Blogging has been a major income earner for a majority of online workers. However, the question that prospective bloggers could be asking is, how do you start a blog? The answer to this is simple;
There are six simple steps that can be followed when starting a blog, namely; making a decision on the area of blogging, settling on the blogging platform, finding a host for the blog, settling on a domain name, installing the blogging platform, making a design for the blog and, launching it.
1. Making a decision on the area of blogging
Blogging requires a great deal of content. It is therefore important for the aspiring blogger to choose an area that they can deliver well on content. Choosing an area for blogging is an easy task for starting bloggers operating in a company or business; it simply involves blogging about products/services on offer.
There are some key questions that starting bloggers need to ask themselves that can help them in deciding their area of blogging include;
Does the area chosen for blogging present adequate space for discussion? This question helps one in choosing an area that’s sustainable, content-wise.
Do they have passion in sharing their thoughts through writing in the area chosen? Bloggers need to choose an area they are passionate about, and therefore can freely blog on topics that are of interest to them. To run a successful blog, the blogger needs to share with their audiences something they understand inside out, and in an interesting manner; something they are proud to be associated with.
Does the chosen niche help them gain competitive advantage and hand them authority over their competitors? Bloggers need to evaluate their chances of succeeding in the niche they settle in. If the niche promises success and authority, then that’s the right one for them.
2. Settling on the blogging platform
There’s need for the to-be blogger to select a blogging platform that can meet their blogging needs with ease. Some of the important considerations that cannot be ignored when choosing a blogging platform include; ease of updating the blog content, technicalities needed in setting up the platform, making the blog SEO compliant, and the preferred hosting scheme. One can go for a free blogging platform or pay for a platform. Blogging on a free blogging platform is always associated with numerous limits such as disk space, and domain name disassociation from the hosting company’s. Using a paid for the platform has numerous advantages, especially for bloggers wishing to blog as professionals. WordPress is the most common blogging platform out there.
3. Finding a host for the blog
After settling on the blogging platform, the next area of interest touches on where they intend to host their blog. The hosting company provides disk space for the storage of blog files and content. The blogger needs to select hosts that offer services on plans that are within their budget and can meet their technical expectations.
4. Settling on domain name
This is the point at which the blogger decides on the web address they want to assign to their blog. In our case, the domain name is pokemonfanuniverse.com. It’s however, advisable that bloggers choose domain names that are reflective of their blogging niches.
5. Blogging platform installation
Installing a blog platform such as the WordPress framework on the host enables the blogger to be ready to start designing their blog.
6. Blog designing and launch
Depending on the functionalities included in the blogging framework, the blogger can then transform their idea into a blog site. They then need to test their blog site thoroughly before launching it.