You know you need to start a blog.
You want to start a WordPress blog to boost your offline business or maybe you want start a new business altogether.
Even though you’ve heard that it is easy to start one. But, you can’t seem to get your head around it.
You wonder and even think you need to be a design expert before you can do a cute business blog.
There few steps you can take to come up with a beautiful blog design that will impress your potential business clients and doesn’t give you away as a starter.
#1 Choosing a niche
What is a niche?
A niche is a subset of a market where your product or service is to be relevant. This implies the specific market segment you or your potential product or service wants to impact.
It is important to ask simple questions like, what do I like talking about? Or what do I you enjoy talking about? It has to have enough opportunity to explore the topic. That is it should not be narrow with few topics to discuss.
You can go to Dummies to check if your desired blogging topic exist among the topics the dummies series have already created. If you don’t see then beware because you might be blogging on a narrow topic.
Whatever it is you decide to blog about will be something you want to specialize on and be an expert.
A helpful guide is to explore the basic categories of niches online which I itemize as:
Business and entrepreneurship,
Social media and blogging,
Gadgets and tech,
News, culture and entertainment.
#2 Choosing a blogging platform
As described by the balance, this refers to a software that you use to publish your content on the internet in the form of a blog. A blogging platform is the system used to manage your blog content. (content management system). The most popular of all the several CMS available WordPress is the most popular and the easiest to use. WordPress is easy to use, flexible, and optimized for the search engines.
The most popular of all the several CMS available WordPress is the most popular and the easiest to use. WordPress is easy to use, flexible, and optimized for the search engines.
What you need know about WordPress platform
You may ask why can’t I use a free platform for my blog?
There are two types of WordPress platforms.
a) A wordpress.com blog
This type of platform does not need a paid host, it is free.
This type of blog carries with it a “yourname.wordpress.com” domain name like this: anu.wordpress.com. This is because it is hosted on WordPress server free.
The cons of starting your blog on this platform is that
It has limitation with its functionality,
It does not look professional,
The site can be suspended at anytime by WordPress.
And you do not have control over advertising or posting sponsored content on it.
I will not recommend this for bloggers who want to make money with their blogs. But for those who want to blog for pleasure, then this has enough features they can make do with.
b) Selfhosted WordPress.org blog
This type of blog is though created using the WordPress software but it is hosted on a third party platform. You have a website that looks professional where you can install plugins and ready to make money. I use and recommend Siteground as a web-host.
The startup, crafted from a great web start starts at $3.95 per month. Normally this will cost $9.95 per month. So you can jump on this deal while it lasts. They also offer technical services at a cost (if you need one) with a this wordpress.org
You can make money through sponsored content or adverts placed on your blog. It affords you the benefit of using custom themes that makes your blog look beautiful.
You can use tracking and analytics to know what interests your blog visitors and where they are coming from to your blog. These are powerful data that helps in your content marketing on your blog.
You can find out more about them through the excellent reviews they get. They also have 24/7 customer service. To sign up for Siteground click here.
#3 Find a hosting Platform
A host provides server space for your blog. Using Siteground hosting platform, they are a
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For starters of new blog or new bloggers whose traffic is less than 10000 visitors, you can go with the small package.
Just click on “Get Started” under the plan you want to start with.
Then click on “Register a new Domain name”. To choose a domain name for your blog. It is best you use a generic name. That indicates what your blog is all about.
If you blog about parenting. You can name your blog parenting tips, parenting answers or parenting made easy.
Then click on “Proceed”
On the next page, fill your contact details and click “submit order”.
It takes you to the page that says “your order is successful“. You now have a successful domain.
Now you have a hosting account for free and a domain name.
You will then receive an email from Siteground confirming your login username. This you’ll use in future to access your hosting account.
#4 Install WordPress
Siteground makes it easy for you to set up your account on your first time ever account set up using their own Account setup wizard. You can upload a new blog or transfer an existing blog or website free if you have using this setup wizard.
Click on “Proceed to Customer Area”. You will see the Siteground Account set up wizard.
Choose “Start a new website”. But if you are moving from an existing website or blog, then click on the “Transfer existing site from other host”
Then click the type of website you need and the software you want to use.
Click on personal/Blog and WordPress.
Then click on “Proceed”
To install the software, type in your Admin email username and Password.
Then click “Enter”
#5 Login to access your new site and publish your first post
Hurray this is the final step in starting a WordPress blog