Hello Friends, before I tell you the step by step process how to start a blog. Let’s first know what is a blog.
What is a blog?
A blog(shortened from the phrase weblog) is basically a type of information sharing website that focuses mainly on written content.
Why do people blog?
Interest in writing: Some people love writing, even today people write diaries. A blog is a kind of online diary where people write about their events.
Write about the products: People want to promote their product and blogging is one of the most important ways to tell people their product.
Boost online presence: Blogging helps you to boost your online presence, people regularly post blogs and share on social media to boost his or her presence online.
Worldwide recognition: If you blog regularly people become your loyal readers not only in your country but you get recognition worldwide.
Make money online: Blogging is one of the best ways to create a passive income, there are so many bloggers in a market who are making a good amount of money on posting blogs.
It will take approximately 30 minutes to start your blog/website. So grab a cup of coffee or juice and let’s get started.
Step 1: Choose a Blog Name
The first step is to choose a blog name. You can choose the blog topic that you like, hobbies and experiences. Choose a topic that you find interest in writing on that topic.
Try to choose your blog topic which is easy to pronounce and easy to type. Don’t choose difficult words. Whether you are choosing a food blog or travel blog etc.
After you choose a blog name take a domain extension. Suppose you choose a blog name “best food blog” so your domain extension will be “bestfoodblog.com or .net or .org”.
Step 2: Choose Your Hosting
Hosting is a web server that gets your blog online. A blog host is a company that stores all of the files for your blog and delivers them to the user when they type in your blog name.
You also need to have the software to build your blog. In this guide, I will be showing you how to build a blog using the WordPress blogging software, because it is the most popular, customizable, and easiest to use.
Disclosure: This guide to starting your own blog contains some Bluehost affiliate links. If you purchase any service through one of these links I may earn a small commission, this is at no extra cost to you.
I recommend Bluehost for hosting because:
Bluehost register your blog name for free, making sure no one else can take it.
They offer free and simple installation of the WordPress blogging software (I show you how to use it in this guide).
They have been recommended by WordPress since 2005.
Currently hosting more than 2 million sites worldwide.
They have helpful 24/7 customer service via phone or webchat.
They have a money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
1. Click on Get Started
You need to go on the Bluehost Website and click on Get Started.
2. Now Choose a Plan
If you are a beginner I recommend you to choose a basic plan. But you are free to choose whatever plan you like which fulfills your future plans.
3. Create a New Domain Name
Create your domain name on the left box. If you already have a domain then right your domain name on the right box.
4. Fill out your billing details on the registration page
5. Choose your hosting package
6. Now you need to create a password
Click on Create Your Password.
And then write and confirm your password.
Congratulations. You successfully created your password.
7. Choose a basic design template
If you’ve chosen Bluehost as your web host, WordPress will be automatically installed for you. All you have to do is click, ‘Log in’ and choose a theme. You can change this later if you want.
Now your blog software (WordPress) is installed. Once the installation is complete click “Start Building” to be logged-in to your blog or click “go to my BlueHost account”.
You will then be able to login to your blog by clicking “Log in to WordPress”
Step 3: Customize Your Blog
It’s time to customize your website.
You have to first log in to your account.
And on the left menu choose Appearance
And choose themes. There are so many themes available for free.
You have to click on Add New.
Choose your theme according to your interest. Try to choose a simple theme first as you are a beginner.
Step 4: Post Your First Blog
Now get ready to post your first blog.
Go to the left menu
Click on Posts
Click on Add New
You find a page where you write a title first on Add Title
And then start writing your blog.
Step 5: Publish Your Post
After you have written a post your blog may still be showing a “Coming Soon” page.
You have to just click the “BlueHost” menu at the top left of the menu in your administrator area then click the blue “Launch Your Site” button to remove the “Coming Soon” page.
Congratulations! You have learned how to start a blog and publish it.
Now it is also important to promote your blog so that more people can read it and you get more visitors on your website.
There are two ways to promote your blog. First is to write good content and work on Search Engine Optimisation(SEO). In this way, your blog ranked on Google and you get more visitors organically.
But this step takes time, yeah you have to write good content obviously and keep working on your website’s SEO. But you can’t wait for so long, you must promote your blog as soon as your blog is ready so that more and more people can read it.
You need to do Social Media Marketing for your blog. It is a great platform to promote any product on social media. Friends, you can click the link of my blog on Social Media Marketing to learn how you can promote on different social media platforms.
I have also written a different blog on Search Engine Optimisation(SEO). If you are a beginner and don’t know about the basics of SEO and types of SEO you can go there and learn the basics.