How To Create a Blog in Under 15 Minutes and Start a WordPress Website

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Starting your own blog can be intimidating, especially if you're a beginner. But don't worry: we've got your back. In this article, we're going to show you how to quickly and easily set up your own blog using one of the most popular blogging platforms, WordPress. We'll start from the very beginning, with the fundamentals of blogging, then move on to how to set up your first blog in under 15 minutes!

1. Why Do You Want a Blog?

The first step to starting a blog is to ask yourself why you want to start a blog in the first place. Is it to build an audience? To make money? To help people? Knowing why you want to do it will help you stay motivated and focused. According to HubSpot, 98% of all bloggers didn’t intend for their blogs to become a business, but they found their muse in it anyways. That being said, be careful about creating the wrong kind of blog — here are a few warning signs you should keep in mind.

Using stats from Google Analytics, Patrick observes that the Google ranking formula treats every website (even if marketing-heavy) however it wants. For example, on the Google top-ranking domain page for “blogging,” 23 of the top 50 blogs are blog sites with high bounce rates. This isn’t an issue if you’re a beginner blog; your aim isn’t to be first on the list, it’s to be the best-ranked. Bouncing likely translates to that you may have a negative Google reputation.

According to HubSpot, earning per click takes about 10% of your visitors’ time and increases your cost per click. To attract more traffic, you need to make your blog more interactive and allow readers to leave comments and engage with your content. As you can see from the screenshot above, the left corner comment section mainly consists of hateful comments.

Furthermore, Google discourages links from the very beginning, even if it doesn’t affect your ranking. As of 2019, if you run a blog your target audience might have an external link going to your website pointing to your site. According to HubSpot, a few warning signs you need to stop are:

If you want to attract more quality traffic to your blog you need to satisfy two main goals:

Although “remote practice” is a widely popular and recommended medium for freelancers, it won’t work for beginners. If you would like to start a blog you’ll need to set up your own office environment.

2. Understanding the Basics of Blogging

If you are looking to succeed as a blogger, you must understand the basics of blogging. Blogging is not a difficult task, but it does require that you follow a few basic rules. First, you must be consistent. Posting a few times a week is a good start, but do not stop there. You cannot be a successful blogger and just post every single day. Most bloggers post on a regular, although not-so-regular, schedule.

Every once in a while, I see a beginner post every single day for no apparent reason at all. They’re just trying to fill up the social media-loving void that you may be feeling today. Don’t get desperate like that, but do include a schedule at the very least. Most beginners forget this important rule and post all day long.

Another important thing to remember is that once your content is posted, it needs to stay there for as long as possible. Keeping your audience on your blog is the foundation of blogging, and you cannot build your brand or brand reputation quickly if you are constantly changing the content or removing popular posts.

Another technical requirement of blogging is that you use a blog theme. Themes are visual, and they give your blog a pretty look. Although this does not impact the actual functionality of your blog — whether you can post daily or all day long is irrelevant — a nice theme will put you in the right headspace for creating a blog.

Themes will also help you add more authority to your blog, which is a major advantage in the long run.

WordPress is by far the most popular blogging tool. It is very easy to use, and it is highly customizable. That being said, if you’re completely new to blogging or you’re looking to take advantage of some of the advanced features that WordPress has to offer, you’ll need to go with a custom WordPress theme.

Custom themes are not difficult to set up, but you may want to commit to using them long-term.

3. How to Choose a Blogging Platform

There are lots of blogging platforms to choose from such as WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr. It’s important to choose a blogging platform that’s easy to use and has lots of useful features. You also want to choose a blogging platform that has lots of users. Large numbers of people will tend to stick around and more people will tend to leave in a short period of time.

There are lots of features and options you can research for a blogging platform, and the best thing to do is start small — choose the core features that you find most useful.

The foundation of any blogging platform is the WordPress platform. It’s a free platform, but you’ll need to pay a small fee to get some of its most popular features. Before you start to blog, we recommend you first check out the WordPress installation guide, which will ask you a bunch of questions about your needs.

Note: We use the word ‘WordPress to refer to both the blogging platform itself as well as the theme used by most WordPress sites. While a lot of themes can be installed to suit a specific theme’s style, they all work under the umbrella term of ‘WordPress, since that’s the name under which most sites are registered and hosted.

If you're unsure how to set up your blog, read on to find out! Alternatively, if that seems like too much work, you can check out some other beginner’s guides we’ve written about using the blogging platforms we mention below.

There are two types of posts you can write on a blogging platform: a blog post and a multimedia (e.g. photos, videos, charts, animation) post. Regardless of how you select your content, readers are bombarded with a ton of information — a lot of information! — every single time they open their browser. Just by reading all this, you’ll have no trouble grasping the essential building blocks of a blog.

4. How to Set Up Your Blog in Under 15 Minutes

The best way to set up your blog is to register a domain name and install WordPress. Then, install a theme from either ThemeForest or Elegant Themes. I recommend using a child theme if you’re not comfortable with doing it yourself. You can also hire someone to help you set up your site.

You can easily get help with WordPress in just a few minutes, and I highly recommend it!

That’s exactly it. You can rest assured that setting up your blog won’t be difficult. It’ll be as easy as updating the WordPress database and downloading your installation of choice. Of course, you may also get some faster results using a theme instead of a child theme, but I find installing a theme with everything that is already done to it far more efficient.

So, let’s get started!

Our main goal is to help you get started with blogging. So, let’s start with some things that you should know before actually starting.

The first thing you’ll need to do is register a domain name and get hosting. Once that’s done, you need to pick a theme for your blog by picking between Material, WooCommerce, or SEMRush themes. Some beginners mess up by choosing a theme that isn’t actually suited for their blog, so be sure to choose a theme that a) fits your blog’s style, b) fits your audience’s tastes, and c) won’t create a problem down the line if your website gets hacked or your hosting gets taken down.

I recommend Material!

If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, installing the WooCommerce plugin is also all you need. It will allow you to sell your products using Shopify.

In plain English, that means you can use a shopping cart to sell all of your products. No more hunting around for blogs that post good product photos and trying to upload high-quality product pics. Well, maybe that’s not true, but it’ll get you a long way.

5. How To Promote Your New WordPress Blog

If you just launched a brand new WordPress blog, you might be wondering how to promote it so that it gives you the best return on your investment. Here are five ways: 

1) Make sure your blog is easy to find in search results. Use the keywords that people are using to find your blog. 

2) Make sure your blog is easy to share. Share your blog on social media platforms. 

3) Continually optimize your blog for SEO. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the key ways to learn how to effectively market your blog. 

4) Set up an entry point to your blog by adding a useful guest blog post. This can be anything your business needs, such as a business announcement posting. 

5) Edit your blog headlines and your post content to be better optimized for SEO. Think about how you’d describe your topic in a headline. What keywords would you use, and what strong emotion do you want to convey? Optimizing your content should be second nature to you already. Make sure these first few steps are easy.

The first thing you need to do is to figure out what you want to write about. Every business is going to have its unique story, but for this exercise, we’re going to assume you have a specific topic you want to write about. What topics are popular right now? If you want something a little more specific, type keywords into the Google search bar and see what results pop up.

Here are some popular topics you might want to write about: portfolio building, gender discrimination, marketing strategies, health & fitness, productivity hacks, investing, content marketing, and career advice.

To help you out, check out topics that are trending right now. You can also use the Facebook social insights tool to find exact keywords people are using to find your pages.

While you should write about your topic, there are still tons of other things you can cover. Think about what individuals and companies are doing in your industry. This will help you craft content that people are going to want to read.


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