If you haven’t heard, most Bloggers use WordPress as their choice for their website platform.
The reason being is that WordPress alone takes care of a lot of SEO issues.
I’m a firm believer in starting on the right foot and that is why I’m writing this article.
If you’re serious about beginning a blog and want to know how to start a blog by WordPress, you will need some other items to really start on the right foot.
Don’t worry it’s not major but it is important to have these two items because you want to be able to be in control of your blog.
The two items that I’m referring to is a domain name and hosting for your domain name.
Before You Buy A Domain Name…!
Before you run off and purchase a domain name, you should think about what you want your blog to be about.
What I mean is that you should select a niche.
A niche could be anything such as,
- a wedding guide
- clothes that slim you down
- health and fitness
These are just very very I mean extremely few examples.
The worst thing you can do is overthink your niche.
I personally feel that a good way to decide on a niche is to think about what you enjoy doing or what do you spend a lot of time doing.
If you spend a lot of your time watching TV, playing video games, going out, or reading believe it or not what you spend your time doing could be a niche as well.
Let’s look at reading as a niche example.
I do like to read however, I like holding an actual book in my hand and reading it.
I like to open the pages of a book and just sit down and read until I’m practically dozing off.
I don’t like to get distracted when I’m reading. That’s just me though and I’m a bit of an old-schooler that way.
I don’t like to see buttons nowhere when I’m reading otherwise my attention will go somewhere else by me clicking on buttons and see what page I’m on, referring back, and all that jazz with gadgets.
I know there are some of you out there who would probably enjoy a great E-reader because some of you out there just like gadgets or don’t like trees being cut down for a book and I feel you on that.
Now that I’ve rambled on a bit, let’s get back to the book niche.
Being that books will be your niche, you can have a blog that consists of a book club, books you enjoy reading, books, and E-reader reviews along with the latest types of E-readers out there.
Also, I would recommend that you narrow down your book niche even further to the types of books that you like to read.
- those love storybooks
- books are written by a particular author
- best sellers
and the list goes on.
By you narrowing down your niche, you will be able to scale your blog with more relevant people who land on your blog.
We all have knowledge in certain fields and sharing your knowledge is what is really going to help people learn from you.
Now That We Got The Niche Down, It’s Time To Decide On A Domain Name!
To select a domain name, you want it to pertain to your niche.
Let’s go back to the book niche.
First off, I would recommend that you get a (dot) com domain name.
Again, I’m going back to starting on the right foot because people tend to remember (dot) com and they seem to rank the best online.
Don’t feel like there is not enough (dot) com names available.
I have personally looked for domain names and if I couldn’t find a (dot) com domain name, I just keep on looking until I find one and it really doesn’t take that long to find.
When you decide on a domain name, try to decide on no more than four words because you want people to remember your domain name.
To give you examples,
There is always an exception to the rule such as whatiliketoread.
That particular domain name has five words but (I) is one letter and the domain name sounds quite memorable.
So if you find a (dot) com domain name that is short and memorable, don’t hesitate to purchase it.
As you can see, I’m just throwing ideas out there, but you get the general idea of what I am talking about.
As I said, I want you guys to start on the right foot, and deciding on a domain name is ideal.
But I’m Not Ready To Purchase A Domain Name And I Want A More Fuller Picture!
You know what, I feel you on that. I personally learn best through action and not just by reading when it comes to learning a new skill.
You kind of get an idea of what I’m talking about, but putting what I just said into action is going to fuel the fire.
I got a great way for you to get going on the right foot by actually getting a free domain name along with working with WordPress.
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This way you can get a general idea of how to get a blog going without all the hassle of going back and forth trying to figure things out.
How I learned to get my WordPress blog up and running through a service called Wealthy Affiliate.
What Wealthy Affiliate’s Service Does Is Help You…!
There is a lot of free options out there or platforms that tend to place ads on your website. With WA, you get your free SiteRubix domain name and WordPress website that don’t have any ads on your blog.
What is really cool is that for free, you are able to host your website on their hosting platform and learn some really cool techniques that will help you along the way.
You also have a selection of over 2500 free WordPress themes that allow you to start a blog by WordPress.
You will get 10 step by step training that gives you data on how easy it is to set up a WordPress blog, add pages and posts, the plugin to start off with and on to of that, there are over 500,000 other WordPress users in the community and believe it or not people are there to answer questions that you might have.
Wealthy Affiliate also offers a premium membership, but before you start running, the free Wealthy Affiliate Membership doesn’t require a single credit card.
So you will be safe not getting your credit card charged and you can concentrate on the knowledge you gain with their 10 step by step training.
With that being said, if you enjoy the service and you feel you can build a great blog by the training you get through Wealthy Affiliate, you are able to host your website there, get free SSL certificates, a place where you can purchase your own domain name along with other tools to help you get readers to your blog.
The Key Is This…!
I was at one point trying to start my own blog and I realized by reading websites guides online which is great, I just needed more and I love the idea of learning and being able to ask questions and get answers.
I also needed that visual place and not only a visual guide but a place where I felt comfortable learning and asking questions.
I also felt that getting answers there is great because I would get answers not just from one person’s perspective but with a number of experienced people.
That is what Wealthy Affiliate does. Their service helps you and the way-cool part about the help is that you can monetize your blog and earn money as you are learning.
When I saw what I was getting with their 10 free lessons I decided to go premium and I’ve been there for 4 years and hadn’t look back since.
That Is The Key!
For you to experience on your own what a service can do for you without the pressure of buying into services without knowing what you are getting into.
So if you’re ready and willing to start a blog by WordPress, there is no excuse to start one.
All In All
Once I started my blog, there were some way-cool reasons that I had no idea what I was getting into.
Actually, starting a WordPress blog is quite simple, but there are times where you are gonna say now what if you get your hosting and a domain name elsewhere.
You can get some awesome step by step training through Wealthy Affiliate that will guide you and help you monetize your blog along with getting traffic.
If you have a niche or a general idea of a niche, you may want to start thinking of a domain name that way you can begin your blog today.
What is your take about starting a WordPress blog, Tweet me @evelynbaz!