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Hi, Mama! Question for you: Have you been thinking about starting a blog, wanting to start a blog but just don�t know how to start a blog? If so, then this is your lucky day. I�m Candis Lynn and in this video, I�m going to walk you through the four steps you need to know for how to start a blog from scratch in under an hour. So before I get into it, let me just quickly say this is my very first video on a brand new channel for a brand new blog.
And while I have a big vision for what I want it all to look like and be, I don�t have everything in place yet and haven�t even have it all figured out yet. But what I do have is a valuable message that I know can benefit a lot of moms out there that are in the same situation as me, working from home or being a stay-at-home mom and want to how to start a blog (profitable). So because I have that experience and that knowledge and I want to share that with everybody who can benefit from it, I�m starting even if I don�t have it all figured out, I�m starting now. The reason that I share that with you is because I encourage you to do the same with your blog.
If you still are trying to figure out things like SEO and email marketing, and web design, and blogging, and all these other stuff, then don�t worry about all of that now because trying to get it all figured out ahead of time is a great way of never starting. So let�s start today with this video. And like I said, I�m going to walk you through these four steps and then I�m also going to link up in the description box and at the end of the video a free blog setup guide that you can download and take with you that will walk you through the steps as you go. And at the end, I�m also going to give you a little bonus tip for turning your blog into a profitable blog so stick around to the very end.
Alright, so let�s get into it. Step #1 is get your own hosting and domain name. Now you might be asking about those free sites like blogger. And if you�re just a hobby blogger or you�re just blogging for fun, that�s fine. But if you want to build a profitable blog, you�ll need to get your own hosting and domain name. So hosting and domain will cost you between 5 and 15 dollars a month. Your domain name is about 15 dollars a year and I leave a hosting company that I recommend and that I personally use in that blog setup that I mentioned at the end of the video.
And if you use them, you get a free domain name for your first year. However, regardless of which hosting company you choose, whether it�s the one I recommend or a different one, make sure it has a quick and easy WordPress install option. I�m going to get into that in step #2 but make sure that your hosting provider has that option. Step #2 as I said is WordPress, install WordPress onto your domain.
And what WordPress is, is a content management system, and all that means is it�s a vehicle that allows you to add your pages, your posts, your pictures, and your look, your design to your blog. So that�s free. It doesn�t cost anything extra. Just make sure like I said your hosting provider has the ability to have a quick and easy WordPress install because that�s going to save you a ton of frustration.
Step #3 is your theme or design for your blog. You don�t want to just leave it as it comes kind of out of the box because it�s going to look like a million other blogs out there. so WordPress has thousands of free themes for you to choose from and it can get a little daunting searching through all those so I recommend a couple that I�ve used and I have this also in my free resource guide that I have the download for you at the end of the video. So make sure you use one of those. They�re responsive, they look right, you can use any one you want but those are two that I personally use and recommend and they�re free, and it�s going to give you a great look to your blog. Step #4 (we�re down to the last step!). Alright, so if you�ve made it through steps 1 through 3, your blog is live online but it�s not much of a blog. It doesn�t have anything there yet so step 4 is putting content on your blog and that�s in the form of pages and posts.
Pages are things like your about page. Your homepage may be your resources page, a terms and conditions page. So those are sort of the static pages of your blog and posts are things that you�re going to share your knowledge, your experience, your stories with your audience in the form of blog posts. So for me, this video is all about how to start a blog. I�m going to also have a blog post on my blog at Candislyn.com and that post is going to be How to Start a Blog. It�s going to accompany this video. So that is an example of a post.
So I recommend you having five posts to start with so your blog doesn�t look like a ghost town and you�re also giving your audience value from the get go. And moving forward from there, you can determine your own publishing schedule however often you want to publish posts. You can determine that. But start with five. Alright, so we�ve made it through the first four steps. If you can make it through these four steps, you�re going to have a blog online. You�re going to be in a great position to build and grow a great blog. But here�s where my tip #5 or step #5, secret little bonus tip is. Thank you for hanging in till the end. And this one is build your email list from the start. You may have heard of this before but if you build your list from the start, it�s going to enable your blog to become a profitable blog. And we�ll go into all of this in future videos and blog posts so we�ll flesh it all out but for now, just know that you need to have that from the start, so use service like Mailchimp.com to incorporate that into your blog.
They have a WordPress widget that you can easily install that into your blog. And it�s free so start free. When you�re starting out, start free except for your hosting and domain because that�s hard to transfer later on if you don�t start with the hosting and domain of your own. So everything else is pretty much free to get started. So do that, get started, use these tips that I�ve given you, and I�d love to hear from you where are you at in your blogging journey? Are you just starting? It�s my son in the background.
Are you just starting? Are you in the middle of it? What kind of questions do you have? I�d love to know. Leave a comment in the comments below and also like and share this video if it helped you. And thanks so much for watching. I look forward to seeing you on the next videos and have a great week, Mama!.
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