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Starting a Blog in 2019 – Beginners Guide

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It’s 2019 and starting your own blog is easier than you think, and I want to share with you how you can go about that! At the end of this article, you will have the hands-on guide to starting your own blog (or several blogs if you want to be like me..lol)

It is really rewarding to create a presence of your own on a blog, forum, website or online magazine; what’s more? It’s simple! Read the guidelines I have made up for you, and feel free to take the advice I can give. I’m sure it will help.

Some time ago, I was just like you. I had the interest, passion, and dedication needed to actually be where I want to be. I always wanted to learn everything I could. I’m eventually able to achieve my blogging goals and remain happy doing what I love.

Today, I dedicate a large portion of my time to helping others realize their online objectives. I love what I do! You should Never underestimate what your blog can potentially achieve for you!

You will be wowed at how simple it is to start a blog of your own in 2019. Plus, you will have the same sense of achievement and satisfaction I have when you start doing this.

So, are you ready to catch on? keep reading to learn more 🙂

 

 

Blogging Topics

Starting a blog requires you getting into a niche. There should be something you talk about. Something you know a lot about. Something you’d like to share to others all the time.

Some people have a clear vision of what they want to blog about. In my experience, though, most people don’t know what to pick! Whatever your reason for investigating on how to start a blog, I can tell you all you need to know. When it comes to choosing a blog topic, just pick something that you’re interested in!

You may not be an influencer on the topic yet, but select something that you won’t get bored learning about.

Here’s a list of broad topics to get you thinking:

  • Recipes
  • Politics
  • Global warming
  • Parenthood
  • Beginner’s guides to anything!
  • Overcoming adversity or illness
  • Life Experiences
  • Products or service reviews
  • Family
  • Gaming
  • Travel Experiences
  • Educational
  • Charity
  • Activism
  • Music
  • Celebrities
  • Personal Stories
  • Jokes and Humor
  • Myths
  • History
  • Sports

You might want to talk about something else entirely too.

It really doesn’t matter, as long as you enjoy the topic, and are interested in learning more.

Here is an inventory of some of the most popular blog categories as at May 2013.

blog categories

 

With any blog topic, your choice may easily spread into other areas of interest. Don’t feel caged when you find yourself blogging about just one topic. It’s fine to deviate sometimes.

When I started Rising Vibes, I started it with the intention of spreading Entertainment News only. But as time went on, I deviated into sports, games, politics, product reviews, even invited guest posts from other niches such as crowd funding. And I can tell you, it hasn’t affected the blog in any way, instead, the traffic to the blog has tripled! Because it is diversifying into other fields of interest.

Feel free to experiment with a few topics, and see what best matches your interests and passions.

 

 

How to Start a Blog in 2019 – Choosing a domain name

Buying a domain name for your new blog is a fun thing to do. You can ask family and friends for some suggestions, and if you have a clear view of what to use; you are good to go as well!

Most times, common domain name ideas that come to your head are already taken. That shouldn’t define your choice anyways. There are over hundreds of domain extensions to choose from. An extension is what ends a domain, such as .com or .com.ng or .org and so on. You can still try your ideas with any of those extensions apart from .com.

In no time, you will land your perfect domain name.

 

Some tips for choosing a domain name for your blog

  • Is it advisable to use your personal name or pick a more general topic? Answering this should be simple. Is the blog about you, or are you trying to build a brand apart from yourself?
  • Make it easy to type. You don’t want other people getting your traffic if someone types in another website by mistake!
  • Make it pronounceable. There’s no need need to confuse people with complicated spellings, or creative misspellings. Make your domain name as readable as possible.
  • Keep it short. Fewer characters means less hassle for the user and less risk of mistyping.
  • Don’t use other company’s brand names or trademarked slogans. They will come after you and shut you down!
  • Make sure that the blog’s name makes sense. It needs to be intuitive to the user and Google!
  • Avoid number and hyphens. These confuse people, and it makes it hard to explain the domain to others.

 

Try the tool below and see if your ideal blog’s domain name is available. If it’s unavailable, you’ll get some relevant suggestions.

 

 

 

How much will a domain cost for my blog?

A domain cost ranges from ₦1000/year. Many hosting companies add extra charges for additional features.

I’ll point out the best place for buying domain names and web hosting in the section below.

Hosting your Blog

Online Web hosting is a service that allows your blog to be accessed through the internet by other users.

how hosting works

 

Without a domain and web hosting, your blog won’t be seen online or get any traffic. The two are inseparable! There are plenty of web hosting companies to choose from. Prices generally start from ₦3000 per year..

I highly recommend SmartWeb. They are very efficient and well known. Offering hosting packages from ₦300. Yes, not an error! ₦300 (Three Hundred Naira). But that is on a monthly basis. It’s good if you don’t have a high budget yet and just want to test out their service. So Instead of going for the yearly plan, you could easily opt in for the monthly plan, which starts from as low as ₦300.

Check them out, and purchase your domain name and hosting for your blog now.

If you need help still with purchasing your domain name and hosting, feel free to contact me! I rock services like this FREE! 🙂

Other Hosting companies you can try out are:

Q-Servers : Click to visit their official website

WhoGoHost: Click to visit their official website

 

Choosing a Blogging Platform

You possibly can’t start a blog without blogging software. I run all of my blogs on WordPress because it’s user-friendly, free, and powerful.

As a rule, you should avoid most free blogging platforms around. Why do I say this? They don’t give you all the freedom and resources to run a full scale money making blog.

  • You don’t ultimately control the blog’s content. They will have the final say!
  • You could be shut you down any time, and for any reason!
  • The web address of the blog will end up being long and hard to remember. It won’t be catchy!
  • They won’t allow you to place ads on your blog. This makes it much harder to make money from blogging.

 

These limitations apply to WordPress.com blogs.

 

My recommendation? Self-host a WordPress.org blog with SmartWeb. (I provide complete instructions on how to do this in a separate article.)

 

The following are today’s major blogging platforms. These are all available for your consideration as you start your blog.

  1. WordPress.org (self-hosted)
  2. WordPress.com (online)
  3. Blogger
  4. Tumblr
  5. Medium
  6. Ghost
  7. Squarespace
  8. Wix
  9. Drupal
  10. Joomla
  11. Weebly
  12. Typepad
  13. Magento

 

For me, WordPress is the best blogging platform I could ever use. Everything you need to get started is there. As you begin blogging, remember that you’re speaking to humans. Be you. Be honest and transparent.

As time goes on, you will be able to consistently create great content. Your tribe will flock to you, listen, and respond.

You can set out on your own to make research on the other blogging platforms and see if they suit your needs.

 

WordPress.org (self-hosted)

wordpress self hosted platform

WordPress is a downloadable blogging and website management tool.

It’s the most popular and stable blogging platform in the world powering over 25% of the World Wide Web. When it comes to the world’s best blogging platform, WordPress is the platform selected more than half the time.

wordpress market share

In case you noticed, I love it!

WordPress can be downloaded from WordPress.org. You’ll need to upload and install it on a web server you already manage. SmartWeb also offers auto installation of WordPress directly from your cPanel. If you find anything too technical, feel free to Contact Me for help.

The set-up time ranges from 5 to 10 minutes. As long as you have a step-by-step guide to follow, you can set it up really quickly.

Publishing your posts in WordPress is straightforward. There are a ton of great guides online that make the whole process even easier. You’ll definitely want your WordPress blog to be as visually compelling as possible. The great news is that WordPress offers its users a lot of free themes in the official directory (WordPress.org).

Adding Extra Functionality to WordPress

 

If you want to add extra functionality and power to your WordPress blog, you’ll need to be introduced to WordPress Plugins.

There are more than 42,000 free plugins in the official WordPress directory.

If you can’t find what you want from these 42,000 WordPress plugins you can locate alternatives from other sources of WordPress themes and plugins. All it takes is a quick Google search.

The self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org) is suited to the following types of bloggers:

  • Bloggers who are looking to monetize their blog
  • Commercial organizations who wish to add a blog to their current web presence
  • Hobby Bloggers

Of course, if you’re not concerned about monetizing your blog or aren’t particular about blog advertising, there’s another version of WordPress you could use called WordPress.com.

WordPress.com

wordpress platform

WordPress online is a pre-hosted blogging package that you don’t need to host, and you don’t need to buy a domain name.

Instead, you get a sub-domain on the WordPress.com domain. Your blog name would have WordPress.com at the end. For example, yourblog.WordPress.com

Instead of having to purchase hosting, download the software, and install it yourself, all you need to do is sign up for an account at WordPress.com, and you can start blogging immediately.

 

The hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.com) is suited to the following types of bloggers:

  • Hobby Bloggers who don’t want to spend any money and want to get started as quickly and easily as possible.
  • Anyone who wants to start a blog with zero investment
  • Professional Bloggers who aren’t concerned about the subdomain structure

WordPress.com delivers all the most essential features, but it does leave a big portion of them out.

If you care only about blogging and don’t want to experiment with your site’s custom features, then WordPress.com will be sufficient.

 

That’s a wrap on how to get started with blogging in 2018.

Again, you’ll want to choose carefully. A blogging platform is a critical decision.

My personal recommendation is WordPress. If you’re ready to launch your blog using WordPress, you’re ready to move on to the step.

I will be writing an article on that soon. And if you can’t wait, feel free to contact me as always! 🙂
I will surely tell you all you need to know!

 


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