If you’re reading this right now, then am sure you want to know how start a blog right? well, welcome to this tutorial post on how to start a blog.
Starting a blog is a great idea considering the benefits of monetization, fame the need to share relevant information. Also, it actually great when your ideas can be shared online and accessed millions of readers.
So, if you want to start a blog but don’t know how to start then this step by step guide is for you.
In this post, I will be sharing a step by step guide on how to start a blog.
But hey, before I proceed I think you need to know the definition of the term “blog”, blogging and what is it all about.
What Is A Blog
There are various definition of blog available online by different prolific bloggers but here am going to share you this popular definition of the term “blog”
A blog or Weblog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries “post”.
The posts are typically presented and sorted in a reverse sequence displaying the recent post first before the previous.
In a nutshell, a blog is like your online diary and your writings are the posts.
What Is Blogging
The act of publishing new post contents and updating your blog(online diary) is called blogging
Blogging gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and relevant information to your blog readers making you blog prominent and of course, you can make money blogging too.
Is’nt that great?. well, that aside we move to the main topic of how to start a blog
How To Start A Blog
Like I have mentioned earlier In this post I will be sharing a detailed and step by step guide on how to start a blog. So let kickstart this session with this 6 steps
1.Be Creative About Your Ideas)
2.Choosing A Domain Name
3. Choose Your Blogging Platform
4. Hosting Your Blog
5. Configure And Design Your Blog
6. Start Publishing Useful And Unique Contents
Be Creative About Your Ideas
Just so you know, it is important to be creative about your ideas when starting a blog, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece but your ideas for your blog should focus on something specific.
Albeit, an idea is never truly unique no matter how good, you have to be distinct when choosing your niche
Choosing a niche is a big step to take and this a determinant of how you’ll blogging career will be
here are few thing you should consider before choosing a niche
Do you enjoy this topic? Is it a Competitive Niche
Before choosing a niche or a particular topic you want to blog about you should be sure it what you enjoy and what you’re passionate about.
Whatever topic you pick, you need to love it, and naturally curious about it. But if you choose wrongly, you’ll run out of ideas quickly. Also, you won’t be able to consistently create content that will build your audience.
I can’t help but notice that most startup bloggers fail to this into consideration and at the end the quit blogging or complain that they don’t earn from blogging.
It called monetizing your passion for a reason
Further Reading on: How To Choose Your Domain Name
Choosing A Domain Name
Choosing a domain name is one vital step of starting a blog as it is, there’s more than 284 million registered domain names online.
And yes, of course, it hard to get a good domain name as most of them has been registered you’re going to want yours to stand out.
Things To Consider When Choosing A Domain Name
1. The Domain Name Ease: It’s one of the core values of marketing to be memorable, and simplicity is usually best. So, as a matter of fact, you want to choose a name that will immediately make sense to people.
2. Domain Extensions: Although there’s not much evidence to support that Google prefers .com, it’s still the most common extension and recommended domain extension.
3. SEO: According to Moz best practice for URL, well-crafted URL provides both humans and search engines. In a nutshell, if you’ve got keywords in your URL that pertain to your content, the better your SEO results.
Choosing Your Blogging Platform
To start a blog you’ll need to select a blogging platform, you can’t start a blog without blogging platform. Although there are many blogging platforms available for you to choose WordPress and Blogger are the major ballers in the game.
Here is a list some notable blogging platform
- WordPress.org (self-hosted)
- WordPress.com (online)
And there’s is the list of some notable blogging platform though I strongly recommend using WordPress.org
Hosting Your Blog
Web hosting is a service that allows the blog to be accessed through the internet by other users. You need to choose a web hosting company for your blog to be active on the internet.
But of course, if you plan on using blogger’s blogging platform then you have no problem with this.
For Setup and configuration ease, the domain should be registered in the same place that you get your blog hosted.
I highly recommend that you use Bluehost, why? Bluehost is one of the most prominent hosting company with the best customer services and offer packages for as low as $3.99/month+ A free domain.
After Choosing your hosting company next is the setup if you’ve opted for Bluehost here are some videos created by Bluehost to show you exactly how to do it:
Configure And Design Your Blog
After, you must have set up and installed WordPress on your then you must be wondering what to do with on the dashboard of the WordPress you’ve installed
1.Delete the Sample Contents (Post and Page)
2. Active the Akismet Plugin
3. Set Title, Tagline and Timezone
4. Choose WWW or Non-WWW
5. Change Permalinks Structure
Well, if you’ve chosen Bluehost then lucky for you they have series of video tutorials help you with becoming used to WordPress and also setting things up to make your blog look and operate just right.
There are endless customizations that you can make on a WordPress blog. We’ll stick with the essentials.
Themes are the foundation of your design and include the core functionalities. Also, WordPress has been most useful in terms of it amazing plugins you should install and use plugins to get extra functionality on your blog.
plugins automatically add features like, contact forms image galleries shopping, cards discussion forums just about anything else you can imagine to make your site a useful dynamic experience.
While there are many thousands of free themes out there, this is an area that it can be well worth investing in.
But of course, if you can’t find any free theme that you like, there are premium themes that you can purchase from sites recommended below:
- Elegant Themes
- Thrive Themes.
Well that being said, we move on to the last part of the tutorial a vital step.
Start Publishing Useful And Unique Contents.
Ever Heard the phrase “Content Is King” then you should know starting a blog is just a stepping stone to your blogging career.
As a matter of fact, simply owning a blog does make you a blogger. But of course when you start posting and updating your blog with useful and unique contents then it can be termed as blogging.
There’s a great deal more than you could read about starting a blog but the process above should get you going, Provide contents that will bring readers to your blog. Also, always remember to be creative with your idea and keep being Top Notch. I wish you luck on your blogging career.