How To Create A Blog – A Short Guide

INTRODUCTION

People say that unless you don’t have any knowledge about your car, the mechanic will gradually eat up your pocket with the never-existing problems in your car. Every affording person can own a car, but the owner of a best-maintained car has knowledge about its technical things. Similarly, every person is a blogger, however, a successful blog needs proper technical understanding. Here is a short guide about the basic but very important technicalities.

INITIAL START-UP STEPS

1. DOMAIN REGISTRATION – HOW TO GET A REGISTERED DOMAIN NAME

Domain registration requires a significant thought process that suggests a catchy but to-the-point name of your blog. For the registration process, you need to find out an authentic but lucrative forum. Generally, such forums are easily available online. However, ‘GoDaddy’ is the most competent and flexible one, which will enter you into a page suggesting you several relative domain names.

The ideal state is to get a yearly package from the given options. They will also offer you web hosting services and privacy protection. If you want web hosting services, it is better to try some other forum, as explained in the next step. Remember to save the email that you will receive after registration.

2. WEBHOSTING – HOW TO GET A WEBHOSTING SERVER FOR YOUR DOMAIN

Seeking a webhosting provider is not a big deal at all! Keep two key points in your mind and you will get the best webhosting provider. The first point is, that your provider is well-recognized and established as a perfect host. The second is, that your provider is offering you ideal services at your affordable rate. One of the popular providers is HostGator with amazing services, lucrative prices and astounding traffic capacity. Click ‘web hosting plans’ and then click ‘hatchling plan’, as you already have gotten your domain. Enter the required information, and click ‘make account’. Its done!

3. SERVER SETTING – HOW TO SET YOUR SERVER ACCOUNT WORKABLE WITH YOUR DOMAIN

This is the most critical step, however if followed exactly according to the given instructions, it would surely be a piece of cake. Firstly, open the GoDaddy website and log into your account.

Open the main page of your account, and scroll down till the end.

You will find a heading ‘Account Manager’, with a given tab ‘My Account’.

Now, a click on ‘Domain’, and the next click on ‘Launch’ (your desired domain) will take you to a new page.

Now, configuration of your nameserver starts.

Click on ‘Set Namseservers’, and enter the webhosting information given to you while registration process in ‘I have specific nameservers for my domains section’. Provide information for first and second Nameserver, and click ‘OK’. Check the applied setting after at least two hours.

4. INSTALLING WORDPRESS – GETTING THE CREATIVE MOST TOOL OF THE BLOG

This is the most fun part for all. WordPress is better than any other forum,since it has far more creative features and chances of incorporating innovativeness. WordPress installation is a long process, however, HostGator offers a ‘one-click’ installation of it. Open your domain’s cpanel by typing your complete domain plus /cpanel. Go to software/services and click ‘Fantastico Deluxe’. Click on ‘Install WordPress’ and get started!

If you are a software genius, you can also download WordPress and configure its installation.

5. WORDPRESS LESSON – AN INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS

WordPress is an interesting thing to play with. And till the time of installation, your curiosity will definitely rise to such a higher level that you would love to experiment with your blog. A few basics include:

Appearance: How your blog would look like. This includes theme, color etc.

Plugins: This needs a further technical study or experimentation of WordPress, which will definitely increase the performance and visibility of your blog.

Media: This part deals with media tools like pictures, videos etc.

Settings: This part is about the settings other than the blog’s appearance. From here, you will start third-party plugins, if you desire to.

Links: This tool deals with the customization of your blog, and its promotional strategy, as described later in this article.

Posts: It is simply related to posting the content on the blog, name of the author, summary etc.

Pages: This tool helps you include new pages, and maintain the existing pages.

Users: This tool helps you add new users, or blog operation officers. It is useful if you have planned to hire a manager.

MAKE YOUR BLOG STRONGER

Now, you have done the basic work. However, you would definitely love if maximum number of people reach your content. For this purpose, you need to bring your blog to a better place on the search engines.

Try to put unique content on your blog. An already existing one might raise legal issues against you, or would definitely be unattractive to the people.

Build off-page links, or do off-page optimization. It would raise your blog’s visibility and place up to 80%. Off-page optimization is mostly done by developing Backlinks. These are the inter-connective links that connect your page with the other blogs or pages. One-way backlinks are the one in which either your, or other’s blog gets appearance. Two-way backlinks are supportive to both the connecting pages. For the purpose of generating backlinks, it is better to take help or direct services from an SEO expert for a new comer.

A FEW STRENGTH-GAINING TIPS

Seek a long-run success. Remember! Your blog will not become the top most on the search engines in a single night. It requires time, patience, and continuous effort.

It is better to use your own name as your blog’s domain. This will increase your visibility and approach.

Seek the tactics of other bloggers and analyze them, however about your blog, use your own strategy, ideas and concepts. Try to make a ‘leader’ image of your blog, not a ‘follower’ one.

Post frequently! If you lack content, or even time to write a well-researched article, then capture a nice and attractive picture from somewhere around you and post it on your blog. Don’t let it go empty for a whole week.

WordPress offers SEO customization. Customize your blog for SEO and start using keyword placement tactics to increase your visibility.

Google is the most used search engine. Use its tools like sitemap, analytics, webmaster to know the problems in your blog, and foresee the coming business hazards.

Keep the feedback option open. Let people say about your posted stuff.

Practice the WordPress tools as much as possible. This will open new horizons to your business.

Keep your stuff simple and elegant. Don’t use complicated themes, pictures etc.

Keep an eagle eye on the burning issues and discuss them in your blog. However, keep your niche in mind while searching the burning issues.

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