Starting a new Blog can be really difficult especially if you don't know the basics. But don't worry, we have got you covered and we will guide you with everything so that you don't have to worry.
After reading this article, you will be able to set up a complete blog with great potential to be successful.
How to Start a Successful Blog?
There are multiple steps to follow and we have covered each of them.
Step 1: Finding your Niche
Before starting a blog, you must choose your niche. Niche means the topics your content will be based on. Some examples of niche can be travel, technology and Food.
Blogs with Food Niche posts recipes. Whereas blogs with Travel niche post their articles on travel guides and other stuff related to traveling.
If you have not decided on any niche yet, you can check out this list of Niches to start a blog on.
Assuming that you have selected a niche for yourself, let's begin to the next step.
Step 2: Choosing a Platform
What does this mean? There are multiple platforms to start a blog and some of them are free as well. The difference is that, paid ones offer much more versatility and control over your blog. If you can spend $2-$3 on your blog monthly, paid ones are the best option. However, if you cannot spend on your blog, free ones are there as well.
So how to choose the platform? If you have opted for the paid route, Keep reading this article to the end. Whereas if you don't want to spend money on your blog and want to go the freeway, go to Blogspot.com and create an account for yourself. Enter basic details like your Blog Name and you can start writing articles and blogs. That's it and your blog is ready but remember that you won't have complete control over your blog and there will be a .blogspot.com extension at the end of your blog name which clearly represents that you are running a free blog.
It isn't bad for starters though.
However, if you want complete control over your blog and more versatility, there are a couple of things you will need to set up and purchase.
Step 3: Buying a Domain Name and Web Hosting
If you are not familiar with these terms, it is completely fine. Domain name is the name of your website or blog. For example 'facebook.com' is also a domain name. Even 'Youtube.com' is a domain name too. You can buy Domain name from any domain registrar.
How to buy Domain Name?
You can visit a website like Godaddy and enter the name of your website you want it to be (should be unique) and purchase it.
If you are confused about multiple terms like '.com','.co','in', dont worry and simply buy the '.com'.
Once you have purchased the Domain name, its time to buy Web Hosting, You can buy Web Hosting from HostSall at really affordable prices starting for less than 1$ a month.
Once you have selected for the hosting plan you want to buy (the most basic plan will be completely fine), it will ask for your domain name which you have purchased earlier.
Enter that domain name (Example: yourwebsitename.com) and purchase the web hosting.
Once the payment is done, you will have to wait for 1-2 days as it takes time for Domain Propagation. If you don't know what that is, just wait for 1-2 Days.
Since you have purchased the hosting from HostSall, setting up your blog will be much easier.
Login to your Web Hosting Dashboard and submit a ticket to Change your nameservers and Install WordPress on your hosting. Make sure to also give your domain name account login details. The hosting company will set it up for you so that you can sit back and relax without going into the technical part.
Once it is done (they won't take more than 2 Hours), They will provide you with a username and password and a link to login into your blog so that nobody apart from you can access it.
Go to the provided link, enter username and password provided by them (don't share the login details with anyone) and you are officially logged into your blog.
Step 4: Installing a Theme
In the left sidebar, look for themes option and click on it. There are a lot of themes to choose from but we would suggest you to install 'Newspaper Theme'. Although, it is not necessary right now and can be done later.
You can look online on making your theme look good or on Best themes for Blogging on WordPress.
Step 5: Publishing Content
The most important part about your blog will be publishing articles/blogs on your website.
In order to start a successful blog, pushing out content regularly is the most important factor.
Make sure, each article you write should have at least 600 words.
Articles with 1000 Words or more without making it boring is the best part and will lead to early success.
Step 6: Making your Content Engaging
Make sure that your content is not boring and there are enough appealing images.
You may have all the fancy in your blog but without strong content, the chances of success becomes too low. Keep figuring out different ways of making people engage with your content.
You can always try various techniques or look online regarding this, as making people engage increases the chances of them returning back to your blog later.
The amount of time people spend on your post is a ranking factor for many search engines. So if your viewers spend more time on your blog, chances are there that your blog will rank higher on the search engine result page (SERP).
Step 7: Be Open to Learn
There are a tonne of things to learn about blogging. As a blogger, one should also learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization ). We won't go deep into it, but you can search about it on Google and YouTube. SEO is a really important part and should not be missed. You can also look for the Latest Google Algorithm updates and implement their recommended strategies on your blog.
Not only that, Keep learning about WordPress and various techniques to bring traffic to your blog. There is a strong learning curve to adapt if you are new to blogging but there is one thing you should keep in mind, nothing is easy.
However, if you are working with your passion, even difficult things appear easy. And terms like Hardwork simply won't exist anymore.
Step 8: Social Media
Share the Links of your Blog and articles on social media with your friends and family. And even ask them to share it with their friends.
Surely this isn't necessary but just an additional recommendation.
It is completely up to you either to follow it or not. Not sharing links with your friends won't affect your rankings.
However, if you are following this step, don't forget some important social media platforms like Reddit, Linkedin and Pinterest.
A lot of people usually ignore Pinterest and Pinterest has also lead to many success stories.
The quality of traffic matters as well.
Quality of traffic or visitors from Reddit, Linkedin and Pinterest are usually very high compared to visitors from Facebook.
It's not just about opening a blog, it's about creating a strong content. If you can deliver strong content to your audience, you can have a successful blog but always remember that having a successful blog is not an overnight thing. It will take time and a lot of patience with the urge to learn.
Keep learning about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), publish strong content regularly, and don't forget to share it with your friends and family.
It will take time but the efforts are worth it at the end.
Feel free to ask any question in the comment section below and We will try out best to answer them