How to start your own Blog

A blog is a type of website. Blogs are maintained by people, who write, simply to share their opinion on something. But then, there are business-minded people who have found out ways to use blogs to bring in a little extra cash too.

There are more than 156 million blogs present on the internet till 16 February 2011(source : Wikipedia). So do you want have your own blog? Did you say YES? That is great. I will help you in starting your own blog.


Choose a Topic for your Blog

This is the first and most important step. Choose a topic on which you will start your blog. You should be comfortable to write onthis topic. There are no hard and fast rules, just select a topic which you like. Many blogs are almost similar, but the most successful ones are different from the rest. So think about it. What will make your blog stand out from the rest? Copying someone else’s blog idea is never going to lead you to success. So select a topic that is perfect for YOU as you have to write many articles on this topic for years.

Blog Platform – WordPress or Blogger

This is the second step. Choosing the blog platform is very important. WordPress and Blogger are the two most popular blogging platforms. Apart from these two, there are many other blog services available in the internet. However I have just used WordPress and Blogger, so i don’t have any idea about the rest.
 
So which one is better – WordPress or Blogger?
 
Blogger is great because it is very easy to use. All the features of Blogger are free as well. So, I think it is great for beginners.  WordPress has a lot more features and plug-ins that will allow you to enhance your blog, though setting up a WordPress blog is slightly difficult. However all these features are not free to use. If you want free service, you will have limited resources in WordPress. You can get all the features in self hosted WordPress blog.

Get your own Domain Name

After you have decided your blog platform, you need to find a domain name for your blog. Both Blogger and WordPress allows you to have custom domain for your blog. Choose a domain name that is appropriate for your blog. Domain Names are available at cheap prices in the market. It may cost you a maximum of $10 per year for a top level domain name(.com, .net, .org).
 
Why I am asking you to buy a Domain name?
 
Having your own Domain name makes you and your blog look very professional. So, rather than buying it later, you should buy it at the beginning. However, if you do not want to invest, Blogger and free WordPress will provide you sub-domain for your Blog. You may also go for some free domain as well.

Hosting – Paid or Free

If you want to use Blogger as your blog platform, this step is not for you. Blogger provides free hosting. So do not worry about this one. However, if you have chosen WordPress, you need to decide whether you will go for free or paid hosting. WordPress.com provides free hosting, but you will have limited resources. You need to go for paid hosting, if you want all the features of WordPress.
 
There are many web hosting companies available on the internet. They take some amount from you to give you the service. However, if you dont want to pay, there are free web hosts available as well. I suggest you to start with a free hosting company and later go for a paid hosting company.

Configure your Domain with your Hosting

If you have purchased a domain name, you need to configure it with your Hosting. Just ask for support from your hosting company. They will help you in configuration. Once this is done, your blog is ready to use.

Select a Theme for your Blog

Once your blog is ready, choose a theme for your blog. There are a lot of themes available on the internet for both blogger and wordpress. Most of them are free. Select a theme which you like. However make sure your theme should be attractive, so that visitors may like your blog.

Now your blog setup is complete. Write your first article and publish it. Congratulations, you are a member of the Blogosphere.

About Yogesh Patel

The Discussion

  1. This is a really interesting and informative content.
    More

  2. When I started creating my own blog, it took me a long time before I was able to come up with a relevant topic because I am aware that this is one of the most important things that I should be considering. And with the tips that you have stated here in your informative article, I was able to add something to my knowledge. This will really be very helpful for me because I really need to make another blog that is not just interesting but unique at the same time.

  3. I never been to blogging before. But my friends tell me that when you start a blog, you must think different topics that can attract more readers. The step guide you share to start a blog is really useful for people who will start their online business as well.

  4. These are the ideal tips in starting a blog. Though people may still consider to build a blog in free blogging platform sites, it is much better to consider to pay minimal fee to set-up paid websites.

  5. This one is really interesting guide for all those people who are really interested in creating a new blog.

  6. 156 million blogs : on my god. I knew nothing abt anything when I started blogging. I just used blogger and keep on going. After a year of blogging I registered Domain. Up to now I have just paid 10$. I am still using free hosting from Blogger. There are not very good themes at blogger: its the only thing I don’t like. Other things are fantastic.

Leave a Reply to FoogiskMoxgag Cancel reply

*