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Build a Blog from Scratch: Curating Most Helpful Resources #MBUstorm

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start-a-siteSince we are going to support and coach lots of bloggers starting a new site, we need a solid resource to help them get started.

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This resource is going to be useful to both newbie and established bloggers: I know starting a new site is overwhelming no matter how many times you already went through the process!

We’ll try to keep it ultimate and actionable, yet concise: The ultimate goal is to create a doable checklist, not to clutter!

So, step by step, here are the links to go through before you start your own blog!

Initial basic (can we say boring?) steps:

  • Step 1: Select the domain: Our own member is building this cool tool to brainstorm a blog name (thanks @coolnameideas). Do check these things before registering and probably sleep on it. This guide on launching a site also comes highly recommended!
  • Step 2: Select a web hosting and host your site. ?heck out this very helpful guide on hosting in case you feel a bit lost. Web Hosting Hub seem to offer a great deal!
  • Step 3: Set up WordPress. Most hosting companies have easy visual guide or one-click WordPress integration. Here’s a step-by-step guide on setting up a blog in case you need it.
  • Step 4: Select a good theme and brand identity.
    • Use #MyBlogU to brainstorm a cool logo concept
    • Use one of these WordPress themes, and please share share your favorite themes source with us!

Recurring steps (Where all the fun starts!)

While going through the above steps, you can start working on content and social media account building. Here’s how MyBlogU community can help you here:

Good luck and we are always here to help!

*Start by using our MyBlogU and you’ll notice the whole process is kind of fun when you have so many people cheering for you!*

=> Do take our free Udemy course to better understand the basic features of MyBlogU.


Some of the above links are from our previous chats, crowdsourced by real bloggers, that will ultimately be turned into a quick PDF reference guide and will soon grow into an eBook. We’ve also added a few other resources that we have found really helpful.

Before we turn it into an eBook, please do let us know if we need to add anything to make it more useful, yet not overwhelming! Please add a comment below or tweet to @seosmarty with any links you’d like to nominate to be added here!

9 Responses so far.

  1. Kristi Hines says:

    I don’t know, I tend to love the “finding a domain” part of the process, which may be why I have so many domains now. 🙂

  2. Uttoran Sen says:

    Hi Ann,

    excellent links, bookmarked most of them for further reading.
    An eBook will surely help to keep all of it in one place.

    Thank you for mentioning the domain search tool, it can be a great way to brainstorm names. I guess the tool might require some fixing though as it is displaying domain names that are already registered. Perhaps fetching the domains via. any hosting provider’s API might be a good idea? And then tweaking up the results to make it customized with the query,

    Looking forward to the contest,

    Uttoran Sen,

  3. Pete says:

    What is meant by “responsive design”? I hear this term a lot. Aren’t all templates responsive?

    • annsmarty says:

      For WordPress, it’s about picking a responsive theme. No, not all of them are responsive. Most are not actually… You can use Google to see if yours is responsive:

    • Responsive design is a design that will make your blog user friendly when it is viewed on a mobile device. However, I find it sometimes really annoying and the website (if you have many tables) sometimes gets messed up. Also, if you use things such as Google Calendar for example, responsive design might actually make your site look awkward on a mobile. This is just my experience and maybe it might be fixed – there is a very good possibility that I am doing something wrong.

  4. I already have a website/blog ( but for this contest, am using (not set up yet) because it said it has to be a new website/blog. Javelina Cowgirl is intended to be a shopping site (selling my photo greeting cards)…my question is, is that the best type of website to use for this contest? I have another website idea that would be more of an informational site about herbs/plants and fauna of the Southwest, that would go more along the theme of my Southwest Adventurer blog site. Would that be a better site to use for the contest as posting articles and content is going to be involved, and I am not sure how that would work on my shopping site? Your thoughts are appreciated.

    • annsmarty says:

      You can join with either… WordPress will be easier and faster to set up and customize of course, so I’d go with that option…

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