Nowadays, There are so many peoples specially from the young generation want to start their personal blog. Basically, Most of the time, They want to earn from their own blog by adsense or affiliate. Yes! You are welcome to create your own blog. But, You have to take some decisions before getting started. Many beginners do mistake because of not having enough knowledge or experience in this sector. You have to invest own money very carefully. According to my experience, I have found several things that you should know before starting your own professional blog. I hope, You will like these.
10 Things to Know before Creating Your Own Blog:
You should think and set your plan and go forward step by step. Otherwise, You will be frustrated and all of your efforts will be useless. So, At first, Think about these things –
1. Select Niche
There are so many bloggers who do this mistake. They start blogging without any good plan. They start multi topic blog. One day, They can realize, It was a big mistake. I’m not saying multi niche blog is worst idea. But, It is harder to handle. Single niche blog is easy to maintain and has more opportunity to earn more money. So, As a beginner, You have to select a single niche for your blog. You have to set a goal and then slowly go through the right way. Someone prefers mobile and pc tips, someone may choose health care, someone may prefer blogging and seo tips etc. You have to decide which one will be perfect for you. Then select one.
2. Select a Good Domain
After choosing niche, Your duty is finding a good domain name that will represent your website perfectly. It is very important. You should not choose any domain that doesn’t suite with your niche. You also should find a good name that can be pronounced and typed easily. Avoid big name. Try to get domain name as shorter as possible. Also purchase it from a good and trusted register like Godaddy, Namecheap etc.
3. Buy a Good Hosting
This is one of the most important steps. Many beginners seek for cheapest web hosting services. But, It is suicidal decision. You will suffer much. But, You can claim any promotional offer from a good hosting company. But, I don’t recommend shared hosting. For first year, If you have at least 60 USD budget for hosting, I would like to suggest you to buy cloud VPS (Starts from $5/Mo). Vultr, Digital Ocean, Linode are some good cloud VPS providers. You may think managing VPS is tough. It’s not true! Anyway, I will discuss about it in another article and also share tutorials on how to manage cloud VPS easily.
Anyway, If you have extremely limited budget, You can purchase shared hosting. Hostgator, InMotionHosting, Godaddy, Bluehost, Dreamhost are some good shared hosting provider.
4. Choose Blogging Platform:
There are so many blogging platforms available. WordPress is the most popular. It is also very easy to use and control. Joomla, Drupal are good alternatives of wordpress. There are also some awesome platform like blogger, tumblr, weebly etc. But, I suggest you to pick wordpress. I’ll be updating basic and advanced tutorials for wordpress users in this blog. But, Choice is yours. I prefer wordpress because of so many plugins and themes availability. It is also very easy to optimize for SEO.
5. WWW or Non-WWW
It is a less important thing. But it is a very popular question which one is better among www and non-www. Actually, Both are OK. None of them have any significant benefits. So, You can choose any of them without any hesitation.
6. Optimize Site Structure:
It is very important step. Because, If you fail to have a good structure, All of your effort will be wasted. So, First of all, Make a good tagline and short description of your website which will be appeared in google search. Then create categories and subcategories in your blog. It makes not only easy to navigate but also benefits SEO. If you fail to have these things done, You may face serious SEO issues in the future.
7. Have a High Quality Responsive Theme:
Many new bloggers choose a nice elegant template for their blog. But that makes site slower or that is not properly coded or not responsive. Before choosing a theme, You will have to judge these things –
- Is that theme loaded fast?
- Is that responsive that fits good in desktop, table and smartphone?
- Is that included proper html tags?
- Does it support Schema markup? (Optional)
If all of these questions’ have positive answer (Yes), You are welcome to choose that theme. Schema markup is very important nowadays. But, I tagged it as optional because most free themes don’t have it. As a beginner blogger, You may choose a free theme until you have a good budget.
8. Have Good SEO Plugin / Extension:
A SEO plugin can make it easier to optimize a blog for SEO. Yoast is a great free SEO plugin for WordPress and Drupal. Joomla has some extension for SEO. By using them, You can control your blog’s search engine visibility. Blogger, Tumblr and other platforms like them have less opportunity to control SEO.
9. Have Page / Profile in Major Social Networks:
Social signal is an important thing that you should care. Before publishing your blog, You should create Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin page, Twitter and Pinterest profile for your blog. Also have custom URL as soon as possible. There are also some other social networks, You can create profile there. But, You must have your page in major social media websites.
10. Have Capability of Writing SEO Friendly Article:
After preparing everything, You should ask yourself “Do i know how to write SEO friendly article?“. If answer is NO, You should learn it quickly. It is not a big deal. You can do it by following a few steps. But it is very important. Remember, You are going to start your own blog where you will have so many competitors (Visible and Invisible) who already have blogs. Most of them will try to focus on SEO and quality article. So, You should also focus on these things and try to do better. If you can publish good SEO friendly article from starting, It will be very easy to get appropriate audience. It will also boost your blog’s visibility in search engines.
So, these are the basics and must do things before starting your own professional blog. In future, I will publish another article what you will have to do after starting. If you have any question, You can ask me. If you have any suggestion, You are welcome to share.