You wanted to know how to blog, which is why you reached here. Congratulations; because you already took the first step to becoming a successful blogger.
You will learn every single secret, tips and tricks that any beginner blogger should know about blogging. These 9 tips will guide you through the entire process, starting from the beginning and ending at the final stage where you successfully upload your first post.
Tip # 1 of How to Blog-Create New Blog Site
Creating a new blog site is as simple as saying 1, 2, 3…All you need is to select and purchase a domain name from any of the top domain companies. There are a whole lot of options for you like godaddy, namecheap, sedo etc. I used godaddy, so maybe you would also like to go with it.
Tip # 2 of How to Blog-Where to Host Your Blog?
Now that you have purchased a domain name, you need a hosting site to put up your site. Godaddy, Blue Host, Hostagator, Hostmonster etc are few of the popular choices. Using Godaddy is the best recommended option because you can get your domain name and hosting at one place. Moreover, you can now get the cheapest deals at Godaddy. Just click on the image below to get started right away. You can set up your blog within 30 seconds of getting your account paid and verified for.
Tip # 3 of How to Blog-How to Set Up Your Blog Within 30 Seconds?
As soon as you login to your CPanel in HostGator, you will be directed to the dashboard, from where you can set up your blog in WordPress within 30 seconds. All you need to do is click the ‘Fantastico’ button and your WordPress blog will be installed instantly.
Tip # 4 of How to Blog-How to Design a Blog?
By now your heart is thumping because you do not know any graphics or design; but what if I said that WordPress will take care of everything? You ought to believe it! WordPress is the world’s most easiest and beginner-friendly blog platform and is designed to suit even the rawest of newbie bloggers. You have a huge range of free themes to choose from and all you need to do is select and activate. Your blog will be displayed according to the theme you use.
In case you want to use a premium theme, you will have to purchase it. Once you complete the payment, you can easily download the theme file. With a single click you can then get the premium theme activated.
Tip # 5 of How to Blog-What are Plugins?
Plugins are basically tools that make a beginner blogger’s life easy and take the stress out of blogging. Plugins are available for a variety of functions. Some of the important and most popular plugins are used for spam control, contact form, comments, seo, sharing posts, traffic counter and for adding videos to blog posts. As with themes, WordPress has a huge range of plugins as well and the majority of them are free. Choose the ones that you need and it takes nothing more than a click on the activate button to get them working instantly. Let me name the most popular free plugins in each category, so that you can get a better idea.
- Spam Control- Akismet
- Contact Form-Magic contact
- Video- Tubepress
- SEO- All in one SEO pack
- Sharing Posts- Share and Follow
- Traffic Counter- WPStatistics
Tip # 6 of How to Blog- How to Get Google Analytics Code?
If you want to keep an eye on your blog traffic and know detailed stats about your visitors and what they do on your blog, you will need an advanced tool like Google Analytics. The best part is that it is absolutely free to use for everyone. All you need to do is to sign up for the free Google Analytics account. Once you sign up and receive the analytics code, you can paste it into the header or footer of your blog.
Tip # 7 of How to Blog- Where to Paste Google Analytics Code?
If you are using a WordPress theme, you can access the header and footer of your theme via ‘Appearance’ option in your WordPress Dashboard. Paste the analytics either in header or footer and then verify your analytics account. If you have pasted it in the right place, your statistics will begin displaying now.
Tip # 8 of How to Blog- How to Write a Blog Post?
Okay so you have got all set with the design and related stuff. You are now eager to get your first blog post amidst your readers. To answer the question on how to write a blog post, I have created many blog posts that details the entire process step by step. Please take time to read through all those posts, because they contain extremely valuable tips.
Tip # 9 of How to Blog- How to Post a Blog?
You have already created an awesome blog post and all you got to do now is to post it. If you look closely at the dashboard in WordPress, you will see many options for publishing / posting your blog post. You can either choose to make it public, save as a draft or publish it. Again under publish section, you have the option to publish immediately or at a date of your choice. This means that you can manipulate the date of the blog post to an earlier date or even schedule to post at a later date and time of your choice. Select one of these options according to your preference and your post will be published automatically.
We have discussed each and every aspect of blogging for beginners in this post today. I hope to have answered all your queries and cleared all your doubts about how to blog. So now what are you waiting for? Start blogging right away!