Well, folks, you have made up your mind to start WordPress blogging or WordPress blog. There are a number of tutorials and blogs regarding the same, but as newbie learner in blogging. I havent find the information which is quite essential for newbie WordPress bloggers.
Based on the accusation of knowledge over the last 8 months am consolidating everything you need to know about WordPress blogging.
Step 1: Pick a Niche
You cannot run a car without a functional engine.Same with blogging you need a niche before you start blogging.
Let me explain you the mistakes I have committed while picking up a niche.
- I didn’t research about the niche and just started it. As a result, I was out of the WordPress blogging and never had an intention of posting any contents. I started with the niche of digital marketing! Might you think whats wrong in that? Well, Digital Marketing is a broad domain, you would not be able to focus on all things at the same time.
- I didn’t know what to write and how to write my blog posts, as I had no idea about digital marketing. I knew there are various branches such as SEO, Analytics, Affiliate Marketing, Search Engine marketing and the list would go for the next couple of pages. As a result, I started to write about everything in general, few traffic came and went all of sudden 🙂
- Then I had to shut down the whole site and started to prepare a strategy document for my blogs. I made this blog as marketers tutorial point. Where you could learn more about marketing and dots connecting the same.
- Now I have a clear idea on what to write and how to draft the contents for viewers. 🙂 It’s indeed a big learning curve for me 🙂
Step 2: Pick a Domain Name matching your Niche
Picking up a domain name. Dont be tempted and if you are choosing the wrong domain name. You are gonna ruin your blog growth.
Tips for Picking up a good name
First, you need to understand the competition in the niche you have chosen. Spend a little bit of time around the internet and identify who is your competitor players. Make a list of those player website address and understand how do they choose their domain name and as matter of fact, they will always influence the branding as the blog grows.
Secound, Dont picks up the similar domain names as your competitors. It isn’t a good ethics to follow in blogging. Use your creativity and come up with a good one.
For example – Www.learn4free.co.in
Over here, here is the reason why did I choose this domain name.
I wanna teach people marketing for free of cost, that can be derived as Learn4free and with the domain name. Yes, I have made a mistake up here, I should have chosen .com or .net.
I am planning to correct it very soon, why is it a mistake? People find it hard to spell and remember the same. We need to pick up a domain name, where it’s easy to pronounce and easy to remember.
Step 3: Choosing a WordPress Hosting
They are a wide range of options for WordPress hosting but wait please read this.Wordpress can be hosted in either two ways
-Self WordPress Hosting
Let me tell you what is the big deal behind two things, as a newbie learner I didn’t know anything about these two and was pretty much-confused which one to choose.
You dont have to worry about anything! WordPress gets installed with a single click. There is nothing called as C-Panel Setup and nothing to worry about Static IP Address to access your WordPress.
You dont to worry about the downtime or the backup. Everything is taken care by the service provider. They would do your job for few extra bugs.
You dont have to worry about scalability or security issues. It works like a charm. I have been running two blogs in managed WordPress and I am in love with it. It’s easy to manage. I can login into to my WordPress account with any internet connected machine.
I would recommend Bluehost for WordPress, there are no affiliate links attached up here. You can go to their site – bluehost.com and choose managed WordPress option.
You can login to your WordPress account and upgrade your hosting. Bluehost is highly customized for WordPress hosting.
Self Hosting WordPress Plans
It’s quite a headache people, I have been used to this, trust me been a nontechie guy it would be hard to the start of the course.
First, you need to configure the cpanel with a static IP address
Install the WordPress and configure the same. It’s quite a tedious task I would say!
You need to optimize the WordPress site for a whole lot of things, placing sitemap.xml and robot.txt files in your FTP location.
Backing up your servers manually, even though the same feature has been self-automated by managed WordPress.
If your site is down to any maintenance or goes out, you have to take care of things up here too. Well in managed WordPress everything is taken care of automatically.
Step 3: Pick up a responsive theme for your WordPress blog
I find this one a tedious task when it comes to blogging, I amnt a big fan of premium themes. There are no choices if you are pretty lazy someone like me. Please go for a premium theme.
There are hundreds of themes, may be millions of themes I would recommend you to start with your blog! But in the end, it matters to your taste and niche. The ball is in your court folks, strike at will. 🙂
Tips for picking up a WordPress theme
-Make sure your theme is a responsive theme. They should be working just fine when you are opening it up in a mobile browser. It’s gonna affect your site ranking so badly if you make a bad move up here. So please make sure you have a responsive WordPress theme.
-Make sure there are enough reviews and trusted by a group of people, as you can see there are million of WordPress themes.
-Make sure you can edit footer and customize further more in WordPress templates. Say like you would needing the same to edit it while making few changes in CSS
-Check whether you would get updates for the themes periodically say every 6 months.
-You need to confirm whether support will be provided, if in the case of any fixing your theme.
-Research about various themes in your niche and pick a something which supports your niche and your tells your brand story.
Well, we have come to the last portion of this topic, next upcoming series of posts. you would find topics related to the blogging, managing WordPress , how to market your blog, strategies of blogging, how to write blog posts ? ……. I would say there are million of tutorials you gonna learn about marketing using the blog as our product :).
Thank you once again for reading the end of the topic !!