Interested in creating your own blog but you have no idea where to start from? Worry not! Although starting a blog may sound like a complicated venture, in reality the overall process is easier and more straight-forward than you think.
You’ll be happy to know that nowadays, blog creation is somewhat an automated process – you don’t need programming skills or deep understanding of HTML to do it. All you will require is a simple-to-use blogging application, domain name for your website and a hosting account where you will host your blog. After you get established with the basics, it will be up to you and your creativity.
Choosing a Blogging Platform
Although there are plenty of blogging platforms out there, WordPress is the one worth your attention. It is as simple and user-friendly, which is why the majority of bloggers worldwide use it.
With WordPress, you can do everything blog-related with a few mouse clicks – content updates, modifying your site’s appearance, creating profiles for multiple users, adding comments section, etc. The list goes on and on.
WordPress is characterized by a rich interface, functionality options and a huge, engaged community that improves the application daily. Go for it and you won’t regret it. Finally, keep in mind that WordPress offers free and paid versions of their software. You may start with the free possibility and upgrade or if you are serious about making money through your blog, you may consider investing in the platform.
Choosing a Domain Name
Once you have chosen a blogging platform, you’ll need a catchy name for your website. It should tell users what your blog is about and what content they can find in it. If possible, keep your domain name short. The shorter it is, the better – one or two words domains are easier to remember and people won’t need to type in their browsers a tediously long name to visit your blog.
Take your time to also choose a proper extension for your website’s name – .com, .net, .org, .info or .biz. Although .com is the best possible option, you don’t need to limit yourself to it. For example, two of the biggest blog sites on the net (www.getrichslowly.org and www.zenhabits.net) use different extensions for their domains.
Choosing a Hosting Provider
Next on the to-do-list is purchasing a hosting account from a reliable hosting provider. You’ll need the account to store all your website files and make your blog accessible for users on the net. When choosing a hosting provider you should consider several vital things:
- • WordPress-optimized servers – your hosting company should be an expert in hosting WordPress sites and they should have servers specifically optimized for WordPress. This will guarantee that your site runs smoothly and without connectivity issues.
- • Technical support for WordPress – the hosting company should provide 24/7 technical support for all WordPress related enquiries. This feature will be invaluable in the cases when you have technical difficulties with your website.
- • Uptime, security and back-ups – look for a provider that guarantees at least 99.9% server uptime and has well-secured and backed-up servers.
Ready? Once you have chosen your blogging application, domain name and hosting provider, you can start building your website. Most hosting companies offer free installation of WordPress so you won’t need to begin the process from scratch. Start adding content, tweak your site’s layout and blog as often as possible to keep and attract new users.
Coming Up with a Content Plan
This is probably the most important and time-consuming part of the process. The content will either make or break your blog. Choose a topic that you have serious interest in and use your passion to get started.
Writing frequently and updating your blog on a regular basis will help you establish your niche position, build your reputation and start creating your loyal audience. All of these factors will be important and determining for your ability to monetize the blog.
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