Originating a blog isn’t hard or complex. People procrastinate starting a blog for various reasons. Some think it is as complex as a conundrum while others opt out of it because they feel blog market is extremely crowded to compete. Some do not start as they cannot decide their niche,
Do not let any of these self-constructed roadblocks hinder the initiation of your blog. The blog that you build will be unusual and a great way to disseminate information with other people who have similar interests.
How to start?
Here are five steps and to make your blogging experience easy and smooth
1. Choose a topic
2. Name your domain
3. Choose a blogging platform
4. Choose your hosting and theme
5. Plan and write content
Following is more detailed information about what is involved in each step.
Step One: Choose Your Topic
If you are writing a blog to build a web presence for an offline trade you already have, the action of choosing your subject is already made. If you’re beginning from scratch, you might not be aware of your topic yet.
A good way of choosing a topic is to explore your passion. The things that keep you awake and you can’t stop thinking about! What inspires you enough for you to want to reproduce about day after day without getting tired?
If you pick a topic that is very general, you might not stand a chance to compete with bigger companies or bloggers who have written about it, previously. You might want to pick a specific topic aka Niche.
For instance, a successful blog would be about losing belly fat than weight loss in overall, or to blog about planting roses rather than just to blog about all aspects of horticulture.
It could be easy to choose a topic for some and a very complex process for other. Don’t get stuck on this step for too long. If you are hung up and see you are not moving anywhere, switch to a newer blog.
Step Two: Choose a Domain Name
An uncomplicated, interesting title for your blog is a better idea rather than something complex or hard to spell. It’s usually better to leave hyphens out of your domain name.
It’s evermore beneficial to use a domain that concludes with dot com (.com). If users remember the name of your blog but not what comes after the dot, they will perpetually try .com first.
Step Three: Choose a Blogging Platform
There are various diverse blogging platforms to pick from, and they diversify in the amount of experience required to use them effectively. It’s a good idea to choose a platform which is flexible and will allow for any future changes you may want to make.
Some of your choices include:
WordPress.org – This is a self-hosted blogging platform, and probably the most popular of all the blogging platforms. It offers plenty of functionality, themes, plugins and community support.
WordPress.com – This is a free blogging platform that is a great choice for beginners because it is easy to learn while you are first getting started. Like other free platforms, it will run ads on your site, and you never actually own your site, because WordPress can shut your site down if it chooses to.
Blogger – This is another free platform that can get you started if you have absolutely no blogging experience. Like WordPress.com, your blog isn’t actually owned by you and has limited options for tools or support.
Squarespace – This is a user-friendly platform to give a ‘drag and drop’ website building for freshmen.
Wix – This is another platform that utilises drag and drop instruments to simplify the process of creating a website.
Joomla – This is an unrestricted content management system. Like WordPress.org, it’s a self-hosted option with lots of templates but not as much community assistance as WordPress.
If you do want a platform that is open so that you can get started and get some experience, understand that there will be ads on your site that will divert from your message. If you do choose this path, you don’t have to purchase a domain name and hosting.
For a professional site, picking a platform in which you host your own blog is apparently your best bet.
Step Four: Choose Your Hosting & Theme
Once you have decided on your domain name and your hosting, you will be equipped to put up your blog online and install a theme. A theme is a template that can improve the looks of your blog. Your blog will come with access to some free templates. You can decide on one of them, or you might want to obtain a premium theme.
If you have picked WordPress as your blogging platform, there are a plethora of tutorials available to assist you to go through the process of establishing a theme, and there is also an active and supportive community to help with any difficulty you may have.
If you picked a different blogging platform, both your web hosting provider and your blogging platform should give help to walk you through the technical part of establishing a theme.
There are many assorted plugins that can help enhance the functionality of a WordPress blog. Some improve the experiences of those who are visiting your blog while others better you to control it behind the scenes. Within the WordPress dashboard, you can explore for the kind of plugins you are looking for, such as a contact form, photo dropper or editorial calendar.
Certain themes may require that specific plugin be installed in order for the theme to work. If that’s a requirement, the theme will make it clear which plugins to install. Two plugins that are suggested for just about every WordPress blog are Askimet, which prevents comment spam from overtaking your blog, and Yoast SEO which helps you to optimize your blog for search engines.
Step Five: Plan and Write Your Content
Once you have set up your blog, it’s time to get writing. An editorial calendar can help you plan your content ahead. Think about your target audience and what they want to read about, and then get started writing content that is relevant to your niche. Whatever you post, stay focused and relevant, or your audience will lose interest.
You can write posts ahead of time and use your blogging platform to schedule content to be posted on the date and time that you want.
While it isn’t important to write a blog post every day, it’s a good idea to blog regularly. People who are interested in your topic and find your blog will want to see new content on a fairly regular basis. You will build up a following more quickly if you post frequently.
The more you blog, the more your work will improve and the better you will get at identifying what to draft about. Be dedicated to your blog. Communicate with other bloggers and study all you can about the society of blogging.
Apply these five steps to start as a blogger and be certain to post daily. Engage with anyone that approaches either by social distribution or posting a comment. Also, keep a record of analytics so you understand what content is resonating with your readers.
Above all, keep practicing and updating and you will continue to enhance your blogging skills.