They said that if you can write an email, you can create a blog. With this beginners guide, we will create a blog from scratch which will get your blog published on the Internet without any technical difficulties. And as you follow this series, you will also learn the tips and tricks of the trade to get your blog included in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You can set it up for personal reason or to earn money from it. Yes, you can monetize your blog and earn extra income to pay your bills. Depending on how much time and effort you are willing to spend on your blog, you can earn enough from it to replace your current job. But as early as now, let me tell you that the earning part (enough to support all your needs) is not as easy as others would have thought you. I have been there and I am still here – blogging. I am blogging to post my experiences and hopefully share whatever knowledge I learned along the way. This guide to create a blog has been written with beginners in mind. So just follow the simple steps to get your blog going in no time.
Create a Blog File
The first step that I recommend is to create a blog file. Now, don’t be intimidated by the term. It’s just a simple file you can write on word processing software like MS-Word or even Notepad and have it saved on your computer. This is where you are going to keep all your usernames, passwords, links, URL’s, and any other important information. You will need this blog file for future reference. Don’t bother organizing it for now. You can do that after you have set up your blog. What’s important now is to have a sort of notepad to keep the important details.
Choose a Blog Name/Domain Name
What do you want to call your blog that will best describe it and be remembered easily? While others suggest you can name it after your nickname, I would recommend that you think of words that will best describe your topics.
To generate a blog name, use the following guidelines:
- Think of something unique and original
- Make it descriptive of what your blog is all about
- After you make a list of blog names, take each one of them and consider the image that it conveys when people read your blog’s name. Does the image fits how you want people to perceive your blog?
- In addition, is it something that you can remember easily after reading it once?
- Finally, make sure that anyone can spell it easily – verbal or in writing.
Your blog’s domain is the URL or your website address. This blog’s domain that you are reading right now is www.geekscode.com and you will notice that it is also my blog’s name. While you will find other blogs with a different domain, it is not a very good practice because an average person remembers a website by its name and not by its domain. Therefore, if your first time reader decides to revisit your blog again, he or she would normally look for your blog’s name on the Internet.
Anybody can have the same name on their blog but only one can register for a domain. For example, you can find multitudes of blogs with a name such as “Blogging for Beginners”. But you will only find one website with a domain of bloggingforbeginners.com.
Hence, if your blog’s name, for example is “Blogging for Beginners” and somebody else own that domain, most of your returning visitors will have a great chance of landing to another website. Having different domain than your blog’s name can lead to lost opportunities that can be avoided right from the start.
Go ahead, work on your list and follow the guidelines above. Once you are done, let’s work on getting your domain registered.
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