How to Start a Blog
In this article, I want to share with you how to start a blog.
What is a blog
A blog is a regularly updated website where content is frequently published. Its purpose is to attract readers and generate money online.
For instance, the platform in which you are here reading is known as my blog.
Are you ready and willing to start earning money online? Starting a blog is part of the best way of making money online. So, glad you made it here.
Here are some blogging topics when starting a blog.
Some people have a clear vision of what they want to blog about while most people don’t know what to pick!
When it comes to choosing a blog topic, just pick something that you’re interested in and comfortable in!
You may not be an authority on the topic (yet), but select something that you won’t get bored learning about.
Check the topics below to get you thinking:
- Food Recipes
- True life stories
- Beginner’s guides to anything!
- Products or service reviews
- Singles and Married
- Travels and Tours
Or anything else apart from the examples here. It’s not a big deal, in as much you find the topics of your choice interesting.
Some Popular Blog Categories
I will list out some popular blog categories we have and with any blog topic, your choice may easily spread into other areas of your interest and start working on.
- Real Estate
Now, let’s dive into the following simple ways of how to start a blog:
Select a blog name
Pick your niche
You need a domain name
Get your blog online (web hosting)
Select a blogging platform
Design your blog using a free WordPress theme
Install WordPress Plugins
Write and Publish your blog post
Use free designs and photos
Share Your Blog Posts On Social Media
Commitment to a regular publishing schedule
1. Select a blog name
So, you know what a blog is. Selecting your blog name should not be a problem.
Make sure the name of your blog should represent either your own name, general topics you want to be writing about, your business name, or even a clever combination of words.
It is the name of your blog that readers will see first. For example, (myblog.com).
2. Pick your niche
Your blog’s niche is a specific topic you will write about on your blog.
Most people wanting to learn how to start a blog do not know what niche is all about and that is the reason why I give you examples of blog niches that will help you to start your blog.
We have topics like Fashion, Food, Technology, Relationships, Lifestyle, News, and others.
When you incorporate a word or two that clearly shows what your content is about within the name of your blog, it will be very useful for your blog readers.
Letting you know that you can combine the specific content you want to be writing about or even your name with your blog name.
3. You need a domain name
When you start your blog, you will need to choose a domain name with a hosting company like Bluehost, Dreamhost, or Namecheap.
Check if your blog name is available and then buy. You will see the buying processes as you visit any of the hosting companies I’ve just said.
My own domain name is dewtells.com
Yours can be (mary.com), (myclub.biz.com), or anything you choose. But ensure you search for your name availability status and then buy.
If your preferred domain name isn’t available, don’t get it hung up at this stage, just select the option provided to choose the name later.
After getting everything else set up, you can now have enough time to re-think.
Please, make sure your domain name is pronounceable, easy to type, keep it short, avoid number and hyphen, and don’t use other company’s brand names or traded marked slogans.
4. Get your blog online (web hosting)
After following the above steps, it is time to get your blog online. This is what a web hosting company will do for you.
Here, you will have to select your blogging platform and web hosting plan you will need and use to get your blog online.
Therefore, Web hosting is a service that allows the blog to be accessed through the internet by other users.
And you know what, without domain and web hosting, your blog won’t be seen online talkless of getting any traffic.
The two can’t be separated.
We have a lot of web hosting companies, you can try Bluehost.
5. Select a blogging platform
When you have gotten your web hosting, you can choose a blogging platform and the platform I am using is WordPress.
It is a free publishing platform that is been used since 2003 and it powers most of all blogs on the internet.
See the major blogging platforms which are all available for your consideration as you start your blog.
As you begin blogging, don’t forget that you’re speaking to humans. Be real. Be adventurous. Be honest and transparent.
6. Design your blog using a free WordPress theme
When you want to choose a WordPress theme for your blog as a beginner, don’t buy a paid WordPress theme onset.
Wait till the time you have some traffic that can justify your investment, then it’s best to choose a premium, paid theme with more features and options.
WordPress comes with free themes to choose from, start with one of the options you love so much in Appearance > Themes > Add New Theme > Popular without spending much time on this for now.
You can even come back and change the theme always.
7. Install WordPress Plugins
In starting a blog and after following the steps said, you have to take note of these WordPress Plugins and Install.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress
Insert Headers and Footers
8. Write and Publish your blog post
Before you want to start a blog, I am sure you already have what you are about to write on and topics you are covering.
And if otherwise, you have seen different topics to write on in this article.
Creating strong content is what will you readers and aid you to start making money in blogging.
Immediately you’ve decided on the first blog post you are interested in writing, you will navigate to the “Add New Post” section from your WordPress Dashboard.
Go to Posts > Add New.
On the “Add Title” bar, Click on it and you will see your new post page and type in a title.
Once you’ve written your first blog post, you’re almost ready to publish.
Take some time to double-check on the Yoast SEO suggestions and make sure your post is SEO-friendly.
Once SEO settings are put in place, choose which “Category” your new post will fall under and tick that box.
Now, your blog post is ready to be published.
9. Use free designs and photos
In creating blog posts, ensure you use free photos and designs to make your posts unique. This is used before you hit publish.
Oh! Are you worried? Oops! No, You don’t need to hire a professional photographer to work on your new blog.
We have some incredible free blog photo and design resources you can use online to enhance your posts.
10. Share Your Blog Posts On Social Media
Sharing blog posts on social media is a way of promoting your blog. You can share through Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and other biggest network.
Also, you can share your posts by joining a community of other bloggers that love to help each other.
Examples of relevant blogs and sites like Medium and Quora.
11. Commitment to a regular publishing schedule
Note; the more you write or publish your articles, the better the chance of going viral.
If you want readers to consistently come back to your blog, you need to stay committed to your writings. Be consistent in writings because it is one of the most important aspects of starting a successful blog.
Consistency is the key. Set writing expectations with you and your readers.
How to Start A Blog: New Beginners
Beginners, you know what? Growing a successful blog and if you want people to read through what you are writing, give them good reasons to.
Connect with people in your niche, write exciting and interest content, then don’t forget to always share what you are working on.
I am pretty sure you found this article on how to start a blog interesting. You too can now start a blog of your own.
I am ready to share with you how I started my own blog through reading articles like this.
Drop me a message in the comments section below.