You can find a lot of guides that claim to teach how to start a blog but actually not. Those guides are affiliate funnels to sell you domains and Web Hosting; just for the sake of affiliate income.
Honestly speaking, they are just selling you web hosting subscriptions in the name of a blog guide. They should call their guides “How to Set up a Blog” instead of “How to Start a Blog“.
They just tell you how to buy a domain, buy hosting, install themes & plugins; that’s it. They are done with that. However, a blog starts after that and none of them teach you how to move forward with your blog & make money with it.
Don’t worry this is not the case with this blogging guide. It will be going to an in-depth guide that will explain to you setting up or creating a blog, writing the first blog & making money with it, and much more.
First of All!
Why am I writing this Blogging Guide?
Hi, my name is Amit Barala, and I am going to explain to you how to start a blog from scratch in this blogging guide. The upcoming paragraphs explain my long-story-short.
I’ve created my first blog in 2016; followed the so-called blog creation guide and ended up losing around $400. I know it’s not a big amount but I lost it along with my time.
Creating a blog for the first time was not easy for me because when I headed to the Internet for guides on blogging, I found a lot of misleading information over there. However, my continuous efforts towards learning blogging helped me to start my first blog. It took me 2 Years to start my first blog from scratch that made me real money & since then I’ve never looked back.
My failure inspired me to write this guide, so you don’t fall into that trap and lose money. Here, I’ve decided to write a simple, easy-to-understand, and actionable Blogging Guide for beginners who want to start a blog.
# What is a Blog?
The term “Blog” is an abbreviation of “Weblog”; a term that was introduced in earlier days of the Internet to describe websites that publish information. Such websites (Weblog) are used to maintain a list of informative articles and links to other websites; just like we make notes in our diary.
Internet boom started and Weblog become “Blog”; with-the-time blogs caught popularity and today blogs can be found on almost every topic, let it be Fashion, Political or Personal. For example, you are reading HuntBiz Blog that is focused on Marketing & Business Growth.
# What is Blogging?
Blogging can be described as “self-publishing the content online, such as articles, photos, and other media”. Blogs were initially started as personal websites that were publishing informative articles but the purpose has changed with time.
The phenomena for Blogs and Blogging remained the same but along with personal websites, it is adopted by big businesses too. Nowadays, all online marketers are focusing on blogs for attracting visitors to the business’s website and converting them to customers.
# What is a Blogger?
A Blogger is a person who owns, maintains, or runs a blog. The blogger writes and publishes the content on his blog and this content is described as “Blog Posts”. These blog posts can be news articles or guides like the current article you are reading.
Purpose for Starting a Blog?
Before going to start Blogging, you should ask yourself, why should I start a Blog? & why should I become a blogger?
The answers might be different for different people. Some may want to start a blog to make money online, some as a hobby, or someone may want to start for Business.
When you got an answer to both the questions then you are good to go. However, you still may be confused and that is why I am mentioning some useful reasons to make your own blog.
The best reasons to start a blog are:
- Establish an Authority
- Helping the Audience
- Earn Money Online
- Brand awarenes for Business
- Learn new Skills
- Spread the knowledge
- Personal or Hobby Blog
- Connect with like-minded peoples
How To Start A Blog in 2022
The process to create your own blog in 2022 is as follows:
- Select a Perfect Niche
- Pick a Suitable Domain Name
- Choose a Blogging Platform
- Get a Web Hosting Service
- Install WordPress CMS
- Install Theme & Essential Plugins
- Customize go give Unique Look
- Write & Publish Content
- Promote Your Blog
- Make Money from Your Blog
1. Select a perfect Niche
Selecting a Niche or Topic for the blog is the first step towards starting a blog. It is always recommended to find a niche in your area of interest. You should have knowledge about that topic because your knowledge will allow you to write better.
Also, I suggest you pick such a blogging topic that you are passionate about & interested in enough. Because, if you’ll choose a blog niche about that you don’t have deep knowledge and interest, may lead you to quit blogging.
# Quick Way to find a Blog Niche
For finding a perfect niche, you can make a list of the topics that attract your interest. Now refine the topics in order of your knowledge about a particular topic. Because having knowledge about that topic will encourage you to write your point of view and stand out your blog from the crowd.
If you’ll choose a niche that you have little knowledge of, you can’t make a successful blog out of it. Because you’ll not able to write in-depth content about that topic.
2. Pick a suitable Domain Name
When you are done with choosing a blogging niche, it is time to find a suitable domain name that reflects the topic (niche) of your blog. Your blog name or blog’s domain name should be descriptive to your niche. Don’t choose a domain name that is not describing your Niche.
For example, you are going to make a Business Blog then your domain name should be something like HuntBiz.com. Your blog name should be describing your topic.
#Tip: Choose a “.com” domain name because it has the global value & well recognized TLD. If your niche is focused on any country-specific than you can choose extensions like – .us, .ca, .au, .in, etc.
Check if your domain name is available
3. Choose a Blogging Platform
When you are ready to launch your blog the first thing that comes to mind that which blogging platform should you use. Several blogging platforms, also called CMS (Content Management System) are available on the internet both free & paid.
# Free Blog Platforms
Free blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumbler & Quora have limitations and they are not in your control. If you start your free blog with free tools your blog will look like “yourblogname.blogspot.com”, which doesn’t look professional. The best thing about free blogging platforms is they are free, not more than that. However, I always recommend the Paid one.
# Paid or Self Hosted Blog Platforms
There are plenty of self-hosted platforms are available in the market & the most popular one is WordPress.org. WordPress empowers 43% of the Web as of Dec 2021, this includes starting from small blogs to big websites.
Self-hosted WordPress CMS is available at very cheap prices, starting from USD 2.95 per month. The best hosting service providers such as Bluehost & iPage offer one-click WordPress CMS installation for free. When you’ll use Bluehost as a hosting provider you’ll also get a Free Domain.
Claim Your Free Domain
4. Get a Web Hosting Account
You need a web host that makes sure that your website loads fast and be available 24×7. I recommend Bluehost as the best web hosting service provider because it has the cheapest plans with Free Domain and 24×7 uptime.
Other recommended web hosting providers are:
5. Install WordPress CMS
After getting a web host account you need to set up your blog on WordPress CMS. now I’ll show you how to set up your blog on Bluehost Web Hosting:
- First of all, go to the official website of Bluehost.
- Now select your hosting plan, I suggest to new bloggers the basic plan.
- In the third step type your domain name to start the registration process. (Note- Bluehost offer a free domain with its web hosting plans)
- Fill your billing details on the registration page.
- You also need to choose other services (optional) like Sitelock, domain WHOIS privacy, etc.
- Create a password for your hosting account
- Now choose the basic design template for your website which can be changed later.
- After choosing the design (theme), WordPress CMS will be installed.
- After completion of WordPress installation, you can log in to your dashboard and start customizing your blog and start creating content.
6. Install Theme & Essential Plugins
When you will finish the WordPress installation, you can straight away start writing content. However, I recommend you, install a few useful blogging tools like WordPress Themes and Plugins. These tools will give enhanced capabilities to your blog.
By default, WordPress.org CMS comes with a default theme & a few plugins but I advise you to install a few more.
# Install WordPress Blogging Theme
As I mentioned above that WordPress CMS comes with a default theme that is free. Also, there are a lot of free WordPress themes are available on WP Depository to choose from. However, I advise you to purchase a premium WordPress blog theme. Because, a premium blogging theme will give you a lot of additional features, speed, security, premium support by the author, etc.
Best WordPress Blog Themes are:
# Install WordPress Plugins
A few plugins such as Akismet, Hello-Dolly, etc. come with default WordPress installation but you’ll need some more plugins that will enhance the functionality of your blog.
Essential WordPress Blog Plugins are:
- Yoast SEO Plugin
- Social Share Plugin
7. Customise it to give Unique Look
You can start with the default blog design but most of the default designs are boring & identical. So, you need to customize your blog to give it a unique look according to your taste.
Free themes don’t have a lot of customization options to play with them and they might be dumb slow. That is why you should invest a few dollars in a premium WordPress theme.
8. Write & Publish Content
So far you’ve captured a domain name, chosen your blogging platform, and customized the design, and you are ready to go. Your blog’s framework is complete. Now it is time to create content.
The content can be described as “A piece of useful information that you bring to readers”. The content must be unique, in-depth and something that solves people’s problems. You should keep writing blog content on regular basis to keep the readers engage.
9. Promote Your Blog
Creating a well-designed blog and writing great content is just the start of the blog. In order to get readers for your blog, you will need to spend some time promoting it through different marketing methods, especially when you are starting first.
When your blog is new the best way to get readers to your blog is to post links on your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. This is great, because not only do your friends see the link, but if your friends share the link with their friends it automatically multiplies your readers get a lot of traffic to your blog. If you have created high-quality content on your blog then social media is a great way for your blog to go viral and ultimately bring the money.
While getting new readers to your blog, you should also make sure that your current readers should come back. This is the point where email marketing plays a big role. By collecting the email addresses of your visitors (with their permission of course), you can then notify them when you post something new content on your blog. This keeps people coming back to your blog, which not only gives you more readers over time, it also allows you to build a closer relationship with your readers over time.
10. Make Money from Your Blog
Once you have put in the effort of creating great blog content and promoting your blog, monetizing & making money from your blog is actually the easy part.
When it comes to monetizing the blog, there are several ways you can make money blogging, from selling your own products or services, selling advertising space on your blog, to getting paid to write reviews of products on your blog.
Once you have a significant number of readers on your blog, advertisers will be hounding you for the opportunity to advertise. The best way to take advantage of this situation is to use Google Adsense & sell Ad spaces. All you have to do is just place the Google Adsense code on your blog to start running ads. Google Adsense takes all of the hard work out of the process and just cuts you a check and shares his 68% of ad revenue with you.
So, that was all about How to Make a Blog in 2022. I’ve explained all the mandatory steps to build your Blog that makes money.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section. I’ll be available to help you.
Thank You for reading, Happy Blogging!
FAQs – Starting a Blog
Yes, you can start a blog without money on free blogging platforms such as Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumbler, Quora, etc but the free blogs have a few limitations and you can’t fully control it.
Yes, you can make money with blogging through affiliate products, sponsorships, and display Ads. Also, you can sell your own digital or physical product to make more money online.
Yes, you can start blogging as a beginner on WordPress, it is not that difficult as it is said by some so-called pro-bloggers. There are a lot of bloggers who have started as a beginner and now they are doing blogging as a full-time career.