The blogging boom has been growing exponentially the last 7 years. There are now more than 2 million new blog posts everyday globally. The demographics favor those 35 years of age and younger, the generation of people who have grown up with blogging.
In the US alone, there are 42 million blogs online with with 26 million page views every month. More than 43% of all US blogs are built on the WordPress platform.
What about you?
Do you blog or have desire to start blogging?
Do you have a passion you want to blog about or expertise you want to share and monetize on your blog?
If so, this is the time to stop procrastinating and start your own blog.
Here are 3 easy steps to get you started with the basics of blogging:
1. Buy Your Domain
Before you settle on a really cool domain name (ex. yourdomainname.com), you’ll want to give thought to your blog topic/niche. Choose a topic you are passionate about and where you have experience and expert knowledge. A great blog niche is the one you enjoy researching and writing about. If you choose the wrong topic you’ll get bored quickly, struggle to write great articles, and will likely quit within the first year.
Before you check availability or buy your domain name, you’ll want to do a little research first. This doesn’t have to take very long and will also be helpful in finding out about your competition.
You’ll want to consider buying a domain name that has keywords related to your blog topic. Ideally you want your name to be easy to remember, clever and enticing.
Find one primary keyword or short keyword phrase (for your blog name, tagline, and posts) that you’ll try to rank for in Google search engine results pages (SERPS). This is a word or phrase people regularly search for on Google related to your niche. May be You Also Like Best Ways to Create a Favicon for Your Website.
You’ll want to use the free Google Adwords Keyword Planner(replaced the Keyword Tool) which provides basic information about search volume of a particular keyword. Next you’ll want discover long-tail keyword phrases (these typically contain more than 3 words in length and are more specific in nature) that you can rank quickly for in Google. This will help you get some good relevant traffic for your blog.
The best keyword research tool I use is Market Samurai. Market Samurai not only delivers keyword search volume data but compiles the Google page one rankings for your keyword research. That way you can study the strengths and weaknesses of other blogs like yours and take notes on your competition. A Market Samurai free trial is available here.
I buy domains from the big companies like GoDaddy, which is the largest domain registrar in the world. Domain.com is another one that has a good reputation, easy back-end user interface, and great support. A very quick and useful tool to check domain availability is BustAName.
2. Set Up Your Blog Hosting
Buying your domain name is the first step, but you’ll next need to pay for a hosting service where your website will reside. For simplicity sake, think of the domain name as your home address (ex. yourdomainname.com; the web hosting service as the land you build your house on; and your new blog website being the house. This is a server in the cloud where you will lease space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog.
There are plenty of web hosting services out there—perhaps thousands. However, based on my experience and research, I use and recommend Hostgator and BlueHost. Both of these hosting companies have great reliability, support and an affordable price of between $4 to $9 per month for basic hosting.
I’m going to walk you through setting up your HostGator hosting account. Once you choose the type of plan(hatching, baby or business) you want, you’ll directed to a sign-up page where you’ll enter you domain name. There you’ll be given the choice to select “Register a new domain” or “I already own this domain.” If you did not already buy your domain name, then you can purchase on this page from HostGator.
Once you fill out all the fields on this page and make your payment, you’ll receive an email that looks similar to the one below. You’ll want to flag or save that email since it has all of your important log-in credentials.
If you purchased your domain name at HostGator, then you are ready for the next step. If not, then you’ll need to change the “Namerserver” (see below) where you purchased your domain name. If you purchased your domain at Domain.com, then you simply log-in to your account control panel. Then click on the “DOMAIN CENTRAL” icon.
Next you’ll be taken to a page with your domain listed. Click on the plus (+) sign to the left of your domain name, and you’ll see the tabs shown below. Click on “Nameservers” and change them from the “default name servers” to the “Use different name servers” and enter the nameserver 1 and nameserver 2 information you received in your Hostgator welcome email. (ex.ns6009.hostgator.com and ns6010.hostgator.com). Click “Save” and you’re done with the update. important for you – Bing Ranking Policies
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3. Set Up Your WordPress Blog
Now you’re ready to install your WordPress software on your self-hosted HostGator server. Go back to your Hostgator welcome email and click on the “YOUR CONTROL PANEL” link and then log-in.
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Now look in the “Software/Services” section of the page for the blue colored happy face icon called “Fantastico De Luxe” and click on it. You’ll be taken to another page where you’ll easily install your WordPress blog site with just a few more clicks. one more thing i want to get you notice that according to Google now it’s very important to maintain quality of your posts. quantity is a big thing. we have also an article published at GauravHeera.com about Blog Posts quality Vs. Quantity. read this article if you really want to make your blog successful and popular.
Next, click on the WordPress link (5th link on the left below), and you’ll be taken to the WordPress installation page. Then click on the “New Installation” link, and you’ll be directed again to another installation page. Hang on — you’re almost finished with the installation. read more about design tools here
On this page, you’ll leave the field blank where you see the words “INSTALL IN DIRECTORY.” Now move down a little and see the ”Admin access data” section. Below that you will fill in the fields for your “Administrator-username” and “Password.”
Choose a unique username and password, and write it down for future reference. Then click the “Install WordPress” at the bottom of the page, and you will be taken to the final step page where you’ll see the button “Finish Installation.” Click on that button and your done. You now have installed your WordPress blog.
Now simply click on the blog URL address, and your new blog should load in a new browser window. WordPress uses a generic theme by default, so you will want to begin to design and build your site around a good theme. One of the amazing things about WordPress is that there are literally thousands of free and premium themes available. setting up your blog is not enough. you have to create and write high quality posts for your blog to make it successful and popular. you may also like how to create quality content for your website.
Next You can log-in to the admin area of your blog. While you’re still on your blog’s home page, scroll down to the Log-in link in the lower right-hand side of the sidebar. Click on the link (if you forget it will be -http://[THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG]/wp-login.php).
after setting up your blog it’s also very important to build up it’s backlinks. you can read it here that how to create quality and relevant backlinks for your website or blog