How to Start a Blog by Mike Wallagher

Creating blogs is extremely easy and it does not require any coding skills (HTML). In fact, the whole process is somewhat automatic. So whether you are 20 or 70 years old, doesn’t really matter – you can still make it.
Step 1

Decide What You are Going To Blog About

The first thing you need to do is pick a blog topic. Is there anything you enjoy or are really passionate about? If there is, then start a blog about it. It makes no sense to start a blog about something you have no interest in, while it’s much easier to write articles and posts about topics that you’re passionate about.

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Step 2

Decide Which Blogging Platform To Use Part 1

FREE OR SELF-HOSTED?
Free is not FREE…

Yes, you can create a free blog on a blogger.com or tumblr.com, but they are not actually free. And let me tell you why…

You are not able to get your OWN domain – Instead, you will get a sub-domain. My blog (startbloggingonline.com) has its own domain, but if I had decided to start a blog on blogger.com (for example), then it would look like startbloggingonline.blogger.com – a bit clumsy, isn’t it?

They are lacking of different themes/layouts and plugins – In other words, your blog will look really blank and boring. If you want additional themes or plugins to customize your blog, you have to pay… a lot.

You have NO control over your blog – Your blog is hosted on another site, thus you are not the “owner” of this property. If moderators decide that your blog does not fit with their policies (which can happen quite often), they can actually delete your blog without any warnings. In short, all your hard work and time spent on the blog will be vanished within seconds.

Step 3

Decide Which Platform To Use Part 2

If you choose to go with ‘Free’ you are not able to earn money via blogging – Yes, you CAN make money with blogging, lots of people are. However, If you ever decide to earn money with your blog, you are unable to do it on a free blog. They simply don’t allow you to do that. Even if they do, they want their own cut, which is usually 50%.

However, if you are on a budget and don’t plan to blog more than few months then definitely start with a free blog. A self-hosted blog on your own domain (yourblog.com) is by far the better option. It gives you full control over your blog and you’ll look more professional. It’s also a great choice for people who want to blog long-term, share their knowledge, become a blogger and earn some money from it.

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Step 4

Choosing A Domian & Hosting

If you decided to go with a self-hosted blog on your own domain,Finding a great domain name can take a while, but it’s worth it. I suggest you pick something brandable and easy to remember. Let’s say you are planning to start a fashion blog. www.fashionblog2013.org or www.all-about-latest-fashion-trends.com is not a great idea. But why?

People simply cannot remember long domains and when they want to return to your blog they are likely to forget your domain name. It’s much better to choose something memorable, such as www.fashionologie.com, www.vivalafashion.com or something similar. As an alternative, you can just use your name, for example: www.MikeWallagher.com

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Step 5

Writing Your First Post

If you haven’t used WordPress before, you might want to learn some of the basics. This is the screen you should see while you are logged in to your WordPress dashboard.

Here are some of the features you might need to know about after installation. Of course, you can explore WordPress by yourself as well. It’s not as difficult as it seems at first sight.

Posts and Pages: Here you can add new posts or pages to your blog. If you want to write your first blog post, check the left sidebar and choose “Post” -> “Add new”.

Appearance -> Themes: Here you can change the design and layout. Simply search for different themes and click “Install”.

Settings -> General: You can change your blog name, tagline and e-mail address.

Plugins: Plugins are small features that add extra tools to your blog, for example newsletter signup, design elements, contact forms etc. Simply click on “Add New” to find interesting and useful plugins.

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