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In this video tutorial, you’ll see over my shoulder how you can start a blog for free.
Here’s what I’m covering:
- where to go to sign up for your blog (for free)
- how to set up your blog in a couple of minutes
- how to publish your first blog post (yay!)
How to Start Blogging for Free
If you’ve been itching to start blogging, then stick with me and copy exactly what I do, step by step, and you’ll be up and running in a flash!
The first thing we’re going to do is obviously open up a browser, then go straight to the address bar and type in WordPress.com
We’re going to be using WordPres to start a blog for free because WordPress is probably the most popular publishing platform on the planet, and I absolutely love WordPress, so I’m biased (but in a good way). I work with various platforms, but WP (as it’s known, for short) is one of my favorites.
How to Start a Blog for Free on WordPress
When you visit the WordPress home page, you will see on the homepage banner a claim that they power 28% of the Internet – that’s a big chunk of the interweb. This gives you an idea of what an iconic brand this is. Put another way, your blog is safe with WordPress.
Be aware that on their homepage they do have some paid options – and that’s not why you’re here today. You want to create a blog for free, so look for and click on the get started button, or go to pricing at the top of the navigation menu, even though pricing seems counterintuitive at this moment.
In the video, you can watch me perform these actions as I talk, so you can see exactly where I’m clicking.
In the video walkthrough, you’ll see me click on pricing and then you’ll see the free option. Free for life, it says. And that’s where you’re going to start. And this is going to ask you what kind of a website you want, whether it’s a website or a blog, a portfolio or an online store. So what you want to do is click on the first option which
Once you click on that option, you’ll see a few options to choose from, asking you what kind of a website you want, whether it’s a website or a blog, a portfolio or an online store. You’ll want to click on the first option (see video for visuals).
The next option will prompt you to choose a theme. A theme is a template – the template is basically a skin; it is the front of your website: what people actually see. Think of it as the design.
At this stage, you have three options when it comes to themes to choose for your blog. However, in reality, there are thousands of free themes available from the WordPress repository.
But for now you’re going to click on skip because you can always change your theme later on. Okay so let’s give you a site an address. This is where you enter your domain name and your domain name would be for example theycallmeHoz.com Now, the only caveat here is that because this is a free blog it’s going to be hosted by WordPress so you don’t get to use your own domain name for free. What happens instead is you can choose your ideal domain name and they will create a
Next, you’ll give you new blog an address. This is where you enter your domain name, and your domain name would be – for example – theycallmeHoz.com Now, the only caveat here is that because this is a free blog it’s going to be hosted by WordPress so you don’t get to use your own domain name for free. What happens instead is you can choose your ideal domain name and they will create a
Now, the only caveat here is that because this is a free blog, it’s going to be hosted by WordPress so you don’t get to use your own domain name (at least not for free). What happens instead is you can choose your ideal domain name and they will create a subdomain name of WordPress.
So, for example, if your ideal domain name was fantasticweightloss then you’re not going to get fantasticweightloss dot com with this free blog. What’s going to happen instead is WordPress will create a subdomain – if it’s available – and you’ll end up with: fantasticweightloss dot WordPress dot com – but hey, it’s free.
Note: I didn’t make those examples real web addresses in case those are websites that exist!
The rest of this process is very visual, so I recommend you watch the video and copy the process step by step. This will hell you start a blog for free in minutes, and you’ll be able to start posting content within the next hour!
You’ll see in the video that I walk you through posting your first blog post, as soon as the blog is created.