Click on the “Get Started” button on the left side of the page to begin signing up for your new blog. This will create a blog on the WordPress site. You won’t be able to monetize the blog, but it will be free. Many professional bloggers prefer to have their WordPress blog hosted on their own domain (example.com instead of example.wordpress.com). To host your own blog, you will need your own web host. This guide will show you how to set up a blog on your own server.
Fill out all of the required fields and click “Create Blog.” You will need to enter a valid email address and create a WordPress username. Underneath the features list, click “Create Blog” to create your free blog. Make sure to read the terms of service! You will have the option of removing the WordPress tag from your URL for a certain yearly fee.
During the sign up process, you will be asked to create the address (URL) for your blog. You won’t be able to change the URL once you create it, but you can always create a new blog on the same account if you want a new URL address.
When you sign up, you will be sent an email containing an activation link that you will need to follow to turn your account on. Go to your email and activate the blog by pressing the “Activate Blog” button in the email. Once you have activated the blog, a new window will appear called the “Dashboard.” The Dashboard will be the central focus when editing your blog.
On the left side of your dashboard, click on the “Settings” tab and select “General.” In Settings, you can title your blog, give it a tagline, edit your email address, adjust privacy settings, and do other things as well. Take time to explore all the features of the dashboard and get familiar with them.
One of the most critical components of your blog is the theme that it has. A theme is a color scheme and specific layout that gives your blog a distinct and unique feel. Explore all of the WordPress themes by clicking on the “Appearance” tab on the left side of the dashboard. Browse themes and select one that you think works well with the topic of your blog.
Head to the left side of the dashboard and click on the “Posts” tab, then click “Add New.” Give your post a title and start writing! Make sure your first post has an introductory feel to it and gets first-time readers captivated.
Every WordPress blog has a collection of widgets. They are shown on the right side on the home page of your blog. Some popular widgets include a search bar, a Facebook “Like” option, and an Archives link.
A WordPress blog can contain various pages besides your main posting wall. Pages are a great way to categorize the different content that is featured in your blog. For example, you can have a “Contact Us” page to help your viewers get in touch with you or your company. To create a new page, go to the drop down menu detailed in Step 7, click on “New,” and then “Page.” Give your new page a title, and then write the content for that page below.
There are a lot of blogs out there. If you want yours to stand out, you’ll need to put in a little effort to make it unique. This guide has some tips that can help you make your blog amazing, including posting frequency, reader interaction, optimal post length, and more.
Once your blog is up and running, you’ll want to start promoting it to increase your readership. This means utilizing as many avenues as possible, such as social media, email, and Twitter.