Best tips to Start a Blog
From the last ten years millions of blogs are launched.And I am sure that this question also comes to your mind that How Do I start a blog?
However, let me tell you that there were many who started a blog but unable to continue it because they were unaware of the tips and understandings to run a blog.
Well! If you want to start a blog then go through this article, it will help you launch a blog . Moving towards the tips for which you are here!
Before moving towards blogging, you need to know what a blog is. A blog is a platform, which is updated regularly and is managed by either by one person or by a group. The writing style of a blog is conversational or informal. Behind every blog there is a purpose that is carried out regularly, it can be promotional, introduction or to market specific thing.
Now there are certain platforms that are used for blogging. Some of the best blogging platforms are:
- Live Journal
You can pick the suitable platform according to your requirements like budget, themes, templates, plug-ins etc.
I will prefer you should use wordpress as your blogging platform because it is highly customizable and there are lot of plugins and themes available for wordpress which will make your job easy.We will talk about wordpress in a separate post.
How to start a blog:
Starting a blog is a great idea . We will guide you from the very beginning to the end. Now the question is from where to start.
- Why and which blog do you want to build?
Well! This is a very basic and important question and you must know the answer before starting a blog. Without having the answer of this question you can start a blog but you would not be able to continue. I will help you out systematically to setup your own personal blog.
- Step 1 |Blog idea:
The very first step is to know which blog you want to build, for which you need to come up with a solid idea. If you are already having a solid idea for a blog then just skip this step and move to the next step, else follow the instructions.
1. Find area of your interest in which you have knowledge about. And you want to share with the world.
2. Never think to start multiple tasks on a single blog like marketing, sports, news etc. Just go for one single task.
3. Make sure your blog idea has the ability for the regular updates.
4.You need to be a good writer as it is a basic requirement, a good writer can produce good content and the content generates traffic.
- Step 2 |Best blog platform:
When I say best blog platform, it does not mean to choose the platform by searching best blog platform in the search engine or ask your friends about the best blog platform and go for it. Best blog platform means which is according to your blog requirements and budget. You need to be sure about the themes, plug-ins, templates etc.
I have mentioned above the top blog platform, you may visit the above websites one by one and then select the platform according to your requirements.But my favourite is wordpress.
- Step 3| Webhosting selection:
Well, if you do not know about web hosting then let me provide you a little introduction. Web hosting is a place or server, which is used to access a website. Now you again need to research about the best hosting website but hold on there is something you must need to decide first and is you want to pay for blog hosting or you want to move on free.
Some websites offers free web hosting if you select their platform for building blog like Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger etc. However, there are some drawbacks of free blog and are:
- You cannot buy your own domain and use the platform’s sub domain.
- On free platform, you will not own the blog.
- You will monitor only some aspects of your blog due to limits and restrictions.
- Chance of earning through ads will be low.
- Some free platform will advertise their advertisements on your blog.
- Can’t change technology according to you.
In short, free blog platform are not good in long run, it will be better to go for web hosting. You will pay a little for web hosting but you will have many advantages. Some best and cheap web hosting websites with multiple facilities are:
- Step 4 | Domain Selection:
After web hosting, the next step is to select a domain. A domain is a naming system, which is used to access a website through browser. Before selecting any domain, first you need to decide the name of your blog and then select the domain accordingly. Make sure your domain name and the blog idea matches each other.
Better go for .com domain if you do not want to target a specific country through blog.
- Step 5| blog designing
The very important step for a successful blog is blog design. Blog design is the layout of your blog, if your blog is attractive and user friendly then you can easily generate traffic but if your blog is full of tabs then users will never visit the blog again.
Try to make a clean blog with simple and important content on each page. Use the drop down menu to move around the website. Use light colors on the website as bright colors are not attractive over the blog. You can use the blog themes and templates that are pre built for your blog, some are free and others cost a little.
- Step 6 | Online your blog:
Upload your website on the web hosting and make it available for the users.
- Step 7 | Submit Your Blog to search engines :
- Step 7 | Blog content:
If you are unable to update new content every day then you must need to update new content every two -three days in order to engage the users on the blog.
- Step 8 | Marketing of Blog:
To generate traffic you need blog marketing and you can do it through social media. Also, share your blog’s articles on the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so you can generate enough traffic to your website.
These were simple tricks towards a creating a blog . However, I kept the description short, if you need details you may post your questions in the comment box I will get back to you immediately.