Starting a blog is (generally speaking) an excellent idea. Seriously, for so many reasons. But - here’s the issue - how do you start a blog? The aspiration is one thing. The execution - that needs some guidance. Also, with all the information around, where do you start? Start with Blogired. We will make it easy to start a blog and get you blogging in 2019.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here is something you should know. Everybody has to start somewhere - and that’s usually with the basics. Welcome! When the Blogired team first started on the internet - blogging was only just emerging. A lot has changed since then. There is a lot more information. On the one hand, that means you need to sift through a lot more “data” to understand how to start a blog. On the other hand - there are now so many best practices that have emerged.
This article sets out the best practices that we’ve pieced together - from a lot of experience. Only, you don’t need to make the mistakes we have. You have the benefit of our insights.
Starting a Blog vs. Starting to Blog
There is a difference. Put another way, starting a blog is different to blogging - to some extent. You don’t need to own a blog to start blogging. There are so many free resources and communities you can join and contribute to with your blogging knowledge and skills. Maybe this is where you head off into the blogging sunset. If so, hopefully we’ll cross paths again when we come across your blog posts on [You Name It] Blog Site. You can also make money from “just" blogging. In many ways, that's pretty much what copywriting is all about. And ... it's a serious skill.
Starting a blog, on the other hand, is about ownership and control. Own your blogging destiny. Own your blogging direction. The problem with not owning the blog is that you relinquish control after you hand over your - well, intellectual property.
If you’re going to blog it, then own it! That’s just our view.
Why Start a Blog
There are so many good reasons to start a blog:
- Blogging is a great way to communication news and information.
- Through your blog, you can express yourself - both professionally and creatively.
- You can make money from blogging.
So, why not invest a little bit of time and a little bit of money and see whether blogging will be the catalyst that allows you to live your dreams. How much time - less than 30 minutes to get your blog up and going. Writing, obviously, it as long as necessary. How much money? That’s a tricky question. You can do it for less (under US$50), but honestly - you should budget around US$200 if you want to start things off on the right path to success.
Blogired is committed to transparency and “doing the right thing even when nobody else is watching”. On this track, we want you to know that this article does contain some affiliate links. If you do use them to signup to certain services, we might receive a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you - and it helps us keep this site up and providing blogging best practices to others like you who are looking to start a blog.
On with the show!
Here is our concise version (5 steps) on how to start a blog. If you want a more comprehensive version, you will find one here.
- Choose Your Blog Host
- Choose Your Blogging Platform
- Set Up a Blog on Your Domain
- Customize Your Blog
Choose Your Blog Host
When you choose your blog host, you will also own your domain. Another reason we recommend DreamHost is that you won’t have issues if you decide at a later stage to transfer your domain (or blog) elsewhere.
You can also find a list of blog hosts recommended by Blogired here.
Choose Your Blogging Platform
It’s probably a bit contrived to use the word “choose”. As a beginner, you would make your life very difficult if you didn’t go with the industry standard blogging platform - WordPress.
WordPress is scalable, flexible and has so many great plugins and themes to customize your blog.
Oh, and if you didn’t know, WordPress is open source - meaning its freely available for you to use. It’s also really easy for non-technical beginners to install, configure and evolve. When your blog becomes really successful and your need more professional support, there are so many people available who specialize in WordPress (and every feature of it).
Basically, you’re setting yourself up for success by choosing WordPress.
A few other features about WordPress:
- There is an active WordPress community for support and questions (of all levels).
- WordPress is optimized for blogging - actually, that’s what is was originally designed for.
- WordPress is very interactive - just what you want for your blog, right!