have you decided to start a blog where you can share your thoughts to the world without waiting a second?
i can asure that you have picked a right source to learn the everything in order to start a blog in a few minuts of hardwork.
remember, making a blog is not a difficult task but you have to engage yourself with hardwork if you want to achieve the height of success.
Important note: this article contain links to other articles, please don’t forget to read all the linked articles too!
Before you start a blog
if you are among the people who makes a blog after reading the inspirational stories of blogger who are earning a lot from their blog then ask some questions to yourself before falling in this world where you get frute equal to your hardwork.
- Are you ready to wait alot for your first earning?
- is your passion more important than money?
- can you face the disagreements, discouragements, disappointments and criticism?
- Have you time to communicate with strangers without expecting anything in return?
- Are you ready to share the everything you know to the world without any greed?
if your answer is yes to all the above menssioned questions, then i would suggest you to start a blog and begin a journey that can give you a life with financial securety.
Steps to start a blog
below i have compiled a detailed list of things that you should consider if you are going to start a blog for the very first time in your life.
- purchase a domain and hosting.
- choos a blogging platform.
- select a blog topic.
- functionality and design.
- Important contents
Purchase a domain and hosting
at the very first step of starting a blog, you have to purchase a domain and web hosting, domain for the address of your blog and web hosting for storing your contents on the internet.
there are many free hosting providers who allows you to start a blog and give domain and storage space to their users without any caust but they put adds with your domain.
on the other hand, they will not be bound to tell you a reason if they decided to close or delete your blog from the internet.
it’s highly recommended to purchase a payed web hosting if you want to deliver a perfessional look to your visitors because people won’t trust you if you are working on a fre platform.
blogspot and wordpress.com are best platforms if you want to test your writing skills before spending money on your blog.
both platforms allows you to have a free domain and hosting where you can store all the customization of your blog.
but if you want to purchase a website, these are the things to consider before choosing a web hosting
Choos a blogging platform
after you have purchased a web hosting, it’s time to choose a content management system as your blogging platform.
i would suggest you to choos wordpress because it’s a leading blogging platform and popular among the bloggers in all over the world.
if you want to start a blog with a lot of complex features, you should choos the drupal as your blogging platform, read my compareson bitween wordpress and drupal where i have written the differences bitween these leading platforms.
since wordpress is being used almost everywhere in the world, i would focus the same in this guide.
wordpress was already made as a blogging software, it means that it will provides the basic blogging envirement without changing a single pease of code, but if you are not happy with your wordpress default behaviour, you always have an option to extend the wordpress functionallity according to your needs by installing plugins with wordpress site.
there are many wordpress plugins which can provide you the functionality according to your requirements.
and the most best thing is that you can use plugins without having the programming knowledge at all.
after installing wordpress, select a theme from pre installed themes or install a new theme with wordpress
there are many free and payed themes for wordpress, you can search on google with your required features.
Select a blog topic
after the installation of your favorite CMS, you have to decide that in which topic you are expert or which is the most wanted topic that’s being searched on the search engins.
tip: don’t write anything and anything on your blog because it will represent you an immature blogger on the front of your visitors.
you should already know that people would not read the things that are not belongs to their interest.
before making a disagreement to this thought, ask a question to yourself that “would you like to read the hotel management tricks on a blog where you recently read an article on how to setup a blog?”.
i’m sure you would not like to read the things that are not belongs to your interests, and you are not alone, everyone have the same expectations from their favorite blogs.
in technical words, we call the blog topic as blog niche. your blog niche set a limitation on your whole blog so you can’t write anything off topic there.
remember, choosing the blog niche is not a cup of tea, sometimes it takes months to choos a reasonable niche for your blog.
here you can learn the importance of niche blogging if you want to make a more clear and ifficient idea about the blog niche.
if you are not sure about the niche of your blog, you can read my article how to choose a right niche for blog.
if you want to run a personal blog and money is not your primary focus, then you can write anything you want because your aim would be to deliver your thoughts to the world.
Functionality and design
well, you have purchased a web hosting and domain, have installed the wordpress, now it’s time to customise your blog look and behaviour.
in order to customise your blog, you will need the help of themes and plugins, themes for the layout of your blog, and plugins for the funcaionality of the blog.
in order to find a correct theme for your blog, please google wordpress themes with your blog niche and you will see some websites containing the review of many themes along with their screenshots.
if you are not sure how to find a theme, you can follow the example as “wordpress themes for fassion blog”
when you will type this phrase in google search box, you will see that different types of themes will come with full descriptions and functionality.
download your best theme and install them on your wordpress site.
after making a required layout, lets move to setup the blog functionality.
when it comes to setup blog functionality, first of all everyone wants to make their blog SEO friendly because everyone wants their blog on the first page of search engins.
since SEO is a long and never ending subject, i would suggest you to use a wordpress plugin for the management of your SEO settings on your wordpress website.
there are many plugins for the management of SEO aspects of your blog, but i would suggest you to use Yoast seo.
Yoast seo is a ultimate tool that you need to manage your blog SEO. you can read my article on How to install and setup Yoast SEO plugin with your wordpress blog
additionally, you can read multiple ways to install wordpress plugins if you are installing a plugin for the first time.
after the configuration of SEO of your blog, install any plugin you want and see the magic of plugins.
after making layout, design and setting up the blog functionality, you will need to add some pages in order to represent the blog as a perfessional place.
these are some comun pages that you should write as soon as possible.
by adding these pages in your blog, you are telling to the world that you are not a scam or machine, in order to proov your humanity on the front of world, you must have to provide them a complete introduction.
in about us page: write a little introduction of blog owner, describe your mission and aim comprehensively. tell the story that convinced you to start a blog.
tell them that you are better than anyone elce because of your knowledge.
in contact us page, add enough information including phone, email, social accounts and finally a simple contact form.
in-courage your visitors to reach you with complains, suggestions, feedbacks and requests.
when you will allow your visitors to get in touch with you, they will feel more secure and they will trust you more than before.
tell them that why you need there information at your blog or website.
clearly write your statement that you would not give there information to any in-secure hand and you would respect their privacy as well.
in disclaimer page, tell your visitors that how much you are responsible and what they can expect from your blog, don’t be harsh but try to write everything with full detail.
inform them about the reasons that can become the cause of termination of access to your blog.
after writing all the pages, make a navigation menu and add a logo in the header area of your blog.
in order to start a blog, follow all the guidelines menssiondd in this article and you will notice that your important time is not going to wasted
.i wil keep updating this comprehensive guide so you can learn the whole procedure on a single place.
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