How to Create a Blog in 2022 – Easy Guide for Beginners

Have you ever been overwhelmed with the idea of starting your own blog and getting paid to do it? If so, you’ve just come to the right place. Don’t waste any more time and read this guide now.

Blogging and writing niche sites is not as complicated as you may have heard. In fact, it depends on which platform you’re using to do it. For me personally, I always use WordPress.

A lot of bloggers choose WordPress instead of other platforms. The main reason is that you don’t need to be a developer to create a website on WordPress. This platform has more than 64 million domains as of 2021.

But, What Is Blogging?

A blog is a type of website that publishes articles, diary-like entries, or the like for the general public. People use them to post information about themselves, and if they have an audience capable of creating content, by other users, this will help them leverage their impressions, influence, and interest in the material, after which they can convert it into cash.

The Advantages of Blogging

Writing blogs as a career is where I wanted to be. You know that feeling when you get paid for blogging and can work whenever you want and you are not confined to a desk? Totally for me!

The Disadvantages of Blogging

In order to be successful in blogging, one needs to post consistently which could be a challenge if you work full-time and you’re a beginner.

How Do I Create a Blog on WordPress?

Now that you have all the basics, let’s learn how to start a blog properly.

What Do I Need to Set Up A Blog?

You know what you need to start writing a blog? You need time, energy and an awesome You know what you need to start writing a blog? You need time, energy, and an awesome topic. Or maybe you need passion, something that inspires your words or simply some creative juices flowing.

A Personal Computer (PC): It would be a real pain for you, as a beginner, to set up your new site using a mobile device.

Some Money to Invest in Your Business: Yes, I consider this an investment because you will get it back. Your Budget:

WordPress – Free – No Hidden Costs)

Hosting – Paid ($2.95/month at Bluehost)

Theme – Free or Premium( Your Choice)

Thats’ all you need!

Too good to be true?” Let me show you how (step-by-step) and with screenshots.

There are four basic steps you need to take in order to set up on a WordPress website or blog.

Choose Your Blog Name and Hosting

Choose a Hosting Service Provider for Your Site

Install WordPress

Login to WordPress and Beautify Your Site

Choose Your Blog Name and Hosting

Take some time to properly choose the name for your brand so you can connect with your audience. You may even consider combining the words in the domain like weight + loss. If you are just starting out with your business, I would avoid investing in premium domains. It’s for your own good and it’s not necessary. Just stick to domains that end in –.com rather than a different extension and you should be good. If you are to take any other extensions, please make sure that you do proper research first. 

Once you are happy with the domain you chose, go to Bluehost and click on the domains tab to see if your domain name is still available. Just type in your ideal domain name and click on the search button.

Bluehost-hosting-services

If you decide to buy your domain with websites such as GoDaddy, you will have to follow extra steps later to connect it to your Bluehost account. So you are better off if you buy your domain name through BlueHost.

Choose a Hosting Service Provider for Your Site

The next step is to choose a spot to host your site. Hosting is a place to park your domain on the internet. It’s like renting space.

Bluehost is my hosting provider of choice because of how painless its WordPress installation is. You can simply sign up for a Bluehost account and a free one-click WordPress installation is included.

More Reasons Why You Should Get Your Hosting Plan at Bluehost

  • It is Simply the Best

One of the oldest web hosts started in 1996, you won’t find a better WordPress host than Bluehost. They have been an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider since 2005.

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WordPress.org 2021
  • Trusted by Millions

Bluehost is home to more than 2 million websites, of which 850 000 plus are bloggers.

  •  One-Click WordPress Installation

Bluehost is a reputable WordPress hosting provider and the two combined are the perfect way to start a blog as a newbie.

Bluehost will automatically link your domain name to your hosting service so that you don’t have to go through the confusing and time-consuming process of talking to multiple companies to have your domain name and hosting linked together.

  • Four Packages to Choose From
How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Bluehost offers Four shared hosting packages, and all packages come with a FREE domain name and a Free SSL Certificate.

Bluehost Basic: Host one website

Bluehost Plus: Host unlimited websites

Bluehost Choice Plus: Host unlimited websites

Bluehost Pro: Perfect for big businesses

My favorite package is the Plus plan with a 2-year term. Longer plans will allow you to save more than the other options and in addition to that, since BlueHost uses CPanel you can create professional email addresses for free with the Plus plan. Moreover, you will also get free marketing $200 worth of credits for Microsoft advertising and Google Ads to start promoting your blog site.

  •  One-Click WordPress Installation

Bluehost will automatically link your domain name to your hosting service so that you don’t have to go through the confusing and time-consuming process of talking to multiple companies to have your domain name and hosting linked together.

  • Unlimited Bandwidth

One important feature of Bluehost is that they offer unlimited bandwidth. This is vital for those bloggers whose traffic would grow as time goes. This is a big relief as you can instead focus on growing your blog website rather than worrying about hosting space. Other hosting providers do not offer this feature and might shut down your site once traffic grows. 

Lastly, Bluehost enhanced cPanel is easy to use and offers fast access to features. And your digital information is safe. The security features on Bluehost are flat-out excellent.

Now Let Me List Out the Benefits Discussed Above:

  • Free Domain name
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Host unlimited Websites (Starts from Plus package)
  • Unlimited Parked Domains

Although I have been talking about the Plus plan, if you cannot afford it now, no worries go for the basic plan and upgrade later.

Install WordPress

Like I said before, Bluehost’s “one-click” installer will set up WordPress for you, so head on to Bluehost and sign up for your hosting plan.

It’s all taken care of in your Bluehost registration.

Once you are Bluehost.com and hit ‘Get Started Now‘. It is simply easy!

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Once you click Get Started as indicated in the screenshot above, you will be prompted to buy your hosting plan (they have many payment options). Choose the one that suits you best.

After payment, you will be prompted to create a password for your new account then click “Create Account”.

Now it is time to log into your new account.

Bluehost login

Once you’re logged in to your Bluehost Account, click on “My Sites” in the upper, left-hand corner.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners
Your Screen will look different from mine. I have many websites hosted on Bluehost, just look out for “my sites”

My example Name: Create and Leave

Tagline: Turn Your Passion Into Profit (because my goal is to help people make money doing things they love). Overall, your tagline should describe what you do (be creative).

Next click “Create Site”

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Next, Give Your Site a Name and a Tagline

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

From the dropdown menu, choose the domain you want to install WordPress on (though in your case you only have 1 domain...).

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Leave the Directory area blank.

Click Next and you will then receive an installation complete page and the login URL for your site as well as a password through email.

NB: Take note of this as it will be the domain you will go to log in.

Login to WordPress and Beautify Your Site

There are two ways to access your WordPress if You are using Bluehost

Log Into Your WordPress Dashboard

To do this, log in to http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin to bring up the login screen like this(Replace “yourdomainname.com” with your domain name).

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners


Go on and use the password and email address that you signed up for your hosting account with.

OR

Log Into WordPress Via Bluehost

Another way to access your WordPress dashboard is through Bluehost.

Follow the instructions below:

Go to Bluehost. Click at Login

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You have two options:

To Login by Email

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Or

Using Domain Name

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You will be taken to a page like this, your Bluehost dashboard. Click at HOME.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Now it is time to log in to WordPress. To do this, click on the “Log in to WordPress” tab on the upper right-hand side of your Bluehost dashboard.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You will be taken to the WordPress Administration dashboard

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Let me explain the most basic parts of the WordPress dashboard for first-timers.

Posts

Posts are your blog entries in form of text. They are the backbone of your blogging business because it is through posts (articles) that you will be able to offer value to your readers.

These entries will display in reverse order on your blog page.

To access your posts (after posting off course), click on “All posts” it will show you all the posts you have on your blog, both published and unpublished (drafts).

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

To add a new post, click on “Add New”. You will be taken to the WordPress editor.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Here you can enter the blog post title and body text (more on this later).

Pages

Pages are the static one-off type of documents in WordPress.  They are a perfect choice for pages such as the about page (information about you, the author), privacy policy, and contact page since they do not have a publish date. They are primarily meant for static and timeless content.

To add a new page to your WordPress blog, find the Pages menu in the WordPress Dashboard Navigation menu. Click Add New.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Media

 The media tab is located on your WordPress admin sidebar.

This powerful feature enables you to store and manage your images and other media such as videos and pdf documents.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

It includes all the media details such as alt text for pictures, the title, caption, description, URL, and metadata of the media file like size, type, and upload date. 

NB: It is not compulsory to fill in the information Alternative Text, Title, and Description, but this information plays a role in ranking your media on search engines.

For example: if I left the image with the current Filename: cropped-Create-to-startFav-1.png, it will not make any sense to the search engines.

How to add images to WordPress media library

On your WordPress Dashboard menu, click Posts, and then click Add New to display the “Add New Post” page.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Click on the Drop files to Upload/Select Files menu. You will be taken to the Media on your PC. Choose the appropriate media, add it will be added to your WordPress Media library.

 Log into your WordPress website · Click on Media (left navigation) > Add New

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Appearance

Let’s look into the basic subsections under the appearance tab on your WordPress Dashboard.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners
  1. Themes
  2. Customize
  3. Widgets
  4. Menus
Themes

You need to change the theme. Click at Themes.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Click on the plus sign to add a new theme.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Side Note: Your screen will look different from mine. I Already have Divi theme from Elegant Themes active. I pay once every year. The beautiful thing about it is that it doesn’t require you to have any WordPress coding experience or website building skills because you can easily choose from its 100+ Site Packs. It is therefore easy for beginners to pick it up and create unique layouts. 

Next, search for a free theme called Olsen (I think it is the best Free Theme)

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You can either choose Preview to see a demo of the theme or install it by clicking the Install button once you’re ready.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners
Customize

The Customizer feature allows you to change the appearance and functionality of your website in real-time. For example, you can the Colors and select a background image.

Widgets

Widgets are small blocks of specific functionality that you can place on your WordPress sidebars to display snippets of content.

You are likely to find default widgets on your sidebars. To remove it, click on that specific widget

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Then, Delete

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You may add About me Widget for now. Locate it under the available widget, drag it to the sider bar.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Click on the widget to open up and fill in your details. It should appear on top of the sidebar.

WordPress already has a navigation menu that you can use. But if you want to create a custom menu,

  • Go to Dashboard > Appearance.
  • Click “Menus
  • Name Your Menu.
  • Click “Create Menu

Plugins

It is very important to add some plugins to your blog. This will make your blogging life as convenient as possible.

To add a plugin:

Go to “Plugins” in your WordPress dashboard.

 Click on Plugins > Add New.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Browse to the plugin archive and select it.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Then click Install Now and the plugin will be installed shortly.

 Below are Plugins That I recommend:

Yoast SEO: For better Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and to have more control over how your posts look in browsers such as Google search results. More on this later.

WPForms: You can use this plugin to set up a contact form

Akismet Anti Spam: For protection against spam

WP Super Cache: To will speed up your blog 

Mash Share Buttons: For social sharing buttons

WP Smush: This plugin reduces image file sizes and improves performance

Disqus commenting system: This is good for comments

Add Google Analytics and Google search console to your blog

It is important to set up your Google Analytics and Google Search Console at the very beginning. This is important for tracking what the people who visit your blog site are doing and optimize accordingly.

Settings

The Settings area is where you can view, edit basic site information of your site.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You really don’t need to edit any of these functions right now, except one thing = Permalinks.

Permalinks refer to the format for the URL of your posts.

To change it, follow the instructions below:

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Click at settings > Permalinks

By default, Plain under Common settings will be selected. Change this to Post name.

Give Your Site Identity

Click on the little house at the top of your WordPress dashboard to see how your site looks.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You may not be happy with what you see.

Lets’ give your site a unique design, so it can stand out. We can achieve this by uploading a logo, a site title, tagline, icon, and images.

How to Add Logo in WordPress Header

You can easily create a logo using my step-by-step tutorial.

You can add a png logo to your header:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Select “Customize”(which is next to themes) from the drop-down menu under “Appearance”.
  3. You should then be able to upload the logo of your choice by selecting the menu option for “Header” or “Logo” settings.
  4. Depending on your theme, click on Add Logo or click “Select Image”.
  5. After your done be sure to click on Save & Publish.

How to Add Site Title and tagline in WordPress

  1. Go to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance on your left sidebar and click on Customize.

3. Depending on your theme, click on General Settings.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

4. Then, Site Identity or Site Title and Tagline in the Customizer (Depends on the theme).

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

5. Once in the site Identity options, you can change the title, tagline and upload your site icon.

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

6. Once finished, click Publish to save your changes.

Use Canva (free tool) to design your site icon.

Side Note: The whole idea behind Create and Leave is to help people monetize their knowledge. My site icon says it all. Don’t just choose any random icon.

Write and Share Your First Blog Post

You have successfully set up your blogging business. Now it is time to write valuable content, and share your experience with the world.

Once your first blog post is ready, follow the steps below to share your post with the world:

Step 1: Log in to the WordPress dashboard

Step 2: Navigate to Posts on your left sidebar and click on Add new.

Step 3: Enter the title of your new post 

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Step 4: Enter body content

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Step 5. Choose a category

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

You can easily add a new category when writing a post. You will be given an option if you click on the categories tab.  

Otherwise, go to Posts on your WordPress admin dashboard > Categories. Provide the new category name, slug, description. Try to limit your categories to 7 for now. 

Step 6. Upload Featured Image

How to Create a Blog in 2022 - Easy Guide for Beginners

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Should Blog Posts Be?

Technically, there is no official minimum for blog post length. However, I recommend that your blog post should contain at least 300 words in order to rank well in the search engines. That said, long posts (1000 words or more) will rank more easily than short posts. 

How Can I Promote My Blog?

You can’t just create valuable, high-quality content for your blog and assume readers will find their way to your site to consume it. You must use blog promotion to promote your content so you can drive traffic. 

One of the most powerful strategies to drive traffic to your blog is to post on social networks such as Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram.  However, Pinterest is good for longevity as it acts more like a search engine than a social media platform. You can easily optimize your blog post for Pinterest and get found in the search results. Google also loves Pinterest. Thus, ranking on Pinterest gives you an opportunity to be found on Google results. 

Once you start getting organic traffic, you will start making money from your blog, without spending a dime. The average time it takes for a new blog to get traction in the search engines is around 3 to 6 months. However, it depends on what keywords you’re targeting with your blog posts (low-competition keywords rank easier than high-competition keywords). 

How Much Do WordPress Bloggers Make?

It depends on the niche and effort the blogger puts into their blog business. There are bloggers who are making as much as $2000 per month. But there are also bloggers who are making less than $100 per month. So there are a lot of factors involved.

That said, you too can make money blogging even as a beginner. Once you’ve got your blog up and running, you can finally start looking into ways to make a profit from it.

How Do Beginner Bloggers Make Money?

One of the most common ways beginner bloggers make money is through placing affiliate links on their site. These links take the audience to the website of the product or service owner. Upon purchase of the specific product or sometimes even other products, you get a commission. This is referred to as Affiliate marketing. 

Consider Top Affiliate Network/ Market Places like

JVZOO – This does not require approval and you can get high commissions (Internet Marketing Niches only)

Amazon – Has earned the trust of many shoppers worldwide.

ClickBank – Offers high commissions to affiliates and has earned trust.

How to Get Paid from Affiliate Marketing

 There are different ways to get paid in affiliate marketing. But regardless of which affiliate network you use, there is a high probability that they will pay their affiliates through PayPal and Bank Wire transfer. 

Creating a PayPal account is free and there are no maintenance costs. However, there is a possibility that your country is not on the list of countries that are supported by Paypal (receive Money).

In that case, you are left with no other choice but to use Bank Wire transfer(direct withdrawal) into your own bank account. This method can be very expensive as Bank transfer fees can be up to 5% in hidden fees, especially if your currency is different from the Merchant.

However, there is a solution to this issue:

You can use TransferWise. Transfer Wise (or now Wise) is perhaps the best online bank/transfer service I have ever come across to. It is touted to be 8x cheaper than banks.

That is it from me! Happy Blogging