So you’re interested in starting a blog, huh? Well do I have great news for you! You can totally do it. Blogging is an amazing pathway to share your message with the world. With every post that is published, there is potential to reach a global audience of people interested in that very same topic. Talk about a cool way to connect with people! Of course, the first thing you may be wondering is where exactly to begin.
Bloggers from all around the web will advise you to select a niche before you get started. I’m here today to tell you that while niche blogging may be easier, it isn’t the only way. It is definitely possible to make yourself an expert on a range of topics. For bloggers who have diverse interests, this is likely to be more appealing. I think niche blogging can be great for some but most people will burnout and get bored in a year or two, if not sooner.
You do not have to settle for a blog about just one topic. A multi-top can be successful if you approach it from the right angle. You want to be broad without appearing like your blog lacks purpose. You simply want to have separate sections neatly dividing up your work.
Are you up for the challenge? If so, let’s begin! 🙂
10 Simple Steps to Starting Your Own Successful Multi-Topic Blog.
1. Select a Catchy Catch-All Name
Your name is where your blog begins. This is what you will promote, link to, and share with the world. You want your blog’s title to be something people can easily interpret, understand, and if you’re lucky, remember. The Rocky Safari is a play on my real name that I came up with several years after I had already been blogging under a different domain. I wish I had changed over to it sooner (or better yet, started with it from the beginning). Now there are broken links scattered across the internet linking to my old URL… ugh, big mistake. Pick something you like that rhymes, uses alliteration, or is otherwise memorable for some reason or another.
Be crafty, creative, and wise in making your final decision. While you can change your domain in the future, you really do not want to. The transition is not fun when your stats temporarily drop while Google and your readers catch up on processing the new domain.
2. Sign Up For Cheap Hosting
To host your own blog, you can sign up for hosting with Bluehost. For most people, this is where is starts to get confusing. Don’t worry. If you do use Bluehost, which I highly recommend, it is both cheap and easy to get your blog up and running. Hosting is a necessary step to be able to fully own, control, and create your own blog.
Enjoy it while it is cheap because when your blog gains a lot of traffic, it becomes much more expensive to host, unfortunately. I can tell you from personal experience that Hostgator and ASmallOrange are horrible and I will never ever use them again. (I’ll gladly e-mail you conversations I have had with their customer service representatives.)
Follow this guide step-by-step:
First click “Get Started Now.”
Select your plan.
At this stage, I would recommend choosing the cheapest option at $3.95 per month. At this point, you are just getting started with your blog so it doesn’t make much sense to pay any more than you have to. You can always upgrade your plan at any point in the future.
Then check if your desired domain name is available.
If it is not, return to the beginning and brainstorm additional ideas. Do not rush. Also, there are a ton of new domain extensions like “.rock” and “.ninja” that look awesome at first glance. While they may work just a well as a “.com” or “.org”, society is still a bit stuck in the “.com” phase and using anything else may very well make it less memorable.
If you already own a new domain name, you can use that one here.
Next, enter your account information.
Finally, complete your package information.
At this point, I would actually recommend choosing the 12 month plan as well as domain privacy. Mathematically, it works out to be a little more expensive than purchasing 36 months upfront but you never know what will happen down the line. Test blogging out for a year and then choose long-term saving plans next time around. As far as privacy goes, you don’t need annoying spam mail from everyone- keep your information locked up.
And there you have it! Your hosting is all set up!
Step 3: Install WordPress
Now that you have hosting, you can install WordPress. When you log into Bluehost you will see the following screen appear.
Scroll down until you see the following: “Install WordPress.”
All it takes is one click. Follow the steps on the screen and you’ll be good to go.
Step 4. Logging In to WordPress.
After that is finished installing WordPress, you will log into your new blog by going to: www.YOURNEWBLOG.com/wp-admin.
Enter your username and password and you’re in!
Step 5. Select a Theme.
Now for the fun part! You get to select which theme you would like to use as the foundation for the blog you will soon build. Don’t worry. It takes time to make your site look the way you want it to look like. I have been blogging here for a few years now and I still change the overall appearance rather frequently.
Whether you want to use a free theme or pay for one is up to you and your budget. Once you do commit to one, you will have to install it to your site. Themes usually come with installation instructions so it shouldn’t be challenging at all. In most cases, you will log into WordPress, click “Appearance”, then “Themes”, and finally, “Upload” where you can attach the file for your new theme and be on your merry way to begin blogging!
Step 6. Design a Logo
If you are artistic, feel free to draw something and scan it. If you have any graphic design abilities, create a logo in Photoshop or Illustrator. Even a screenshot of a simple text will do (as I’ve done on my professional website.) You’ll want a logo for your site.
If you want someone to make one for you, you could try Fiverr where you’ll pay just $5.00 for a custom made logo. However, I will warn you, I have not yet had anything amazing come from a sale on Fiverr. It’s like they say: you get what you pay for. Use them with caution and understand that the more you pay, the better the design you’ll most likely receive. Fiverr really is great though. I have friends who have had wonderful luck with them.
Step 7. Search and Install Plug Ins.
Plug Ins make the world of a difference in what you can do for a blog. Want an interactive map? There’s a plug in for that! Looking for a more detailed form on a specific page? You can definitely get a plug in for that. There are plug ins for just about ANYTHING. Honestly, ask and you shall receive. New plug ins appear EVERY DAY.
Step 8. The About Me.
Every blog begins somewhere. The first thing you’ll want to write is your About Me page which essentially tells readers who you are and what purpose your blog serves. Feel free to be creative in this stage and show your personality! Tell the world who you are.
Step 9. Grab Your Social Media Handles.
If you want to build a large following, you’ll want to collect e-mails and network on social media. Make sure you set up a Facebook page and Twitter page at the very least. Some bloggers go social media crazy – I think Facebook and Twitter are all you really need so those are the only two services I use. You may find better luck on other platforms – feel free to experiment with this! Click here to see my Facebook and Twitter.
Step 10. Write, write, write!
Of course, the most important final step is to produce quality writing! You’re all set to start publishing your very own posts now. I want to wish you the best of luck blogging because I know you can do it. Dedicate yourself now and you will succeed. If you have any questions along this journey, feel free to reach out to me for help. I’d love for you to also leave a comment below if you found this tutorial helpful. Can’t wait to see your new blog!
GOOD LUCK! 😀