How to start a blog in 9 easy steps

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Hello folks! Here we are with some blogging tips from a seasoned blogger Amber McNaught (@foreveramber) on how to start a blog in 10 easy steps. Catch some of them for your own good.

1. Decide what you want to blog about

It is very important that you know what you are gonna write about. My best advice here is not to settle on a specific niche. It’s a good idea to know what kind of topics you want to cover (write them down: treat yourself to a pretty notebook if it helps!) If you don’t have a specific focus for your site, chances are you’ll fall under the banner of ‘lifestyle blog’ (they’ve never been more popular, so you’re in good company!) Write a list of at least 20 ideas for blog posts. It’s less than a month’s worth of content, so if you can’t come up with 20 ideas, it’s better that you re-think your niche.

2. Pick a name for your blog

Picking a blog name is a personal affair, I understand. Don’t go for anything too specific, which will lock you into only blogging about a particular subject. For instance, I’d advise you not to choose a name like ‘Amber’s Beauty Blog’ because it means that changing your topic will also mean changing your blog name.

3. Register a domain name and social media handles

Sites like WordPress.com and Blogger.com will provide you with a URL, which will generally include the name of their site. But, if you’re serious about blogging, buy your own domain. Bluehost provides you with a free domain when you buy one of their hosting packages, and you can check to see whether your chosen name is available using the domain name checker below:

At this point, sign up for social media accounts, using your chosen blog name, or as close to it as you can get. I’d suggest grabbing your chosen name on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to start with.

4. Pick your blogging platform

The question of whether to host your blog yourself, or use a free service like Blogger or WordPress.com is one that could be the subject of an entire post on its own. For me, self-hosting (that involves paying for your site to be hosted on your own domain, as opposed to on the Blogspot/Wordpress/ Tumblr domains) is a good idea to turn your blog into a business.

With a self-hosted site you have complete control over every aspect of your blog, whereas with a free service, you’re essentially at the mercy of a third party. Using a free service doesn’t mean you’re stuck with their name in your URL: most free blogging platforms do allow you to use your own domain name.

It’s a good idea to do a bit of reading beforehand, and try to work out which will be best for you.

5. Find a web host and set up your blog

If you’ve decided to self-hosting, your next step is to find a web host, and actually set up your blog. This can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before, but luckily most hosts do their best to make it easy on you, and will provide detailed instructions on how to start a blog using their service. I’m going to use Bluehost as an example here, but whichever host you use should be similarly straightforward – and if they’re not, you might want to consider shopping around a little longer!

To be continued…

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    james papah commented 6 months ago

    this was helpfull,thanks

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