Blogging Guide for Beginners was created to help new bloggers start their blogging journey. Like every other new adventure, blogging could be exciting and scary at the same time. With this blog post, I will try to eliminate that scary feeling for you. So, let’s start from the very beginning.
If you already made up your mind and decided that you want to get into blogging, you are already halfway through. And that is great.
Do you know what you want to blog about?
If you do know please start thinking about your competition out there on the web. If your competition is high, your blog might need some longer time to get noticed by readers. Although, if you do your SEO and digital marketing the right way, that shouldn’t be a problem too.
Is your niche unique? Is it an ordinary one?
These are questions that need to be answered first since that will affect your rankings too. Whatever your niche is, please make sure you know a lot about it. If you want to blog about food you should certainly know how to cook. That applies to any other niche as well. As simple as that.
Do you know what you want to name your new blog?
I suppose you do. Just make sure that the name reflects the niche. That would help your Google rankings too. That name of your blog is actually called the domain name and it’s going to be your internet address. For example – myfirstblog.com or myfirstblog.net etc… The very next thing you need to do is to –
Check, Buy and Register your new domain
There are numerous hosting sites on the net where you can check if your desired blog name already exists or if it was taken. If somebody already thought of the name you wanted to use, you would still have an option to get it. It might not be “.com” but maybe “.net” instead. Most of the time websites that provide domain names provide hosting too. You don’t have to necessarily buy both of them from the same provider but it is actually the more convenient thing to do.
They usually offer different packages that include domain name, hosting, SSL, storage capacity, and plans for one, two, or three years. They also have different pricing too so you can pick a plan that suits your needs and your wallet. I use GoDaddy and Bluehost and have no complaints so far. After you are done with purchasing your domain and hosting, you need to do one last step.
Pick up your favorite WordPress theme
Most hosting providers have already installed WordPress and its themes and it’s your turn to decide which one would suit your niche. Those themes come as paid and free themes. Again you have a choice to pick the one you want to go with. I have to admit one thing – setting your theme can come as a challenge if you have never done it before. But, not to worry. There is plenty of Youtube videos that can help and your hosting company offers customer support as well. After you set up your theme you can start writing your first post.
Free VS Paid Hosting
We also have to mention that there is free hosting with Blogger and WordPress. It is ok to start with them but you won’t be able to monetize your blog. They won’t allow you to place ads or affiliate links in your content. If you are planning to do affiliate marketing you will need to opt for paid hosting. We will explain about monetizing your blog in our next post.
You are officially a new blogger now.
Now, you can write about all your favorite stuff. Try to post at least once a week. That would help your blog to rank better and keep your readers involved. If you would like to learn how to create featured images for your posts you can find more info about it in my blog post Creating Images with Canva.
Canva is a free graphic design tool that is easy to use and I highly recommend it. I am sure you will love it too. Canva often offers a free 30 days trial for the Pro plan that comes with more features and options. I personally started with a Free plan in the beginning and then later switched to a Pro.
After you got hold of creating your content and designing images you can begin sharing your posts on every single social media account you have. As more you share as more traffic you will get. That is extremely important for your rankings too.
Social Media plays a significant role in your blogging adventure.
If you already don’t have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn, please create them as soon as you can. That is how you can get followers, find blogger’s groups, get more traffic to your blog, and much more. I will soon explain that in more detail in my next blog post.
Hopefully, this Blogging Guide for Beginners helps you start your new blogging adventure.
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Good luck to you and happy blogging.
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