So you’re interested to start a personal blog?
Well you have come to the right place! First of, i commend you for taking the initiative on changing your financial life.Many whine and complain but never really take any action to change anything.
In this post I made a guide on how to start a blog that is easy to follow and understand
Before we go any further read my related post
1. Choose what to blog about aka your niche
Niche in terms of online marketers used to refer to a specific portion of a market that you are targeting. Being Too vague of what to blog about will get you nowhere. The blogosphere is vast. You have to be laser-focused on what to blog about and to who you are targeting.
It’s important to be clear what your niche is before you start a personal blog.Being vague will not get you anywhere.
2. Pick your CMS(Content management system).
There are several other CMS out there. There are wordpress.com, wordpress.org, Blogger , Tumbler, WIX, etc. Each has their own strength and weaknesses. But personally, I recommend wordpress.org because of
- User friendly – there is no pre required skill before using WordPress.Even without any computer background you will find it easy to use.
- Allows custom change-users will find an array of themes both free and paid to choose from not to mention 10,000s of plugin that add function to your blog
- Control – With wordpress.org you have control on the design and function of your blog.
- 100 percent ownership-The best thing about wordpress.org.You have total ownership of your blog.Nobody can kick you out of your blog.
3. Decide your web host
I am assuming by now, you already have picked wordpress.org as your blogging platform. I highly recommend that you do. Honestly, it is your best choice.
Just to be clear though WordPress is just a software application. If you load it to your computer, it will run but only you will be able to see your blog.
In order for your personal blog to be online, you need a Web hosting, a place in the net where you will save your blog, and be accessible online.
You will need a hosting company that will “host” your server space.
So what company do I use?
I recommend a hosting company called WA(Wealthy Affiliate),I have been using this platform for a year now. It is because of the training tutorial they provided at WA that my entry into blogging was a smooth process. Check out my WA(Wealthy Affiliate) Review
Disclosure: This guide to starting your own blog contains some affiliate links. If you purchase a service through one of these links I may earn a small commission, this is at no extra cost to you.
Step 4. Sign Up for their free 1-month trial version.
NOTE:After signing up just follow the steps on starting a website in Wealthy Affiliate
Step no. 4.1 Go to the left column and click on websites
This is where you actually start building your very own personal blog
Advantages of premium membership vs free memebership
- You have full ownership of the website
- For siterubix website, the domain name will have.siterubix.com at the end
- Self-hosted websites look professional
- Site Rubix website is ideal for personal blogs and hobbyist
- Trial members get to have a limit of 2 websites. But premium members get to have 25 siterubix websites and 25 self-hosted websites. The advantage of the self-hosted web hosting
Step no. 4.2 Click on Domains and enter your propect domain name
Domain name is your web address that people will type in order to search for your website on the internet. Examples of domain names are www.facebook.com,www.Amazon.com,www.WealthyAffiliate.com. Mine is www.Smart affiliblogger.com I have made a blog post dedicated to picking your own domain name, be sure to check it out.
Enter your prospect domain name of your choice on the box. Prepare atleast 3-5 back up domain names. You will never know if the name you pick is already taken. Site Rubix platform will provide you with other options similar to the domain name you picked if the one you liked is unavailable.
5. Design your personal blog.
Steps on designing your blog
1.Click the apperance buttone.Then a pop up menu will show up
2.click on the themes button.From here a selection of free wordpress themes will show up.
3.Choose which theme to use.You have over hundred of themes to choose from.4.Click on the theme to apply.Don’t worry if you think the theme you chose doesn’t suit you.You can always change many times over until you find the perfect fit.
4 Click on the circle to add new themes, if any of the preloaded themes will not do
6. Tweak your personal blog
Right now you already have a fully functional working website woohoo!. But before anything else, I recommend you to do some minor tweaking
6.1 click on websites
This is where most of the website building-related functions are located.
6.2 Click on-site manager
This is where the admin section of your website(s) will be found. This is where you could get access to your blog(s) and subdomains.
You will get to this menu, this is your admin area, this is where you access your blogs, just scroll down, until you get to the site plus menu
When you get to the site plus menu, Swipe to the left all options
Sitespeed -boosts your website speed, Google is requiring to all websites to have a certain loading speed in order to be registered in their so this is important
Site SSL-SSL (Security Socket layer are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed, it activates the padlock and the HTTP protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. It provides two things
1. Security for the user-gives the user a peace of mind that their data is safe from malicious software and entities
2. Google is stringent with their security and having an SSL is a plus where their bots are crawling your site.
After setting it up.I advice you do the next steps.
1.Start your training here in WA
2.Read and watch our educational materials offered here in WA
3.Read my post “Immediately after you start a blog:15 things you need”
Congratulations you now have a personal blog!There are so many things you can do with a blog.But for now i suggest to takeit slow.I know it can get a bit overwhelming.Being new to blogging and all these stuff you need to leard.Take it a day at a time.Don’t moe to another subject if you don’t fully understand the first one you started.Blogging is a marathon not a sprint.It tooke me sometime before this blogging thing really start to kick in
I wish you all the best in your blogging journey.If you have any comments or suggestion,feel free to leave one on the comment box.
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