How To Start a Blog

 You want to start a blog, huh? Very good idea!

But ... how do you start? Who do you listen to? Where is the starting point?

Damn, maybe you should just forget about it, it's too confusing!

Well that's enough. He was also a newbie blogger. I had the same problems. I started my blog in 2006 and knew nothing about blogging. In fact, it was only a week before I learned what a blog was.

Now I know many of them and my blog is doing quite well. I get over 300,000 unique visitors a month, which makes me think of myself as someone you can listen to and learn from when it comes to creating your own blog.

I promise it will be simple, relatively easy, and certainly easy to understand (no stupid jargon). Sounds good?

Great, let's move on.

Why you should blog and join the blogging community

So below I will detail exactly what you need to do to get started and create your own personal blog. But before we dive in, let me talk about WHY you should blog.

Note: If you already have a good idea why, skip this and go straight through the guide.

Blogs have quickly become one of the most popular ways to communicate and distribute information and news. There are literally millions of blogs online (don't worry, you can make yours stand out and get noticed!).

It's a great way to express yourself and also a great way to share information with others.

The best reason? You can earn money with it!

I bet you already knew all of this, but it's good to be reminded.

One last thing before we start:

Creating your own blog can take a while, probably up to 30 minutes. So grab a cup of coffee or juice (whatever you want) and let's get started. If you need help during the installation, contact me here and I will help you the best I can and answer all your questions. Yard).

 

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The steps outlined in this blogging guide

It is not as difficult as creating a website from scratch (there is very little technical skill here). In fact, no encryption is required. Good news, right?

How to start a blog in 5 steps:

There are five important steps to take to start a blog. If you follow these instructions exactly, you will have your own blog created in 30 minutes or less. 

  • Choose a great blogging platform
  • Choose a web host for your blog
  • How to create a blog on your own domain
  • Design your new blog

Helpful blogging resources

So we did it. Relief. Better late than never! So, without further ado, let's skip to step 1.

 

Step 1: choose your favorite blogging platform

Choosing where to blog is pretty much the first thing to do. I'll take the plunge and assume you've heard of WordPress and this is the platform I stand for. It's huge. 

It is by far one of the largest blogging platforms in the world with tons of plugins and plugins and almost endless ways to design and format your blog.

However, there are other alternatives and they are listed below:

 

Blogger - Definitely the second best after WordPress.

Tumblr: half social network, half blog. Interesting and very easy to use.

While WordPress is bigger (and probably better) than these two, here are my reasons why you should choose WordPress anyway:

 

Super easy installation and free to use

Lots of free themes and designs (I'm not kidding, there are billions).

There's a huge support forum if you're stuck (it won't, but good to have it there if you need it).

Your blog is going crazy fast and it shows too. Functionality and form: perfect!

People can communicate with you easily. Its content can be shared, commented on, etc.

Here's an article on various blogging platforms (including WordPress), read it:

 

How to choose a blogging platform (updated to 2020)

 

Now, step 2 (Look, we're moving fast now!)

 

Step 2: Self-Hosting or a Free Alternative?

Who, below! This is the most important decision to make before proceeding. You have to decide if you want to pay for your blog or get one for free. 

WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger offer free blogs for everyone. Incredible true? It's perfect for those of us who don't take blogging seriously. But it has drawbacks:

 

1) You can't get your OWN domain name

It may sound weird at first, but you do not really own your blog. It is hosted on someone else's web property and you can remove it if you wish. They have done this in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This means that all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts can be gone in seconds. Sad ... 

On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name, you are the rightful owner of your blog. Add to the unlimited bandwidth for videos, images and content plus the free themes and you have a winning combination. 

So how much does a hosting and domain name cost? Thankfully not as much as you think. It usually costs around $ 5 to $ 10 a month depending on your hosting provider, which is less than a few cafes. 

If you have further questions, you can find more information here: 

Step 3: Start a blog on your own domain (if you choose self-hosting and a custom domain)

I continue based on the premise that WordPress chose, and if you have not done so, you should. Seriously, that's the best.

 

If you're still a little confused about what a blog with your own host is, let me explain how to create one for yourself.

 

You need to find a domain name that appeals to you and also choose a hosting company that can host your blog.

 

Examples: google.com (Google.com is the domain), Facebook.com (Facebook.com is the domain). Watch? Easy!

Hosting: Hosting is basically the company that places your site on the Internet for all to see. Everything is stored there. Think of it as the hard drive of a computer on the Internet where your blog is stored.

Publication: I recommend using Hostgator for web hosting. If you click on one of my links and make a purchase, I will receive a commission that keeps me going.

It's probably one of the cheapest hosting providers (less than $ 3 a month) out there. A domain name costs around $ 10-15 a year, but with Hostgator you can get it FREE for the first year.

 

When you sign up for Hostgator, be sure to use coupon code BB101 as this unlocks the maximum discount they offer on all their hosting plans.

 

:). Big smiles for that!

 

These are the providers I use for all my blogs, including the ones you are reading right now.

 

If for any reason you do not want to use Hostgator, feel free to choose your own hosting company. Most, if not all, should have a WordPress installation solution for a click in their admin panel.

 

This button automatically installs WordPress on your blog. Did I say it was simple or not?

 

All you have to do is sign up for Hostgator (or your chosen provider), select your hosting plan and domain name, and find the WordPress installation button in the admin panel with a single click.

 

If you are stuck at some point, this guide may help as it contains screenshots.

 

WordPress essentials are often unnecessary, but I would recommend whois privacy (which keeps all your personal data private) and absolutely automatic backups (which save your site if something goes wrong or disappears so you do not), lose nothing). or very little from your blog).

Once WordPress is installed on your site, just go to your WP-Admin page, usually www.yourblognamehere.com/wp-admin, to start blogging and start writing by adding a new post.

 

The layout may look confusing at first, but it quickly becomes very understandable. Do not worry!

 

Step 4: Design your WordPress blog

Now for the fun part.

 

Let's make your blog look exactly the way you want it. To choose a new theme, go to Appearance> Themes and install a free WordPress theme or go to a premium theme website like ThemeForest.net and purchase a theme for around $ 40.

 

I usually go for something that looks professional and is pretty easy to adjust. So if you are starting to get tired of your current blog template, you can easily switch to another without losing valuable content or images. Remember that the design of your blog should reflect both yourself and your personality.

 

Step 5 - Helpful Resources for Beginner Bloggers

Bloggers come to the blogging arena with varying degrees of online and social media experiences, but we've all made more than a few beginner mistakes - there's always room for more learning and improvement whether you're a beginner or have been for a number of years blogs.

 

These articles can help you avoid some of the growing pains when it comes to your first blog - have fun !:

 

5 Starting Blog Mistakes You Can Fix

Choosing a blog niche

7 Ways to Increase Your Success as a Blogger

And that's it! I'm more than convinced that your original blog setup should now be ready and go, and it should all have been really easy (unlike my first time, thankfully!). If you are having trouble installing WordPress on Hostgator, this guide can help.

If you happen to be stuck in some unfortunate circumstances or have any questions about how to create a blog, contact me or leave a comment below. I will help you with any problems.

Have fun with your new blog!