First, though, let me start by listing what you DON’T need to start your own blog: How to start blogging
Computer programming or coding skills
Pricey design software
Past experience with blogging
Half of the world’s population now uses a smartphone (for reals) and 14 percent of them use those phones to look up product info. Which is why everyone’s getting into blogging. Why shouldn’t you?
1- Identify your interest:
When I started blogging, in my reach no one had an idea of what a blog is? but doing a regular search on the 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 ask the same question to yourself i.e. the very first and foremost thing you have to find out the 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 for 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 a topic
1. Choose a topic you can write about without getting bored.
2. Choose a topic you have enough passion for.
3. Choose a topic you have enough knowledge.
4. Your blog’s tone should be powerful enough to attract an audience.
5. Once you clear this, go ahead to the next step
2- Choose the blogging platform
This is the most crucial step where newbies stuck, which 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 has an infinite number of free and premium themes, 22% of all websites in over the internet uses WordPress.
The below chart will show you which platform is used how much.
But if you don’t want to use WordPress, there are other alternatives listed below.
Blogger – the next best thing to WordPress. It is commonly known as the BlogSpot blog.
Tumblr – Half social network, half blog. Interesting and very simple to use.
Though WordPress is bigger and better, I would suggest you use this only. I have reasonable reasons to convince you.
A large number of themes and layouts.
There is good support even they have a support forum and provide a 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 a free blog or paid blog? WordPress.com: Create a free website or blog, Tumblr and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. Awesome, right? Its suit for the blogger who is not serious and blogging as a hobby, but unpaid one has a certain downside also.
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 a 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:
It doesn’t look good.
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 a video that you want to show to everyone but the platform owner doesn’t like, for example, if you add adult content in the BlogSpot blog means you are disabled to monetize with AdSense. There is even more limit, like on WordPress.com: Create a free website or blog you don’t have access to free theme.
You DON’T OWN your blog
It sounds a bit silly, that you have a blog but actually you don’t have. It’s host 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 have vanished within seconds.
On the other hand, if you have a self-hosted blog– you are the REAL owner of your blog.
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 provides the best hosting with a small number 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 still confuse about what a self-host blog is, then every good looking domain is self-host.
For your own blog, you should have the domain name and host with you.
Domain: The domain name is something that represents your website like Google.com, facebook.com, superbanswer.com
Hosting: Hosting is basically space where your website‘s data save and no one can interfere with it but you, the owner. It’s like a hard drive in a computer that saves all your data.
Personally, I use hosterport.com business plan. it is unlimited means you can host an unlimited number of domains. It’s probably one of the best hosting providers worldwide. A domain name will cost around $12 a year, and hosting a business plan around $60 /year. they provide the best service and support also.
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 a lot of themes I generally choose, that look professional and pretty easy to customize. WordPress also has a 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 of your layout.
Remember, the design of your blog should reflect both you and your personality, and also what the blog is about. It doesn’t suit if your blog is about e-commerce and you selected the 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 needs a technical degree to use it. Make it easy man!
You can also use a premium theme that is well coded, SEO optimizes 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.
Read: From start to final: Process to start the first website.
6- Best way to start blogging
Bloggers come from many blogging platforms and more experiences but they forgot to think that there is always room to learn. Below are some articles I have created for you. Read them before you start blogging in a best way.
14 common blogging mistakes that suck a blogger’s success.
12+ pro blogger tips to become a successful blogger in one week?
And that all, I am more confident and you must surprise that your first blog set up is complete 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 comment 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 you brush up with your topic, knowledge, and passion, your blog will only grow when you start writing.
People don’t know from starting, with the 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 on your topic, and try to collect more new ideas which people enjoy reading.
Read: Ultimate tips to write properly SEO optimized articles.
Best of Luck…