By now I’m sure you know that blogging, if done right, is a great way to earn a living online.
That’s why you’re here, right?
To start a blog that has the potential to earn enough money so you can quit your day job…
Alright then. I’ll help you get started.
In this post, I will show you the steps I take to building a new blog.
So let’s jump right in.
How to Start a Blog
Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I want to say something…
Starting a blog costs a little bit of money. Ok?
You’ll need to purchase 2 things:
- domain name – this is your blog’s internet name. (yourwebsitename.com)
- web hosting – this is how your website will be live. Without hosting, your blog will pretty much be a blank page.
That’s if you want your blog to really have the potential to earn you a nice income.
Free domain names and hosting services won’t really give that to you.
With a free domain name, everything you publish on there won’t be 100% yours. It’ll also be harder to rank in the search engines.
Plus, it’ll look something like this: yourname.wordpress.com. That doesn’t look too professional, does it?
As for free hosting, it’s limited. In other words, you won’t be able to publish that much content, and you won’t be able to attract that much traffic.
Oh, and for the blogging platform, go for WordPress.org. Everybody uses it. I use it. A lot of the blogs you visit use it. So why don’t you do too, ok?
Before we get started, set your mind on WordPress (the self-hosted platform), a premium domain name and hosting.
To make this guide super easy for you to follow and understand, I’ll start a new blog with you and include screenshots. Cool?
Step 1 – Choose a Blog Topic
Your blog should target a specific type of people. For instance, people who want to lose weight or men who hate the way their chests look OR even moms who cook everyday and need new recipes.
It should also be a topic that you’re interested in. At least a little bit. That way you’ll enjoy reading and writing about it and its related topics.
OK. So for instance…
If you’re interested in weight loss, you’d choose something that has to do with losing weight.
If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’d go with something that has to do with the kind of console you play on (e.g, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U).
If you’re into a sports, hockey for instance, you’d go with something that’s about hockey.
But remember, go with something more specific.
- weight loss – lose fat after pregnancy
- gaming – PS4 modded controllers
- hockey – hockey stick reviews
Me, I’m going with the weight loss niche. But since that’s way to broad, I’m cutting it down to weight loss for men.
Still broad, huh?
How about men who hates their chests…
Man boobs, aka moobs. Perfect.
See what I did there?
I cut it by 2 levels:
- chosen niche – weight loss
- cut it down a level – weight loss for men
- cut it down another level – getting rid of man boobs
Now your turn.
When you got your niche figured out, move onto the next step.
Step 2 – Choose a Hosting Service
There are a lot of web hosting services out there. Some hosts are ok, some hosts are ugly. And some hosts are the real deal.
A few of the several quality self-hosting services for WordPress are:
The other day I got an email from Jon Morrow of BoostBlogTraffic.com. If you don’t know who he is, he’s one of the biggest names in all of blogging / online marketing.
He was talking about this hosting service I hadn’t heard about.
So I looked into it.
It’s called SiteGround and it starts at a little over $3 per month. It includes a free domain name, domain privacy, and some security from the hackers.
Awesome deal. I highly recommend it.
And that’s the hosting I’m going to with on my new blog.
If you want SiteGround as your host too, you can click one of the following links, Link 1 is my affiliate link (which means I’ll get a small percentage for referring you) and Link 2 is just a straight up link to their order page:
Now let’s move on…
Step 3 – Choose a Domain Name
A domain name is your website’s name. Like mine: simpleonlinecashmoney.com.
So how do you choose a domain name?
That will be entirely up to you.
But I can give you a few tips. OK?
- Make sure it relates to your niche / blog topic.
- Aim for a .com.
- Try to avoid using numbers and hyphens. They can get confusing.
- Don’t get too fancy/creative with it (elimin8-bugz-2day.com). That can also get confusing.
- Try to keep it under 30-something characters.
- Keyword-rich domains aren’t all that anymore. Go for something more “brandable”.
- Make sure it makes 100% human sense. A domain like LoseWeightInAnWeek.com is going to make you look weird.
Alright. So for my “lose man boobs” blog, I’m going with MoobLoss.com.
It’s short, it’s easy to read, it’s brandable, it describes what the blog is about, it’s perfect.
OK, so after you think of a kick-ass domain name and a few backup ideas, move onto the next step.
Quick Tip: Make a list of a few backups because there are over 900 million websites in the world and your domain idea might be taken.
Step 4 – Make The Purchase
So now that you’ve got your domain name ideas and your chosen hosting provider…
…it’s time to buy.
Here’s what to do:
i. Go to the Siteground pricing page and choose a plan.
For now, all you’ll need is the StartUp plan.
ii. Enter your main domain name idea
If your main idea is already taken, type in your next idea. And if that’s taken, you know what to do.
iii. Fill out the info
This is where you’ll give them your contact info, your payment info, password info, and the purchase info.
And you’re done.
Now click on the “proceed to customer area” to begin installing WordPress.
You should now be on this page:
Before you click on the proceed button, make sure the “Get WordPress preinstalled” box is checked like in the image above.
After you’re done that, you’ll be brought to this page:
This is where you’ll choose your login details for WordPress and a (basic) layout for your blog.
Note: Don’t take too much time choosing a theme/layout. You’ll have a lot of time to change it after.
Alright. So go ahead and do that right now.
I’ll be waiting.
If you’re not already on your WordPress admin login page you can access it through the green button that says Go to Admin Panel…
…or type yourdomain.com/wp-admin into your browser.
Now you’re here:
What I want you to do now is take a 5 minutes break.
Go make yourself a cup of coffee, stretch your legs, and maybe even a little snack because you are about to get some work done.
Alright. So you’re on your WordPress admin page, right?
Step 5 – Setting up Your WordPress Site
In this part, you’ll be deleting all the default WordPress junk, choosing a nice blogging theme, and installing the essential plugins, and configuring your WordPress settings.
Let’s get started.
Note: If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can read this post I did that walks through the whole WordPress admin panel.
i. Deleting the default junk
Click on the “1 Post” link (you won’t need to do this with the “1 Comment” link) on your dashboard under the “at a glance” tab, like this:
You’ll be brought to the Posts page. This is where you’ll hit the “trash” link under the post’s name.
And you’re done with that.
ii. Configuring the WordPress settings
The first thing you’re going to do is: hover over “Settings” and click on the “General” link.
These are the General settings.
You’re going to do 2 or 3 things here:
- Change the Site Title;
- Change the Tagline;
- Change the timezone (if you have to).
The Site Title should be, or closely related to, your domain name. And your Tagline should describe what your blog is about (it should only be made up of no more than 10 words).
After you’re done with that, scroll down until you see “timezone” and change it if you have to.
Then hit Save Changes.
The next one is the Writing settings. This doesn’t need configuring. So just skip this one and go to the Reading settings.
This is where to configure the homepage/blogroll settings.
Right now, it’s set to 10 full posts. That’s too long.
Here’s what I recommend:
As you can see, I have it set to 5 posts and to only show a small bit (summary) on the blogroll. This is great.
So when you’re done with that, hit Save Changes and move onto the Discussion settings.
You’ll only have to do a small thing here…
The next one’s the Media settings.
Right now, you don’t have to touch it. It’s good. OK?
So just go to the next one, Permalinks settings.
There’s only one thing to do here. And it’s optional.
If you decide to leave it as is, your posts’ URLs will look some like this:
If you do decide to change it, it’ll look like this:
Another option is to delete the /index.php part so that it’ll look like this:
So make up your mind with that, hit Save Changes, and you’re done with the configuration part.
iii. Setting up the Plugins
Right now, you have 4 plugins installed:
- Hello Dolly;
- and Limit Login Attempts.
You’ll only need the Akismet plugin and maybe Login Attempts.
So delete the other 2 (or 3) right now.
For the Jetpack plugin, you’ll need to click the Deactivate link first.
After that, click on the boxes beside the 2, select the Bulk Options menu, choose the Delete option, and hit Apply.
Now, you’re going to see this:
Click YES and you’re done.
iiii. Activate the Akismet plugin
The Akismet plugin stops spammers from commenting on your blog. Great plugin!
So here’s what you’ll need to do:
First, you’ll click the activation link on the plugins page.
Now, click on the big blue Akismet button.
Now you need an API key. Click on the small blue button now.
Now you’re at Akismet’s website. This is where they’ll give you the API key. So click on the big blue button that’s right in the middle of the page.
Here’s what to do next:
Sign up for an account.
Go through the rest of the account setup process:
And you’re done!
iiii. Change your theme
This might take awhile. Seriously. There are a 47 gazillion themes in WordPress.
So I took the liberty to browse around for you. I found 13 themes that are all:
- for blogging;
- 100% mobile-ready;
- and full of the features needed for a successful blog.
Here they are:
- Catch Box
- Catch Responsive
- Iconic One
Tip: Don’t spend too much time with the themes. You’ll have time for that after you’re done setting up your blog.
Choose one of the themes I mentioned above, then go to Appearance > Themes > Add New. And then type in the theme’s name into the search bar located in the upper right corner.
The next thing you’re going to do, is install and activate the theme.
If you click on the “Visit site” link, you’ll see something like this:
And the blue Customize button will take you here:
This is where you’ll be able to customize your design using the options menu that’s to the left part of your screen.
But since you haven’t added any content there’s nothing to customize.
So for now, let’s move onto the next step…
Note: If you don’t like the first theme you chose from the list I shared, you can chose another one until you find one you like.
Wow! You’re doing great.
You’re about half way to having a WordPress blog with the potential to earn.
Step 6 – Installing The Essential WordPress Plugins
Plugins are the tools that’ll help your site be 100x better. But there’s not one single plugin that does everything. No. There are 100’s of different types of plugins….
There’s a plugin:
- for sharing your site and content on social media;
- for collecting your readers’ emails;
- for making your site search engine friendly;
- for making your site load faster;
- for protection from malware and hackers;
- and much, MUCH more.
So today, you are going to install and activate the following plugin types:
- contact form
- anti-spam (for comments)
- website speed performance
- social sharing
- email list building
Note: Don’t configure any of the plugins YET. You’ll be doing all that after we’re done here.
OK. So now go back to Plugins and hit Add New. You should now be on this page:
You are going to install the following plugins:
- Yoast SEO – for SEO purposes.
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – to prevent spammers from commenting.
- Contact Form 7 – to create a contact page.
- Simple Share Buttons Adder – to make it easy for people to share your content.
- WP Fastest Cache – for caching your pages. This is great for improving your page loading times.
- iThemes Security – for protection from hackers, malware, etc.
- WP-Optimize – for cleaning your database. In other words, it deletes all the junk you have so that your site can load faster.
- Autoptimize – for optimizing your site’s JS, CSS, HTML files. It’s basically to improve your site’s loading time.
- BJ Lazy Load – for speed improvement. This plugin doesn’t load an image until it reaches your screen/frame.
- Optin Forms by Codeleon – for list building purposes. Building a list is important for your blogging success. Period.
Now, where it says “Search Plugins” in the top right of the plugin page, type in the first plugin on the list, which is the Yoast SEO plugin.
And then when the results show up you should see it right away.
Now move onto the next plugin on the list. And just keep on doing that until you’ve installed the last one on the list.
When you’re done, your Installed Plugins page should look like this:
Remember, don’t play around with the plugins’ setting yet.
Wasn’t that easy? Sort of.
Well, you should be proud of yourself. You’ve just finished steps 1 to 6. That’s more than half way!
In the next step, you’ll be creating your first pages.
Step 7 – The About, Privacy, Terms, and Contact Pages
There are pages on a website or blog that are essential to its foundation.
You’re probably like “ugh! Do I have to?” Well, yeah. You do.
If you go to any expert/successful blogger’s site you’ll see all these pages, including the Terms page, in their menus.
All of these pages are there for their own important reasons. For example:
The About page is there to give the user/reader information on what the website/blog is, what they offer, and who’s behind it.
And the Privacy page is there to show the user how the information or contents of the site is or will be used.
These pages will also make you and your site look extremely professional.
So let’s get started.
The Contact Page
This one’s going to be real easy.
Remember that plugin I got you to install earlier? Contact Form 7. You’ll need it here.
So if you haven’t installed yet, you better do it now.
Alright. So the first thing you’re going to do is go to Pages > Add New.
Next, click on Contact in your left menu.
And once your in the Contact Form 7 page, click on the EDIT link below Contact Form 1.
Then, copy the form’s code.
Now go back to the page editor…
When you’re done with that, hit the magic blue PUBLISH button on the right hand side of your screen.
TADA! Pat yourself on the back, you’ve got your first ever page.
The About Page
The About page is going to be one of your most important pages. It’ll also be one of your highest traffic-getter.
So before we get started, I’m going to give you a few tips:
- Use short paragraphs. Have you noticed how I write mine? 4 sentences max.
- Use bold and italics.
- Use bullet lists where possible.
- Include at least 1 photo of yourself.
- Make sure you share your first name a couple times.
- Use “you” instead of “you all”, “you guys”, etc.
- DON’T write too much about yourself. The About page is NOT for you.
- The About page is for the reader. It should tell them what your site will give them and what it’ll do for them.
- Make it short and to the point. All you need is 2-400 words.
The first thing you’re going to do is go to Pages > Add New in your wp-admin panel OR go to the Dashboard and click where it says Add an About Page.
Now you’re here:
Step 1 – Type in your page’s headline.
This can be:
- About Me;
- About Us;
- About [sitename] – e.g, About Moob Loss;
- About [firstname] and [sitename];
- or something like: “How [sitename] Will Help You [solve problem]” – e.g, “How Moob Loss Wil Help You Lose Your Moobs Without Surgery/Pills”
So go ahead and type one of them into where it says “Enter title here” in the WordPress editor.
Step 2 – Write your introduction.
Your introduction is important.
It’ll have to draw the reader in. You can do this by asking an obvious question.
For example, for Moob Loss’s About page, I’d ask something like:
- Having trouble fitting into your favourite shirt?
- Do you hate taking your shirt off at the beach?
OR you can say something that’ll let them know you understand their problems. Like:
- We both know that wearing a tank top in public is embarrassing.
- “Shirts vs Skins, you in?” “NO.” Does that sound like you?
It’ll also need to tell the reader what your site will give them and what it’ll do for them.
Going back to my Moobs example:
- what the site will give them – provide exercise and workout training for men with breasts
- what it’ll do for them – lose your moobs without spending money on supplements or surgery
Now put it all together and BAM:
You’ve got yourself a pretty badass intro.
Step 3 – Add a photo of yourself.
Now you’re About page is that more personal.
Step 4 – The Middle
This is the part where you should talk about how your blog is going to help them.
You can talk about what type(s) of content you’re going to offer and how yours is different from other blogs in your area.
For my moobs blog, I went with this:
And I’m planning on putting an optin form at the end of this part.
Step 5 – The Ending
The last part should talk a little about yourself. Don’t go all out, though.
All you’ll need to share here is some of your personal background, your hobbies and interests, and when you started the blog.
You could also say something about your skills or experience in your niche (blog topic).
Take a look at my ending for the moobs blog About page:
Not bad, eh?
Put it all together and it’s a pretty good About page.
Step 6 – Add a link to your Contact page.
Now you’re done…
Before you hit the publish button, read through your work. Make sure it’s all good.
The Terms page is going to take you a while to create, if you do it manually.
Then when your blog gets older and has traffic, you can hire an attorney to hook you up.
Step 1 – Go to the Terms Feed TOS page.
Follow this link. You’ll land on this page:
Here’s what to do:
For General Information, choose “Website” and go to the next step.
For Business Information, enter your website URL (mine would be moobloss.com), and your site name (mine would be Moob Loss).
In the next part (Company Information), they ask: “Is your website owned or operated by a registered company?” Choose “No, the website is operated by me, an individual.”
The next part is Country Information. All you’ll need to do here is choose your country. Then hit the next step button to move onto…
Disclosures. There are 7 questions on this one. And they all have to do with the information you collect.
Here’s how I answered them:
- 30 DAYS NOTICE
- NO, I WILL KEEP THE LINK TO TERMSFEED
The next part is the Download part, step 4. This is where you’ll need to give them your primary email address.
After you do that, click the BLUE BUTTON and you’re done.
Then, go to Pages > Add New in your WordPress panel, just like how you did when you created your About and Contact pages.
When you get there, click TEXT located on the upper right hand corner of the page editor.
Now paste your Terms page into the editor. Before you hit publish, there are 2 more things you’ve got to do:
- add a link to your Contact page (at the end of the page);
Do you remember how to add a link?
Highlight a word or phrase, click the Insert/edit link option in the toolbar, copy and paste your Contact URL , and hit ADD LINK.
For the title, you can simply do a quick copy and paste from the visual editor to the title.
Now you should have something that looks like this:
Good? Alright. Now you’re ready to hit publish.
Hmm. This one’s going to be tough.
So what can you do?
Well, you have 2 options:
- use TermsFeed’s generator and pay $20 to $40;
- OR hire someone to take care of it for you.
Either way, you’re looking at paying at least a 20 dollar bill.
In step 1, you’ll need to choose your country + state/providence/etc.
In step 2, you’ll need to fill out your website’s details.
In step 3, you’ll choose what disclosers will be included in your policy. Here’s what I’d go with:
#1 Can users create an account on your site – This one’s totally up to you. Choose Yes, users can create an account, IF you plan on starting a members only area in your site. If not, then choose No.
#2 What kind of personal information you collect from users? – If you plan on starting an email list (which I recommend you do), you’ll have to choose Email address and Name. If you plan on selling your own products, then check them all. If you plan on doing none of these, then leave it be.
#3 Do you use tracking tools, such as Google Analytics? – Go ahead and choose Yes, we do use Google Analytics and other related tools. (Google Analytics is a free tool that tracks all your traffic – it’s a must-use)
#4 Do you show Google AdSense on your website? – Google AdSense is a program that pays site owners/bloggers to place ads on websites. I have it set to No because Google only pays around 1 cent per click. But if you plan on making money with AdSense, then you better choose Yes.
#5 Do you use remarketing services for advertising purposes? – If you plan on having using these:
Then you should choose Yes + Google AdWords. Otherwise, choose No.
Me, I have it set to Yes + Google AdWords because my niche (moobs) is a pretty competitive and I’m going to have to pay to get my blog out there for people to see without me having to wait very long.
#6 Do you send newsletters to users? – If you plan on building an email list, choose Yes. If not, then go with No.
#6.1 How can users unsubscribe from your email newsletters? – Choose both of them choices.
#7 Can international users (outside yourcountry) use your website? –
#8 If required by law or subpoena, will you disclose personal information of users to law enforcement agents? – I strongly suggest you go with YES on this one. This will protect you from any legal stuff that may happen in the future.
#9 Do you expect to sell your website? – For now, go with NO. You can always change this section in the future if you ever decide to sell your blog.
In step 4, you’ll see how much you’ll have to pay for your policy. You’ll also have to give them your email address and your payment method.
When you’re done with that, you’ll head back to your WordPress admin area, and just like what you did with your TOU:
- Pages > Add New;
- paste the HTML into the TEXT editor;
- enter the title;
- add a link to your Contact page (at the end of the policy);
- and PUBLISH.
If you choose to go with hiring a lawyer, it’ll probably cost you 10 times more. So I think TermsFeed is your best option at this point.
Step 7 completed. Wow! That was a long one, wasn’t it?
But you did it! You’re awesome. You should be proud of yourself.
You are now more than 3 quarters done your blog setup.
There are just 3 more steps left.
Don’t worry, combined, they’re not as long as step 7. Hehe.
Step 8 – Configuring / Setting up Your Plugins
So here’s what your plugin-list should look like:
- Akismet – done
- Autoptimize – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
- BJ Lazy Load – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
- Contact Form 7 – done
- iThemes Security – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
- Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
- Optin Forms – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it out for now
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – needs configuring
- Simple Share Buttons Adder – needs configuring
- WP Fastest Cache – needs configuring
- Yoast SEO – needs configuring
Most of these plugins will only take a minute to setup. The rest will take a bit longer.
So without further ado….I always wanted to say that.
Let’s do this!
Note: We’re only going to configure 4 of our plugins.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam Setup
This one’s only going to take a minute.
First, go to its settings page…Plugins > Si Captcha Options.
Once you get there, scroll down until you see Akismet. Then check the box, hit the Update button, and you’re done.
Done. I told ya!
Simple Share Buttons Adder Setup
This setup will be another quick one.
There are 5 sections on this one, right:
- and CSS.
You’ll only have to configure 2 of them, Core and Advanced. Everything else is all good.
In Core, do it like this:
And then go to the Advanced tab. You’ll need to configure 3 settings here…
Now hit the BLUE button in the upper right hand side…
And you’re done.
WP Fastest Cache Setup
Fastest Cache is another easy plugin to set up and configure. In fact, it’s so easy that it only takes a screenshot to show you.
Here’s what to do:
Yoast SEO Seup
The SEO plugin will take a little longer to configure. But it’s still pretty easy. It’s just checking boxes, mostly.
So the first thing you’re going to do is click the SEO button in the bottom left side of your screen. It should be right above the WP Fastest Cache button. And it’ll take you to the General Settings.
Now go to the second tab: Your Info.
This is where you’ll enter your website’s alternative name, and your name/company name.
Here’s how I have it setup:
So go ahead and fill that out and then move onto Titles & Metas.
There are 6 tabs on this one:
- Post Types;
- and Other.
The General tab settings is already setup by default. So you can move onto the Homepage tab.
Here, you will enter a short description of your site. You don’t have to go all out here. All your desc. needs is a sentence or two.
Hit Save Changes when you’re done and move onto the Post Types tab.
Here are the ideal settings:
Hit the save button when you’re done and move onto the next tab…
There’s not much to do on this one. But here’s how mine looks like:
Now we’re on the Archive tab.
There’s not much to do on this one. But here are the ideal settings:
OK, you’re almost done. There’s just one tab left to go, the Other tab.
In these settings, there’s just one thing you’ve got to do. And that’s check the first box…
The next settings are the Social Settings.
All you’ll do here is add your social media profiles to the settings.
But for now, I’m going to leave it all blank because I still have to create social media profiles/pages for my Moob Loss blog.
So if you don’t have social accounts for you blog, obviously you don’t, skip this part for now. You can come back to it when you know which social platforms you’re going to use. K?
Next on the list is the XML Sitemaps.
Most of its settings are already setup. There’s only one tab you’re going to configure. And that’s the Taxonomies tab.
What you’ll do here is check the last 2 boxes, hit save, and you’re done.
You’re almost done. There are still 4 settings left, but you will only need to configure 1: the Advanced settings.
So there are 3 tabs on this one:
- and RSS.
You’ll only need to go to the Permalinks tab.
Now, when you get there, there are 10 boxes in total. 7 of them should be checked.
Here are the 3 boxes that should NOT be checked:
OK. So check everything else and hit save.
Now your Yoast SEO plugin is all set up. Good job.
You’re almost done your blog setup.
Step 9 – Setting up Your Main Menu
Your main menu will be those set of links you always see in the header area of a website. You know, around the logo.
This is how a user can navigate through a website.
Here’s what to do:
i. Go to the Menus page
The link to the Menus page is located in your left menu, Appearance > Menus.
ii. Create a new menu
To do this, type in a name for your menu (e.g, Main Menu, Menu 1), and hit the Create Menu button.
iii. Add some pages to your new menu
To do this, you’re going to click the Pages tab that’s in the left part of the Menus page.
Now check the boxes for your About and Contact pages, then hit Add to Menu.
You should now see them in the middle part of your screen.
Don’t hit save yet. There are still a couple things left to do.
Go back to the tabs and click the one that says Custom Links.
And where it says URL, type or paste in yours. And for the Link Text, type in either Home or Blog, your call.
Here’s the screenshot:
OK, so now you have 3 links/items in your main menu:
- your About page;
- your Contact page;
- and your website URL.
But you want your menu to look like this:
So to do this, you’ll have to click on the menu item, your Contact page for instance, and delete all but one word (Contact or About).
Did you get it?
There’s one more thing to do before hitting the save button…
…and that’s checking the Primary/Main Menu box.
TADA! You now have yourself a main menu.
Good job. You are now that much closer to a very successful blog.
There’s just one small thing left to do…
Step 10 – Cleaning up Your Sidebar
Right now, your sidebar looks something like this:
You don’t need all that stuff there. So clean it up. Remove everything (except maybe the SEARCH BAR).
To do this, go to Appearance > Widgets. It’s right above the Menus link.
When you get there, you’ll see the widgets on the left side and the sidebars on the right.
Put your eyes on your main sidebar. It’ll look like this:
Now, delete every one except for the Search widget. You can do this by dragging them (one by one) to the left OR by clicking on their delete buttons.
When you’re done removing the widgets from your sidebar, you can go to your Dashboard, and leave your computer because you have just finished setting up your blog!
The Next Steps
As you know, this guide is only the beginning.
There is still a lot to do to become a successful blogger. These include:
- creating quality content;
- getting traffic;
- building an email list;
- building relationships with other bloggers;
- getting high rankings in Google;
- setting up social media for your business;
- and much, MUCH more.
So what should you do?
Well, you should start by writing a couple blog posts. Here’s a guide by Will Blunt that’ll help you with that.
And after you get your first post done, you’ll need to set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools. Having these set up will give you a better shot at getting traffic from Google search.
Plus, you’ll need to learn SEO (search engine optimization). Moz.com has a free beginners guide for that. So bookmark it and check it out when you’re ready.
If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me through my contact page or in the comments below.