How to Start a Blog [A Complete Guide to Blogging in 2020]
Today, everyone is passionate about something. In order to reveal that passion and show your expertise on the internet, here how you can start a blog and make a career as a blogger.
Maximum people start blogging for so many reasons, and the most popular reasons are:
- Passive income generate
- Sharing the new learning
- Organize the thoughts and learn
- Create opportunities
- Meet new people
- Stand out
- Skill development
- Free travel
- To improve writing ability
- Build an online brand
So you may be one of the above or some other reason. But you’re here to start your own blog and achieve your goal.
So, without further delay, let’s dive into the main topic, how you can start a blog today.
In this blog, I covered the ten main steps that you need to take in order to start a blog. If you follow these steps exactly, you will be able to make your blog and achieve your goal.
Here are the 10 steps to start blogging:
This guiding blog post is created for beginners like you who are just starting a blog or just think about it.
After few minutes you will have a blog with full knowledge about blogging.
1. Find your Niche
If you are planning to start blogging, then finding the niche is the very first and most important thing you need to do to build a successful blog. Finding a niche means finding your passion.
So, write about what you know and what you love to do and pick the topic that you are the most interested in. This is great advice when you are searching for a niche to start a blog.
4 tips for finding your niche
- Pick a topic you enjoy talking about
- Do market research
- Pick a smaller niche
- Make sure it’s profitable
2. Choose the blogging platform
Did you find your blogging niche? I think yes, then let’s choose the blogging platform.
There are many blogging platforms available in the market where you can easily set up your blog.
Most of the bloggers are using the WordPress platform. Because WordPress is popular and easy to use.
Some bloggers are using Google’s Blogger and WordPress.com as well because these are free. But on these platforms, you should use yourdomain.blogspot.com and yourname.wordpress.com instead of yourdomain.com.
So if you’re really interested in blogging and earn some passive income from the blog then you should invest in the custom domain (yourdomain.com) and hosting where you can host and store your data.
So, I will recommend you to choose WordPress with your custom domain for a blogging platform.
3. Find the perfect domain name
Picking the best domain name is a very important thing for a blog. I’ll share with you the 4 rules that I usually follow when choosing a perfect domain name.
- Easy to remember
- Easy to type
- Easy to Pronounce
- Easy to Brandable
- Suits with your niche
Choose a catchy domain name like www.geekkeek.com.
And one more thing, always choose the .com extension first if your extension is not available with your domain name then you can choose another extension as well but I prefer .com domain extension because maximum people are searching with this domain extension.
There are many domain seller companies available in the market like Godaddy, Namecheap, etc. You can search on the internet and choose the best one.
4. Picking the perfect hosting
This is the most important thing and part of building a successful blog.
Web hosting is where you can store your data, blog, media, etc. They give you the platform where you can install WordPress and design your blog template and start blogging.
How to choose the best hosting for your blog? Here I’ll share something that helps you to pick the best one:
- Unlimited Storage
- Unlimited Storage
- SSL included
- High Security
- 24/7 Support
- Affordable Price
- Fast Speed
Or you can use VPS but I’ll recommend you to start with shared hosting.
5. Design and set up your blog
If you have completed these above steps then let’s dive into the interesting and important thing to do to build a successful blog.
The first impression is the last impression. If your visitors are impressed with your blog design then they will always follow your blog. But if they’re hating your design they never look into your blog.
So blog design is the most important thing to attract your visitors.
In WordPress, there are readymade themes available for all types of blog and you can easily customize with your needs. Themes are available for free and premium package as well.
If you’re a developer, then you can create your own theme as well.
But I prefer to start with a free theme that is more than enough for beginners.
6. Plan your content
Before you start writing content for your blog post, you should make a perfect content plan.
You can use Diary, Mobile app, Excel, or Trello board to make plans like Article ideas, Writing duration, assigned to (If multiple authors), Editing/Proofread, Graphic/Banner design, SEO, Post date, etc.
It’s a good idea to manage your content, manage your time, etc.
7. Write an engaging blog content
So far, you’ve completed 5 steps that you picked your niche, established a domain name, picked web hosting, set up the blog and now you are ready to go.
Now you must learn how to write engaging blog content for your niche. I’ll share with you the three things that you should do when creating your content.
- Your content should speak to a specific audience.
- Content should be easily accessible.
- And your content may be commercially purposed.
- Always follow the 3P steps i.e. Point, Prove, and Perform approach to making great content. Where Point means state your main point you are covering, Prove means Give some examples and idea and Perform means Give a simple way to execute the idea.
- Your content should cover all the areas of the topic you are writing about and write more than 700+ words.
- Never copy images from google if you copied then give the source.
8. Set up SEO for your contents
If you are creating a blog post then you should know about SEO i.e. Search Engine Optimization. This will help you to index your content in the search engine. That will generate your organic traffic.
In WordPress, there are so many plugins available that will help you to optimize your content.
So I will prefer the Rank Math plugin or Yoast SEO plugin. Both are amazing. But recently I switched to Rank Math.
9. Driving traffic to your blog
If you have done every step as mentioned above, then you will start getting organic traffic from different sites like social media, quora, etc.
And you should create a google console and connect with your blog and you can get organic traffic from search engines as well.
10. Getting Social
This is the last but not the least thing that you should do when you start your own blog. Because getting social means getting organic traffic.
So share your content (blog post) in every social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms like Quora, Reddit medium, etc.
I tried to cover as much as I could for beginners to get started. If you still have confusion or questions related to this topic or anything related to blogging, feel free to comment below. I will respond to you back.
Do share this blogging guide with your friends who want to create blogs.