re looking to create a blog for your own personal use or if you want to learn how to create a blog with WordPress step by step to make a generous amount of income, you’re in for a treat.
If you don’t know how to create a blog with WordPress don’t worry, that’s the easiest part, it’s everything that comes after that will take more work to do and keep running.
Why should you listen to me though? If you haven’t met me yet, or if you haven’t been following my work, I have built up two blogs to 4 figures in just 26 months, So I know I can help you do the same if not sooner, but there is going to be so much for you to learn in the meantime.
That’s why in this Blog post, I’m going to show you how to not only create a blog post, but how to make it successful, and I’ll tell you about the business model I use to make a great income from.
A Blog In This Day And Age
You are one Lucky sun of a gun! Want to know why?
You’re living in a time where piecing a blog together can literally be done in minutes without the struggle of technical know how, code, or all that HTML CSS Jibber jabber language you might not be used to even messing with. I’m serious when I say that it’s just a matter of a few clicks and you’re in.
I’m going to show you two different ways that you can setup up your WordPress site, one of which who I’ve been hosted with from as a beginner with Hostgator and the other that I’m currently using which is Wealthy Affiliate – which is better if you like to have everything in one place.
It’s really up to you what you want to choose, I started with Hostgator and you get an unlimited amount of domains with their “Baby Plan” and their “Business Plan”…
I am currently under the Wealthy Affiliate Hosting but as the time rolls on I will likely revert back just for the practicality and having to go on my Independence.
If you choose Wealthy Affiliate, you can get free websites as a free starter or with their premium membership account, and only premium members can host up to 25 domains, but their hosting service is WAY Superior than that of Hostgator’s.
Pricing Between the Two
Hostagtor: With Hostgator you can bet on getting an affordable plan that start as little as $2.75/mo (36 months), and they come with unmetered bandwidth and free SSL Certificate. You can usually get a domain running on average for their baby plan as much as $11.95, and included with is the Hosting Package.
Wealthy Affiliate: At Wealthy Affiliate you can start as a free member with only 2 free websites, no custom domain and only level 1 of training(they have a training platform for bloggers and affiliate marketers).
The premium membership is $49/month at around $359/mo, including free sites, SSL A private domain registration, comprehensive training on how to build out your blog and get it ready to make money with affiliate marketing, live chat, weekly live webinars, unlimited email accounts, fast speed and so much more!
I like both of them, but I’m on Wealthy Affiliates right now because I love there fast page and website loading speeds which are on average less than 3 seconds, and this is great for enhancing your website presence and to attract attention for Search Engine Optimization(SEO).
But then again, if you want to save up on money and learn from me at the beginning, you can try out wealthy affiliate as a free member or try out Hostgator.
Wait Wait, Don’t Start Your Blog Just Yet!
Before you begin seting up your blog, you need to know and have these three things:
1. Your Niche
2. A Domain
3. Determine Your Blogs Name
Take a close look at #1, A niche is the most important decision you’re going to make in your blogging career. You want to narrow down your focus to your:
I get asked so much, what should I do Michael? What I tell them and I’ll tell you is to pick something you already know you like doing. That’s the easy answer, and then there is the Interest…
Although you can go with a passion or a hobby, an interest will take you beyond your dreams, I’m serious. As a former collegiate soccer player with back pain issues, I never thought I never in my wildest dreams would of thought I would have been teaching back pain patients how to relive their lower back pain, Utter shocking.
But Because I experienced pain and I had a small degree of know how, I went for it, and overtime I educated myself, and became an expert…Who knew that someone with such a mathematical mindset would have been helping others in pain?
So what’s the point? I want you take away that you don’t have to be the most intelligent or the person who always chases his/her passion or interest, rather selects an interest and becomes a quote on quote “EXPERT”…
What is an expert after all? You’re not being asked to be the best, but if you can bridge the gap with people and be the person they come to you to solve their problems, that’s when you’ve really hit the jackpot!
Eventually if you get past just the blogging and go into Affiliate Marketing, the thing you have to ask yourself is what Results you want to give your “Dream Customers”…And it’s not the the money, it’s about where you want to get them to step-by-step..Like for example:
If I have someone who wants to do Affiliate Marketing but doesn’t trust a certain program, I will be the one they turn to so that I can point them to the right product/service for them, but not until I provide them with value.
How To Start A Blog With Hostgator:
The amazing part about starting a wordpress website is that you have different site options, and one of these and where I started is Hostgator.
When I first dove into the online world, I did my research on free websites and while they got my foot into the door, they didn’t offer WordPress!
At the center of blogging, WordPress dominates the popularity and functional “playing field”. But instead of spending time why, let’s go over how you a Hosting and Domain company like Hostgator can make your blogging experience one of a kind.
Here’s is what you need to do if you want to be successful step-by-step
STEP 1: Get a Hostgator account. Head on over to Hostgator.com and you’ll see this front page:
You’ll want to click on the “Get Started” button on that page, as you see above.
It’ll bring you to this next screen:
Each plan offers great incentives, but where you should begin is the “Baby Plan”, and the reason for that is because you want Unlimited Domains as much as you want the FREE SSL Certificate. Unlimited bandwidth is good too, but the others are what you need to cross off first on your checklist.
and at for $3.95/month, that’s a very incredibly low price compared to others.
STEP 3: Register a new domain or “I already own this domain”.
Next, you’ll be asked to 1. Choose a domain or add your currently existing one.
2. Choose your hosting plan.
Half the details will be setup for you from the previous page when you selected your “baby plan”. Now, this next part is VERY important, So listen up.
The automatic “billing cycle” is set at 36 months. If you keep it set at that, you’ll be looking at spending hundreds! So instead, make sure you select:
1 month @11.95/month.
Otherwise, if you’re not a beginner and you want more features and know what it is you really need for your site and business, go ahead and go with the other options,.
3. Enter your Billing Info.
Go ahead and enter your bulling information appropriately.
4. Add Additional Services.
This part will just ask you for extra add-ons that Hostgator believes your site will need like:
- SiteLock Monitoring
- Professional Email
- Site Backup
- Hostgator SEO Tools
But, you don’t need all the extra gadgets, so go ahead and deselect “Back up your hard work” and everything else except keep your site protected from hackers.
Later on, you can use plugins to backup your hard work, which is what I do, and I’ll be showing you how.
5. Enter A Coupon Code
You should have a coupon code attached already but if you don’t, use the one up above, and if it’s not there, just type in on Google – “Hostgator Coupon Code”.
At $15.93 that is a great deal! Compared to others like GoDaddy that can sometimes cost $20 and above without the extra add-ons.
STEP 2: Inside Your Portal.
After you’re all signed up, you’ll get an email with you CPanel Login Details like so:
You’ll click on the email and inside you’ll have your login details with your link. Click on that link and you’ll login and come to the following page:
STEP 3: Navigate your cpanel dashboard and get your WordPress Site up and running. I’ve migrated my site away from Hostgator to my other hosting provider, so what I’m going to do is leave you with a video:
The video up above will give you clear instructions on how your Cpanel works and the different buttons to press.
Now let’s move into the second way you can create a wordpress blog and the one that I’m currently being serviced with.
How To Start A Blog With Wealthy Affiliate
I like Wealty Affiliate For Ease Of Building Out Websites With the Help of their amazing Technical Support Team. There’s no greater place then Wealthy Affiliates Support team that can help you if you are ever stuck.
In this demonstration, I’m going to show you how to create a new free website, and later on help you transfer it over to your own domain. Let’s start with Step 1…
There’s no credit card required, you can start your free account and training on how to monetize your blog with my #1 way of making a passive income.
After you login, you’ll see your dashboard like so:
We’ll worry more about what this page is all about at a different segment but in short, you’re going to see a community of like-minded individuals who are all after a couple things:
- Give Value to their niche market audience
Everyone at Wealthy Affiliate is supportive and there’s a site support team that will back you up on any technical problems you might need help with. By far this is the best support team I’ve ever had the privilege to be apart of.
STEP 2. Go over to Site Builder.
Look to the left of your screen and you’ll see a Website Tab:
Make sure to click on websites and the following screen will appear:
STEP 3: On A Free Domain, A Domain You Own, Or Register A Domain?
Whether you have an existing domain, you don’t or you need to register one, you’ll choose a different option.Assuming that this is your first time, we’ll start you off with a free sub-domain…
STEP 4: Choose A Domain For Your Website.
Let the fun begin! One piece of advise before you register a free domain is to have your niche picked out.
If you haven’t picked out a niche yet, the first couple training modules with Wealthy Affiliate will help you, but if you want an exclusive cheat sheet with a step-by-step scientific procedure to accurately select your fist niche…
Check out my discover your niche blueprint.
Back to selecting your domain…
How do you pick out the right domain?
For example let’s say I’m in the health niche for lower back pain(which I am actually), I want to pick a domain that is broad rather than specific. Why?
This will give your site more versatility if you decide to expand into other sub-topics, you’re not tied to just one area. So for my example, I used Remove Back Pain. It’s broad and I can target any area of that subject without having to create a whole separate specific domain.
You’ll notice the “.siterubrix” part:
Keep in mind that this is a Free domain and like any free domain, it’ll have a .wordpress, .siterubrix, a sub-domain. After you get used to your niche, and you decide to stick with it, then you can upgrade to your own domain which you should.
Now, you can select your theme from an available 4,925 of them…
Keep in mind that at the beginning, your blogs appearance is not the most important, your content is!
Here, I also made a video version of this for you:
How Do You Get Traffic To Your Blog?
What’s a WordPress Blog worth if you can’t get any traffic right?
Don’t worry, I know you’re feeling a bit stumped and perhaps even a bit discouraged but listen to this…
You’re in the hands of a person who can tell you that generating traffic is the most fun part of the equation if you get this one thing right…
KEEP PUBLISHING! And the traffic will flow into your blog from the internet’s search engines and even from your social media channels. The second section in Wealthy Affiliates Training will help you produce a website with loads of traffic, check it out:
Inside of the online Entrepreneur Certification Level 2 training, owner Kyle will help you produce a high level of traffic to your blog, and you’ll start from module #1 until you hit #10:
You wouldn’t believe it If I told you but you will get the skills to rank your blog posts on the first page of Google, Bing, Yahoo, among many others! That’s what I’ve been able to do, check it out:
Pretty cool right?
That’s just one post of the many I have, and you can replicate the same and even better Google rankings.
Other traffic generating strategies that will be complementary to your Search Engine ranking focus will be social media like:
Yes, there are more social media channels out there, but these are the bulk of the most important ones. And as far as paid ads go, you have:
- Google Ads
- Bing Ads
- Instagram Ads
- Facebook Ads
- YouTube Ads
Among others out there. Just to show you what’s possible when you’re producing free traffic to your blog via the search engines, you can use social media like Facebook on the back-end:
Alternatives To Hostgator and Wealthy Affiliate
Is it okay If I over-deliver?
I want to show you an alternative to Hostgator more so than Wealthy Affiliate that I’ve used in the past and it goes by the name of BlueHost.
The difference with Bluehost vs Hostgator is that you get a cheaper place to start
Bluehost has an affordable place to start at $2.95/month. They are a great service, and I would recommend them as well. The same process goes with Bluehost as does Hostgator…
You’d setup your account and go into the back office:
Where’s The Best Place To Start For You?
I get this question asked just about every day and you want to know what I say all the time?
That depends on your goals. Are you new, never created a blog and learned to monetize it? Usually, you’ll have no mentor, or some form of guidance, so what I say is to start on a free domain…
And no not on those weebly, webnode crap(which I got lost in at one point), on Wealthy Affiliates platform with a .siterubix account.
This will allow you to get a feel for your niche and if you decide to upgrade, you can go through upgrading your .siterubrix account to a purchased domain which you will get tutorial videos inside of Wealthy Affiliate.
Now, if you’re partnered with other affiliate networks like Clickfunnels, Builderall, or if you’ve had independent experience monetizing your blog, you can choose to go with Hostgator or Bluehost.
I hope that helped you out today. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to leave me a message down below and I’ll get back to you within the first 24 hours!