Blogging is a shortened term for “Web Log.” It is an online journal and is a famous medium to share one’s thoughts and opinions about certain topics. It is easy to create one. Let me walk you through to the step-by-step process of starting your first blog, now.
1. Find Your Focus Topic / Niche
It is very important which topic you are going to blog about. Your interest on the topic you’ll focus on is important because it will be easier for you to write if you are knowledgeable about them. It could be just your daily journal, cooking, business solutions, book review and the list goes on.
2. Choose the Blogging Platform to Use
In choosing a blogging platform, you have to consider if there will be a room for growth for your blog. Some of them doesn’t allow you to run ads in your site and will limit your chance of monetizing your blogs. There are a number of blogging platforms nowadays, but let me enumerate with you the most famous of all the choices:
You need a WordPress hosting provider to use this platform. This is the one I am using.
- You have full control over your blog,
- Over 40,000 very useful plugins and many of them are FREE
- You can add an e-commerce, forums and other features on your site
- If you are a newbie, it will take a little while to learn about creating your WordPress site
- You are responsible for your own website backup
WordPress.com is a company owned by WordPress.Org.
- Free to use but you will use a subdomain (yourdomain.wordpress.com)
- Easy to start with
- You cannot run advertisements in your blog or affiliate links
- Limited options for your site
- com can suspend your account if you violate their terms and conditions
2.3. Blogger.com (used to be Blogspot.com)
Blogger.com is acquired by Google on 2003, it is a free blog hosting provider which is known for its quick and easy platform in creating blogs
- Free to use, can be upgraded
- Very limited template and features
- Very limited feature and templates
- Google can cancel your account or can decide to stop the Blogger service
Wix is a hosted platform to build websites which can be easy to use for its drag and drop tools
- Free to use, can be upgraded
- Drag and drop features
- Wix branding is shown in your Wix site
- You cannot change the template you first chose
- Limited free third party apps
Similar to Wix, Weebly hosts the websites / blogs of its subscribers. It also has a drag and drop features. I actually got my first website domain and hosting in Weebly thinking it was easier to use but I was so wrong. I am now happy that I switched to WordPress.org.
– Free to use, can be upgraded
– Drag and drop features
– Weebly branding is shown in your blog site. Even the footer has its Weebly brand, you have to pay more to be able to remove it.
– Limited free third party apps
– Almost every feature you want to add entails additional costs like having your own email domain, you will pay about $4/month (yearly basis). It turns out to be more expensive than acquiring my own domain and hosting with Hostgator
Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Yahoo! since 2013. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs. Wikipedia
- Free and easy to use.
- Has a social media component.
- You can quickly blog videos, GIFs and images
- Has limited set of features
- Though a lot of themes are available, they can’t offer additional features
- Difficult to import blogs to other platforms
3. Sign up for an account in your chosen platform.
If you choose WordPress.org, you need to install WordPress and get your own domain and hosting provider. Hostgator is the hosting I am using for my 3 other websites.
4. Write your first blog
Make your blog easy to read and put images to make it more attractive and not dull to read through.
5. Now, click publish!
Congratulations! Your first blog is now live!
WordPress.org is the most recommended of all. When I started using it, it actually wasn’t as hard to learn as I first thought, and the plugins available are so good to be true for the flexibility and responsiveness they give to my websites.
I hope this helps!
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