How to Start a Blog

Complete Guide From Zero Experience to 150,000+ Readers Every Month ✍️

We once were in your exact shoes…

We knew that we wanted to start a blog, we had a rough idea on what we wanted to blog about, but we didn’t have all the domino pieces lined up conveniently. 🤔

Through trial and error, we’ve been able to grow this blog to over 150,000 visitors and $20,000 in revenue every month. 📈

Today, we want to show you how to work towards similar results, and how to replicate our strategies and tactics when creating a blog of your own.

This 70+ page ebook summarizes our ~7 years of experience building and growing a blog. Check it out! It’s free.

Start a Blog

What you'll learn

  • How to decide what to blog about
  • How to choose the best blogging platform
  • How to set up a domain name, hosting & WordPress
  • Your must-have WordPress plugins
  • The basic settings that every blog needs
  • Blog homepage and other essential blog pages
  • How to come up with blog content ideas that people can't ignore
  • How to write a blog post – step by step
  • WordPress SEO - where to start
  • How to promote your blog
  • How to monetize your blog
  • Best blogging tools and guides that will take you to the next level

FAQ on how to start a blog


Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by people who are thinking about starting a blog:


Can I do it all by myself without anyone’s help?

Yes.

There really is not much more to say here … you really can learn how to start a blog and then execute on that knowledge by yourself. Plus, the final effect won’t necessarily be any worse than if you had a pro designer or developer on the payroll. The tools have evolved a lot over the years – they’re very user-friendly and easy to grasp nowadays.


What do I need in order to get started? Do I need to know how to code?

You need a computer and a fistful of dollars. All the other stuff is optional.

There’s no coding knowledge required, no website-owning experience, and no design skills or whatnots.

The reason why this is the case is because of what I mentioned above – we simply have more functional and easier-to-use tools at our disposal.


Can I create a blog for free?

In a word, yes. But that’s not the best path to take.

While there are blogging platforms out there that allow you to build a blog entirely for free, they do carry a number of limitations:

You’re stuck with the platform’s subdomain and can’t get your own domain name without paying a fee.

You’re often not allowed to do much in terms of customization or installing new features.

Your options to monetize the blog are limited – not all platforms allow you to sell your products or promote other people’s stuff via ads.

You can be forced to host the platform’s own ads on your site.

At the end of the day, if you instead choose to shell out a modest fee, you can do away with all of the above issues and create a fully functional blog on your own.


People say blogging’s dead. Are they right?

“Blogging is dead” is something people have been saying for years now. It’s hard to even pinpoint when the phrase appeared for the first time.

There have been a number of supposed killers of blogging. First there was social media, Twitter and Facebook, then YouTube, live streaming services, and who knows what else.

But!

The data says otherwise.

Raw data has one advantage, it doesn’t take sides.

Let me show you two things:

  1. According to WordPress.com, more than 400 million people view more than 21 billion blog pages each month. On top of that, users create nearly 90 million new posts and nearly 50 million new comments each month.
  2. WordPress – undoubtedly the biggest blog and website engine of them all – now powers more than 30% of all websites. Again, that’s all websites.

So no. Blogging is far from dead.


After I learn how to start a blog, can I then turn that blog into a business and make money from it?

Yes, of course.

Just look at what we’ve done here with this very blog.

When we started, the blog was making $0, understandably. But within ~3 years, we’ve grown it to ~$20,000 per month in revenue.

How does it make money exactly and how have we achieved it? We’ll get to that later on. But let’s just say that it took us some trial and error to get to that level. We try to boil it all down in this guide and present you with a structured, systematic approach.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Karol K
Karol K
Editor at CodeinWP. Blogger, author of "WordPress Complete."
Colin Newcomer
Colin Newcomer
Freelance writer and staff member at CodeinWP. Devoted years to blogging about WordPress and digital marketing.
Bill Widmer
Bill Widmer
A content marketing and SEO consultant. Has 2,500,000-words of experience publishing content.