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How to create a blog on WordPress in 2019/2020 (Step by step)

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How to create your very own blog

So you would like to know how to create your very own blog, do you? whether it’s for personal, professional or you just want to make to leverage users to your main website.

Supposedly, blogging can be very lucrative and a potential well-earning space that could lead you in the direction of self-employment if you continue to hone your craft put in the effort of writing post after post, market your posts on the various social media platforms out there such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

With dedication and the right goal/aspirations in mind, your blog could eventually become your own business or you could be blogging full-time before you know it, bringing in six to even seven figures a year! I mean why not? it’s possible with perseverance & a determination to succeed in this space.

Yes I know, you want it to happen now, but the thing is nothing great happens overnight, you must be willing and able to lay down the groundworks in order to pave your way for further success in what you set out for.

It takes a lot of time and effort to see something to which you can pride yourself off of come into fruition and flourish.

With all thing’s in life you must be willing to put in the time and practice/hone your craft, and blogging is of no exception, I want to illustrate the different ways how blogging can earn you money, setting up a Google AdSense account so you can start earning money from said company through Ads placed throughout your site.

Affiliate marketing as well as donations (If you want), but instead of me prattling on about some nonsense and without further ado, here we go…

Step by step on how to create your very own blog:

Step 1 – Research.

Okay, this goes without a doubt and I’m sorry that I included this in here since of course you would have done your research beforehand and you just need some step by step instructions on how to create a blog/how to start a blog but I can’t tell you how many times people have started a blog and then got stuck somewhere along the way because they didn’t do their research, well it doesn’t have to be a blog, some people give up on what they set out for halfway through because they weren’t prepared, because they didn’t do their research beforehand.

Please, I can’t preach this enough, research research research! is a must before you start out on anything, even though I am showing you this now from my own experience does not mean that it’s guaranteed to work for you, but keep your chin up because I’m about to show you the best way to start a blog today.

Remember that nothing is free though, even if blogging is a low-cost starter, it still costs money to start-up and possibly to run, so keep that in mind as well.

Step 2 – Find a web hosting service.

Okay, you’re probably wondering What the heck is a web host, I didn’t click on your link to read on how to become spiderman and host a web.

No no no, a web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web, think of it likes this, a web host is a small piece of land and your blog or website is your house, you can store images and media on the backend of your website/blog’s dashboard but ultimately a web host is the one who provides storage for all that media you put on your site.

Now, a web host also plays a significant part in the performance, the page speed and load time of every aspect of your blog, so you’ll probably want to find out which one out there is the best for you, luckily for you though I have done the research and have chosen 3 of the best web hosting services out there and they are:

  • Hostgator
  • GoDaddy
  • Bluehost

All of these 3 web hosts provide good and quality service, but if I were to recommend one, it would be Bluehost.

Bluehost has been the OG web hosting company, founded and established in 1996 & has over 750 employees while powering over 2 million websites, you can tell that they are quite reputable, let me tell you why I think Bluehost is the right web hosting platform for you.

Their plans start from as little as $3.95 a month, they provide tons of storage, they are security-friendly meaning that it is less likely someone will be able to hack or to send a virus to your site (That’s not to say that it’s impenetrable and invulnerable to these attacks), they offer a free SSL certificate & 1 free domain name upon sign up, 24/7 amazing support as well as live chat support as well as being a very fast web hosting service!

If all of that doesn’t entice you then I don’t know what will, honestly you’re better off starting a site on Bluehost than anywhere else on the internet even WordPress recommends it, so just click here to sign up to an awesome web hosting service and create your site today!

(ps. if you do go through Bluehost, I would also recommend you to choose the choice plus plan, as it has everything you need for an advanced site and it’s not too expensive like the final plan.

Step 3 – Setting everything up.

I don’t know which web hosting service you chose but if you decided to choose Bluehost, then it’s going to make thing’s a whole lot easier for both of us as I’m going to be using Bluehost for the most part as an example.

However, no matter which of the three web hosting service providers I mentioned, they are all easy to navigate and thus, set everything up.

What you need to do before actually creating your blog/site is to make sure everything on the backend on your web-host dashboard/portal is in tip-top shape and everything is enabled that you want enabled & what you don’t want is switched off, make sure to choose a domain name (Be very careful about choosing a name as it’s going to be a hassle to change it in the future if you don’t like it and it may even cost you money).

There are three types of domains: your primary, parked and add-on, your primary is basically as it says – your actual website name and what it’s known by, a parked domain is just another web address that leads to your main website and an add-on is like a sub-directory/it will be www.{your website name}.{add-on domain} so it won’t look very good.

Also, if you purchased a plan which includes a professional email, you may want to get that setup to since it will make your emailing list appear so much more professional to potential subscribers!

You don’t need to set up too much manually since your web-hosting service provider would have 80-90% of that done for you already, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to these types of things.

When you’ve set up the main backend of your web-host area, you can move onto the next step.

Step 4 – Launching your very first site.

Image result for wordpress.org dashboard

Well done for making it this far, congratulations to you!

From your portal (the backend of your web host area), there will be an option to pick the domain you want to create your site on and then to launch it, or it could be the other way around, either way, you’re going to want to pick the domain that you chose as well as your site name and a very short sentence on what your site is about.

once you’ve completed that small process, well done, you’re in your WordPress dashboard and I would shake your hand but sadly I can’t, because I’m all the way over here.

okay, so from here you’re going to see quite a bit on the left side of your dashboard, it may seem confusing and complicated at first but this is supposedly the most user-friendly/ease of use platform to create a site, plus you’ll get used to it fast as we go through the process.

Step 5 (part of step 4 actually) – Posts, pages, widgets & what to do first.

Alright so let’s get into the main gimmicks of your site, posts, pages, themes, plugins and so forth.

When you click on your site, you won’t see much only one sample page or a few pages that WordPress randomly created for you along with a few unwanted texts and/or images/media.

Now we don’t want that to be our website, do we? especially with nothing on it and a poor layout (The look of your site is called a theme which we will get into later).

So coming back to the dashboard, first I want to tell you what each of the options on the left side of the dashboard means and what they are for, in listed order (From top to bottom) so as to not drag this on for too long.

  • Dashboard – A very plain and simple/brief telling of your site and what’s going on, statistics will appear if you download plugins such as monster insight, it also gives quick options to add new content, posts, pages and so forth.
  • Posts – This option allows you to add a new post/article, manage your posts, create and manage categories (what your post is about) and tags.
  • Media – this is going to be where all of the images/videos and animated content you upload to your site are stored.
  • Pages – This option allows you to create, manage and add new pages to your site, pages are static, unlike posts which are constantly updating.
  • Comments – This option allows you to view all of the comments made on your site, don’t be discouraged if you have a lot, also if you have an anti-spam plugin, it will help filter spammers from filling your comment sections with spam.
  • Appearance – Now, pay attention to this option because this is going to play a very important part throughout the creation of your site, it allows you to choose themes (The main look of your site) for your site, customize your site, add widgets (extra gadgets to add more functionality to your site for users) and menu’s (The menu is the navigation bar at the top which people can use to navigate throughout your site).
  • Plugins – Plugins are like adding extra features to your site, be very careful when choosing what plugins you want for your site as choosing the wrong ones could mean a disaster.
  • Users – Users are the people who use your site in some way, whether they be an administrator or a simple subscriber.
  • Tools – Use this option to either import or export data to or from another site
  • Settings – As you guessed it, this is settings area, just as twitter and facebook would have their settings so does WordPress, you can change how your site functions here through changing the general settings, writing, and reading, discussion, traffic, permalinks (how the URL of each of your pages and posts would look), privacy as well as sharing to particular platforms.

Before you start to do anything, the first thing you should do is pick a good theme, there are tons of beautiful, professional-looking themes out there for your site, you can browse for the many amazing themes on WordPress or you can go to a site called ThemeForest.

Though there are tons of free good looking themes, to get the most functionality of obviously a beautiful design and look you will be wanting to buy a theme, a them can start from $10 going up to $300 but you figure that one out for yourself and go along with what’s in your budget, you can go for a free one but in the long term you will want to buy one to add more functionality to your site.

Now that you’ve given some heavy thought and have chosen your theme, now it’s time to write your first post, but first, you’ll want to navigate to the posts option on the left of the dashboard and create your very first post, don’t get stuck on what to write, it is your very first post after all so it doesn’t have to be perfect, maybe tell your readers about what your site is about.

Create a few posts (I recommend at least three for a new site).

Moving onto pages, you should endeavor to at least create your sites About page as well as your sites contact page, you could have a homepage or you could leave your homepage as a page that will display your posts (I left it as the page that displays my posts but I would recommend you to create a homepage to create a personal connection with your new-time visitors.

Moving onto customizing your site, this is the fun part.

This is where you can actually see your site as you change the layout and the look, your sites identity, and logo, the header (the top where my menu is) the widgets on the side and in your footer (at the bottom of your site), the homepage settings and basically what the viewer of your site will see, I love this part because you actually see what your site looks like and when you’ve finished and updated all of which you wanted, you get a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for what you did and was able to achieve.

And finally, we have plugins.

plugins are added for extra functionality and features for your site, remember to be very careful when adding new plugins as it could potentially damage your site and the worst-case scenario, cause your site to go haywire and go offline.

But there are some really good plugins out there, almost heading to the must-have section for your site to be running at optimal levels and or to increase your sites speed.

Here are some good plugins that I would recommend to you:

  • Contact Form 7
  • Akismet Anti-Spam
  • Yoast SEO
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com
  • Wordfence Security

If anything goes wrong, just contact Bluehost’s live support team, they’re there to help you 24/7 and for me personally, I found them to be very helpful.

Making money with your site

Image result for google adsense

How and/or what most people who start out making their website should do is to monetize your site with Google AdSense. Google AdSense is a program run by Google through which website publishers in the Google Network of content sites serve text, images, video, or interactive media advertisements that are targeted to the site content and audience. throughout your site.

You should strive to get approved by Google Adsense, but first, you will need to sign up and as the name implies, you must have a google account, you will then click onto get started

You will then be taken to the next step in the process where you will have to have to submit your sites homepage URL into the box provided, you will then be asked to verify your site with an HTML code and you will have to wait for approval (this process can take anywhere from just a few days to maybe a month or two, I know you want to make money now, unless you can write out large amounts of content for your site you will have to wait, unfortunately).

This is what the HTML or snippet code will look like:

Image result for google adsense verification code

You can paste this code into the widget area of your sidebar using the HTML widget and then paste it into the comment section as so:

Image result for google adsense verification code html widget

Don’t wait on this though and don’t put all your hopes into it, as the verification process takes such a long time, and once you’ve done this you can go back to your Google Adsense account that you just created and check the box saying I’ve pasted the code into my site box.

Another way that you can make money is by Affiliate Marketing, what Affiliate Marketing is, is that you’re promoting/marketing other peoples products (you’re affiliating yourselves with them by helping them market their products), you’ll be given a certain specific referral URL for that product, when someone purchases a product through your link, you get a percentage of the sales price.

Sounds amazing right? you don’t need to stocktake because as far as you know, you have an unlimited supply of stock on hand, you don’t need to worry about calculating the shipping costs because the company through which the product you’re promoting does all that for you, the thing is that before you can generate lots of money through Affiliate Marketing, your site will have to produce tons of online traffic (visitors coming into your site and reading your content).

The final way people make money through their site is by selling courses and/or digital/physical products. You may have an amazing idea for something extraordinary that you think people may find interesting and want to buy, you may have knowledge that is of value to others (you know what they say, knowledge is power), why not make a video or a course or two and sell it online, stock will never run out and all you have to do is make, edit and upload that video once, sell it for a certain price and if what you made has any value to others, you’ll make a ton! and that’s passive income too!

Another way and most people don’t do this, though some do as I have for mine, you can set up a donation’s page via a plugin for people to donate to you because the previously mentioned methods won’t guarantee you an on-going wealth.

Its high time for you to take charge and shape your site to how you want

Well, sadly here we are at the end of our venture, it was great showing you step by step on how to create your very own blog, these are the steps that I took in creating Shape Up 4 Success, I really hope that this helped you or at the very least given you some incentive and thought into starting your own blog today.

Did you enjoy what you read? did you find any of the steps helpful? Would you like to contribute an idea, topic or perhaps you would like one of your thoughts in an inspired post by you?

Sound your thoughts in the comment section below, this is James signing off and as always, stay safe guys.

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