Blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea, but you can learn easily and start your own blog by following the right approach.
Why you should start a Blog?
- To earn extra income
- To become your own boss
- To Leave 9 to 5 Job
- To work from anywhere you want
How to Start a Blog in just 6 Steps
#Step1. Choose Your Blogging Interest (Pick a Niche for your Blog)
The first step to start a Blog is identifying your interest. Find your passion in one topic that you can write about in your blog.
You may have study arts or science or you have special interest in some subject. You may love photography or traveling. So it depends upon your passion, you can choose one and start blog on it.
Ask yourself questions:
- Can you write on your topic without getting distraction
- Is there any audience for my topic?
- Do you have enough knowledge about your topic
- Are you ready to learn new things?
- Can you write for few months without getting paid
Once you have clear answers to the above questions you are ready to start a blog on your selected passion or interest.
#Step2. Find Domain Name for Your Blog
A domain name is the name of your website.
Like Google.com, Yahoo.com or Bing.com are the name of the websites called domain name.
You can choose domain name from companies like Godaddy and Namecheap
Let me show you an example from Godaddy.com I searched for the domains name blogoshpere.com, and it was available.
You can also use domain name generator tool to find good domain names.
After choosing the domain name for your brand, proceed with the payment. You can register your domain name for 1 year or more depending upon your budget.
Things to Avoid when purchasing a domain name:
- Don’t why domain name which include digits. Like 10photographytips.com or 5 awesomeideas.com, they will hard to remember and will not build a brand name.
- Always try to find shorter name for your brand or business. Domain name with 15 characters or less is a super choice.
- Always prefer .com domain, it is internationally recognized. If you want to target specific country like for India, .in, for Australia, .com.au and for UK, .co.uk.
- Always choose domain name related to your business. Like if you are photographer then photography.com is a perfect domain name, but remember you can’t change it in the future and can’t write about other topics like health, education under the photography named domain.
If you still don’t have an idea to choose the perfect domain name then you can use your name as your business or brand name. You can write about any topic under your name domain.
#Step3. Finding a Reliable Hosting Provider for Your Domain
You have selected your domain name
Now the question comes, where you will store your Blog data online?
Your Blog contains Text, Images and Videos, so how you will store it online to show on your blog.
Here comes the role of Hosting.
Hosting is an Online Server, which helps you to store your Blog data. So that you can view your blog on Internet.
Your data is very precious for your blog success so make sure to choose the best hosting company to host your blog. Number of hosting companies exists in the market, but I personally suggest you to choose GreenGeeks.
Here are the hosting options they have.
Select PRO Plan.
Here are the steps to buy a hosting plan.
Step 2: Click on get started button on the site.
Step 3: Select the PRO plan as you can host the unlimited number of sites, as well as you will get a FREE SSL certificate and SSD hard disk.
Step 4: Select option “I will use my existing domain and update my nameservers” if you have already bought a domain.
Step 5: Select the number of years.
Just $95.40 for the first year. 🙂
Step 6: Add your personal information and credit card information and submit.
Congrats!! You have bought your hosting.
#Step4. Choosing the best Content Management System
I personally recommend you to choose WordPress as your CMS. It is the top content management system used worldwide.
Its visual editor helps you to play with content to add text styles, images and videos. WordPress gives you the freedom to install plugins, which enhance your blog functionality.
#Step5. Install the best WordPress Theme
The next step is to choose the WordPress theme for your blog. You can install free and premium WordPress themes on your Blog.
Initially, I would like to recommend you to start with Free Theme. You can install GeneratePress free theme and start your blog. Later on, when you will have some traffic to your blog, you can shift to premium theme.
It’s very easy to install WordPress theme. With one click, you can install any WordPress theme.
After installing the theme, you have to design the pages and content area of your Blog because design of the Blog matter’s a lot.
If you want your blog to succeed, you will need a good design. Without a good design, no one will pay attention to your content. There are lot of premium theme options to choose for your WordPress blog.
I personally recommend you to opt for StudioPress and Genesis. Their themes offer a ton of great customization options.
#Step6. Start Writing
What’s Next? What you are waiting for? Start writing quality content for your blog. No matter’s how fine is your English, you will learn to write with respect to time. Make sure you have great knowledge in your blog topic.
You can use Grammar checking tools like Grammarly and ProWritingAid to write error-free content easily.