In this post is a step-by-step guide to learn how to start a blog, choose the best blogging platform and avoid the common blogging mistakes made by newbies.
Very crucial. That’s your first impression in the blogosphere. I think it is important to come up with something with a ring to it, fun and catchy. Your blog name shouldn’t be too long, my recommendation is three words max. I just think two words is perfect.
I recommend using your own name in the case you are finding it hard to come up with a name. Plus, you can never outgrow your name but it is likely you outgrow a nickname. Here’s another tip, if you have a food blog you can use your name as a prefix or just play around with words that relates to food. For example Amy Eats or Cook with Amy. It’s simple and it’s brandable.
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in less techy term, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
You’re in good company if you use WordPress to publish on the web. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are using WordPress.
You want to start your blog as self-hosted. Skip the hurdles of starting on a free platform that will later not match your growth. Transferring your blog later can be difficult, you can even lose your readers. I started on Blogger but I found it limiting in blog design and functionality. It is not perfect for SEO. Especially when you are a beginner and trying to figure things out.
My hosting company recommendations are BlueHost and SiteGround both starting at less that $4. These are the best two for a beginner blogger. Great customer service, affordable, great functionality and a chance of improved rankings in Google.
My personal recommendation is SiteGround which I have been happy with thus far. I rank better, my website is faster and it comes with free SSL certificate and incredible customer service.
Theme/ Blog Design
Because you are a beginner blogger doesn’t mean your blog has to look unprofessional. A beautiful and clean blog helps in attracting and keeping your readers.
A good theme is not too busy, too colorful and should be easy to navigate your way around. You want your readers to easily find your menu, posts and easily comment if they want to.
A professional looking blog also attracts brands and increases your chances of getting sponsored offers.
I recommend Pipdig and Theme Forest for more premium ones at affordable rates. You can look in Etsy and Creative Market for even more affordable themes.
I am guessing you have an idea on what kind of content you want to create (niche). The most important thing is to be consistent. Consistency leads to growth. That’s how you get better and that’s how you grow your audience.
In being consistent, also try to make sure you are creating valuable content. With blogging, it’s not about the quantity, it’s the quality that counts.