Start Your First WordPress Blog – An Ultimate 6 Steps Guide

You might be wondering how to start your first successful WordPress blog?

Yes! I’m happy to see you here! 🙂

I’m here to explain to you the essential steps to follow for an awesome and successful blogging career ahead. Sometimes, I wish I would have started my personal blog over 10-15 years ago. But, unluckily, I’ve started my personal blog just 1 year ago, still, I’ve managed to get a healthy amount of visitors and subscribers for my blog.

In this guide, I have incorporated my learning since the start of my personal blog in a simple and easy way to learn.

So, before proceeding with how to start your own WordPress blog, you must know WHY? because without knowing WHY you’ll surely fail.

Why Start A WordPress Blog?

Each and every person who owns a blog have different reasons behind it to start. I believe that learning can come up faster only if you share your knowledge with others and this is the only reason for me to start my first WordPress blog.

Consider the 3 most popular reasons before starting your first WordPress blog:

Passion

Passion can be about anything you are interested in. It can be Sports, Cooking, Technology or just anything you can think of. I would suggest that you start a blog about your passion. This will help you write articles about your passion and you’ll love doing it.

I’ve started my blog out of my passion about WordPress and Blogging. This is the only reason my personal blog exists.

Online Presence

A blog can give you great exposure to the digital world and has the power to boost up your business using the online presence. Many people who have their own business or products have the aim to gain online presence and exposure for their business and products.

Even people who love to write and share their own story to encourage others with the help of community will also require their own blog for online presence.

Nowadays, Online Presence is the need of every human to get a great amount of exposure.

Earning Money

Last, but not least, people do the blog to make money for their basic or luxurious living lifestyle. There are people who do blogging part-time as well as full time. Making money with your blog is hard work with smartness, dedication, consistency, and passion. So, for those who are just at the threshold should not look for earning.

I do part-time blogging usually during weekends. I try to share my learning to the visitors. So, to become a successful blogger, you should continually learn new things.

Pro Tip: If you are new to blogging, never choose Earning Money as your vision, it will surely fail and de-motivate you.

Can you imagine yourself in first 2 popular reasons for blogging?

Yes! Then, you’re on right track to proceed further with HOW.

How to start your first successful WordPress blog?

Starting a blog is easy, but maintaining a blog with regular updates is a tough task. It will require Dedication, Consistency, and Passion about the topic you write.

I’ve simplified this articles with 6 essential and proven steps to start a blog which is easy to create and profitable.

Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through in a right manner so that you’ll understand every single bit here.

  1. Selecting a Topic
  2. Identify your Target Audience
  3. Choose a Blogging Platform
  4. Purchase a Domain Name & Hosting
  5. Install and Setup WordPress
  6. Get familiar with your blog!

Step 1: Selecting a Topic

A topic is an essential part to start communication. Hence, it is an integral part of your blog to start communicating with your blog readers.

Topic is often referred as Niche in Blogosphere.

Selecting a Topic can be an easy task. But, It may take time and efforts in the right direction, if you’re new to blogging.

Some people have a clear vision on what they want to blog about. In my experience, most people, I’ve met don’t know what topic to start with for their blog.

My Recommendation: Always choose a topic in which you are interested and passionate to write and talk about it anytime, anywhere.

Still unable to identify a topic for your blog?

Yes! Don’t worry.

I’ve prepared a list of topics for you that can strike you about your hidden passion:

  • Food
    • Recipies
    • Healthy Diet
  • Politics
  • Global Warming
  • Parenthood
  • Do It Yourself
  • Beginners Guide
  • Life Experiences
  • Reviews
    • Product Reviews
    • Service Reviews
  • Entertainment
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Celebrities
  • Jokes and Humour
  • Facts and Myths
  • History
  • Sports
  • Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Android
    • Mac
    • iOS, and
    • many more
  • Gaming
  • Personal Stories
  • Travel

These are some of the topics. But, there might be possible that you want to pick up something else for your blog.

It doesn’t matter what topic you select unless and until you enjoy the topic, and are interested to learn more into it.

3 Points to remember before selecting a topic for your blog:

  • Blog about something that has plenty of space for discussion.
  • Blog about something you are interested in.
  • Selecting a niche in which you can self-esteem yourself as an authority.

Pro Tip: Feel free to try and experiment with a few topics, and check what topic best suit your interest and passion.

Step 2: Identify your Target Audience

This is an essential key step for the success of your blog. Identifying Target Audience and then promoting content based on your target audience can improve engagement on your blog. Hence, you will succeed with blogging.

Success of your blog is directly proportional to the target audience.

You must identify your target audience based on the blog topic. I am assuming that you’ve already finalized the blog topic in Step 1.

Who can be your Target Audience?

Perhaps, this is the most critical question to ask you before the beginning of your blogging journey.

Don’t worry, I will help you out with identifying your target audience.

For Example,

You have selected a blog topic to be Weight Loss, then you’ll wonder that your target audience will be obese peoples.

Your Target Audience can be identified in terms of

  • Age (e.g. 18-35)
  • Type (e.g. Obese People, Diet-Friendly People and People who want to become healthy)
  • Interest (e.g. Food, Food, and Food)

So, considering the above terms in our example blog topic Weight Loss, You have to target people with age ranging from 18 – 35 who are obese, diet friendly and who wants to get healthy and loves to eat food anytime anywhere.

3 Reasons To Define Your Target Audience

  • Always ensure that you’re creating the right content for right people.
  • Understanding how to create better content that benefits to readers.
  • Content that Increases Engagement and Conversion with readers.

Try it yourself: Take a piece of paper, research and note down some of the stats for your target audience based on the blog topic. Monitor the engagement of your blog in next 3 months, implement changes requires based on statistics you received. Again, monitor engagement for next 3 months and so on.

Step 3: Choose a Blogging Platform

I’m using WordPress Self Hosted version as a blogging platform. I recommend it to every newbie blogger because it is open source, easy to use and flexible.

There are many reasons behind choosing WordPress Self Hosted version over Online Version. This is why I am able to provide many features to my blog readers easily.

I won’t be explaining you about other blogging platforms in this article. I believe that WordPress is a perfect blogging platform for everyone.

However, Here is the list of blogging platforms for your information:

  • WordPress.org [Self Hosted Version]
  • WordPress.com [Online Version]
  • Blogger
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Tumblr
  • Medium
  • Ghost
  • Squarespace
  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • TypePad

Step 4: Purchase a Domain Name & Hosting

To start a blog, you must purchase a domain name as well as a hosting provider to host your amazing website. Before you proceed, I would recommend you to know basics about Domain Name and Hosting?

What is Domain or Domain Name?

In simple terms, a domain name is your website name.

Technically, A Domain Name is the identification used as the address of your online business. For my website, it is mehulgohil.in

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet.

Wikipedia

Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is also known as the domain name.

What is Web Hosting?

In simple terms, a web hosting is your website storage space where all the web pages reside.

There are many different types of hosting available these days. You can check the below-listed type of hosting and select based on your need. However, if you need any help in starting your first blog, then shoot me an email using the contact page.

  • Shared Hosting – Best for Beginners, but I don’t recommend it.
  • Reseller Hosting – Best for Resellers.
  • Cloud Hosting – Fast and Scalable, Anyone can adapt it.
  • VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting – Best for agencies and developers.
  • Dedicated Hosting – Best for system admins.
  • Elastic Hosting – Best for enterprises.
  • Managed WordPress Hosting – Best for serious business owners and bloggers.

Being a WordPress developer and my life experiences, I would say that if you’re serious about your online business and want to concentrate on it, rather than the technical stuff of your website and servers. Then, I would recommend you to purchase a Managed WordPress Hosting like FlyWheel or Kinsta.

Step 5: Install and Setup WordPress

Today, I’ll show you how to install and configure your first WordPress blog easily on FlyWheel. 

I’ll show you to install WordPress on FlyWheel as I’m personally using FlyWheel as a host and I do recommend as they listen to their customers and don’t charge for sudden traffic spikes.

It is a quick less than 5 minutes installation process and even their support team can help you in the process.

Before proceeding to installing WordPress on FlyWheel, you need to signup for a free account on FlyWheel 

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Signup for free account of FlyWheel Hosting.

When you’ll click on the signup button in the top right corner of the FlyWheel website. You’ll be presented with a page to signup for the account where you’ll be asked to fill in the details as mentioned in the below screenshot.

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Signup for FlyWheel after filling the personal details required.

Once you fill in the details, you need to verify and confirm your email address with the email you received and then you need to login to your FlyWheel account.

After you’re logged in to your FlyWheel account, you’ll see the dashboard with the list of WordPress sites created ( i.e. empty list when you login for the first time as you’ve not created any site yet ) and some essential options in the menu.

Now, to create your first site on FlyWheel, you need to click on the “New Site” or “Create A New Site” button in the top right section of the dashboard as shown in below screenshot.

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Create a new WordPress site on FlyWheel Hosting.

Once you click on “Create New Site” button, you’ll be asked to fill in site details that is divided into 3 different sections.

  1. WordPress Site Details
  2. Create a new WordPress User
  3. How would you like to pay?

I’ll guide you through the process about what details are required to fill in and why?

WordPress Site Details

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Fill in the WordPress Site Details for your first site.

Here, you need to fill in the site name and the temporary domain name of your site which must be unique. 

For example, if your site name is “My First Site”, then you can have the temporary domain name as myfirstsite or mfs.

Create a new WordPress User

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Create your new WordPress User on your first WordPress site.

Fill in the username and password as shown in the above screenshot to create new user on your first WordPress site. This user will be having administrator user role which will help you manage everything on your WordPress site. Also, you can create multiple users with administrator user roles once you’re logged-in to your WordPress site.

How would you like to pay?

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Once you’ve filled the site and user details, then you’ll be asked with the option to perform the payment for the hosting. There are 3 modes of payments you can do for your hosting.

  1. I’ll pay now – This option will allow you to pay make you site LIVE instantly.
  2. My client will pay later – This option is beneficial for freelancers or those who work with client. It will help you to develop and show the changes on the WordPress site to your clients without you being paid for it until 15 days of the site creation and then you can send an invoice to your client email to pay for the hosting.
  3. Add it to a bulk plan – This option is for resellers or agencies who have already purchased a bulk plan and want to add the new site to that bulk plan.

Also, while selecting the payment option, you’re allowed to select the location of data center where you want to host you site based on the nearest location. The default data center will be New York in United States.

Here are the other data center options available on FlyWheel:

  1. New York – US
  2. Canada
  3. European Union
  4. Singapore
  5. United Kingdom
  6. United States

After selecting the mode of payment, you can just click on the “Launch” button to start the process of creating new WordPress site on FlyWheel hosting.

Step 6: Get familiar with your blog!

familiarity

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