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How To Start A Blog In 2018

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How to start a blog

 

Blogging is one of the popular ways you can share your thoughts and make your opinions known to others. But the question, how to start a blog will be answered in this article.

Learn how to do it from someone who knows. If you rush in, the probability of rushing out is extremely high. And you may end up giving up.
Before going into “How To”, always remember this,

“if you are going to do something for the rest of your life, don’t just stop at the 4th month.” SirPhren

 

If you just asked the question how to start a blog, it may be because you have a business you want to give an online presence, a passion you want to make known to the world or you just want an online file manager where you can save your daily activities and matters of your mind.

 

Before I move into how to start a blog, lets take a look at the differences between the two most popular platforms, WordPress and Blogspot briefly. This will help you to decide which platforms you want to create your blog on.

Differences Between WordPress and Blogspot

There are some Content Management System platforms where one can create websites or blog. WordPress, Blogspot/Blogger, tumblr and others are the popular platforms. With WordPress and blogspot being the most popular.

 

There won’t be any form of bias as I have operated on the two over the course of the years and am currently having this blog on Blogspot.

 

This distinction is based on the use of self-hosted WordPress blog and Blogspot.

 

Blogger/blogspot is owned and managed by Google. And any violation of google policies may end in account termination, but its rare.

 

According to shoutmeloud, blogger/blogspot is useful when you just want to start a blog to share your thoughts. But if you are blogging for business, building authority,, money or branding yourself, WordPress is the ideal choice.

 

Blogspot has limited features. Whereas, WordPress gives you the complete control over your blog and you can do anything you want with it.

 

According to WPbeginner, a company that solely blog on WordPress, see the differences.

 

Ownership: Blogger is provided by google as I have said earlier. It is free and however, it is not owned by you.

 

With WordPress, you own your blog and only you decide when you want to shut it down.

 

Control: Blogspot has limited control while in WordPress, you can easily extend it to add new features with plugins.

 

Blog Transfer: Moving content from blogspot to other platform is sometimes complicated. There is risk of losing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and subscribers. With WordPress, you can move anywhere you want.
So also, moving from WordPress to Blogspot is easy. Check my article on how to move from WordPress to Blogspot here.

 

Security: In blogspot, google takes care of your security for you but in WordPress, you will have to take care of that yourself via plugins. Learn more on WPbeginner.

 

With my personal experience, in blogspot, to make major changes to your template that requires adding or deleting a set of codes, you will need a desktop/PC and even in some templates, you can not edit your blog layout on mobile devices. With WordPress, you can use either desktop or mobile devices, whichever one suits you.

 

When it comes to ecommerce features, blogspot is still lacking some features. As at now you can sell on your Blogspot blog.

 

Thinking your blog will rank well on search engine because it is on bloggers is a myth. It doesn’t matter whether you are on wordpress, blogger, tumblr or wix, it all depends on your settings and expertise.

 

The major difference between wordpress.com and blogger is that, you can monetize your blog with free blogger account, which is the major reason some rush to blogger.

 

And finally, one of the painful differences is that, once you delete a post on blogspot, you can never restore it. At least not when I spent 6 hours on google searching how to do it. But on wordpress, whether free or self hosted, you have the chance of reviewing the posts you delete to either restore or delete permanently.

READ ALSO: Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Blog On Free Accounts

 

HOW TO START A BLOG

To start or create a blog for yourself, follow the basic steps below.

 

STEP 1

Get a niche you want to blog on. If you don’t already have a business you want to blog, it is important you discover the niche of your choice. When you discover your niche, probably on what you are passionate about, ask yourself this; what purpose(s) do I want to achieve with my blog? [Read how to discover your niche here]

STEP 2

Get your preferred CMS (Content Management System either WordPress or Blogspot) you want to use. There are numerous platforms you can start a blog but I recommend WordPress and Blogspot for you. The two offer free domain as in yourblogname.Wordpress.com or yourblog.blogspot.com.

 

But, it would be of advantageous to know the differences before starting off on the free accounts which have dealt with above. So you won’t make the mistake I made years ago.

 

WordPress has two forms, wordpress.com and wordpress.org[self-hosted wordpress]. These two also have some distinctions.

1). WordPress.com (free and paid plans)
2). WordPress.org (Self-hosted WordPress blog)( paid)

There are quite some differences between the two which are discussed more in my eBook.

WordPress.com has four plans;

1).Free (yourblogname.wordpress.com) which is 3GB disk space: So many limitations

 

2). Personal (include custom domain) 20GB Disk space $39/year: Some limitations

3). Business $299/year

4). VIP $5000

Some people and I made the mistake of going for the free plan. And later we get frustrated because of so many limitations. Which mainly is unable to monetize and unable to add some features.

 

To simply put, wordpress.com is like renting a house…while .org is like owning it. You can add whatever you like to your wordpress.org and you will have to take care of your security and updates yourself.

 

STEP 3

Get a host and custom domain for your blog. If you would go ahead with wordpress.org you would need to buy a host and a domain.

 

WordPress.org is self hosted and the hosting service and domain are what you will pay for. I use and recommend namecheap for host and domain.

 

The payment for host and domain are annually, which will be renewed every year.

 

Web hosting company provides you with disk space which serves as storage for your blog/website. You can get your domain as low as 12USD for the first year and your host between 25-50$ or more depending on your pocket.

 

If you’d go for blogspot, all you need is a custom domain and premium template(optional but advisable) and you can hire someone who knows how to edit template.

 

STEP 4

Design your blog in the right way.
After you might have gotten your custom domain and/or hosting plan, the next thing to do is to design your blog to your taste and make it easy for your visitors to navigate. You can hire someone to design it for you or download my beginners guide to starting blog on WordPress or Blogspot. It contains the step-by-step approach on blog creation and monetization.

 

Having done all these, get on with writing and publishing your articles.

 

Conclusion

You have just gone through the basics of starting a blog. What you need are: Niche, Choose a preferred CMS, Host, and Custom Domain. If you need more help, or want a private blog tutor, use the contact page or chat me up on WhatsApp.

 

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Enable Access To Blogger Blog On Glo Network: How To

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I have had to call Glo network customer care to complain to them that I couldn’t access my blogger blog with custom domain name on Glo network and they couldn’t proffer solution. In this article, I will show you how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network.

What is it about Glo?

Glo network is one of the largest telecommunication network in Nigeria with millions of subscribers and its owned by Mike Adenuga. Glo offers more data subscription than other networks in Nigeria. Hence the name, “Grand Master of data.”

Because of the volume of their data, more people use it. This should mean more visitors to your blog right? It should but people couldn’t use their Glo network to access your blogger blog unless they change to other networks which may drastically increase the bounce rate. But not too worry. Smile…

Blogger that face this problem

Bloggers that face this kind of problem are those that have had custom domain activated on their blog and https is on.

There is so much benefits attached to custom domain and this shouldn’t be a problem. Blog visitors trust blogs with https activated  more than those who doesn’t and see bloggers with custom domain as serious ones. Like I said, not too worry. You will know it soon.

How to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria

The things you need are;

  • Email Address
  • Access to your domain name registrar
  • Desktop/Mobile device

And within two minutes you will be done. All you need to do is change the DNS on your domain name registrar. Simple! Let’s get to work dear.

Step One on how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria

(a): Go to cloudflare website and sign up with your email and choose a password for yourself. Check your mailbox to verify your email few seconds after or do that after the process.

Enable access to blogger blog on Glo network

(b): After signing up successfully, the next pop-up is where to Add your site for cloudflare to scan it. Enter your domain name e.g yourblogname.com and continue.

(c): Then choose a plan. Choose free plan but, note that, you can only use one domain name on free plan. After clicking on free plan, scroll down and confirm plan. After it has scanned your site, it will show you your A records and CNAME records. Cross check and scroll down to continue.

(d): After you are successful in (c) above, the next thing you will see is your current DNS server and cloudflare will provide you with ones to change that two DNSs with. Copy them or write them down somewhere.

(e): Click on I need help changing my name server, select your domain registrar and click on Step-by-step instructions IF you already didn’t know how on your domain registrar. See the diagram above👆.

This ends step one. Don’t close the browser yet.

Open new tab and proceed to step two.

Step Two on how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network

a): Login to your domain registrar account and look for that domain you connect with blogspot. I use Namecheap, so I will explain with it.

b): Click on Manage button in the domains dashboard

c): In the page that will open, scroll down and look for name servers. Tap on it and select Custom DNS.

d): Enter the new DNSs provided by cloudflare in the first step above as it was written respectively. And tick the green mark which means save. If its successful, it will tell you that it will take 48 hours for the new DNS to propagate.

e): Now go back to cloudflare on the last page, click continue. Now when in the dashboard, scroll down to click on Recheck Name server. You will be notified if successful. Boom! Its that simple. Now check your blog with a Glo network after couple of hours.

Conclusion

In this post, I just explained to you how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria. Now you don’t have to worry about drastic bounce rate. Everyone can now visit your blog. 😉😉😉

Were you able to do it? Let me know in he comment and don’t forget to share!

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