What are the proper steps to start buying land (cheap)?
Buy land in the middle of nowhere, preferably unworked and the worse it is the cheaper it is.
Pascal the Gambler
Find land, make offer.
Cheap land is typically located in areas where people don't want to live, and land which is not good for agriculture or livestock, so I would look away from large cities, in and around small towns.
1 - find cheap land Generally, this will be in places where no-one wants it, or will be cheap because it won't get planning permission
Get a realtor who works in raw land, have them show you different pieces, put in offers, buy said land.
You can also look into foreclosures. Put in a bid.