How To Start A Blog Today – Easy Guide For Beginners
To start a blog, it could be really an overwhelming thing. I still remember how it all happened to me when i first started.
I didn’t know how to put things in a proper order, where to get every necessary resources from, what should i write and all that stuffs.
And i believe that every one who wants to start a blog waste their majority of the time thinking about these things and never starts. They keep thinking but never executes.
I didn’t want this to happen to any other person who wants to blog. So for which, in this blog i have summed up every possible thing you’ll need to know and have if you want to start a blog.
Below, some paragraphs will be an explanation about what is blog and why it’s good having one. So if you already know those things (which i believe most of you would) then you can skip the introduction part and jump to the topic.
What is a blog ?
A blog is nothing but a website on the internet, which primarily focus on the written contents. The blog can be both of for personal and for business purposes. The reason to start a blog differs according to the individuals.
You can have a blog to share your experiences online, or also because you love connecting with new people.
Or you can also have a blog if you have a business and if you want to scale it. You can write a content about your product and market it to even big audiences.
Why you should blog
The biggest reason i think everyone should have a blog is that, the no.1 place where people comes till date to find the answers to there question is Google.
23 % of the internet time is spent on blogs & social networks and 77% of internet users read blogs.
If you own a business than you must know how important brand awareness is. By blogging your brand gets more exposure to the market. 70% of the consumers learn about a company through articles rather than ads.
Till now you must know, how important blogs are. Check the image below for more blogging infographics.
The best part of blogging is you don’t need an office to start from, you don’t even need much money. And you will be earning money writing articles from home only.
One thing you need to take in consider is that, if you want to succeed as a blogger than you must be a good at thinking and writing skills.
If you have these both skills you are good to go. And if you don’t, then i would suggest you to sharpen your skills.
So without further ado let’s get back to the topic :
6 Steps To Start A Blog
- Choose a Niche
- Pick up a Domain name
- Get your blog online
- Customize your blog
- Write your first blog and publish
- Promote your blog
1.Choose a Niche
Quick explanation. A niche is something which focuses deeply on a particular topic. Example : If you talk about fashion on your blog then, “fashion” is your niche. Same goes with any other industry.
Choosing a niche is really important factor when it comes to blogging. Your blog must be focusing on a particular thing. This helps your website rank on a good number in google, which will also brings you a lot of traffic.
And also if your blog focuses on a niche, the readers will come at your blog to get answers to there questions.
So if you are starting a blog, get a niche. To find one, Start a blog on something you really have knowledge about and a topic you love. Doesn’t matter what it is, internet has a place for everything.
If you love cookies and you have knowledge about them, you think can help others. Then you can write about cookies and still make money blogging.
The whole point is to choose a topic you love talking about. This is the only way to survive in this blogging world really long. You will never get fed up of it. If your content succeeds in providing values to others, it’ll be your win.
2. Pick Up Your Domain Name
You can also say that a “Domain name” is a “blog name” for the website. It is the name people will address your blog with. Choosing a domain name is one of the important things you will be doing.
A Domain name should be matter to the you, because it will be the name of your brand. And you can’t afford to make a mistake in that. As selecting a domain can be a stressful task, you need to understand, that you are not putting your most of the time in it.
So to get a perfect domain for your website, i have some points for you that you need to keep in to the consideration, before choosing one.
1. Related to your Niche
As i have told you previously, a niche is about a particular topic. The domain name you choose for your blog should be of something related to your niche.
This will help your readers to get an idea about, what your blog actually contains topic about. Not only your blog, but this also helps getting google the context about your content. Which also matters when it comes to rank your website on google.
Lets take an example. If you review gadgets in your blog, then you can choose a domain name like www.gadgetreview.com or something like that. The whole point is to get a domain name which speaks about you or your work.
The best example i have for you is Patt Flynn’s blog. If you don’t know him, he has a blog where he teaches everyone how to make Passive Income. And you know what’s the name of his blog is. It’s Smartpassiveincome.com . And he is one of the best blogger in his niche right now. Obviously his content is why he’s one of the best, but every small details matter.
The moment you read the name of Patt’s blog you get to know what must be inside the website.
2. Short and Easy to remember
Someone reads your blog, he like it, he wants to come again on your website but he don’t remember the name of your website. That way you’ll lose your customer (Reader).
You know how it’s going to feel right? No bloggers wants to lose thier readers. You need to make people remember you if there’s a topic out about your niche.
To do so, you have to keep your domain name short and simple, and also easy to remember. A 12 to 18 characters big domain name is ideal for any website.
Don’t keep your domain name so big that people don’t feel like remembering it.
3. Don’t use Hyphens “-“
Don’t keep hyphens in between of the domain name. It is not a big issue, but sub-consciously people hate using special characters while typing.
You can go and check the domains of any big company out there. Majority of them all do not use any special characters in their domain names.
These 3 points which we have discussed are small but effective. It will help you selecting the perfect domain for your blog. Many people don’t focus on these little things and ruin their domain name.
3.Get Your Blog Online
So that you have your blog name. It’s time to put your blog in front of the world. The “INTERNET”. To make available for everyone to read your articles, you have to put your blog online.
You need 2 things in order to put your website up and running. They are a blogging software and a hosting. A blogging software will be a place where all of your blog data and file will be saved. And a hosting is which by people all around the world will be able to see your blog on the internet.
I’m going to suggest you the best blogging software and a hosting providers till date.
First hosting your website. To host your website go and sign up for Bluehost. They Provide one of the best place to the bloggers to host a blog. It is easy and very user friendly as well.
I will be true to you all here. I am personally not using bluehost for this website. And the reason is when i started blogging i didn’t know about this platform. So i started with another provider.
But today, i’m also working on different other website which are hosted on bluehost. The reason i suggest using bluehost is:
- You will get a domain name for 1 year free
- Free SSL certificate
- 24/7 customer support
- Very user friendly
These are some of the best features that bluehost provides to their customers, and i don’t think any other platform do this.
So to get a hosting from Bluehost follow the given steps below :
Step 1. Get Started
Click on this link to visit bluehost official website and click on “Get Started Now”.
Step 2. Choose A Plan
Choose a Plan according to your budget. If you are starting new i’ll suggest you to start with the basic one.
Step 3. Type In Your Domain Name
Now you have to put your domain name in the left box to get it for free. If you already have a domain, then you can also click in the right box. You can choose your free domain later as well.
Step 4. Create Your Account
Fill in the information needed. Make sure your putting in the right details.
Step 5. Select Your Package
Now it’s time to select the package you want to select. For some reasons bluehost isn’t providing monthly payments. So you have to select plans for a year or two. Base on your comfort level, go ahead and get one.
Un check the boxes in the “Package Extra” section. You can always get it afterwards.
Create a Password for your blog and jump into the next step.
Step 6. Choose a Theme And install WordPress
Pick up a theme for your blog. You can always change it later.
And after that click on the “Start Building” button to install WordPress. WordPress is nothing but the blogging software i talked about previously.
Once you click on the “Start Building” button, your hosting will start installing wordpress. It’s just takes one click.
4. Customize Your Blog
Login: After you install wordpress successfully, you will need to log in to your wordpress account to start your blogging journey.
In your address bar type : www.yourdomainname/wp-admin. A Page will get open which will ask for your username and password. Put in the both to proceed.
Put in your username and password in it. After which you will get into your wordpress dashboard.
Below is the image of how a wordpress dashboard looks like.
Choose your Blog Template: Your blog template is the design of your website. It will be how your design of the website will look like.
WordPress has several blog templates. You can change according to your favourites.
A design will be pre installed in your wordpress. To change the pre installed template, Click on the Appearance from the left side option.
Under Appearance, click on the themes section. And add new.
Now you will be able to select amongst the thousands of free wordpress templates. Just select the one you like or suits best to your blog. Click on “activate” to apply that theme. That theme will be applied to your blog.
Now you can customize your blog according to your preferances.
5. Write And Publish Your Blog
Now, the part which will be the most important for you as a blogger. For which you have started the blog. Writing and publishing your blog.
Writing: To write your first blog on your website, click on the “Posts” section on the left side.
There will already be a post, title “Hello World”. You need to delete that post before you start writing your blog.
After deleting the hello world post, click on the “Add New” button.
This will open the post editor page, where you will be writing your every blog posts. This is where you make (Write ) your content. Or I say like “Cooking The Content”.
Put your “Title” in the small box which appears at the top and start writing your content beneath in second block.
You are good to go now. Write your blog now. You can also add images, change fonts, write in Bold or Italic letters and many different things by clicking on that “+” icon.
Publishing: Click on the publish icon once you finish writing your article. The publish button usually will be at the top right corner of your page.
Once you publish your blog, it will be live on the internet. Everyone all around the world will be able to read and engage with it.
6. Promote Your Blog
This is the final step i would be talking today. Writing and publishing is not everything you will need. Obviously the quality of your content also better, but if nobody comes to your blog to read what you have written, it won’t be worth your efforts.
There are hell lot of ways you can promote your blog. Paid and unpaid both. You will obviously get organic traffic from the google, but not at that scale. After publishing processes also matters.
One of the best and free ways to promote your blog and get exposure to the world is by promoting on social media. You can promote the link of your blog on different social medias.
You can promote it in your Instagram Stories, Snapchat stories by attaching your blog links. Do the same with Twitter as well. You can post it on Facebook. The best way to promote on Facebook is to make your own FB Page.
You can also use forums like Quora and others to promote it there.
I will write a dedicated blog post on “How to promote your blog” really soon. To stay tuned and not lose that article as well as many different articles like this, fill your name and email address in the form that will pop-up at the time you would be living. I will personally mail you when i come up with another blogs like this.
Note : Promoting is as important as Seo. Now if you don’t know about what SEO is, i will suggest you read Neil Patel’s this blog. He had explain everything you need to know about SEO.
This is how you make a blog and write your first article.
If you want to know more other ways to make money on internet, i have a seperate article for it. Click here to read that blog.
Comment down below if you have any suggestions or questions regarding this topic, i will reply to everyone.