Well, I think many of you have already started wondering what this blog is going to be all about. I guess you are in desperate need of starting a blog, either for casual purposes or making a little extra side income. We know it’s been a bit hard for you in the past few months, many of you might have lost your daily jobs and are searching for something that is more reliable and future-proof.
What is a blog?
Many people get confused between a blog and a website. To be frank there is no difference at all at a beginner level. By this statement I mean if you are a beginner a blog or a website won’t make a difference to you.
To be clean and simple a blog is a part of a website that has only and only raw written content. Blogs are informational and prove to be beneficial for every website. They tend to bring more traffic to the website because they are enriched with valuable information.
If you just go on google and find the top 10 ways to earn money, you will for sure find starting a blog in it. Starting a blog is super easy but 95% of people find it a difficult start. And today we are going to make it as simple as possible. After going through this guide you will be able to set up your own blog and make it fully functional online. You can also start the process side by side to save your time and create your first post.
I am going to keep it simple for you. This is the ultimate guide you will need for starting a blog. So without wasting time let’s just get straight to it.
1. Choose a Perfect hosting partner
Well, this is the most important step in this process, so I want to give it the number one spot in this guide.
This is a decision that you are going to make once but it is the only thing that is going to be most valuable till the end of the line.
There are many hosting providers in the market but I suggest you research and go for the best. All you will need is a basic WordPress hosting, a brand new domain name and to keep your site running a secure SSL certificate. And Before starting a blog I just want you to have some basic knowledge of SEO.
They are like one of the foundation blocks for a blog. Choose a domain name that perfectly suits your brand name. Try to keep the domain name as simple as possible, the longer it is, the fewer the people will remember it.
According to me, Hostinger is the best hosting provider if you are looking only for WordPress hosting. The basic WordPress hosting plan costs as low as $0.80 a month. If you are a beginner, I suggest that you should power your blog with WordPress. We will be giving a complete guide on WordPress in the future to get the most of it.
Here is a short tutorial consisting of images on getting started with hosting.
2. Choose a Perfect Niche
you will need to choose the correct niche for your blog. You are going to start a blog in 2020, so there is going to be huge competition, so don’t go after competitive niches. Niche is like the topic on which your website is going to be all about.
It’s not always necessary to choose a niche. Sometimes you could just start a blog with anything that’s in your mind. If you are going to start a blog for earning money then choosing the niche is the most important decision you need to make. Select a niche that’s not much competition and the one you have much experience in.
Just go to google and type the industry your blog is going to be based on and see what information is missing by the most popular blogs in the niche or commonly known as competitors.
Make sure that the niche you select does have enough monthly searches on google. You can see it by using the Google ad words keyword planner. Always keep an eye on the top performers in your niche. They might leave some valuable information for you.
3. Make your website attractive
So at this point, I guess that you have already created your blog and powered it up with WordPress. I have been using Hostinger on my blogs for almost 2 years now and the results are amazing. The best part is that they provide a one-click WordPress installation on your site so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
Once you choose your hosting provider and install WordPress on your website and choose your niche, you need to work on the appearance of your website.
The default theme is that any content management software is not much attractive. You need your website to be eye-catching. According to a survey, websites that are more attractive have the most returning visitors. So choose the best themes from the theme library in WordPress. WordPress offers dozens of free themes for your website.
But keep in mind not to use websites that are heavy on CSS code. This will make your website load slower on many devices and people are not likely to visit the websites that are slow.
4. Write your First Blog Post
Now that your blog is ready and set-up you need to feed the Internet with quality enriched content. Now at the beginning, you might find it hard to write content. What we suggest is to have a look at your niche’s latest top-performing posts and see what’s trending.
By looking into this you will get an idea to write your content. Make sure that you give your best on publishing posts to the blog. Don’t worry if your blog post takes a day or 2 to construct. You should really focus on quality content. You want the users to stay on your site and read the valuable information you are providing them. If your content fails, believe me, no one is returning to your blog again. Make sure you communicate with the audience.
Listen to their valuable comments and feedback they provide in the comment section of your blog. Ask them what information is missing in the blog and what blogs do they want in the future. Your main aim must be to provide and blast the readers with information that they won’t find elsewhere.
5. Share Your Blog
Now that you have written your first piece of content, its time to get some readers to get hooked in it. Find people who are actually looking for the information you posted on your website and share it with them. Share your post across all social media platforms. This will help people discover more of your blog and let people know that you do post valuable information.
Other than that there is something called SEO which stands for Search Engine Optimization. Well, it would not be good if I explain it to you right now. Because you are just getting started and it would be like explaining rocket science to a kindergarten student. Just to be simple it is a method in which you optimize your website and your posts to maximize your reach on Google.
The more viewers your blog has the quicker and better Google will know that you do provide some valuable information and you have all the reasons to get more traffic on Google.
6. Monetize your Blog
Here is the part of this guide for which you all have been waiting eagerly. Monetization means to start making money for the work and effort you have put in. The best and only monetization partner preferred by 90% of the internet is Google Adsense. They place ads related to your niche on your website and you get paid for every click on the ad. But to get approved by Google Adsense, you need to have a blog that is at least 30 days old and does have a lot of valuable information present in it.
Google Adsense’s policies are a bit strict.If your blog follows all the terms according to Adsense then you will surely see ads on your website. The more quality content you post and the more audience and views your site gets the better you will earn. Other than Adsense you can either depend on Affiliate Marketing to monetize your blog.