How to Start a Blog on WordPress (Step-By-Step Tutorial)

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021

If you had asked me two years ago how I thought my blog was doing I would’ve laughed and said, “I quit.” Two years ago I was 8 months into my first blog and things weren’t looking great.

I had no traffic, my content sucked, and I didn’t enjoy working on my blog at all. I was ready to give up!

Fast-forward to today and I earn over $70,000 per year because of the connections I’ve made due to this little blog! What if I gave up like I was so tempted to do two years ago? I wouldn’t be staying at home with my babies full time, that’s for sure.

If you think that you can stick to a year (or sometimes more) blogging with little to no profit, then you can potentially break through and hit the profits you dream of.

The Pay at Home Parent Blog Mockup

In the next few minutes, I will walk you through the 5 steps you need to take to start a blog on WordPress. Using my tutorial, you can have your blog set up and ready to go in less than a day.

Here is a little secret that helped me jump right in; do not get hung up on the details. If you wait until your blog looks perfect and has 25+ posts before you launch, you’ll burn out before ever seeing any traffic or earning any money like I almost did. The goal is to get your blog set up and launched (while working through the details as you go).

After blogging for more than three years now, I can say that it is not easy. It is simple to start a blog, but it takes hard work to become a successful blogger and make money from it.

If you can put in the work and stick to it, then I encourage you to jump in and start your blog.

5 Steps to Start Your Money-Making Blog

Follow these next steps closely and you could publish your first blog post as soon as today.

Step 1: Choose a Niche

A niche is a specific market where you can promote products and services.

When choosing a niche or topic for your blog, start with something that interests you. That way you will enjoy writing each blog post.

Niche ideas:

  1. Health and Fitness
  2. Kids and Family
  3. Homeschooling
  4. Cleaning and Organizing
  5. Food and Recipes
  6. Parenting Tips
  7. Gaming
  8. Travel
  9. Interior Design
  10. Hunting
  11. Sports
  12. Finance
  13. Relationships
  14. Trending Stories

Step 2: Select a Blog Platform

WordPress

WordPress.org is the best platform for a blog because it offers the most flexibility with free themes (templates) and plugins (features).

This is the platform that I’ve been successful with and recommend without a doubt.

Step 3: Buy a Hosting Package

Every blog requires a host in order to connect with readers. Think of a host as a “rental space” on the internet. It costs money to store your physical property in a storage unit, and similarly, it costs money to store your written blogs and images online.

HostGator is one of the most affordable host providers for new blogs. It has fantastic customer service and tech support that is available 24/7 via Live Chat or by phone.

To get started, click here to open HostGator in a new tab. Select the yellow “Buy Now!” button below the plan of your choice.

I recommend starting with the Hatchling Plan which is the most affordable option.

HostGator plans

Step 4: Choose a Domain Name (URL)

A domain name is a unique phrase that people can type into a search bar to find your blog, like www.name.com.

HostGator gives new bloggers a free domain name for one year if they sign up for a 12, 24, or 36-month plan. A year+ plan will also provide the best value.

HostGator free domain name

A domain name could be anything from your full name (if available) to a unique sequence of words that summarizes your blog’s subject. You can always change the name later (I did).

If you already have a domain name, toggle the tab to “I already own this Domain” and then enter it to continue.

I already own this domain

Next, choose the Package Type and Billing Cycle. If you can afford to purchase three years of hosting, DO IT. It will save you the most money. And HostGator has a 45-day money-back guarantee if you should need to request a refund.

choose a hosting plan

Next, set up your account with HostGator. Fill in all of the required information, then type in a 4-digit pin. Keep it safe so that you can speak with support about your account!

set up your HostGator account

Next, grab your credit/debit card and fill in your payment information.

enter billing information

You can add additional services to your order. None of the add-ons are required, and you can usually find the same service using a free plugin on WordPress.

For example, HostGator recommends the SiteLock Essentials add-on for security, but I use a free plugin called Wordfence.

Hostgator add on

You shouldn’t need to add a coupon code since I’ve already provided you with the biggest discount when using this link!

HostGator promo code

Review your order to make sure everything is correct! Your total may be different from mine based on the plan, billing cycle, and add-ons you chose.

Final order review

Review the terms of service, cancellation policy, and privacy policy. Check the box next to those documents and then select “Checkout Now!” to finalize your order.

checkout now

HostGator is one of the best hosts for beginners. Its 24-hour support will help you choose a theme and set it up as soon as you’ve ordered your hosting package. Make sure to log into your new account and start a free chat session with tech support if you’re not sure where to go next.

Step 5: Start Writing!

You can now add your very first blog post! Use this opportunity to introduce yourself, your mission, your expertise, and anything else that will tell readers why they should read your blog.

When I was in school, I hated writing. But once I started my blog, I realized that it’s possible to love writing when you can choose the topics to cover.

Make a list of topics that you could talk about non-stop and write about those first. Keep your readers’ best interests in mind, teach them something new, and your blog will be on its way to earning money.

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