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HOW TO START A BLOG IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS

Updated: Feb 14, 2021

I’ve also made new friends and have been invited to partner on many new projects that I am excited about.

You can start a blog in less than 10 total clicks. Yup, and if you set up your site on a platform like Bluehost, it automatically walks you through every step of the process, from buying the domain to setting up your own blog.


After I go through the six steps I will expand on some of them in greater detail.

Step 1: Pick a Niche for Your Blog

Before you go about buying your domain name and setting up hosting, you need to decide what topic to blog about. While you might change directions or expand the scope of your website down the line, you need to start your blog with a clearly defined focus.

How To Choose a Blog Topic

As you set out to choose a topic for your blog, consider the following:

  • Your Passion: Blogging is one place where you should follow your heart. You’re far more likely to stick with blogging when the going gets tough if you’re writing about a subject you love. Not only will your passion motivate you when you’re 15 tabs deep in researching an article topic, but it will show through in your writing and make it that much more engaging. Look at issues that fascinate you, hobbies, your job (if you love it), and your favorite topics of conversation as starting points.

  • Your Experience: As I said above, blogging is a learning experience, so you don’t have to be an expert on your subject. That being said, you should pick a topic you’re familiar with. Look at your personal and professional experiences. What unique perspective have you gained from them that you could contribute online? Being knowledgeable about your niche also streamlines the research process and can make your life a whole lot easier.

  • The Numbers: There are plenty of affordable tools that can give you an idea of what people are searching for online. You can also look to top-performing blogs in your niche to see how they’ve found success. You should also research your audience. What kinds of people do you want to attract to your new blog, and what types of questions do you hope to answer for them? The answers to those questions will help you decide how to build your blog and approach the content you write.

  • The Money: In addition to researching for creative purposes, you can also analyze top sites to see how much money they make and how hard it will be to compete in a given niche. Some niches are more profitable than others, and if making money is one of your goals, you need to determine whether you could build a lucrative career in your field.

Looking at these factors should help you to pick the right niche and narrow down your topic.

Once you’ve landed on a topic, you need to pick a name for your blog.

How To Choose The Best Name For Your Blog

Choosing a name for your blog is one of the most crucial steps of starting a blog. The name will not only be your URL, but it will also be your brand!

So it’s super important that you come up with a name you love.

Here are a few strategies to help you craft the perfect name for your site. I recommend you break out a notebook (paper or digital), and get ready to brainstorm.

  • Your blog name should be unforgettable: Make it memorable, not too long, and use keywords related to your niche. You want readers to easily remember the name and make their way to your site, knowing what kind of content to expect when they get there.

  • Make a list: Start with 10 to 20 potential names for your blog. With so many websites in existence, you’ll probably find that some of your names are already taken, so you’ll want to have plenty of backups locked and loaded.

  • Get Inspiration, if needed: If you’re still stuck, take another peek at some of the competitors in your niche to see what kinds of names they have.

  • Think about domain names: Statistics show that domain names with 20 letters or less get more traffic because they are easier to type in and remember. And more traffic means more money!

Step 2: Choose Your Domain Name

A typical formula that I use when coming up with domain names is:

  • fun word + word related to your niche + .com

  • memorable phrase about your topic + .com

Some of the great domain name examples based on these two formats are:

  • MoneyBoss