How to Start a Blog

I remember when I started blogging. It was back in 2009 when blogs were… just blogs. A close friend of mine who lives out in Cali (she’s like my bossy big sis) told me, “You should start a blog. It’s like an online journal.”

That’s what they really were used for back then, an online journal. Not a lot of people thought of them as a business venture. If they did, it was a challenge because there wasn’t a lot of information about how to go about turning it into a business.

So, I decided to start my online journal on Blogger and sent the link to my family members. I mostly posted about my kids and stuff we did like going to pick strawberries and making arts & crafts. It was a “once in a while” sort of thing for me, and I kept it a private account.

That was my first blog.

Since then, I’ve started three blogs and one stuck (gee, can you figure out which one? Ha.) I REEEEEALLY wish I would’ve taken blogging seriously a lot sooner, but I was trying different things and didn’t realize how I could make an income blogging until years later.

Better late than never, right??

It’s easy to  start a blog, but there’s a few steps that you should take seriously.

Since I started my first blog almost 10 years ago, I’ve dove head first into numerous ways to make money. What I didn’t realize is that I didn’t have to choose just one path.  I spent countless hours reading and learning and trying things out, and what I really learned is that anything will work as long as you stick with it.

I must have adult ADD or something because I have to have a lot of different things going on to keep work interesting. I can NOT do the same thing, day in and day out! That’s what makes blogging so great – there are so many different angles you can take, and it all depends on what YOU want to do.

Say you’re a mom. You don’t have to separate parenting from—for example—your love of cooking. Create a blog where you talk about cooking for your kids. If you L-O-V-E reading books, you can review recipe books and put your spin on how you would change the recipe – or review children’s books and include that with your other subtopics about being a mom! The ideas are endless because everyone brings their unique perspective to their blog—that’s why people love reading them 😉

So are you ready?? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of this post!

Here are 3 basic steps when you want to get your blog up & running:

1.   Create a name for your website

This is called your ‘domain name’, what you type in the address bar when you want to go to a certain website. Come up with a name that’s not too long but is catchy so people remember it. A lot of people use their own name, but you could also use words that have to do with your overall blog. (Think: if you could only use 2-4 words to describe your blog to a stranger, what would they be?)

2.   Download a program to create your website

Some companies offer you a place to create your website and a way to get your website on the internet for FREE.

Bad idea!!

When you choose this totally free way to start a blog, you have limited control of your website.  There are SO many people who start this way then regret it because they have to switch everything over later on. Not only are your design options limited, but you can’t make money from it because you don’t really own it.

WordPress is what the majority of bloggers use to create their blogs or websites.  It’s very easy to use, and there are more than enough tutorials to help you learn every detail of it.

Have you heard of WordPress?  Did you know there is and is actually one of the not-so-great free services I was telling you about.  It’s good if you want to have a personal blog (or online journal) like I did.  Blogger and Tumblr are two other “free” website management programs that take care of everything but don’t give you all the control (or money!) you need.

On the other end is  The .org is what differentiates the two. is also free, but it only supplies you with the blog structure. This way you have complete control of your blog because you have to do step #3 yourself, and that’s a good thing! You can make money from your blog that way!

Just remember  gives you complete control of your blog. Go to the website now and sign-up (it’s free!).  Then come back here to go to the last step…

3. How to get your website onto the internet

This is done through web hosting, the system that takes your blog to the internet.  Think of it like you’re having a get-together. You invite people into your home. Well, a web host invites your blog to the internet. (I hope that makes sense!)

If you’ve ever heard or read about a “self-hosted website”, this is what they mean.  This is the way to have the most control of your website with the ability to make money from blogging.

These are the three best web hosting companies for a blog:

• BlueHost

• InMotion

• Siteground


There are a few others like HostGator, ipage, and DreamHost, but according to the experts, they are not the best when it comes to how fast your blog is, customer service, and overall experience.

This is how the top 3 web hosting companies compare:





Domain name

1 Free

1 Free



Easy install

Easy install

Easy install


5 included



Storage space

50 GB


10 GB


Chat-email-phone 24/7

Chat-email-phone 24/7 (U.S. only)

Chat-email-phone 24/7

Money back guarantee

30 days 90 days!

30 days

Current price

$ 3.95 /month $ 5.99 /month

$ 3.95 /month


You can see each side-by-side to compare based on what you need.  Notice the domain name is free for two companies.  That’s because domain names usually cost around $10 for a year.  BlueHost and InMotion will give you a year free.  If you already have a domain name, you can transfer it to any of these web hosts, so no worries.

Next to consider is your email (you’ll have an email like “  How many email accounts will you need? If you think you’ll need just a couple, such as one for yourself and maybe another one that you call “admin” to help you separate your emails, then you can choose any of these three web hosting companies.

Another important item is storage space.  This is how much room the web hosting company is going to give you for your blog before you have to upgrade to a higher priced service.  If you plan on putting a lot of photos or even videos on your blog, you are going to need a lot of storage space.  You may not need more than 50 GB right away, but it’s something to consider for sure.


Sign-up for your web host when you decide what is best for you

If you sign up and change your mind, you have the choice to cancel with their money back guarantees.  I’ve done it myself when I decided another web hosting company would be better.

There are different plan options, but I would go with at least a 12-month plan.  Siteground offers a month-to-month payment plan, but if you choose that, then there is a set-up fee for your website.




After you’ve signed up, you can watch the tutorials provide on each web hosts’s website. And don’t forget to let me know what you’re going to blog about, I’d love to know!

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