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HOW TO START A BLOG FOR FREE SUCCESSFULLY
Starting a blog or website could be for various reasons. Individuals and companies create websites or blogs for internet marketing of their businesses, products or services or you want to make money online or for any other personal purposes?
But setting up a blog can be very difficult and technical. In fact, it may require an experienced person to create one without any errors.
But do not worry!
I will take you be the hand and lead you through the step-by-step processes on how to create a blog and do it well successfully
Whatever be the reason, you are at the right place.
So without further ado, lets get down to business.
STEPS TO SETTING A BLOG
Going straight to the point, there are 6 major steps to creating a blog online.
There are as stated below;
STEP 1. Choose A Niche:
First of all, you get to choose a niche based on certain factors. These factors are of 2 major types which are
- Your Area of interest or passion
- Financial viability
On the first factor, go for the niche where you have a strong affinity and likeness for. It is such factor that will keep you satisfied and going irrespective of any difficulties and obstacles you might face.
On the 2nd factor, you need to ask yourself: Is it capable of generating money online or is it of financial value? This is year 2021 and there are lots of bills to pay. you cannot just create a blog for the passion of it alone.
So, make sure you have these 2 factors at most.
STEP 2. Picking A Domain Name:
This is all about giving your website a name in relation to its link. it can be your personal name or one that reflects what the blog is all about.
For example, a popular blogger, Neil Patel uses his personal name to name his blog.
Another one is cars45.com(the name telling us the site is about cars)
STEP 3. Choosing A Web Hosting Provider:
These are companies that host your blog live on the internet to the outside world. They come with their own features and specifications depending on what suits the type of blog you want to create.
A good number of these web-hosting service providers are Bluehost, namecheap, dreamhost, ipage, GoDaddy, greengeeks, immotion and many others of which you can choose from and install for your website depending on your budget, capabilities and specifications.
Now, to continue with the process of setting up a hosting package, it might seem very technical for you but there are well-detailed and comprehensive tutorials on how to install and host Bluehost on your blog that will guide you all though without any hitches.
STEP 4. Installing WordPress Theme:
After installing Bluehost, the next step is to install a WordPress design theme which will give your blog the basic layout design depending on your niche and category.
At this point, you get to choose from a wide range of themes to choose from depending on your niche and kind of blog and They can be free or paid/premium.
The difference is that the Premium themes comes with super extra features unlike the free ones.
Though the free ones are OK but if you wish are high on budget and can afford the paid ones, no problem.
Now, after finally setting a blog, all that is left is to input your contents such as writing high quality articles and uploading images, videos, screenshots etc.
And that is exactly what takes us to our last step which is below
NOTE: These contents are what must relate to your niche.
STEP 5: Create And Publish A Blog post Content On Your Blog
After all these, you may be completely done but your traffic visitors isn't interested in all these neither are you getting any award for it.
Your contents is what matters to them and that is the very reason why they visit your site.
Now, how do we create a blog post for content?
a. Log in to your dashboard admin area using your login details (username and password).
b. Simply, click "Pages as shown below or "Hover your cursor over the “Pages” menu item on the navigation menu located on the left-hand side of the Dashboard. Click “Add New”.
c. After that, you will be taken to another place as shown below where you click "Add new"
Once done, you will see which you can begin writing your content there.
These 5 broad steps are what is needed to start up a blog but can be very technical, hence requires a person with sound knowledge and skills to avoid making errors.
STEP 6: Promote Your Blog
After posting your content be it in form of articles, videos, images etc, this is no magic you can use to make your target audience to be aware of your site other than to notify your site to them via various content marketing, marketing via creating email lists and other promotional methods.
Just imagine how it will feel if after publishing your site, nobody visits your blog for months running to years? In fact, how will they visit when they are not even aware that your site exist in the first place.
This is the main reason why promotion is very necessary.
The major form of promotion is SEO Optimization: This involves optimizing your website to boost your chances of ranking high in search engine results pages (SERPs).
This is broken down into 3 parts;
- On-page SEO which refers to practices taken to your individual webpages to improve its search rankings such as writing seo-friendly content, boosting site speed, doing internal links etc.
- Off-page SEO which is about actions taken out of your website to influence its rankings positively, Such actions involves creating backlinks and other external signals such as creating social media pages, press releases, content syndication, directories submission etc.
- Technical SEO: According to yoast.com, Technical SEO refers to improving the technical aspects of a website in order to increase the ranking of its pages in the search engines as making a website faster, easier to crawl and understandable for search engines are the pillars of technical optimization.
BENEFITS OF OWNING A BLOG/WEBSITE
Owning a blog comes with lots of benefits and far more advantageous in that.
- it showcases you business to the outside world online.
- It helps reach out to more people(customers) all across the world
- Through your blog, you can make money online via monetization.
- Owning a blog or website helps promotes your products or services.
- You get more sales and generate more revenue or profit.
So what else are you waiting for?
This is a perfect time now to learn how to set up a blog and Do It Yourself.
What makes a successful blog?
Yes, I mean You.
First, It depends on the amount of time, hardwork, dedication and commitment that you put into your blog.
Second, it depends on how you interact with your readers via your content.
Is your content informative, attractive and engaging?
If yes, then you are heading towards goldmine – SUCCESS.
Just keep up the passion! Keep writing useful content. Make it at-least once a week. And before you know it, boom!
You will begin dining with the kings of blogging.
Thanks for your time, patience, endurance and attention.
Bye for now.