How to Start a Blog

By | 25th July 2017
How to Start a Blog

To learn how to start a blog, follow our detailed step-by-step instructions at

For additional blogging recommendations and tips, read our post, “How to Start a Successful Blog Today”:

Trying to figure out how to start a blog? Well, starting a blog is easier than you think. After much experimenting, we discovered the best way to set up our blog,, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in dozens of major media publications (New York Times, TIME magazine, TODAY show, and many others). These are the exact steps we took when we created our blog. If you follow this sequence, you will set up a beautiful blog in less than an hour.


STEP 1. TIME: Set aside one hour to create your blog.

STEP 2. DOMAIN & HOSTING: Sign up for hosting and get a free domain with Bluehost:

STEP 3. INSTALL WORDPRESS: While there are free blogging platforms out there like Blogspot and Tumblr, nearly every serious blogger uses a self-hosted WordPress site because of its creative freedom and flexibility. Don’t let the word “install” intimidate you. Bluehost walks you through every single step. Besides, in this context, “install” just means “make a few clicks.” So, really, you’re just a few clicks away from WordPress installation. Screenshots:

STEP 4. SELECT A THEME: A theme allows you to control the specific look and feel of your blog without the need for coding expertise or design knowledge. In other words, a good theme helps you to design your blog exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder (we certainly aren’t), then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. There are two halves to your theme: the framework (the bones) and the child theme (the beauty). We use Genesis for our framework ( and BYLT for our child theme (

STEP 5. INSTALL THEME: Remember how easy it was in install WordPress? Well, installing your theme is even easier. Details at

STEP 6. INSTALL PLUGINS: Plugins are third-party appendages that add additional functionality to your blog. It’s best to keep your number of plugins to a minimum and install only the best plugins. (Too many plugins, as well as unreliable plugins, can slow down your site.) We use only a few plugins at The Minimalists. Details at

STEP 7. MODIFY UNTIL YOU’RE HAPPY. You’re done! You’ve learned how to start a blog. Congrats! And this is actually where the fun begins. Now that you have your own blog, you get to make it yours; you get to turn your vision into a reality. So tinker away. Plenty of suggestions and tips at

20 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog

  1. Nek Raj

    Great work This is awesome SEO info. What do you think about my videos? I love to discuss SEO and link building techniques and secret tips as well.P.S i have just retweet this video

  2. Chris NullNull

    You look like you drink the finest hot coco in the winter…

  3. Juan Perez

    Great resource. Succinct delivery. Just awesome. Thank you for creating and posting this "how to" video.

  4. suri ice

    Question what equipment do you recommend for beginners such as computer etc

  5. Jeffrey Drayton

    I've spent a few hours trying to follow the steps. It all seems to go wrong at downloading WordPress. Not sure if these instructions are still up to date.

  6. J Cloudwalker

    i dont understand what "hosting" means in this context, can someone explain to me why I should pay 60$ for something that does what?

  7. Cheyne Pearson

    Second of three beginner blogging videos I've seen that state 'choose your platform' as the first thing on the list. Shouldn't that be to find what it is you want to blog about? This may help choose your platform, theme etc. I guess this video is based on the assumption you already know what you're going to blog about/ what it is you're passionate about.

  8. Marco Monge

    Great Video! Thanks for sharing. Great information and navigation to the sources. Much appreciated!

  9. DDC & Co. Associates

    Thank you Joshua. It was very helpful and very informative. I value your top tips… Brilliant help! Keep up the good work Mr. Millburn 🙂 You're doing really well.


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