Are you planning on starting a blog this year and you are a beginner? Here I have made this comprehensive guide on how to start a blog, which will help you get up and running in under 20 minutes. You do not any programming or technical experience and starting a blog is not that hard. So, lets get started with an introduction to blogging.
What is a blog anyway?
A blog is actually a website which focuses mainly on text content, also known as blog posts. In pop culture, we most usually hear about news blogs or celebrity blogs, but as you will see in this guide, you will be able to start a great blog on just about any topic possible.
Bloggers usually write from a personal perspective that enables them to connect quickly with their readers. Besides, most blogs also have a “comments” segment where users can communicate with the blogger. Communicating with your readers in the comments section helps to promote the connection between the blogger and the reader.
This direct link to the reader is one of the main benefits of starting a blog. This attachment allows you to socialize and share ideas with other like-minded people. It also empowers you to build confidence with your readers. Having the trust and support of your readers also unlocks the door to making money from your blog, which is something I will discuss later in this guide.
Should you be starting a blog?
One of the misunderstandings about starting a blog is that you need to be a fabulous author to be successful. Nothing could be distant from reality. People read blogs to get a personal view on things, so most bloggers write in a friendly and conversational way.
Besides, you don’t need to be a master on your subject to have a successful blog. For example, readers of a food cooking blog don’t want to read a book from a food specialist, they want to learn the experiences of someone who has really cooked some actual meals, errors and all.
The only requirement for being a successful blogger is a passion for your topic.
At its core, blogging is about giving your experience with the world. Choosing a topic that you are eager to make the process of starting a prosperous blog so much easier. Writing about more than one thing is entirely okay too. For example check this lifestyle and health blog. As long as you are writing about something that you are genuinely intrigued in, your enthusiasm will radiate through and keep your readers engaged.
So why would you want to do blogging? Read about the top 10 reasons why you should be starting a blog.
The big news is that the internet is erupting with growth right now. More people than ever are online. This blast in growth means more possible readers for your blog. If you are planning about starting a blog, then there is no excellent time than right now. So, how do you start a blog?
How here are 6 EASY steps for starting a blog.
- Pick a name for your blog.
- Get your blog online.
- Change the look and feel.
- Write your first blog post.
- Promote your blog.
- Make money blogging.
Let’s start making your blog!
Step 1: Pick a unique name for your blog
The first step in starting a blog to determining the best blog name is deciding your topic.
Once you have decided on a topic, it’s time to choose your blog name.
A proper blog name should be expressive so that possible readers can immediately tell what your blog is about directly from the title.
If you are blogging about a specific topic, then you will surely want to include that in some form in your blog name.
If you are intending to create a personal blog where you address a mixture of topics, then we recommend using your name, or some variation of it, because your blog is all about you.
Step 2: Start a blog and get it online
Now that you’ve got a blog name, it’s time to make your blog online. This might seem hard or professional, but the steps below will walk you directly through and make the process easy.
To get your blog online on the internet, you need two things:
- Blog hosting + domain
- Blogging software.
A blog host is a company that saves all of the files for your blog and presents them to the user when they type in your blog address.
It would be best if you also had the software to create your blog. In this guide, we will see you how to build a blog using WordPress because it is the most common, customizable, and most comfortable to use.
Step 3: Change the look and feel
Make a great design.
Once you login to WordPress, you will be in the WordPress dashboard area. This is where you can perform all the adjustments you want to your blog.
In WordPress, blog designs are known as “Themes.” Themes manage the whole layout of your blog. To change your theme, you need to click on the “Appearance” tab on the left menu.
You will see some themes that are already installed on your blog: Twenty Nineteen, Twenty Twenty, etc. These are well-designed themes that can work for about any kind of blog. Actually, many of the world’s top bloggers use one of these themes.
If you don’t like any of the pre-installed themes, you can easily choose from a large number of other free themes available on WordPress. To install a new theme, first, click on the “Appearance” tab on the left menu, and then click “Add New Theme.”
Once you find a theme that fulfills your requirements, install it and then activate it to make it live on your website.
Step 4: Start writing a blog post and publish it
Now that your blog is up and live on the web, it’s time actually to do some blogging!
Go to the menu on the left side and click on “Posts.”
You will see there is an existing demo post there. This post exists on every new WordPress blog, and it is useless for us. To delete it click the “Trash” link just under the post. It’s optional to remove it from trash as well.
To write a new post, click the “Add New” link.
The screen opens now is the post editor screen. Enter the title of your blog post at the top and then begin writing your blog post in the box below.
If you want to add a photo to your post, click on the “Add Image” button and click the “Upload” button to upload a picture from your pc/laptop.
Once you have perfected your blog post, click the “Publish” button on the top right side of the screen to make it available on the blog.
Step 5: Promote your blog
Starting a blog and composing great content is just the beginning. To get readers to read your blog, you will need to spend quite some time promoting it, particularly when you first start.
One of my preferred ways to get readers to my blog is to post my blog links on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. This is excellent because not only your friends see the blog link, but if your friends further share the link with others, it automatically multiplies your readers. If you have produced high-quality content on your blog, then social media is an excellent way for your blog to go viral.
In addition to getting new readers, you will also need to make sure your existing readers are coming back. This is where digital or email marketing plays a significant role. By getting the email addresses of your visitors (with their permission), you can notify them when you post something new. This keeps readers coming back to your blog, which gives you more readers over time and also enables you to build a closer bond with your readers.
Step 6: Starting a blog and make money blogging
Once you have worked hard to start a blog, written its content and promoted your blog, earning money from your blog is really the EASY part.
There are various ways you can make money blogging, from marketing your own products or services to being paid to write reviews of products on your blog. But the most straightforward way to make money from your blog is to sell advertising space.
Once you have a successful blog, advertisers will be bothering you for the chance to advertise. The best way to take benefit of this situation is to use Google Adsense. Google Adsense takes all of the difficulties out of the process and cuts you a check.
We will go in full details of how to set up Google Adsense in a new post.