I know, many of you might be thinking of starting a blog, and that is why you people are here, reading this post. Starting a blog is not a easy job, but also not an impossible one. When I started my first blog, I was like you all, zero knowledge of blogging and I would be running after Google and friends and all they give me is technical sort of things, that I cannot understand. But, now I am very well acquainted with the knowledge of blogging and I have created well over 40 blogs and they all are performing extra-ordinarily. In this post, I have tried to transfer all me knowledge to new bloggers, so that they don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Just read on, everything you need to start a blog is mentioned here.
I assure you people that blogging is super easy job and it doesn’t require any sort of technical skills like coding or designing, you just have to write. A simple blog can easily be set up in 20 minutes and you can start publishing your thoughts onto it.
(1) DECIDE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BLOG ABOUT
Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and be a part of community who is spreading knowledge around the world. Whenever someone asks me anything about blogging, the first think I say is what is your passion? What is the one thing that you can’t live without saying? And when tell me that thing, I suggest them that you should blog about this thing and you would really make some great traffic. This is the key to success in blogging, The perfect blogs have writers who are passionate about what they write. So, The first thing you need to do is pick a blog topic, and for this very reason you need to answer this question:
Is there anything you enjoy or are really passionate about?
If there is, then start a blog about it. It makes no sense to start a blog about something you have no interest in, while it’s much easier to write articles and posts about topics that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about.
It’s even better when you have been interested in a specific field or an industry for a long time, because you are already an expert. However, if you don’t have any idea which topic or niche you want to write about, think about your hobbies or just start blogging about your daily activities, memorable moments or simply about everything.
Now, finding your niche or passion can be very difficult sometimes, what if you have so many passions and you feel difficulty in choosing on topic ? Then take your time and answer some of the following questions so that you may find one thing on which you should blog:
1. What are your favourite topics to talk about?
2. What are your hobbies?
3. What are your favourite magazines, TV channels and Websites?
4. What are the topics that you know better than anyone else?
5. Are you expert in some field?
6. Is there anything which make you hold your breath?
After, you answer all of these questions, I am sure you would find your passion.
Now things are started to get on track, but you have to run them and for this you have to research and dominate your niche. The first step should be the research in your particular topics. You have to point out already present players and join them in their club, be the part of community.
Moreover, you have to be a strong reader of your subject, so that you have latest and fresh knowledge about your niche. So you should read what others are writing and do leave your comments there. This would help you to generate audience and let people know that a new player is in the field.
Last of all, you have to see, where your niche is moving and what are the hot topics of the day, what existing players are doing and so on. After you do all the research of this type, you can have insight and logical points to create interesting and useful content for your blog.
2) DECIDE WHICH BLOGGING PLATFORM TO USE
Here things can become little technical, but thanks to so many blogging platform that we are saved from technical insects. I would suggest you to gain do some research before you choose a blogging platform for your blog. Many people would use WordPress as blogging platform. In fact, WordPress is used by many popular blogs and websites. WordPress is the largest used platform for not only blogs rather corporate websites, eCommerce websites and so many others, and I would also recommend you to use WordPress, if you have your own domain and hosting. There are like dozens of reasons that you should prefer WordPress over other blogging platforms.
Here’s why I think using WordPress is the best way to start your blog:
You can choose from many different layouts and free themes
You can easily write blog posts and add images to your blog
People can comment and share your blog
Secondly, if you are not comfortable with WordPress for any reason you have, you can create a free blog on a blogger.com or tumblr.com, but they are not actually free. They are free in a sense that they will add their name in your domain and they will share your traffic. There are many reason for it and each reasons is explained in detail:
You are not able to get your OWN domain – Instead, you will get a sub-domain. Like of you are starting a blog and you want to name it yournewblog.com but here in case of blogger, you cannot, you have to name it younewblog.bloggspot.com. So the things don’t look as charming as they should be. Moreover, it has very negative effects on your SEO, you have a big domain name and usually search engines feels difficulty in indexing your links, so what would be the benefit of your blog when you do not have enough traffic coming to your website, all of your effort will go in vain.
They are lacking of different themes/layouts and plugins.
Unlike, WordPress, you will not have any pleasure of having great plugins and themes, rather you will have handful of templates that you can use and they are not according to modern design aesthetics of web. You will very minute permission to change those templates, yes if you can code you own template. Moreover, there are no plugins that you can use to enhance the functionality of your blog, so you will again be deprived here.
You have NO control over your blog content– If moderators decide that your blog does not fit with their policies (which can happen quite often), they can actually delete your blog without any warnings. So, what is the benefit of writing your thoughts when they are actually not your thoughts? So again, you are getting deprived from the basic right of blogging. As this is the main purpose behind blogging. In short, all your hard work and time spent on the blog will be vanished within seconds.
You are not able to earn money blogging – They simply don’t allow you to do that. Many people or majority of us write to earn, and when you are doing a full time job and earning a part time salary, who would justify this? First of all earning thorough a blogger based blog is not as easy as it is from hosted domain and secondly if you still find a way to earn, the real owners will cut their shares. Even if they do, they want their own cut, which is usually 50%.
COST OF STARTING A BLOG ON YOUR OWN DOMAIN?
Now, when you have decided to get more serious about blogging, then you should start a real blog by putting in some bugs. The cost of starting your blog on you domain is not that much high. You will need to purchase a domain that will cost approximately $14 a year and a hosting is around $6 – $9a month. To sum this up, it’ll be around $90 to $120 a year. This is just an estimate and if you have some coupons and can use shared hosting then the prices can go further down.
3) CHOOSING A DOMAIN & HOSTING, AND SETTING UP A WORDPRESS BLOG ON YOUR OWN DOMAIN
If you decided to go with a self-hosted blog on your own domain, smart choice. Now you should pick a domain that is right according to your niche and on first look it should give a live impression of what your blog is about.
Finding a great domain name can take a while, but it’s worth it. I suggest you pick something brand able and easy to remember domain names. For example if you are staring a blog about cooking then you should consider using some delicious, cuisine, yummy etc words pr their synonyms. And if you are creative enough, you can come up with a unique name, but keep this thing in mind it should be brand able and easy to remember.
www.cookingtips.com is way better than www.easycookingtipsforyou.com
People simply cannot remember long domains and when they want to return to your blog they are likely to forget your domain name. It’s much better to choose something memorable,
your domain name should be:
Make it as short as possible, as short domains attracts the audiene, they are easy to index and easy to remember also
Domain name should be catchy, as if user read your domain name , he must get impressed.
Easy to remember
Do not use domain names, which are difficult to remember. I have already presented an example.
Moreover, the domain name should be unique and must have identity. Like if you are starting a tech blog, I would suggest you, not to incorporate word tech rather you should specify the tech niche you are targeting to make it more unique.
WHERE CAN I GET A DOMAIN NAME AND BLOG HOSTING?
There are several hosting companies that offer this service , to mention some of them: Godaddy,Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost.
One of the most reliable ones (also the one that I’m currently using) is Godaddy.com. Their service is quite cheap and they are well-known for their great customer support via email and phone (24/7). Web Hosting Hub is also good for beginners too, as they have a “1-Click-Blog-Installation” feature that is focused on WordPress blogs and websites. You simply click few buttons and select next , next until the blog on your own domain is ready.
At the end, I just want to present you with five beginning mistakes that you should avoid:
Auto Loading Music:
No one wants to hear music on the start of the website, it feels like slavery, everyone hates it and it will cost you more bandwidth usage. Your bounce rate will also sky rocketed.
Using a Dark Background:
For heaven’s sake, if you have written something, then make sure that users can easily read it. Use some aesthetics and allow your readers more clarity and usability.
New bloggers take most of the time to learn this, they plagiarize and they even do not know about it. Many new bloggers will Google a picture, then save it and use it in a blog post. That’s plagiarism — even if you cite where you found the picture — because you haven’t asked the owner if you can use it. Most likely a new blogger won’t realize what they’re doing (but that doesn’t make it OK). Plagiarism applies to using any content that isn’t originally yours, whether it’s words, photography, music, pictures, or anything elseThese tips should help you get your blog online very quickly.