How to Start a Blog?

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How to Start a Blog

How to start a blog? Starting a blog can be frustrating and exciting at the same time. There’s lots of things to learn, but it’s such a rewarding experience once you get your blog up and running.

I started blogging over 10 years ago. And to this day, I still enjoy creating blog posts.

Before starting a blog, here are some questions to get you started thinking about your blog.

Blogging Questionnaire:

– What is your blog going to be about?
– Who are your readers?
– What are you going to name your blog?
– What would you like to achieve with your blog?
– How often can you write a blog post?

How to Start a Blog:

1. Blogging Platform

There are plenty of blogging platforms out there. The only platform I recommend is WordPress.org. WordPress.org is an open source software for creating websites and blogs.

Note: If you decide to use the WordPress.org software, you will need to have a hosting provider.

2. Hosting and Domain

For hosting blogs, I definitely recommend using Bluehost.com. It’s a trusted web hosting service used by many bloggers.

Bluehost starts at $3.95 per month. And it comes with 1 click WordPress install. And free Domain.

Setting up Bluehost account:

– Go to Bluehost.com and sign up.
– Select your hosting plan.
– Choose your domain name. (e.g. example.com)
– Fill in information to create your account.

Installing WordPress:

– Login to your Bluehost account.
– Scroll to the website section and click Install WordPress.
– Click the Install button.
– Select the domain where you want to install your WordPress.
– Fill in the Admin information for WordPress.
– Wait for the WordPress installation to be completed.
– Once installation has been completed, you can view your Installation details (WordPress admin URL, Username and Password).

3. Blog Themes, Plugins & Posts

Go to your WordPress admin URL and log in.

Themes:

On the left panel, select Appearance -> Themes. Choose from the different themes WordPress has available. Or you can also search for themes on WordPress.

Plugins:

On the left panel, select Plugins -> Add New. Must have plugins: Jetpack by WordPress, Akismet Anti-Spam, Yoast SEO.

Posts:

On the left panel, select Posts -> Add New. And start writing your blog.

Extra Tips!

Tips on Blogging:

– Create meaningful and helpful post.
– Make sure to publish at least 20 post before promoting your blog. So your blog doesn’t look empty.
– Post at least once a week.
– Pick at least one social media to focus on when growing your network. My favorite is Pinterest.
– Look for blogs similar to yours and leave insightful comments on their posts.

Promoting your blog:

Here’s a list of social networking sites where you can post your blog.

– Facebook Page
– Google+
– Twitter
– Pinterest
– Instagram
– StumbleUpon
– Tumblr

I hope you find this post helpful on how to start a blog. Have fun blogging!

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Published 13 November, 2017

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