Nowadays, Everyone wants to make money, build mansions and do many other things, they are looking for better ways to make money faster, you can start a blog that will make $1000 per month.
You will ask me how?
Create a blog first, then we learn more about other stuffs, like how to make money from blogging, how to get more traffic and others.
Do you really want start blogging? Great! If you want to really start blogging, you have to be determined.
You have to start a blog where your blogging activities will commence.
Having a blog, forum, or magazine is a new modern of sharing your information.
You can start a blog to teach people what you have learned, so teach people what you know about most.
In this blog post, you will learn how to start a blog.
Are you new to the internet?
Don’t worry, I will teach you everything from step-to-step, so to avoid common mistakes in blogging.
Some people regretted being a blogger, because of No Traffic And No Revenue.
In this guide, I will teach you everything about blogging.
Before I start, there are some things you need to know as a new blogger.
What is a Blog?
A blog is an arena online where you can share your thoughts, what you have learned and what you have researched and you are sure of those things.
Nowadays, you see schools, hotels, orphanage homes, and organizations having websites/blog for their business activities.
The question is why?
Advantages of blogging
People with different thoughts, there are many advantages of blogging, but I will give the tangible ones.
- Make Money.
- More Exposure to your business.
- Teach people what you help learn.
- To help the people with difficult activities
- To build trust between you and the people.
Why You should start a blog?
Thousands of people visit blogs everyday.
Nothing Less Than 509 million people visit more than 22.5 billion pages each month.
How will you feel?
if you teach 70% of all these people?
You will definitely earn, even you will be a popular tutor in the niche.
I know you will be keen to start a blog now.
Don’t worry, I will start now.
How To Start a Blog
Glad am here, Starting a blog, doesn’t require killing a ram.
You just need to follow some procedures and choose somethings.
Don’t worry, according to my blog’s description, Learn To Become A Guru.
I will tell you the procedures.
1. Decide On What You Want To Blog About
Before creating your blog, you have to know what you want to blog about, even if the blog is for business or company.
You have to know the kind of company the website is, Maybe company where products are sell.
But we are not going there, we are here to create a personal blog.
Deciding on what you want to blog about is called niche in blogging.
So now let explain the concept of niche.
Niche is just the category of your blog, like me now, I chose Tutorial as my niche, which means i will be teaching people anything related to blogging like SEO.
You need a clear understanding, on which topic your blog should be.
Choosing what you have learned or what you love doing will be the best.
So, you have to choose your field before starting a blog.
There are many niches in blogging field.
Here are the lists of some:
- Tutorial (Teaching people blogging, SEO, Programming Etc).
- Celebrity News.
- News(Politics News, Foreign News etc).
- Football News.
There are numerous niches, you can choose any above or you make more research on it.
2. Choosing A Domain Name
According To Wikipedia: A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet.
There is no way, you can do without having a domain name for your blog, the domain names can be classified into two.
- Free Domain Names
- Paid Domain Names
Free Domain Names – Free domain names like gurusfound.ml, gurusfound.tk is very bad, though it is free, but it is having many effects to the extent that it can even destroy the blog, one of the main effects of it is that without www. the blog will not open.
Paid Domain Names – Paid domain names includes gurusfound.com, gurusfound.net, gutusfound.org and others, you need to pay before getting access to this, it isn’t having any effect, it is just that you will need to renew it and it isn’t free.
Choosing a domain name for your blog is simple, just make sure the domain name is short, simple and easy to remember.
Things to consider when choosing a domain name:
- Extensions like .com isn’t really crucial in SEO, You can use any, but for quick remembrance, .com is the best
- Avoid using a company name.
- Avoid using numbers, hyphens in a domain, because it’s hard to remember eg seo-123.com, it is wrong.
- The domain name you choose should be simple, clear, and easy to remember and short.
Examples Of Domain names are:
We can have domain names based on countries, .ng is for Nigeria, .in is for Indian, .co.in is for the United Kingdom.
To buy a domain name isn’t costly, it can even be free (There are some websites that gives free domain when you purchase hosting from them).
Where Can I purchase a domain name?
There are many websites out there where you can get any domain name like .com, .net, .org, .xyz and others.
I will give the list of the cheapest and reliable ones.
You can go there and buy, for Namecheap it is $10, that is where i bought my own domain name.
3. Choosing A Blogging Platform
What is A blogging platform?
A blogging platform is the software or service that you use to publish your content onto the internet in the form of a blog.
Yes, This is where the work is.
This is where we are heading to.
There are many blogging platforms out there where you can start a blog, the popular ones are:
Others includes, wix, tumblr, weebly, joomla and others.
You don’t need these any ways.
Blogger (or Blogspot) is a free blogging platform run by Google. As a beginner, you have to use this blogspot first.
The reason is that it is free and it is easy to manage.
To create a blog on blogger is easy, and it is easy to manage as have said earlier.
On Blogger, you will use sub domain at first, pending the time you purchase the domain name of your choice.
After 3 months then you can move to WordPress.
Almost, everybody using WordPress have used blogger before, including me, I use some months on blogger platform where I learn many things like how to edit meta description, sorting of posts and others.
Now I will teach you how to start a blog using blogger platform.
How To Start a Blog Using Blogger Platform
Follow all these steps to create a blog using blogger platform.
Go to your browser’s homepage, and type blogger.com, press enter button after doing that.
Wait a bit, let it load.
You will see blogger.com’s website homepage, then click on Create a Blog.
After clicking create a blog, it will redirect you to where to put your email, then next and it will redirect to where to input password, type in that promptly without error.
After then you choose the one to use, either a google plus account or blogger account, but i recommend choosing a google plus account, after creating your google plus account, you will click continue to blogger.
Then you are welcome to your blogger dashboard, You need to click on create new blog.
After clicking, you will see a popup, it contains information about your blog.
You fill in your domain name and your domain name with .blogspot.com, after then click create.
Congratulation, You have successfully created your blogspot blog.
The next is buying a domain name after then you start posting.
That the end of blogger platform.
How To Start a blog On WordPress
Starting a blog using wordpress is really simple, but it need steps, not like blogger platform.
You need to buy hosting and domain name before creating a wordpress blog.
I mean wordpress isn’t having any subdomain like blogspot platform(.blogspot.com).
Though, we are having two wordpress platform, they are:
I will tell you more about this, keep reading.
WordPress as a whole is a blogging platform, it is one of the famous CMS is the World.
With wordpress, you can add home and blog page to your blog, use plugins and other features like changing permalink and others.
Another thing is that with WordPress, you can create any websites like school websites, church websites, e-commerce websites and others.
But there is something in WordPress that is confusing the people.
it is wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
Why aren’t we using WordPress.com? Because:
- It only provides basic features for free.
- You can’t use your own theme.
- You can’t connect your own custom domain name.
- If you want full power and features then it costs $99 per year, even after paying we didn’t get server access.
We’ll be using WordPress.org, not WordPress.com, means we’ll create a self-hosted blog.
Get Free Entry
Join Our Newsletter To Receive SEO & Blogging Updates Via Your Mail For Free. Sign Up Now!
You have Successfully Subscribed!
So now to create self-hosted WordPress blog, you need a hosting, there are many websites that provide that, we have the free ones and the paid ones.
I will advise going for paid ones because there is no guarantee for the free ones.
Hosting Companies are;
So you need to choose one of the hostings, there are other hosting companies though.
But i recommend bluehost, and wordpress.org also recommend that also.
So you go to Bluehost. com, you will be redirected to the homepage, then you will click get started.
It will redirect to the plans, you should choose a plan, but plus plan is recommended for you, After then you click select.
You will be redirected to where to choose a domain name, you can get a free domain name or use the one you are having before.
But as a new blogger, you need a new domain name type in the new domain name and click next.
Now fill you the spaces with your information.
After then you log in to your hosting admin, where we will install wordpress.
Then Click On Install WordPress
Then you click on Install.
Select the domain name bought from Bluehost or the one you added and then leave the directory window empty.
The meaning of the directory window means what to use when you want to login in.
Eg. if you use /wp/ as your directory window, if you want to log in, it will be yoursiteurl.com/wp/wp-admin and the default is yoursiteurl.com/wp-admin/.
So you need to keep it short by leaving it
Enter your site name, admin name (avoid using admin as username) and use a strong password, then click on install now.
Weldone, You’ve succesfully install wordpress.
4. Introduction To WordPress
You’ve got a WordPress blog now congratulation, now to start configuring the WordPress blog, you need to login to the WordPress blog.
How do i login?
it will redirect to where to put username and password, so you will enter the username and password used while creating.
As you can see, there is a menu on the left sidebar.
Here are basic things you should know about WordPress admin menu:
- Dashboard: It is the page where you land after logging in.
- Posts: In this section, you can create, view, edit, and update new blog posts.
- Media: All images, PDFs, videos you’ve uploaded are here. Also, you can upload, delete media files here.
- Pages: You can create, edit, update publish new and old pages.
- Comments: All the comments readers leave will be shown up here, You can delete, edit, trash and spam comments.
- Appearance: Here you can change, customize your theme settings.
- Plugins: You can add, upload or delete new plugins here.
- Users: You can add or remove new users, administrators, editors. Also, you can edit your profile in this section.
- Tools: Some additional tools can be added here. Like the import and export tool.
- Settings: You can edit essential setting here for your blog. Like Changing the site title, configuring home and blog page etc.
Important Settings On Your WordPress Blog
There are some settings you need to do also like changing the date format, the permalink and others, those things can be done in settings on your left sidebar.
You need to configure the permalink mainly because of seo and to keep your slug clean and short.
Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual pages and blog posts, as well as your category and tag archives.
To configure the permalink.
Login to your WordPress dashboard.
Go to settings in the left sidebar, choose permalink in the sub menu, and choose Post name.
Now, You have changed the permalink,
you can also go to the settings, and customize things, make sure you really understand it uses before activating anything.
5. Choosing A Theme
There are many wordpress themes both in the WordPress theme directory and local ones, you can also hire a web developer to help you in making a WordPress theme for your blog.
By Default, Twenty Seventeen is the WordPress theme.
But you can change it, I will teach you how to do that now.
Login to your wordpress dashboard, using yoururl.com/wp-admin/.
then go to appearance, then themes, You click On add new theme.
It will redirect you to themes directory, where you can search any theme’s name, but I want to teach how to upload a theme.
You will see upload at the topic, click on it, it will bring choose a file, choose your theme in .zip file, then install.
After installing you activate your theme, and you will see it working perfectly.
Choosing The best Logo And Favicon
You need to get a logo and favicon for your blog because it will represent your blog title.
If you are a good observant, you will see that after uploading your theme at the header, it is showing your blog title, which is not professional.
So you must have a logo.
Another reason is that the logo will be used on your social media’s account like facebook page and group, and also in your WhatsApp group.
You will also put the logo on your mobile apps.
So you need a logo, and for the favicon, that will be for the browser, when people bookmark your blog, that favicon will show on their browser’s homepage.
You can drop comments when you are having problems.
Other Posts For Beginner
As a new blogger, make sure you always visit here and ask questions about what you don’t understand.