If you are in search of the best guide to start a blog then:
Consider yourself lucky, because in this post you will get much more than that.
well, it turns out that starting a blog today will be no pain taking if you follow this guide. I have integrated every concept required to start a blog today with ease.
As I said before, starting a blog is not a difficult task.
Firstly do you know anything about blogging? If yes great. Else don’t worry, this guide is packed with the best guide to understand blogging for beginners.
Before we start let’s have a look at the contents that I will cover in this post.
Before I start explaining, I hope you have already chosen your niche(topic). If not start with choosing the niche of your interest.
Choosing a niche is very much important before you start a blog because you should choose your blog name based on your niche.
If you need some help in choosing a niche you can check out this post for any assistance. So, there are:
3 Simple Steps To Start A Blog.
- Register your domain name.
- Choose best web hosting service.
- Choose the platform to run your site.
I’m pretty sure now you’re like: What the hell are these domain name, web hosting, blah blah?
Don’t worry I will explain each one of them in detail.
The reason why I am explaining this is, today anyone can start a blog just by looking into a guide. But what makes you outshine is when you understand the reason why you’re doing so.
So, let’s dive in and start a blog of your own.
Chapter 1: Register Your Domain Name
This can be considered as a first and important step in starting a blog because you are about to choose your blog name and this can never be changed in future.
So let’s start off by understanding what domain name is:
What Is Domain Name?
A Domain name is a URL that user enters to visit the website or in simple words, it’s just your blog name.
For example, the domain name for my website is niftyslash.com. You can register your domain name that suits your business according to your interest.
Keep in mind that:
You can’t get a domain name that has already been taken by someone else. What I meant was, you can’t get facebook.com as the domain name for your website because it has been taken by Facebook.
Keep these points in mind while choosing a domain name and boost traffic(number of visitors) to your site.
- Keep it short and simple.
- Should be easy to remember.
- avoid using Underscore, minus, and signs which might be confusing.
- Suffix matters. I would rather suggest .com over .net or .org because there are many advantages of using .com over others. You can have a look at those advantages here.
So, now you have decided your domain name the next step is to register that domain name. So, the next question is:
How to register my domain? which is the best company to register my domain name?
There are many companies through which you can register your domain name to start a blog, But I would prefer GoDaddy over others because of many factors have listed below few of the advantages of using Godaddy.
- Affordable marketing services.
- Dedicated customer supports.
- Good security.
So if you are planning to buy a domain name from Godaddy here is the step-by-step tutorials for that. Check how to buy a domain through GoDaddy.
So, now you have your own domain name, great. Next, we will move to host services.
Chapter 2: Choosing Best Web Hosting Service.
Web hosting is very much important to keep a blog running 24/7 throughout the year. Wondering what is Web Hosting? Let’s find out:
What is Web hosting?
Confused? I will explain to you in detail.
Suppose you wrote something in Microsoft word and you saved that file. You know that file is saved on your PC and whenever you want, you can turn on your PC and fetch that file.
Think you published the same file in your website and if your file is still stored in your PC, then users around the globe should wake you up every time, asking you to turn on your PC and show them the file.
That’s not all…
you should be connected to super-fast internet 24/7 throughout the year. Also, you should run the PC throughout the year without a break.
You really wanna do that?
I think you said no.
So, what’s the alternative?
Think of a service where you can store all your website data in one place and which will provide access to your site 24/7 throughout the year. That service will be provided by the Web hosting service providers.
How to buy a Web hosting service? Which is the best company?
There are many companies which are providing web hosting services at a low price, but they don’t give a shit about response time, stability and bandwidth, which are important aspects.
After doing a bit of research I found HostGater is best among all.
This is because they provide good plans for beginners, where the services are far better than other hosting service providers.
The main reason I recommend Hostgator is I personally use it and I found it amazing.
If you planning to buy hosting from Hostgator you can refer the tutorial to Setup HostGator web hosting.
So now you have the domain name and web hosting service your site won’t show up in Google if you search for your domain name. Why is it?
That is because you haven’t set Name-servers for your domain.
Wondering what are all these. I will explain.
You bought a web hosting service but the web hosting company doesn’t know what is the domain name it should host the services.
So we should tell our web hosting service providers about our Domain name.
You can do that by just following this guide.
You are almost done, you are just one step away from making your site running. Scroll down to find that last step.
Chapter 3: Choosing The Best Platform
This is where most new bloggers tend to make mistake. They choose any random platform. Thankfully,you’re here, you won’t committing that mistake.
Firstly, you should know what platform is:
What is Platform?
A platform is an interface where you can customize your site, write and publish posts, add themes and many other features to your site.
But WordPress is the best among all with many themes and plugin. The best part is it is 100% free and you can make money without any restrictions.
Also, Google loves WordPress blogs because of its clean code.
Here is the simple guide to install WordPress on your site. This is all required to start a blog and keep it running.
But just having a running blog is of no use. Use should start designing and writing posts on your site. So that you attract more traffic.
Chapter 4: Change Your Theme And Write Your First Blog Post.
If you start a blog in WordPress they will give you a basic WordPress theme which you might not like. If you liked that theme you can stick with it or else just scroll down if you are interested in changing the theme.
Firstly, you should log in to WordPress and go to your site’s dashboard.
Then click on Apperance>>Themes. Click on Add Themes as shown below.
Then you will get tons of themes, you can check the preview before installing a theme to your website or directly you can click install button shown below.
You can customize your site by clicking on customize option which is below Themes option.
You can change your theme any time after you start a blog. So don’t worry feel free to install the best theme for your site.
So, now you are done with designing your site next job is to start writing blog posts.
To write a new post, go to Posts>>Add New. Then what you will see is a user-friendly editor as shown below.
So let’s break down what you are seeing now:
- Title Area: Here you can write your post title.
- Content Area: Here you can write the body of the post. You can also add images and other media to your post by just clicking the “Add Media” button. Where you can upload your media files.
- Categories: Here you can select the category to which your post should belong to.
- Featured Image: Here you can set the featured image for the post.
- Publishing Tools: Here you can publish your post by clicking Publish button. You can also schedule to publish the post later.
Congratulations! You just published your first blog post. Continue further reading to discover must know next level WordPress basics.
Chapter 5: Must Know Next Level WordPress Basics.
Now you have a basic knowledge of running your WordPress blog but that isn’t enough if you want more people to visit your site.
Then what does?
Although there are lots of things you need look into. But I will try to cover most important must know topics here.
1.Search Engine Optimization(SEO).
Everyone wants their site to get more traffic. Who doesn’t?
But that isn’t easy you should optimize your posts so that search engines rank your posts high up in search results so that you get more visitors to your site.
Today there are agencies to provide SEO service to your site, but why do want to pay for them if you can learn complete SEO for free.
I highly recommend you to go through the complete SEO guide. If you are new to SEO then you will love that post for sure.
So, once you are ready to publish the post, then you might think of adding features like contact forms, galleries, sliders, etc, to add all these you need to use WordPress plugins.
These plugins are the software’s which can add new features to your WordPress blog.
There are about 45,000 plugins in WordPress which can make your website more user-friendly and attractive.I have tried covering the majority of the concepts required to start a blog and get it on board.