So finally you decided to Start Blogging Hun? Fantastic idea.
Before starting any blog be aware of what blogging means?
But as a beginner how the hell do you start blogging, from which point you will start?
How do you start a blog?
Because if you search on the web you will get a bunch of information and every website giving their own unique ideas and way to blogging in a different way. Who do you listen to? Where’s the starting point?
Damn it, you must be getting feeling where to go and what to choose? Just forget it all, it’s too confusing ! Now I am your guide and you just follow my tutorial, you wouldn’t believe starting a blog can be so simple and easy.
Well, hold on. I used to be newbie in blogging too. Even I faced the same problems in my blogging journey. I started my first blog on BlogSpot (www.pawandiwakar.blogspot.com) before 6 months, and at that time I was like a newborn baby in blogosphere. In fact after I started exploring the blogging web world like Virus explores any system.
Now I know something about blogging but still I am learning, and my blog’s performing pretty well – I registered this domain (www.bloggingnuts.com) just 1.5 months ago i.e. 25/11/2015 and believe me within this period with publishing articles I was getting more talented. I am giving a try to teach you when it comes to start your own blog. I am not sort of Guru or master, but I know the basics to write a blog.
I promise you, once you read this “start blogging” guide for starting a blog; surely you are going to rock in blogging.
Sounds good Na? Let’s go ahead.
Start blogging but why?
So now, I am going to tell exactly what you need to set up your personal blog. Before we jump to exact topic, I really want to give reason why people blog.
Note: If you already enough reasons for start blogging, you may skip this.
As internet is growing day by day blogging is becoming a hotter way of communicating and spreading the news and ideas around. There are probably thousands of blogs online (don’t worry you can make yours stand and get noticed).
If you are not authorized to share your opinions in office, starting blogging and no one stops you.
It’s a strongest tool to boost your online presence.
You become a better writer and person; even you get the skill to predict about audience nature.
At last the best reason is here, you can make money.
I know, you know all these but I just wanted to remind you.
People quote “create blog in 5 minutes” it is just to attract you. Actual creating a blog take some time probably 30 minutes. So let’s not get bored and grab a coffee or juice for you. If you feel any problem while setting up, feel free to drop me a comment and I’ll help as best I can and answer any questions you might have.
“Start Blogging” term requires 7 essentials steps
I have compiled 7 essentials step to set up your own blog. It will takes your 30 minutes at least. It is no more difficult now, as you don’t have to be technical, you don’t have to do any coding? Very easy Na.
#7 Steps to Start a Blog:
Choose the blogging platform
Setting up a blog on your own domain (for paid hosting)
Designing your blog (the fun part)
Useful resources for blogging
So this is all logical portions but now I am going to jump into practical portion.
#1- Identify your interest
When I was to start blogging, in my reach no one had an idea of what a blog is? but doing regular search on web I got some idea about blog and blogging, but within the journey several times I banged my head upon table to find the right information.
After getting some information on blogging I asked myself, “What should I write?”
I suggest you to ask the same question to yourself i.e. the very first and foremost thing you have find out topic of your interest, knowledge, passion, or enthusiasm.
Your topic could be programming language you use in your company or any specific job category (like marketing, HR manager etc.) or this could be your passion on iPhone, Blackberry Android. I choose tutorials on blogging nuts.
And if you know more about blogging surely you can be a guide to people.
On whatever stage of life you are I am sure you will find a topic that drives you to write.
Suggestion before choosing topic
Choose a topic you can write about without getting bored.
Choose a topic you have enough passion.
Choose a topic you have enough knowledge.
Your blog’s tone should be powerful enough to attract audience.
Once you clear this, go ahead to next step.
#2- Choose the blogging platform
This is the most crucial step where newbies stuck, means which platform to choose to start their blog. At this time I must give you a suggestion, you must have heard of WordPress. It’s massive. It is mostly used in the world, with unlimited plug-in and add-ons and have infinite number of free and premium theme, 22% of all website in over internet uses WordPress.
Below chart will show you which platform is used how much.
But if you don’t want to use WordPress, there are other alternative listed below.
Blogger – the next best thing to WordPress. It is common known as BlogSpot blog.
Tumblr – Half social network, half blog. Interesting and very simple to use.
Though WordPress is bigger and better, I would suggest you to use this only. I have reasonable reasons to convince you.
One click installation.
Large number of theme and layouts (I am not kidding).
There is good support even they have support forum and provide solution to every query.
Your blog will be insanely fast and perfect.
Unlimited plugins to design your blog without being code master.
#3- Free or paid hosting
Wait! and think whether you want free blog or paid blog? WordPress.com, Tumblr and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. Awesome, right? Its suit for the blogger who are not serious and blogging as a hobby, but unpaid one has certain downside also.
1) You won’t be able to get your OWN domain name
If you use free blog sites to create a blog, your web address would look some ugly indicating you are on free platform; you do not have control over your own blog. At last if you choose to create the blog, your URL will look like:
2) Limits and more limits
There is actually the control of Platform owner on your blog; they can delete anything they don’t like. You cannot upload video that you want to show to everyone but platform owner doesn’t like, for example if you add adult content in BlogSpot blog means you are disabled to monetize with AdSense. There are even more limit, like on WordPress.com you don’t have access to free theme.
3) You DON’T OWN your blog
It sounds a bit silly, that you have blog but actually you don’t have. It’s hosted on someone’s property and they can delete it, if they want. They are very strict to their rules. If they delete anything which means all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts might be vanished within seconds.
On the other hand if you have a self hosted blog– you are the REAL owner of your blog. You have right to name your blog whatever you want, for example “YourName.com” or “bloggingnuts.com ”.
You can add any extension like .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, or virtually any other web suffix. You can add unlimited number of videos, images, any post (adult and non-adult).
So how much a domain name and hosting will cost you? Not as much as you’re thinking, fortunately, it usually works out to about $4 per month, depending on your hosting provider. And in Indian currency it would be around INR 2000. Even for the first year you will get many discounts. For starting a blog Dreamhost provide best hosting with small amount of charges.
#4- Start a blog on your own domain
Now I am going ahead, with the consideration you choose WordPress, if you haven’t please go with it, seriously telling it is best.
If you are still confused about what a self hosted blog is, then every good looking domain is self hosted.
For your own blog you should have domain name and hosting with you.
Hosting: Hosting is basically the space where your website‘s data is saved and no one can interfere with it but you, the owner. It’s like a hard drive in computer that saves all your data.
Personally, I use Dreamhost ( if you want then use BND50 promo code to get $50 off + one free domain ), and I’ve got everything, it is unlimited means you can host unlimited number of domains. It’s probably one of the best hosting providers world wide. A domain name will cost around $10 a year, but if you use my promo code BND50 you will get one free domain+$50 off with unlimited hosting. Happy! they provide the best service and support also.
You may go for BlueHost, both hosting companies are king of Hosting.
That button will automatically install WordPress on your blog. Did I say it was simple or what?
All you need to do is sign up with Dreamhost(or your chosen provider), choose your hosting plan and a domain name and look for the one-click WordPress install button on the admin panel.
After WordPress is installed, go to your WP Admin page and start blogging, the admin URL look like www.yourblognamehere.com/wp-admin and start writing by adding a new post.
Initially, the layout looks confusing, but it gets very understandable as the time moves. Don’t worry!
#5- Designing your WordPress blog
Now, the fun part. Let’s make the blog exactly you thought in the dream. To select a new theme, you can go ahead to Appearance > Themes, there you will get lot of themes I generally choose, that look professional and pretty easy to customize. WordPress also has niche specific theme so you can go with that also. In WordPress you too change themes with just a few clicks. Nothing would be changed instead your layout.
Remember, design of your blog should reflect both you and your personality, and also what the blog is about. It doesn’t suits if your blog is about e-commerce and you selected theme of tennis.
On top of everything , it should be easy to navigate for your user ,because no one likes ugly websites, and they especially hate website which need a technical degree to use it. Make it easy man !
You can also use premium theme that are well coded, SEO optimized and have better look than free one like I use Genesis Framework and it is most recommended by experts to give your site a professional look.
#6- Best way to start blogging
Bloggers come from many blogging platform and more experiences but they forgot to think that there is always a room to learn. Below are some articles I have created for you. Read them before you start blogging in a best way.
And that all, I am more confident and you must be surprised that your first blog set up is completed with little time and ready to go, look setting up a blog is so easy while I am guiding (unlike my first time, lucky you!). If you have any problem while setting up, you can comments below I will respond with a solution.
One more step woo!
#7- Start Writing
Without wasting time Start Writing.
Now for you setting up a blog is no big deal, but without content your blog would be nothing. It doesn’t matter how well are brushed up with your topic, knowledge and passion, your blog will only grow when you start writing.
People doesn’t know from starting, with time you’ll start getting writing ideas and your readers will start enjoying/reading what you say.
But start writing.
You can take help from your friends, read more books of your topic, and try to collect more new ideas which people enjoy reading.
Your Upcoming search
- Read: From start to final: Process to start first website.
- Read: Ultimate tips to write properly SEO optimized articles
Best of Luck…
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