Starting new a blog is exciting!
How to start a blog the right way for you depends on what you hope to achieve with it.
Why do you want to blog? What do you want to explore? Where do you want your blog to take you?
Blogging is an adventurous undertaking that needs preparation to make it great. Fortunately, there are many resources available to learn about blogging.
While you are researching and learning, maintain your enthusiasm by keeping foremost in your mind why you want to have a blog, what you know in your heart you can share to help others, and can achieve.
Bloggers are readers, researchers, and writers.
Read and research multiple resources to get the basics and clarify your goals before making your final decisions. Having said that, we all learn by doing and you will ultimately have to take a leap of faith and go for it!If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. -Bruce Lee Click To Tweet
Do not wait to be perfect. There is no such thing. Follow your passion and keep it fueled by reading positive blogs where you find encouragement.
Why and How?
Understanding why you want to start a blog is important to clarify your goals and create your action plan.
Do you have a knowledge and passion for a subject you want to share? Do you want to promote your business? Do you want to make money? Or, all of the above?
Do you want to start blogging on your own? Or, with the help of other people in a training program?
A blogger’s largest expense is time.
Starting a blog is not expensive unless you choose to pay for a professional custom website, hire graphic designers, writers, and have SEO (search engine optimization) work done for you.
For the do it yourself blogger starting a blog is low in price, but the investment of time is great. Learning about blogging and getting clear on what you want to achieve saves time.If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? -John Wooden Click To Tweet
For a blogger, time is a precious resource. Do your research.
Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, you can decide what products, services, and training best suit your needs and preferences.
The essential steps to starting a blog are:
- Choose the topic of your blog.
- Decide on a blogging platform and host.
- Register a domain name.
- Choose a theme and set up your blog.
- Build your pages and begin writing blog posts.
Your topic is your niche. What Is a Niche?
The blogging platform could be one of many providers and may also be your host. Most blogging platforms provide hosting, but If you choose to download software from wordpress.org, you will need to choose a host separately.
Your domain name is the name of your website and can be purchased from any registrar.
The theme is the design of your website and choices depend on your chosen platform.
Your pages are your home page, about me, and resources. Blog posts are your timely articles.
A terrific resource to learn about blogging is firstsiteguide.com.
If you are new to blogging and need to know how to get started, firstsiteguide.com provides free resources, guides, and help.
I appreciate this website because it is filled with valuable detailed information and not sales pitches. Check out their FREE online guides. They have many including How to Make a Website and How to Start a Blog.
We’re a happy collection of web geeks who work for several big and small firms in the fields of hosting, web development, design, SEO and marketing.
We’ve seen and done it all and came together to start First Site Guide because we believe in the web for everyone. We can help you start a personal or business blog/site, a place to show your hobbies, offer advice to others or just to share personal stories, pictures and videos.
The web is a great place to be and make new connections from all parts of the world or just your own neighborhood. Buy, sell, share your hobby passion or just educate and entertain. We want you to be a part of it, and we can help you to get there with our useful resources and easy to follow step-by-step Free guides.
Also, be sure to see their free video tutorials, service reviews, and cheat sheets.
WordPress or WordPress?
You will find that most bloggers use and recommend WordPress. That is because it is the most adaptable platform available and can be used for any type of website imaginable.
The question really should be, will you choose to download software from wordpress.org, or will you choose to use WordPress with a provider?
Traditional bloggers prefer to have a self-hosted website by downloading the software and buying hosting separately. Their reason being they have complete control of their website.
I understand their reasoning, however, they are also their own WordPress programmer, tech support, and responsible for their own website backup files and security.
Many of these bloggers hire webmasters to do all of this for them. The webmasters have control of their website.
Consider joining Wealthy Affiliate.
Their platform is WordPress and they provide excellent hosting.
Wealthy Affiliate is a program to learn how to create websites, how to blog, and how to make money using affiliate marketing. I am a proud member.
Wealthy Affiliate has been in business for 10 years. They provide excellent tech support and keep my website secure. If I ever choose to leave the membership. I can easily take my website with me.
Read my full review What About Wealthy Affiliate?. It includes a video with an overview of the training.
There are pros and cons to each method. Only you can determine which is best for you.
Blogging is not for the faint of heart. It takes tenacity and determination to create and build a blog. It is not as easy as some guru’s like to make out.
Blogging takes time. You will need to learn new technical skills, learn how to use WordPress, learn how to produce content (which is the toughest part by the way), learn some graphic design skills, learn to how to market your content on social media, and learn SEO (service engine optimization).
Join a community of like-minded bloggers.
There are times when you will be excited to see your accomplishments and want to share them with others that understand the work involved to succeed. Then there will be times when you want to give up and need support from others to stay motivated.
Being a member of a community of bloggers is so beneficial. Plus experienced people can help steer you in the right direction and keep you from wasting time and money.
If you choose to maintain a self-hosted website, there are many communities available to join for bloggers. Search for them on Facebook and Google Plus.
The right way to start your blog is to first understand why you want to blog, decide how you want to get started, and then to do it! Do your research, create your action plan, and execute.
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. -Peter Drucker Click To Tweet
The Six Steps to Success: 1) Define Success 2) Devise a Plan 3) Execute and Overcome Adversity 4) Measure Results with Key Metrics 5) Revise the Plan 6) Work Hard”. -Ken Poirot
Stay excited and have fun!
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