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How To Start A Blog In 2024 [Step-By-Step]

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  1. The Basics Of Blogging [Start Here]
    8 Topics
  2. How To Research & Select A Blogging Niche
    3 Topics
  3. How to Come Up With A Blog Name: An Easy, Proven Formula
    8 Topics
  4. Choosing a Tech Stack [The Right Way]
    9 Topics
  5. How To Set Up & Configure Your Blog [Step-By-Step]
    6 Topics
  6. How To Create The Most Important Blog Pages
    2 Topics
  7. How To Create A Professional Brand & Design
    5 Topics
  8. How To Create Blog Content
    6 Topics
  9. How To Publish A Blog Post: Optimization & Going Live
    1 Topic
  10. How To Get Your Blog Noticed [Quickly & Effectively]
    4 Topics
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Blogging as a full-time career, or even just a side gig, requires a high level of commitment. Once you decide to do it, the next step is to identify what you need to hit the road running.

So, what do you need to start a blog? The key is to get your blog up and live – not to get it perfect right away.

There will be plenty of time down the road to get the perfect logo, branding colors, WordPress theme and so on. Right now, you want to focus on getting a live platform up so you can start blogging.

My goal for this course is to help you create a fundamental foundation that you can build on later. We’re not taking shortcuts or skipping important steps, but we are prioritizing progress over perfection.

In order to build a solid foundation that we can launch to the public, you’ll need the following:

  1. Niche: This is the industry or high-level focus of your blog. Your audience will likely be very interested in this niche.
  2. Domain: This is the URL, or site address, that people will use to find your blog.
  3. Content Management System/Platform: This is what you’ll use to manage your posts, pages, and files. WordPress is the most popular option in the world for bloggers.
  4. Theme: This is a quick and efficient way to design and style a WordPress site. No WordPress sites can be complete without a theme.
  5. Plugins: These are what allow a WordPress site to rapidly add functionality without hiring a custom developer.
  6. Tools & Subscriptions: These will help you do research, write and optimize content, track your progress, and more.

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Blog?

You might look at all of that and think to yourself that starting a blog is out of range because of how much you need. Actually, quite the contrary. These costs are much lower than you might think relatively speaking.

One of the nice things about starting a blog is that you don’t need much, if any, money to get started. There are pleny of ways to start a blog for free, but certain paid features and tools can help boost your credibility and, in turn, your subscriber count.

Starting a blog can cost as low as $30 up to $1,000 annually, depending on your niche, goals, and marketing strategies. However, if you’re outsourcing some tasks, the cost can go up.

Take a look at the table below for a breakdown of some costs you should expect when starting a blog.

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Three other costs to factor in are hardware, software, and subscriptions. These costs vary significantly based on your specifications, niche, needs, and region.

Just be sure to look for free open-source alternatives to popular software programs that are necessary for your blog or area of expertise. They’re often just as good and can help you save a bit of money.

The bottom line, your startup expenses depend on how big you want to start. If you aim to make blogging a full-on business plan and hire people, the cost can go up to thousands.

We’ll keep each of these quick and to the point so you can get started as quick as possible and focus on the things that matter most.

Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. I’ll walk you through the process every step of the way.