How to start a new blog with WordPress

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I have learnt lots of stuff from the internet during my seven and half years long continued blogging journey (I was part-time blogger earlier), utilised different resources and now its time to give something back to the community. I receive atleast 2 requests every week from different people who are willing to learn this stuff asking me to write an article to start a blog and how to make money online guide. To honor people’s requests and to give something back to the community I’ve decided to write this tutorial hopping they will find it helpful. In this article I will make blog set-up process as simple that anyone with little to no knowledge of topic can start a blog right away. I will cover everything needed from A to Zee to make you start your own blog in another 30 mins (if you want to do it now !). Keep reading.

Also see: How to find topic for your blog post

While many people who are already into blogging will find it basic, others who never heard about it would definitely find it interesting. Those who already know can go through it too as I being a blogger understand that a good blogger try to grab as much knowledge as possible and this article might add something further to his/her knowledge.

Among the requests I receive, some people possess really good educational background such as MBA, Engineering, Medical etc. However, running a successful blog has not much to do with the educational background as it doesn’t require any technical knowledge. People from different background (who are not tech savvy) are running successful blogs and making good money. Some figures may surprise you when you know how much full time bloggers are making.

Why blogging? 

Blogging lets you be your own boss and chose your hours to work. You work in the morning or the night is totally your choice. Need not to stick to 9 to 5 job and listen to arrogant boss. Work from home, office or even while you are traveling. You just need a laptop with an internet connection to setup your office just anywhere, let it be a lawn, a park or a Starbucks cafe. People from around the world get to know you by name, talk about you, quote you in various magazine and news channels.

Let’s see below some of the well known bloggers from India and their estimated earnings.

Amit Agarwal

Amit AGarwal

Amit agarwal is a computer science graduate from India’s premier Institute; Indian Institute of Technology. He has worked with several well known brands such as Goldman Sachs and appeared on lots of TV channels and radio such as CNN IBN, CNBC, NDTV, HT, BBC Radio etc. His website www.labnol.org (digital inspiration) has been quoted in many reputed magazines as well like Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Guardian etc.

After working for well known brands for several years, Amit decided to switch to blogging and become India’s first ever successful blogger representing India at global platform. His website where he shares “How to guides”,  Tips & Tricks, Tutorials on latest technology gets 3+ million page views per month and have tons of followers at different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google plus etc. He makes $35000-$40,000 per month out of his blog (He owns plenty of other blogs as well which earn separately). Read more about Amit here

Amit Bhawani


Amit is another successful blogger who writes about latest technology as well such as upcoming smartphones, laptop, camera, iPhone etc on his blog http://www.amitbhawani.com. He started blogging back in 2007 and made it a full time business. According to sources, he makes around $15000 off of his blog (He manages several more). Read more about Amit here

Harsh Agarwal


This young guy holds engineering degree from Sharda university and chosen blogging as career rather than finding a 5 to 9 job in some organisation. Harsh started his blog www.shoutmeloud.com back in 2006 and by now he earned hundreds of thousands of followers at various social channels. He speaks in various conference and educate young bloggers and budding entrepreneur. His earning varies between $11000-$12000 per month. Read more about Harsh here

We have plenty of such examples that shows Indian people have started to pursue their career in blogging and are being recognised. However people from western countries are making way much higher money taking this passion to next level. According to The Richest, founder Michael makes $5,00,000-$8,00,000 off of his blog TechCrunch.com followed by Mashable’s founder Pete making $5,60,000 -$6,00,000 per month. That’s huge !

Lets get started without wasting another minute.

Step -1Brainstorming – Just like any other business the very first step in setting up a blog is brainstorming. You need to decide upon the niche you would like to start your blog in. The niche should be something you have great interest in as 90% of bloggers give up within 3 months of their blogging career because of several reasons, losing interest being the most common.

It requires determination, eagerness, patience and passion to make the blog successful. Sometimes it becomes boring to update the blog with latest articles therefore it is utmost important for you to understand your area of interest and start the blog around it. The other thing is we likely to have great knowledge on the topic we are passionate about and it becomes easy for us to share different articles on the same.

Ask yourself, What you are passionate about? What things amaze you? What is your interest ? and chose the most relevant topic to start your blog. Talking about myself, I am fascinated about latest technology, Android, iOS, iPhone, Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, SEO, Social media marketing etc. and write on the same.

Step -2Register a name (domain name) – Relating it back to offline business, whenever you start it, you reserve a name for the business so that nobody else can take it. On the internet we chose a name here too and call it a DOMAIN NAME. Domain name is the backbone of your blog that costs maximum of $16 for whole year, cheap ! isn’t it? However some of world most popular registrars always have different offers running where the news customers can get domain name for as low as 99 cents or 99 rupees.

Below is some well known domain registrars:

  • Godaddy.com
  • Namecheap.com
  • Name.com
  • Register.com
  • Bigrock.in/ Bigrock.com

Contact me via Contact us form if you want to buy domain name for 99 cents or 99 rupees.

Step 3Chose a Hosting Plan –  Hosting is something where all the files of your blog will be stored. The cost of hosting varies from company to company between as low as $3 to $20 a month (for starter) however it depends on the requirement. Since you are a beginner, you may start with a very basic plan. I can get you some really great deals where you can receive upto 60% discount.

Some of the best hosting providers:

HostFeaturesPriceGo to website
bluehost-1One Free domain
Free site builders
30 day money back guarantee
24 x 7 customer support
Unlimited Space
Unlimited Bandwidth
unlimimted sub domain
Unlimited Emails
Unlimited parked domains
$3.49/ monthClick here
hostgator-Unmetered Bandwidth
Unlimited Sub Domain
99.9% Up time guarantee
45 day Money Back Guarantee
$100 Bing Credits
$100 Google Adwords credits
Unlimited Email accounts
Award winning customer support
$3.95/ monthClick here
dreamhost100% up time
Unlimited space
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited Email Accounts
24x7 customer support
97 day money back guarantee
$7.95/ monthClick here
ipage-1Unlimited disk space
Unlimited Email accounts
30 day Money back guarantee
$100 Google Adwords credits
Host Unlimited domain
30 day money back guarantee
$1.99/ monthClick here
ixwebhostingUnlimited Disk space
Unlimited domain host
Unlimited Bandwidth
One free domain
30 Day money back guarantee
7 day free trial
99.9% Uptime
Host unlimited domains
$3.95/ monthClick here
fatcow-1Free domain name
Unlimited disk space
30 day money back guarantee
$47/ yearClick here
godaddy-a99% uptime guarantee
Host 1 website
100 GB Storage
Unlimited Bandwidth
100 Email addresses
Global data centers
24 x7 customer support
$3.99/ monthClick here
150x45-eHostFree Domain Name
Free Email Address
Host Unlimited Domains
$100 Bing Credit
45 Day money Back
$2.75/ monthClick here

Contact me via contact us page if you want to avail 60% discount on the hosting plans

The next step requires you to have a domain name and hosting plan ready if you want to setup a blog now !

Step – 4Point the nameservers

  1. When you buy a domain name and hosting plan, a series of mails from both the companies will arrive instantly with important information that shouldn’t be disclosed to anyone. Login to your account on the site you have bought domain name from and go to my account. Click “Manage DNS” button against the domain name as shown in below figure.Godaddy login


  1. Click “manage” under Nameserver section.Godaddy name servers
  2. Open the email sent by hosting company and you will find 1st and 2nd nameservers in the email. Below is the screenshot of email recd. from my hosting providers with nameservers.Picture1Godaddy name servers update
  3. Copy 1st nameservers and past in the first popup box appears after you click “manage” as discussed in step “b” above. Do the same for 2nd nameserver and hit SAVE button. Allow name servers to update which takes maximum of 24 hours. If you are on Godaddy, the nameservers get updated in 10 mins.

Step -5 –  Install wordpress (blogging platform/software) – Now you are ready to install wordpress, which is the best blogging platform available for free. It is quite easy to understand and the most important thing is you need not require any technical knowledge. The availability of different plug-ins for various needs such a contact us form, subscribers form makes wordpress the most powerful blogging platform.

  1. Login to hosting account using information sent by hosting company. Below is the screenshot of my hosting which I’ve bought from hostgator.
  2. Head over to “Software and services” and click “Quickinstall” (if you have bought hosting from other company than hostgator, you will find “Softaculous” instead of QuickInstall !Hosting account
  3. Hit the wordpress block and you will be taken to install wordpress. Click “Install wordpress” as shown in below figure.Install wordpressinstall wordpresss
  4. In the next step, you will be asked to chose the domain you want to install wordpress to. Select the domain name from drop down menu. Enter “Admin Email”, “Blog Title”, “Admin User”, “First name” and “Last Name” and hit “Install wordpress”Install
  5. The wordpress will get installed on to your domain, note down the credentials (username and password) which will be required later to login to admin panel and customise, install themes and plugins of your choice.

That’s all folks, you have successfully setup a blog ! Share this article with your friend if you find it helpful.

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