Looking to start a blog ? but confused how to do it?
There is plenty of information available on the web that could help you in understanding how to start blogging.
But the real problem is with all the information available is everyone has different things o tell you which again leads to a confusion
Who do you listen? From where should you start?
Further, which leads to more confusion.
So just to end your confusion here are simple 5 steps that will help you to start blogging.
So before we discuss the 5 golden steps to blogging I hope you must have decided the niche (genre or category) on which you will be writing.
Once you decide your niche these simple 5 steps will help you in getting started with a blog.
1.Choose your Preferred Blogging Platform
I hope you must have read about various platforms like WordPress, Drupal or Magento.
Where you can easily start a blog.
Probably you must have read more about WordPress because it is a massive platform for bloggers.
With the availability of plugins, themes and add-on feature one can design a perfect blog on WordPress.
There are some other alternatives like Tumblr and blogger.
But WordPress has over 80 million users and certainly is a bigger platform than above mentioned two platforms as
-WP is easy to setup and free to use.
-Tons of add-on’s and themes are available to customise the blog as per your convenience.
-The massive support system, perfect functionality makes it more preferable than other platforms.
I personally recommend you to choose WordPress as your blogging platform.
Once you decide the platform for blogging the next major step is to choose between free or paid alternatives.
2.Free hosting or Self Hosting?
You need to decide whether you will be buying a domain and hosting or you will opt for free resources available.
This is probably the most important step before you start blogging.
Again, the most common platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr offer free blogs. But yes there are certain disadvantages of a free blog.
So just in case if you are not that serious about blogging you can opt for free services.
Here are few major differences between free and self-hosting-
-You Won’t be getting your own domain name Which means your website’s name will definitely be a bit longer and even look a bit ugly as well.
For example, your blog website will be like-
-you can’t monetize the free blogs fully as well as you won’t have much control over the appearance as you won’t have the access to free themes.
-you are not the actual owner of your blog. If you have a blog hosted on other’s server then they can delete the blog whenever they want because it is hosted on their property.
Whereas a self-hosted blog is the one with names like yourblog.com and you are the actual owner of it as well.
3.Start a Blog on your own domain
So once you make up your mind that you will be purchasing an own domain and hosting the next major step is choosing the domain name and hosting server.
So let’s quickly understand what is domain and hosting.
Domain: Domain is basically the URL of your website for example – www.google.com, twitter.com are the domain names.
Hosting: Hosting is basically uploading your website on the internet so that it can be accessed by readers. to be more simple hosting means storing the files of your website on a PC/server available online on the internet.
All you need to do is go to a Bluehost or GoDaddy purchase a domain and a hosting for your website and install WordPress on your website with few simple steps.
And your blog is ready to go live.
4.Design Your WordPress Blog
Give your blog a desired look. once you are finished with installing WordPress just choose the free themes or templates available for your blog.
You can choose the theme as per the category of your blog or as per the appearance that you desire to design.
Further, there are some paid themes available on various websites like ThemeForest and many other websites.
You just simply need to drag, drop and edit the themes to give it an awesome look.
Just keep in mind the appearance of the blog will be the identity of the blog so, keep the category and purpose of the blog in mind while designing the blog.
5.Some Useful Resources For Beginners
So here are our recommendations about certain plugins or tools that will help you in designing the blog as well as increasing your visibility.
So whenever you start a blog,
You can use-
Page builder plugin or Visual Composer by WP bakery
Portent Content generation tool to make catchy headlines
Grammarly to correct your writing mistakes
Yoast Seo Tool to make your content SEO friendly
Further, Keep Reading About –
Blogging mistakes that bloggers make.
How to choose a Niche?
How to boost your blog?