So, you want to start a crochet blog? This isn’t one of those “start a blog in 15 minutes and make $1,000,000 today” type of posts. Starting a blog can be overwhelming. It’s not as easy as choosing a domain name, paying for hosting, hitting submit, and making money. You won’t make money the day you start. It could take months or years of hard work before you see a dime. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Still, the best advice I have is…
Today is the day to start the
blog you’ve been dreaming of.
Don’t start tomorrow, or next month, or next year. Don’t wait until you have it “all figured out.” So what if you have too much going on at work or home. Maybe you can only find three hours a week to put into a blog. You know what though? Those three hours are three hours spent moving in the right direction. Maybe you’re scared that your blog won’t be what you’re hoping for. Maybe you’re not cut out for it. Maybe you’ll never see a dime. If you get caught up in everything else, you’ll never just go for it. Maybe it won’t be worth it, but I’d rather try than regret not following my dreams.
First Steps to Starting a Blog
1. Pick a Domain Name
Picking your domain name will be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your business. Tips for choosing the best domain:
- Choose “.com”
- Research shows that “.com” is the best domain name extension out there. Most people will assume your domain name ends in “.com” from the beginning & it’s the easiest to remember.
- Use correct spelling & pronunciation
- You want a domain name that you can speak and write. When speaking about KrazyKrochetKraftz.com people will assume it’s CrazyCrochetCrafts.com & they won’t be able to find you.
- Stay away from hyphens & numbers
- Don’t use Crazy-Crochet-Crafts-8964.com. Hyphens can be a sign of spam domains, plus your readers probably won’t remember the random number at the end of your domain. If you picked a domain name that’s already taken and think it’s a good idea to throw a hyphen in the middle and number at the end, don’t. Chances are people who are looking for you will end up on CrazyCrochetCrafts.com instead of your website.
- Research domain names
- Is another company already using that name? You don’t want to use a name that’s already being used, especially if it’s already been trademarked. Is the name available on social media sites like Twitter or Instagram? (If the name is available, you’ll want to snatch it up as soon as possible)
Once you pick a domain name, you’ll want to purchase it before someone else takes it. I’ve always purchased my domain through my hosting company. I currently pay $15.95/year through Siteground.
2. Purchase Hosting
Hosting is where your blog is stored. If you’re starting a blog to make money, you absolutely have to self-host your blog. You’ll want to do this through a hosting company like Siteground. I started my blog with Siteground and still LOVE them. They have an outstanding uptime meaning their server is rarely down. Siteground offers top-rated 24/7 customer service by phone or chat. Their staff is amazingly helpful. Siteground backs up your website daily. You never need to worry about it being up-to-date. Siteground is also recommended by WordPress. All of their plans include WordPress installation. They offer three separate plans from one website with less than 10,000 visits per month to an unlimited number of websites with 100,000 visits per month. Click here to learn more.
StartUp plan is perfect if you are just starting out with one website. It will cover all your basic needs. StartUp costs $47.40 for the first year and supports 10,000 monthly visits with 24/7 support, daily backups, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Click here to get started with Siteground.
3. Install WordPress
- Log in to your Siteground account
- Click My Accounts tab
- Click Access cPanel
- Find the Autoinstallers section and click on WordPress
- Click the blue Install button
- Fill out the required information (NEVER use Admin as your username)
- Press Install
You officially have a self-hosted WordPress blog. You can access your blog at any time by visiting https://www.”yourdomain”.com/wp-admin & logging in with the username and password you chose during the WordPress installation.