Want to Start Your Own Blog? In this step-by-step article, I will show you the easiest way to start your own blog. Along with it, I will also answer some most commonly asked questions about starting a blog like which domain and hosting provider to use, which blogging platform, free vs paid etc. But First, Why to Create a Blog? Why Blog?
Why create your own blog?
Having a blog is really beneficial. It helps you learn new things, it improves confidence, writing, thinking, creativity, imagination, and many more things! And One of the best parts of it is, It also earns you some bucks 😛 You can help other people with your helpful articles. If you have a hobby like art, photography or music etc, blogging can really promote it to a great level. After you’ve gained some experience in writing blogs effectively, you could do freelance writing and earn some good money from it. Online platforms like Fiverr.com and Upwork.com can help you in getting freelance work.
Free VS. Paid
If you’ve ever considered starting your own blog, you’ve probably heard terms like self-hosted blogs. Most of the people will say to go for a self-hosted blog if you want to create a professional brand or blog. But before all this, why do you need your own self-hosted blog when there are hundreds of free services available for starting your blog for free? For Answering this question, you have to first know what is free blogging and the pros and cons of a free blog.
Free Blogging Platform
As the name suggests, these platforms are free for everyone and especially recommended for those who are beginners in the field of blogging or not very serious about blogging and doing it just for fun. You Just have to signup, get a domain and set up your site. You can make a free blog with some free services like WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Wix.com, Weebly.com etc.
Pros of Free Blog
- It is totally free to start.
- It does not require any prior knowledge of web design.
- Services like Blogger.com and WordPress.com are Easy to Setup and maintain.
Cons of Free Blog
- You will have an unprofessional domain until you buy a domain for your blog. For Ex: http://yourdomain.wordpress.com or http://yourdomain.blogspot.com.
- Free Blogs Looks Unprofessional than self-hosted blogs.
- Free Blog Lacks in many features like people with free WordPress Blog cannot add Plugins like people who self-host their blog with the WordPress software can. Also, the Free WordPress is not as customizable as the self-hosted WordPress Blog.
- You Have limited Bandwidth, Memory etc.
Self-Hosted Blogging Platform
Since this is the paid option then it will cost you some bucks to start your blog but definitely will be better than free services. It is hosted on our own server, unlike free blogs which are hosted on other’s servers. Some popular companies which provide hosting for your blogs are iPage (Recommended), BlueHost, and HostGator.
Pros of Self-Hosted Blog
- You will have a professional domain. For ex: http://yourdomain.com.
- Your Blog looks Professional and tons of themes are available for it.
- You will have a fully customizable blog and full control over your blog like the layout, SEO, Advertising Options etc.
- Complete access to backend files, by which you can make code changes.
Cons of Self-Hosted Blog
- It requires an initial investment.
Choosing Blogging Platform
After Deciding Free And Paid Services, Next Step is to choose the best and appropriate blogging platform. As there are plenty of Blogging Platforms out there, a question will definitely arise in your mind that, “Should I use WordPress or Blogger or Tumblr or Any other Blogging Platform?” And I will recommend to setup your blog with WordPress.org blog. As soon as you will continue reading this article, you will get to know why I and all the bloggers say to select WordPress.org over other Blogging Platforms.
There are numerous reasons which prove that Why WordPress is better than any other blogging platform. The below infographic can explain you it more clearly.
The major reason is You Truely Own Your Website with WordPress whereas other platforms like Blogger, Tumblr, Drupal or Medium do not give you full control. It is also the most secure CMS with a team of around 25+ people which constantly works on improving its security. Also, WordPress regularly receives the update with and is constantly improving. It doesn’t require technical skills like programming or coding to use WordPress but other CMSs like Drupal and Joomla do need these. But if you want to make changes in the theme or coding then it can also be done in WordPress easily. Summing up all these, you can say that it is the best, fastest, SEO friendly and moreover it’s free to install on your blog.
When you’ve purchased domain name and a hosting provider, You have to install WordPress on your site. After this you’re ready to start posting contents on your site! Also you can choose from thousands of free themes and plugins for your blog or premium themes. Since your blog is new it is not easy to drive traffic to it. Read my this post to make it easy for you to write good content and how to drive traffic (with 10+ expert tips!) Thanks for reading this post. Any doubts, suggestion? Just comment it below 😉