How to Start a Blog


You guys have been wanting to know how can you start your own blog, not only is blogging a great pastime but it's also a great way to gain exposure as an expert in your field and its excellent for driving traffic to your store. You can even turn your blog into a business.
Starting a blog is not as difficult as you may think. There are 4 simple steps to starting a blog:
  1. Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
  2. Design your blog using a simple theme.
  3. Write compelling content that adds value to readers.
  4. Grow your audience

 

  1. Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.

There are many platforms available that you can use when starting a blog. The most popular ones are:

- Wordpress.org - Wordpress.com - Blogger - Wix - Tumblr - Squarespace

As a beginner, you’ll want a blogging platform that’s easy to set up, and doesn’t require any coding skills. You’ll also need to think about what kind of blog you want to create, now and in the future.

As your blog grows, you may want to change the look of your site and add more features for your growing audience. That means it’s important to choose a blogging platform that’s flexible, with room to grow. 

Lastly, even if you don’t have plans to make money yet, it’s smart to make sure you have the option to do so in the future.

Choosing a blogging platform

Wordpress.org

WordPress.org is the world’s most popular blogging software. It is an open source software that allows you to build your website on your own. It is also a self-hosted solution, which means you will need to sign up with a hosting provider.

Pros

  • WordPress.org gives you control over every aspect of your website.

  • You can grow your blog and add extra features like forums, a store and membership options. 

  • There are thousands of free and premium themes available for WordPress. This allows you to create a beautiful website that stands apart from the crowd.

  • You also get access to more than 45,000 free plugins. These plugins are like apps for your WordPress blog, allowing you to add all kinds of new features.

  • WordPress is search engine friendly.

Cons

  • Managing your own website can be difficult

  • You will have to manage your own backups and security.

Price:

WordPress.org software is free, but you’ll need to buy a domain name (about £14.99/year) and hosting (usually starting from £7.99/month).

 

Wordpress.com

WordPress.com is a blog hosting service offered by Automattic, a company created by WordPress.org cofounder Matt Mullenweg.

WordPress.com offers a basic blog hosting service for free. You can purchase additional options like a custom domain name, additional storage, and other premium services.

Pros:

  • No setup required.

  • Easy to use and manage.

Cons:

  • Limited options to extend your site.

  • You cannot run advertisements on your blog.

  • You do not own your blog and WordPress.com can suspend your account if they find you are violating their terms of service.

Price:

The basic WordPress.com account is free, but it will have WordPress.com ads and branding. You can upgrade to their Personal plan for £2.99/month (billed yearly) to remove WordPress.com logo and advertising from your website, and get a custom domain (such as www.yoursite.com).

For £8.25/month (billed yearly) you can get additional design tools and extra storage.

Blogger

Blogger is a free blog hosting service. It offers a quick and easy way to create a blog for non-tech-savvy users.

Pros:

  • Blogger is free.

  • It’s easy to use and manage without any technical skills.

  • Has the added advantage of Google’s robust secure platform and reliability.

  • Beautiful and affordable blogger themes on etsy

Cons:

  • You’re limited to basic blogging tools, and can’t add new features as your blog grows in popularity.

  • Design options are limited, with fewer free templates available.

  • Blogger does not receive frequent updates or new features. 

 

Wix

Wix is a hosted platform to build websites. It offers an easy way for small businesses to build a website using drag and drop tools. You can also add a blog to your website by adding the Wix Blog app.

Pros

  • You can customise your site using dozens of templates and third party apps.

  • Build your site with easy drag and drop tools; no coding skills required.

  • Setup is quick and easy.

Cons

  • The free account is limited and shows Wix branding and ads on your site.

  • Free third party apps are limited.

  • Once you choose a template you cannot change it.

  • Ecommerce features are limited to paid plans, and even those features are limited.

Pricing

The basic Wix website builder is free. You can add a custom domain for £4.50/month. Their premium plans start from £8.50/month and go up to £24.50/month.

 

Tumblr 

Tumblr is a little different than other blogging platforms. It is a microblogging platform with social networking features including following other blogs, reblogging, built-in sharing tools, and more.

Pros:

  • Tumblr is free and very easy to use.

  • It has an integrated social media component.

  • As a microblogging tool, Tumblr makes it easy to quickly blog videos, GIFs, images, and audio formats.

Cons:

  • Tumblr comes with a limited set of features that you cannot extend as your blog grows.

  • There are many themes available for Tumblr, but they can’t offer additional features.

Pricing:

Tumblr is free to use. You can use a custom domain (purchased separately) for your Tumblr blog, and there are also third party themes and apps available to purchase.

 

Squarespace

Squarespace is a website building service that allows you to create beautiful websites using easy drag and drop tools.

It focuses on small business owners who are looking for an easy way to create an online presence.

Pros

  • Squarespace is simple and easy to use for beginners who aren’t very tech-savvy.

  • It has beautiful professionally designed templates.

  • It separately offers domain name with SSL/HTTPs and eCommerce stores.

Cons

  • Squarespace is limited to the features built into their proprietary platform.

 

Choosing a domain name for your blog 

Here are a few tips on choosing a domain name

- Go with.com :  Most of the time internet users assume .com when browsing. Having a .net, .info, .tv or any other extension puts another potential roadblock in the process of finding you. Having said that, there are plenty of successful sites that use a .net extension (or something else), but a .com is ideal.

 

  • Keep it Short and Easy to Spell

 

  • Consider using your name

 

  • Make it expandable

 

  • Make it sure it is available on other social media sites

 

  1. Design your blog using a simple theme.

Depending on which blogging platform you choose you have different options on themes. You can find beautiful

wordpress themes on themeforest

etsy

If you are using blogger as mentioned before there are beautiful affordable themes on and if you are using squarespace they have stunning templates that are easy to set up.

 

 

  1. Write compelling content that adds value to your readers

The most important thing is to create content that interests your readers. You don’t have to be the best writer to start a blogger, I feel like when people visit blogs they want a more personal perspective. It is important to create content that is of quality and that your readers will appreciate. This includes beautiful pictures and/or compelling words depending on the kind of blog it is.

 

  1. Grow your audience

Grow your audience by promoting your content on social media, having

a mailing list

and be consistent. Also network with other bloggers and comment on other people blogs and leave your blog link.

 

If you guys need anymore advice on blogging, leave a comment below

 

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