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If you’re looking for a free, easy and step-by-step guide to follow on how to start a blog, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to help guide you through this. You’ll learn how to start a blog in easy steps that’ll take you about 15 minutes. My decision is for you to learn How to start a blog and begin making money from it. In this free guide for beginners, I’m going to show you everything you need to know when it comes to learning how to start a blog and profit from it. So, if you’re ready to take jump and learn how to start a blog, let’s get into this simple, step-by-step tutorial for new bloggers.
I’m not some sort of a Guru, but I certainly do know the best way you can do start your own blog and start making money from it. I promise it’ll be simple, relatively easy, and definitely easy to understand (no stupid jargon). Sound good?
Why you should create a blog
I’m going to outline exactly what you need to do to get started and set up your own personal blog. Before we dive in though, I really want to talk about why you should build a blog.
- The best reason? You can make money doing it!
- Blogging has quickly become one of the most popular and best of the ways of communicating and spreading information and news.
- You become a better person and a better writer.
- it’s a great way to express yourself and also a fantastic way to share information with others.
How to start a blog in easy five steps and make money
Learn how to start a blog in 15 minutes following these simple steps:
- Select a niche.
- Choose a great blogging platform.
- Set up a blog on your own domain.
- Design your with a free WordPress theme.
- Promote your blog and make money
Select a niche.
First before you plan to start your blog configure what you are going to write about. When choosing a niche I prefer you to choose a niche which you are passionate about. If you are a newbie you may sometimes not understand what I’m talking about
What is a niche?
Is a topic which you focus on i.e. weight loss, music niche and many more?
Choose your great blogging platform.
Choosing where you want to build blog is pretty much the first thing you have to do. I’m going to take a leap and assume you’ve heard of WordPress, and this is the platform I advocate. It’s massive. It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog. There are more than 82 million active users of WordPress = a lot, basically. There are other alternatives, however, and they are listed below:
Blogger – Definitely the next best thing to WordPress.
Tumblr – Half social network, half blog. Interesting, and very simple to use.
Even though WordPress is bigger (and probably better) than those two, here are my reasons why you should still go with WordPress:
- Super easy set-up and is free to use
- Tons of free themes and layouts (I’m not kidding, there are gazillions).
- There’s a massive support forum in case you get stuck (you won’t, but it’s nice to have it there if you need it).
- Your blog will be insanely fast and it’ll also look Functionality and form – perfect!
- People can interact with you easily. Your content can be shared, commented on, and so on.
WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. Awesome, right? It’s perfect for those of us who aren’t super serious about blogging. But it does have downsides:
- You DON’T OWN your blog it might sound silly at first, but you don’t actually own your blog. It’s hosted on someone else’s web property and they can delete it if they want to. They have done so in the past, and keep doing it in the future. Which means all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts might have vanished within seconds.
- Limits and more limits there are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone it’s all limited. Worse still, you won’t even have access to the free themes offered by WordPress.
- You won’t be able to get your own domain name on a free blog, your blog’s web address (your URL) will be butt-ugly. Like, really ugly. In short, create a free blog with any other the above free blog services and it’ll look like this:
For example if you want to call your blog blogtech.com
It will be:
Blogtech.wordpress.com instead of www.blogtech.com
Blogtech.blogspot.com instead of www.blogtech.com
Blogtech.tumblr.com instead of www.blogtech.com
Which is not professional at all.
On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name – you are the REAL owner of your blog. You’ll be able to name your blog whatever you want, for example, “YourName.com” or yourbestname.club. You can end it with .club, .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, or virtually any other web suffix.
Add to that unlimited bandwidth for videos, images, and content plus the free themes and you have a winning combo. So how much is hosting and a domain name? Not as much as you’re thinking, fortunately. It usually works out to about $3 to $8 per month, depending on your hosting provider which is less than a couple of coffees. But if prefer you to use A2 Hosting.
Set up a blog on your domain.
In this step we’ll also select the blogging platform and web hosting you’ll be using and in order to get your blog online. The combination of blogging platform & web hosting I personally use (and that most other bloggers use) is a WordPress blog, hosted by A2 Hosting. WordPress is a publishing platform that’s been around since 2003 and now powers more than 85% of blogs and websites on the Internet. And A2 Hosting is one of the longest established companies with fast servers for the blog hosting industry.
What is Domain?
The domain is basically the URL, of your website. Examples: google.com (Google.com is the domain), Facebook.com (Facebook.com is the domain), smartechcommunity.club (smartechcommunity.club is the domain for this website). You see! Simple
What is A2 Hosting?
It is the company that is used for web hosting and domain registration.
A2 Hosting offers a simple 1-click WordPress install, which makes starting a self-hosted WordPress blog super easy. It also comes with a free domain name (if your desired URL is available) and offers 24/7 support to answer all of your questions and help with troubleshooting (which is fantastic when you’re just getting started). If you’re committed to learning how to start a blog that can eventually make money (the way I recommend you doing it), nothing gives you the security, features, and peace of mind that your blog will be up when you need it to be like A2 Hosting does.
What is web hosting?
I touched on this a bit in step #1 above, but to make your website accessible to other people on the Internet, you need a “host.” The host keeps all your website files safe, secure and makes sure that people can access your blog when they click on a link or type in your URL. I use and recommend A2 hosting to every blogger, because it acts as a one-stop shop for great (affordable) web hosting and quick & easy registration of your domain name in one swoop. And if you already followed everything in step #1 above, then you’ve got A2 Hosting set up to be your web hosting provider so no need to worry As I said, if you’ve already completed the first step above and gotten setup with A2 Hosting then you can skip this step! You’ve already got your domain name and hosting squared away.
Think of web hosting like being your home. When someone comes over (types in your URL), they’ll be able to see all the things you’ve been keeping inside. Yes, it comes at a cost you don’t have if you’re on one of the free blogging platforms, but having a proper website host is one of the most important investments in starting a successful blog.
What are the best web hosting services to use?
There are several great web hosting services out there for your blog.
Regardless of who you choose, what you should be looking for in a web hosting company is:
The service I’ve found that best checks all of these boxes (and more) for new bloggers is A2 Hosting. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned them several times as my web hosting company of choice already in this guide, and that’s for very good reason. So if you want to get started start here with A2 Hosting.
Design your blog with a free WordPress theme.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a simple blogging platform started in 2003 to help publishers, bloggers and businesses quickly build, publish and maintain websites without having to hire a technical team to do it, but WordPress has since transformed into much more advanced website builder.
Is WordPress free?
To be clear, there are two different versions of WordPress out there. What most bloggers use, the WordPress.org version, serves as a 100% free CMS (content management system) that powers the majority of websites on the internet? It’s what I use as the backend CMS to power my blog here, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly because of how widely customizable it is—and the fact that it’s completely free. Now, the other version of WordPress, is what you’ll find at WordPress.com.
While this service is owned and operated by the same parent company that maintains the free version of WordPress, the .com version is how the parent company generates revenue with their blog hosting plans (this is how they can afford to keep the .org version of WordPress free for all of us bloggers out there). From WordPress.com, you can actually start a blog for free too— but as we covered earlier in this guide, it’ll come pre-loaded with WordPress branding built-in and your blog will live on a subdomain like yourblog.wordpress.com instead of your own custom domain like yourblog.com or yourblog.club.
Let’s make your blog look exactly how you want it to. To choose a new theme, you can either head to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or you can head to a premium theme website like ThemeForest.net and buy a theme for around $50.
I usually choose something that looks professional and pretty easy to customize. WordPress also has this awesome feature that allows you to change themes with just a few clicks. So if you start getting tired of your current blog template, you can just switch to another one without losing any precious content or images.
Recall, your blog’s design should reflect both you and your personality, but also what the blog is about. There’s no point having a Cricket-orientated theme if your blog is about football. On top of that, it should be easy to navigate if you want people to stick around. If it’s tricky and difficult to move around it, people won’t stay. After all design is a subjective art; meaning everyone likes different things. But no one likes ugly websites, and they especially hate websites that need a university degree to navigate. Make it easy for them.
Promote your blog and make money
Building a profitable blog is all about creating winning habits, deliberately building your readership and finding win-win ways to monetize with them.
Do bloggers get paid?
In short, yes they are the most paid.
Go to this post to see How to Monetize a Blog?
Determining a level of demand there is for a given set of keyword phrases, on the other hand, is much more subjective.
If you ask 100 different experienced bloggers, you’ll get 100 different answers. Here are the ranges that I personally use to determine the level of demand a keyword phrase has when I run it through a keyword research tool:
- Very High (10,000+)
- High (5001 – 10,000)
- Medium (2,001 – 5,000)
- Low (1,001 – 2,000)
- Very Low (< 1,000)
Keep in mind, we’re talking about the number of monthly searches here, and in the context of how much search demand there is in a given niche topic area —which is a great place to begin when you’re learning how to start a blog.
Eventually as your blog grows and you have a regular flow of new readers, you’ll be able to go after keyword phrases that get well into the tens or hundreds of thousands of monthly searches (even millions), but here we’re talking about taking on keyword phrases in a niche topic area that you’ll be able to realistically rank your content well with—that still has a decent level of search demand.
For driving traffic to your site I would, I prefer you to use:
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
- Making use of Advertisement websites like (Freeadforum.com and classifieds ads)