Everything You Need To Start A Blog
Now we will start the setup of your blog. You need a couple of things before you can start your blog and these are unavoidable costs to get started. Selecting the best blogging platform The next step is to find the best-suited blog name for our new content niche site. to find a unique blog name made just for you. I suggest using a custom domain name.
Choose a domain name that makes it easy for people to remember you and for your niche blog to stand out.
Buy a Domain Name:
You need a domain name
The one key thing you will need is a domain name. This is the place people will visit online. I like to build long term brands and not just churn and burn sites. You should always go for a custom domain name and have it somewhat branded. Many new bloggers go for an exact keyword domain name and it can be a roadblock as you try to grow and expand the blog.
There are three schools of thought about this and I’m always testing this for best results.
- Choose a brand name domain
- Choose a partial keyword match domain
- Choose an exact match keyword domain
The brandable domain allows you to build a long term brand and have higher chances of expansion of topics. You will also get a higher payout when and if you decide to flip this site later on.
Partial match domains include a keyword with another word in the domain name. These work well but do put some restrictions on your ability to be relevant for some topics.
Now the exact match keyword in a domain name is a super quick way to rank your site because of domain name relevance. But this will also pigeon hole you to one single topic, ringing true to the naming convention of a True niche site. They talk about 1-3 topics under the main topic.
Where can you buy domains?
I like to split my domains up in a couple of accounts. Always thinking of safety and diversity. For you starting with your first niche website I would suggest using one domain registrar.
I suggest NameSilo.com or NameCheap.com as great choices for registering domains.
Domains range from $7-16 a year for standard domains.
You may be surprised but domain name flipping is an actual business modal that can be quite lucrative. Some domains can retail for thousands and thousands because of the name, perceived value or the age of the domain. I’ll cover this more on the blog for those interested.
Register your domain for 1 or 2 years and I suggest using WHOIS name privacy. This keeps you safe when registering your domain.
Now very important! Save your access details and the domain name particulars and registration expiry dates somewhere safe like your site manager excel sheet or password manager.
I like to use a couple of domain registers for my blogs but for beginners, I suggest using just 1.
I like Namesilo.com and Namecheap.com for buying domains.
Basically, you will create an account and save your info somewhere safe and where you can easily access it later on.
The average cost of a domain ranges between $8-14 per year. Different prices are depending on what extension you choose like .com.au, .io, .net or like me here using a $0.99 domain with a .xyz.
Buy Website Hosting:
You need a hosting account
Every website needs some form of hosting where the website lives. Your domain will connect to the web hosting by adding some connecting ID’s. The hosting account should include a cPanel where you or a developer can set up the website and [email protected] email addresses.
For beginners, this can be very confusing and I’ll be honest it took me a lot of playing around to know what to do in this part of my hosting account. You pay per month for web hosting and blog hosting. This in most circumstances can not be avoided.
Starting a blog has a lot of moving parts but you shouldn’t be overwhelmed, take it step by step. You have no need to rush through this process to create a blog site. Take your time, do it in chunks if that makes it easier.
Hosting is what your domain name will live on top of. The hosting keeps the domain name live on the web. I use self hosted WordPress blogs to save time and money. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform by far. I think the WordPress dashboard is easy to navigate for a beginner and allows enough visual display that you can pick it up quite fast.
You need website hosting to be the place that powers your domain name. This is where your domain name will live. Hosting plays a part in website performance and below I’ve listed 3 hosting providers for each type of blogger that have a mix of affordability, performance and then mid-tier.
You will be able to make email addresses for your websites in your web host cPanel, create aliases, redirects, set security levels and configure a lot of extra features and layers for your website. This is NOT for beginners to play around with and I would expect beginners spending a lot of time with tech support at least on their first website setup.
I always create a couple of email address for my niche blog when I build it. Usually these are like Admin, Sales, Hello and then an actual name like [email protected] for some outreach type tactics later on in the build process.
My suggested hosting providers
- BlueHost for beginners with 1 site starting at $299 monthly
- DreamHost for beginners with 2 sites
- Kinsta for fast load times and scale as you need web hosting.
The average cost of website hosting ranges from $3 to $9 monthly.
For one blog I suggest Blue Host an affordable hosting option.
For really fast hosting and more than 1 website, I like Kinsta web hosting.
The good news is these providers do this full time and have a decent knowledge base and support tutorials for when you do get stuck. We all start somewhere and I’m sure as hell I would have wasted many hours of my first web hosting support person day with my random “I’m stuck” questions. They are your hosting provider and they can help you buy you need to ask.
I install WordPress myself but you may need a bit more help if its your first time starting a blog.. You can ask your web hosting provider top help you install WordPress for you.
TBC I will create and upload a guide showing you how to do this later. Self hosted WordPress blogs are easy to use and by far the most popular way to start blogging.
Once this is set up you are all good to go.
Now you can start building your blog.
Setting Everything Up:
Now you need to set up all of the things. I like to do the set up in sections and especially when you dig into the nuts and bolts of building a conversion-focused website it can get techy fast.
To start you should try to complete the following tasks first before moving to site architecture.
Your To-Do List:
- Buy the domain name
- Buy the website hosting
- Add hosting server records to the domain name
- Instal WordPress blog from your cPanel hosting.
- Configure WordPress basic settings
- Add your website theme
- Add your required plugins
Once you have ticked off all of these tasks you can start thinking about building out your site. The key is that the website is live and it’s ready for Google to know it exists.
Once your new website is all set up you are ready to start blogging. The blogs themselves are designed to show up in Google when people search for things like “How to do I set up a WordPress blog?”. This is what this blog is designed to do.
You should aim to have a few articles that help you build your topic relevance on the niche that you are targeting. The aim is to well and truly cover the topic that you are targeting so well that you have a lot of search term variations for that topic. Google will see these articles as helpful information and your website answering the questions related to your target topic, this will help Google categorise you as a good reference for information about that target topic.
My Estimate For How many articles will you need:
- You will want at least 10 articles
- You will want 5 pages at least
- You will need some legal pages
This is a baseline measurement because variables do matter but on a universal estimate, 10 articles should give you some traction around your topic. I’ll show you how we target what search terms and questions so you can get more from your articles later on this article.