How to Start a Self-Hosted Blog: The Definitive Guide
Introduction to Blogging
Do you have what it takes to start a blog? The first step to any successful blog is choosing the right topic. Choosing a topic is a critical part in your blogging journey so make sure you choose one you like and wouldn’t mind writing about on a regular basis.
What are you going to write about? Here are a few great resources to get you started.
Chapter 1. Getting a Domain Name
The next step is to get a domain name. Sounds simple yet there are a few things you should know. The most important one would be the name of your new website, it should be something simple and catchy. This chapter is all about getting an awesome domain name.
Chapter 2. Hosting
This chapter is all about WordPress hosting providers, who, how and why. Have you ever noticed that most posts on the Internet seem to recommend as the best WordPress host the one that pays the biggest commissions, why is that? Hint: because they pay more money! It has nothing to do with them being the “best”.
Maybe these resources will help you make a smarter, more informed decision when it comes to choosing the best WordPress hosting provider for your needs.
Chapter 3. Installing WordPress
You have a hosting account and an awesome domain name, now it’s time to set up your WordPress blog. Yippi! This chapter is all about installing the WordPress blogging platform and a few critical after installation tweaks.
Chapter 4. Essential WordPress Plugins
I don’t think that there’s a WordPress blog out there that doesn’t use any plugins, at least none that I am aware of. WordPress plugins are great in improving your blog’s overall functionality. Sure there is such a thing as using too many plugins, so don’t go overboard.
This chapter is all about WordPress plugins, a few essential ones and how to optimally set them up.
Chapter 5. Getting a WordPress Theme
You have a solid foundation, WordPress is installed and optimized, now it’s time to design your blog and what better way than getting an awesome theme. There are literally tons of themes out there and there are a lot of WordPress theme providers to choose from. If you don’t want to spend money on a premium theme you can go for a free one.
This chapter is all about WordPress themes, frameworks and providers.
Chapter 6. Keyword Research
Keyword research: yep I know it sounds complicated, especially if you are a beginner. Or is it? My take on this is… not at all! These resources will help you discover great easy to rank keywords in no time.
Here is the deal: You can’t start blogging blindly and write topics on keywords that most likely won’t rank in Google. Keyword research is an essential step in your blogging journey and should be treated as such.
Chapter 7. Content Creation
This chapter covers a wide range of topics, from the most basic ones such as how to write a blog post to some more advanced topics such as how to create epic content. And this chapter would have not been complete without mentioning other content types like media content such as images and inforgraphics.
You will learn how to write the perfect post, how to easily come up with blog post ideas and how to write awesome clickable headlines. Last but not least I’ve included a few resources for creating your own infographics and free images for your articles.
Chapter 8. SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, simply put optimizing your blog for search engines. In fact SEO can be extremely overwhelming and you can easily loose your mind trying to optimize your blog.
These rock solid resources should help you make your website more search engine friendly and ultimately rank higher in search results.
Chapter 9. Traffic
I remember when I started my first blogs back in the day …they were a total disaster, care to guess why? Here’s a hint: Traffic. I remember checking my Google Analytics account daily only to see less than a few visitors. What was the problem? Well the traffic was just one of my problems. After a few weeks maybe months I gave up on those blogs and gone back to the drawing board and started again fresh, this time more wise. This chapter is all about generating website traffic.
Chapter 10. Link Building
Link building plays a big role in ranking in search engines and ultimately generating traffic to your blog. Even till this day I still struggle with link building. No matter what everybody else says, link building is a time consuming and hard. These resources should be enough to get you started in building links to your blog and ranking in search engines.
Chapter 11. Monetization
The last chapter of this guide is dedicated to monetization options. There are a lot of different options to monetize your blog depending on your niche. You can set up a membership blog, create a product, sell advertising, promote other products (affiliate), PPC advertising and more. It’s up to you. These resources should help you monetize your blog the right way.