How To Start A Blog
A Free Guide for Beginners
Wondering how to start a blog? You’ve come to the right place!
My name is Arlie Wall and I am a web developer based in Los Angeles, California. Some of my associates who are aware of my qualifications have convinced me that there are many aspiring writers who could benefit from a little advice. Having learned the hard way myself, I will say that I wish there had been a website just like this when I got started.
Read on. By the end of this page, you will have a good working knowledge of how to set up an effective blog with all kinds of benefits, including some monetary ones. Ready to start the free step-by-step tutorial? Click here to go to step 1.
In days of old, starting a blog website was expensive and time consuming. Then came WordPress in 2003. Originally established primarily as a way to set up a blog, It has evolved into a complete website builder. It was then and remains today an open-source (yes, free) platform available to anyone.
WordPress currently has over 60 million websites, and is the tool of choice for over 23% of the top 10 million sites on the Web. Websites such as Yahoo, eBay, Sony, Samsung, The New York Times, and Mozilla all use WordPress!
The beauty of WordPress is that as a content management system (CMS) you can easily go into the admin (or guts) and make changes to the number of pages and content. You can add images; install plugins and widgets (fun website builder toys); and much more. If you like, you can upgrade from the free templates and for a few bucks, create something unique that you can modify anytime.
WordPress also comes with free search engine optimization (SEO) tools and you will get immediate notifications of any impending security intrusions. if you ever need help, you can just come here for the answers.
What About Blogger or Tumblr?
Although these and other clones claim to offer "free" websites with zero upfront costs, in the long run, they could be your most expensive options. Much of the value of a successful website is in the ownership of the domain name. Mine is www.HowToStartABlog101.com. It is developing into a rather valuable property. For that, I pay $10 per year; a very good investment.
Had I started out on Blogger for instance, my domain would have been: www.HowToStartABlog101.blogger.com. Not only is it more complicated, but I would also have no rights of ownership, since it would only be a subdomain of Blogger. Whatever happens to them happens to me.
Beyond that, Blogger can control your content. If they decide for some reason your copy does not match their criteria, they can shut down your website immediately. You are far better off obtaining your own unique domain – free with InMotion Hosting and building it into a property you own and can later sell, if you like.
Have Purpose and Passion
The most effective bloggers are those who are passionate about a specific topic. They know their subject matter well and more than anything else, they want to talk about it. If you cannot fully embrace your topic and don't welcome those who will criticize your position, blogging may not be for you.
Many blogs operate for the dual purpose of allowing the developer to write about her or his most heartfelt interest and to simultaneously promote a product or service. There is nothing wrong with selling! Think about why you bought your last phone, car, or bar of soap, and chances are it is because of effective marketing. Somebody was selling and you bought.
When I was younger, I worked in car sales at a dealership. That job lasted two weeks. Why did I leave? Because I had no conviction that the brand offered the buyer a good value compared to available alternatives. I am unabashedly recommending InMotion Hosting for both your domain registration and hosting because I am convinced it offers you a great product at a great price.
Get Your Blog Started Now!
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