How To Start A Blog

Hundreds of new blogs start up each day.  Cyber space is bursting with talented people sharing their lives and loves in their corner of the internet.  So if you are thinking you are thinking about starting a blog, but are not sure where to start, we have a beginners guide for you.

how to start a blog

How to start a blog

1. Just do it!

Procrastination is your enemy.  If you want to do it, then just do it.  Blogs can be slow burn projects and it is natural to learn ‘on the job’.  We are ALL still learning.

2. Setting up the site

You need to decide which platform you want to use.  Here at Live Love Blog, we all use WordPress and find it really easy to use. You could also go with Blogger or Squarespace, it is up to use.  One benefit that WordPress has is that you can add plugins to your blog, which make your life easier in lots of ways.

3. Buy your domain name

Decide on your blog name and then check this name on an domain website to make sure it is free and no-one else is using it.  You will also need to do this for your social networks, just search on Twitter and the others to ensure the name is free.  When you have the all clear, then you can purchase the domain name. This isn’t expensive usually a very small yearly fee.

4. Start writing

What you write about is up to you, it is your blog; your space to do with as you please.  Write about your family, your passions, whatever you want to share.

5. Take your time

If you start a blog to make money then you might be in for a shock.  You should start a blog because you want to write one and realise that it will take time for your blog to become known and for your traffic to increase.

6. Getting Traffic

Use your social networks to publicise your blog posts and you can use various schedulers to help manage this. Two of the three Editors here use Social Oomph, but there is also Buffer, Twuffer, CoSchedule, TweetDeck, Hootsuite to name a few.  These really help lighten your work load.

7. Research

The other important thing is SEO. We all use a plugin called Yoast. This helps you make sure your keywords are in your post sufficiently for search engines to find it.

Our take home message is, if you are reading this and feel like you want to write a blog, even if it is simply a place to store your family memories then jump in with both feet, follow these instructions and get going.  Good luck!

If you already have a blog, which platform are you on?  If you are about to take the plunge, has this convinced you to go for it?

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15 comments on How To Start A Blog

  1. Maggie
    July 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love WordPress! I just find it so user friendly and the layouts are all so different (plus many to choose from!)

    Though, blogger does have much more flexibility in terns of customisation but same goes for WP if you’re self-hosted. ^^
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  2. Random Musings
    July 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I use Blogger. When I first started blogging I didn’t have the first idea about coding etc, so there was no way I would have coped with WordPress. I think I would have given up by now! I know Blogger doesn’t have as many features as WordPress but that’s one if the things I like about it – it’s simplicity. #TheList
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  3. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    July 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Great advice for newbies. I wish I’d started on WordPress – you get so much more functionality but the free aspect of Blogger is a bonus when you don’t know how your blog is going to pan out. Yoast is amazing. I wouldn’t be without it on the website I manage for work #thelist
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  4. Mummy here and there
    July 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m thinking of moving over from blogger tovword processor but researching how to do it before hand as not that technical savvy. Great into X

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    • Katy
      July 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Hannah and I are with GoDaddy and they have been fine, I believe Aby is with TSO and she loves them. 🙂

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  5. Sarah
    July 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I am using SiteBuilder but I’m not sure I like it – I’ve bought my domain name now though, am I stuck with SiteBuilder or could I move it to word press? I jumped in without thinking enough as usual!
    Sarah

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    • Katy
      July 27, 2015 at 8:19 am (2 years ago)

      You own that domain so it is yours to take wherever you like. Maybe talk to a few host providers and see what they can offer you. Good luck!

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  6. Lisa
    August 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the info.. So whats the difference between self hosting and a host provider ? I have got word press and the domain name.. Also I tried to get yoast but it didn’t seem to work.. Was that because I just have the free template ?

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  7. Louise
    October 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm (2 years ago)

    What are your thoughts on Squarespace? I need to have a blog and website for my freelance services. I heard that it is much easier than WordPress and their templates look really professional. I’m scared of WordPress!

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  8. April
    March 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m starting a blog, so I’m quite new to the blogging. Is your blog on your website or does WordPress provide the website also? I love your website, but it seems more than a blog. Can you explain?
    Thank you so much!
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    • Aby
      April 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm (2 years ago)

      This blog is a standard wordpress blog, but with a theme that we bought. However it is nothing that can’t be done easily. Not sure if that answers your question?

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  9. Ara
    July 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks so much for all this information and your positive actitude! After few months thinking about it I´ve just started my new blog following your 7 tips so thanks so much! I found your blog is really inspirational.

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