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Am really glad to find you here! You are truly filled with energy and enthusiasm. Moreover the phenomenal “World of Blogging” needs people like you.
Firstly, lemme take the opportunity to welcome you to the “Home of Blogs” – I love calling it the Blogosphere. Millions of blogs surfing on the internet but only a few manage to attract people with its content.
So, proper understanding is important before you give it a go. Blogging is the current trend and if done properly it would turn out to be a futuristic business model.
The above mentioned are most asked questions before starting a blog. While reading further you would also find related content links to gain more information about blog startup.
What is a blog?
Mighty Google defines it as – “A regularly updated website or webpage which is run by an individual or a small group that is written in a conversational or informal style.”But, when you want to be a blogger you need to focus more on your ideas.
A blog is your personal space for showing creativity to the world. Everyone is creative within themselves! But, what you need is– to focus on that outcast that creativity.
It’s the Era of Blogging where people become much interested in owing an attractive blog and sharing their thoughts and works. Blogging has spread its magical web much faster than expected!
It’s not an easy journey in blogging and at times you will be facing numerous challenges. So before starting and investing take some time to make up your final decisions.
What about the competitions in blogging?
It’s very common that with rising trend, competitions will be higher. You will indulge in the same routine and lead more like a robotic life. In blogging, you will always have to think about your next content to drive readers to your blog. Millions of bloggers are trying their best to put up their blog in the top order.
Its a platform where you will have numerous and that too hard competition. There would be numerous blogs following a particular niche and many categorical blogs that you have to compete with your ideas and creative content.
To sustain in this competition you must always be:
- Clear enough with your thoughts.
- Patient when challenges approach your way.
- Show extreme interest towards your goal.
- Confident enough to create interesting contents.
IMPORTANT » You must always know the reason behind your blog startup. A strong reason will always motivate you towards the goal in your blogging journey. Most people couldn’t sustain with blogging as they are not clear about the reason for their startup.
What are the challenges in blogging?
Comparing with real-life challenges, it is a bit different and more technical here. As you will be in a digital platform, so you need to know ways to encounter these problems:
1. Search Engine Operation (SEO)
It is one of the most sensitive parts of a blog or website. It is responsible for site rankings in search engines like (Google, Bing, Yahoo). Higher SEO scores can lead sites to the top bringing many visitors. But often the problem arises when competitors walk in. Most cases where two or more site comes up with the same name but with different variable, the SEO battle takes place.
For example: hello.com; hello.net; hello.io; in such cases, it would only turn up in spending more time on improving scores for ranking.
2. Security Issues
You wouldn’t feel good if someone secretly tries to destroy your work. Blog security is very important as sometimes it happens, if the competitor is well acquainted with cyber programmings then doing a cyber attack is not at all big deal.
After all, nowadays you don’t need any reason to get hacked in this upgraded world. So, before starting a blog, develop some ideas on various possible attacks and a few preventions way to make the blog run smoothly in the orbit.
3. Analytical Concern
Despite of the fact of your frequent blogging, posting interesting content, selling digital products at e-store, still, you ain’t receiving expected audiences. How does that feel? It’s really painful to see such downward analytics after working hard. Moreover, such challenges will tend to affect your morale and make you feel depressed with less hopes in blogging career.
But, a real blogger will always be more interested in finding out effective solutions. While starting a blog, for the first two-three months’ analytical problems will be there and you have to consider it. But it would change with your blog quality and time.
Often bloggers get stuck into copyrights and patents act. It’s important to take approval before creating any post or article on a brand name. It can lead to huge penalties depending on the rules and regulations of the country.
Sometimes, it might happen when you are eager to write it on a brand name, then don’t hesitate to mail them about your concept and purpose of your work. Try to be safe from your side by informing them.
Giving disclaimers will also save you from copyrights, especially in case of using images.
Why you should start blogging?
Quite simple- because of unimaginable scopes! In blogging, if your writing skills have the ability to attract people then you would certainly find yourself with numerous opportunities. Nowadays blogging has become a great option for students who like to share their work, ideas and give inspirations to others.
No wonders, it’s a money-spinner which can help you to earn huge amounts if you dealing with it properly.
Related: Top 13 reasons why people blog
Blogging has created many digital influencers worldwide and motivated many to join this viral platform for sharing their skills and creativities. Here, sharing is always considered as caring, after all, blogs are always made with a motive. It widens up your options for international friendship, global reach and many prestigious awards that could be won.
You can also make up your own digital products and sell them in your blog store with secure payment facilities and giving special discounts.
How to start a blog step by step?
Blogging is quite easier to start with these steps but more important is maintaining a blog. Every day many new blogs rise up but after certain days they seem to be lost in the tough competition. Starting a self-hosted blog requires some investment, so be sure about your motive and futuristic approach of handling the blog.
Blogging is super fun till the time you enjoying it!subhradip saha
STEP 1: Find a suitable blog name
A blog name is very important as the domain name will be upon that. An attractive, meaningful and uncommon name will always attract people to check out your blog.
Research works are really important and you must not be in a hurry and select a random name. Your blog name must be different and you must ensure that it’s not active with some different variable which might turn up into SEO battles.
But before you need to decide whether you want to blog on a niche or go for a versatile blogging. That’s really important and will effect your domain. Blog niche– you really need it? Niche blogging as well versatile has there own pros and cons. So, take time and decide properly.
• Keep it short and crisp: A short name will help you and others to remember, spell properly, recommend and search easily. Take some help in finding synonyms or words from Thesaurus. Always give it a try! You never know– you might find a wonderful name for your blog. What are your friends for?– reach out to them and ask for some suggestions in picking a name.
• Avoid hyphens, numerical, and care for character limit: For example, if my domain name would have been… blogolic-73.com, then merely people wouldn’t even look through it. After all, it sounds pretty unprofessional. Meaningful, creative and simple names always positive role in attracting more people.
Word and character limit is similarly important as you don’t want an elongated name for your blog which would be quite hard to remember. Always try to make name max within 2 words and a maximum of 8 characters in a word.
• Find your creative version: Take some time in research for getting your blog name. Surf through the internet to get ideas and you would find lots of names. There would be many overused names or words which you must never pick for your domain name. Be creative in your own style to find out a creative and attractive name.
STEP 2: Select a hosting provider
Often people have problems in understanding the hosting platform. Well, what is hosting? – It’s just the rented place for which you spending money to run your website on the internet. There are enormous hosting providers ready with their deals and offers. Quite easy for a newbie to get confused about selecting the beneficial hosting service.
Related: Difference beween domain and hosting
• Best and cheap hosting: Practically there is no definition of best! It might happen that you bought a hosting plan and the very next day you get to see a much better plan. That doesn’t mean that you will keep on searching. Trust those hosting providers from whom millions of bloggers have taken services.
Popular hosting platforms in terms of trust and quality are Bluehost and SiteGround. Better to go for the second option as its comparatively best in service than Bluehost. Moreover, before investing do check analytical data and customer reviews as you need to be confident about your purchase.
Related: Cost to start a WordPress website
• Setup Process: Account setup in SiteGround is very easy with just 3 small steps! It also has the option of buying or adding existing domains. If you have domains then you can register it here. Otherwise, I would suggest you – buy the domain and hosting from the same platform. It would help in easy access without any hazards of transferring from another platform.
Step 1 » As you would be building your site with WordPress, “GET STARTED” with WordPress hosting.
Step 2 » Now its time for the hosting plan! As a beginner always go for StartUp plan and later when you want, you have the option to upgrade to other plans with more webspace and features.
Step 3 » Here you would be asked to register your existing domain (if any) or purchase a new domain. You can put on the selected name and process towards the payment option till completion of your payment.
An extra suggested feature is – “Domain Name Privacy” (option in the payment page) which would cost $0.99 per month but it is worth keeping your information and details private. Finally, after payment, you are done with your site hosting.
STEP 3: WordPress Installation
WordPress is completely free and dynamic in nature. It has various features and tools with which you can make your site look creative and attractive. For installing WordPress its all about 2 more small steps till you would find it ready to customize your site.
Step 1 » First log in to your SiteGround hosting account and navigate from Home > My Accounts > CPanel.
Step 2 » After entering CPanel, click on WordPress in the Autoinstallers section. You might go through a brisk reading about WordPress and then click on “INSTALL”.
STEP 4: Build concept about WordPress
Often people get intimidated with such hi-tech software and professional platforms. Many think that for maintaining a site WordPress might be tough and critical to understand. If you also having this feeling then lemme tell you that WordPress has a global community for helping out site builders or users in any kind of problem. WordPress is quite famous and used by many renowned bloggers worldwide.
All you need to get the taste of building a page, posts, getting used to designing tools, know features, understand security model, and advanced customization. It would take hardly a week to understand the platform with some helpful youtube tutorials.
Moreover, you would become an expert while implementing your learnings. It would help you to understand the entire functional areas of your site.
STEP 5: Upload a professional theme
Selecting a good professional theme is really important. There are plenty of nice free theme which WordPress offers and you might also like to use it too. But those themes are used by many websites and customized. Won’t you like to make your own blog unique enough to get highlighted fast?
It’s true that nowadays there has been a trend of more designing and animated content. It definitely attracts people! But as a blogger, you must always think about all your visitors and make it easy for them to read and enjoy your blog content.
• Appearance do matters: The main base of the website lies on 2 major key elements- appearance and content. If you do have a very attractive website but less or not useful content then sorry you won’t see many visitors hitting your blog. It’s also the same round the clock.
• Which theme to choose: In this part, you might have to do some researches! You have to be aware of the area of blogging in which you would like to publish your content. If it’s on a particular niche, then you have to select themes accordingly.
For example, if you have plans to come up with travel blogs then you have to search a perfect theme for that to attract your people with features like– travel timeline, little bit outdoor type designing, etc.
• Where to find themes: There are plenty of websites full of themes. Even WordPress has its own collection of themes. But if you are thinking long term being a professional blogger then take care of your theme very carefully. Reach out to Themeforest to get a wide variety of themes.
STEP 6: Install Plugins
Plugins act like blog upgraders! A good plugin always supports the blog with its own features and every plugin has its own specified purpose of work. There are plenty of creative and modernised plugins which you can’t even think. Starting from thematic plugins to security plugins WordPress is always open with its bunch collection of plugins.
Bloggers often find their site issues like- slow loading, glitches, etc. Excessive use of plugins is responsible for such disturbances. Make sure to use proper plugins and not to overuse it to find your blog loading as slow as a turtle.
STEP 7: Important things to consider
Always create an About Page which would give information to the visitors or readers about the blog, writers, social reach, etc. It could also be said as Blog’s Identity. While opening this page reader will get an overview of your blog and its content.
You might also feel happy when your readers contact you. So don’t hesitate in making a Contact Page and if possible add a contact form in it. But you must be confident regarding putting up your contact form as it sometimes turns up like a deep down tunnel to your backend’s data.
So, take care of your blog security first! Social media activation is really important nowadays. Don’t forget to put your social media links on your blog. This would help site visitors to navigate to your social media over a click.
STEP 8: Think about the area of writing
Thinking of a niche right? Well, trust me– go into a particular niche only when you are confident in generating your content properly and timely. Else you might end up wasting your time, energy and finally shutting down the blog just like my previous one. Know about my past blogging experience.
Blogging means sharing thoughts, stories, writing articles, publishing interesting posts, writing e-books for readers, etc. Rather thinking too much and getting confused, get started with whichever area you like or else come up with lifestyle and categorical blogging.
STEP 9: Earn money from your blog
Truths are bitter, but helps! For monetizing blog you would require a huge audience to get in effect of earning from your blog. At first your close friends, family members and social media friends will be your audiences. Always think small to big!
It would help you and your blog to rise in the future without any hazards. Engaging visitors is probably the toughest part where you have to focus in everything starting from content and the ways to share it with others.
There are many platforms like Media.net, Google Adsense, etc. But while starting, its always recommended to go for affiliate advertisements from Amazon, Bookings.com and Airbnb would also be a nice choice. They offer a good price for selling their products. Moreover, make sure that you don’t flood your website with ads that distract readers from focussing on your content.
Don’t get jumbled up and stuck in confirmation of Google Adsense. It doesn’t accept site having less than 8000 visitors monthly and has many terms and conditions. So better to know everything before applying to Adsense. If things go wrong, you might never get approval for that particular blog domain.
Blog ethics – must follow!
You must always remember that no one can grow big without good ethics and disciplinary actions. When you are coming up with your blog, it will be reaching millions of people through the internet which could also be called as viral medium.
So, be super confident about your actions you doing and most important– that your work shouldn’t become a problem for your readers. Always respect other’s privacy and follow good netiquette.
Even if you have support from millions of people then also never flaunt your social power. Don’t let your personal grudge come into your blogging zone. It would ruin your blogging career by taking away the goodwill of your blog.
Never misuse the power of your blogging, rather utilize your skills in exciting content creations. Make sure you write positive content as till the time you doing positive…. people would always love and support you.
Frequently Asked Questions
• Do I really need a website for blogging?
Often I find many profiles on Instagram claiming them as Bloggers. But that’s truly unorganized and unprofessional. It might fetch you several followers but you can’t make that blogging fun out of it. For professional blogging, you definitely need a website as your platform.
• Can I use a different platform other than WordPress?
This is a very common question I found! Many think that WordPress is a difficult platform. But let me tell you– its the King of Blogs. World’s most websites are built on this mighty platform. Its super easy till you are understanding it. With proper dedication and enthusiasm, it hardly takes a couple of days to learn about it. Let me assure you, its the best friendly platform you would ever get for creating your website.
You can also check out free downloadable Ebooks on Guide to Blogging and Guide to WordPress– here
Building up a community with other renowned blogger and writers really helps a lot. Blogging is always about sharing and interacting. The more you interact with, the more ideas you get! While in a community it helps to promote a blog much faster with global reach.
Often bloggers like to build an international community where they help freshers and also get help from professional and renowned bloggers. Social media acts as the chain network in building up such a strong community.
Blogging is super fun and exciting….Happy Blogging!