Hello there! Do you desire to start your own blog? Do you wish to learn how to blog the right way? If the answers to both questions are in the affirmative, then this article is for you. Sit tight, and let’s get into the details of starting your blog–all by yourself! Using the guidelines in this article, you can start up your blog in 15 minutes. Now, let’s get into it.
YOUR BLOGGING PLATFORM
WordPress is the platform that veteran bloggers swear by. It’s easy to use, personalize and design. It comes highly recommended because it is free to use. Once you have your domain name and host, it is ridiculously easy to use. Also, there are thousands of free themes for you to customize your blog to make it look remarkable and captivating.
Note that WordPress comes in two platforms: the hosted/ free platform (WordPress.com) and the self-hosted/ paid platform (WordPress.org).
Many newbie bloggers make the rookie mistake of using hosted platforms like Tumblr, Blogspot, Squarespace, etc. While these are free to use, they are severely limiting. You do not own your blog, as the platform holds all the rights to it. Worse, they can delete your blog at any time without warning. (Imagine waking up one morning to find out that all your hard work is gone in the twinkle of an eye.)
With hosted platforms, you can not have your own domain name. Instead, you will have something like myblog.wordpress.com, which is not professional at all. Also, you are stuck with the default theme that comes with it as free platforms do not allow customization. Worst of all is that 0it is very difficult to make money from free platforms. The platform puts up ads on your posts and then keeps all the money.
If you really want to make money as a blogger, then the self-hosted path is the way to go. You have to pay for it; it is inexpensive and comes without the disadvantages of the hosted platforms. Most importantly, it is easier to make money from hosted platforms.
SELECT A DOMAIN NAME
The importance of picking a suitable domain name, while starting a blog, cannot be overemphasized. A domain name is like your blog’s address on the internet; for example, 123abc.com.
However, before you select a domain name, you have to think about what kind of blog you want to run.
To get started, do these:
- list 3 things you’re good at
- 3 things that you enjoy
- 3 things that you want to learn.
One invaluable piece of advice is to make the contents of your blog about something you’re naturally drawn to. Your blog’s focus should be something you find interesting. This way, you will find it easier and fun to create content that your readers will find engaging and worthwhile. Once you’ve found your niche, you can easily incorporate it into your domain name. The image below will give you tips on how to pick a domain name.
WEB HOSTING AND WORDPRESS
A hosting company is a company that makes your blog available on the internet. Think of it like your blog’s landlord. You pay ‘rent’ to the ‘landlord’ in exchange for your blog ‘living’ on the internet. If you don’t have hosting, your blog won’t be visible on the internet. The hosting company also saves your blog’s contents. A good web host will make sure that your blog is accessible, everywhere in the world, every time of the day.
When choosing a hosting company, you should be careful. There are some bad hosting companies out there. Bad companies are dirt cheap, but they overload their servers; which means that your blog won’t be readily accessible, and it would be slow. Bluehost is highly recommended. This is not only because they ensure that your blog is always online, but because it is also cheap, has a one-click WordPress installation and comes with free domain name registration.
On Bluehost, the first thing you should do is create a user account. Then, you check if your domain username is available. Once you have confirmed availability, proceed to create a Bluehost domain account.
Do this by Selecting the package you would like to buy. You have a choice between the basic, plus and prime packages. After you have selected a package, enter your credit card details. When this has been done, enter your details as shown below.
Afterward, you will need to create a password. The next step after this is to install WordPress. Bluehost has a one-click WordPress-installation feature. When you click on that, you’ll be asked to select the domain you want to install WordPress on. Once you’ve input your blog’s domain, it will be installed automatically.
Log in to your WordPress by adding /wp-admin after your blog’s URL. For example, blog.com/wp-admin.When you do this, you will be taken to the admin login page. Readers will not be able to access this. Only you will be able to. Once you have logged in, your WordPress is ready!
PERSONALIZING YOUR BLOG
Now that you’ve installed WordPress, the next thing to do is customizing your blog to your taste. The first step is selecting a theme. Your blog comes with a default theme. However, you should change that, as themes play a huge role in expressing what your blog is about.
When choosing your theme, you should select one that is free from clutter, and works well on mobile phones as well as on a computer. It should be simple and easy to tweak. WordPress has a lot of themes that you can choose from. You also have the opportunity of buying from trusted providers, should you prefer to go that route. To change your theme, go to ‘Appearance ’ in the sidebar, then click on ‘Themes,’ and then ‘Add New.’
After this, go to ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Customize’ to change things like colors and fonts. You can do this as many times as possible until something clicks.
MAKING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST.
Now that you have successfully set up your blog (yay!), the next step is publishing your first blog post. Writing your first post may seem like a daunting task, but I will take you, step by step, through the entire process. The first step is to go to your WordPress admin page, and then click on ‘Posts.’ Next, click on ‘Add New.’ Once you’ve done that, you will be taken to this page.
On this page, you will find the Title area where you are to input the title of the post; the Media area where you can add videos or pictures; the Content area where you write out the post; and the Publishing area where you can control the publication of your post.
After you have done this, click on ‘Publish’ to send your blog post into the cyberspace.
Now that your blog is up and running, you can pop that champagne in celebration!