Blogging 101: How to Start Blogging

This How to Start Blogging guide is full of all of the resources you need to learn how to start a blog, grow your blog, and make money blogging.

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Part I: Before You Start Your Blog

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this guide is for you. This section covers all of the blogging basics. From why you should start a blog, to how much it costs to start a blog, and more.

Blogging Glossary

Have you ever wondered what a certain blog term meant? My Blogging Glossary has you covered. It covers anything and everything related to blogging. It’s a great resource for beginner to advanced bloggers.

Blogging Basics: What is a Blog?

If you are confused about the difference between blogs and websites; my post Blogging Basics: What is a Blog is for you. I cover why blogs are different from websites, and why you might want to start a blog.

Why You Should Start a Blog

Do you have a business? Are you a crafter or artist looking to sell your product, or share your ideas? Maybe you are a writer looking to make money writing. If you don’t already have a blog, you should. Start blogging today and make money from your goods and services. This post covers blogging statistics and why a blog might be beneficial to you. Click on Why You Should Start a Blog to learn more.

Building a Blog vs a Niche Site

Now that you’ve decided that you definitely want to start a blog, you need to think about what type of blog and why you are blogging. Start blogging the right way. My post Building a Blog vs a Niche Site helps you to think about what path you want to take and why.

Top Blog Niches that Make Money

If you’ve decided to start a niche site, you’ll want to read my post Blog Niche List. In it I cover numerous blog niches that make money, as well as other niche website ideas. If you want to make the most money blogging, you should definitely check out this post.

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Blog?

It’s time to get real about blogging costs. If you are interested in starting a blog, you want to know your blogging costs up front. This post covers all of your blogging costs from start to finish. Click on Blogging Costs to learn more.

Creative Blog Name Examples

Before you start your blog, you’ll want to give some thought to your blog name. My post Creative Blog Names Examples + Cool Blog Names will help you to choose the perfect blog name before you start blogging.

Why Choose WordPress for Your Blog

I have been using WordPress since I began blogging in 2009, and have been extremely happy. Why Choose WordPress for Your Blog covers the ins and outs of WordPress and why YOU should use WordPress for your blog.

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Part II: Building Your Blog

You’ve decided that you definitely want to start a blog. This section is for you. Here you’ll learn all about how to build your blog, how to add content to your blog, and more.

How to Start a Blog: Beginner’s Guide

Are you ready to start a blog? In the post How to Start a Blog: Beginner’s Guide I cover the ins and outs of starting a blog. It’s easier than you think. I promise!

My own blogging specifics:

Platform: I use WordPress.org as my blogging platform and highly recommend it. It’s free and easy to use.

Website Hosting: I used Bluehost for many years (for numerous websites) and was extremely happy with their customer service and ease of use. They are perfect for bloggers just starting out. Their customer service is top notch and their product is easy to use/navigate.

Due to higher traffic demands and my need for more space, I’ve recently switched to Knownhost. (Which I love.) However, I still recommend Bluehost for beginner bloggers.

Blog Design: As an artist and designer, blog design is extremely important to me. Since 2009 I’ve gone through numerous themes, both free and paid for. I’ve finally settled on Kadence and a child theme from Restored 316. Restored 316 creates beautiful, and fully customizable, WordPress themes.

I currently use the Farmhouse Kadence Theme from Restored 316, and have been extremely happy with it. Restored 316 has a super cool Which theme is best for your website? Quiz that can help you decide which theme will work for you.

Minimalist Blogs: Minimalist Blog Design and Themes

As I mentioned above, there are numerous blog themes available for bloggers. Your blog design can determine whether readers stay on your site for a long time, or whether they leave quickly. My post Minimalist Blog Design covers this in more detail. Click on Minimalist Blogs for more information.

What to do After Installing WordPress

You’ve taken the plunge and started a blog. Awesome! Now you need to work on setting up your blog. My What to do After Installing WordPress post will show you what steps you need to take before you start adding content to your blog. In this post I cover settings, editing your profile, and choosing a theme.

Blog Content: How to Add Content to Your Blog

After you’ve installed WordPress, adjusted your settings, and chosen a theme; you’ll want to start adding content to your blog. My post on Blog Content: How to Add Content to Your Blog will teach you how to add various content to your site.

How to Write an About Me Page

An about me page is one of the first pages you should write on your blog. My post on how to write an about me page covers what you should include and also comes with a free about me page template that you can download and use.

Blogging Resources

My Blogging Resources page covers all of the resources I personally use for my blog. It covers photography tips, SEO tools, e-mail marketing, and more. Make sure you check the page often, as I am always adding new resources that I find useful.

Business and Blogging Tips

For additional tips be sure to check out my Business and Blogging Tips page. Here I cover information on branding, logo design, and more. Everything and anything you need to build your business and blog.

I hope you find this How to Start Blogging page helpful. Be sure to bookmark it and come back often, as I will update it from time to time. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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