So, you want to start a blog? Great idea!
But…confused how to get started? I know starting a blog is terrifying.
Because there is so much info about that, and everybody is telling you different things.
I’m glad you’re here! In this guide, I’ll show you how to create your own blog. (No technical experience is required). Because I have got everything covered you need to start your blog.
So, be confident and start your blogging journey!
What is a Blog?
A blog is basically a journal or diary available online. More precisely, a place where you can share your thoughts, your passion, your research, anything you want to share with the World.
In today’s World blog is not only used by individuals, but every organization is using the blog for business.
From small startups to big organizations, every business using a blog. Did you know Why?
Advantages of Blogging
There are 100s of reason to start a blog, but some bold ones are:
- It helps you to express yourself.
- More exposure to your business.
- Build Trust.
- Make Money.
- You’ll become a good thinker.
- People will inspire.
Why Blog is Necessary?
- Over 409 million people visit more than 22.5 billion pages each month.
I think 409 million is not a small figure.
Curious to start a blog? Let’s Go!
How to Start a Blog in 2018
Starting a blog is not rocket science, it is simple to set up a blog.
Step #1: Choose Topic You want to Blog About
You need a clear vision, on which topic you want to work on your blog.
In choosing a blog topic, I recommend you to choose something you’re interested in, you’re passionate about. Before you set up a blog, lock the topic you love. Why?
Because the topic you’re passionate about, you know very well about, you have grip on that topic and which will provide more value in your content and never get you bored. As you’re passionate about the topic, you will continue learning.
So, if you have a clear vision, great! If not then no problem select from some of these broad topics:
- Internet Related Stuff (such as Blogging, SEO, programming etc.).
- Products reviews (Online or Offline).
- News (All types).
- Stories (Motivational, Lesson).
Doesn’t matter whatever you choose, just be consistent, because blogging is like planting a tree, it takes time to grow.How to #Start a #Blog, Like a #ProClick To Tweet
Step #2: Choose a Domain Name
People often seem to be confusing when it’s come to choosing a domain name. If you’re starting a personal blog then your name is best for your domain.
Choosing for the brand? Keep it simple, attractive. You can also refer to your friends or family for recommendations.
Things to consider when choosing a domain name:
- An extension doesn’t really matter in SEO it is just a myth, but it’s very few times matters in memorizing because many people think of .com mostly.
- Don’t use company’s brand names. It may cause you copyright issue.
- Avoid using numbers, hyphens in a domain, because it’s hard to remember.
- The domain name you choose should be simple, clear, and pronounceable and related (not necessary).
Don’t overthink, just choose the name, and start working!
How much domain costs?
It will cost you around $10/year. (But it can be Free for you.)How to #Start a #Blog, Like a #ProClick To Tweet
Step #3: Choosing a Platform (Must Read)
What platform should I use for blogging?
It is the question which confuses many people. There are many platforms, you can choose, but most people I saw confused between WordPress and Blogger. Why?
Many bloggers confuse, as Blogger is owned by Google, so it will provide more value in search engines (myth). Also, they think blogger doesn’t provide features, which WordPress provides (Wrong).
Blogger has all the features which bloggers need, for SEO and all the related stuff. But you have to do things manually as compared to WordPress.
Then, What to Choose (Blogger)?
If you’re a newbie blogger, then go with Blogger!
Because, some technical things you’ll learn in Blogger, you can’t learn in WordPress (100%). Because WordPress has plugins for the all the stuff, means you have everything ready, just install the few plugins and you’re ready to go.
For the blogger related stuff, go to My Blogger Tricks for all sorts of solutions (As here we’re discussing WordPress).
My recommendations are at least 3 months practice on blogger. Then, if you think you’re ready then go with WordPress.
Now, Why WordPress?
WordPress is one of the famous CMS in an online world, which powers around 28% of the website.
Choosing WordPress is a smart choice because it has many options which can save your time and efficiency both. All the things on WordPress are ready in form of themes and plugins, you have to just edit it according to your own will.
Whether you are doing blog personally or for business WordPress is best.
Note: We’ll be using WordPress.org, not WordPress.com, means we’ll self-host our blog.
Why we aren’t using WordPress.com? Because:
- It only provides basic features for free.
- You can’t use your own theme.
- You can’t connect your own custom domain name.
- If you want full power and features then it costs $99 per year, even after paying we didn’t get server access.
What If we use WordPress.org?
- All features free, only hosting charges (less than $99). For self-host BlueHost is best.
Step #4: Hosting Your Blog
Your entire blog is based on your host, so it should be best. Hosting enables users to access your blog from anywhere in the world.
You need two things host and domain to make your blog live. It is the hard-and-fast rule to have both. There are many hosting services available.
However, if you think it’s not good, and choosing other hosts then must check its server response time and other features.
The best response time recommended by Google is under 200ms for best loading time.How to #Start a #Blog, Like a #ProClick To Tweet
Start your blog with BlueHost
First, go on BlueHost
- Click on the “Get Started” button
- Then, select your desired Package, recommended is to choose plus package.
- Now, enter your desired domain name, or connect if you have already bought from other sites.
- Now, fill your account information.
- Now, fill your package information, if you want to remain anonymous as a registrant of the domain then tick Domain Privacy Protection, otherwise, it’s not necessary. Site Backup Pro and Site lock Security is also not necessary, we can install a plugin for those. (Not recommended).
- Also, put your payment information.
- Then, choose the password for your account.
- Now, For Installing WordPress, login to your admin panel.
- Now, click on Install WordPress.
- Then, click on install
- After that, select your domain you bought with Bluehost hosting or the one you already bought from somewhere else. Leave the directory window empty.
- In the last step, Enter your site name, admin name (avoid using admin as username) and use a strong password, then click on install now.
Then, WordPress will automatically install in seconds, and you will get shortly get an email containing all your login credentials.
Step #5: Basic Learning of WordPress
If you followed the above steps, then congratulations your blog is live, with your domain name at yourdomain.com and you can login with your credentials at yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Here are basic things you should know about WordPress admin menu:
- Dashboard: It is the page where you land after logging in.
- Posts: In this section, you can create, view, edit, and update new blog posts.
- Media: All images, PDFs, videos you’ve uploaded are here. Also, you can upload, delete media files here.
- Pages: You can create, edit, update publish new and old pages.
- Comments: All the comments readers leave will be shown up here.
- Appearance: Here you can change, customize your theme settings.
- Plugins: You can upload or delete new plugins here.
- Users: You can add or remove new users, administrators, editors. Also, you can edit your profile in this section.
- Tools: Some additional tools can be added here. You can skip this for now.
- Settings: You can edit essential setting here for your blog. We’ll discuss the important thing later.
Step #6: Designing Your Blog
The default theme is installed “Twenty Seventeen” or you selected the one if you like it then your work is done in this section. If not, then install your favorite one.
WordPress has thousands of great and optimized themes available for free.
Things to remember in mind when choosing a theme:
- Simple and attractive.
- Speed Optimized.
- Easy Customization.
Now, you’re thinking I have to check all themes one by one? [Ops]. A Big No, just check the reviews of the theme you like and go. More importantly, choose what you like and think your users will also like.
I mostly use Impreza and StudioPress themes (Genesis Framework) on my WordPress blogs.
You can change theme, by clicking on Appearance » Theme » Add New
When you click on Add New, there you can choose many free themes or can upload theme by clicking on Upload Theme and upload the zip file.How to Start a Blog in 2018, Like a #ProClick To Tweet
Step #7: Create Important Pages
Now, set up some important pages, before you public your blog:
- About page.
- Contact page.
For this go to your WordPress admin panel i.e. yourdomain.com/wp-admin
then to Page » Add New
Step #8: Important Settings for Blog
- Click on the Settings tab, default tab of General will open.
- Setting » Reading, here you can select front page, front page and feeds posts quantity.
- Setting » Discussion, in this tab you can customize article, comment, and avatar settings.
- Setting » Permalinks, here we’ll change the permalink structure.
Now, I’m assuming that your blog is ready with pages, design and all the other important settings. So, you have to move towards next step i.e. speeding up WordPress. Because it’s not just ranking factor but also improve the user experience.
I think it would be easy for you to set up a blog (lucky you).
If by chance, you got stuck somewhere, leave a comment below or contact me.
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Now, you’re done with blog settings, and now you’ve to move further i.e. working on Blog posts and further steps. Good luck!