I often see people asking tips and information on how to start a blog on LinkedIn group discussions, Q & A section of Hubpages and on yahoo answers as well. So, today’s post is specifically focused on answering this question and helping wannabe bloggers make a head start in the blogosphere.
There are many different issues lurking behind the desire to know how to start a blog. In addition to getting tips about the entire step by step process of starting a blog, wannabe bloggers also want to know where to start a blog, best place to start a blog, how to start a blog and earn money and how to start a successful blog etc.
Where to Start a Blog?
This is the first query that comes to mind after gaining info about the process of starting a blog. Well, there are a lot of places where you can start a blog and some of these options are free while others are paid services. Options to start a blog of your own for free are numerous but only a handful of them are popular and famous with the blogger community. Some of the most popular free sites to start a blog are blogger.com, WordPress.com, Tumblr.com etc
Best Site to Start a Blog For Free
Let us not get into a discussion about pros and cons of using a free blog platform or debate whether paid or free blogging sites are best, because I have already covered that in two of my previous posts here. If you ask my opinion two of the best sites to start a blog for free are WordPress.com and Blogger.com.
WordPress.com is undeniably the best site to start a blog for free, and has received the top review and top ratings on all the blogging platform review sites.
In addition to giving the blogger a wonderful array of professional looking and highly versatile free themes to choose from, WordPress.com is also choke a block with free plugins and widgets that make the blogging experience quite a treat. Moreover, it is the best user friendly blogging platform that makes blogging smooth and easy even for newbie bloggers.
How to Start a Google Blog?
If you want to start a Google blog, you should head towards blogger.com. Blogger.com (as most of the wannabe bloggers are already aware) is a free blogging site powered by Google. Blogger.com has been around since 1999 and you only need a Gmail account or a Google account to get your free blog started on this site.
Your blog domain will read as yourblogname.blogspot.com. There are plenty of free templates to use here.
How to Start a Successful Blog?
With billions of blogs in the blogosphere and cut throat completion going on, the burning question that every newbie blogger want answered is how to start a successful blog that stands apart from the crowd.
A successful blog is one that has many followers, subscribers and provides value to readers. Here is a post by Michael on how to become a top blog in your niche.
How to Start a Blog and Make Money?
Being successful and popular amongst readers and followers is not enough and majority of us have started blogging with the intention of developing into an online business.
While it goes without saying that it is important for your blog to become popular before you can make money from it, there is no guarantee that becoming popular is a magic bullet that will help you start a blog and make money from it.
You must assume a proactive approach to monetize your blog to make money from it. Here are 5 tips to monetize your blog. Unless you incorporate any, many or all of these 5 monetization methods, you cannot earn money from your blog automatically.
At this point, I would like to request your attention to an important point in starting a blog and making money from it. None of the blog monetization methods will work on the free blogging platforms because they are restricted or inaccessible for free users.
You get what you pay for. So, if you want to earn money from your blog, you should definitely go for paid blog hosting. You can find a detailed post on blog hosting vitals here.
Starting a blog is extremely easy and you just need an email id (at the least) to get started. But instead of rushing into the blogosphere totally clueless, I suggest that you learn everything that is there to know about how to start your blog and collect tips about all the nitty gritty of blogging before you get your brand new blog.