How to start a blog

Blogging can be a great way to both make money, and express your feelings on a topic you are fond of. Many people have built full time incomes through blogging, while others simply blog for the pure joy of it. If you want to start your own blog, follow these basic steps.

Step 1 – Choose your subject and niche

The first thing to do is to choose your niche. Always choose something that you are passionate about; something that gets you up in the morning. At the same time, choose a subject that has a proven readership, and a proven track record for buying products, if you are blogging to make money.

Step 2 – Choose a domain name

Next you will need to choose your domain name. This is essentially the name of your website. So, for example, the domain name of Google is: www.google.com. Choose a name that fits your market and will appeal to your readers. To buy your domain name, use a service like godaddy.com.

Step 3 – Get hosting

Hosting is basically just ‘renting’ web space. There are various hosting packages that you can buy, and these will depend on your needs. If you are simply setting up a single blog, you can get hosting for one domain name. If you plan on setting up multiple sites, get a bigger package. One of the most reputable hosting services around is hostgator.com, but there are many others to choose from.

Step 4 – Set up your blog

Once you have got your domain and hosting set up, you’ll need to start building your blog. If you are using hostgator, you can use a programme called ‘fantastico deluxe’ to build your site. The best platform to use will be wordpress. WordPress is the worlds primary blogging platform, giving you countless themes and styles to use to make your site unique.

Step 5 – Customise your blog

Ok, so now that your blog is set up, you need to start making it your own. You can either use free wordpress themes, or can buy them to make your site more unique. Start building some pages, and design your site so that it appeals to your target market.

Step 6 – Start blogging!

Now that you’re all ready to go, you can start writing blog posts. This is what it’s all about, so start thinking of some great subjects to write about, and start filling your blog with creat content.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have your very own blog set up in no time.