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How To Start A Blog In 2018

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Blogging is one of the popular ways you can share your thoughts and make your opinions known to others. But the question, how to start a blog will be answered in this article.

Learn how to do it from someone who knows. If you rush in, the probability of rushing out is extremely high. And you may end up giving up.

Before going into “How To”, always remember this, “if you are going to do something for the rest of your life, don’t just stop at the 4th month.”

If you just asked the question how to start a blog, it may be because you have a business you want to give an online presence, a passion you want to make known to the world or you just want an online file manager where you store your daily activities and matters of your mind.

Before I move into how to start a blog, lets take a look at the differences between WordPress and blogspot briefly. This will help you to decide which platforms you want to create your blog on.

Differences Between WordPress and Blogspot

There are some Content Management System platforms where one can create websites or blog. WordPress, Blogspot/Blogger, tumblr and others are the popular platforms. With WordPress and blogspot being the most popular.

There won’t be any form of bias as I have operated on the two over the course of the years and am currently having this blog on WordPress.

The distinction is based on the use of self-hosted WordPress blog and Blogspot.

Blogger/blogspot is owned and managed by Google. And any violation of google policies may end in account termination, but its rarely.

According to shoutmeloud, blogger/blogspot is useful when you just want to start a blog to share your thoughts. But if you are blogging for business, building authority,, money or branding yourself, WordPress is the ideal choice.

Blogspot has limited features. Whereas, WordPress gives you the complete control over your blog and you can do anything you want with it.

According to WPbeginner, a company that solely blog on WordPress, see the differences.

Ownership: Blogger is provided by google as I have said earlier. It is free and however, it is not owned by you. Google has the right to shutdown your access anytime.

With WordPress, you own your blog and only you decide when you want to shut it down.

Control: Blogspot has limited control while in WordPress, you can easily extend it to add new features with plugins or codes.

Blog Transfer: Moving content from blogspot to other platform is sometimes complicated. There is risk of losing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and subscribers. With WordPress, you can move anywhere you want.

Security: In blogspot, google takes care of your security for you but in WordPress, you will have to take care of that yourself via plugins. Learn more on WPbeginner.

With my personal experience, in blogspot, to make major changes to your template that requires adding or deleting a set of codes, you will need a desktop/PC and even in some templates, you can not edit your blog layout on mobile devices. With WordPress, you can use either desktop or mobile devices, whichever one suits you.

When it comes to ecommerce features, blogspot is still lacking.

Thinking your blog will rank well on search engine because it is on bloggers is a myth. It doesn’t matter whether you are on wordpress, blogger, tumblr or wix, it all depends on your settings.

The major difference between wordpress.com and blogger is that, you can monetize your blog with free blogger account, which is the major reason some rush to blogger.

And finally, one of the painful differences is that, once you delete a post on blogspot, you can never restore it. At least not when I spent 6 hours on google searching how to do it. But on wordpress, whether free or self hosted, you have the chance of reviewing the posts you delete to either restore or delete permanently.

How to start a blog

HOW TO START A BLOG

To start or create a blog for yourself, follow the basic steps below.

STEP 1

Get a niche you want to blog on. If you don’t already have a business you want to blog, it is important you discover the niche of your choice. When you discover your niche, probably on what you are passionate about, ask yourself this; what purpose(s) do I want to achieve with my blog? [Read how to discover your niche here]

STEP 2

Get your preferred CMS (Content Management System either WordPress or Blogspot) you want to use. There are numerous platforms you can start a blog but I recommend WordPress and Blogspot for you. The two offer free domain as in yourblogname.Wordpress.com or yourblog.blogspot.com . But, it would be of advantageous to know the differences before starting off on the free accounts which have dealt with above. So you won’t make the mistake I made years ago.

WordPress has two forms, wordpress.com and wordpress.org[self-hosted wordpress]. These two also have some distinctions.

1). WordPress.com (free and paid plans)
2). WordPress.org (Self-hosted WordPress blog)(Solely paid)

There are quite some differences between the two which are highlighted more in the eBook.

WordPress.com has four plans;

1). Free (yourblogname.wordpress.com) which is 3GB disk space: So many limitations

2). Personal (include custom domain) 20GB Disk space $39/year: Some limitations

3). Business $299/year

4). VIP $5000

Some people and I made the mistake of going for the free plan. And later we get frustrated because of so many limitations. Which mainly is unable to monetize and unable to add some features.

But in WordPress.org, it is self hosted and the hosting service is bought. Usually for the first year…hosting cost $10 on namecheap and domain cost $10 it may be less depending on the type of domain you want. In the subsequent years, the hosting plan for a service of 20GB disk space will $38 excluding domain renewal.

To simply put, wordpress.com is like renting a house…while .org is like owning it. You can add whatever you like to your wordpress.org and you will have to take care of your security and updates yourself.

My ebook on WordPress and Blogspot will be available for free download from 30th of April to 2nd of May. Afterwards, it will not be free.

STEP 3

Get a host and custom domain for your blog. If you would go ahead with wordpress.org you would need to buy a host and a domain.

Hosting company provides you with disk space which serves as storage for your blog/website. I use and I recommend namecheap. You can get your hosting plan as low 10 USD for the first year and 38 USD in the subsequent years.

To buy a domain (.com), it will cost as low as 10USD. For your hosting and domain, I use and recommend namecheap. [Read benefits of custom domain].

If you’d go for blogspot, all you need is a custom domain and premium template(optional but advisable).

STEP 4

Design your blog in the right way.

After you might have gotten your custom domain and/or hosting plan, the next thing to do is to design your blog to your taste and make it easy for your visitors to navigate. You can hire someone to design it for you or contact me to download my beginners guide to starting blog on WordPress or Blogspot. It contains the step-by-step approach on blog creation and monetization.

Having done all these, get on with writing and publishing your articles.

These are the basic steps in creating blog. Contact me to get a copy of my eBook on beginners guide on blogging that worth $2.99 free of charge. If you need more help, or want a private blog tutor, use the contact page or chat me up on WhatsApp.


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How To Apply 80/20 Principle To Your Blogging Career

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Did you just say, what is 80/20 principle and blog has in common again SirPhren? Well, you will soon know. 80/20 principle can be applied to any part of our lives, be it at work, home, or in a relationship. How do you do first things first, when everything seem to come first? The principle will shed more lights.

80/20 or Pareto principle was invented by Vilfredo Pareto centuries ago. It says, 80% of your activities, will give you 20% results. While 20% of your activities will give you 80% results. Then, what are the activities you do daily, weekly, monthly that will in the long run give 20% results and what are those that will give 80% result?

The ones that will give you 20% results are the easy things, time wasters, distracting things that will take 80% of your time and attention. While the ones that give you 80% results are what you are expected to do. They are the demanding, sometimes difficult stuffs. They are not usually things you can do in a twinkle of an eye. But as humans that we are, we are always in the temptation to do the easy things first and by the time we want to pick on the real things, time would have gone.

How to use 80/20 Principle as A Blogger

You will agree with me that being a blogger can be demanding. We want to write, write, write and write. Especially if you are in the news niche, you must be super consistent. But that does not mean you will get tons of traffic. The reason most bloggers get disturbed is, they spend most time writing and posting but they were ignorant of this principle. How can this principle help you as a blogger if you don’t already have heavy traffic?

1). Analyse, understand your blog and yourself

Before this principle can work for you on your blog, you need to first analyse and understand yourself and how your blog works. In analysing yourself, look for your strength and your weakness. Understand when you write more and better, know the period of the day you write better without distraction. Is it in the night or early in the morning? Look into your blog and fetch out blog posts that give you the most traffic and improve on writing on such topics.

As a blogger who still keeps his/her -5 job, you need to rest, make out time with family and still keep your visitors engaged with new contents at least once a week. Work at your job while you do, and write on your blog while you do. While at work, you can get idea for your blog post. When you do, make sure you write the ideas down and build on them later.

2). Write less and better

Write less? Well, If you are not in the entertainment or news niche, you will need to write lesser than you have been writing. In writing less, I do not mean you should reduce your post length, but to reduce how often you publish them. Even as a news blogger, you should try as much as possible to know the kind of news your visitors liked to read and share more of them. If you want to marge your blogging career with your 9-5 job, this will be required of you. You can’t afford to be writing everyday, you need some to cool off and think about what you write, if you want to write cool articles.

When I started out, I was tempted to write everyday, but it didn’t work out for me. I had to sit down and see how things can work for me. But then, I don’t want to go into copy and pasting. I had to write less to be able to write better. While writing less, write articles that give you 80% results. That is where 80/20 come into play.

3). Share more

Fundbox advised, sharing your blogs on social media shouldn’t be a one-off thing, especially on Twitter where tweets come and go in the blink of an eye. Give it a go and change-up the message to see which gets the most traction over a 24-hour period. If your blog isn’t time-sensitive, plan on posting about it on social media multiple times over the coming months to help drive more blog traffic via views and shares. You can automate this with tools like Hootsuite and Facebook’s scheduling tools.

As a blogger who has another job, you need to imbibe the habit of writing less and sharing more. This is where the bulk of 80/20 principle lies. As a blogger or internet owner, we cherish to see tons of traffic to our blogs but, from observations, publishing tons of posts do not mean increase in traffic. You must make sure large number of people see a particular post. That is what you can’t do with writing everyday. As a news blogger, of course you need to keep updating your blog post almost every hour.

What you need to do, is to make sure there are people or ways to get your blog posts reach more audience. Ways to share more are;

1). Paid advert: Facebook and twitter and some other social media are the best place paid advert works. The time of targeting when your readers will be online so that you can share to them is over. Most of your friends on social media don’t see. But when you pay for advert as low as $5, more people get to see your article.

2). Sharing your articles on forums

Apart from social media, there are quite numbers of forum where you can share your articles. Forums usually have sections for various topics. When you write an article on a particular topic, get signed up on a forum, find a group similar to the topic you have written on and share your articles. Let your articles go further than you write.

In conclusion, when you understand yourself, write less, and share more, you will be able to know what type of your post drive more traffic, write more and good content and reach out to more readers. Which will eventually give you the 80% results. Instead of spending 80% of your time writing and have no other time to concentrate fully on your 9-5 job.

Doing much doesn’t mean you are getting much done!

How have you been managing your blog with school, work and family? Let me know in the comment and endeavor to share with others.

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