How to Start A Blog

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Step-by-step instructions for how to start a blog are below…

(BTW, if you have any questions along the way, just click the link right here  and we’ll be happy to help :))

So you want to know how to start a blog and maybe even make some money online?

Great! Our goal is to help 300 people become successful at blogging, you first need to realize this is not a get rich quick scheme, MLM, anything like that. You must want it and you must do the work. Do you think Mcdonalds, Walmart, Amazon any of those people started out without having to do some work to get where they want to be. Well Blogging is your way to let people know about what you have to offer them. That’s where we come in…

I’m Darrick Henry and I started Jewels Affiliate Marketing Information  with the intention to help and show people that you can start your own business with a little effort every day. We got truly tired of watching our friends and family struggle when trying to start a blog for the first time.

So we started Jewels Affiliate Marketing Information to show them step-by-step on how to do blogging. We wanted to give you something that is legitimate, but also something pack with training and a whole lot more.

You see… We found the best blog training on the planet, with walk through videos and a community of over 800,000 in help you can’t lose.

I put this together to show you step-by-step that this is very easy and simple to do. You don’t have to be a great writer, you don’t have to have tech skills, you just got to have a passion for what you want to tell others about.

The best news is, is that you get to take advantage of something right now without going through what I did to try and learn it on my own. There is a ton to cover so let’s get to it.

Start – Today!

TODAY. If you want your life to change then start today. Tomorrow always feels “safe” because you’re not having to make a decision.

This is a quote that I have lived by for quite some time it goes like this;’Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift that is why we call it the present’.

The power of today is that gift to you that will help you make that commitment to yourself. And that is the first step to success.

This step is the most critical one, and it’s where most people get stuck. Don’t dream about doing something. Just get up and do it!!!

Step 1: Avoid The Noid

Starting a blog can feel intimidating, even frustrating…

This can make you so mad that you just quite, because either you get information overload or you can’t understand the training that they say is so easy to work.

Most of those are just ploys to get you to come and learn nothing to get you nowhere fast.

The biggest mistake (the Noid) that almost all new bloggers make; ‘is trying to to start a blog with a traditional web host and not getting the “blogging” help and support they need’.

Don’t get me wrong… some of those companies that have hosting are good companies and I have found something even better than those. But, trying to start a blog doesn’t have to be complicated.

 Do you want to waste trying to do this all by yourself with a traditional web host?

  • What you  want is a blog that  has everything integrated to it already
  • You want a step-by-step Training that you can follow and that can help you through building a successful blog and eventually making some money.
  • You want a community that you can go to to get ideals and help.

After years of watching people, myself and my family struggle on the internet trying to build a blog, I knew there had to be a better way. So I began diligent research to find a successful affiliate company that can do all this and more.


“I signed up about a little over a year ago and set up a page but never got started. Kyle and Carson


who is two of the original men who put this together, had contacted me and began to explain everything in detail. I tried doing my 1st site with him, on doing so,  I was up and running in a matter of minutes. I had told him I was frustrated because I had heard this before but he stayed with me kept coaching me and now I am blogging like a pro.

I wasted a year trying to do this stuff myself and within 5 minutes of logging into my BlogPress account and asking for help I was editing my new site with ease. Don’t try to do it on your own. The money paid to BlogPress is by far the best value I’ve seen for any kind of blog setting up. Can’t wait to start monetizing my pages.”

Step 2: Create A Blog Hosting Account

​This is where your blog is going to come alive. Do not use a out of date web hosting.

Make the right choice, go with a full automated-service blog host like Blog Press where someone else manages all the techie stuff AND you’ll get all the tools, training, and incredible personal support you need to build a successful blog.

Once you’ve completed the step above, your new blog is ready to go…

The image below shows you how to open your blog and get around in your account.

BlogPress My Account Page

  1. My Account. Once Logged in, you can access your blog by clicking “My Account” at the top of the page.
  2. Blog Title Line. This is your blog’s  Main Title and Domain address. Remember, later we will be showing you how to change that.
  3. See Live Blog. Click this button to show your live blog
  4. Customize Blog. This button will show you to the WordPress creator, where you can do things like change your theme’s layout and colors, set up menus and widgets, and other basic site design changes.
  5. Write New Post. Click this button to begin writing a new post.
  6. Advanced. This button sends you to the advanced WordPress dashboard this is where you can make changes other features; like managing posts and pages, adding media to your media library, and configuring advanced plugins.

Step 3. Set Up Your Blog

The next step is installing  WordPress and a theme and all the components, go premium and you are able to get  1000’s of plugins to find the best ones to apply to your blog.

Great news! Your Blog Press blog comes ready to go.


We’ve already taken care of all the techie stuff we have installed WordPress with more than 200+ premium themes and more plugins than you can imagine.

Everything you need to start a successful blog is already there, ready to go!

There are, however, a few “tweaks” you’ll want to make so that your blog is “production” ready.

This includes things like setting up categories, menus, and widgets – stuff that makes it easier and better for your readers.

We’ll cover each of these individually in the next steps…

If you did not create your blogging account in Step 2 above, now is a good time to do that.

Add Categories To Your Blog

Here we will be helping you to add categories to your blog. What’s the difference you say? Well  let’s make sure you understand the difference between categories, subcategories, and tags – and when you should use each one.

Categories And Subcategories​

​These can be a bit confusing at first, so here are some examples that will help clear things up.


  • Subcategory 1
  • Subcategory 2

Here’s an example for a blog about lets say houses for instance…

  • Subcategory 1
  • Subcategory 2

Apartment Names

  • Colonial Villa
  • Waterfront Cottage
  • Pinewood Resorts

How Many Apartment

  • 4 units
  • 8 units
  • 10 units and higher

Price ranges

  • 100,000- and under
  • 199,000- 400,000
  • 399,000- 1.5 million

​Categories Vs. Tags

A tag is like a keyword for your post. They’re one or two word descriptions of what your post is about. Tags will help you organize your posts more easily and will allow you to group together similar posts.

Think of categories as the table of contents. 

Tags would be like the index of your blog…

They might include things like: leashes, poo bags, kibble, treat training, biting, barking, etc. – specific words that provide additional explanation of what the post is about.

Here’s an example of how all this might look for a specific post.

Categories, Subcategories, And Tags For A Post

Post Title: How To Find Names For Apartments

Post Category: Colonial Village

Tags: Pricing, How many floors, whats the price range, how many units, colors- any specific words you use in your post that are not broad enough to be the main category.

Try to limit yourself to no more than 5 tags per article.

I hope these examples are helpful. If you need additional clarification, just let us know. We’re happy to help.

Create Categories And Add Them To Your Blog​

​Let’s create categories for your top 3-5 blogging topics.

Go to your My Blog Page and click the “Advanced” button. This will take you to the WordPress dashboard.

BlogPress My Blog Page

Click on “Posts > Categories” in the left menu of your dashboard.

BlogPress - Create New Categories

Create your categories (and sub-categories if you have them).

Don’t forget Wistia video thumbnail - CreateCategoriesto clear your cache after making any site layout changes like themes, images, categories, menus, or widgets. This is necessary because Blog Press automatically caches your content so that it serves up really fast!

Add Menus And Navigation To Your Blog

Next, the categories will be used to set up the menus and navigation for your blog.

A menu is basically a set of text links that go​ to the various pages and categories on your blog. Setting up clear navigation on your blog makes it easier for both your readers and the search engines to find what they are looking for.

NOTE: Each theme has different menu locations. Some, like the default theme, have just one. while others have as many as 3 possible menu locations. We will use the default theme for this tutorial to keep things simple.

In the WordPress Dashboard, click on Appearance > Menus in the left menu.

BlogPress Appearance > Menus

There are several things you can add to the menu – pages, posts, categories, custom links, etc.

In this example, we’ll create a new menu and then add categories and a “Home” link to the menu.

Wistia video thumbnail - CreateMenu
Remember… If you add new categories later, you will need to update your menus as well. New categories are not added automatically.

Add Widgets To Your Blog

There are many pre-built widgets you can add to your blog.

A widget– is a small block of predefined functionality you can add to your blog. They do things like display posts, email subscribe forms, or social media buttons.

You can add these widgets to your blog sidebar, footer, homepage, or other widget areas on your blog.

NOTE: Available widgets also vary by theme. Different themes provide additional widgets that may not be available with the default theme.

To manage widgets, go to Appearance > Widgets in the left menu of your dashboard.

BlogPress Appearance > Widgets

You can easily drag and drop widgets to add, remove, or change the order. Each widget comes with its own options and settings.

If you’re more visual and need to see the changes right away, you can also manage your widgets from the Customize page. (Go to Appearance > Customize, and then select the Widgets section.) We’ll go over the Customizer in more detail in the next section.

Customize The ‘Look’ Of Your Blog

The Customizer- is a framework for live-previewing any change to your blog. It provides a simple interface for you to customize various aspects of your theme and blog, from colors and layouts to widgets, menus, and more.

We’re not going to get into the details of the awesome power of the Customizer in this tutorial. We’ll save that for our advanced training… But here’s a quick tutorial to see how you can change the color of the default theme to give it a little more pizazz!

Stay tuned! Very soon, you’ll be able to set up your blog in the “live” view and see exactly what your readers will see. Front-end drag and drop editors are still very bleeding edge, but the next year will be a very exciting time for blog setup and design!

Here is what we just set up…

There are several ways to view your live blog.


You can view your live blog from the post edit screen.

​From the post editor, click the “View Post” link that is available when you save new changes.

BlogPress - View live blog from post edit screen


You can view your live blog from the toolbar at the top of your blog dashboard.

From the top of the dashboard, hover over the site name (in this case “My New Blog”) and click “Visit Site.”

BlogPress Visit Site Link


You can view your live blog from “My Blog” page.

From the “My Blog” page, click the “See Live Blog” button.

BlogPress My Blog Page - See Live Blog

And here are the results…

BEFORE: with nothing plugged in!

BlogPress Blog Setup - Before

AFTER:this what you have after you tweek the blog pages.

Here’s a summary of the changes we made:

  1. New title and tagline with color
  2. Added a menu ,categories and home link
  3. Updated widgets
  4. Added a new post with a featured image


Starting a blog does not have to be complicated. With our help, you can start blogging today. This is just the beginning! Keep reading to see how to take your new blog to the next level and become a truly successful blogger.

Step 4. Get A Custom Domain Name

Do You Need A Custom Domain Name?

In short, yes.


We used to say this was optional, but no longer and here’s why…

Custom domain names average about $15 per year and are completely separate from your blog. At least, that’s what I recommend. That way it’s yours to do with as you please rather than being tied to your blogging service. If you ever move from one service to another, your domain name can easily be switched over to the new service.

What are the other benefits of a custom domain name?

  •  Your blog is easier to reach, i.e. you can give your friends and visitors an easy to pronounce and type address, e.g. “”
  • It shows your visitors that you’re serious about your blog, enough to not only start a blog but also secure your own name on the internet.
  • ​It will help you with SEO as well. SEO is search engine optimization,  you want every advantage you can get. If it’s my blog, I always opt for a custom domain name.
    •  Your blog portable. If you decide to move from one blog host to another, you just take your blog content AND your domain name with you. It’s like having real estate on the internet. If you didn’t have a domain name, you would lose all the “search engine rankings” and “link value” you’ve built up so far – so in a sense, you’d be starting over.

    Without your own domain name, your blog address will either be some crazy address like this (http://YourIP/~ControlPanelUsername/) or a sub-domain (

IMPORTANT! If you plan to have an email list…

If you plan to create an email list, and we strongly recommend that you do, you’ll need to add an email address to your domain.

The major email services like Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL have made some recent changes that you need to know about. You need to have a domain specific email address that is connected to your custom domain. We also have a email integration here that you can use with in.

How Do I Get A Custom Domain Name?

Before you click on the link below, take a look at some ideals.

 Domain Name Ideas

Continuing our recipe example from above, here’s a quick list…


Don’t worry if you can’t find a “.com” domain name or if the “exact” name is not available. Other popular domain extensions like “.info”, “.net”, or “.org” will work just as well. You can also add words like “best”, “first”, “the”, or “my” to the domain name. Be creative and you’ll find a good domain name. 🙂

Are you ready for another bonus? I thought so…

Step 5. How To Write Your First Blog Post

 You really haven’t  started a blog until you’ve written your first post.

Before we get into the details, let’s clear up a big sticking point for all new bloggers…

Posts Vs. Pages And When To Use Each One​


Posts are the main content, they are displayed in reverse chronological order on your home page (or other listing page like categories). Posts usually have comment fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed.


Pages are something like posts, but there are some key differences.

​Pages are for content that doesn’t change very much. Think of your About or Contact pages – they don’t change often.

​Pages are for “non-blog” content. If you were to remove all of your blog posts, and leave just the pages, you would have a standard static website.

​Pages cannot be associated with categories and cannot be assigned tags.

​Pages are not included in your site’s RSS feed.

How I Write Blog Posts

I follow this:

  • Select the keyword phrase to target
  • Write the heading (include the keyword phrase)
  • Write 3-5 subheadings (include the keyword phrase when possible)
  • Write the introductory paragraph
  • Write 2-3 paragraphs under each subheading
  • Write the conclusion (1-3 sentences)

How other’s Write Posts

example of another blog post:

  • Free-write everything that comes to mind ( just let it flow).
  • Read over what is spilled out to group the common topics
  • Create subheadings for the common topics
  • Write an emotional headline that pulls it all together

Great post

Great post are all over the internet but to writ a great post try these ideals.

  • Make your posts somewhere between 500-1000 words. Less is too short and more is too long…
  • Always pick a category. Nothing should be “uncategorized.”
  • Use featured images.
  • Don’t be perfect – be yourself.
  • Think about the keyword (topic) and how it relates to your overall blog topic.
  • Add lot’s of white space – more than 2-3 sentences together is hard to read online. Yes, I know this goes against everything you learned in high school – get over it!
  • Use subheadings to make your posts skimmable. Online readers love to skim!

Congratulations! You should now have a fully functional blog with your first post completed.

Always please leave comments!
Thank You Darrick/Jewels Affiliate Marketing Information

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