Welcome, prospective blogger!
I will tell you 2 facts before starting:
- If you just create a blog, it’s very easy
- But for a successful blogger, it’s not easy
You might be interested to becoming a blogger after visiting several famous blog sites. Then be amazed by them. Or because you hear that blogs can make money. Whatever the reason, this is the right guide for you.
Please take a cup of Coffee, we will start soon.
1.Determine the main topic of the blog
Let me tell you 1 fact :
Every day there are 2.73 million new content published by blogs from around the world.
More than 70% of these blogs only get less than 5,000 visitors per month, or around 150 per day.
It’s sad, isn’t it?
What is the cause?
- The topic of the blog is unclear, messy
- The topic does not appeal to many people
- The chosen topic is not mastered / interested so that the contents of the blog are also not qualified
Suppose you only had time to read 5 websites per day.
Are you going to open a website that has quality, interesting, and useful for you … or a website that only contains articles as long as you write?
Well, to be able to create good content, then you are required to choose topics that are of interest to you and are considered by many to be interesting.
If you choose a topic that you don’t understand, the result is:
- Making content feels heavy
- Content that has been made is not quality
- You will get bored quickly
Let’s just use logic. If we are not interested and do not know anything about a topic, is it possible we can teach the topic to others and make them interested?
Very difficult … especially for beginners.
2.Choose the blog platform that is right for you
Today, technology is sophisticated. By using a blogging platform, you can write on a blog like writing in Microsoft Word.
These are the 3 most popular choices:
- Blogspot – hosted
- WordPress.com – hosted
- WordPress.org – self-hosted
There are still dozens of other blogging platforms, but I will not complicate your choice by discussing the less popular ones.
Note 2 this term: hosted and self-hosted.
Hosted means your blog is ‘hitching’ on their website. So you won’t have a pure website of your own, and your blog’s address is like this: blogaya.blogspot.com
Self-hosted means you create your own website with a platform called WordPress. The website will be 100% yours, but you have to pay for the domain name and hosting.
3.Determine the hosting service provider and domain
For those of you who have never heard of this term:
Domain: your website name / address. This blog is the domain of coffeenideas.com
Hosting: where your blog files are stored. Like a hard drive on a computer.
The original meaning is more complex, but don’t bother.
Both use a rental system. This means you need to pay every month / year when you rent a domain and hosting. There is no choice to pay once for a lifetime.
Its role is vital for blogs.
Surely you do not want the blog that you create often to experience problems such as sudden death, or can not be accessed suddenly.
So, choose a trusted domain and hosting provider.
These are some of the international domain and hosting services that are usually recommended for beginners:
nternational hosting: BlueHost or HostGator
4.Determine the domain name
Domain names will always be attached to your blog.
Even though it can still be replaced, it will be troublesome and if wrong it can be fatal. Therefore you should carefully determine the domain name at the beginning.
Here are 7 things you should pay attention to:
- Adjust to the topic of the blog
- Avoid names that are similar to popular websites
- Easy to write, remember, and pronounce
- Use .com as much as possible
- Avoid dashes / minus (-) and numbers
- Don’t use other people’s brands
- Check also the availability of the username on social networks
Some people might not agree with me on point 4, because there are actually other extensions besides .com that are also good.
For example .org, .net, .co, etc.
But the reason I chose .com is because it is the most remembered.
So first .com, use the others as the last option.
Oh yeah, avoid the dashes (-) and numbers in the domain because people will think of them as spam blogs. UNLESS if your brand uses one of them.
5. Installing a self-hosted blog with the WordPress platform
In this article I will use NameCheap, HostGator, and WordPress (self-hosted) as examples. You can use hosting services and other domains because it’s not much different.
Creating a hosted blog is not necessary for me to explain anymore because you only have to follow the guidelines that are already on the website:
Blogspot – (official guide, B. English)
WordPress.com – (official guide, B. English)
6. Understanding WordPress after installation
After the installation process above, you might feel confused where to go to publish new content.
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