Many people are in the same situation that you may be in right now, today. When thinking about starting an online business there are so many things that need to be learned and skills to pick up that you think that you will never get to the point of putting up that first page, first post, first site.
Well, in actual fact you can do that starting today and have something up by the end of the night.
The fact is that the start is just filling in a few boxes and then typing in a few lines of text and you are off to the races.
Lets Get started, shall we?
How to Start Your First Blog
First of all lets not get hung up on anything. Fact is that the first post you write, the first video that you record, the first image that you upload is just a starting point and people will not point at you on the street or ridicule you in the office.
I remember that over 10 year ago I started my first blog and after a little bit it picked up steam and I started getting lots of traffic. No one noticed at work for at least three years or so. Since it was a fitness blog one person said, “I guess I should be talking to you about how to lose weight?” one other person last year mentioned that they saw a post that I wrote about probiotics.
So first thing to remember is that you do not have to worry about embarrassing yourself.
OK, with that out of the way the easiest thing is to just get your feet wet. You don’t need to shop around and get hosting, or domains, or VPS servers, or even memberships for any kind of content. You just need to go to WordPress.com and get signed up.
Now I know that you have probably heard, you need your own domain, and hosting. This is not true though.
I have my own domains and hosting now but when I started I was just using blogger and it worked fine for a long while.
So once you go to WordPress they will ask you a few questions, What kind of layout, what .wordpress.com subdomain you want, and then even how much you want to pay (tip: pick the $0 one, it is fine for now).
Then, WordPress will ask you for and email address and a password, get you to confirm and then you can log right in.
So not that you are logged in you have lots of options, but the first is to write your first post.
Click the Write button in the top left corner and you will be given a nice easy to use window. On top of the toolbar is where you will write your title and below the toolbar is where you can write the text of your first article.
On the Left hand side of that toolbar is the + sign to add media so that you can add any pictures to this post.
Today we won’t worry about any pics but for now just write down your first thoughts on why you have started this blog and what your aim is to help others. Then on the right sidebar you can hit publish.
You are done, and you are ahead of so many people that do not even get started. There are still lots of things to learn and do. You can learn about headlines, copy, seo, visual appeal, sales techniques…. it never ends
But for today you are done. You have a first post on a blog and are ready to do anything that you dream of.