Blogging is one of the most popular and powerful platforms for earning money online. Many people may feel that blogging is an easy job and jump into it. They create blog and start putting articles on any niche. But that’s NOT what blogging is all about. We should start blogging with a strategy in mind and also need proper planning for execution. In this article, we will talk about How to start a blog in 2020
Let us see step by step procedure that we need to follow to start our blog.
How To Start A Blog
Decide the Niche
Many bloggers start blogging without even knowing what is niche. Yes, It’s true. Many people do not know what is a Niche in blogging. Niche is kind of a category or domain on which you will write articles on your blog. Many blog fails just because it does not have a defined niche or the blog has articles on a mixed niche. So decide on a niche on which you feel that you can write articles.
Again don’t choose a niche on which you can write only a few articles. Blogging is like a test cricket match so you have to think about long term goal before choosing a niche.
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Buy a Domain Name
Once you decide on a niche, buy a domain name. Don’t just buy any domain name. It is preferable that your domain name should reflect your niche. For example, this blogs has article only on blogging and the domain name reflects that. Although domain name has no severe impact on search engine ranking, it is good to get a nice domain name on your niche.
One of the important point to note is that you should buy only the .com domain as it gets wide exposure and expected to get more traffic. The country-specific domain is good if you are writing contents for that country or region. If you want your audience to be from around the world then the .com domain is the only option. If you don’t know what is a domain name and how to buy a domain, then please article which explains the full procedure.
Buy a reliable Hosting
Hosting is one of the key factors in your success in blogging. Your website speed, SEO ranking, downtime and so many other features of blogging depends on web hosting. Even if your blog could not make money at the starting, don?t go for any cheap hosting. Cheap hosting will severely affect the SEO of blogging and eventually, you won’t be able to earn from your blog.
If you are just stepping into blogging, my suggestion would be to try blogger.com. After a few months or a year if you see the spike in traffic, then you can use another web hosting. Shared hosting is good for beginners but I would prefer to go for VPS as it offers a huge number of benefits over shared hosting. If you want to learn about different hosting types you can read an article by clicking here.
WordPress does not need any introduction. It is the most popular blogging software available in the world. If you are using shared hosting, 99% chances are there that you have a C-Panel. You can install WordPress in C-Panel using Softaculous auto installer. In case if you are using VPS or dedicated server where the host does not provide any auto-installer, you can try installing WordPress manually.
To learn how to install WordPress using Softaculous or manual installation, you can read this article which talks about the detailed procedure of WordPress installation.
Install WordPress Plugins
When you install WordPress, by default it installs some default plugins. Those are not at all sufficient and you need any other plugin to enhance the capabilities of WordPress blog, Plugins enhances the look and offer major functionality to your Blog. Make sure that you don?t install too many plugins and don?t use the unnecessary plugin. For example, I see many people install Online Chat plugin in WordPress blog which is not required at all. So install only required and minimum plugins and update those whenever an update is available.
Connect to a CDN ( Optional)
CDN ( Content Delivery Network) is a content delivery service which helps you have seamless loading speed of your website across the globe. CDN uses many servers located across different parts of the world to serve your website content. Though it is not mandatory for blogs having it connected to your blog gives an edge especially if you are using shared hosting or VPS. If you want to know more about CDN you can read an article here which explains different CDN free service details.
Optimize WordPress for speed
If you want the best out of WordPress, you have to optimize it. Many people have many requirements and that?s why WordPress has so many features which you may not need for your blog. To disable or remove those unnecessary features you will have to optimize WordPress by using many plugins.
Cache plugin is a must nowadays to speed up WordPress as well a plugin for database cleanup comes handy for heavy websites. Apart from that, there are many plugins available which are great for minifying your website codes. Please make sure that you do all your optimisation in your beta server before implementing it in live server. Else you may have a broken site which is not intended.
Optimize Blog for SEO
SEO ( Search engine optimization) is the key to get your blog in search results. You may have written a great article but until it showed up in search result, nobody can read it? Right? So you have to optimize your blog for SEO. There are many plugins available which do the job for you which will do on-page optimisation for your blog.
You also need to do off page optimisation which will boost up the SEO ranking. A details article is available here on how to optimize a blog for on page and off page optimisation for SEO. This article is a must read if you want to know more about SEO and want to get success in your blogging career.
Create social media profiles
Social media has a big impact on your blog health. It is almost impossible to rank your article without sharing those in social media. You need to create a page or profile on the popular social media website and share your articles over there. Since most of us use those social media website so there is a good chance that your article will be viewed and your blog will get benefited.
Submit website to Web Directory
This is very important as this will expose your website to the entire world. There are billions of website gets created daily, so until you let the world know that you have an exciting website no one will find you on the internet. When you submit your website to a web directory, those get populated over the internet and traffic to your websites increases. Submitting to web directory also gives you a backlink which is the backbone of SEO.
Develop Mobile App ( Optional)
More than 50% of the world population use a mobile phone to surf websites or any kind of online activity. It is really hard to get success in your blogging career if it is not optimized for a mobile phone. If you have a mobile app for your blog, it increases the traffic and also enhances your blog reputation. On top of that, you can earn money from your mobile app using Google AdMob.
Hopefully, this article gave a broad overview of how to create and start a blog. Please follow all other article linked to this article so that you can get a detailed overview of individual points. As you all might know that blogging journey is not smooth. There is no perfect guideline on how to get success in blogging. Hard work ( I would say smart work) and dedication is the only key. So jump into blogging and keep your hard work until you get success.
That?s all I have in this article. Hopefully, you got some useful information in this article. If you have any questions, then do write in the comment section and I will be happy to answer you.