So you’ve decided to start your own blog on WordPress. You know the blog post topics you want to write about, you know your audience, you know other bloggers you want to collaborate with. What you don’t know is the technical stuff – how to actually launch a blog up and get it running.
Most free guides you find on Google are written by affiliate marketers trying to convince you to build your own blog using WordPress.org, which requires you to get technical, and to pay for a 3rd party host.
Honestly, that’s a lot of friction for a beginner. Motivation dries up quickly, so you want to ride your momentum, and get started, so we have the easiest, quickest instructions for you to get started. No affiliate links here either.
Starting a blog on WordPress.com will get you the hosting, domain name, security, and ongoing technical support you need without having to overspend on tools, plugins, and themes, and without having to learn WordPress installation.
Let’s pretend my wife and I decided to start our own husband-and-wife blog featuring super-spicy food recipes. Here are the exact steps we’d take to install a WordPress.com in less than 45 minutes.
Time needed: 45 minutes.
Learn how to set up blog domain and hosting, and start publishing articles in less than 45 minutes for under $50 for your first year.
That’s all you need to get started.
If you need a portfolio site or business site, we’ll create a separate tutorial for that.
Let’s blog about food and drinks.
This was the cheesiest name we could come up with. Here is an article if you have trouble coming up with a blog name you won’t regret later.
This is what you and your audience types in to get to your blog. SuperSpicyRecipes.com is available, let’s register it.
Maybe you already have a domain name registered elsewhere. Follow these easy steps here to transfer or map it to your WordPress.com blog.
Your domain registration and hosting setup is being completed automatically.
Make sure you’ve selected the Personal Plan, and total amount is $48.
If you want a business email address on your new domain, WP can automatically set you up with it. We recommend skipping this, you can always add it later, when you actually have readers / collaborators emailing you.
Search for your blog subject, and select “Free” to find a blog design that looks right for you.
Start adding posts, pages, logo, tagline, and tweak your design as needed.
Starting a blog is so easy in 2020 that anyone can do it. So what separates the professional from the amateur? Amateur bloggers work on their blog, but they don’t actually blog.
Working on a blog is more addictive than blogging itself.
Blog design and customization is addicting. They get so caught up in making a great impression with their audience, that they spend too much time on chasing the perfect theme design, and endless tweaking it.
Blog plugins are addicting. Amateurs get lost in the WordPress plugin land like it’s Legoland, because of the infinite possibilities of technical things non-technical people can do. Plugins are like toys to the amateur, but tools for the professional. Get in, get what you need, and get out.
Self-installed WordPress (via WordPress.org) gives you all of these capabilities, while the Personal or Premium plans of WordPress.com don’t.
This is why we recommend WP.com: so you don’t get stuck in the la-la-land of the infinite possibilities, but instead focus on the work that’s going to progressively make your blog a profitable business, a place where people go to get ideas and things of real value.
Once you get into a habit of publishing, you can then strategically re-design your site, optimize it with essential plugins, and focus on growth and monetization.
The horse always comes before the cart.