How to Start Blogging: The Ultimate Guide to Start a Blog

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Do you need to learn how to start blogging and make your career in blogging?

You are at the right place. In this article, you will learn a complete guide about how to create a blog and make money online by start blogging. But you can only become a successful blogger if you have a passion for blogging.

Blogging is a great source nowadays to make money online in many different ways. People start blogging for many purposes such as share their thoughts with other people, give the knowledge to help others and one main thing is to generate a passive income through blogs.

Whatever reasons you have to start your own blog. I’m going to tell you how to make a blog and become a successful blogger in easy steps.

How to Start Blogging?

There are step-by-step processes to start a new blog that you should need to follow to start blogging successfully. These are the following ones:

1. Select Your Niche For Blog

How to start a blog successfully?

The simple answer is that it is only possible when you select the right niche or topic. This is the first and most important step in blogging.

You need to find and select the topic in which you are more interested and which is the trending topic at the time when you start your blog. Because if you select the topic of your interest but the audience doesn’t take any interest in that, you will not become successful. Because your mission is to bring the audience to your website.

So, you need to select the topic in which the audience takes more interest, that’s the right way to get a bigger audience in less time.

How to start a blog make money online by start blogging

When you select any niche, then analyze the competition of that keyword. In this way, you will come to know that this topic is what the audience loves and then start your blog on that.

As a starter, if you might think that you will create a blog on multiple topics, that’s not the right way in 2020. Specific topic blogs have more authority and are more successful than blogs with multiple topics. Moreover, Google also likes the website which is built on a specific or single topic.

So take the time to search and select a specific topic in which you have the interest and which is also trending.

2. Select the Platform

After picking the right niche. Now you need to select which platform you are going to use. You need to analyze which best platforms are available in the market and which suits you best to start your blog.

There are many platforms available but the most used and popular one is WordPress. About 35% of the websites are using the WordPress platform.

So, I also suggest you to select WordPress to start a blog and make money online. Because WordPress is very easy to use. You don’t need to write a single line of code. You can easily customize the themes by using the dashboard and design a fully responsive and beautiful blog to start working on it.

Otherwise, there are many other platforms present such as Blogger, Wix, Joomla, Weebly, etc.

3. Pick a Right Domain Name

A domain is the address of the website by which it is accessed on the internet. Users visit your blog by typing the address in the search engines. Picking the right domain name is very important. There are some rules when choosing a domain name. Always pick the domain that is:

Rules to pick a domain name when making a blog

I suggest you to always purchase the .com (dot com) domain and include your niche in the domain name. Because .com is the most powerful domain and your blog will rank very quickly. Here are some of the suggestions when purchasing a domain name:

  • Always use short words maximum limit of 15 characters. Don’t use long words in the domain names. It’s not a good practice and also not a good strategy in terms of SEO.
  • You can use other domain extensions such as .net, .org, .site. But I suggest you always prefer a .com domain name.

4. Choose Web Hosting

After choosing the right domain name, the next step is to buy reliable web hosting and attach your domain with that. This is where you will install WordPress, Joomla, or any other CMS platform to create your website. But if you don’t know about the hosting. Let’s take a look at what is web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is cloud storage or cloud space where all of your website data is stored on remote physical locations are called servers.

Hard drives are used to store data on local computers. In the same way, your online data is stored on data servers. All of your website data including images, videos, etc. are stored at these servers. These servers are maintained and controlled by the hosting provider companies. You have to buy hosting from these companies to build your websites.

How to Start Blogging - What is web hosting

Remember, the performance of your website depends on the hosting you are using. The hosting makes your website available to the users 24/7. If the server is down anytime, your website will not open. This makes a bad impression on users as well as on search engines.

The best hosting companies provide you 24/7 uptime means your website will remain available to the users every time. They use more than one data server if one server is down due to some problem or maintenance, your website still remains available due to the presence of other servers.

Before buying web hosting, always look at the features that the company is providing such as bandwidth, space, uptime, etc. Because good hosting makes your website good. Bad hosting can cause several problems for your blog.

Moreover, if you are using poor hosting, your website loading will increase when traffic comes to your website. If your website is taking too much time to load, no one can like your blog or they don’t stay at your blog. Google and other search engines also don’t like such websites. If you are using good VPS or cloud hosting, these hostings can handle a very large amount of traffic at a time.

Most of the hosting companies provide you one free domain in their hosting plans so you don’t need to buy a domain separately.

5. Set up Your Blog

After purchasing the hosting, you need to login to Cpanel and install WordPress from the Cpanel. Most of the hosting companies are providing a similar type of Cpanel given below:

Web hosting cpanel

When your scroll down you will see the option “Softaculous Apps Installer”, just click on that:

Profreehost Cpanel

After clicking on the apps installer, you will be able to see the following type of screen:

Softaculous Apps Installer

Simply click on WordPress to install it on your hosting. When you click on the WordPress icon, the following window will appear in front of you:

WordPress Installation

You can see the install button in the above image. After clicking on it, you will have to fill some of your details such as your blog name, description, username, password, email, and language.

After filling all of your details carefully, just scroll down to the bottom and hit on the install button. WordPress installation will start, it takes some time. When installation will complete, you will see the links to your dashboard and website. You will go to your dashboard and blog by using those links.

After installing WordPress on your hosting. You will able to go to your dashboard from where you can install your desire theme and then customize that theme to design a beautiful blog to start working. Here is how you will see the first appearance of the dashboard:

Set up a blog wordpress installation

6. Install Theme and Design Your Blog

You have selected your niche and platform to start blogging. After that, you have purchased a domain name and hosting for your blog. Also, you have successfully installed WordPress on your hosting.

Congratulations! You have completed all previous steps and now is the time to design a fully responsive blog to start working on it.

As you already know that design is the most important thing to attract others. If your blog contains good design, the visitors will love that. In WordPress, you will get so many built-in free and premium themes. You just need to go to “Themes” under the “Appearance” section. From where you can install any theme that you like for your blog.

I suggest you always go with the premium theme if you can buy it. Because the premium theme gives you more features and regular updates.

7. Install WordPress Plugins

Plugins are one of the most important parts of WordPress. Thousands of free and paid WordPress plugins are available. Plugins give the functionality to your website. Different plugins are used for different purposes. They give more control and make your work less and easy for you.

After installing WordPress for the first time, you should need to install some necessary plugins that are:

  1. Yoast SEO:- Best SEO plugin for WordPress to optimize your content for search engines and improve the ranking of your blog.
  2. W3 Total Cache:- Improves the user experience and SEO of your blog by increasing its performance and reducing the load time of the website.
  3. Akismet:- Protects the comments and contact form submissions from spam and prevents your blog from publishing the malicious content.
  4. Contact Form 7:- Contact form with the support of CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
  5. Health Check & Troubleshooting:- Perform the number of operations on your WordPress Installation to analyze configuration errors and known issues. Also, allow themes and other plugins to perform their own checks.

To install any plugin, simply go into the plugins section from the left menu section. Where you can see the “Add New” option at the top, you can install any new plugin from this option.

8. Write Content

You have successfully developed your blog completely. Now the real fun begins.

Now you have to write articles on your blog according to the topic or niche you have chosen at the first step. For example, if your niche is food, you have to write articles about the food.

Remember, your content must be unique and your own. Never copy someone else’s content. Google always likes new and fresh content. Google always prefer new content to show in its search results. Your content must be SEO optimized, full of quality, and information.

Always write your content by keeping both search engines and users in mind. Your content should be according to search engine guidelines and should also give complete information to the users they are looking for. Your content should be the same as what your title says.

9. Add Important Pages

You should need to add some important pages to your blog. These are the necessary ones because you will not get the approval of Adsense without these pages. These pages are:

  1. About Us
  2. Contact Us
  3. Privacy Policy
  4. Disclaimer
  5. Terms and Conditions

10. Get Traffic to Your Blog

After writing articles and creating important pages in your blog. The next step is to drive traffic to your blog. This is a thing that needs to be done. Because if you will not succeed in getting a good amount of traffic, all of your previous efforts will be wasted.

You have to do complete On-page, Off-page optimizations, and social sharing of your articles to get traffic on your blog.

11. Get Google Adsense Approval

If you succeed in getting a good amount of traffic on a daily basis after a few months. It will be a big win for you. Now is the time to apply for Google Adsense to start making money from your blog.

But the problem is that getting the approval of Adsense can be difficult sometimes. Because your blog should be according to the policies of Google Adsense to get its approval. Your content should be of good quality and your own.

But if you are not getting Adsense approval, don’t worry, there are many best alternatives available that can pay you good money. I have already written an article about that:

Best Google Adsense Alternatives For Your Blog or Website

Conclusion

I have told you as much as I can about how to start blogging and make money by starting a blog. But one thing you need to remember If you really want to start blogging, you have to work hard. You also need to be patient because blogging is a time taking process.

If you think that I will start making money within a month by creating a blog. My friends, that’s not true.

As a beginner, you have to work hard and be patient. It takes some time to start earning a good amount of money, but once you get a lot of traffic to your blog, you can earn in so many ways. There are thousands and millions of websites present on the internet other than you and you have to compete with all of these. So you have to write your own and SEO optimized content that Google likes.

 

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