Starting a blog for personal reasons or for your company can be one of the best investments in time and money you could ever make. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a blog running, but it is the outcome that is priceless. If you invest the time earlier rather than later, you will reap the rewards in term of search results, leads and income, depending on the goals you have.
Host your own Blog
By signing up to a host, which you can get for as little as £6/$10 a month, you’ll be able to remove any kind of restrictions that free platforms will have. From running your own advertisements, affiliate links, online store to direct advertisements, sites like blogger and medium will reject many things such as these, essentially holding you back.
It is easier to start out on a self hosted account than migrate late down the line after starting out using a free platform. When picking your own host to hold your site, don’t just go for the cheapest, do your research to see if there is a free domain included, easy and intuitive, good support and room to scale as your blog grows to support demand.
Creating your Blog
If you are planning on starting a blog, we have the steps to follow to make it simple. One thing to be aware about blogging is that it is not for everyone on a personal level, but for a company it is almost vital. Many people create blogs because they have hobbies, while other make them to make money – this is where blogs fail. Without the knowledge, wisdom and drive in a particular area, you cannot keep a blog sustained.
A blog can be built and setup in 3 easy steps.
1 – Select a domain name and register it
If you have got a name in mind – head over to GoDaddy and see if it is available. An alternative is to purchase your domain when you pay for your hosting as a package if this is an option. Either way, it is easy to link together your hosting and domain via the DNS settings on your domain provider.
2 – Pick a hosting package and provider
Picking something trustworthy, with good support is where you need to start. With many comparisons and reviews around the web, picking a hosting account and signing up is as easy as buying something from Amazon.
If your budget is tight, aim to pick a provider that you are able to scale and change package with as and when you need to. Don’t always go for the cheapest option as speed, accessibility and support may all be affected in the cheaper price.
3 – Install and personalise WordPress
With the domain and hosting account all ready, we now need to install an instance of WordPress. WordPress is a free and open source hosting platform which you can self host, and is widely known to be the best option for blogging. Some hosting providers will offer one click solutions to implementing an open source platform such as WordPress, if not, download it from WordPress and unpackage the files on your hosting account where you can then configure the platform by visiting url.com/wp-admin.
Now that you have your new instance installed on your domain, we can begin customising it. By selecting a theme which is mobile responsive and user friendly, you are putting your customers first. With many off the shelf themes around, you can easily find one to plug in and start writing your content.
That is it starting a blog, with three simple steps, you can have a blog up and running within 30 minutes.