So you want to start a blog but you're not sure where to start. This quick guide is going to take through the basics of starting a blog and what you need to be able to get online and start blogging. What you need to know is that it’s incredibly easy to get online with your own blog and with the right tools you could be up and running with in 10 minutes. So let's get started:
Firstly you’re going to need to decide what to blog about. What is you blog going to be based on and what kind of information is it going to be known for? Is it a family blog where your fiends and family can stay up to date with that you’re up to or are you going to blog about a certain topic like finance, travel or maybe photography?
Once you have decided on a topic it’s time to select a name for your blog. Make sure it’s based in your topic so people know what you bog about and what kind of information they will be able to find in your blog. Blog names are hard to come up with as you need to make sure that the name is available as a domain name. So when you are deciding on a name make sure you check the availability of it using a site like GoDaddy. This is probably the most difficult part of setting up a new blog as it’s so hard to find a name that also has an available domain name as well. But once you have cracked this you are on the home straight to starting your own blog.
Domain Name And Hosting
Now that you have your topic and blog name you are ready to move onto purchasing your domain name and some hosting that will get you online. This is easy to get hold of but it will cost you a few dollars, but it will last you for the next year and as far as I’m concerned it’s an investment if you are possibly looking to make money from this venture. Find yourself a good hosting company and buy a years hosting along with your domain name. One ting to mention at this point is that there are free blogging options as well if you're not ready to spend money on this venture, you can try free sites like WordPress and Blogger whcih will allow you to start a blog free of charge.
Now the fun part of setting up a new blog, designing it. So for your blog we will be using a platform called WordPress, check with your hosting company about having the software installed on to your hosting, it should be quick, easy and painless. Once you are ready, get your self on the Internet looking at some WordPress themes, these are going to define the look of your blog so find one that you like, buy it and upload it onto your site. You should be able to customize the colors of the blog and the layout. Once you are happy with everything it’s time to fill it up with some content.
Time to get writing so I hope you have chosen a topic that you love as you will now spend most of your time writing awesome articles for your new blog. Start with an about page, contact and a resource page, then it’s time to get start writing articles, try to write at least five before you launch. Once you are ready to launch start driving traffic to your blog and see what people think of it.