Now I’m not a professional in blogging by any means, but I have been blogging for a few months now. I’ve learn countless things just in these months, so I’m here to share some of those things with you.
Before we start, there may be affiliated links here. If you purchase something from said link, I will earn a small commission. There will no additional cost to you, and most of the time it’s at a discount price so you’ll be saving money!
A few resources
I’ve read countless blog posts, articles, reviews, and more about where I should go for starting a blog, and I ended up going with a self hosted WordPress blog.
There are multiple ways to start your blog with many different resources, but I found that having a self hosted website worked best for me, which is why I ended up going that way.
Initially, I did start with Bluehost with the affiliated deal(at $3.95 a month), which wasn’t bad at all! I did save more than what I planned, however you could save even more by just investing your blog to WordPress in the first place considering all you have to do to monetize your blog is to upgrade your plan.
Mind you, this might work different for other people, but like I said, this is what worked best for me.
Here’s what you’ll need to start!
This may take some of you as a surprise, but you DON’T need money to start your blog. You could grab your audience slowly by a free blog then monetize it later by upgrading, but to start out, money is not a necessity.
What I do suggest is getting a binder, and graph paper. A bullet journal also does the job, which I absolutely LOVE, but if you’re starting out and want to plan.
However, if you don’t have the time to decorate, then consider getting something cheaper that you can leave notes and ideas in.
Next thing I would suggest getting is a notebook. This kind of ties in with the binder and graph paper, but a notebook I actually use for references like SEO help, or website references; not blog post ideas or things like that.
Of course, the next thing would be finding your niche, or what your blog is about. For mine, I went with writing/business, but you could also go with traveling, lifestyle, parenting, or even home/decor.
Once you find your niche, then it’s time to put your creativity and imagination to the test. It’s time to create a could posts for your blog.
I usually try to come up with a few ideas and work on one at a time from there. Mainly because I have a full-time job on top of my blog so it’s hard to keep a consistent flow of posts.
So I come up with a few at a time and try to space out the publishing of them within a few days so there’s not much of a break between the posts.
Now if you’re looking into monetizing your blog, I will give you a few resources on how I potentially make my money. Honestly, I’ve only made 11 cents from ads, but I do have a few affiliated links, so having a new blog won’t stop you from potentially making money.
Here’s the few affiliates I have at the moment.
I found that all of these are super helpful when starting a blog, and just because I haven’t made money from them yet doesn’t mean you can’t!
Next is sharing your blog!
Once you have a few posts set up, then comes the fun part, sharing your blog! The best way to share my posts are Pinterest, mainly with having a business account, and having Tailwind by my side.
Really quickly, here’s a bit about Tailwind.
Tailwind is a Pinterest sharing site, in a nutshell. If you claim your blog on your Pinterest account, this can help you track the traffic and let you join tribes that help share your pins as well as pins in your niche!
I highly suggest going for Tailwind Plus, only because it gives you real time stats, helps optimize your content, and let’s you pin more then you would be able to with the free version!
Honestly, this is probably my favorite out if all the links because I’m already so familiar with Pinterest, and had no idea you could monetize anything from it as well!
I also share things within LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr! But you can always pick and choose which platforms you’d share your blog on!
That’s about it!
I think this is the longest blog post I’ve written, and I feel so accomplished!
Honestly, this post took me about a month to write because I had NO idea if i was even capable of doing it.
Even though it isn’t much, I still want to put myself out there and tell you guys all about my blog starting process, and let me tell you, it’s all about experience.
You will NEVER actually learn how to start your blog until you actually DO IT. Reading many different blog posts about all things starting your blog helped me, but I never was able to learn until I did it myself, and I’m so happy I did.
Because I can finally do something I love. Even though I’m so new to it, this will be around for a long time and I’m excited to have you guys on this journey with me! ☺
With that being said, I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to take a look at my other posts for more inspiration about any and all things writing!
Okay, bye! 🥰