So you are finally starting your own blog ? Congratulations !!
But are you on right track?
Are you missing some important points that may cost you in future ?
Don’t worry, I have prepared a free and easy checklist for you based on my own experience. This checklist is not only super easy to follow but also most economical for 2019 new bloggers.
Please be with me till this free and easy checklist ends as I have some some important tips for you that will act as a catalyst in your blogging career.
Just one more thing while starting your own blog, follow below steps in the same order to get the best results.So let’s start folks !!
Starting your own blog – Step1 : Create a WordPress website OFFLINE.
Yes you read it correctly, when you are starting your own blog the very first step is to create your website offline. This way you will first create your website, once completely satisfied you will pay for domain registration, hosting services and get the most value for money.
Use WordPress to create website as it’s just a matter of few drag and drops, the key is to choose a WordPress theme that best suits your style. A WordPress Theme helps you to design and build your website. The best part is you don’t have to write a single line of code.
Step2 : Make sure to add these sections in your website that most first time visitors look for.
- An Image that clearly indicates your vision and excerpt of your best blog posts in the main web page .
- About section that clearly tells the purpose of blogging so that the blog visitors can connect with your work.
- Blogs section with your master pieces first.
- Contact section so that people can contact you in case they need more assistance.
Step3 : Add a WordPress Plugin for the Contact section.
For Contact section you will need a form that will let your blog visitors contact you for any queries. Now point is WordPress theme doesn’t have any provison for the same.
No Worries !!
Remember I mentioned ‘No coding required ’ , WordPress themes provide the basic functionality for website building, but if you need some customization then WordPress plugins are available.
Make sure that you install one of the freely available plugins for contact form that suits your requirement the most.
Starting your own blog – Step4 : Replace WordPress site tagline with your own.
All websites created on wordpress platform display a site tagline ‘Just another WordPress site’ in the header portion.Make sure that you replace the same with your own tagline for a professional touch. Remember you are starting your own blog website.
In case you are not sure about your tagline then no worries you can do that later just remove the worpress tagline.
Step5 : Remove WordPress footer text.
Again all wordpress websites diplay a footer text ‘Powered by WordPress………….’ make sure that you remove the same, for a professional touch.
Step6 : Change the WordPress default permalink structure.
By default, WordPress sets your permalinks to yourdomain.com/postID which is sort of confusing for the blog readers.
Make sure that you change the permalink structure to the format yourdomain.com/postname.
Step7 : Domain name registration and hosting.
Now comes the fun part naming your domain and choosing a hosting plan.
A domain name is a unique address of your blog website so try to choose words that indicates your blog niche.
Web hosting service provides web space to your blogging website.It is obvious that your most important requirement is to get a space that is available 24/7 for your blog visitors.
Other important points to consider :
- Disk space (to store your content, Images, videos etc)
- Average load time
- WordPress installer (again I am stressing on WordPress !!)
- 24/7 customer support (On call, via mail or via forum etc)
Make sure that you choose a hosting plan (either paid or free) considering above features. Do not fall into the trap of some sugar coated features that doesn’t add any value to your website.
In case you are on a tight budget and looking for free hosting, then check out list of top 5 free hosting sites 2019.
Starting your own blog – Step8 : Transfer your blog website to live
If you still with me then its time to host your blogging website live which can be done via the plugin called ‘All-in-one WP Migration’.
Step9 : Install Yoast SEO plugin.
This plugin is to assist you in making your content SEO complaint.
Step10 : Create and post your content
Now the fun part comes……….
Yes folks its time to create your content , put the same into the post section provided by WordPress, follow all the corrections (at least 70 to 80%) suggested by Yoast SEO plugin (already installed above) and publish your first masterpiece.
Congrats you have completed all the points most required for starting your own blog.
Now that you have successfully published your first blog .I have few bonus tips for your great blogging future.
Tip#1 Install Mashshare Share buttons plugin
To share your work via social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
Tip#2 Install MailChimp for WordPress plugin
To send email notifications to your blog site subscribers.
Tip#3 Install Smush Image Compression and Optimization plugin
For optimizing the Images’ size in your website.
That’s it folks !! In case you have any questions regarding any of the above points please feel free to contact me, I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Have a great blogging ahead !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!