You are probably reading this post because you are interested in starting your own blog. Starting a blog is the easiest way to share your ideas and expertise with the world. And if you want to, you can use it to promote your business—or make money straight from the blog. (A little story from Miss. Deepika may inspire you to start your own business)
Things you should know before you start a blog
How much time does it take to create a blog?
Setting up a blog is really simple and straightforward. Following these instructions will likely take less than 20 minutes.
How much does blogging cost?
A domain name (www.YourBlogAddress.com) will cost around $10/year (but you can get it free—more about that later). Good web hosting is usually around $4-$20/month or more.
Bottom line: If you want to start a serious blog, you’ll need to spend a few dollars to get a domain name and web hosting. We’ll go through these in detail in STEPS 3 and 4.
Why WordPress ?
- There are 5k+ free & paid WordPress themes available to make your design look top-quality.
- It has tons of amazing resources to help you build the best blog possible.
- 91% of all blogs are running on WordPress
- WordPress is used by 62% of the top 100 company blogs
- It offers 45k+ free plugins to help your blog run more smoothly and efficiently.
Why you shouldn’t create a blog on a free platform?
It’s true, you can create your blog free. But it’ll be very limited in functionality and some serious flaws in free options. Here are few:
No Control – Your blog is being hosted on another website (e.g., wordpress.com, tumblr.com, blogspot.com). If you violate their terms of service (even by accident), they can shut down your blog any time (it has happened before).
No Customization – You can’t use all the free plugins or themes. Heck, you can’t even use custom themes to really make your blog stand out.
Other Limitations – Free space of only 3GB. For posts, images, and perhaps videos—that’s just not enough.
In short, don’t create a free blog, especially if you’re serious about starting a blog for business and to make money.
Meanwhile, check our post on google adsense account creation guidelines for monetizing with you blog content and making money.
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for setting up your blog using web host.
1. Go to BlueHost and click the “get started” button.
The Main reason to go with Bluehost service is they have , which makes it easy for you to get started. And also you’ll get a free domain name.
2. Choose the hosting plan (you can pick the cheapest one).
The Basic option is perfect for brand new websites. The other two aren’t really needed unless you’re getting millions of visitors from day one.
3. Choose the domain name you want (they give it to you free).
It doesn’t have to end with .com, so you can also use different endings (such as: .net, .org, or even .co.in) if your first choice isn’t available. choose a domain name that is easy to remember, unique and descriptive which suits for your blog.
4. Write down your contact and billing information.
The next part is just your billing info. If you want to pay with PayPal, click the “More payment options” link.
5. Use the 1-click install to get WordPress ready.
Login to your Bluehost Cpanel and choose Install WordPress. This leads you to the next page where you can choose your blog destination URL.
6. Log in to your new account and install WordPress blog.
At this stage, you should now have a blank WordPress site installed, along with your admin access username and password written down somewhere. Start by typing in your new web address (www.YourNewBlog.com) to see what your WordPress blog looks like. Here’s what you’ll probably see:
Next, log in to your admin panel by going to an address like: http://YourNewBlog.com/wp-admin/.
Congratulations – you now know how to make a blog using WordPress. You’ve installed WordPress and set up your blog, all on your own!
Note: If you’ve set up your blog, you’re now ready to start using WordPress and customizing your blog. I promise – it’ll be pretty easy and fun at the same time. Once you’re inside WordPress dashboard, you can start customizing your blog and start posting. Do subscribe to E-Search Advisors blog for more tutorials and info.