5 Steps To Creating Your Blog Today For Free

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I’ve been blogging now for almost ten happy years; which translate to roughly 70 dog years ~ shout out to you, Lassie. Through trial, multiple errors, excitement and what the heck moments, one thing is certain; I could write a book about blogging.

This new Blogging series will be on-going, and will guide you from start to middle to launch. Our goal is to deliver inside tips on everything you’ll need to know to achieve your goals in your career as a blogger.

We will take it slow, explaining each step along the way. We’ve got you, babe.

So here’s to YOU for embracing your dreams and providing them the opportunity to take flight. Let your journey begin, you’ve been cleared for takeoff!

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Bloggers, you’ve seen them on television, on the web and splashed across your favorite social media sites. We now come in every shape, size, age and color and hail from almost every country across the globe, which is pretty exciting!

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HOW TO START A BLOG TODAY

STEP 1 ~ CHOOSE YOUR BLOG NICHE(S)
Which topics capture your heart and passions?

Would you like to educate your followers with your personal experiences and knowledge? Perhaps a healthy living, how-to, food or home decorating blog might be your cup of tea. Speaking of tea, if you fancy yourself a tea aficionado, why not start a blog all about tea?

Do you wish to inspire? How about a positivity blog, overcoming adversity or ideas for paying it forward and helping others.

Have you got mad problem solving skills? Sharing your creative solutions to common problems in the home, life or world might be right up your alley.

Perhaps you’d rather entertain your audience; how about a book or movie review blog. You might also have an utterly adorable pet who should have his/her own entertaining blog.

There are endless blog niches out there awaiting your attention and voice.

STEP 2 ~ BECOMING THE GO-TO BLOGGER IN YOUR NICHE
When I started my first blog (a healthy living and more blog) in 2011, I dove right in to the deep end with passion, ideas and enthusiasm but little understanding of the industry. So I created a category on everything, and I mean everything I was passionate about in life.

From health tips, to recipes, dogs, gardening, photography, fashion, beauty and how to host snail races in your backyard. Ok, that last one is a joke, but if you’re game, why not create that snail race blog!

In my early blogging years, I had success, but my blog was just not achieving the goals I had set. So I hired a professional to take a look at my cyber home to diagnose why the heck my audience was stopping by for a visit, then vamoosing.

It didn’t take her long to discover the problem. I wasn’t the authority (not that you need a degree to be a blogger, just good writing skills and honest information that is helpful to others) on any one thing because I was all over the place.

People in search of healthy homemade dog food recipes didn’t stick around because my next five posts went from fashion to beauty and then to those darned snail races. Btw, put your money on Speedy, he’s got a gift!

Her solution; keep it simple, baby. My blogging consultant was 100% correct and my life in the blogging world completely changed when I heeded her advice.

Back to you and your shiny new blog; pick two to three niches where you can dominate and leave your readers wanting more of what you’ve got to say.

STEP 3 ~ NAME YOUR BLOG
Your blog should have a spiffy, unforgettable name, which is actually a 2-step process. Why? Because you will need to check to make sure the domain name you are considering is available both for your actual blog and across social media channels.

What the heck is a Domain Name?
Domain Name ~ noun
“Domain names are used to identify your IP address, otherwise known as your website’s cyber address.”

For example purposes, I’ll name my new blog, “My Dog Is a Blogger”. The next step is to do a domain name search (this site is very helpful and free) HERE to make sure the name isn’t already in use.

Let’s say [Mydogisablogger dot com] is taken, but the dot biz and other second-level domains of the same name are still available. Since you’ll want your brand to stand out, be like Frozen and let it go.

Take your time choosing the right blog name and remember, the name of your blog is one of the most important decisions you will make. Here’s a cool free blog name generator that might help you in this process ~ Blog Name Ideas.

STEP 4 ~ SECURE YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Once you’ve selected your blog name, the next step is to secure the Domain(s).

If you have a good feeling about your blog idea/niche and believe it might have potential to become popular, you might want to consider purchasing more than just the dot com domains.

I own more than just the dot com of my blog name, for two reasons. One, I didn’t want my competition to scoop up one or more of the sub-domains of my blog (unfortunately, it happens). This is an affordable way to protect your brand and ensure consistency on the web. For example, my additional domains (.us, .biz, .co, .net, .org, and .info) only cost from $3.00 to $9.99 each.

Secondarily, you can actually forward any sub-domains you purchase to your actual website. This not only protects you, it guides any folks who accidentally type in [YourBlog . co, etc] directly to your home page. Leave no potential new subscriber behind, my friend.

STEP 5 ~ HOSTING
Note; if you’ve decided to start with a free blog (you cannot generate income with free blog domains), you can skip this section.

Home stretch, darlings. Now it’s time to find a host for our new cyber home.

What is “hosting”? No, it doesn’t involve scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and some fine wine, bummer, right?

Hosting ~ noun
“A Web host is in the business of providing server space, Web services and file maintenance for Web sites controlled by individuals or companies”.

En English, por favor? Think of Hosting Companies like the cyber city in which your new blog will reside. The city maintains the streets and keeps them well maintained so people can visit you quickly, ideally, without problems.

You pay the city taxes on your home to keep things in your community running efficiently and we pay hosting companies a fee to give our blog a safe, quality home. Make sense?

To set up hosting for your new blog, go to hosting sites such as Host Gator
or DreamHost or any hosting company you prefer, to set up hosting.

Now… give yourself a big high five, because you’ve now completed the steps to set up your brand new blog! Congratulations are very much in order.

Next up on the blog, choosing a blog platform. Click HERE to take the next step in setting up your platform.

Until next time, work it, girlfriend!

With love,
Jonet & Daisy

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16 Comments on Easy Beginners Guide To Blogging Basics

  1. Melanie
    February 22, 2019 at 9:00 am (3 months ago)

    Thank YOU for teaching us newbie and wannabe bloggers in The Midlife Blogging Facebook group. Finding a niche is great advice! I did that with my recruiting career and need to do it now in blogging

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    • jonet
      February 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Mel, thanks so much for your sweet comments. I love that you are incorporating your prior career into your blog. Blogging is indeed an adventure and you’ve selected the perfect name; “Mel’s 2nd Act”!

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  2. Andy
    February 21, 2019 at 11:33 am (3 months ago)

    Such wonderful advice for baby bloggers. I use the Premium package from WordPress, because I’m not brave enough to jump into using hosting services. Maybe one day!

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    • jonet
      February 22, 2019 at 7:46 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Andy, thanks for joining the conversation. Good for you for getting started, my first blog was free from WordPress and allowed me to get started slowly. I took the plunge when I felt better prepared. I’ll stop by your blog today.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  3. Phyllis Lerner
    February 21, 2019 at 9:57 am (3 months ago)

    What a great post Jonet. These are the exact issues I dealt with when I started my blog 3 years ago. I can’t wait until you share more! You explain everything so clearly and I have so much to learn!~Phyllis

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    • jonet
      February 22, 2019 at 7:43 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Phyllis, thanks so much for your kind comment. Blogging is an adventure to be sure and you’ve done a beautiful job creating your blog. Well done, you! I have many more tutorials in the works both on blogging and social media, hope you’ll stay tuned.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  4. Peta
    January 13, 2019 at 8:35 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi Janet, I started my blog this time last year and what I found Helpful we’re podcasts. One especially called ‘’ the influencer podcast’ it was great because I could just listen in the car. You have such great information, have you thought of doing a podcast? I think A lot of people would listen. Peta

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    • jonet
      January 14, 2019 at 7:55 am (4 months ago)

      Hi Peta, thank for your comment and for sharing your blogging journey. I actually hadn’t thought of doing a podcast, but love the idea. I’ll put that on my list for future adventures in blogging. So happy you’ve joined our fabulous tribe.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  5. Patricia
    January 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm (4 months ago)

    I really like how you break down the steps in easy to understand language. For those of us who are not Tech savvy, a lot of the sites are just overwhelming. I have a lot to learn and am so happy I found your blog!

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    • jonet
      January 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Patricia, a big WELCOME to you, we are so very happy you’ve joined us. Thank you for your encouraging words and I understand completely. There is indeed a learning curve associated with blogging and we are thrilled you found our first tutorial helpful.

      Xo, Jonet

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  6. Mary V
    January 12, 2019 at 6:48 pm (4 months ago)

    Jonet, I love how you break down the blogging basics into an easy to understand sequence! And I so agree that specializing in your passion makes sense.’

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    • jonet
      January 13, 2019 at 9:31 am (4 months ago)

      Thank you kindly Mary! I started this blog series after remembering how overwhelming it was for me to start my first blog almost a decade ago. There were moments I thought my brain was going to explode (I kid, or do I?) from all the data I had to learn and understand. Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  7. Amy Kennedy
    January 12, 2019 at 10:01 am (4 months ago)

    Jonet, this is fantastic! I will be following! I can use some help!

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    • jonet
      January 13, 2019 at 9:27 am (4 months ago)

      Hi sweet Amy. We will be diving into lots of blog topics in the future, that beginners and our blogging friends might find helpful. Hope you’ll come on back.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply
  8. Neti
    January 10, 2019 at 5:11 pm (4 months ago)

    Great advice. I found it hard to create a niche back when I first started. It really comes thru trial and error. Happy 2019 to you & yours.

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    • jonet
      January 13, 2019 at 9:25 am (4 months ago)

      Hi Neti and thank you kindly for your comment. I couldn’t agree more about finding your niche… it does take time to discover your lane. So happy you stopped by, I’ll be headed to your blog soon.

      Xo, Jonet

      Reply

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