A Beginner’s Guide on How to Start a Blog
When done right, blogging has been proven to be a legit way of making money online. But the question is, how do you start a blog, and how do you make money blogging.
The truth is that there are many detailed guides online detailing how to start your own blog, and today, we will simplify things for you —no additions or extras – just a summarized guide on how to start your own blog.
Here are the steps to starting a profitable blog
STEP 1- CHOOSE A NICHE AND A BLOG NAME
The first thing to do is to choose the niche you will focus on. A niche is the audience you will be addressing with your blogs. The niche you choose can be in the area you have an interest in, or you are skilled in.
For instance, if you like cooking, you can open a blog in the kitchen niche talking about recipes to try, kitchen appliances, etc. If you love reading, you can start a blog reviewing novels.
When choosing a niche, make sure it has a significant audience and plenty of products/services to promote for purposes of monetizing your blog.
After knowing the niche you want to focus on, next is coming up with a blog name (domain name). Your blog name can end with a .com, .org, etc. The .com suffix is the most common. If, for instance, you want to get into cooking, you can have a blog name such as yourcookmate.com or even deliciousrecipes.com. Check on sites such as NameCheap to see if the name is available or already taken.
After finding the name, purchase it to secure your domain name.
STEP 2- CHOOSE A BLOGGING PLATFORM
Now that you have chosen your desired niche and purchased a domain name, it’s time to choose a blogging platform.
There are a few options here, but WordPress is the most popular of all. Other options include Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, etc.
WordPress is the most preferred as it allows one to set a blog using own hosting and domain. Blogger and Tumblr offer domain and hosting, making it an attractive option for starters who don’t mind establishing their brand authority.
We would recommend you go with WordPress.
STEP 3- CHOOSE A HOSTING PLATFORM FOR YOUR WEBSITE
After purchasing a domain, it’s time to find hosting for it. It’s important to mention that the hosting you choose will have a great impact on the functionality and performance of your site. Therefore, make sure to select a reliable hosting platform.
A web host serves as a house for your domain name, and it is what makes your domain name (URL) go online.
There are many hosting solutions you can choose from; you can trust those recommended by WordPress- Bluehost, InterServer, and SiteGround. However, read reviews and analyze the features when comparing different hosting platforms.
STEP 4- INSTALL WORDPRESS
Now that you have chosen a hosting platform, it’s time to install WordPress. Remember we said there are different blogging platforms, but we would recommend WordPress as it is not only free but also easy to use for beginners, not to mention that there are a variety of themes and plugins that makes your work easier.
Many hosting platforms offer a one-click WordPress installation process, but you can always look for videos on how to install WordPress. It should not take you long to install WordPress.
After WordPress installation, you can now log in to your blog and start making changes to its appearance.
STEP 5- PUT YOUR WEBSITE IN MAINTENANCE MODE
Since your blog is now live, you might want to put up a sign such as “Under Construction” to greet your visitors.
You don’t want any reader or potential client to come to your site and see it unfinished. This is important as setting up a site can take several weeks or months before it becomes something you can present to your audience.
There are many plugins that can help you put websites in maintenance mode. You can even have a link to your social media profiles as the greeting message.
Once you are ready to share your blog with your audience, deactivate and delete this plugin.
STEP 6- CHOOSE A THEME FOR YOUR BLOG
We are almost finalizing things. Your theme determines how your blog will look like, and you have plenty of options to choose from.
It is important to mention that although there is a wide range of free themes if you are serious about blogging and establishing your authority in your niche, you need to get the premium themes. Free themes lack the professionalism needed for a blog and have a lot of limitations.
There are themes for every niche, and you can choose the one that appeals to you. Whatever your option will be, make sure that it is responsive (meaning it adjust your site to fit on any device). You don’t want a theme that doesn’t accommodate visitors using mobile phones.
STEP 7- PUBLISH CONTENT ON KEY PAGES AND BLOG PAGES
You need to create content for your About Page, Contact Page, and Homepage. The About Page is amongst the most-viewed pages on blogs, and thus you need to have a great headshot for it as well as a brief on what your blog is all about. Convince your visitor that you know what you are doing and that you are an expert in your niche. Show them what you can do for them.
After that, you need to create content for your readers. We always advise people to start by creating useful, informative content before creating promotional content.
Make sure to stamp your personality in your blogs.
Blogging is an area that you can make a lot of money. When done right and in a consistent manner, blogging has the potential to earn you a living.
Remember that content is the king- you may have the most attractive blog, but if it lacks useful, educative, informative content, then your visitors will always bounce back without taking the desired action. Therefore, make sure to invest in quality, useful content.
We do hope our brief guide on how to start your own blog was an eye-opener and will help you get started. All the best as you start your journey online!