Do you want to learn how to start a blog or learn the basics of blogging? Then this article is for you. In this article you will learn how to start a blog. This article will show all that is needed to start blogging. Grab a drink and popcorn because this post is going to be a long one.
Blogging is a great way to inspire people and also share your knowledge with them.
How to start a blog isn’t rocket science, it is as easy as ABC. Anyone can learn how to start a blog as far as you can read and write. That’s the basic requirements to start blogging.
Starting a blog isn’t a problem at all, you can create a blog in 5minutes. The big issue is maintaining and growing the blog. This stage is the hard part. Endurance, determination and consistence is highly needed at this stage.
Different people have differnt reasons they want to start a blog. It could be for money, popularity, passion,etc. Whatever reason it is , it’s all good.
The best reason is to look for a problem and address, I mean provide solution to the problem. The best way to go far in life is to help enough others get what they want, so say Zig Ziglar ( Motivational and Inspirational speaker and writer).
Now let’s go deeper on how to start a blog. Apart from reading and writing which is the basic requirement for blogging; you will need :
- A Blogging platform (CMS)
- A domain
- A Host
Let’s move on, let me elaborate on each of the above. Are you ready? Let’s Go!
When getting started to blog, the first thing that comes to every newbie is ‘What niche should I go into’. The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors.
In blogging, a niche a central topic a writer will concentrate on. Every article will be related to that particular topic. For an example, health is a type of blog niche. Therefore, the blog post that should be found on this blog includes:
- How to eat healthy
- Health benefits of pawpaw
- How to avoid diabetes
The list goes on and on. You understand my point? You can’t blog about health and write something like how to recover your stolen phone. That’s not related at all. You need to choose the right niche before you start a blog. However, you can blog about more than one niche in a blog.
Before you choose a blog niche, you need to consider these:
- Interest and passion
When I say traffic, I mean you need to choose the blog niche that generates high traffic. Something people naturally usually search for or something that can drive traffic to your blog. In blogging, competition is simply the number of blogs blogging on the same niche. For example health niche is highly competitive because there are a lot of blogs on that niche. However,it is very profitable and has high volume (traffic) on search. If you want to start ranking high in search engine in a short time, then choose a niche that has less competition.
It is necessary you choose a niche which you have interest or passion for. There’s absolutely no point starting a blog which you have on interest, knowledge or passion. It is highly important you choose an area you can create unlimited content without losing interest. These are reasons you should blog about what you are passionate about:
1. You’re less likely to leave your blog in the future.
2. You’re less likely to run out of ideas.
3. You’re likely to put the time and effort into your blog to make it shine.
4. It shows through in your writing, and your readers can feel that. This, in turn, will lead to a larger following.
The question is what if you go the other way round and choose a niche that you think it’s profitable? You are likely going to lose interest in the niche. The conclusion of the matter whole is whether you are passionate or not with the niche you chose. Love what you do and do what you love.
However, Paul Scrivens (owner of obstacle.co) has a different view on this. I think he did make sense. This is what he said
“You Need to Pick a Niche You’re Passionate About
When you ask yourself why you are starting a blog there are always two reasons:
1. You want to help people do something. This is the feel good Why. This is the Why you get to tell yourself and others to keep your conscience clear.
2. You want to make money and not just a little bit of money. You want to make the type of money that the Income Reports people make.
Many people have a hard time making 1 and 2 work together, but let me tell you a little secret:
Once you start making money with something, you can learn to become passionate about it real quick.
Not a single how to make money blogger has started off by saying that they are passionate about teaching others how to make money.
However, it becomes really easy to be passionate about the topic when you are making 5-6 figures from it every single month.
Sometimes following your passion is exactly what is holding you back from making money. Besides, isn’t it easier to help others when you have money in the bank than when you don’t?
I now am running/building up over 15 different blogs. That’s a stupid number of blogs but I do it because I need to continue to test out different niches.
Do you think I have a passion for all of these different niches? Hell no!
However, I do have a passion for what these mini-businesses allow me to do and that is enjoy the life that I do.
You can start a blog behind your passion and make money with it but I found it easier to make money in niches that others are passionate about and just become passionate about the lifestyle that blogging allows me to live.”
The truth is , the best way to find a blog niche is to look for problem and address it. There’s always reward for solving people’s problem. Also, I believe you can make money in almost any niche you decide to start.
There are many blog niches, you can start with that generates high organic traffic and are very profitable,they are:
- How to make money
- Nutrition and diet
- Relationship advice
- Motivation and inspiration
These niches generates traffic but they are highly competitive, that it will really take a long time to rank high in this niche. Patience is the key, you got to be patient. Make sure you do good SEO and wait…your time will come.
The truth is blogging is not meant for everyone. Read this article from the guru “9 Things You Need to Now to Become a Full-Time Blogger“.
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Blogging Platforms (CMS)
To start a blog, you will need a blogging platform. A blog platform is the tool that aids your words to be visible to readers. Blogging platform can also be known as CMS which is Content Management System, it is where your writing, designing and publishing of your blog is done.
There are many platforms you can start a blog from they include:
- Craft CMS
The most popular of these platforms are WordPress and Blogger. Both of these platforms have free version and the paid version (Hosted version)
Most of the times, newbies are confused on what platform to use but that depends on the purpose of their blogging. There are a lot of difference between blogger and WordPress Platform.
A host is server in which your blog depends on. It makes your website accessible to other people to other people on the web. The host is responsible for the safety of all your website files.There are lots of hosting company, they include:
- and so on
Among the aforementioned hosting companies, I recommend Namecheap. Here are reasons I recommend Namecheap:
- Their services are reliable and fast
- Their hosting cost is not too expensive
- Customer service is superb and are available 247
In a simple term, a domain is name used to identity a site and usually ends with .net, .com .org, .xyz, .co, etc.
Whichever platform you choose, you must get a domain and the niche you choose determines what domain to use. In other words, it is important you choose a niche before getting a domain. Domain can be free or sold depending on the platform you choose to use.
Note: Free domain has lot of limitations which includes SEO unfriendly , No guarantee of appearing in search engines and you may loose all your visitors and backlinks after one year.
In blogging, a theme is the design or the layout of the blog. It can also be said to be how contents are arranged in a blog. There are free and premium themes. You can start a blog with free theme if you don’t have the money to buy premium themes.
There are many websites you can buy theme from, they are:
- Thrive Themes
- Elegant Themes
My Recommendation is Mythemeshop.
This is not quite very important but it’s necessary you have one. You can get a simple logo on fiverr for a few bucks.
How To Start A Blog For Free
You can start a blog without having any cash as far as you have an active internet connection. There are many CMS that offers free blogging services. They include:
We will show you how to start a blog for free on this blogging platforms.
How To Start A Blog For Free On Blogger
Blogger is owned by Google.
Firstly, you need a gmail account to start blogging on blogger. If you don’t have a gmail account, open one here.
- Visit blogger.com
- Click on ‘Create your blog’
- Login with your Gmail account
- Insert the name of the blog you want to start
- Put the domain name and check if it’s available.
- Select any theme
- Lastly click on ‘create blog’.
Note: Every domain that end with ‘blogspot.com’ is a free blog on blogger.
How To Start A Blog For Free On WordPress
You just need an email ( gmail, yahoomail, etc) to get started.
- Visit wordpress.com
- Click on ‘Get started’
- Sign up with your email or if you have a gmail, use ‘continue with Google’ in order to get started.
- In the first box, put the title of the blog you want to start. In second box, type what the blog will be about. Lastly tick the necessary boxes and click on continue.
- Type the name of the blog and choose the free domain available.
- Lastly, pick the free plan
How To Start A Free Blog On Wix
- Visit wix.com
- Click on ‘Get started’
- Sign up with your email, Facebook account or gmail
- Answer some questions that will be ask to you. You skip the questions anyway.
- In the next page, you two options to choose from; either to let Wix Create the Website for you or do it by by yourself
- Select the type of site do you want to create and click next
- Type the domain name you wish to use and click next
- Then, Pick a style you like to be on the blog and click continue. Wait the setup to load.
- Pick your favorite homepage design
- Click Publish and then choose the domain name you want.
- Finally, click ‘Publish and Continue’
That’s all on how to start a blog for free on wordpress, blogger and Wix.
Difference Between WordPress And Blogger
The difference between wordpress.com and blogger is, one is called blogger and the other is called wordpress . That was lame 😀, isn’t it?
Let’s get serious,there is no much difference between wordpress.com and blogger. If you are looking to make money from your free blog through Google adsense, blogger is the best chioce for you. With wordpress.com is a NO ☹.
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