What the heck! This blogging thing is so confusing. People are telling me different things all together. Debabs please can you show me how to start a blog the right way? This was a message I received from a friend a week ago.
This friend of mine heard of Blog and wants to start one but because there is much of information on the internet which talked about how to start a blog, and everyone is telling different things, this guy got confused and has turned to seek some help from debabs.
Oh yeah, I know you’re also here because you want to start a blog but don’t know how. If you want to start a bog the right way with fewer budgets then you are at the right place.
Hi, my name is Iddris (Debabs). I’ve been creating blogs and website since 2012. I own quite a number of successful blogs and helped many people create their blogs from which they make money. I started with this blogging issue way back 2012, during that time, I was totally naïve of what a blog is and didn’t know what I’m even doing.
I created my first blog on BlogSpot because I saw friend has one. As to what a blog is all about, I didn’t know then. But now that I’ve been on the internet I’ve learned a lot and my blogs are doing well. I can’t say am an expert on this topic, but I really do know something about blogs. Yes, I really do know much!
Before we dive into creating the blog, let’s know what a blog is and then we can continue with how to create a blog.
What is a blog?
A blog to a layman’s understanding is a type of webpage that focuses mostly on written content, a blog is an online personal journal where you can share information about yourself and other skills that you have for people to read. People who write for others to read are called bloggers.
A blogger writes from his personal experience, other people’s lifestyle or trending issues. Bloggers always tried to come out with content that is more of beneficial to their readers.
Why you should create a blog today
Many people have the mentality that to start a blog you have to be an expert on the internet and also know much about what you are going to be blogging about. The truth is you don’t have to be techy before you can start a blog. As I made mentioned earlier on, when I started my first blog I didn’t know anything but with time I was able to know all the nitty-gritty of blogging and gained a lot of experience in my chosen niche. The only thing it takes to be successful as a blogger is a passion. You need to be passionate about your chosen niche and the topic you’re blogging on.
Below are some of the reasons you should start a blog.
It’s a great way to express yourself: You may have the best knowledge and best ideas but if you don’t have a platform to express your ideas no one will hear you. Once you create a blog, you can write and express your opinion with regards to whatever passioned you.
Blogging can make you a better writer: Once you create a blog and you constantly update it with fresh original content, your writing skills will be improved since you always write and make a lot of research to get more ideas from other bloggers.
Blogging will make you become a better person: Why did I say that? Once you create a blog and published relevant and quality contents, you begin to get more audience. These audiences will, in the long run, gain your trust and will like to leverage your skills. They will want you to do some jobs for them and this will make you more special.
You can make money blogging: If you are able to establish your blog and make a lot of audiences, you’ll begin to make money from your blog. There are a lot of ways to make money blogging. This is another topic we will cover later.
How to start a blog in 4 steps
- Select the Right Blogging Platform
- Choose web hosting and domain for your blog
- Customize/Design your blog
- Write & publish your first post
Select the Right Blogging Platform
There are many blogging platforms to choose from. WordPress, BlogSpot, Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly are a few. All have their pros and cons, but WordPress is by far the most popular (source), and for good reason. It’s free to use, it’s flexible, functional, millions of free themes and plugins, Easy for Beginners and has a large community of users who share tools and ideas. WordPress is a great platform to start a blog and I will always recommend anyone who is looking to start a blog to choose WordPress as their blogging platform. I will take you to step by step on how to install a WordPress on your domain later.
Choose web hosting and domain for your blog
A domain is an address for your website. A domain is what your customer will type in their browser before they get to your store. (www.example.com). Make sure you chose a domain that is easy to spell, simple and memorable. A “dot com” domain extension (.com) is most of the time preferable.
Webhosting is the service that makes your site to be on the internet. You can create a site on your local machine but before you can get it live on the internet you will a hosting service. There are many web hosting companies offering similar service with different packages but for the sake of this tutorial, we are going to use one of these services that have all the features and packages that the other big companies have but with less cost as compared to others. The blog host I recommend for this guide is one.com and will show you how to install and build your blog on one.com.
Why one.com and no other hosting?
Even though there are other Hosting Companies which were recommended by the WordPress team, one.com is another great service you’ll surely enjoy. With their starter package which cost only $8.8 when you sign up through this www.one.com you get:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 25 GB Storage
- Website Builder – up to 5 pages
- PHP & FTP/SFTP
- Free domain
- Security with SSL
- 512 MB RAM
- 1 x CPU
- Unlimited email accounts
If you decide to go with one.com then we are set to go if not you can decide to use the other alternative hosting and you should be able to install WordPress on your domain through that hosting Cpanel. But we are going to continue this guide with one.com. Click on this www.one.com to go to the website.
Once you are on the website you will see the below screen
Select the starter package and then you will be directed to a page to choose your domain. Remember with this hosting you cannot use another service domain. You only get a domain from them. If you already purchased a domain from Goddady or name cheap you can’t use it on one.com so you have to choose your domain from them. But don’t worry is free.
Now you will be redirected to a page where you are required to select the type of account you want to create. You will see private and business. Select a private customer and fill in your full name and email then click on next.
Now you another page will be displayed for you to fill in your personal details. Complete the form and then click on proceed to checkout
Now you are redirected to the checkout page where you key in your credit card details and then click on continue to finish the payment process.
Now a confirmation code will be sent to your phone and a confirmation link will also be sent to your email.
Open your email and click on the confirmation link to go to the confirmation page. Here, you will be asked of the code. Enter the code which was sent to your phone by one.com and that’s all. Wait 5 minutes for your account to be activated.
Congratulation! You’ve successfully purchased a domain and a hosting. Let’s get WordPress install on your new domain and hosting.
First go back to one.com homepage and at the right corner of the website, you’ll see the control panel. Click on it and then login with your email and password.
Once you successful login, scroll down and locate 1–click WordPress
Click New installation to create a new WordPress installation on your domain.
Select a language your WordPress administration. Choose a location for your website. You can select the root directory of your domain, or type in a subdomain. Click Install.
You have now started the WordPress installation. Click Continue.
Enter a username; you will use this to log on to your WordPress administration. Choose a password for your WordPress username. Enter an email address; this will be your primary contact for WordPress, for example, if you forgot your password. Click Continue.
Customize/Design your blog
That’s all! Your WordPress site is ready. You are now logged in to your WordPress dashboard and can start to personalize your site. to start customizing your account, you ‘ve to first choose a theme.there are millions of WordPress themes in the WordPress repository that you can choose to use. both free and premium WordPress themes can also be found on most of the third-party ( theme developers) website. but since this is your first encounter with WordPress it will be good to start with a free theme after gaining much experience with the platform you can then choose to switch to premium themes.
How to Install WordPress Theme and Plugins
It’s easy to install a theme or plugin. al you need to do is to login to your dashboard and then locate appearance on the left side of the dashboard. now select themes and a whole lot of them will be displayed to choose the one you like. just click on any of the themes you like and you’ll see the install. click on install and then activate. to install a plugin you follow this same procedure but this time you locate plugins at the and then add new. then search for the plugin you want and click on install and then activate.
Write & publish your first post
Now that you know how to install a theme and plugin, you can start to write and publish your first article. article publishing is one of the most important parts of a successful blog. always try to up[date your blog with quality and original content. You don’t have to copy and paste from other blogs. you can search for information about your keyword from other blogs but don’t copy and paste. just get some ideas from them and then play around those keywords to come out with your own content.
Final words (Bonus)
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