How to Start a Blog (A Blog Hosting Review and Guide)

For a complete step by step guide on starting a blog (as mentioned in the video) go here:

For more on why I recommend BlueHost as the best place to start your first WordPress blog you can read this article:

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to set up a blog. Where do I start it so that I have the greatest chance of success? Should I use a free host or get my own?

In this video I go through the basics of how to set up a blog properly and what you need to consider before diving in.

If you have any questions about getting started feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

I hope this video and the tutorials help to resolve some doubts for new bloggers!


  1. Thank you so much for the plethora of information! I am so new and so lost to the world today! Ha. I feel so old. I have been successful in business and marketing for 20+ years. Now trying to get an at home blog/tutorial/media thing going is scary. I suddenly feel ill equipped. I have a vast array of projects and topics. I don't want to box myself into one niche. That aside I can't even begin with the basics! Your guidance is so helpful! Huge fan!

  2. Thanks for the info on how to start a blog! Now all im looking for is some place to get good webhosting. Anyone has some idea's?

  3. Hi! thank you for the info. I have a question though, I recently used wordpress in creating and designing a blog but i really dont know if my blog is already online. Must I buy a blog hosting so i can make my blog online? thank you

  4. Starting a blog is not as daunting as many people think. In fact, by following the step-by-step instructions in our Beginner's Guide to Successful Blogging, you will be able to create and grow your own blog, avoiding pitfalls and missteps that hinder some novices. Easy to follow step by step tutorials: 🙂

  5. Brilliant Video , very informative and thank you very much. I have question if you could (or anyone)  kindly advise, We started a small Online store,  we want to start a Blog and write about  other brands / artists/photographers and include their work (images) in our Blog, Do i need to seek their permission. How do i find out if their content can be used in my website? if i need their permission , How do i approach them. PLEASE HELP ME ANY ONE AS I AM REALLY CONFUSED. THANKS IN ADVANCE

  6. i'm thinking about starting up my own blog but when i went to the blue host website i realized it was american. would it still be ideal for me to use even tho i am in the uk??

  7. Good point its a waste of time to use a free blog but if you have no money start there to at least get the hang of writing.

  8. I didn't even hear you mention your accent (I watched the video 2x), let alone apologise for it, but I love it! Aussie accents and Aussie slang are awesome, and among my favourites in the world! 🙂

  9. I am an expert in wordpress and I made a series of video tutorials for wordpress users. It definitely is the best wordpress course ever. If you want to find out more. check out my channel. I posted a link to this amazing training.

  10. Hi Susan.

    Yeah the white background looks cool. It was something I thought about but decided that it wasn't really my style – I'm a bit more casual and like to keep my stuff consistent with the whole "home office" vibe.

    All natural light in that one. The pros recommend a sunny side window. 🙂

  11. Ha ha. Great idea. I'll try to get the cat in a video at some point.
    The accent remark wasn't meant to be too serious but you're totally right.

  12. Thanks Kimberly. Yeah it's interesting. I don't really like the idea of having myself out there that much but it seems like a necessary step these days.

  13. Hey Martin. Great questions!

    Camera: Canon Rebel T2i. It's supposed to be quite a good low light camera and wasn't too expensive.

    Lighting: Still a bit of a beginner here. Natural light.

    Sound: RODE cold shoe mic. Not happy with sound. Too much "static".

    Hope that helps!

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