This will make more sense after my Zoom mtg on Tuesday at 2pm. I'm just going to leave some key links for your reference.
Please note that some of these are affiliate links, and that means that if you buy something, I may earn a commission, at no extra cost to you.
First, I hope this meeting goes well. I'm not used to doing/leading Zoom calls. In fact sometimes I even get confused on how to log in, so wish me luck. Also, know that you don't need to be tech savvy to do what I do. I'm not tech savvy.
Now, before I forget, here's a link to sign up for my email list. It is free and I provide lots of blogging advice, especially on how to monetize your blog. If this doesn't interest you, don't sign up.
Please note that I don't normally teach people how to start a blog. I will do my best to help guide you to the right resources. If you have questions or problems along the way, I probably will not be able to help you, because as I said, I'm not tech savvy.
First, choose a niche.
Second, choose a domain name. You can use NameCheap because they are good, cheap, give free privacy protection. I don't care if you use someone else, but don't use GoDaddy as they tend to steal domain names, sell your data and are not an honest company.
Third, get hosting. I strongly recommend NameHero for new bloggers as they are the best value. Good hosting/uptime, good speed, good customer support and good price. When you site gets more traffic, you can upgrade, but don't worry about that now.
BTW, avoid the following for hosts: GoDaddy, NameCheap, Bluehost, Hostgator and/or any other EIG company.
Now, you can just start blogging.
If you want, but you don't have to, you can get a theme. (Or you can do this later). They key is to get started quickly and your theme has very little impact at the beginning.
If you get a theme, make sure it's fast, mobile responsive and has good support. I do recommend my them which is Astra as it's fast, lots of support and will work w/ Google Core Vitals. You can start with the free version if you want and upgrade to paid later. Kadence is another great theme and will set you up for success.
If you need tech support or someone to set up your price, I highly recommend Grayson Bell as he's awesome at this, honest and reasonably priced. That's who I use. (Please note he helps blogger who monetize their blog and prob does not know about IDX, etc.) But, he is awesome and does all my tech work.
Here are some links to some of my courses, if you have an interest.
- Easy SEO Revamp (advanced SEO course)
- Journey to the Center of Amazon
- All my courses/books/printables
If you need help with all the beginning steps of starting a blog, here's a link to one of my friend's FREE course. She'll walk you through the steps and what to do right after (things like how to set up Google Analytics, proper URL structure).
It's very easy as you'll see. She also works you through the set up w/ NameHero. But, it would be wonderful if you use my affiliate link for NameHero.