As we promised in our last blog post, we are here with a guide on how to start a blog.
Blogging is a great way to showcase your creative genius. If you are someone who is passionate about a subject and if you wish to have a platform for your work, then a blog is the perfect place to start.
With many blogging platforms offering different themes and features to enhance your content, you can easily create your own blog.
If you are a beginner who is wondering how you should approach blogging, then the following steps will be of great help to you.
Step 1: Choose a niche for your blog.
A niche is a theme or a topic your content will be based on. To make your blog successful, you must find the right niche. When you find it, you should research how you can make that particular niche profitable.
Having a niche allows you to know your audience. You will, therefore, be able to analyze the responses and understand how to make your niche thrive. It is very easy to make a niche blog profitable through advertisements and affiliate links.
How to choose the perfect niche for your blog
To make a niche blog successful, you will have to have deep knowledge about the niche. Only this will allow you to create wholesome content.
The better the content, the more traffic your blog will generate. Therefore, choose a niche that appeals to you. It is also helpful if you choose one that you have prior knowledge about. If you do not have enough knowledge or experience about a niche that you are interested in, then make sure that you do enough research and gain as much information as you can, before starting.
Also, before you finalize your niche, check how profitable it can be. Not all niches thrive in blogging. So, take note of how interesting your niche is to an audience and whether there is actually a market available.
Step 2: Select your blogging platform
There are many blogging platforms available and each has its own set of themes and features. Choose a platform that will enhance your content and allow it enough space to grow.
As a beginner, you should go for a self-hosted blogging platform. These blogging platforms do not cost much and have a wide range of features that make them perfect for launching your blog.
Free blogging platforms vs. self-hosted blogging platforms
Further, if you use any of these free blogging platforms, your blog would be hosted on their domain. This means that it will look something like this: www.xyz.tumblr.com (for instance). There will be limited advertisements and often the platform will use your space to promote advertisements for its own benefit. You will therefore not be able to make enough money.
Self-hosted blogging platforms, however, do not have too many restrictions. But they will need you to pay a little. The cost is quite minimal and you can access a range of features.
Many blogging platforms, like WordPress, for example, have some features and options for free for a while. During this trial period, you can check which options are working for you and whether or not the platform, in general, is suitable to your content. The only rules that you will have to follow in a self-hosted blogging platform, are the ones set by the domain registrar and the web hosting company.
Otherwise, you have full control over your blog. In this type of platform, you can use your own name and web hosting space. This kind of a system (self-hosting) is also known as Content Management System and it is open source and free of cost. Self-hosted blogging platforms are a great place to present your copyrighted material.
Once you have selected your blogging platform, it is easy to create a domain name and signing up for a web hosting account.
WordPress is the most popular self-hosted blogging platform. To set up a WordPress blog, buy suitable web hosting and domain name.
Step 3: Select the right theme for your blog.
This is a very important step. The best free WordPress themes that you choose will need to be attractive to draw people to your content. The colors and layout should also be perfect for your content. You do not want it to overpower your content or clash with the images and font.
Step 4: Promote your blog
Once you set up your blog, you will need to promote it. Schedule posts to promote your content and create an audience for yourself. Allow people to contact you with feedback and give them some information about your blog. This will keep your audience interested and will draw more people.
When you decide to create a blog, you will have to select a theme that will work. Having a proper theme will allow you to make your blog more profitable.
Some of the niches for your content that will make it interesting are:
- Interesting, lesser known facts about everyday subjects: This allows people to be curious about what information you have to provide and also makes for an innovative blog topic.
- DIY life hacks and projects: If you are an artist or if you have some interesting life hacks, then this can make quite the niche. This theme is wildly popular and you can make a really profitable blog.
- Share your favorite vacation spots: People are really interested in getaway spots and would like to discover new places. There are still spots that have not attracted enough tourists and if travel is a passion, then you should really explore it as a blog theme.
You blog can have quirky or mysterious themes as well. From case studies to conspiracy theories, there are many niches that can be taken up. Before you choose one, check whether people are interested in your niche and whether your blog will make it.
The Next Steps
This is all that you need to follow to create your blog, choose the best free WordPress theme and make the most out of WordPress plugins to enhance the functionality of your blog.