First, let’s discuss what is a blog. The blog is an online diary, journal or an informational website displaying the latest posts with different categories. It depends on what niche or content you want to share. There are different reasons or purposes to start a blog. Only you can tell what kind of blog you want to build. If you want to know if you shall start a blog, check out this post (Shall I Start A Blog?).
Building a blog or starting a blog is just a few clicks away. You don’t need to have a diploma in programming or advance knowledge in coding and web development. Technology is quite growing these days and in just a few minutes with motivations and right tools, you will have your blog. The common challenges in starting a blog are to have visitors and to grow it by your continuing posting informative content that will go to your niche.
Note: I’m not a professional in the blogging industry. I just want to share my thoughts and experiences about it.
Let’s get started.
1. Motivation to Start a Blog
Well starting a blog is pretty easy but what’s challenging is maintaining it online and updated. You don’t have to start if you are not ready to exert effort and passionately about it.
A domain is the brand of your blog. Usually, it is the one that you saw in the URL. (yourbrand.com) Sometimes, if you start a blog on a free platform, you will only have a free subdomain. If you planned to start a blog in Blogger then your subdomain will be (yourbrand.blogspot.com). Same thing to WordPress.com (yourbrand.wordpress.com).
If you’re just starting and can’t decide your final brand, starting to a subdomain from free platforms are not bad. I once started using these free platforms.
Here are my previous subdomains:
Buying your domain is recommended if money isn’t an issue. Different websites offer a cheap domain name. You are the one to choose if its .com, .net, .org, or whatever your heart wants. Here are some websites I know that you may try out.
Zoom – For my co-Filipinos out there. Most of the popular website offers a domain that needs a credit card for payment purposes. Since Zoom is a Filipino owned website, they offer payment like GCash, 7/11 or bank transfer. P550/year. I had my first domain here which is kimarodriguez.com.
GoDaddy – It is known for its cheapest offers to first-timers. They always have their promos and it is a Filipino-friendly website.
NameCheap – I heard this website from different bloggers. They recommend buying your domain name here because of their prices and services.
3. Choose A Platform
Choosing a platform depends on what kind of blog you are starting with. If you plan to start a personal blog or you just want to share something, free platforms (Blogger, Tumblr, X10Hosting, and more.) are not bad to start with. Once you’re ready to invest in your blog then you can always have your self-hosted blog which is recommended. For business bloggers, I suggest a great way to start is a self-hosted blog for you to grow your business and your brand.
I am using a Self-Hosted website from Hostinger. Well, I’m just starting and based on my experiences with Hostinger, they have good customer service which is important especially when you are a beginner. For my co-Filipinos out there planning to start a blog. You should give Hostinger a try. They are cheap and also offers a free domain registration with their Premium Plan. I opted for a year of registration and maybe before 2020 ends, I can write a review about my experience with Hostinger. If I shall migrate or stay.
Note: If you want to try WordPress.org with a free platform, I suggest these websites. I tried them and it works fine:
000webhost (powered by Hostinger)
Customization is different in every free platform you choose. There are free themes/templates you can use to make your blog beautiful and style of your choice. If you prefer total customization (with widgets, plugins and more) then get a Self-Hosted website. I recommend using WordPress.org to your self-hosted blog. However, it all depends on you, your brand, your budget, and your motivation. If you aren’t sure to maintain your blog in the future then the free platform is a good way to start.
Here are some websites that offer free themes/templates that I also personally used.
BTemplates – For free blogger templates that offer different types of templates.
Gooyaabi – Free blogger templates that offer many minimalist styles.
JustFreeThemes – Free WordPress.Org themes. I love using minimalist themes/templates but this website also offers business or modern style themes.
Colorlib – Free WordPress.Org themes. They offer a lot of free themes but customization is very limited.
For the best-paid themes/templates that I used. I prefer buying on:
Etsy, Creative Market, and Theme Forest.
6. Your Blog is Ready
Now, you’re good to go. Start your blog with a useful page such as Home. About Me, Disclaimer, Privacy and Policy, and Contact Me. These pages are usually the common pages you can see on every blog or website.
Home – In order, they can go back to your landing page or homepage.
About Me – For your visitors/readers to know you and your blog.
Disclaimer – It is a defense to protect legal claims.
Privacy and Policy – This is an essential part of every blog or website to follow the rules and regulations on the website and blogging industry.
Contact Me – This is an important page so that your visitors/readers can communicate with you.
7. Posting A Content
This is the last step. You shall maintain and continue making content for your blog for it to grow and monetize if you planned to.
Starting a blog is one of the best decisions I ever made. Blogging is a great way to share your experiences and ideas with others and be creative for customizing your website.
Do you plan to start a blog or perhaps did you already start a blog? Well, congratulations on making a good decision! 🙂