How to start a Blog in 2019 (updated): Complete guide

Want to start a Blog?

In this Online world, Blog is an asset that anyone can access and get some useful information out of it.

You must have also heard about bloggers making thousands of dollars per year by writing Blogs. But how is it possible?

Can a text with few images make you a living?

 


Yes, it can! 


But here is the twist – thousands of blogs are created every day. And many old blogs have occupied the top positions in Google Search results.

So, what is the scope of a new blog to compete with many such blogs and earn some real money?

 


Well, I am going to share with you how you can start a blog and monetize it to get maximum results in minimum time!


 

Just to let you know, I started this website from scratch with one of the most competitive niches in the market. Still, I was able to get good results in a mere few months!

What it requires are time and consistency. If you can bear the pain of unexpected results in the first few months and still go on writing awesome articles, you will surely able to generate a good passive income.

 

Before digging deep into this article, let us first understand what a blog is and why you need to start a blog

 

What is a Blog?

 

According to Wikipedia, a blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries post that is typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.

So, a blog can be summed up as sharing your knowledge and experience through articles and posts on the internet.

 

Why you need to start a Blog?

 

Well, it is a question with varied answers. A blog can be started due to various reasons. Some of them are listed below:

 

1. Blogging is a way to earn part-time or even full-time income. Many professionals are earning six figures or even more by easily writing articles while relaxing at home.

2. Blogging is a way to become your own boss! It is like a business where you don’t have to work under anyone.

3. It is really easy to start a blog. The harder part is getting going! Don’t worry, this article will cover every aspect of blogging.

4.  Blogging is the best way to help others online and create a better and helping community.

5. Blogging can help increase your business outreach. It is a great way to get closer to your customers and help grow your business at a very nominal cost!

 

Step by Step process to start a blog and monetize it!

 


Step 1. Ideas to start with 


 

It all starts with an idea. 

Before you start a blog, you have to think upon the niche or topic for your blog. 

It means that first, you have to decide what your blog is about? On what particular topic you will write?

Before deciding on it, make sure that you are interested in the topic you select.

If you don’t love the topic, you will very soon run out of ideas and creativity! It will reflect in your writings and the visitors will find your posts unappealing.

For example, I have created many sites and have worked intensively on SEO (Search Engine Optimizations). Hence I decided to start a blog related to such topics. Just start with what you are good at.

 

Also, it would be just great if you do some keyword researching and check how many searches per month is your targeted keyword getting.

Let us understand what keyword researching is. 

The simple goal of keyword research is to find out what your target audience is searching and what it will take to actually rank for those keywords.

Keyword research is when people use keywords to find and research actual search terms that people enter into search engines. The knowledge about these actual search terms can help inform content strategy or marketing strategy overall.

In order to do it, simply type in the keywords, phrases related to your topic/niche and then select it according to its volume per month. If some topics are getting 100,000 or more searches, it would be more profitable for you to write on that topic.

Though such a high volume keyword will be very competitive. So, you have to select or target those keywords which have decent monthly search volumes with low competition.

You can take help of tools like Google Ads keyword planner, Ubersuggest, etc.

 

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source: neilpatel.com

 


Step 2. Name your Blog


 

The next step is to name your blog.

You can either select a name related to your topic/niche or a completely different name.

This is the name of your brand. A name by which the online world will remember you!

It can either be your own name or name related to your niche/content or anything you wish appealing to the audience.

 


Step 3. Buy a Domain name


 

A domain name is a web address for your blog. It is an address on which your website is found.

A domain name is an address where Internet users can access your website. It is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers and because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.

The address of your website is in the form of IP address which is something like this – 

xxx.xx.xx.xxx

However, no one can remember such long numbers especially when there are a number of websites/blog available on the internet. Thus, a domain name makes it easier to remember the site address by giving it a name.

For example, mine is growurblog.com.

 

how to start a blog

 

You can select an address which is similar to your website’s name. It is very much possible that the domain name you wanted is not available. In such case, you can either choose a different domain name (similar to your requirement) or select a title for which a domain name is available.

It is completely not necessary to have a domain name and website title the same. You can choose a different title and a different domain name.

But it is generally not recommended to do as it can sometimes create confusion and also undermines your effort to create an identity of yourself through your blog.

 

Let me guide you through the step by step process of purchasing and setting up a domain.

 


 

A domain name will roughly cost you around 10$ per year (or less).

You can buy a domain name from any domain service providers like

Hostgator(click here)

Bluehost(click here)

Hostinger(click here)

A2Hosting(click here)

 


Step 4. Purchase a Web Hosting plan


 

A web hosting is a service which allows your blog to be accessed from anywhere through the internet.

You need to buy a hosting if you want your website to go live on the web.

Now, you got two options –

1. You can either go for free hosting services provided by Google Blogger or WordPress.com free plan (not recommended).

2. Or you can choose a paid hosting plan from any of the services and make your own site (highly recommended).

 


I would recommend the following hosting providers –


 

A2 Hosting(click here)

Hostgator(click here)

Bluehost(click here)

Hostinger(click here)

 

Hosting will cost you anywhere around $2 to $15 per month.

 

If you are new in this and don’t want to spend a lot of money, I would recommend you to chose a monthly plan of A2 Hosting or Hostgator  ( $11 per month)

If you are from India, Hostgator plan starts from only 200 rupees per month).

 

But, if you want a yearly plan, you can go with any of the above hosting services.

 


Step 5. Choose a platform on which you want to create a Blog.


 

After you have purchased a domain and a hosting plan, you need a platform on which you can start a blog.

There are many options available for the same –

 

1. WordPress

2. Wix

3. Joomla

4. Drupal

 

I have created many sites on WordPress.org and highly recommend it.

Confused between WordPress.org and WordPress.com? Clear all your doubts! – 

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which is better in 2018?

Let’s start with WordPress.org!

 


But before that, if you have bought a domain and hosting from the same service provider, you don’t need to do anything and carry on with installing WordPress.

On the other hand, if you have bought the domain name and hosting from different providers, you have to update the nameservers in your domain account by the one provided by your hosting account.

 

nameservers

For example, if you bought a domain name from Bigrock and hosting from Hostgator, you have to log in to Bigrock(domain) and then click on Nameservers. Update them with the ones provided by Hostgator.

( Note that updating the nameservers will take some time usually up to 24 hrs).


 

I will use Hostgator hosting to show you how you can install WordPress on your self-hosted website (this process is almost similar for any web hosting service providers).

 


Installing WordPress


 

1. Open c-panel from your Hostgator account.

 

cpannel

 

2. Once in, scroll down to Apps Installer section and select WordPress.

 

cpannel

 

3. Fill out all the necessary details (site info, username, password, etc) and select Install now.

 

cpannel

 

4. After the installation is complete, you can access your WordPress dashboard by going to www.example.com/wp-admin.

(Note that if you have updated your nameservers, it might take some time before you can access the WordPress dashboard)

 

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Then click on “Login with username and password” and then login using password and username that you created while installing WordPress.

5. Now you will be greeted with your newly created website/blog (when you type in your domain in the address bar).

 

wp

 

6. You have successfully installed WordPress on your website! Now it is time to explore it more.

 


Step 6. All about WordPress


 

After you have successfully installed WordPress on your hosting, you can create a beautiful blog using it.

But before that, you have to get hold of all the basic functions of WordPress dashboard and how it works. Don’t worry, it will be a cakewalk for you.

 

1. To create a blog post, simply click on posts and select Add New.

Write a masterpiece and then publish it!

 

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2. To create a page, you can select Pages option from the left sidebar and then select Add New. Make pages like About Us, Contact Us, Privacy Policy, etc and publish them.

 

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3. Themes are the framework of your website. Selecting a perfect theme is a hard thing as you have to go through a pool of thousands of theme and come out with just one theme that suits your blog’s needs (You must be lucky if you find a perfect theme in one try!).

To change/select a new theme, navigate to Appearance > Themes > Add New.

You can also apply filters to narrow down your theme search results.

 

themes

All the themes available here are free themes and has limited customizations.

 

You can also buy premium themes from sites like –

1. Studio Press – One of the best place to find premium themes. The prices are on a costlier side but worth your money.

2. Elegant Themes – Similar to  Studio Press.

3. ThemeForest – Theme Forest has a huge collecion of premium themes with a wide range of prices. You can get a decent theme at a cheaper price from Theme Forest.

 

These themes come with a price tag but offer premium services for your blog.

 

Once you are done with all the basics, it is now time to install some recommended plugins to take your site to a whole new level.

 


Installing some recommended plugins!


 

One of the features, WordPress is famous for is Plugins.

There are over thousands of plugins to help you accomplish your tasks smoothly.

Here is a list of some must-have plugins! 

 

1. Yoast SEO – One of the best tool to rank your site in Google Search Results by optimizing the On page and Off Page SEO.

2. Elementor – Elementor is a plugin which helps you create beautiful pages and posts with pre-defined templates and a wide range of functionality. 

Read – How to create Static Homepage in WordPress using Elementor!

3. Woocommerce ( for e-commerce services) –  An e-commerce plugin to sell products and services to your websites.

4. WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache helps you to speed up your site so that the web pages are served faster.

5. Ninja Forms – An all in one Contact Forms to connect with your visitors!

 


Step 7. Monetizing your Blog!


 

The next step in this tutorial is how you can monetize your Blog to earn real money.

In order to do so, you have to apply for Google AdSense.

I have posted a thorough and comprehensive guide on Google AdSense and how to make money with it.

Check it out – How to make money with Google AdSense: Complete Guide

 

Once you have an AdSense account you can insert ads on your WordPress blog and start making money!

To do so, you have to install a plugin known as Easy AdSense Ads. 

 

AdSense

 

With this plugin, you can easily insert ad codes on your WordPress Blog.

 

These are a few simple steps to start your blog in the right way.

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