You had the same dream again. A dream where you are running a successful blog, and enjoying life. But now you have just woken up, feeling confused and lost. You feel inadequate, that you do not have the experience to start and build a blog. There is only one question on your mind this misty morning; can i start a blog without any experience?
I was in the same position a while back before I started this blog. You are reading this article in a blog that I started without any experience of blogging.
This shows that if a regular Joe like me can do it, you can also start a blog without any experience. It is rocket science!
If starting and building your own blog is something you are interested in doing, then you are in the right place.
Over the next few minutes, you and I are going to look into how you can turn your dream into a reality.
This is going to be a step by step guide or conversation, on how you can start a blog from scratch. This is meant for you if you have no experience in blogging.
Can you start a blog without any experience?
The simple and straight answer is YES. You can start a blog without any experience in under one hour and with less than $10 in investment..
However, there are a few basic things you need to build your blog and start publishing content.
One of the things that might be holding you back is fear. Fear of the unknown and also the fact that you think it is not possible to build a blog without experience.
If you feel like you are not good enough or suffering from the popular ‘imposter syndrome’. This is normal and means you are a human.
The truth is you do not need to have prior experience in building a blog.
What you really need is to make a decision to start. This is the biggest hindrance to actually starting a blog even when you have no experience.
Today, I am here to help you overcome all those things and start your blog.
It is possible for you to transform your life completely through your blog. You can have the kind of life you have always desired. It is possible to get that if you start your blog today.
That is what the rest of this blog post is all about. It is a step-by-step guide on how you can start a blog without any experience.
Let us get into it.
9 Steps on How to Start a Blog without Any Experience
Here are the 9 steps you should follow to start a blog even if you have no experience. It is your step-by-step guide on how to start a blog today.
- Find your why.
- Decide on the topic or niche.
- Find the name of your blog.
- Know your target audience.
- Get your domain name & hosting.
- Choose the blogging platform.
- Create a content plan.
- Publish content consistently.
- Monetize your blog.
Let us not look further into each and what each step entails.
How to Start a Blog Without Experience
Find Your ‘Why’.
This is the most important step as you start your blog today.
You should think about your key reason for wanting to start your blog, even when you do not have experience.
The reason this is critical is it will act as your motivation. Blogging is not easy. It requires a lot of hard work, focus and commitment.
If you do not know your why, or if it is not strong enough, you are likely to give when things become tough. And they will get tough as you build your blogging empire.
Have a clear idea of ‘why’ you are starting your blog without experience will keep you on track.
Decide on the Topic or Niche.
Once you have clarity on your why, the next step is to decide on the topic you will be blogging on or about.
In the blogging world, this is called a niche.
It is possible that you have one key interest or passion that you can blog about. You might also have multiple topics you want to focus on.
The best strategy is to focus on one niche topic at a time.
Having a narrow niche will help you in building a community or fans who are keen to engage with you.
Connecting with real human beings on the other side of your blog is a true measure of successful blogging.
Find the Name of Your Blog.
This step is important because you are now getting into the stage of defining what will become your brand.
You should think about this strategically.
A blog name should be short, easy to remember and one that you can build into a big brand in the long term.
Know Your Target Audience.
Another important step in helping you start a blog without any experience is in knowing your target audience.
You should be clear who your target audience is. Who is that one person who should care and read your blog articles?
Be as clear as you can in defining this persona.
Having clarity of your audience influences very many other factors. These include the kind of content you will create and how you will promote your blog once it is set up.
Get Your Domain Name & Hosting
At this point, it is time for you to register your domain name and get hosting in place.
You choose a name earlier and it would be advisable to use this as your domain name.
I know what you are wondering; what is a domain name?
What is a Domain Name?
Domain name is the address of your blog on the internet. It is the URL people type to visit your blog. For example, the name of this blog is ‘Watson Post’ and the domain name is www.watsonpost.com
Hope you now understand how to apply your name to create a domain name. Use a simple and catchy name.
You do not want it too complicated as that would confuse your audience.
What is Web Hosting
In simple terms, web hosting is an online service that helps you to publish your website on the internet.
It is basically home to the content you are going to create and publish.
There are several companies or service providers who will provide this service to you at a fee. Some of the providers include companies such as Bluehost, Hostinger and HostGator among others.
I want you to now take the action by ensuring you register your domain name and also get your hosting in place.
Next, follow the instructions to set up your Bluehost account. Skip all the package extras except for domain privacy + protection. The extra privacy is worth the investment.
Finish setting up your account, and now you officially have your own little piece of the internet.
Choose the Blogging Platform You Will Use.
You probably have no idea what a blogging platform is. In simple terms, it is the content management system that will host your files and content.
You do not need to know the technical details of how this works at this point.
What is important now is for you to decide the blogging platform to use for the blog that you are about to start.
The best blogging platform that I would recommend you consider is WordPress. It is the mostly used platform in the world and it is the best so far.
You also get it for free. This means you do not incur an expense in getting a blogging platform.
However, there are other blogging platforms you can use. I cannot speak much about them as I have only used wordpress and it is working for me so far.
You want your blog site to be self-hosted, and wordpress offers you that.
A point to note is that there are two; wordpress.com and wordpress.org
In your case, choose WordPress.org.
Create a Content Plan.
At this point, you need to create a plan for your content. This involves doing research on the different articles you are going to create or write about.
I would suggest that you list about 50 article ideas before you start writing.
Another aspect of your content plan is deciding on when you will be publishing.
You might not be able to do it daily because of your other engagement. In this case, you might decide to post one or two posts per week.
Having this plan is one aspect of ensuring you achieve blogging success.
Publish Content Consistently.
Now that you have your blog all set up and ready to go, this is the phase where the rubber meets the road.
It is time to start writing those blog posts you planned for.
This is the phase where most people give up. It is a lot of work and it is exhausting.
In my case, I wrote about 150 blog posts in the first 90 days of starting my blog. This was the most difficult phase as a new blogger.
As you can imagine, that is about two blog posts per day, consistently for three months.
I am not asking you to do the same, though it would be a good idea to try the 90-day content challenge. If you are wondering what that is, check out this article about the 90-day content challenge.
Monetize Your Blog.
I have put this step last for a good reason.
It is my belief that when starting a blog, the focus should not be on the money you are going to generate. The focus should be on creating helpful content for your audience.
A blog is a medium you are using to serve your target audience. You are going to help them with information on how to do things, and also by solving the problems they are facing right now.
This is what I am doing with this post. I am helping you to start a blog without any experience. If I can achieve just that one thing, I would argue I have created value to you.
When it comes to how to monetize your blog, it simply means finding ways in which to generate an income from the blog.
There are several ways in which you can monetize your blog. These include;
- Using display adverts.
- Affiliate marketing.
- Selling your own products.
I will create a resource to show you how to use each of the above ways to make money with your blog.
8 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog with No Experience
If you want to start and build a blog, there must a something or a reason that is driving you. I can only speculate why you want to get into the business of blogging.
However, there are several reasons why you can start a blog without experience.
Let us look at the eight (8) that can make you start a blog today;
To Inspire Your Audience.
Starting a blog can help you to inspire your audience with your content.
Improve Your Writing Skills.
You can use blogging to improve your writing skills and become better at sharing your ideas through writing.
Help You to Learn New Skills.
Creating or building a blog without experience and from scratch as a beginner will help you learn or improve certain skills.
Some of the new skills you will need to learn include ability to create content, drive traffic to your website and monetize your blog.
Use a Blog to Build Your Online Brand.
You can use blogging to build an online brand, either as a business or for your personal needs.
Generate Additional Income.
Another reason to create or start a blog is to generate additional income or create a passive source of income.
This works when you start a blog as a business. You will be required to focus on the blog the same way you would focus on a physical business.
It is very possible for you to make money with your blog, and transform your lifestyle. A blog can give you financial freedom if you put in the work.
You can start a blog and start earning money with it. Read more here on how you can earn US$50 per day from blogging.
You can meet New People.
Starting a blog can be able to help you meet and network with new people.
For example, in less than 3 months with my blog, I was able to get about 10,000 people to the blog. These are new people that I am going to build a relationship with over time.
To Document Your Life.
One other reason why you might start a blog is to be able to document your life. It is common in personal or lifestyle blog where you share about your life and experiences you are having.
Create Visibility in Your Career.
You can start a blog with a simple reason to create visibility as a way to advance your career. There are no limits to what you can do with your blog.
Reasons to Start a Blog as a Beginner
As you can see from above, there are various reasons for starting a blog. Whatever your reason is, even if not in the above list, I would highly encourage you to start your blog. Do not waste time thinking about it, just start.
You will learn and get better at it as you move ahead.
In conclusion, I am hoping that by now you have realized you can start a blog without any experience.
The only thing holding you back right now is you.
When you came here, it was because you wanted to find out if you can create and build a blog with no experience. It is my hope that I have been able to demonstrate to you that it is possible
That you can start right now and have a blog set up within the next 60 minutes.
If is the action you want to take, you should start by going to Bluehost to get your domain and hosting.
Once you have that set up. Your next step should be to focus on creating and publishing content.
To help you navigate through this, I have created a series of YouTube videos that you should watch.
Those are resources that provide you with the tips and the tactics you need to start, build and grow your blog.
As you have seen, besides your time, the only investment you make is worth a cup of coffee at Starbucks.