Blogging is one of the most effective way to connect and engage with your audience. You can start a blog to share your thoughts with the world or you can use blog to make money online.
Blogging is becoming very popular in India and there are many successful bloggers who have made millions from their blogs.
My Step by Step guide to start a blog using WordPress will help you launch your blog in less than 120 minutes.
In this post I will share all my learning of digital marketing and blogging with you to make you expert in blogging.
If you are new to blogging, here is guide to what is blogging. Blogging explained in less than 10 Minutes
Things you will need to start a blog
- Domain Name for your blog
- Hosting for your blog
- Credit Card or a Debit card for making payment
- A Notebook to take notes
- Laptop or desktop with Internet connection
- Professional Theme for your WordPress blog
If you are ready with above things, you can now move ahead to next steps.
Step 1 – Choose a Domain Name for your blog
Before you start blog you will need a domain name for your blog. Domain name is address of your blog and you will need to buy domain name from domain registrars.
Depending on your blog you can choose a domain name. If you are going to start a personal blog, you can use your name in domain name.
Like I have bhaveshg.com and bhaveshg.in domains for my personal blogs
If you are using it for commercial purpose, you can choose name that matches your niche.
I have blog on technology which is techmouse.in and I have blog on health tips and yoga is known as yogahealthtips.in
I also have blog on news which is i24online.com
This way I have multiple blogs for different topics and they have their own domain names.
Once you are done with your domain name decision you will have to buy domain from domain hosting companies.
There are many hosting companies available in India and US from where you can buy domains.
I prefer to use godaddy.com for buying domain and sometimes I use bigrock for my domains.
Things to Remember
- Domain name is recurring expense. You will have to renew your domain every 12 months
- You can buy domains for 12 months, 24 months or even 5 or 10 years
- Always buy domains from reputed registrars. Never look for cheap domain providers.
- Domains cost less than Rs.1000.00 in India
- You can decide to buy .in or .com domain or if you need for personal use you can also go with .me
- After buying domain you may also need hosting.
Step 2 – Buy Hosting for your WordPress Blog
You will need WordPress compatible hosting to start blog. Buying hosting is very easy and it’s not a rocket science.
You need to choose hosting company to host your blog and make them payment every year for hosting and you are done.
Can I host my blog on Free Hosting?
People have asked me such questions also. They don’t want to invest in hosting and they want to start with free hosting. I will never recommend to go with free hosting. Remember, nothing is free in this world.
If you are not serious about your blogging and you don’t even want to invest Rs.5K to 6K then forget about blogging.
Blogging is serious business and you will have to invest some money and time to become a successful in blogging.
Don’t waste time and money in searching for free and cheap hosing for your blog. Your blog is long term investment and this will earn money for you. So, invest in your blog.
Which is best hosting service provider?
If you ask me hosting for WordPress blog, I will always recommend
- A Small Orange
BTW, there are many hosting service providers but I don’t want to experiment with my blog and waste time.
I have been using them since ages and they are best for hosting WordPress blog.
You can buy hosting from siteground.com and setup WordPress on siteground server.
If you don’t know how to install WordPress on siteground.com you can refer to their help.
Fore Advanced tips and Tricks on Blogging you can buy my blogging book.