How to Start a Blog?

How to start a Blog?


7 simple steps are lists below with brief descriptions

  1.  Niche, what area you wish to write content on.
  2. Your blogging platform
  3. Domain name
  4. Web hosting
  5. Installing blogging software and setting up your blog
  6. The theme, the design for your page
  7. Good and attractive content.

What is a Blog?

For those people who don't know what is a blog? A blog is very similar to a website. It is mainly a journal or article of a specific topic located on a website and available for readers and Internet users in general.
The content of a blog includes text as the main body, pictures, videos, internal and external links.

Benefits of blogging 

Blogging can either be a hobby or a full-time job. To become a blogger, you must first recognize your area of interest and which you are good at.

Don't choose to write on things you have little or no knowledge about, just because of its trending. 

As you start to write and continue to do so, you will become better and better. Practice makes perfect and hard work and every bit of effort too.

Your content should be creative and be able to attract readers.

Growing from the initial stage, you will become an expert, by constant writing and gaining knowledge.

Your content should be able to inspire and help make changes in people's life.

Making money on blogging is very much simple, but if you want to become a full-time blogger, relying on it for your lively hood, will take more effort and hard work than you think. 

My advice, if you plan to become a professional blogger. First, let it become a hobby, then something that drives you, become your passion.

Experience with it and at the same time learn about it. After, you can monetize your site. Don't let money shift your focus.

You can allow advertisers to place ads while receiving compensation or even selling your products.

Note: you must first own your work ( content)

Getting back to the steps to start a blog 

How to start a blog?Firstly - First and foremost important is choosing your niche (Are of topics). Always pick what appeals to you, one that you find great interest to write and to share with others, benefiting them in some way.

Make a list of the things that you have knowledge and what you are passionate about. In this case, Digital Marketing is my niche.

This process will help you determine, what you love and interest you the most.

  • Make a list of interests and hobbies. What fascinates you and drives you?
  • List of accomplishments you are proud of. May vary from different areas.
  • List of difficulties you have defeated and overcome.
As you begin to write on these things that resonate with you. You will become a better writer and thinker.

Secondly - This is the chosen platform you will make to start your blogging career/hobby. Blogger and Tumblr are the most popular free platform. Where you would want to practice on. But wouldn't let you own it, thus you are not allowed to make money.

You are restricted by their rules and policies because they own your work. If you are passionate about becoming a blogger and earning, consider moving away.

Two important must have to self own/host your blog is a Domain name and web hosting.

Four most popular hosting sites you can choose to buy your hosting from:

Siteground - Check out the available plans here Siteground
Hostgator - Most unlimited hosting plan, rated as the second-best on the list. Hostgator
Bluehost - This site runs over 2 million websites worldwide. Bluehost
Godaddy - This site comes fifth on the list of the best hosting. Feel free to check it out here Godaddy

Thirdly - Picking a domain name is a name that you will be known by online. Have a unique name from other sites. By purchasing a domain, you can now own your content, allowing you to place ads and such.

Fourthly - Web hosting acts, like a house for your domain, where it is available 24/7 for readers. Blue host is best suggested.

Fifthly - Step by step on how to install blogging software and setting it up, after deciding to own your work.
How to start a blog?
  •  Selecting your choice of plan is the very next step. It's advisable to go with the basic plan. With this plan, as a starter, you can learn and explore with it.
  • Creating your domain name. Remember, by this domain, people will know about you and your site. Keep it short and unique. Bluehost will let you know if your domain is available. Otherwise, choose another. Example Patelclasses.com, Shoutmeloud.com, Neilpatel.com, etc.
  •  Once your domain is decided. Bluehost will guide you to the registration page. Fill out the required information asked for. An illustration is shown below, how your page would look like.


How to start a blog?

  • Hosting is important as much as your domain name. As a beginner, choose the basic plan. As you move alone and exploring blogging. You can invest in the other two plans, those are specially for an expert.


How to start a blog?
  • Now that your information is all submitted, you are ready to set your password and log in.
  • Setting theme will be the next step you will reach for after login in, numerous are provided by Bluehost.
  • Subsequently, you can now log in to WordPress dashboard.
  • You are prompt with a welcome message, you can choose to accept help provided by BlueHost or can do it on your own.
  • On the left-hand corner, various tools can be found, customize your site. You can also click on the lunch button. Adding your title and description in the empty box will help visitors to know what your site is about. You are all set up and ready to start your blogging journey.
Sixthly - This step is about choosing the face of your site (design and layout). Once your WordPress is installed, chose a theme that is Appropriate to your niche.

There are more than three thousand themes available on WordPress.org

After picking the theme of your choice you are now ready to log in into the WordPress dashboard.

Once you login into your WordPress dashboard you will be prompted with a "welcome message, you can either choose to accept help provided by BlueHost or can do it on your own.

This picture will have you a peek of what exactly to expect.

How to start a blog?


Sevently- Now that you have set and completed all the basics for your site. Its time for the main focus, that is your content.

Whatever your niche is about, you must write articles that give the reader some sort of value.

The are 2 types of content

  • Pre-launch content
  • Post-launch content

What are these?

Pre-launch content relates to static pages such as About us, Contact, Disclaimer, etc. Sidebar, footer, meta tag and such are also in this section.

How to start a blog?

Post-launch content is the blog post itself ( your article ). Your article can include pictures, videos, infographics, etc.

How to start a blog?


In order to produce quality content, you have to be authentic and real. However, you have to understand that some content performs better than others.

But again, you should start creating content that you feel comfortable with, and right for your readers, and your blog.

Conclusion

Taking these first steps is important to get going. If you haven't started as yet and have been on your mind for a while.

Why not give a go and explore with the free platform mention above.

You can experiment and learn before deciding to buy a domain and hosting

This guide is to help you take the initial steps and successfully have your site running.

If you have problems in any of these areas, please leave a comment in the box below, I will be happy to help!




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