I’ve been asked many times about how to start a blog. The first thing that comes to mind is “blogging is complicated.” But it isn’t in general. There may be some complicated things about it, but you’ll only encounter them when you go deep in it.
Do you want to start your own blog?
This post is for you. I want you to realize that creating a blog is not as difficult as many people think. Also, I will show you the most important things you need to know before you take the plunge.
Steps Involved on How to Start a Blog
- Get a domain name
- Pick a web hosting plan
- Choose your blogging platform
- Select a theme and decide on branding fundamentals like logos and colors
- Add an opt-in form to start gathering email subscribers
- Begin creating tactical content that helps people
These steps above will help you start your blog and save you time and energy.
Get a domain name
We all know that the first impression has a big impact on attraction. So you might wanna think of a good and unique domain name that people can remember easily. The domain name will be your identifier and unique address on the Internet.
You can get a domain name with an extension of a .com, .net, or you may also consider your country or the niche of your blog. If you’re from the Philippines, you may use a .ph or .com.ph. If you will be blogging about reviews, you may use a .review. Or in my case, I opt to use a .me since this is a personal blog. Registering your domain is available at Namecheap.
Furthermore, it’s about being unforgettable and uniqueness.
Pick a web hosting plan
After getting a domain name, deciding the reliable and consistent hosting services is your next move. This is one of the most important choices you make. Your blog’s performance will be dependent on your hosting service provider so better pick the right one that will put your blog online 24/7.
Another important factor to consider in choosing your hosting service provider is support. You may want to have a provider who can help you and is always available 24/7 when things go south. As for me, Namecheap has been a decent hosting service provider for the past years. They offer a cheap hosting plan for the first year for only $9.88 and helps you anytime of the day and night when you’re encountering issues or when you need assistance with something.
Choose your blogging platform
At this phase, you need to decide what blogging platform you want to use. There are a lot of platforms available but we’ll boil down between comparing the most two popular ones, WordPress (self-hosted) and Blogger.
If you don’t want to spend that much on hosting your blog, you can use Blogger as your platform. It is free and you’re confident that you will never experience downtime since Google owns Blogger. Another good trait that Blogger has is that you can use and link your own domain name to Blogger. You get to use your own unique name on the Internet and can to use Google’s free blogging service. How cool is that!
On the other side, having a self-hosted WordPress blog has a lot of features than using a free blogging service. The self-hosted platform allows you to use your own domain, and you are fully in charge of the blog and its content. You’ll be able to use this if you have decided to use a paid hosting service.
I have been using a self-hosted WordPress blog since I started blogging. What I like about it is I can modify and personalize almost everything on my blog. There are a lot of plugins available that I can use to help my blog improve more, and perform certain tasks for me. There is a lot to talk about self-hosted platforms, so stay tuned for future blog posts.
Select a Theme
Now you have your blog setup, the next step is to work on your blog’s aesthetic. Blogger and WordPress both offer free themes that you can use. But if you have extra budget, you can buy premade paid themes, or hire a web designer.
You may want to consider the theme’s responsiveness to mobile or desktop viewing since Google recommends you do to so.
Gather Email Subscribers
Growing a list of email subscribers will make sure that you get your target traffic. At a very early age of your blogging, you should start gathering subscribers and grow them. But make sure, you have good content on your blog in order for your readers to stay subscribed.
I recommend using MailChimp as your email marketing tool. It offers powerful tools from gathering email subscribers, integrating your forms to different platforms, and creating campaigns for your subscribers.
Create Quality Content
Aside from making your blog look appealing and eye-catchy to your readers, creating quality content will make them even more interested. Even you decided to write about a specific niche, you shouldn’t limit yourself on one specific side of that niche but explore and experiment of different topics that you can incorporate to your desired blog niche. This will help your readers to click that unsubscribe button.
I hope this post will help you start your blogging career in any way. If you think you disagree with my tips, please let me know. Or if you have additional information you think can help others, don’t hesitate and comment below or send me an email at [email protected].
Now you have your own domain, hosting space, blogging platform and your blog are all set up. You will now need to get familiarized and explore blogging. Share your blow by writing it down in the comment section and I’ll visit them.