Well, you have decided to start a blog. What is better than this? There are some things you need to know and consider before starting to create a blog. I’m not taking much of your time, so let’s get into it.
8 Simple steps to create and start a blog from Scratch
is it possible to create and start a profitable blog in 2020?
Yes, why not? You can start your profitable blog from today. if you are ready to learn something every day, it is your time to create your new blog.
if you are a beginner, these are the simple steps you should know when creating a blog and get started with it.
Create a blog with a domain name
When choosing a topic always remember few points,
- It should be easy to remember
- It should be easy to pronounce
- Always prefer .com domain, it gives you extra value
- Don’t choose longer names, try to have it below 3 words
Think from readers point of view, which is best for your readers to remember. Choose it properly, it is the Brand name of your website. If you need a good domain, you need to invest some amount in buying a domain.
The domain name is the first thing that every reader sees when entering your site. So try to get a good domain for your website. From $10 you can purchase excellent domain names.
If you are not interested in buying a domain, WordPress offers you a free domain. Ya free for your lifetime, but it doesn’t look professional. You can create your free website from WordPress.com.
The free domain is only suitable for persons who just want to learn about blogging. If you want to achieve something big in your life, then the free domain is not suitable for you.
The domain should need more related to your blogging topics, it increases your site’s value.
Here another big question, which is the topic you will blog about. If you think, I can write all random stuff and generate money from blogging. It will not work out. Choose your topic as much as precisely. The search engine understands about your site.
If your writing about random things, it confuses the search engine to rank your page. Target your keywords more particularly. More precisely, the topic more valuable in search engines. So try to focus it.
If you need some quick knowledge in blogging, you can also see this complete checklist for blogging.
Few tips to find your blog topic
- If you don’t confirm with your topic, try to choose a topic from your interests, profession, hobby, or any domain you are willing to learn.
- Mostly try to find it from your interests, so you do not get bored. You need not be an expert in that field, but you need interests to learn it.
- Your field could be anything cooking, photography, tech reviews, DIY, fashion, health, or anything. But be more precise on that topic.
- Take a pen and write something from your interesting topic. If you can able to write many things without research on that topic, pick it up that is your topic. Do it this with different topics from your interests, so you can pick your right one.
Choose your blogging platform to start blog
Blogger (Blogspot) and WordPress are the two major platforms that bloggers use. If you are doing blogging as a hobby, you can choose a blogger. Google owns blogger. Some bloggers say that blogger gives you more advantage, but it is not true. Both bloggers and WordPress has equal, your page ranking is always based on the SEO and Authority. both WordPress and Blogspot offers you a free domain and website.
If you are looking for some serious blogging and make it profitable, then you must go for WordPress. It has been the better option, because of several themes and plugins. WordPress is the only platform that most bloggers use.
for the past many years, WordPress stands top, in blogging. In the recent times, they upgrade WordPress more. The best reason for their development is plugins, with their thousands of plugins it improves your website in every way.
WordPress also has its own paid hosting, but it is not much recommended.
WordPress provides you endless features, you need not have any technical knowledge. More notes are available on the internet for using WordPress. So it is easy to use and we can answer your every question. You should need to consider these things when starting a blog, because these are your first steps.
Select your hosting
Web-hosting is the place where your website has been saved and maintained in the server. It will stay online 24/7, so it is accessible by everyone.
There are many hosting providers are there. If you are blogging seriously, then go for the good hosting. Here the excellent news is, the good hosting is also cheap. The few well known hosting companies for word press are.
These are some well-known hosting providers that will work well with WordPress. SiteGround and Bluehost are more popular hosting providers that most bloggers use.
Many newbies have a confusion with WordPress.com and wordpress.org, I’m explaining it. WordPress.com is a hosting provided by WordPress, it has both free and paid hosting.
The wordpress.org is a self-hosted blog, in which they host your website in separate hosting companies like SiteGround, Bluehost, and many more. You buy your own domain and hosting from these hosting companies. But the website is running on WordPress. Once you buy their hosting, the blogging companies allow you to install the WordPress in their hosting. So you can create and maintain your site from there. It is the self-hosted blog.
Siteground hosting for beginners
If you are a beginner Siteground hosting will be better for you. SiteGround will be much more impressive in customer support. They have 24/7 customer support and a more easily accessible control panel.
Their basic package also comes with more features. If you are a beginner, the siteground is the hosting you should go on. SiteGround is one of the trusted hosting by WordPress users. More professionals also using the siteground for many years. SiteGround is cheaper when compared to other popular hosting.
If you are buying hosting from the siteground, I would recommend you buy a Grow big plan. After you select the hosting, select the plans you need, eliminate the add-ons, and Complete your payment process. Once your payment has completed, now you can install your WordPress site.
If you previously don’t have any domain, you can also buy yours from the hosting company. You should consider many things before buying a hosting, because when buying a hosting you should have some knowledge about blogging.
Mostly the hosting companies provide many plans based on the features. Select the plans according to your need. If you are only running one website, then the basic plan is suitable for you. If you will run multiple websites, then move on to pro plan.
Install your WordPress and plugins
After you complete your process in the hosting, one-click to install option is available in hosting. You can click to install it.
It will take a little time, and your website is ready. Now it’s yours, you can change your theme and customize in whatever way you want. There are several free themes available in WordPress, but premium themes have more advantages. Initially, you can use free themes, and later on, you can upgrade it to a premium. Astra and genesis are one of the best themes to use.
It usually takes 2-3 days to attach with your new site, and through practice and daily changes you can get your good looking site. Try to choose light-weighted themes and SEO optimized themes, it increases the value of your site.
After setup the site, plugins are the thing you should need to consider. In WordPress for your every problem there is a plugin. There are plenty of plugins also available to optimize your blog. Choose the plugins to improve your blog.
Create your first blog
It’s time to get into action. Try to make a detailed plan for blogging topics. Always have a schedule and try to increase your productivity. There are plenty of tools available in the market to increase your productivity.
Blog writing is just not about writing, it should have some standard outline and proper headings. By following some outline, your site’s value will increase. The written content should have been SEO friendly. Target more keywords to your content, use some keyword searching tool to get more keywords. The keyword is the dominant thing in Search Engine Optimisation. Before you start writing a blog, gather as much as keyword you can.
Learn these things to create a good blog,
- On-page SEO
- On-site SEO
- Off-site SEO
- Keyword placements
- Focus low competition keywords
- Focus keywords on title
- Split paragraphs
- Image distribution
- Content with examples
- Easy words for easy reading to increase readability score
- Use tools to increase productivity
Create your cornerstone blogs. the cornerstone article is nothing but a very brief and more detailed blog. A good blog should have some cornerstone blogs. Mainly this cornerstone article has more backlinks to your other articles. Create your cornerstone articles as a masterpiece.
Basic tools to increase your productivity in blogging
- Google docs- you can start writing your blog in google docs and later you can change it to the site.
- Trello- it is one of the important tool that every bloggers use. Trello helps you to maintain your blogging activities. With their endless number of cards, you can add your topics and schedule your activities with description.
- Grammarly- the important plugin to add with chrome. It actively searching for the grammatical errors, when you are writing the blogs. More than grammatical mistakes, it offers you many features. It has both free and premium versions. The free version is enough for beginners.
Well, you have kept everything ready to create your blog, and this is the time comes to show your first blog to the world. Before publishing your website, try to have a minimum of 3-5 posts, it’s because if someone comes to the blog and they like it. They need some other articles to read. So, try to post 3 articles at the time of publishing. Also try to keep 5 posts ready in draft. In a case in any situation you have been busy with some other work, your draft posts will help you upload the blogs regularly.
Try to increase your user experience. User experience can have increased by using easy reading words, simple website design, reducing more ads in the pages, reducing website loading speed, giving quality backlinks. These are some things that influence the user experience.
You have published your first blog, you also become a blogger. The next is to plan for getting more traffic to your site.
Work more to get traffic
Getting your traffic is a big topic, but I can cover that in another post. Initially strengthen your accounts in social media, that is your first way of attracting your readers. Social media has more impact on your bogs.
In the initial days your site will take more time to get traffic from organic search. You need to gain more authority to appear in the google search engine. In those initial days, social media plays a major role in getting traffic. Run a proper social media accounts with regular updates. The major social media you should focus is.
Your initial readers are the precious audience. Get feedback from your readers. Whether the feedback is good or bad, get it to improve your writing. Find more marketing strategies for your blog to attain traffic. Create quality backlinks, guest posting, create outbound links to drive more traffic.
Blog it regularly
Consistency will lead you to better growth. Post your article regularly. You can post daily or 3 posts in a week, or 1 post in a week, but have consistent, That’s what everyone likes. At initially have a minimum of 500-1000 words in every post and later upgrade it.
Update your older posts at a particular interval. Reply in comments and interact with them. Always answer their question. Always try to create better interaction session. It creates a better impression with your readers. Turn your visitors into readers and attract them to return to their site again and again.
Monetize your blog
Google AdSense is one of the common platforms where most of them monetize. Few of the best ways to monetize your blog are.
- Google Adsense
- Affiliate marketing
- Direct ad marketing
- Sponsored ads
- Selling your products like e-books, courses
These are some categories you can monetize your blog. At the initial stages you can’t think about monetization. now only you have created your blog, monetization takes time. You keep on providing quality articles, one day it will pay you back. Do more research and try to provide unique content.
What else do you need to create a blog, this post is just a piece of information. You need to start a blog, to gain more knowledge. Experience is the only key that gives you everything. Start a blog from today and become a blogger.
And finally, we are welcoming you to the world of blogging. Blogging gives you everything in your life. Be passionate about it.
Here is the end of the story.
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