Before we begin the topic about how to start blogging, you must know what is blogging?
What is blogging?
Blog: it’s a short form of weblog and it’s also known as an online public diary. A blog is the logging of one’s thoughts, ideas, experiences and more All in one place on the web. you’ve probably seen them around but what makes them so great?
Blogs are easy to use and with a few clicks, you can share your thoughts, opinions, news and anything you like. Your blog is a staple of who you are. the ultimate expression of you on the web. Your blog’s theme is what controls how your blog looks. You can choose a theme and personalize it with your own colors and background images to find the look that fits you. It’s easy to change theme as well, so you’ll always be sure that there is a look and feel out there that fits with your personality and makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for.
Most blog themes are made up of four main sections: the header, the sidebar, the footer, and the body.
The header is comprised of your blog’s title or logo if you have one and your main navigation menu. The menu is the way that your guests should be easily able to navigate the content of your site. menus are a natural part of our web experience and should link readers to the various content and pages found on your blog.
Blogs usually have this area which generally includes widgets and things you want to highlight such as your favorite links, popular content, blog recent activity, a subscription option, and social media tools.
The footer rests at the bottom of your blog. This is typically used to display the content that doesn’t often change but that you would like your reader to have easy access to including links to read more about you or a link to a contact page.
Lastly the most important are of your blog is the body, the main content area. usually this is the primary reason people have come to your blog. it’s where your thoughts and ideas come to life as you share them within the post or page the content lies within.
Post, Page What’s the difference?
Pages are different from the post. They are normally static displaying standard content such as an about me or a contact page. posts, on the other hand, are all the good stuff where you publish your thoughts in a standard blog format. posts get shown on the main page of your blog usually in an order that places the most recent and relevant information at the very top of the list. these are things like your daily updates or news about your niche topic.
when a new story is posted it appears at the top of your blog for the world to see. this used to be done in journals. posts are an online version of a journal entry made public for others to see. best of all posts give the option for a comment section as well so others can add their thoughts to you to share a conversation with you or just provide feedback about your blog.
This brings a community element to blog, making them the popular medium of expression and information sharing. Blogs make it easy to share images, videos, and other types of media files giving you complete freedom of creative expression and now with the popularity of mobile phones, your blog can be viewed anytime from anywhere in the palm of your hand. blogs are for everyone and people of all ages share on blogs every day for school, work and play. but no matter what you want to do blogging is a great way to connect with other people and get your ideas out there. So, what are you waiting for getting in on the fun and start blogging today
How to start Blogging?
By the following listed steps, you can easily start blogging in 30 minutes.
- Define your blogging niche
- Find the best name for your blog
- Get your blog online
- Choose blogging platform
- Customize your blog
- Write and publish your content
- Make money by blogging
Define your blogging niche
So What is a niche?
A nice is the main essence of your blog. So, if you’re a guitarist and you start a blog about guitar, then the niche of your website will be “guitar.” Similarly, if you find a site that talks only about dogs, then “dogs: will be the niche of the website. Selecting a niche is easy, but more important, then choosing a niche is selecting a profitable niche.
Starting a blog required hard work. You can’t just start a blog, write a few articles, and expect to drive millions of visitors to your blog. You might think that a hugely popular niche like mobile, through that you’ll be able to drive thousands and millions of people to your website and will be able to make much more money. However, then again, the competition in the niche will be extremely high, and the chances of your ranking number one on google will be severe, and also it will take a very long time.
So for starting blogging, go for a low competition niche and choose something that you like. You will be spending much time on your website, like configuring it, writing the articles, creating a social media profile and much time in doing the SEO of your website.
If you do not like the niche, then sooner or later you will lose the interest, and then you will say that this method does not work. So if you don’t like cats, then don’t go into a cat niche; instead, if you are interested in technology then go for it, because then the work won’t feel like a burden. Think about your hobbies and what you like, and that’s an excellent place to start.
Find the best name for your blog
One of the most challenging things for bloggers is when they start choosing their blog domain name. The thing about choosing a blog domain is that it’s must be easy for people to remember, it must be unique, should be easy to spell; don’t get over creative on selecting a name that you don’t want to test people on their grammatical creativeness. While choosing a name, choose something that includes some keyword or a Brand name that describes your blog.
Your blog name is your blog’s online identity, and it’s tough to change it later after you choose the wrong one. Replacing the domain name in the future is not a good idea because the domain you have already worked on content backlinks, redirecting links, google indexing and social profiles, You may lose everything that you have earned.so it is better to be careful to choose a right name for your blog at the beginning.
There are lots of tools where you can generate blog name, here are some list you may find it useful.
Get your blog online
Getting your blog online means you will need a hosting where you can store all of your blog file where user can access data what you want to show them. Hosting will make your blog live all around the internet.
For hosting, I’ll be giving an example of Bluehost hosting. it includes the free domain name for the first year with a free SSL certificate and one-click WordPress install. it has 24/7 technical support and also they are providing 30 days money guarantee if you cancel your service within 30 days.
Here are steps to create Bluehost account for your new blog
let’s get start,
1. Click Get Started
2. Choose the plan which suits you. you can go with a basic plan if you are a beginner in the blogging field.
3. Now place the domain if you want to buy or you already have, in case if you want to do it later you can skip this by click I’ll create my domain later
4. To set up your account you can sign in with google or go with filling up the form given below.
5. Choose the package you want
6. And the final steps, fill your payment detail, agree on terms and condition of Bluehost and click submit
Choose blogging platform
Let’s dig some of the top blogging platforms weighing their pros and cons and highlighting which platform is the right fit for you. Keep in mind that each platform is different some are complex and cost money whereas others are simple and free. Let’s take a look at our options with pros and cons.
- Square Space
|. Huge repository for free themes and plugins||. Basic Installation isn’t that great, and you need to customize it considered to be production-ready|
|. Huge community developing premium themes and plugins||. There is still a learning curve involved in getting used to it as a daily user|
|. Easy to install|
|. Can run any kind of website, from a blog to an e-commerce store to membership to anything else you can think of||. Self-hosted mean that you’re responsible for not only hosting but technical issues as well|
|. WordPress 5.0 introduced Gutenberg, a Publishing-center content editor to take on a product like Wix and Squarespace|
|. Premium Managed hosts are available if you don’t want to self-host|
|. Easy to set up and use||. The free tier is ad-supported, so you have to pay to make them go away|
|. No installation||. Access to premium plugin and theme is restricted|
|. Free, and it not free, cheap|
|. Behind-the-scenes tech issues are handled for you|
|. Absolutely Free to use||. There is nothing to design|
|. Hosted so you don’t have to||. Cannot run your own monetization or ad campaign|
|. fun to write in||. Leaving the platform means leaving your audience because you don’t control the audience- the medium does|
|. Designed for blogging first|
|. Opt-in monetization|
|. No designing experience needed|
|. Incredibly fast to use as a writer and a reader||. Not every host is ready to support Ghost|
|. A blogging-first platform||. Installation on a host that does not support ghost can be complicated if you aren’t tech-savvy|
|. Intuitive Interface||. As a self-hosted option, you are limited on customization options|
|. Can use markdown or HTML to write your post||. Very Few themes available without hand-coding|
|. Continuously updated by the developers and the community||. The Community is still relatively small, but it is growing|
|. Open Source|
|. Integrated with your google account||. Limited Customization option|
|. Focuses on your writing and personal story||. No plugin|
|. Thousands of free layouts available, with many premium ones out there online||. cannot run anything but adsense ads|
|. Hosted by Google||. Not set up for e-commerce or as a full CMS, so you can’t use blogger as your company’s blog on the same URL|
|. Easy for the non-technical to set up and use||. Google has a history of abandoning projects the feel underperform|
|. Free to add a custom URL|
|. Building a Community is a focus of the platform||. Yahoo’s leadership has been inconsistent in how they manage Tumblr|
|. Blogging and Creating content at the forefront||. Non-Traditional blogging and comment structure can be off-putting|
|. Has a unique feel when interacting with readers||. No control over your audience information (such as email lists)|
|. Built-in tools for users to contact you||. Very little Customization or style Choice|
|. The hosted platform is stable and secure||. No ability to monetize with ads or to run an e-commerce store or full website|
|. Image-heavy for people used to Instagram|
|. Reblogging lets you focus on curation, rather than original content|
|. You can queue up reblogs to always keep your blog active even if you no|
|. Stunning Website||. Monthly fee|
|. No design experience required||. Tied to their platform|
|. No development experience required||. Might be restrictive to people who are used to having full controll over design and development|
|. The previous website experience is optional||. No ads-on outside of the official Squarespace themes|
|. Can run full websites or just blogs|
|. You get full control of audience info and retention|
|. Dozens of free templates to choose from|
|. Hosted by Squarespace, so you don’t need to have a separate host|
Customize your blog
For Beginners Customizing your blog with zero knowledge is tuff but with WordPress, it will be so simple that you can customize your blog with few clicks.
let’s talk about WordPress: WordPress is a content management system also known as CMS. What includes in CMS is, you will get an admin panel and you will get a front-end. whenever things are needed to be updated, you can simply go into your admin panel. It can update your navigation bar or the content and just hit the publish or post it’s going to be appearing on the front end side.
For customizing your WordPress blog you can go to theme stores like ThemeForest or Template Monster and find the best template that suits you. your chooses theme will have documentation to customize the whole theme.
Write and publish your content
Now, that you have customized your WordPress site with beautiful theme its time to write some great article.
On the left side of the menu, click on “post”.
After clicking on add new post you will see the post editor where you can write your content as seen in the image below
To inserting images into the article simply click the plus sign on circle shown in the image below and insert.
After Completing your article, it the time you can publish your article by clicking the publish button shown in the image below. it will appear on the top-right side of the admin panel.
Make money by blogging
you can generate 1000$ of money using your blog but remember that none of this will happen overnight. it will take months and years to consistently earn great money with a blog. Setting expectations, having patience and putting in the work is all key components to generate money with a blog.
Before making mind to earn money through blogging start thinking how do I get traffic to my blog. A lot of beginners worry too much about how they’re going to make sales or make money once people are on their page but then they never get traffic. The Key Factor of making money by blogging is to create blogs that get ranked by google and other search engines. Ranking Factors are done by SEO and we will be discussing another post about SEO.
Here I have listed some ways to make money by blogging.
|1. Monetize with Google Adsense|
|2. Use Affiliate Program eg: click bank or JVZoo|
|3. Sell digital products|
|4. Sell your own Ad-Space|
|5. Sell Physical Products|
|6. Email Marketing|
|7. Webinar Training / Sell your Advice|
|8. Find Clients and start selling you Service|
|9. Create an online course|
|10. Local Business Consulting|
|11. Guest Post for Niche Website|
All provided details on how to start blogging will give you everything you need to create your new blog, but by some circumstances, if you got stuck anywhere or have anything to ask, feel free to share anything in the comment section below. I will love to help you with any problems with blogging.