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How to Start a Blog in 2022 (& make money!)

This guide on how to start a blog from scratch in 2022 (and make money blogging) is great for beginners! You'll get step by step instructions on picking hosting, how to install WordPress, and how to find plugins to help you with SEO optimization and social media. Great ideas for food, fashion, or travel blogs – start in as little as 1 hour!

how to start a blog

Have you ever read your a post from your favorite blogger and wondered how to start a blog for yourself? Today's your lucky day!

Looking a little different around here? 🙂 For the past couple of weeks, I've been working around-the-clock (and I'm barely exaggerating 😅) to make sure Lamberts Lately is as pretty, as fast, and as functional as possible. It's about 95% of the way there – I'm thrilled with the results so far! So, with the updates, I thought it would be a good time to update my “how to start a blog” post.

Each year, I love to detail to my readers how to start your own blog from scratch. It's not very difficult at all. It really just requires following a detailed set of steps to make sure your blog starts with the right set of tools and resources that will allow you to reach as many readers as possible. I absolutely love sitting down to write this post because it might allow someone to have the success with their blog that I've seen over the years.

how to start a blog 2022

My Story

I started out my own blog on the Blogger platform in 2009. This is a service by Google that offers free blogs. When I began, I was really just doing it to document our lives. So many of my friends were starting blogs just to keep up with day-to-day happenings, and I thought it would be a fun hobby! What has happened in the past 10+ years is beyond my wildest dreams. This blog has allowed me to stay home with my children while contributing to the finances in our home, using blogging as a full time job. It's also been an amazing creative outlet for me. I truly get to wake up to my dream job each day! I pinch myself thinking about what this blog has become and what a blessing it has been to my family.

In June of 2016, I switched my blog from Blogger to WordPress. It's a move I had debated for a long time, but I couldn't be happier with the switch. I still think Blogger is a great platform that works really well for casual/hobby bloggers. As a matter of fact, I moved my old personal blog posts back to a private blog on that platform a couple of years ago, making this site all about home how-to's. But, if you're really looking to do this professionally in today's market, I truly believe you need to start out and stay on WordPress. It's the only platform that allows you to optimize and publicize your posts to really be competitive for search rankings (on both search engines and Pinterest). Plus, it's just easier to integrate so many cool features with WordPress plugins.

how to start a blog 2022

Change Can Be Scary

The main reason I debated the move from Blogger to WordPress for so long is complete and total intimidation. I had been on Blogger since 2009…it was easy and familiar. I knew the ins and outs of the platform, how to troubleshoot issues, the coding. And I was comfortable. But comfortable isn't always the right place to be in a business. I finally decided that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk to give my blog the independence and technical features it needed to really succeed. So, one random Friday night in June 2016 (right before a product launch, not my smartest idea ever), I buckled down, researched hours of Youtube tutorials and website troubleshooting on how to start a blog on WordPress. I successfully transferred my own blog from Blogger to WordPress.

Why You Should Choose WordPress

I think my biggest takeaway from the experience is that, whether you are a new blogger or switching platforms, learning how to start a blog using self-hosted WordPress really isn't all that difficult at all. There are just a particular set of steps that you really need to follow in order to ensure a successful blog launch on the WordPress blogging platform. So, right after I finished my own transfer, I published my how to transfer from Blogger to WordPress and my first edition of this post. I've published a couple of updated guides to how to start a blog since that time. The technology and steps occasionally change, so I like to keep my tutorials fresh by re-publishing when I have new information. That leads us to today – let's walk through how to start a blog in 2022!

how to start a blog 2022

You Can Do It!

I am incredibly passionate about helping people that want to get into the blogging business get started. This business has changed my life and I know there are so many people out there would love the flexibility and creative outlet that this job gives me. If I can give that to someone else, I want to help. The best part is – learning how to start a blog is so easy! You could be done with this “how to start a blog” tutorial in less than an hour. Isn't it crazy that less than an hour of work could change your life? Excited? I am! Let's get going.

how to start a blog 2022

How to Start a Blog in 2022

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1. Set up your blog hosting and site domain name.

Option 1: How to start a blog on Siteground

Your hosting is where your files/photos/blog content/basically anything that's on your blog will be stored. There are a few amazing options out there that aren't expensive at all!

I did so much research about what hosting company I wanted to use before switching to WordPress. There are plenty of inexpensive options in web hosting, but I really wanted to go with a host that would provide a great combination of price and quality. Ultimately, I chose Siteground as my host. This is still the host I recommend for beginner bloggers – you can't beat the value for the price! They also have a wide variety of packages available to suit many traffic and storage needs. And, while they're offering their packages for  60-70% off the regular price, it's a great time to sign up.

how to start a blog 2022 - siteground hosting


A Startup Hosting Plan

Once you follow this link to Siteground, click on the link that says Managed WordPress Hosting. Scroll down just a little to see the hosting plan for your needs. You should see something like the screen shot above (the prices may vary a little, depending on their current sales). If you're a new blogger, the StartUp package will probably be your best bet. That covers up to 10,000 hits per month, and offers 10GB of web space (I had over 1,600 picture-heavy posts when I moved to WordPress and didn't even come close to 10GB, so that should be plenty unless you're storing a ridiculous amount of files).

An Upgraded Hosting Plan

As your blog grows, you can always upgrade to their larger packages if needed. (Note: one perk of picking a bigger package right now is that you can lock in that discounted price for up to 36 months. If you upgrade later, you would pay the full monthly rate.)

If you think you're going to need a little bit more storage right off the bat or are starting more than one website, the GrowBig or GoGeek packages might be for you. Both of these accommodate more monthly visitors (the GrowBig up to 100,000; the GoGeek up to 400,000) and have double and quadruple (respectively) the web storage space of the StartUp pack. They also have some nice perks – both of these come with Priority Support (so Siteground's support would be even quicker) and a SG Optimizer solution that makes site load time as much as several times faster (which is great for user experience and search engine rankings).

All blogs have different needs, so it really just depends on what you're wanting to do with your site. All three options are relatively inexpensive (especially with the current discount they're offering) and offer incredible speed and service.

How to Buy Siteground Hosting

Click the “Get Started” button below your package, and you'll be taken to the next page…

Select “Register a New Domain” (unless you have your own domain name for some reason…chances are you don't if you're just starting your blog). Your domain is your web address…i.e. whatever you're going to type in when you go to your blog (www.yoursitenamehere.com). This is something you'll pay a company to register each year as yours (and is different from hosting, which is where you store all of the content on your blog).

Put in your information at the top…

how to start a blog 2022 - siteground hosting

Your hosting package should already be selected (probably the StartUp plan if you're a new blogger…possibly GrowBig or GoGeek if you will have more hits or have more than one site that needs hosting), but can be changed by clicking that square next to the plan name. You'll also choose the the amount of months you want to pay for today. You can select 12, 24, or 36 months…I did 12 so I could lock in the discount for a full year. Even if you think your blog is going to eventually grow to over 400,000 hits, don't worry – Siteground has a Cloud storage option (what I currently use) for bigger sites. And upgrading to a bigger plan later is incredibly easy.

Siteground Add-Ons

At the bottom, you get the choice for a couple of add-ons. I recommend the “Domain Privacy” option if you're registering your new domain name from your home address or if you blog anonymously – this will hide your personal information from public domain information databases. I did a little bit of research about the SG Site Scanner (under extra services) before ordering, and from what I read, it isn't a really necessary addition.

Once these options are selected and you click “Pay Now,” you're all set! You now own a self-hosted website with a custom domain name!

Option 2: How to start a blog on Bigscoots

After a few years, I needed to switch hosts. I needed a little bit more “oomph” to my site speed than Siteground was capable of, so I switched to a Bigscoots WPO Starter Plan. I chose them because they provide incredibly fast, inexpensive hosting. It was highly recommended by many people in my Facebook blogging groups. I've been so pleased so far!

If you're looking to spend a little bit more per month to ensure super fast hosting with a dedicated server (i.e. not sharing resources with other websites), go with Bigscoots. Here's how to set up your Bigscoots hosting.

Click here to head to Bigscoots and select “managed WordPress hosting” at the top.

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On the managed hosting page, select “WordPress Optimized.”

I highly doubt 95% of beginner bloggers are going to need anything bigger than the Starter plan. I'm on the Starter plan (with a little bit of added ssd storage), and it's perfect for what I need. Take a look through the options (keeping in mind you can always upgrade later if needed), and select your plan.

Once you set up your account, you're all set to add WordPress!

2. Install WordPress to turn your website into a blog.

Don't think of WordPress so much as your blog…think of it as the software that makes your site function as a blog. In this step, you'll be putting it on your site to essentially turn it into a blog.

(This is the process of installing with Siteground, but it's a similar method with Bigscoots; you'll just go to your site option in Bigscoots and click on “WordPress” to get started.)

how to start a blog 2022

Go to “Websites” tab in the top menu once you've purchased hosting and logged in to your Siteground account, click “Site Tools” under your site's address,  and select the WordPress icon on your Site Tools page (as seen above). Once you select that, you'll be taken to a page that explains what the software is all about…click “Install Now” on that page. Put in your blog info (names can be changed later if needed) and desired WordPress login info (don't use admin, it's pretty commonly hacked), and that's it…you now own a self-hosted WordPress site!

3. Log in to WordPress.

Once WordPress is installed, go to www.yoursite.com/wp-admin (replacing yoursite with your domain name) and you should see the screen below. This sometimes takes a few minutes after you complete step 2, so don't worry if it isn't showing just yet. Once you get this page pulled up, sign in with the login info you just entered when you initiated the WordPress install.

4. Get WordPress ready for your first blog posts.

Once you're in WordPress, you should see your dashboard. Get used to this – you'll be controlling most aspects of your blog through these pages.

If you click your blog name at the top of the page and click “Visit Site,” (or just type in www.yoursite.com), you'll see what your site currently looks like. This is what mine looked like shortly after signing in to WordPress for the first time. If you've registered through Siteground, there are a couple of default posts that will show up.

Go delete those posts by going to “Posts” on the left-hand side of your WordPress dashboard. Check the posts and select “Bulk Actions,” then Delete. If you'd like to go on and add a new blog post, go for it. This is where you'll publish your posts in the future. Just click “Add New” at the top and get to writing if you'd like. That's totally optional for right no. However, it does help make sure your page formatting is working appropriately in the next steps.

how to start a blog 2022 (installing your theme)
how to start a blog 2022 (installing your theme)

Do a teeny little bit of housekeeping in WordPress by going to “Settings,” “General,” and putting in “www” before your URL in the WordPress Address and “Site Address” fields, just to make sure your address points to the right place.

 5. Set up your mobile responsive WordPress theme.

This is a fun part…setting up the look and functionality of your blog! The template of your blog is a huge factor in helping readers find the categories & topics they need.

This is something that has changed a good bit since I went to WordPress in 2016. At that point, basically every blogger in the game used the Genesis theme. Some changes in management have caused it to not function as well for a really optimized site. So, as of 2022, I recommend the Kadence theme for a WordPress blog.

Kadence is a free WordPress theme! It's incredibly easy to install too.

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In your WordPress dashboard, click “Appearance” on the left-hand side, and click “Themes.”

Now, select “Add New” at the top of your page, searching for Kadence once you're there. Simply click “Install.” (Hold off on pressing “Activate,” you might not need to do that yet if you're purchasing a child theme.)

Child Theme

You could stick with Kadence as your look, but as is, it's kind of boring. Great coding, but kind of boring. So I chose to add a child theme that makes it pretty. A child theme is the collection of design elements that shape how the blog looks. Your overall theme is your house – foundation, bricks, beams. Think of the child theme as your new home's furniture, paintings, and accessories. There are SO many options for child themes out there.

how to start a blog 2022 (pretty darn cute theme on genesis)

This is something that has changed a little bit over the years as well. When I went to WordPress initially, my child theme was with Pretty Darn Cute on the Genesis theme (seen above). Their company changed a bit as well, and they're now owned by the same company that owns Genesis.

how to start a blog 2022 (17th avenue theme on genesis)

After that, I went to a child theme for Genesis with 17th Avenue Designs. Their Clover child theme was pretty, and I do recommend them if you're staying with Genesis.

However, for a Kadence optimized theme, I 100% recommend Restored316 designs.

how to start a blog 2022 (restored 316 theme on kadence)

Restored316 has a huge collection of beautiful, well-coded child themes for Kadence. My current child theme is their Create theme. I absolutely love it. The customization options are endless and it's insanely fast. And, with Restored316, you really don't need to use much (if any) coding to maintain it – their themes are so easy to use!

Once you purchase your child theme, installation instructions should be provided by the designer – they're a little bit different from company to company. You'll usually download a zipped file with your theme and upload it to the “themes” area (where you downloaded Kadence), but check with your designer for more detailed instructions.

6. Add WordPress plugins that will make your life so much easier.

One of the big reasons I made the switch to WordPress was the vast (and I do mean vast) collection of plugins that adds just about any functionality you can think of to your site. You name it, and there's probably a plugin for it. I have been blown away by the number of super simple plugins that took hours of work off of maintaining my blog!

A Few of My Favorite WordPress Plugins:

  • WP Recipe Maker: This plugin allows you to construct beautiful and printable recipe cards for your blog posts. Highly recommend if you're a food/recipe blogger! (Click here to see an example on my blog.)
  • Wordfence: This is a security plugin that protects your site from malware that can infect your files and from hacking attempts. I get an email every time there is a login attempt on my WordPress account and often have emails letting me know about ways to optimize my site.
  • Pretty Links: This allows you to format commonly-used links within your domain. So, for example, I can link to my long siteground affiliate link as “https://www.lambertslately.com/siteground”…it still links to their site, but just makes that link really pretty and customized to my own site instead of one ugly, long link. (NOTE: I've had issues in the past with my SSL certificate redirecting pretty links, so I took them off for awhile. As long as you don't have any security certificate issues, you probably won't run into this!)
  • Akismet: A very easy plugin that wards off spam comments (which you will get tons of)!
  • Asset CleanUp: If you have a lot of slow-loading plugins on your site, you might want to consider this one. It allows you to turn off certain plugins from loading on certain pages. For example, I'm able to turn Woocommerce (my store builder) off on blog post pages since they don't need that function. This helps your site run faster, which makes it more SEO-friendly.
  • Yoast SEO: You will grow to love and hate this plugin. 🙂 This shows you where you can improve in the SEO and readability department…it's super picky, but that's a good thing! It also allows you to customize how your page looks in Google search results and adds a sitemap to your blog (an essential for Google ranking).
  • Woocommerce: This part of blogging might come a little later for you, but if you're planning on selling products on your blog, this is how to set up your storefront. (You can see mine here.)
  • Google Analytics by MonsterInsights: Easily add your Google Analytics info so you can track your page hits and trends. (More on this in step 10.) Google Analytics is the gold standard for website analytics…you will absolutely need it if you're going to be blogging professionally!
  • WP Rocket: In my opinion, this is an essential plug-in. This helps user experience, load time, and can help your Google SEO rankings. It makes your site load much faster…good for user experience and SEO!

A Note on Plugins

With all of this being said, don't bog down your blog with plugins! They can significantly decrease the load speed of your blog, so use sparingly. Make sure you disable/delete plugins that aren't being used…if you need to install a plugin just long enough to use it, that's fine.

7. Start your email list on a solid platform. (Yes, now.)

I held off on starting my email list for the longest time, and it's one of my biggest regrets in my blogging career. By holding off, I missed out on a golden opportunity to convert so many one-time visits into dedicated, long-term readers. I can honestly say that my email list is my most effective (and by far my most profitable) method of networking with readers.

I have used Convertkit as my email service for almost 7 years now. It is an incredibly powerful and innovative platform that allows me to segment email subscribers by interests, send out multiple automated follow-ups and email series, and even test out email titles on a segment of my audience before sending the most effective one to the whole group automatically. I love its ability to send email sequences with very little babysitting. I'm also using the Convertkit plugin on my blog to customize my opt in forms to the type of post I'm writing…check out how this post has a blogging-specific opt in at the bottom!

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If you'd like to check out Convertkit for yourself, click here! You can now try the service for free when under 300 subscribers. They have a very reasonable pricing structure that allows you to pay based on your number of subscribers and offer a ton of functionality that you will love as a blogger.

8. Set up social media accounts.

From the beginning, start social media accounts that can promote your content and connect with readers. I've chosen to keep my social media handle consistent across all four big platforms – you'll find me at @LambertsLately on Facebook, Pinterest, Tik Tok, and Instagram (I do have Twitter, but it's not really a huge traffic driver for me, so I don't use it often). Using your blog url, in my opinion, is the easiest way to let readers find you. Some bloggers opt to go with an iteration of their real name (to gain more name recognition on social media than blog recognition). That's really a personal choice and depends on your goals. Either way, I recommend keeping it consistent and not having different versions of the same name if possible. For example, you wouldn't want one account to be @lambertslately and another to be @lamberts_lately. Be consistent!

9. Set up your custom email address.

Both hosts I discussed above allow you to set up an email address with your domain name ([email protected]). It's very easy with both!

how to start a blog 2022 (email address setup)

Once you're logged in to your Siteground account, go to the “Websites” tab at the top, choose the button that says “Site Tools,” and you'll see the screen above. Click Email Accounts.

This screen will come up. All you'll do is put in a simple name, along with a password for your email, and that's it! I went with “leslie” as my email name, but some people like to do something more general like “hello” or “info.” I wouldn't recommend admin, it is probably the most attempted hack of my site. Again, the email is really just personal preference, but I do recommend making it simple.

10. Take care of security and SEO basics.

Backups

It is so important to make sure your blog has a backup system. Not only do you want to protect your site from hacks, but sometimes you have to protect your site from you. 😂 I've had to do a site backup restore after messing up my code before. It happens! You just need to make sure you're protected.

With both of the Bigscoots and Siteground plans I discussed, daily backups are included in your service. Just make sure you confirm that they're working in your dashboard (both hosts have a support chat option if you're unsure). If you go with a host that doesn't provide daily backups, UpdraftPlus is a great plugin for site backups; this is what I used before my host offered backup service. I uploaded to AWS each month, and I think it was like 50 cents a month…very reasonable.

Security

Sadly, there are a lot of hackers on the internet that are constantly trying to get into your site. It's just part of owning a website. It's not difficult to protect against them – I use Wordfence and Cloudflare, both free services, to get really solid protection.

Wordfence is simply a free plugin you install on your blog. It monitors login attempts, scans for malware, and adds firewall rules to your site. Cloudflare is a little different – it's a content delivery network that is kind of a go-between for your host and your site. It takes the site access attempts, makes sure they're safe, then sends them to your host to load your site. It's great for site speed too since it's able to deliver your content from lots of different servers around the world. Cloudflare is free to use (but has paid options for things like site speed). If you're starting out in blogging, Cloudflare is a must!

SEO Basics

If you're focusing on using search engine optimization (SEO, which I really recommend doing from the very beginning), you'll want to register for a Google Search Central account. Just go here to register (it's fine to use under a personal email address if that's what you already have with Google), then add your site. This will allow you to use the Google Search Console, which shows where your posts are ranking in Google and any page performance issues you might want to fix.

From there, I'd also recommend installing the Yoast SEO plugin. Not only does it give you tips for optimizing each post (I use it literally every time I write a post), but it will install and maintain a sitemap for your blog. This is the page that lets Google know what pages it needs to look for on your blog…very important to have this!

If you are concerned with how many visitors you get, you'll need to track the number of visitors you get, right? Google Analytics is by far the most popular analytics tracker out there. There's not even a close second place. Register for a Google Analytics account here. From there, you can simply install the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin to link your GA account to your site.

Site Speed

If you're concerned about SEO, you absolutely should also be concerned with site speed when figuring out how to start a blog. It's actually a huge factor in SEO. Site speed is the main reason I switched my theme from Genesis to Kadence. It's also caused me to give my site customizations and plugins a good, hard look.

Here are a few things you can do to optimize your site speed:

  • Make sure you have a solid theme and child theme. (I am really happy with Kadence and my Restored316 child theme.)
  • Keep the plugins on your site to a minimum. If it's not something that helps your site run more efficiently or greatly improves the functionality of your blog, ditch it!
  • Skip the fancy fonts. It might be tempting because they're oh-so-pretty, but stay away from Google fonts of fonts that are installed on your site. They're data drainers. Instead, go with a font that you typically find on most computers. (I'm using Arial and Arial Bold site-wide. Yes, they're boring, but what's the point of writing a pretty blog if nobody ever sees it?)
  • Use a service like WP Rocket to autominify your CSS/Javascript files, cache your website, and lazy load your images. These all help with load speed.
  • Keep your image files small. A good rule of thumb I've heard is to keep optimized images less than 150px. An easy way to do this is to make sure the images you're uploading are no more than 2100 pixels. There will rarely be a time on a website you'll need an image larger than that. I use a service called ShortPixel to auto-optimize my images. It takes the images, sends them to their CDN (content delivery network, a faster way of loading files), takes the quality down without really changing the quality of the image to the human eye, and makes them the proper size for your blog. It's amazing!

Page Speed Tests

If you want to see what your site speed is looking like, you can use websites to test. I use GTMetrix and Pagespeed Insights to test my site. They both provide a score for different metrics and give you ways you can optimize the site. Pagespeed Insights is Google's product, so pay close attention to those metrics (both Core Web Vitals and Performance). That's how Google is seeing your page, which is really important in the SEO world!

And that's it! You have a self-hosted WordPress blog…congratulations!

Can you believe you learned how to start a blog that quickly? You just gave your blog so much functionality and power (not to mention rock-solid coding). Enjoy your new self-hosted WordPress blog!

Alright, I know how to start a blog. Now, how the heck do I make money from it?

Well, luckily for you, I have a few resources that detail how to do just that! These posts are a few years old now. I need to update them soon (on my to do list), but most of the content still applies. Click the links below to go to each one of the posts in my Basics of Blog Monetization series.

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I hope this post showed you how to start a blog the easy way. It really is simple if you follow these steps.

Happy blogging, friends!

Disclaimer: By following this guide to how to start a blog, I am not suggesting you're going to make a huge profit, especially immediately. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme – it takes a lot of work and perseverance! My results aren't typical, but could be possible through a lot of hard work (and maybe even a little bit of luck).

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56 Comments

  1. Great information, I am willing to try this. Very well explained. Now to figure out the name of my blog….

    1. That’s a toughie! 🙂 I always recommend you pick something that isn’t your name (definitely not last name) and something you think you can write about for at least a decade. It’s not easy!

  2. Whew! I went through all of your instructions step-by-step and I now have my very own blog! I’ve even posted twice now. 😉 Thank you so much for this comprehensive and thoughtful tutorial. I couldn’t have done it without you. Because all this is 100% new to me, I’ll be playing with my site and tweaking it more engaging so that people want to keep coming back, but for all intents and purposes, I’m up and running and it only took two evenings!

    Question: I’m not sure of the difference between a WordPress blog and a self-hosted blog. I’m assuming that because we used SiteGround, it’s self-hosted?

    Thanks again, Leslie!

    -Heather

    1. Oh, gosh, a typo. I can’t stand those. Tweaking it TO MAKE IT more engaging.

      =)

    2. That’s awesome, Heather! Yes, you are self-hosted if you’re on Siteground. WordPress is simply the software you install on your website to make it a blog. If you’ve followed these instructions, you have a self-hosted WordPress blog!

  3. Hi Leslie,

    Congrats on the success of your blog and blogging since 2009. I love it when people take the time to put these types of blogging resources together for new bloggers.

    It makes it easy to have a step-by-step system that we can use to help us understand the steps we need to take to start creating a profitable blog. Plus it gives us an inside look at how much hard work that goes into building a successful blog.

    I started my blog last year and am using SiteGround as well. I think they are a great hosting account and have never had any issues at all.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  4. Leo Fernandez says:

    WOW! this is an amazing article. Can you please talk more about backlinks and rankings??

    1. Definitely! That’s a really broad subject, just let me know what questions you have.

  5. mariana herrera says:

    I emplaning on starting the ground work to my blog this weekend. I am nervous and excited but mostly anxious to get things going. I have been saying that I am going to start a blog for about 6 months now but have never really found the right step by step guide on how to start but yours look very detailed and easy to fallow. I can’t wait to get started.

    1. I’m so glad I could help, Mariana! Best of luck to you.

  6. Robert Sanchez says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I am kinda new in blogging. By reading your post, I feel I can really proceed further. Thank you Leslie

    Cheers,
    Robert

  7. I think I feel even more intimidated to start blogging. 🙁

    1. Don’t! I promise, once you’re in the groove of it, it’s the best job in the world. If you need any help, you’re more than welcome to email me!

  8. Hi Leslie!

    I am trying to start a blog on my own, and I have one question about blogging once you make money. Is it necessary, at any point, to create a business entity? Like an LLC, etc.? Starting up seems easy enough, but when it comes to the tracking finances/business part of things, I’m still a little lost. I could be over-complicating it! Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Lauren! Of course, I’d recommend consulting a lawyer/accountant for the final say in that, but I can tell you I started mine when I started selling products (digital ones, in my case). The main reason I got it was really so I could legally collect sales tax on products I sold in my state. It’s a very gray area – you’ll probably hear 10 different opinions on it from 10 different bloggers! It does provide some legal protection to you personally as well, but I’m honestly not sure of the details on that (I let my husband worry about that part of the business).

  9. Hi there!
    Thank you so much for posting this! The desire to “share the wealth” is much appreciated as a new blogger. The plugins thing is a tad confusing for me. I have only a website through wordpress? It’s not self-hosted. Would I still have to pay for the wordpress if I changed to siteground and installed the wordpress into it? Maybe I am confused? DID I MESS UP?!? I paid for the premium package and because I am just starting up, I’m slightly concerned about pouring more money into my blog when it is so new! ya feel me?

    ADVICE PLEASE!!!

    1. Hi Hillary! It sounds like you might have purchased a site through wordpress.com. If you’re purchasing your own hosting and simply installing wordpress software on your own site like I described above, you shouldn’t have to pay for WordPress to be installed on it (you’ll just pay for hosting and your domain name). There are ways to transfer from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (which means you’ll own your site and simply use their software to set it up like a blog)…google and you should get some help with that! I’d highly recommend doing that – not only will you be able to monetize your site (which you can’t do if you’re through wordpress.com) but you’ll actually own your own site if you follow the steps I outline above.

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  11. I love this post! I definitely think wordpress is the way to go! I’ve had my website set up for about two weeks now and I started with wordpress and blue host, and I love it!

    1. So glad you loved it! 🙂

  12. Prajwol Kc says:

    Inspired me to blogging. Best of luck and keep it up.

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  14. I started my blog last year and am using SiteGround as well. I think they are a great hosting account and have never had any issues at all.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us.

  15. Great post, Leslie! I feel like I have followed your blog since you started… I know I have since before you found out you were expecting Emma Ramey💗. I just don’t comment a lot😐. I think this is so kind of you to take so much time to help people out! I had a private blog until 2011 and had to stop writing due to family issues. I miss it and would love to have your ambition and start a new blog! Maybe one day I can!

    1. You are so sweet, Candy! I truly believe everybody has a story to tell – a blog is such a great outlet for that. I hope you get one started soon!

  16. Hello, Leslie, I am highly interested in starting a blog. Question: If I download these products and upgrade my laptop down the line, will I have to re-purchase the products like WordPress and Sightground? Hope I’m not asking the obvious. Thank you so much!

    1. You won’t! These are attached to online accounts, not your laptop. You’ll simply log in to wordpress or siteground with the information you’re using now.

  17. I think I feel more intimidated to start blogging. x

    1. Don’t! 🙂 Just take this one step at a time…I promise it isn’t as scary as it looks.

  18. Cathy Rogers says:

    Hello Leslie,

    Firstly, thanks for your information. This article is awesome & title very friendly. Here’s how you start, what to start with making money. Although we all are anything earning to make money online. Can you follow this blog then read the passage. Then create your next blog in 2019. Thanks, Author and I’m waiting for your next tips.

    Thanks
    Cathy

  19. Love it, Excellent post and details for beginners. Lot of people do start with Blogspot but definitely WordPress is way to go.

  20. Amanda Ramirez says:

    Great info, Leslie!

    1. I hope it helped, Amanda!

  21. Amy Faulkner says:

    I have a quick question if you don’t mind! Is the ability to set up email addresses with your domain name available through the domain registration or the hosting? It seems here you are doing both with Siteground, but I was looking at domain registration through GoDaddy (better price upfront), and the email option was offered there for an additional monthly cost. I’m trying to figure out if I need to add that service through GoDaddy, or if it’s a feature of the hosting I will get automatically once I set up the hosting through Siteground. Or if it’s a feature on Siteground only if the domain was registered there as well. Does that make sense? Basically, I don’t want to pay extra for it with GoDaddy if I’m getting it anyway through using Siteground for hosting. Thanks for any help you can offer with this! This is such a wonderful, informative post!

    1. Hmm – not sure about Godaddy, but email services were offered for free with my hosting through Siteground. I believe that’s set up through hosting rather than through domain registration.

  22. I’ve wanted to start a blog for so long but was literally terrified of WordPress. This is so so helpful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. You are very welcome, so glad I could help! 🙂

  23. Wonderful information, I am excited, best information step by step I have read thus far. I hope I am able to get it all up and running. Thanks

    1. You are very welcome, best of luck to you!

  24. Rahul Ahlawat says:

    Hi Leslie, your article was of great use to me. It gave me all the information that is required to make your blog big and earn money. I’ll be using them & i hope soon i’ll be minting money.

    Good luck !!!!

  25. u write these amazing posts, your blog is a great help for us. You are sharing everything which is the best part of this blog. I have learned alot from your blog and I almost read your every post. I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my Twitter. Thanks again for a great article!

  26. Just to clarify is this wordpress.org or wordpress.com?

  27. I think blogging is one of the great and easy way to make money online. thank you for sharing

  28. hi Leslie you have share how to make money from online first to last in pros & cons thank you for sharing.

  29. Lorenzo Gutierrez says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I like the way you structure your post its super easy to read and understand. =)

  30. Much obliged to you such a great amount for posting this! The longing to “share the riches” is abundantly refreshing as another blogger. Propelled me to blogging. Good luck and keep it up.

  31. Thank you for this amazing article! Congratulations on your successful blogging! I enjoy getting good ideas from your articles please continue to share!

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  33. I run a business that does WordPress maintenance and support services and when I saw how fast your site loaded I knew you were on a modern block theme and suspected you had moved to Kadence. That is now our theme of choice. Very wise move. I know the director of marketing for Kadence and have met the lead dev who created the theme and he is brilliant and they just continue to make it better. Great job. I love reading your blog because I appreciate what you do from the technical side of how you manage your content, as well as the content you create. Keep up the great work.

    1. Leslie Lambert says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Carol! I have been so impressed with Kadence so far – it’s light years ahead of my old theme.

  34. Michele Morin says:

    Thanks for taking the time to create this detailed post.

    1. Leslie Lambert says:

      You are so welcome, Michele!

  35. This is such an excellent and comprehensive article! Like you, I was on Blogger first, and then just this year, I switched my 10 year old blog to self-hosted WordPress. Wow, what a difference! I wish I had done it sooner! You have some really great tips here.

  36. Donna @ Modern on Monticello says:

    Even though I have been blogging for 9 years now, your post definitely shared a lot of information that is good to review again. I will be making some adjustments soon.
    Thanks for linking it up at the #HomeMattersParty