Are you planning to start a blog in 2018? In this step by step guide, we’ll tell you how to start blogging and earn money by sharing your knowledge with others.
Blogging is the process of writing what you know. Create contents in simple words, share and make your livelihood from them. How fantastic is this?
Do you think blogging is a difficult task and only techies can do it? If so, I should say that you are wrong. Anyone can start blogs if they have passionate about writing and ready to do a little bit hard work.
I personally know several people who quit their white collar jobs and chose blogging career as it gives you full control over the work. You can work whenever you want. No duty schedules. No stress and no boss to control your each and every moment.
I have been getting inquiries from some friends, acquaintances, and followers on how to create a blog. They want to know about the process of start blogging, domain registration, platform, and others. That’s why I decided to write a guide on how to start blogging in 2018.
Complete the following simple steps to create a blog.
1. Choose your niche
Pick a topic that you love and passionate about. It is not wise to feature all types of contents like technology, health, sports, movies and others in a single blog. So you have to choose a particular topic and concentrate on it.
Check and analyze the scope of your chosen niche. It should get readers and generate revenue on regular basis. Otherwise, your entire work will go waste.
Health, make money online, dating, finance, and technology are considered as the most profitable niches at this moment. If you are expert in any of these topics and can share the knowledge with others, the monetization will become easier.
Once you selected the niche, go to the next step.
2. Choose your domain
A custom, unique domain name is essential to succeed in blogging. It helps you to create an own identity among thousands of publishers on the web. A successful domain name will represent you in the cyber world and boost your business in many ways.
The domain name should be short, and memorable for the readers. It should contain only texts and avoid hyphens, numbers from your proposed web address.
There are several domain name suggestion tools available to guide you in choosing a perfect domain name. Read 8 Perfect Tools for Domain Name Suggestions: New & Expired Domains.
3. Choose your platform
A base is needed for every work. Pick a platform for your blog. WordPress is the most common and popular platform for the bloggers. It is easy to use, flexible and offers many features to better manage your blogging activities. But it is not the single option to start blogging.
Blogger, Tumblr, Weebly, WordPress.com, Medium are some other leading websites that allow you to create blogs in a few minutes. Read 50 Most Popular Blogging Platforms on the Web.
If you have no time to go into such a huge list or want to know about the pros and cons of top free blog sites, read Best Free Blog Sites to create a blog (2018 Edition)- Pros and Cons.
4. Register your domain
Register your domain next. It can be done with a domain registrar and you will get attractive offers, discounts from them as a new user.
Before buying a domain, know what kind of additional features or services you will get along with the domain. Pick a .com domain and apply promotional codes if any to enjoy the price deductions.
5. Choose your hosting
Now you should host the domain with a reliable hosting provider. There are several things to consider before choosing a web hosting company. It should protect your website against latest security threats and deliver the contents at lightning speed. The uptime, hosting plans, additional benefits, customer service are other important factors that affect our hosting decision.
WordPress hosting is almost similar as all these companies provide both general web and WordPress hosting services to the customers. But their popularity or ranking will be different based on the features, services they provided. Some other companies are exclusively engaged in WordPress hosting services. Read about them in The 9 Best WordPress Hosting Services of 2018.
Once the domain is hosted, install a theme of your choice and start blogging.