I have lost count of how many times a random Internet blogger came to my rescue virtually and saved my day. Whether it is about investing in a new watch, trying out a new skincare range or learning the tips to start working out, Internet blogs have been my saviors and mentors in many ways. I am sure you must have trusted many bloggers the same way I did and might have thought of turning into a blogger yourself too (because, honestly If I would be granted a penny for the number of times I have thought of starting a new blog, I would have been a millionaire by now).
If you have a set of skills that your friends and family members trust you for and have a spark for writing, then creating a blog is the best thing you can do in the modern day Internet-dependent world. There are many people who have the power to become excellent bloggers but are afraid to start just because they do not have any idea on how to create a blog.
Blogging is fun, inventive, and a great way to share your stance on things with others. However, many people, despite having the potential, cannot even begin blogging just because of this problem of not knowing how to start.
If you are one such potential blogger and writer too, then it is about time you start blogging and overcome any hurdle that comes in your way to becoming a successful blogger. This article is your most detailed and the easiest step by step guide on how to start blogging. You may ask why you should even take the pains of reading this article and spending your time working on a blog at all.
Well, I have an answer to that too. Before we talk about how should you create a blog, it is important to see what exactly a blog is and why should you create one after all.
What is a Blog?
In the simplest possible words, a blog is more like your personal website where the major form of content is all written. The writing on your blog is mostly categorized under different themes and each piece is often termed a blog post. Other than written content, a blog may sometimes also include video, photos, and other such media items. The wider perception about these blogs is that they are mostly made by celebrities and businesses. However, this guide will show you how you, a commoner, can also create a blog and share your ideas with the world by writing them down.
Other than a persistent and strong Internet connection (that almost everyone has nowadays unless they happen to be living under a rock), running a successful blog means you have to be an ace writer. The craft of joining the words together in a strong string is all that is needed for a blogger to win the race. Once you are sure of having these two things, now is your time to arrange a good computer or mobile phone. All done? Good. Now start on thinking about the things you can write best content on. Confused here? No problem, keep on reading this post since it can clarify all your confusions on blogging.
Now, let us talk about the reasons to make your own blog:
Why Should You Start Blogging?
The only answer that you can get to this question would be “to make money out of your expertise”. While blogging is a great way for many to earn, it is not just useful for those seeking out some side-income. Rather, blogging can bring you personal, emotional, psychological, and business-related benefits too.
There are several famed bloggers who are running multiple blogs for different purposes and are doing pretty well with almost all those blogs too. If you have a sound grip on language and know how to ace it at attracting people’s attention through a smart use of words, then there are several benefits that you can achieve from blogging. Some of these are as follows:
Builds a great following
This benefit of blogging is particularly of use for those who own businesses or sell products or services. By simply making a blog that covers a niche in an incredible way, you can attract a wide range of people. Over time and with consistent posting, these people would build a relationship of trust with you and would believe in what you say to them via your blog. Once these people trust in you and your blog becomes a constant in their lives, you can subtly promote your business and products to them without making them feel like your blog is being simply used for this purpose. Building a wide audience also helps when you want to start a campaign, raise funds, need to request for blood donations, or want to bring about awareness on a suppressed topic of importance. It is, nevertheless, very important to keep your content more valuable for the readers and not just something meant at promoting your personal concerns. Even when you are new to blogging yet, you would need to put your audience and its needs at the very top of everything you plan for your blog. Doing so, your audience will keep on increasing, granting you real benefits.
Good for your professional image
Even when you do not consider it something too professional, blogging has the power to enhance your personal and professional profile very significantly. Writing on a specific topic with your viewership being considerable in number is something you can easily boost about in a job interview. This gives you an authority that puts you in an advantageous position as compared to those who have the same amount of knowledge as yours but do not have a voice strong and impressive enough for others to listen to what they say. Even if you are a business owner yourself, having a blog that relates to your business in one way or the other can actually represent you and your business in a better way. I suggest you take your blog as your business card, the more effort you put in, the better your business card would get.
Opens gates towards opportunities
If your blog is famous for your writing skills and you have a huge following, chances are you would soon be invited to a writing workshop to deliver a lecture. If you have some design sense that you are spreading through your blog, you have the opportunity to attract attention of a brand or media house & potientally be asked to join as their creative manager.
In simple words, your blog can be a reason behind so many dream jobs and opportunities walking towards you without you even trying to achieve them. This means that there are strong chances of you, becoming a successful professional in the field which you have your interest in and are talking about through your blog.
You improve as a person
The times we are living in are very smart and fast. Anyone who is not well-groomed and has a repressed voice can simply be thrown out of the race of life. Blogging can make sure you don’t become one such person. Blogging regularly improves your sense of communication with people. Writing things while knowing that they would be read, you become better at articulating exactly what you are thinking.
When you read more to create amazing posts for your blog, you automatically learn new things. Blogging, therefore, turns you into a well-learned and better person. You become better at talking to people and have a more clear idea of things you would otherwise never think of.
You get fame
While this is not something many people want, some people hold being famous as a goal that they feel is very hard to achieve. The good thing for bloggers who want to get famous, you can easily use your blog as your way towards fame. Posting your pictures and putting up useful things on your blog can very soon turn you into a public figure. People would ask for your autographs and would click selfies with you just because of the respect that they have developed for you and your blog. (Yeah, we know you are picturing yourself standing on the next Grammy’s podium. Who knows, your blog might take you there.)
A chance to narrate your life story to others
Some events or happenings in our lives are unique enough to be told to everyone. They either have a moral lesson concealed in them or come with this extreme level of humor that everyone needs to hear it. Your blog could be your chance to share such stories with everyone. You can even start a blog where you share nothing except such life stories that are needed to be told. You can even ask your friends and family members to contribute their narratives, thus making your blog a place where people would come to seek someone else’s life experience and learn some lessons out of them. If you aim to do something like this via your blog, it would be great if you can stick to factuality and narrate things interestingly rather than dragging them just for the sake of gaining a few new followers.
Make friends with like-minded people
Who says a blogger always needs to stay in a distinct relationship with the readers? If you are okay with doing so, make sure that your readers are much more than just your readers. You can interact with them and find some great friends in your audience too. It is obvious that the people who are reading whatever you have shared on your blog are here because they share their thinking with you. This means that if you make friends with them, you would be making friends with someone who shares a similar shade of their persona as you. What else do we all want from a friend?
Earn a good side-income
Last but not least is the reason that leads almost 90% of bloggers to begin with blogging. While some of them do succeed in earning a handsome amount out of their blogging work, others simply leave somewhere in the middle. However, if done consistently without keeping money as your sole purpose behind blogging, you can really make a great part-time or even full time income out of your blogging hobby. Your monetization options via a blog either include charging the brands for reviewing or suggesting their products or simply receiving products and coupons in return of talking about those and their manufacturers in a positive manner.
However, maintaining a consistent income via a blog is quite hard and this is why you should keep your other job going alongside blogging.
Now that I have convinced you to create a blog, I know what your next question is. You surely want to know the tricks on how to create a blog for free. Don’t worry; the next part of this blog is going to cater that for you.
How to Create a Blog – Step by Step Guide
Given below is a detailed and the simplest guide on how to create a blog. The go-to option of almost all bloggers for blogging is WordPress. While the guide below is generic, it should answer all your questions about how to create a blog on WordPress.
So without further ado, let us get started:
#1 – CHOOSE A NAME
Okay, this might seem a little non-sense but naming your blog should always be your first and foremost step towards creating it. You cannot even make any Internet space yours if you are not starting with a proper name. You might have heard about the first steps being the hardest. Well, this age-old saying fits perfectly with the process of creating a blog.
Usually, finding a suitable name for your blog is the hardest thing to do. You want to go for something unique but also want it to be catchy enough. New Google algorithms would require you to go for a name that is easy to search and remember. In short, everything you try picking up as a name would fulfill some qualities of how a good blog name should be while leaving the other boxes un-ticked.
Some people begin with their name ideas in mind and if that is the case with you, you can skip to next step. However, chances are, you won’t know much about how to name your blog and this is nothing to feel demotivated about since even the most successful bloggers start with a lot of confusion.
To find a good name for your blog, you should make sure to gain some sense of clarity on what would you be posting about the most on that blog. Doing so, it would get easier for you to discard most from a huge list of name ideas that are otherwise rambling in your mind. I know you are still not clear. Let us first get fuller clarity on naming your blog here below:
Steps for Choosing a Blog Name
- Choose a topic (also known as a Niche):
As stated above, choosing your topic / niche for the content you would be posting the most is your gateway to naming the blog. Do you want to start a blog but are not even sure about what kind of content you should be posting? Well, thankfully, you have me (See, I am not even judging you for starting with a blank mind. That’s why I hope you won’t be judging me for this self-flattering). Let us talk about some topics and ideas that could work best for many people:
- Stories: Reading as a hobby has very much died in the past few decades. Your blog could be a space to bring this long lost hobby back again. You can dedicate your blog to posting fictional stories or even poetry if you have the potential to do so. You can even ask people for their contributions and can post their writings with their names on your blog. This can make your blog a community for readers and lovers of literature to share beautiful works of writing with each other and benefit from them.
- Life Experiences: Even when our everyday lives look and feel mundane, we all have experiences and stories that can inspire others if shared with them. You can create your blog into a space where you share your everyday ventures with your audience and ask them to tell you theirs. This way, you would strive for productive days and would definitely inspire others to be productive when you share your everyday adventures with them. You can start a blog where you share your experiences either as a teenage college student, a sportswoman, a housewife, a mother to twins, a fireman, or anything else that you feel like is what you have most things to talk about.
- Random personal blog: You can even talk about a range of random topics in a blog that is more personal. It could be like your everyday journal where you interact with people by telling them your everyday experiences, stating random thoughts and confusions, and giving suggestions on things that you feel like having control over. Even when building a solid audience for this kind of blog is very hard, once you know the trick you are good to go.
- Self-care and fashion: People all over the world are nowadays crazy enough to follow anything that promises them good looks. If you have enough fashion and health related knowledge yourself, you can start a blog where you share skin care, beauty, and hair care tips with people. You can share content related to losing weight, eating organic, or living healthy. Additionally, makeup and good clothes can also be part of such a blog.
These and many other such ideas are waiting for your take to on them to be explored by the world. Don’t think too much and just pick one that suits your writing and mindset the most or the one you have maximum knowledge of.
- Decide on a name
Now that you are sure about your content and topic, you can think of a good name or two for your blog. I suggest you to brainstorm at least 3-4 name ideas so that you can go for another one in case your most preferred name is already taken.
The tips to decide the name are a bit simple. If your blog is strictly going to adhere to a specific topic, then your blog’s name should address this thing very clearly. On the other hand, if you are going to talk about two or three different topics in a single blog, then you would need to do the extra effort. You need to figure out the main element that joins all your topics together and then reflect it in the blog’s name.
Let me explain this to you with examples. Let say your blog would all be related to food and recipes. In this case, you can simply use words like food, menu, and recipe in the blog’s name to let people know exactly what your blog is about. On the other hand, if you want to cover fashion, makeup, food, and your everyday life together in the same blog’s posts, you can go for a word like everyday life, lifestyle, musings, etc. to let people know about your blog’s broader concerns.
If you represent a business or have already established yourself as a famed social media personality, you can even take an advantage of your fame. Simply use your Twitter, Tiktok, or Instagram user name as your blog’s name and you are ready to welcome a lot of fan following instantly. No matter which way you go, never put the descriptiveness and clarity of your blog’s name on stake. The name must always tell people clearly as to what your blog is all about and what you aim to do on it.
- See if the name’s domain & social media aren’t taken
If you plan to host your blog on a free platform such as WordPress.com or Blogger.com, make sure the name isn’t already taken by doing a quick google search. If you decide to buy a domain, just enter the domain name to check.
When a .com domain isn’t available, people usually go for other domain extensions such as .co, .net, .org etc. However it’s recommended to NEVER go for a .co extension since it’s not very ‘commercial friendly’ and the site with the .com version of your site will usually hijack your visitors.
Apart from going for another extension, you can work around this by changing some spellings or adding words like a, an, the, best, to, or affixes like -ism, -ly, -ity, etc to your domain.
Also make sure that your blog name doesn’t have any punctuations marks or numbers in it since it doesn’t look professional and is generally frowned up. Choose a very professional name that you’re sure you won’t need to change later unnecessarily, as changing name can turn out to be very expensive later on (incase you become the next Zoe Sugg or PewDiePie) as you’ll need to reinvest in marketing that new name.
With all these steps done and dusted, your blog name should be finalized. Time to move forward.
#Step 2- BRING YOUR BLOG ONLINE
Now that the name is decided and you have a little bit idea on what you are going to post, it is about time you get your blog on the web (or get it online, so to speak). Okay, relax a bit because this is not as hard as you would think it to be. In fact, channeling your blog on the web is very easy and can be done by following the steps given below. However, make sure you do not get confuse between these steps and carry each out very carefully. (I would suggest you to keep this guide with you as you attempt to get your blog online)
Common Terminologies You Should Know
Before I start writing down the steps in one, two, three, I think it is important that we build some sense of clarity on the following two things:
- Web Hosting:
Your web hosting service is provided by a company called the blog host or web host, such as Bluehost, Siteground or WPEngine. Web hosts basically allow you to store your files online, so they’re available 24/7. You can host your site on your computer too, but that wouldn’t be very wise as there’s a lot that goes backend.
After getting a host & linking your domain to it, anyone who types your blog’s name on the Internet from anywhere around the world is taken to a virtual wall that is your blog. Consider your blog host as the most important element for your blog. Without it, you cannot host a blog on web ever the same way you can’t open a retail store without buying a physical place to store & display the items.
- Blogging Software (AKA CMS):
Once you have decided your blog host, you would need some software (Content Management System) with the help of which you can make and grow your blog on web. Basically, once you know your software, everything you do to make your blog is dependent on it. All the steps below will tell you how to make your blog through this software.
For someone who is completely new to blogging, selecting a host and the software could be a tricky task. I suggest you go with either Siteground, WPEngine or Bluehost as your web host and WordPress as your blogging software/CMS. The reason for choosing these is that they’re considered the easiest to use for every new blogger and are also the most used and trusted names when it comes to blogging.
Sometimes, blog hosting and the blogging software such as WordPress come packed together as in you’re able to do a 1-click WordPress installation from your webhost. Anyway, now that you know about web hosts and WordPress both, consider some things done and now start with the steps of getting the blog live on the web for everyone to see.
Host & Buy Domain For Your Blog
- Buy hosting: Now comes the paying part. For this example, will use Bluehost for explanation. However, if you go for a different host, the steps may slightly First of all you will need to select a hosting plan which will allow you to buy domain too from Bluehost (usually free). Do be aware that most hosting companies such as Bluehost don’t offer refund for domains, but do for hosting. So be careful when picking a domain. As for the plan, we suggest selecting the basic hosting plan initially and then upgrading later on as your blog’s traffic increases.
NOTE: Before selecting a host, also see the renewal fees as most hosts give discounts/charge minimal for the 1st year but increase later on. Transferring is easy, but it’s better to do as much research as you can on your host before pressing the buy button.
- Install WordPress: Once you have the plan, it is time to install WordPress which can be done via the 1 click WP installation offered on Bluehost. This process is very simple, as you only need to enter basic details related to your WordPress login & setup a username & password which will allow you to access your blog by adding ‘/wp-login’ or ‘/wp-admin’ to end of your domain.
After you’ve done this, it’s time to pat yourself on the back. Trust me, doing it for first time is a tiring thing but once you have done all these steps the right way, you will feel this surreal kind on joy on the fact that you are finally on your blog for the first time & when you create your 2nd blog (which is very likely, you won’t have much issues). I am sure the very thought of this is getting your excited.
#Step 3- SELECT A THEME & CUSTOMIZE
Now that you know how to how to create a blog, the next step is to set it up. Your blog needs to show that it is yours and just your name alone cannot do this job. Therefore, you need to get into things a little deeply. Login your WordPress blog if you have not been logged into it already, which can be done by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin (basically by adding wp-admin to the end of the link).
By this point, your WordPress blog would be all very dull and rough. Even you would not like to see it and that explains why you need to customize everything. Good for us, WordPress comes with a range of designs and layouts known as themes which you can customize easily through drag & code without any coding knowledge! That’s all we need to get things looking prettier and better than before. Actually each of the WordPress themes comes with its own set of unique features and settings and each of these is suitable for a blog of specific purpose. Make sure to select a theme that is closest to your needs and suits the purpose of your blog. We recommend going with GeneratePress free theme as it’s responsive, lightweight & a great beginner theme.
Remember that getting to see so many themes could be a little exciting and may get you into a state of utter indecisiveness. Many bloggers are not able to settle on a specific theme for days and keep on losing their motivation. You need to make sure that no such thing happens to you. For this, it is important that you know about your ability to change a theme after selecting it anytime you want. I suggest you start with just one of the free themes that are available via the dashboard that you like the most and play around with it a bit. In case you don’t like any theme at all, you can download WordPress themes from external sites such as ThemeForest, something that is easy but would require you to dig in a bit and search things on your own. Once you have applied a theme, you can see how everything in your blog has changed. Now, you can start customizing things up a bit through the customization tab via the WordPress dashboard. Start by adding logo to your blog and edit fonts and colors wherever possible and desired too.
Once you learn things, you would see how WordPress gives you a lot of opportunities to custom set everything and anything you want. To be honest, WordPress and its themes are all about exploring and working with them. The more you use these, the more are your chances towards learning and mastering them. Practicing and exploring more and more, you would come to realize as to which theme suits your blogging needs the most and you can then finalize it before you officially start posting on and running your blog.
Another thing that I would suggest you to do is to fixate yourself on just one theme. This is because the WordPress themes, even when they are quite automated in setting themselves up, do require you to put in some effort to get things looking their best. Regularly changing your themes means you need to go back and edit each and every post that is there on your blog. This is an absolute waste of time and quite a tiring task to carry out.
#Step 4 – START BLOGGING
Your blog is all ready and you are now set to post your very first piece on your blog. Since it’s going to be your welcome post, try putting in some extra effort and welcome each and every one of your readers with a good and warm piece of writing that exudes warmth. Once you are done with this post, start thinking on unique topics and ideas you can cover later and keep on blogging your heart out just so you succeed eventually.
New bloggers usually think it’s best to write a lot of content, hence end up sacrificing quality in exchange for quantity. However, most successful bloggers such as Brian Dean or Neil Patel (the gurus of blogging) publish less blog posts but high quality content that people crave for.
Recommend Steps (Optional)
In case you’re feeling overwhelmed, I recommend bookmarking this post & coming back tomorrow to follow these optional recommend steps. By implementing Google Analytics & Google Search Console in your site, you’ll be able to track your progress & make BETTER decisions. It’s highly advised you get this sorted out in the beginning, rather than doing it later.
Setup Google Analytics
This is an option you can skip, but it’s recommended you integrate Google Analytics on your new blog so that you can measure/analyze it.
Having Google Analytics will allow you to know where your traffic is coming from, which blog post they’re visiting the most, what’s the average duration they’re staying on each blog post, which blog post has the highest bounce rate etc. This kind of data is vital to allowing you to make better decisions when it comes to writing content & growing your blog.
Learn how to setup Google Analytics on your blog:
Integrate Google Search Console
Google Search Console allows you to monitor your blog’s progress/performance on Google search engine. It is recommended to write according to what people search for by using Google auto suggest or free keyword research tools such as Ubersuggest to see what people are searching for, then optimizing your blog post’s onpage SEO according to those keywords.
Here’s a video which tells you how to integrate Google Search Console into your WordPress website: