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6 Steps to Having a Successful Blog

  1. (Introduction) Before you Begin a Blog
  2. Pick a Blogging Stage
  3. Pick a Domain Name
  4. Get an Internet Host and Set Up Your Blog
  5. Alter Your Blog
  6. Figure out how to Include Posts and Pages
  7. Construct a Brand, Activity and Automated revenue

STEP 1: Preceding You Begin a Blog (Q&A)


The amount TIME Does Blogging Take?

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Setting up a blog is truly basic and direct.

Taking after these directions will probably take under 20 minutes.

Nonetheless, picking a domain name and the blog’s theme (which decides what it would appear that) could take a while on the off chance that you don’t yet realize what you need them to be.

Ultimately, making a quality substance that your potential per users needs to peruse can take considerable additional time. For instance, it took me over 72 hours to put this bit of substance together (counting pictures and recordings). All things considered, many individuals compose shorter articles in just a few hours—you don’t need to invest more energy in composing than you need.
In general, blogging doesn’t need to take much time. It’s totally up to you to choose how genuinely you need to take it.

The amount Does Blogging COST?

You may ponder, “Will it cost huge amounts of cash to begin my blog?”blogging-cost

The short answer is “No.” You can even make a blog free in the event that you need to.

Be that as it may, there are two or three things you ought to pay for.

A space name (www.YourBlogAddress.com) will cost around $10/year (yet you can get it free—more about that later).
Primary concern: On the off chance that you need to begin a genuine blog, you’ll have to spend a couple of dollars to get an area name and web facilitating. We’ll experience these in detail in STEPS 3 and 4.

Could I Utilize Blogging To Profit?

The short answer is Yes.

Some fruitful bloggers profit ($50k/mo or more), and the greater part of it is inactive, as well.

There are perpetual approaches to acquire cash with your blog.

A few people are putting forth benefits, some utilizing Google Adsense program, some are adapting their online journals with Amazon and some are simply offering physical/computerized things.

In any case, you can set up a blog for entertainment only or as an interest, as well. That is totally fine and many individuals are now doing it. I’ve set up web journals for a lot of scholars who simply need to improve as an essayist. A few people simply need to impart their insight/information. Some are doing it for the sake of entertainment.

All that stated, regardless of what your objectives are, you ought to take after these same strides to kick your blog off today.

STEP 2: Pick Your Blogging Stage


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WordPress is the most popular blogging platform.

When beginning your blog, there are a few stages of looking over (Tumblr, blogger etc..).

Nonetheless, one that truly emerges from the pack is WordPress.
It’s FREE, extremely easy to use, and ideal for individuals who’ve never manufactured a blog.

Why Individuals Utilize and Suggest WordPress?

  • It’s FREE (you just need a web host & domain name)
  • There are 5k+ free and paid WordPress themes accessible to make your outline look the best quality.
  • They have a super helpful support forum.
  • It offers 45k+ free modules to help your blog run all the more easily and effectively.

Don’t Download/Install WordPress yet. You’ll need to install WordPress in STEP 4.
Here are only a couple of cases of WordPress Blogs:

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Why you SHOULDN’T create a blog on a free platform

It’s actual, you can make your blog free. Yet, it’ll be extremely constrained in usefulness, it’ll look exhausting, and the address will look to some degree adolescent (e.g., YourBlog.WordPress.com), which decreases your believability.

There are some genuine imperfections in free choices you have to think about:

  1. No Control – Your blog is being facilitated on another site (e.g., wordpress.com, tumblr.com, blogspot.com). On the off chance that you damage their terms of administration (even unintentionally), they can close down your blog at whatever time (it has occurred some time recently).
  2. No Customization – You can’t utilize all the free modules or topics. Hell, you can’t utilize custom subjects to truly make your blog emerge.
  3. Different Confinements – Free space of just 3GB. For posts, pictures, and maybe recordings—that is sufficiently not.

To put it plainly, don’t make a free blog, particularly in case you’re not kidding about beginning a blog. Later relocating to a superior choice from a free blogging stage can be exceptionally tedious and precarious.

Rather, make a self-facilitated WordPress blog where you don’t have any restrictions. Besides, you’ll have the capacity to utilize your own (proficient) space name.

This leads me to the following stride: finding a domain name.

STEP 3: Choose a Domain Name (www.YourBlog.com)


Before you go any further, you have to pick a domain name.log-domain-name

Your domain name is essential on the grounds that:

  • It’s your “early introduction” to site guests.
  • It influences your rankings in web crawlers.
  • It characterizes your image.

In view of that, you ought to put some idea into your space name, yet not all that much.

On the off chance that you think of something you like inside 5 minutes, give it a go. (You can transform it later).

  • Choose brandable over generic. A brandable domain name is unique and stands out from the competition, while a generic domain name is usually stuffed with keywords and unmemorable. (For example, www.LisasRocks.com is more brandable than www.RockCollectingBlog.com.)
  • Keep it concise. According to research from Gaebler.com, a magazine for entrepreneurs, the top-100 websites have approximately 6 characters in their domain name.
  • Easy to type and pronounce. Your domain name should roll off the tips of your fingers and the tips of your tongue without any problem.

THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE NEXT STEP:

If you don’t have a domain name yet, use hostgator.com. When you start a self-hosted WordPress blog, you’ll need a web host anyways.

STEP 4: Sign Up With Web Host and Install WordPress


What is Web Hosting and Why Do You Require it?

Web Hosting is the administration that keeps your blog open for everybody. It stores every one of the documents, pictures, and substance that your blog has and shows it to the guests.

On the off chance that you don’t have the web have, you won’t have the capacity to set up a blog for others to see nor will you have the capacity to utilize your own area name.

There are Great and Awful Has

Picking your host is a standout amongst the most critical part of making your blog.

The awful web has caused a large portion of the issues individuals have identified with their blog. For instance, unhelpful client benefit and shrouded expenses are very normal…

Numerous shabby has likewise abuse servers to cut their expenses—and that prompts your site conceivably not working on the grounds that many individuals are going to some other site. Just some less expensive hosts control the assets well so that your site dependably works right.

I highly recommend using www.hostgator.com as your host, and it’s the hosting company I currently use:

  1. They have one-click WordPress installation, which makes it easy for you to get started.
  2. They have 24/7 support, so there’s always someone to answer your questions. They even have employees who work full-time on improving WordPress itself, so there probably isn’t a question you could ask that they couldn’t answer.
  3. They’ve been officially recommended by WordPress since 2005.
  4. They have a money-back guarantee, so you can get a refund if you decide you don’t want to have a blog after all.

Of course, you don’t need to use Hostgator if you don’t want to. Feel free to use any other web hosting provider that is reliable, secure and easy to manage (i.e. one-click-install for WordPress).

How to Start a Blog on Hostgator: 15 Minute Step by Step Guide

Step #1: Choose the hosting plan that is right for you.

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At this time, Hostgator offers 3 different plans, each of which come with their own set of perks. If you are just getting started, I suggest the most basic plan for $3.95 per month. With this plan, you will receive 1 domain, 1 click installs, and unmetered bandwidth.

Step #2: Choose a domain name.

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Whether you already own the domain you want to use or you want to create a new one, you will enter it right here. Just remember to make your domain name something easy to both type and remember, and descriptive of your site. If I am making a cupcake recipe website, I might choose something like www.bakingwithme.com as opposed to something like www.mycoolsite.com.

Step #3: Confirm your hosting plan.

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When you achieve this progression, you should affirm what facilitating arrangement you might want to partake in. In the event that you need to pay $3.95 every month, you should focus on 36 months. Else, you may focus on only 1, 3, 6, 12, or 24 months at different month to month costs.

Next, enter both your coveted username and security stick. This will be utilized to sign into your account.

Step #4: Enter your billing information accordingly.

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Hostgator is going to ask for your basic billing information, so enter it into the appropriate boxes. Double check to make sure that there are no spelling or typing errors, then continue on. This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Step #5: Add any additional services you think you may need.

In all actuality, I personally recommend that you don’t use any of them. That being said, if you fear you may get hacked or would like a site backup guarantee, you can feel free to add any of the optional services that you want.

Step #6: Enter a coupon code if you have one and proceed to check out.

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Numerous bloggers are included in partner programs with major facilitating organizations like Hostgator. In the event that you get a code for a marked down month to month arrange, you should simply enter it into this container and tap the “Approve” catch. The markdown will be considered and expelled from your aggregate cost when you audit your request subtle elements at the base of the page.

When you have surveyed your request points of interest, you should tap the ‘I have perused and agree…’ catch before looking at. After a look at is finished, you have recently finished portion of the blog beginning procedure!

Step #7: Check your email for login information.

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The vast majority of websites hosted by web hosts like Hostgator come from WordPress, so this next half of the tutorial is going to be about how we can set p a WordPress account with our Hostgator information.

In your emails, you should receive a confirmation with all of your login details, including your username, password, domain, and control panel link.

Step #8: Log into Hostgator

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Go to the Hostgator gateway sign in page and enter the username and data that has been affirmed in your email.

Step #9: QuickInstall WordPress.

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Click on the QuickInstall button under the “Services/Software“ section. From there, click on the WordPress button under the Blog Software tab on the left-hand side of the page. You will be met with a page asking you to continue your installation. Click the Continue button, enter your blog information, and then confirm by clicking Install Now.

The login information you will be asked to include are as follows: Your primary email address where your WordPress login information will be sent, your blog title, and your first and last name.

 Guess what? You just set up your Hostgator blog! Congratulations!

Your next step is to start writing, and marketing your blog.

STEP 5: Customize Your Blog and Choose a Theme


Once you’re inside WordPress dashboard, you can begin tweaking your blog. We’ll experience all that you have to do to prepare your blog and your first post distributed today.

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You should get familiar with the look and items of the WordPress admin menu. Here are the various admin menu items:

  • Dashboard – This is the page you see right after logging in.
  • Posts – Here you can write and publish new blog posts and view and edit old ones. We’ll go through this once we’ve set up the blog otherwise.
  • Media – This is your media library with all the images, PDFs, videos, etc. you’ve uploaded.
  • Links – Many blogs don’t use this at all. You can skip it for now.
  • Pages – Here you can write and publish new pages and view and edit old ones. We’ll look at this after choosing your blog design.
  • Comments – Everything related to comments. You can get familiar with this when you’ve published your first post and readers leave the first comments.
  • Appearance – Here you can change what your blog looks like. We’ll go through this in detail below.
  • Plugins – Here you can add and remove plugins, which add functionality to your blog. We’ll go through this after selecting the theme.
  • Users – If you create your content with others, you can add them as users here, so they can edit posts. Otherwise, you can skip this for now.
  • Tools – Here are some additional tools you can use for publishing posts. You can skip this for now.
  • Settings – Here you can edit your blog’s settings. We’ll look at the essential settings later.

To learn more about each one of these (and see screenshots) check out this article from WordPress.

Choose a FREE Theme for Your Blog

I think choosing your new WordPress blog design is the most fun step.

The good news:

  • You can do it all on your own.
  • You can get a FREE WordPress theme that makes your blog look great.
  • You can change it later (just don’t change it so often that your readers can’t keep up).

The bad news:

  • You can spend a LONG time looking for the perfect theme.
  • A WordPress theme is responsible for how your blog looks, so it’s an important decision.

In other words, a WordPress theme is like your car’s frame. It changes how the car looks but doesn’t impact the features or performance too much.

Luckily for you, WordPress has thousands of great-looking themes already optimized to fit any brand, niche, or industry.

Here’s what to look for in a WordPress theme:

  • Simplicity: Unclear design makes it difficult for readers to navigate your blog.
  • Responsiveness: The theme needs to adjust its layout across different screen sizes and devices. In the highly mobile world we live in, responsiveness is a necessity.
  • Speed: Although most themes don’t slow down your blog significantly, it’s still good to test it. To test a theme’s speed, use the Pingdom Website Speed Test, enter the URL of the theme’s demo, and see how long the page takes to load. If the load time is longer than three seconds, you might want to find a different theme (ideally, the load time is below two seconds).
  • Ease of customization: It should be easy to customize the theme—otherwise, you’ll struggle every time you want to tweak something. Fortunately, many themes offer plenty of easy customization options.
  • SEO readiness: The theme shouldn’t make a huge difference to search engines. But it’s still better to choose a theme that’s designed with SEO in mind. (Look for “SEO Optimized” or “SEO ready” in the theme description.)
  • Security: Themes don’t generally create security issues. But it’s anyway good to check some user reviews and comments—and while doing that, check if people have had security problems with the theme.

Keep these factors in mind when choosing a theme. But most importantly, pick something you love and want your readers to see.

STEP 6: Learn to Add Posts and Pages


Affirm, now you ought to be good to go up with WordPress. Along these lines, now for the fun part – it’s an ideal opportunity to make your first blog entry! I’ll make you through each stride of this procedure to make it simple for you.

Go back to your WordPress admin panel (http://your_domain.com/wp-admin/) and then to “Posts » Add New”  (or “Pages » Add New) from the left sidebar.

What you’ll see is a very friendly editor screen that should remind you of MS Word or Pages on Mac:

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Let’s break down what you’re seeing here:

  1. Title Area: This is where you write the title of your post.
  2. Content Area: This is where the body text of your post goes. The whole area works just like text editing in Word or Pages. You can also add images and other media to your post by clicking the “Add Media” button.
  3. Standard Editing Tools: Here are options like bold, italic, lists, paragraphs, and headlines.
  4. Publishing Tools: This is where you get your post shown to the world; chief among them is the big blue “Publish” button. You can also set a publication date to schedule your post in the future or save the post as a draft for more editing.
  5. Additional Fine-tuning Tools: Update your blog post and categorize it (you can learn more about WordPress categories and tags here).

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Adding connections to your posts: You ought to utilize outbound connections to different sites when expected to go down your cases. For instance, in case you’re composing an article about contemplation, you can connection to a review that demonstrated that reflection inhabited feel more settled. To add connections to your posts, highlight the coveted content, then look up to the blog menu.

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Click the paperclip looking item to the right of the “Align right” item (above the “Add BWS Shortcode”).

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From there, add the URL you want to link to:

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Then, click the Settings icon on the right (the wheel-looking item above, next to the arrow).

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Click the “Open in the link a new tab” box. This is important—you don’t want people to leave your site when they click on a link!

Adding Images to your posts: I touched on this briefly before, but I’ll explain it more here. Start by scrolling up to the top of the blog menu and click “Add Media”.

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From here, select the files you’d like to upload. You can find previously uploaded files from the “Media Library” at the top-left corner next to “Upload Files”.

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Once you’ve uploaded an image, you can choose its size and placement.

To add a featured image (the image that will be at the top of your post and in the thumbnails of your article), scroll to the right sidebar of your blog menu. You’ll see an option titled “Set featured image”. Click that, then go through the same uploading process to add a featured image here.

Adding videos from YouTube: Adding in a video can spice up your post. This process used to be a bit complicated, but after some recent WordPress updates, it’s easy.

Creating the slug: Your slug is the URL of the post. You want to make this slug clear and concise. This will make it easier for people to share it on social media, and overall it will just look better.

You can find the slug underneath the post title. It will say “Permalink: http://yourdomain.com/post_title”.

Sometimes, the title of your blog post will make the perfect slug. But usually, it will be too long, and you should change it so that it’s no longer than 2-4 words.

Here are some tips for optimizing your WordPress slugs:

  • Target SEO keywords. Think of what people would type to Google when they search for the information you share in the post—those are SEO keywords.
  • Avoid duplicates (make sure it’s not the same as another slug on your website).
  • Don’t change the slug after publishing the post (unless you absolutely have to) as this will result in lost traffic.

Adding headings: Headings help you structure your content and make it easier for people to read. Consider adding headings for each of your main points.

To add a heading, scroll up to “Paragraph” drop-down menu. Select the heading you’d like to use. Note that the “Heading 1” is usually reserved for the post’s title, so stick to the smaller headings (with larger numbers) inside the post.

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Publish Your Post or Page

When you’re done working with your post, click the “Publish” button and then the “View post” link that’s going to appear at the top of the page (you’ll see your post live on the site).

Congratulations! You just published your first blog post. Before you share it with others (which is the next step), let’s add a simple tracking system to your site, so you’ll see exactly how many people you’ve reached.