Setting up your own blog isn't that hard. The challenge is keeping it valuable and getting consistent visitors who not only come back to view your content but are active in sharing, commenting and generally being engaged with you.

I might make a series set of posts in the future on this topic  but for now I'll keep it brief and more related to just starting a blog. If I get more questions then I'll post more detailed articles on the subject.

3 Steps to Starting Your Own Blog

bluehost

Step 1: First you need to sign up to what's commonly referred to as a 'Web Host'. A web host is basically an online hard drive where the files of your website will be stored. It's one of if not THE most important thing,you can't start a website without one. Webhosts usually charge per month. The one I recommend, (Bluehost), is about $3-5 per month last time I checked. Bluehost is REALLY popular for newbie bloggers and I highly recommend it to anyone that want to start their own blog.

 

register a domain name

Step 2: Next, you'll need to buy a 'Domain Name'. A domain name is the URL of your website. This is about $10-$20 per year depending on what type of domain name you get. E.g, .com, .org, .info, etc. This domain name, affengineer.com, cost me about $11.99 per year. You can buy one from Bluehost, once you're registered with them. (click on the 'Domains' tab).

 

 

 

wordpress site

Step 3: So now you've got a Web Host, (your virtual hard drive) and a domain name. The last thing you need to do is install WordPress. WordPress is a website builder which is REALLY simple to use, particularly for bloggers. It's also free which makes it awesome! This is installed via the 'cpanel' tab in your Bluehost account. (It will make sense once you're registered with Bluehost). Each website will require a separate WordPress installation. It takes under a minute to install so this is no problem at all. Once it's installed and you're ready to roll you can start adding pics, writing articles, linking people to where ever you want and generally building a blog. WordPress has a lot of preset templates for you which you can select and just edit to suit your blog topic. They've made it very newbie friendly.

Just to Recap

Step 1: Register to a Web Host, Bluehost is HIGHLY recommended.
Step 2: Buy a Domain Name, ('Domains' tab in your Bluehost account).
Step 3: Install WordPress and start building your blog.

 

Congratulations, you've now started your very own blog! If you have any questions, Google them online, there is usually an answer to it somewhere on a forum or a YouTube video. If you still don't know what to do contact Bluehost support, they're pretty good with their customer service. Still lost? Just comment your question below and I'll answer it :)

I hope this helps!

~ Mateen

 

 

Written by Mateen