Last Updated on May 14, 2020 by Freddy G. C.

If you are looking to build your own blog, you are in luck; today you will learn how to build a successful WordPress blog online, step by step.

I’m going to share with you an EPIC Guide on How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online!!

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online

Here is what you will learn….

  • How to Buy & Setup a Domain Name from GoDaddy.com
  • How to Setup a Hostgator.com Hosting Account for your Domain
  • How to Install WordPress Blogging Platform on a Domain Name
  • How to Setup a Brand New WordPress Site
  • How to Install WordPress Theme & Plugins
  • How to Optimize your WP Blog Site for the Search Engines
  • How to Monetize your Blog
  • How to Create Valuable Content for your Blog
  • How to Market/Promote your Content on the Internet
  • How to Build a Social Following Online
  • How to Capture Leads & Build an Email List
  • How to Convert Traffic & Leads into Sales
  • How to Organize Yourself to Build a Successful Blog Online

As you can see, there is a lot of information to learn here, so get comfortable and get ready for this epic ultimate guide. :)

This is an epic 8,100+ words guide, to teach you how to build a successful WordPress blog online, step by step!!

This is a very long blog post, here is a quick navigation list for quick access:

Step 14 – Massive Consistent Action!

The first step would be to buy a domain name, a hosting service, and install the WordPress Platform.

To help you with this entire process, I have recorded simple quick video tutorials to show you how I do it myself from scratch.

The initial process of building your own self-hosted WordPress blog site from scratch is very simple – the challenge will come with the content and the traffic, later on.

I hope you are ready to take massive action once you learn this information.

If you really and truly want to build a successful wordpress blog site online, you will take massive consistent action!

I remember the first time I got online to learn all I could learn on how to make money with my own website.

I didn’t even really know what a Blog was at that time – I was only 22 years old when my curiosity to make money from the internet began.

And, being a high school drop-out, did not stop me from learning and building up my own knowledge on the things I loved to know more about.

School was never really for me, and much less “College”.

I still got my GED, though, and even when I changed my mind and wanted to try to make the right decision to go to College, I could not afford it.

So …

I ended up having a BIG Dream of making money from the internet with my own website.

My dreams are finally coming true.

After long years, my entire life is starting to change, thanks to blogging.

And now I help a lot of people with the knowledge I’ve learned throughout the years. I really care! …. you know .. :)

I have failed many times, but I never gave up.

Now, I want to share with you the right process you need to follow, to build a successful WordPress blog online, and so you can change your entire life too! :)

Anyways, I’ll stop talking about my story, I’ll tell you more about it later on. Don’t forget to

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Let’s get down to business and start this epic guide on how to build a successful WordPress blog online!!

I’m going to keep the information for the initial process of buying the domain name and hosting account very simple – because you also have video tutorials you can follow.

What I’m going to focus more here, will be the Traffic Generation process and converting that traffic into leads and sales.

Let’s get started….

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog from Scratch

Step 1

Buy Domain Name

There are many sites you can buy a domain name from, but the one I’m going to use for this tutorial is GoDaddy.com.

As you probably saw in the video tutorials – the process of finding and buying a domain name is very simple.

If for any reason you would like to check out other sites where you can buy a domain name – here is a list:

I don’t think I need to explain exactly how you buy a domain name because the process is very simple, right. haha :D

All you have to do is sign up for an account at GoDaddy.com – and then search for the domain name you like for your new blog.

Try to pick something Short&Sweet. You don’t want to have a very long domain name. Also, avoid Hyphens.

The most recommended Domain Name Extension is the .COM, but there are many you can choose from.

Each Domain Name will have a different price, so you can go with the one you can afford at the moment.

Once you have bought your Domain Name – it is time to invest in a Hosting Service.

You can also get a Hosting Service from GoDaddy.com, but the one I personally use and recommend is Hostgator.com.

Of course, you are free to use any Hosting Service that works best for you. This is just what I personally recommend.


Step 2

Buy & Setup Hosting Service

Most of the Sites where you buy a Domain Name from also provides you with a Hosting Service, but the one I’m recommending you for this process is Hostgator.com.

But, feel free to look at other Hosting Services you want to use – below is a list of other recommended Hosting Service Sites you can check out:

Just like the process of buying a Domain Name – getting the Hosting Service is very simple as well.

All you have to do is find the best Hosting Site that works best for you, find the best hosting deal for your site, and just buy the service.

The next thing would be to set up the Hosting Account for your brand new Domain Name.

In this tutorial, I am using a GoDaddy.com Domain Name with a Hostgator.com Hosting Service.

Hostgator.com

Hostgator.com


The Hosting Plan I recommend to get started with, is the “Baby-Plan”

Hostgator.com


How to Setup the Hostgator Hosting Account with the GoDaddy Domain Name

Login to your GoDaddy.com Account & Click on Domains

GoDaddy.com Account HomePage


Find your Domain Name & Click on Launch

GoDaddy.com Account HomePage


Find Name Servers & Click on Manage

GoDaddy.com Account HomePage


You will need to Copy the Name Servers from your Hostgator Hosting Account

Login to your cPanel Account from Hostgator

Hostgator cPanel

Hostgator cPanel


Scroll all the way down & look for the Hostgator ‘Name Servers’

Hostgator cPanel


Now, let’s go back to the GoDaddy Page to Update the Domain Name Servers

Click on Custom & then Click on ‘Add Nameserver’

GoDaddy.com


Go back to your Hostgator cPanel – Copy & Paste the Name Servers

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Once the Nameservers have been updated – there is one more step.

You will need to add your new Domain Name to your cPanel Account on Hostgator.com.

On your cPanel Account – go to Addon Domains

Hostgator cPanel


Fill out the short form & ‘Add Domain’

Hostgator cPanel


All of the changes in the Domain Name and the Hosting Account take a little bit of time to take effect.

Wait at least 20 minutes before you try to install the WordPress Platform.

Take a quick break. Go for a walk or go make something to eat real quick.


Step 3

Install the WordPress Blogging Platform

Once your Domain is ready to go and ready to work with – it is time to use a software to install the WordPress Blogging Platform on the Domain Name.

You can do this process manually too, of course, but why do that when you can do it from your Hostgator cPanel Account.

Go to your Hostgator cPanel Account & Click on ‘Quick Install’

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Click on ‘Install WordPress’ & then Click on New Installation

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Pick your New Domain Name, Fill out the Form & Click on ‘Install WordPress’

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


You are now done with the WordPress Installation and you are almost ready to start blogging and building a successful WordPress blog site! ..

Once the installation is finished, make sure you bookmark and save the Login Link and login details.

It is time to setup your new WordPress Blog Site!


Step 4

WordPress Initial Setup

Before you start publishing content on your brand new WordPress Site – you have to change a couple of things.

This is just a general setup for a brand new WordPress Site.

Follow the information below to get it done.

Go to the ‘Writing’ Section Under Settings

Here is where you will add more Pinging Sites under the “Update Services” Section.

This will help you get your content indexed in the search engines fast. To get my personal List of Pinging Sites – Click Here.

Copy & Paste that List Here:

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Go to the ‘Permalinks’ Section Under Settings

Here is where you need to change the way your URLs will be created for every blog post you publish.

Of course, it is up to you how you want your URLs to be – but the one I personally use and recommend is the one I show you in the image below.

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


The next thing you want to do is create the Menus you want to use for your site.

Right now you might not have a lot of Pages to create but you still want to have the 3 basic menus for a website ready; Header Menu, Secondary Menu & Footer Menu.

Go to the ‘Menus’ Section Under Appearance

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide

You want to create a new menu, give it a name, add any page you want, and save it.

You should create 3 basic menus; one for a Main Menu, one for a Secondary Menu, and one for a Footer Menu.

Depending on the WordPress Theme you are using, you will see options to assign each menu you create to a menu on the site.

Take a look at the image below, to see what I’m talking about here.

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


The next thing you want to look at and set up is the Widget Area.

This is where you have control over what goes on the Side of your Blog.

If you have no idea how to organize everything, then simply go to other blogs and see how they have their widgets.

Modeling after other popular blogs online is how you will learn and get your own ideas for your own blog.

Play around with the Widgets and see what works for you. But, remember to not over-crowd your site with too many unnecessary Widgets.

Again, pay attention at how successful blogs organize their sidebars.

Go to the Widgets Section Under Appearance

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Also remember; after you install new plugins, you might want to go back to the Widgets Section to see more widgets provided by some of your plugins.

This is basically the initial setup I would do for a brand new WordPress Site.

Feel free to play around with your WP Dashboard and get familiar with everything.

If you still want to learn more on how to use everything in your Dashboard, just look on the internet for more information.

No one taught me how to do everything here. I had to do my own research and take time to study. Google and Youtube were my best teachers.

But, the best way I’ve learned to use something, was by just playing with it and sometimes making mistakes. Making mistakes helped me learn even better and faster.


Step 5

Install WordPress Theme & Plugins

It is time to look for a good & simple Theme for your new WordPress Blog!

You also need to find & install the necessary plugins to help you create a powerful blog site.

There are thousands of Free Themes you can choose from and thousands of Plugins to play with.

But, I will recommend you what I know and what will help you build a fast loading WP Blog online.

If you install a bad Theme and install too many Plugins, that could really hurt your blog online.

I had many problems with Themes and with Plugins before.

Now, I will share with you the way I build blogs today – so you don’t make the same mistakes I have already made.

It’s time to look for the theme you want to use.

The one I use and I recommend is the Swift Basic Theme. They have a Free and Paid Version.

In order to look for Themes – go the Themes Section under Appearance


Next, click on ‘Add New’ & Look for the Swift Basic Theme



Once you have picked a theme you want or the one I recommended, and installed it – take a time to get familiar with the theme’s options and feel free to play around with it.

It will be helpful if you take a little bit of time to learn about your theme and learn how to use it to customize your blog the way you want it.

After you are done setting up the Theme – it is time to install the Plugins you are going to use.

There are thousands of Plugins to choose from and too many to get carried away with. So be careful! lol :D

When I started building my very first blogs online, I went crazy with the plugins and installed ‘too many’.

I would recommend you to not install more than 35 plugins. And the less the better!

I’m going to recommend you the plugins I use myself. Some are Free Plugins and some are Paid plugins.

Click Here to get my personal List of Plugins.

Go to Plugins & then Click on ‘Add New’

Once you have installed all of the Plugins you want and the ones I recommend – you want to set all of them up.

Oh, by the way, there are some free plugins in my list which you will not find anywhere – but you are in luck! … I’m going to share them with you. I just ask that you share this epic tutorial with others online, in return. Thanks! :)

Once you download these plugins in a .zip file, to your computer, here is how to upload them to your WP site:

How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


How to Build a Successful WordPress Blog Online - Step by Step Guide


Take a time to go through all of your plugins, learn as much as you can about each one of them and then set them up.

It is important to learn about each one of your plugins.

You want to become the master of your WordPress blog site – and the best way to accomplish that, is to learn how everything works.

I highly recommend you to keep the number of plugins you use – as low as possible.

Especially if you are using a Shared Hosting Service, and you most likely are, because that is the most convenient Hosting plan to get started with.

As your traffic grows, your CPU Usage will go up and a Shared Hosting Service will not cut it anymore.

But, more traffic to your site means more money in your pocket, and that means you will be able to invest in your own dedicated server.

It will take a long time before you will need to move to your own dedicated server, so don’t even worry about it right now.