Basic steps to create a wordpress blog.

Step one.

Choose a blog name.

What’s in a name? 

Everything!

Naming your blog is a big deal. Coming up with the perfect blog name is important to you. This blog will represent you in written words. 

Here are a few tips to help inspire you to name your blog:

  • Read your favorite book and get inspired that way. 
  • Go outside and walk around nature and find inspiration. 
  • You can also use your name.

If you’re struggling to come up with a name, here are a few tips to remember:

  • What is your blog content?
  • Who is your blog’s targeted audience?
  • Is this blog for entertainment or education, or is it to sell something?

Once you come up with a name, here are a few more things to remember:

  • Is this name memorable?
  • Is this name easy to spell?
  • Does this name sound good as a dot com?
  • Will this name still work if you change your niche? 

If you are still struggling to come up with a name, do some research about blogs similar to yours and see what they name theirs. 

When choosing your blog name, it will have a unique footprint that is yours. 

Step two

Go to wordpress.com and buy a plan.

There are lots of free blog platforms that are free. WordPress also offers a free version as well. You must visit the website to choose the best blog plan for your budget.

  • Plan one is the personal plan. This plan is $4.00, billed as $48 for the year plus taxes.
  • Plan two is the premium plan. This plan is $8.00, billed as $96.00 for the year plus taxes.
  • Plan three is the business plan. This plan is $25.00, billed as $300 for the year plus taxes.
  • The final plan is the eCommerce plan—this plan bills $540 for the year plus taxes.

You could stay with the free version, but it benefits you to upgrade a little or a lot. It depends on your motivation for the blog. Free is best if it’s a personal blog, but if you are taking your blogging to the next level, you want to upgrade the domain because it makes the blog more credible. 

Example:

jenniferisonline.com

Or

jenniferisonline.wordpress.com

The first one makes more sense because it’s a blog that provides blogging services. 

A client would more likely take you seriously with the first domain.

Step three

Pick a theme

WordPress offers many free themes. When choosing a theme, make sure it matches your ideas. You’ll know the perfect theme when you see it. If you upgrade, you can choose from a more extensive theme pool than the free version. 

Step four

Claim your free domain name

WordPress gives you a free domain when you upgrade. I would take advantage of this free domain and set it up immediately. It’s a straightforward process, and WordPress guides you the entire way. 

Step five

Set up your home page with information

Now that you set up your WordPress with a theme and claim your free domain, it’s time to start giving your blog information, so your readers know what to expect with your content.

Now is a perfect time to think about creating a keyword list that best fits your nice so you can optimize your homepage. 

Fortunately, with a theme, you just fill in the blanks with your personal information. 

  • What is the content that you will be writing? 
  • Who will read this content?

Step six

Find recent topics about your blog niche that people want to know.

If you write about your interests, you are missing an excellent opportunity to answer questions people may have about your niche. A better content strategy would be to see what people want to know now and start writing blogs that fill that space. 

You can research topics by visiting forums related to your niche. In the search area, look for specific issues that are often asked. Look at the answers they get and start collecting ideas for future posts. 

For example:

Quora.com

Search for your niche. See what people are talking about. Look for repetitive questions and content and brainstorm your next topic. 

You should get new ideas regularly if you join several forums related to your niche. 

There are several forums you can join.

Step seven

Create a keyword list

Starting your blog with basic SEO will help readers find your content. Since you already did all your research for your blog topics, you’ve organically created your list.

I recommend opening a word DOC and while you’re researching your topic, copy and paste all your sources onto that document. You can also use this method to copy-paste important information to refer to later. Never use any copy-paste text to your blog unless you plan on citing the original creator. 

Once you discover the commonly used words that fit your topic, you can open your thesaurus, find similar terms to the original keyword, and use the lesser version. Common keywords are saturated, so it’s more difficult to rank with them. Use keywords with less value. 

Example:

Lightning 

Use thunderbolt instead.

Always use keywords in your heading. When you begin writing, using keywords in a longer sentence is best.

Example:

Ten essential steps to starting a WordPress blog.

Step eight

Write your first post.

When you write your first post, break up the text. What I mean is not to write with big blocks of sentences. Use spaces between thoughts, so it breaks up the paragraphs. This style is more attractive to the average reader. Use lists, bullet points, and multiple headings. 

Each blog will have a similar structure, but always keep the layout in mind. Keeping the design in mind helps with the flow of information and its readability. Most people read at the 7th-grade level.

Step nine

Check for grammatical errors. Find a few pictures to add from a free resource such as pixabay.com. Add your keyword tags. Use up to ten targeted keyword tags. 

Step ten

Publish your blog post.

Smash that publish button! You made your first post. 

The information in this post is for primary knowledge purposes. 

Starting a blog is fun and exciting. The effort you put into your blog will show by getting followers and comments. It’s an exciting time for you, and I know your blog will do well. 

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