Friday, August 09, 2013

How to Start a Blog – Step by Step Guide



Think What You Are Going To Blog About

Before you start blogging, I want you to think about the things you like. Is there anything you actually enjoy or are really passionate about? If yes, then start a blog about it. When I started my first blog, I was really interested in smartphones, so I picked that topic. It’s much easier to write articles and posts about something that you’re interested in.

It’s even better when you have been interested in a specific field or an industry for a long time, that makes you literally an expert. If you don’t like blogging about clothes, then simply don’t do it. You don’t have to blog about something you are not interested in. However, if you are interested in something – for example cars, then just blog about it! Of course, if you don’t have any idea or niche you want to write about, start blogging about your daily activities, memorable moments or simply about yourself.

Here are some of the most popular blogging topics in 2013:
  • Entertainment – It can either be something funny or just informative about latest movies, popular celebrities, television shows and/or music.
  • Health – In the busy world there aren’t just enough time for healthy lifestyle. That’s why many people read blogs about fitness and health. If you can provide valuable information on this topic, then this is a good way to start.
  • Fashion – Are you interested in different outfits, shoes and accessories? Well, many women all over the world are. Writing about latest trends in fashion can bring you a pretty decent amount of visitors as well.
Decide – Personal Domain or Not

Before you go on and start your blog, you need to know whether you want your own domain name or not. Keep in mind that domains will most likely cost about $5 – $10 a year. In addition, you will need a hosting that costs about ~$8 a month. If you don’t have the money, then start with free blogging platforms like blogger.com or tumblr.com. With these platforms you can not set your own address and your blog will be accessible from yourblog.blogspot.com or yourblog.tumblr.com.

Choose a Domain Name and Hosting

Now this part is my favorite. Finding a great domain name can take a while, but it’s worth it. I suggest you to pick something brandable and simple to remember. Let’s say you are planning to start a fashion blog. www.bestfashionblog2013.org or www.all-about-latest-fashion-trends.com is not a great idea. Why so?

People simply cannot remember those domains and when they want to return they have already forgotten your domain name. It’s much better when you choose something memorable, such as www.fashionologie.com, www.vivalafashion.com or something like that. As an alternative, you can just use your personal name, for example: www.MikeWallagher.com

In short, domain should be:
  • Catchy
  • Easy to remember
  • Unique
Where can I get domain & hosting?

However, before you get a domain, you will need the hosting. In the past few years while I have been creating and managing different blogs, I have found out that there are only few reliable hosting companies.

One of them is Dreamhost. In fact, this blog is using the same hosting as well. Their service is quite cheap compared to others and they are well-known for their good customer support. I have been using their hosting services for 3 years now and so far I have had no problems at all. It’s also good for beginners because they have “1-Click-Blog-Installation” feature and they offer you a 2-week trial in case you feel that blogging is not for you.

Of course, you can also feel free to use other hosting companies since I have put together a tutorial on how to install your blog manually as well. If you decide to go with any another hosting then make sure it’s with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space and unlimited domains. In that way you won’t get into trouble later on.

You have two options to install your blog: Manually or with One-Click-Installation

The manual version suits better for internet/computer savvy while the One-Click-Installation is better for starters who are trying to set up their first blog. In both ways, you’ll get your blog online in short time.

#Blogging, #Beginners Guide