A FREE & easy step-by-step guide for beginners
Hi! – My name is Chaz Miller and I’m going to show you exactly what you need to do, step-by-step, to create your own blog.
Even if you don’t know anything about computers or blogs, you will be up and running with a brand-new blog in 20 minutes. And if you ever get stuck, I’m here to guide you; FREE help is only a mouse click away.
– If you’re ready to start your blog now you can skip over to Step 1 –
First… a quick note about why I put this free guide together:
When I decided to start my first blog eight years ago, I knew next-to-nothing about blogs or blogging. The only reliable resources I could find online cost money, and the tutorials made you wade through a bunch of confusing technical jargon. Yuk. Since that time though, I’ve built dozens of blogs and websites and learned a whole lot of stuff in the process.
I wrote this guide because folks started asking me where they could learn how to set up blogs of their own. I wanted people to be able to grab good, free information that was easy to understand, so I went ahead and created this super-easy, step-by-step tutorial that anyone can understand and follow along with.
So… What’s Involved In Setting Up Your Own Blog?
1) Your Domain Name. A domain name is the “address” of your blog, where people will find your blog online. A couple of well-known examples would be “google.com” and “wikipedia.com”. You should take your time, do some brainstorming and decide on a name you can be happy with for a long time. If at all possible, I recommend that you choose a name that ends in “.com” because it’s the most widely recognized domain name in the world.
2) Your Blog Host. A host is the space where your domain name lives. Your host is like a big apartment building and your domain is like an apartment inside that building.
Hosting can be either inexpensive ($3-$4/month) or free – it’s your choice. There are lots of paid hosting services out there and several “free” blogging services as well (like blogger.com or tumblr.com). But the crazy thing is that these free services can actually end up being very expensive. Why? Well, you don’t get your own domain name, your earning potential is reduced and you lose the flexibility and features to customize your blog. Plus, you lose out on 24/7 technical support.
There is actually a lot of risk involved in trusting your personal blog to one of those ‘free’ blogging services. If you ask around, I think you’ll find that any blogger who’s been around awhile will NEVER recommend that you start off with a free blog – no matter how casual or serious you are about blogging. Take a look at your favorite blogs – chances are, these blogs are all paid blogs. And this will be especially true if those blogs are generating any kind of income.
On the other hand, paying for blog hosting is actually super-cheap – like going to Starbucks or buying a fast-food burger once a month. You gain a property that you own (and can sell), you won’t run the risk of losing all your work and you can save literally thousands of dollars in the long run. When you add it all up, most people agree that “free” is not really free, and paid is actually “almost free” at around $3-4 per month.
3) Your Blogging Platform. The third part of a blog is the software that makes your blog “go”. Without it, when people go to your domain all they will see is a lot of blank space. The most widely-used blogging platform in the world today is WordPress. WordPress is free, really easy to learn and use, and a little later in this guide I’ll show you how to install WordPress with only one click.
So… what’s the bottom line?
See, all this “blog stuff” is really pretty simple, and setting up your own blog is really easy to do. You don’t need to download anything. You don’t need to upload anything.
I’m going to walk you through this simple process. Just follow along with the step-by-step instructions in this guide.