Nowadays people like to share their experiences and regular life story in internet. Blogging is the best way to share everything you know with the people all around the world. Thousand of blogs are creating daily but only a few come to be successful. Starting a Blog is too easy but getting readers and make your blog popular is very difficult. First of all think twice why you want to create a blog. If you are passionate about write your stories and have patience then you are the right person to start a blog today. Many of my friends asked me how to start a blog from the scratch. Today I am telling you how to start a blog from the beginning. This guide is for the complete beginners who have never heard about blog and blogging even you can create your blog without entering a single code.
Table of Contents
- What is Blog
- Why you want to start a Blog
- Choose a blog niche You are Passionate and Efficient
- Choose the Right and Easiest Blogging Platform
- Choose the Right and Perfect Domain Name
- How to buy a Domain name
- Choose Cheap Hosting Service
- How to install your Domain in Hosting
- How to install WordPress
- Choose a Theme and Make your Blog Attractive
- How to install a WordPress theme and customize it
- How to install WordPress must have plugins
- How to write and publish your first article in WordPress blog
What is Blog
Blog is an online journal or an online diary where we can write our own thoughts, ideas, experience, everyday lifestyle and whatever you wish. A blog can be on a specific niche or multiple topic. For example, Myblogtech is a multi-topics blog where we have share Blogging, WordPress, Seo, Digital marketing, Internet Business and other marketing related topics. Myblogtech is also a personal blog that we can update anytime to a website. Remember A website can’t be a blog.
Blogging refers the task that a blogger done in his blog. Writing article and share it in everywhere is the key task of a blogger. A blogger is also a digital entrepreneurs.
Why You Want to Learn How to Start a Blog
It’s obvious Blogging is the best way to express a person and could be build a strong community through blogging. This is also the best way to spread news and information even a discussion platform. If you love to write what you have learned then blogging is up for you. Another important concealed reason is you can make money from your blog. Nowadays every business needs a blog to share about their products and services. Moreover, Blogging is a reliable ways to promote products.
There are two types of blogger we can define differently.
- Part Time Blogger
- Full Time Blogger
Part Time Blogger
Part time blogger are those who love blogging and connecting with people in their free time. They posts in their blog when they get time to write something and share their lifestyle and experiences mainly. Part time blogger don’t take blogging seriously and they don’t depend on blogging to earn their living from the blog. Part time blogger mainly focus to spread the knowledge they have. Nowadays par time blogger can earn some money from their blogs writing reviews and sharing advertisements.
Full Time Blogger
Full time blogger are mainly professional blogger who take blogging seriously and share detailed article to let people know everything on a specific topic. Full time blogger can make living money with their blog for serving great articles. A lot of people are getting interested in blogging thus it helps people to make themselves a brand and earn huge money in a certain time. However, full time blogger are the people who are expert on a specific sector and teach people about the topic through their blogs.
Choose a Blog Niche You are Passionate and Efficient
Choosing a perfect blogging niche is the key of success in blogging. You can write everything in your blog but you have to realize that you are not an expert in everything. You can’t solve all the problems in one place. It’s better to choose a niche that you passionate and able to write in detailed article on that topic. Most successful blogger are writing articles on their expertise topic. You can share as much information as possible in which you have prior experience but you can’t write a few words on which you never have learned.
Don’t choose a niche that has too much traffic but you know nothing about this. You will feel uninterested after a time to write in that topic. So it would be too hard to run a blog on an unknown niche for a long time.
However if you have a niche blog then people came to understand that they get the specific information from the specific blog. Thus, you will have get a lot of regular user.
To choose a perfect niche you can write a few articles initially and notice which type of articles you really love to write and feels comfort.
Choose the Right and Easiest Blogging Platform
After selecting your blog niche you have to look into blogging platform. Several types of blogging platform are available to setup your blog. Some are free and some requires a few bucks to start a blog.
There are a few different blogging platforms. Some are paid and some are totally free.
You can start your first blog in Blogspot. It is totally free of cost. But there are a lot of limitations. Even you won’t get fully control over your blog. You don’t need to buy any domain name and hosting service to start a blog in Blogspot. Just sign in blogspot with your Google account and start your blog. You will get a few free themes and plugins to manage your Blogspot blog. The problem with Blogspot platform is it has less trustworthy. Mostly spammers are using this platform for their needs. Even it’s quite impossible to establish a authority blog in Blogspot platform. If you intend to spend a few times on blogging then you can go with it.
Tumblr is another free blogging platform as well as social media platform. You can create your blog in a single minute with tumblr and post your article easily. This platform is good to share your regular life but you can’t be able to monetize your tumblr blog in either way to make money. If your intention is just to inform people about something then you can create a blog on Tumblr.
When you ask me How to start a Blog and Which platform is best for beginner. My answer should be WordPress. Even WordPress is the most popular free blogging platform to start a blog. You can create either free blog or create blog with custom domain and hosting.
WordPress is too easy to setup a blog and it has a lot of free themes and plugins to make your blog perfect. Just buy a domain name and secure hosting service to start your first blog on wordPress.
There are no perfect alternatives of WordPress to build an authoritative blog.
Choose a Right and Perfect Domain Name
Selecting a perfect domain according to your blog niche/category is quite hard and lengthy process. You have to research a lot and find out a catchy domain name which is available to buy. You can search in Godaddy/Namecheap for your desired domain registration. Domain name indicates your blog niche most of the time. As I choose Myblogtech.com it indicates my blog is about blogging and tech niche. It is very important to keep an alliance between your domain name and blog niche.
Don’t go with a domain name which looks ugly or insist any unpleasant words. If you want to make yourself a brand then you can choose your name as your blog name. There are a lot of popular blog with the blog owner name like Neil Patel.
How to buy a Domain name
After choosing the perfect domain name for your blog you have to register this domain I mean you have to buy this domain name. There are several popular domain register companies are available. I have got two companies are mostly reliable and easy to register a domain.
Godaddy is the most popular and cheapest domain name register company. You can search your domain name in Godaddy and if you found this available then just click on ADD to Cart option.
Choose Cheap Hosting Service
Hosting service means the company who keep your blog online. It is quite similar as computer hard-drive. Hosting company keeps your blog data in their storage and show in your blog. So choosing the best and fast hosting service is the key of success. I will write about some great Hosting Service Provider Someday.
Choose a Theme and Make your Blog Attractive
A good looking blog should get much popularity than a scatter looking blog. People are frequently visiting attractive blogs with good contents. WordPress gives you the access of using thousands of free beautiful themes. Choose the right one for your blog and make people amaze. Another thing keep in mind that you should choose responsive theme because of Google do not like non-responsive sites anymore. Keep your Blog simple and clean.
Ensure Your Blog Loading Fast
Do you like those sites what are taking too much time for loading? I personally do not like those sites and even never go to these sites again. So make your blog page are loading fast. I recommend keeping your media file in low size and do not add too much media file. Search engine keeps those sites first page on search results which are loading fast. Do not use irrelevant plugins and make sure you are using SSD storage hosting service.
Optimize Your Blog
When you start a new blog I am pretty sure people do not know you launched a blog. Your duty is to let people inform about your Blog. You have to optimize your blog. Submit your blog on Google so that your blog will be show in search results. There are plenty of Blog Optimization plugins in WordPress. I will write in detail how to optimize your new blog step by step as I am telling you How to Start a Blog.
Analyze Your Competitors
Some people think same niche blogs are our competitors. But I am seeing them as my friend. I frequently visited a lot of tech blog and comment there. I love to read how they write and how they express their thoughts. I think renowned blogs from the same niche is a good source of learning. So follow them as your resources and motivators instead of competitors.
Setup Social Media Profile
Nowadays Social media is another great source of your blog readers. You can create social media pages/groups/profiles and share your blog posts in social media too.
Stay Constant on Long Term Goal
As you are reading How to Start a Blog, you should have to set some long term goal besides short term goal. Don’t forget blogging is not a bake and bite step. You have to be patience and work for your goal. You could not think about success in a week or in a month. You should have to stay constant and work on it.
Finally I can say start blogging is a matter of a day but become successful in blogging is a matter of years. Don’t give up stay focused. You have to learn every day and stay update with every single new thing in your blog niche. Directly engage with your readers and give them value. When you give a reply of comments don’t forget to promote yourself. Happy Blogging
I hope you enjoyed my writing of How to Start a Blog. Please feel free to ask anything and if you still surviving to create a blog just contact with me. I will create a blog for you from the scratch.