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How to Start a Blog For Free? A Step by Step Guide

Hey guys, what’s up! I am going to help you start a blog today and for free. Starting a blog is fun and easy. I am going to show you how to get everything you need for free too. The website, the hosting, and domain name. The platform is called Wealthy Affiliate. After reading all of the steps here, I will give you a link you can follow so that you can get started.

First, you are going to create an account with Wealthy Affiliate. The free membership is called the Starter Membership.

PAUSE, let’s stop here for a minute.


Why do I have to get a membership anywhere you ask?

You don’t, but let’s discuss your options here. If you want to dive right into starting your blog, skip to the Start Your Blog For Free section. If you want to get the answer to this valuable question above, keep reading.

1. wordpressYou can go on your own to a website such as WordPress.org, which is a free website platform. Might I add, is pretty awesome! I use this platform on a daily basis. It’s so easy these days because you don’t need to use any code.

You’re going to need to purchase hosting. If you want to learn about hosting, you can read about it here. Granted, you can find hosting for as low as $3.99/month, but that’s with an 18 month, more or less, contract.

Then you will need to purchase a domain name. You can find these pretty cheap. I’ve seen quality domain names on namecheap.com for around $9.99. The only problem is if you want great features on your domain name such as ‘https’, or WHOIS (protects your identity) on your domain name, this is extra.

Finally, I hope you’re knowledgeable on how to build a website. Who is going to show you how to create pages, posts, menus, and widgets? Or other cool features such as adding plugins for social, website speed, or ease of navigation? There are so many things that you just need to learn.

I know a place that they will show you how to setup all your initial framework for free.

Let’s jump into your second option.

2. wealthy affiliate websiteYou can join Wealthy Affiliate for free. The Starter membership has no charge, and comes with a bunch of tools. Especially, your first course in setting up your website. There is a pretty easy course layout with 10 lessons for you to learn it easily and at your own pace.

Let’s talk about some of the tools you get. You will get a website, a subdomain name, and access to a keyword search tool. Also, access to a community of other internet entrepreneurs who are learning and earning. I have found that everyone is as eager as you to interact with you and offer help.

I almost forgot, the membership also comes with free hosting. They offer a premium membership with a couple of payment options, as well as a domain platform. If you want to get a premium domain name. There domain names are pretty valuable. They come with all the security features plus your own personal email accounts.

I think this is a no brainer. Let’s jump back into how to start a blog.


Start a Blog For Free

wa logoHead over to Wealthy Affiliate. This is a program that offers you 2 free websites, hosting and a sub-domain name for free. Best known for their affiliate marketing training for which you may take a advantage of if you decide to monetize your website.

Create your own account, but wait, because you need further instructions so hold off until the end of this blog or just come right back after you do so.

Once inside the platform, you can customize your personal profile or you can jump right into website building by clicking on ‘SiteRubix’, then ‘Site Builder’. Follow the four easy steps which are:

  1. Choose a free domain name, one that you own, or purchase a new one right on the platform. Yes it costs money, but probably the best value for your buck. You can see what I mean here.
  2. Name your website. If you need help on how to choose a domain name, you can get more help here (scroll to the bottom of that page where it says “a little bit more help”).
  3. Make a title for your website. This could be a slogan if you’d like.
  4. Choose a theme and then click on “build your site”.

Sounds pretty easy right?

Don’t underestimate the process because even though you now have a live website, you have only just scratched the surface when setting up your blog.

build website freeFollow the first course inside WA which includes 10 lessons on building your website and setting up your blog. The first course is free so no need to worry about any charges. More good news is, you can choose to stay a free member for life. There are several advantages of paying for a premium membership if you feel you are going to become a serious blogger. When you’re ready to do so of course.

You may just want to create a blog just for a hobby. You should know if you don’t know already though, you can make a pretty decent living by blogging. There is so much opportunity with it. You can check out several gurus online such as Patt Flynn. These guys are making $10,000s, even $100,000s a month in blogging. There are different ways to monetize your blog. You could check out this blog post here to learn about affiliate marketing.

What’s Wrong With Those Other Guys?

I’ve made a commitment to my readers that I will provide the utmost value to you. Not only because you deserve nothing less, but because I have a lot of integrity. There are a couple of guys and blogs out there such as Neil Patel, or Scott Chow which you can follow. Might I add they look like great guys, but it is just an empty slate in which they’re handing you.

frying and skilletThey’re basically just showing you how to launch your website but nothing more. Kind of like giving you all the ingredients but no oil and skillet. Though they offer you their support. I would pass, because how can I put my business livelihood in your hands like that? Are you going to hold my hand through setting up my website and helping me build it up? I wouldn’t bet on it.

As I said, they’re just showing you how to launch your website. There is so much more to do than that. This is why I recommended Wealthy Affiliate as a product for you to get started. They will show you:

  • How to write your content.
  • How to create menus.
  • How to create widgets.
  • How to set up your advertising.
  • And how to set up your social media accounts.

There is so much more to being an internet entrepreneur, and a blogger. Anyone can do this, but you’re going to need the right training. Follow what I’m saying, and you will have a fully functional blog by the end of a week; more or less depending on your work pace.

I look forward to seeing you succeed. I hope this is not the last time we cross paths.

Jonathan

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4 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog For Free? A Step by Step Guide

  1. I got started building a website through multiple other website platforms and hosting services. The hard thing about that was that there was too much that I didn’t know which made things very difficult.

    Through trying different programs and options, I recently joined Wealthy Affiliate and wish I would have found them sooner. Great help, easy to use and all the tools and resources I need to grow my online business.

    Just wanted to attest that its a great starting point!

    1. Hey Cameron, thanks for attesting to that. Wealthy Affiliate is an excellent starting point. I never thought that I would be a blogger when I first started. But as you can see, now I am. All the training and hard work I’ve been doing at WA has been paying off. 🙂 

      At first, when I think blogger, I think writing. And I would not consider myself to be a writer. Some would be afraid of the idea of being a writer. Although blogging is different. Because it’s a more conversational form of writing. I really enjoy it. Thanks for your comment! 

  2. Hey Jonathan, really cool article. I have built my first website like that. After a few weeks, I decided to join wealthy affiliate because they were super helpful. They tell you so much about everything. I don’t think I would have made my website profitable within the first year without them.

    1. You know what Aaron, I am the same. I would not have been able to do it without them. I thank god I met wealthy affiliate back when I did. I own and operate and profitable website now. It is pretty amazing to say that. I would’ve never thought it was possible because of the technicality of it. 

      I used to think you had to be a computer programmer or some sort, but no, it is totally feasible for the average end user. You don’t need to know much about computers in order to do this. If you know how to write an email, then you can create a website

      I really enjoy building my blog now. Whenever I add new pages and links, or menu items it is a pleasure. I love that the possibilities are endless. You can build your website how ever big you want. The ideas never seem to seize. 

      Thanks for your comment, 

      Jonathan 

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