Generally speaking, blogging, was an element of passion way back, people used to use the platform to share their thoughts, opinions, experiences, or feelings. Today, it has grown a long way; people get hired to blog for a business website to improve brand recognition and the incoming traffic. It has become an important part of the business world, but for an individual, he can become a self-proclaimed expert in the field if he knows how to work around the subject.
Now if you are wondering how to start because you are not having a website, then this blog is the right source for you to learn and create a personal blog site without any technical knowledge.
Follow these Steps to Create a Personal Blog Site
One more thing, there is a huge misconception that you have to be an expert to start a blog or should be spending millions, but it’s nothing like that. If you are genuinely interested you can straight away start writing with zero investment.
Now, lets’ see about creating a platform for materializing your valuable thoughts.
STEP I: Start with Choosing a Blog Name
Usually, most of the people would straightaway say you should select a domain name, but tell me one thing, will you straight off think about blog address, without caring a name for your blog?
Start with picking a name for your blog. The name should be descriptive, but not too lengthy, reading that anyone should understand what you are about to explain in those few dedicated minutes. There is a lot of blog types- fashion, food, automobiles, beauty, travel, photography, and etc. The best way to catch a potential reader attention is when you address their pain points through your heading, for instance, if you are blogging for the fashion industry, you can write like, ’How to beat the heat without compromising the trend’.
If a customer is fashion conscious and looking for an outfit for the summer, your blog would definitely catch his/her eye. Even though you are writing a personal blog, you need a good readership to keep going, so use Google Keyword Planner and search for relevant high traffic words to add weight to the topic.
‘wordiod.com’ and ‘namestation.com’, you can also use name generator or research any competitor’s blog site and get some clear idea.
STEP II: Register your Blog, Pick a Web Host
And now here’s the difficult part, and just to make sure we’re straight with this point, a domain looks something of this sort,’blogxyz.com’.
Do not explain your business through your domain name; instead keep it unique, simple, and easy-to-remember. And extensions, we have a list that is quite long, .net, .co, .info, .org, .net, .store, but it’s a lot better pick if you stick to ‘.com’. Even though you have a list of fanciful domain extensions, remember, people are still with ‘.com’, they subconsciously connect with this domain extension. Once you pick a domain name, register it. Go Daddy, Domainsatcost.ca, and Network Solutions are some of the popular registrars available.
Now you have a registered name, do not forget to host it. Hosting is also a crucial thing, it is nothing but making your website available on the internet and today there a lot of affordable hosting options available.
STEP III: Design Blog Site
Everything is set, now you have to decide how you want your blog to appear for your readers. Blog experience is beyond what reader learn from your content; it is the appearance, and how innovatively it is being presented. There are a lot of free themes available on WordPress, for every industry, picking the right one can impact the overall appearance and the readership.
Even with a personal blogging site, you can make a good living, so your first responsibility is to attract blog readers with a good design, the good content will, later on, keep readers from coming back.
It doesn’t matter whether you pay or use free themes, but use the one that reflects the intent of your content. Once you get your website up and running, you can, later on, customize it with plugins including for SEO, social sharing, contact forms, and security.
STEP IV: Write & Publish your First Blog Post
First personal blog?? Baby steps are always unpredictable, but no need to freak out, I have got your back. I will give you few tips to nail your first endeavor. No one can be first time lucky, but can definitely start great, right?
- You know nothing about blogging, but you definitely know what you like to speak about. A sports freak? A tech nerd? Love food? Travelling? Start with what you want people to know about the subject that you are about to speak of.
- Use the tone of voice that you are comfortable with and since it is your first blog, care to explain why you are blogging or how readers will benefit reading your blog.
- You need not take things lightly just because you started something new; rather start with a solid note. To get good readership, concentrate on SEO, use tools like Google Keyword Planner, and implement best keywords for your content. Make it easier for the search engines to find your content. Once you achieve that, your readers will eventually reach your blog.
- Today every website needs an SEO plugin, it doesn’t matter if you have just a simple personal blog, but use WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Even before you actually publish your piece of content to the world, you can analyze how well you have utilized the keywords and how convenient readers will find going through the content (readability). It’s not limited to SEO, but a lot of other features that you eventually can access once you utilize this plugin.
STEP V: Promote your Blog Post
There are over 75 million blogs on WordPress alone. (searchenginepeople)
With internet marketing, the numbers are just increasing, everybody is just blogging, but tell me how many of these blogs are actually being viewed? Or how would people even know that person ‘X’ has published a blog or is going to blog, from now on?
Use social media platforms; strategically share your blogs on them. Importantly get the time right. You should not post something when people are engaged somewhere or sleeping. Use tools like HootSuite, Socialoomph, and Tweriod, and optimize your posting times.
Use Twitter Card Validator, and drive traffic to your blog posts. Using this card, in addition to 140-character message, you can include download links; videos, images, and audio, the tweet on your blog post will more than plain text. You can give more exposure to your content piece by submitting to blogging communities, there are a lot of popular ones available today.
Generally speaking, there are a lot of approaches you can take if you are promoting blog posts, but your success lies in the fact that you are doing it right.