Do you want to start a professional blog?
If you are a student or a salaried person, you can upgrade your writing skill by starting your own blog. You can also make a lot of money from your blog very easily.
So in this post, I will guide you to start your first blog. Just follow these simple steps to make a successful blog.
Step 1: Set Your Goal
This is the first step of your blogging journey. What you will do in blogging you have to think about that. Choose your goal and niche.
What is a Niche?
Niche is a part of a category. There is more than one niche available in a single category. It is similar to the topic.
Just like a college stream, there are different streams i.e. Arts, Commerce, and Science. If you choose Commerce as a stream you have to study different subjects of Commerce. Similarly, if you choose Arts or Science or you have to study different subjects of Science or Arts.
So, Niche is like that. There are many categories available for blogging e.g. Technology, Health, Education, Entertainment, etc.
In a single category, more than one topic is available. These topics are called a niche.
How to Choose the right Niche for your blog?
You can consider two simple method to choose the right niche for you.
#1: Your Interest
Yes, you can choose your niche by your interest. In which topic you have more interest than anything else. Or in which topic you know something extra.
You can find that topic and use as your blogging niche.
#2: Keyword Research
Remember, your interesting topic might have high competition. So I will suggest, in the beginning, you can use a low competition keyword.
There are many free and paid keyword research tools available in the market. You can use those tools to find out your niche.
Keyword Research Tools: SEM Rush, Ahref, Uber Suggest, Google Keyword Planner, etc.
Step 2: Register a Domain
In this step, you have to register a top-level domain like .com, .net .org, etc. But I will recommend you to choose .com because it’s very popular.
It is very important to choose the right domain for your blog.
Now you have to think about your website name. Your website name should be unique and under 15 characters.
Also, make your site name easy to pronounce and rememberable.
Where can I register my domain?
Well, there are many registrars available e.g. Google Domains, Godaddy, NameCheap, DynaDot, etc. You can easily register your domain any of these registrars with a minimal charge.
Step 3: Setup Website on Hosting
In this step, you have to park your domain on a host. In the beginning, you can use shared hosting of any company.
But I would like to suggest you, use Hostinger because their pricing and service are better as compared to other shared hosting companies.
After purchasing your hosting plan connect your domain to your hosting. It is very easy. Just put your nameserver on your domain, provided by your hosting company.
Hostinger nemeservers are as follows:
After connecting your domain with the hosting check it’s working or not. If everything is ok then do the basic settings like SSL, PHP, Cloudflare, etc.
Enable SSL thru your cPanel. Well, Hostinger provides a FREE SSL certificate (HTTPS) to all customers.
After enabling SSL on your site now check the PHP version if the PHP version is not the latest one then update it.
Now enable Cloudflare. If you are using Hostinger then you do not need to worry about anything because you can do this thru your control panel.
But if you are using any other hosting service then you have to register Cloudflare from the official website.
Cloudflare is a CDN (Content Delivery Network) it will protect your site from hackers. Also, it will increase your overall website performance.
Step 4: Install WordPress thru cPanel
Now you have a domain and hosting. So, log in to your cPanel or control panel provided by your hosting company.
Inside yhe cPanel search for WordPress and click install.
After clicking on install a new window will open where you have to provide some basic details like your Site Name, Username, Email, Password, etc. Just fill up those details and click on next.
If you are facing any problem with the installation of WordPress you can contact your hosting company.
Step 5: Install Themes and Plugins
You have successfully installed WordPress on your host. Now you have to choose a beautiful and lightweight theme for your website.
I would like to suggest you use themes like Astra, WP Ocean, GeneratePress, Neve, or StudioPress themes (Genesis Framework).
After installing the theme, now design your website as simple but attractive as you can.
Okay, the next step is to install the important Plugins for your WordPress site.
Important Plugins for WordPress:
- Yoast SEO / RankMath
- WP Forms / Contact Form 7
- Elementor / Beaver Builder / Thrive Architect
- Insert Headers and Footers
- WP Rocket / LiteSpeed Cache
There are many plugins available for WordPress you can install those by your needs. But these plugins I have mentioned above are used by 90% of bloggers.
Step 6: Write Your Articles or Content
This is the main step of your blogging journey. In this step, you have to write articles for your blog. Write content for intent.
Write helpful articles for your readers it will help you to rank your blog on Google.
DO NOT WRITE FOR MONEY.
DO NOT COPY OF ANY OTHER CONTENT OR ARTICLE.
Do not write articles on the outdated topic, always try to write on trending and recent topics. You can use keyword research tools to find out high search volume and low competition keywords.
Step 7: Make important Pages
These pages will help you to get Adsense approval on your website. It will also build trust on your website.
Also, verify your website on DMCA official website. It will help you to protect your content from theft.
Now create your brand pages on every popular social media e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, Twitter, etc.
Step 8: Submit Your Site on Search Engines
This step will help you to index your site on Google and Bing.
Step 9: Do SEO and Site Audit
Do site audits to find out your website errors. The most common problem of a website is page loading speed. Try to solve this error.
You can also do research on Google: “How to Reduce Page Loading Time?” there are several tutorials available on the internet on this topic.
Now do some SEO and build your site authority trust score and. You can use Moz to know your site authority. To build your site authority you have to create backlinks for your website.
To create backlinks you can do guest posting, commenting on other websites, and sharing your post on social media. You should have at least one backlink for each post.
Remember there are two types of backlinks i.e. Follow backlink and No-Follow backlink.
Follow Link: <a href="https://www.lazyxpert.com">Your Hyper Link Text</a>
No-Follow Link: <a href="https://www.lazyxpert.com" rel="nofollow">Your Hyper Link Text</a>
Always try to make follow backlinks for your blog. This will really help you to improve your blog ranking on Google or any other search engine.
Step 10 (Final Step): Submit Your Site for Adsense Approval
If you have followed the previous steps you should start getting organic traffic on your website.
Now you can submit your website for Adsense approval.
Your site will definitely approved by the Google Adsense Team.
I have shared a basic knowledge regarding “How to Start a Blog?” but if you want to know more about blogging please do comment.