The internet is becoming bigger and bigger day by day. More and more people are coming online because of better access and affordable costs. It is estimated that more than 100 Million new people will come online from India itself in the next one year. If you are someone who has been contemplating about starting your own blog, there is no better time than NOW! But what does it take to start with your own blog? How do you ensure that your blog stands out from the ones that already there?
Owning a blog is easy. There are many blogging service providers – some paid and some free. If you are looking for free options, you can try out some of the ones that are already there, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, Squarespace. They will easily allow you to setup your blog on their platform with guided instructions on how to design and create content for your blog. However, there are some limitations to these free platforms. The domain name will also contain the name of the blogging platform, the number of files you can upload or space that you can use for storing your images and videos will be very less, there will be restrictions search engine optimization techniques and overall you would not be able to use any other tool to design you blog. If you are not looking to spend any money on blogging, you can quickly set this up and start running your blog up in no time.
If you are really serious about blogging, I suggest you look for paid options. Think about your long term vision. You do want your blog to become popular one day right? You do want it to help you earn money and fame? The more control you will have over your online properties, the more you can grow your blog. You can follow the following steps to start your blogging journey.
- Get a domain name
- Get a hosting service
- Install a CMS platform
- Install a theme
- Design your blog
- Start writing content
1) Getting a domain name
A domain name is your unique address on the internet. You will need it in order to get people to your online destination. How to find a good domain name? What all things should your consider before choosing your domain name? What is a good domain name extension to use? What are its benefits? These are some of the things that you should think about when you chose a domain name.
2) Getting a hosting service
A hosting service would give you space to host your files online. You will need this to store your files on the internet so that whenever someone goes to your website, your pages are displayed to them. Which hosting type should you go for? Which hosting provider should you chose? How to link your hosting service to your domain name? These are some of the questions that will come to your mind when you take a hosting service.
3) Install a CMS platform
Its always a good idea to have a Content Management System for your blog. Why? Because this will make your life easy. If you do not have any knowledge of coding on html, you can still create beautiful websites with the help of this platform. After you get a hosting service for you website, you can install a CMS platform on top of it.
4) Install a theme
Blog that look good, attracts more people. Yes, content does play a crucial role but looks also definitely matter. What is a good theme to use? There are free versions as well as paid versions. A paid version will offer you support as well as demo content on its theme to quickly make changes. This makes your life much easier.
5) Design your blog
How do you decide the structure of your blog? What goes where? What looks best? What type of formats go best? Its very important to spend time structuring and designing your blog to make your blog stand out from the rest.
6) Start writing content
Finally when you are happy with how your blog needs to look, spend time writing content and filling up your blog before you start getting people to your blog. Just like you would invite guests to your new home only after you can make them comfortable, the same way ensure that you have ample content in your blog for them to sit and spend time.
Though I have told you how to exactly start a blog, it personally took a long time for me to understand all these elements & actually start a blog. It took me more than two months!
I don’t want you to struggle like I did. I want to help you in all these steps. How? I have started a training centre called Blog Academy where I will personally help you in starting your blog! Check out more here: Blog Academy
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