Most of my regular readers already have a blog, but otherwise if you've reached this page it's probably because you are wondering how to start a blog.
In fact even my regular blog-savvy readers can benefit from the free eBook I am giving away, as there's always something new to learn.
An what's important is NOT just how to start a blog – anyone can do that, given enough time. What you must learn is doing it efficiently and minimising time and money spent.
Because more than 80% of bloggers won't even make $100. So any cost savings you can make…. well, that makes you more profitable!
You might imagine “How to start a blog” would be a simple question to answer, but it's not.
How To Start a Blog
In a rush? Scroll down to my most recent update in red.
The reason it's not simple is that – as with everything else in life – it depends on your budget and how much time you can afford to spend (or waste) getting your site up. If you have all the time in the world you will probably choose to do-it-yourself.
But remember – time is money. You can spend weeks or even months:
- Fiddling about learning how to design a site,
- Then finding you made a big mistake, then re-doing it,
- Then learning a bit more
- Then realizing you made ANOTHER booboo…..
and so on. I know, because I did just that. And, with hindsight, all that lost time could have been better used on marketing my business.
How Did I Set Up My Blog?
Because I have been a computer programmer for 30+ years I expected I would find it easy to set up my own website. I was wrong, and some sites I set up were so bad I completely scrapped them, before ending up with this one.
Although it “does the job”, I have learned everything the hard way and it has taken me many hours of revising and repairing. Being brutally honest, with what I have learned over the past few years, there are many things I would do completely differently if I were starting from scratch.
Nevertheless, if you are on a rock-bottom budget, it can be done.
Setting Up a Blog With a Low Budget
I have compiled my experiences and recommendations into an Amazon book that will show you how you can use a blog to increase business.
As well as the basic set up instructions the eBook includes:
- 7 Reasons to start a blog
- Which blogging platform to use – and why
- Some newbie mistakes to avoid
- How businesses use blogs to build their business
- Advice on choosing: Domain, Hosting, Auto-responder
- Make your blog look more attractive
- What to write on your blog
- Content marketing solutions
- Several different ways to drive traffic to your blog
- Help with making sales from your blog
I really wish I had had saved time and stress by getting help and / or training from the outset. So I recommend you do NOT to make my “go it alone” mistake.
Update July 2021:
A Better Way to Start a Blog?
Without doubt, the best approach is to get help along the way, either with some proper training to start you off or, better still, having the initial site professionally done for you, then continuing to add your own content as you go.
I have now found a set of business tools that lets you create and host THREE blogs for free – plus a whole host of other essential tools you probably won't even know you need when you first start out online (e.g. a Funnel Builder).
Before spending money on hosting your own blog, I suggest that you at least open a free account here and follow their emails to learn everything you can do for free. Only when / if your business becomes profitable do you need to consider whether to upgrade to a paid account and even then you'll save thousands of dollars.
So there you have my “how to start a blog” article. And, from July 2021, you can start a blog free!
As with many of the posts on my blog, it's very much a “Don't make my mistake” lesson.
- If you don't already have a blog – Click here > FREE blog Setup
- If you have already paid for hosting, make the most of your blog with my Amazon book here > Build a Blog – Build a Business