How to Start an EPIC WordPress Blog in 2019: [A Free Video Series]

Hey there peeps!

Kim here with a brand spankin new blog post for ya. If you’ve been wanting to start a Blog with WordPress but are not sure how, you are in for a treat!

Over the last few weeks I’ve had several peeps reaching out to me asking for help with starting their blogs.

Either because they didn’t know where to start or out of sheer frustration with tech stuff….

I realized there are wayyyy to many written tutorials on how to start a blog but in my opinion there are not enough that show you step by step (video style) how to get started.

So, I decided to get er done for ya!

My hope is that this free video series will make things easier for you and get your on your way to getting a simple blog up and running.

Disclaimer!

I will state that a lot of the content in this post will be free but there will be some affiliate links sprinkled throughout that if you decide to make a purchase through these links, I will get a small commission (at no cost to you).

I appreciate your understanding peeps…so let’s get started, shall we?


Step 1: Decide “Why” You Are Starting Your Blog

 

 

Have you ever heard of the saying that if you don’t know where you are going you won’t know how to get there.  

Add Video Clip of the Three Questions You Should Ask yourself Before Starting a Blog!

Well I’m here to tell you that the same thing applies to starting a blog.  Before starting your blog a few things that you’ll want to consider are:

#1. Why do you want to start a blog? (For leisure, to launch a new business, or promote an existing business).

#2:  Who do you want to attract to your blog (aka your ideal audience)? 

#3:  What is your USP and unique differentiator in the marketplace? (You need one to stand out) Don’t think too hard on this one off the bat. Just try narrowing down who you want your blog to cater to.  A few GREAT Examples that I’ve found on the web are:

  • SelfPublishingSchool.com – Helps authors write best selling eBooks in 90 days or LESS
  • GuitarTricks.com – helps beginners learn how to play guitar
  • StoryBrand.com – Workshops that help you clarify your message so that people will listen

 


Step 2:  Choose a Domain Name and Web Hosting

 

 

Listen,

I get it. You’re probably starting your blog on a budget and don’t want to spend a ton of money on domains and web hosting (aka the tech stuff).

But here’s something to consider my friend:

Great web hosting = great browsing experience for your visitors.  As far as domain names are concerned, domain names that are short, sweet and to the point are GREAT for branding and memorability.

Believe me when I tell you there is nothing more aggravating than trying to remember a hella long domain name to someone’s blog.

Like ummm no thank you!  

Juicing For Life Today in Texas May be your brand name but errr please dont use it as a domain name.  Something like “Juicing4LifeTX.com” would be a great domain for this brand.

So for branding purposes and making your blog more memorable try to keep your domain names short sweet and to the point.

But Wait? What’s a Domain Name and Web Hosting?

A domain name is your “street address” to your blog.  It basically tells people where to go to get to your blog.  So as an example my domain name is —> YourChicGeek.com

When choosing a domain name always try to get one with a .Com or .Net Extension. These domains are the most popular ones to use for blog extensions. 

A Web Hosting Company is a company that makes your blog available online for people to view it. Simple as that. (I don’t want to make things too complicated on the tech side of things). 

Companies That I Use + Recommend for Domains and WordPress Web Hosting

On the Domain Name and Web Hosting Front, there are a few companies that I highly recommend:

#1Siteground  – an amazing web hosting provider with excellent customer service and uptimes (meaning that your blog will rarely go down).  

I’ve been with Siteground for a number of years and have been super happy with their services.  You can actually get a domain name (on the cheap) and Sitegrounds StartUp Web hosting plan for around $3.95 per month

#2:  Godaddy WordPress Web Hosting

If your starting on a smaller budget and want something a little more affordable then I would recommend checking out Godaddy’s WordPress Web Hosting plans.  

You can get a domain and WordPress Web Hosting account with Godaddy for around $12 bucks a month (which is not too bad).

 


Step 3: Install WordPress and Activate your SSL Security Certificate

 

 

After you have selected a domain name for your blog and chosen a WordPress web host after you have checked out, you will get an email notification with your Cpanel login credentials

Use those credentials to login to your CPanel to install WordPress.  Now, if you are new to WordPress, here’s something that you should know:  There are two versions of WordPress available: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.com is mainly for the WordPress blogging platform.  On the other hand, WordPress.org is what you will use if you have your own domain and web hosting account.  This is the version of WordPress we will install. 

Check out the video above to learn how to do this with Sitegrounds Web Hosting Account.

Important Note: 

Google is now rewarding folks that have an SSL certificate.  And additional reason that I love using Siteground is that they offer a FREE SSL certificate to their users.  

After installing WordPress onto your website, if you are using Siteground please be sure to reach out to them and ask one of their support peeps to install an SSL certificate on your website.


Step 4: Choose a WordPress Theme and Install It

 

 

Choosing a WordPress theme for your blog can be tricky. But there are two places that I have used repeatedly for buying affordable WordPress themes:   Creative Market and Themeforest.net

Creative Market has a tonnnn of affordable WordPress blog themes that you can use to get your blog up and running in no time. I will admit that a lot of their themes are feminine. 

Themeforest however has a ton of different styles of themes that you can choose from. So if you don’t find something you like at Creative Market, then head over to Themeforest.net to take a look around.


Step 5: Add Pages and a Menu to your Blog

 

 

There are a few pages and menu items that you will definitely want to add to your blog.  In the video tutorial below, I will walk you through how to get er done flawlessly in WordPress.

In my humble opinion every WordPress blog needs a Homepage, Blog page, About, Services/Products and a contact page.

Add Video of How to Add Pages and a Navigation Menu to Your WordPress Blog 

Here’s a breakdown of what each page should include:

  • Home – Is the first page that people will see when they arrive on your blog
  • Blog – Should be a page dedicated to showing your latest blog posts
  • About – Is the page that tells your visitors who you are and how you can help solve their challenges
  • Services/Products – a page that gives details about the services or products that you offer
  • Contact Page – should include a contact form that shows people how to get in touch with you!

These are the pages that we will create in this video tutorial.  Additionally, I will show you how to setup a menu on your blog that displays these pages.


Blogging and Beyond!

Obviously there is much more to running a blog. There’s branding to think about, content creation and more.

When you’re truly ready to run your blog like a CHAMP, I would highly recommend checking out some of the advanced trainings and workshops in the Blazing Branding Academy.  

The Blazing Branding Academy is DIY school chocked full of workshops, checklists and more to help you brand your blog (and biz) like a CHAMP!

Wrapping Up

I hope you all have enjoyed this little mini course on how to start an EPIC blog!  I wanted to try to at least create this series to encourage you to start your own blog like the CHAMP I believe that you are.

Please leave feedback for me and lemme know what you think. I would also love to know what has been your biggest hurdle with starting your blog?

Thanks a milli peeps!

Kim
 

Kim, YourChicGeek is a tech savvy diva + founder of YourChicGeek.com. She is passionate about teaching solopreneurs how to go from unnoticed to unstoppable online using tech and digital marketing. Kim has created several online courses and DIY trainings in the Blazing Branding Academy that help small businesses flourish online. You can contact Kim to hop on a quick 15 minute call to chat about your digital marketing goals.