One of the first things that new bloggers battle with is consistent content publishing. That and coming up with the many topics needed in order…
Do you want to start your own blog? If so, the following article is for you. You will learn how to get started blogging today and how to create a free blog without any technical knowledge needed. Let’s dive into how easy it is!
Setting Up a Blog
The first thing to do is to decide what your blog is going to be called once you have found a name that will suit your niche.
The next part you want to really look at is purchasing a domain (there are free alternatives to that but for now we will be looking at domain purchasing).
The best way to get your brand out there is to figure out what should come after the dot. The .com is an international domain that will attract a lot of international traffic to the blog. Where if you are South African .co.za domain will be more suited if you want to track local traffic. It’s also cheaper. You can then purchase the domain through a hosting company for a fee every month or yearly.
Now that you have found the perfect blog name and domain, it’s time to get started with setting up your first ever website. This will be a little different depending on whether you go for WordPress or Blogger, but we’ll cover both options in this post!
WordPress is an open-source platform (which means free) that was launched back in 2003; they allow anyone to create their own websites without any technical knowledge needed.
Blogger also allows users to start their own site easily and quickly, although it is owned by Google – which may make some people think twice about using it. However, there are no costs associated with creating a Blogger account and starting your first page online within minutes.
What to Blog About
Now that you have decided what website platform to use, the next question is what do I blog about?
Blogger users are able to choose from over 50 different designs for their site, while WordPress has thousands of free themes available.
If you’re unsure of what exactly to post online then here are some ideas:
– how-to guides/tutorials
– what’s in and what’s out
– your opinion on a recent film/book release; what you liked or didn’t like about it
– product reviews (e.g., your new iPhone)
– experiences and memories (like a visit abroad or your wedding day!)
All these things can be shared with other people who may find them interesting too! If none of those ideas work for you right now, don’t worry – try brainstorming what makes YOU unique instead.
Now you have a blog name and topic nailed down, the next step is to find pictures to accompany your posts.
The best thing about blogging as a beginner is that there are so many images available online for free! That’s right – no need to hire an expensive photographer or graphic designer because these pictures can be used by anyone who wants them.
All pictures from sites such as Flickr come with Creative Commons Licences which means they can be shared across different platforms without any authorization needed. These pictures often carry the symbol of ‘CC’ somewhere on their page.
There are also websites dedicated solely to sharing images for free use e.g., Unsplash, Pixabay. If you want more options though.
Sharing your Posts
Now that you have your first blog up and running, it’s time to start sharing what you’ve written. Sharing is a great way of getting more people reading your content as well as being seen by new audiences – so don’t be afraid to get social!
There are many ways for bloggers these days to share their posts with others:
– Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram can help spread the word about a new post quickly and easily. Be sure not to forget to include images when posting online too; they tend to attract far more attention than just words alone do.
– Joining in blogging communities like Bloggers Facebook Groups helps encourage users who may otherwise feel nervous about starting their own website.
– Set up an email address. Start with the people you know and then slowly gather an email list (just remember to keep the POPI Act in mind).
Hopefully, this post on how to start a blog as a beginner has given you some great ideas for what to do next!