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.
“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 in 2019, 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.
: 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: Choose your Niche
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: Choose your platform
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 $5000
Some people and I made the mistake of going for the free plan. And later we get frustrated because of so many limitations. Which mainly is unable to monetize and unable to add some features.
To simply put, wordpress.com is like renting a house…while .org is like owning it. You can add whatever you like to your wordpress.org and you will have to take care of your security and updates yourself.
STEP 3: Buy Host and Domain
Get a host and custom domain for your blog. If you would go ahead with wordpress.org you would need to buy a host and a domain.
WordPress.org is self hosted and the hosting service and domain are what you will pay for. I use and recommend namecheap for host and domain.
The payment for host and domain are annually, which will be renewed every year.
Web hosting company
provides you with disk space which serves as storage for your blog/website. You can get your domain as low as 10USD for the first year and your host between 25-50$ 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 Blog
Design your blog in the right way.
Having done all these, get on with writing and publishing your articles.
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 to hire me.
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