Easy ways to start a blog in 2020
Before I go into what I have for you which is, easy ways to start a blog in 2020 , I will like to keep you alert.
There are two things that will make you a FAILURE.
Lack of Preparation.
It’s is common for any serious venture to be preceded by proper preparation.
Preparation is not what you think, it is what you know. Without adequate preparation it might be difficult to succeed.
Its important to know that you are essential to what you think.. I have discovered that people fail in their mind even before they fail in their business.
Your mind is the battle field were you either fail or Succeed.
So how prepared are you ?
What’s your Mental Attitude, Do you think failure or to Succeed.?
That’s a sharp one, So let’s go ahead.
Are you ready???????
Let me make you to understand these keywords Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Blog Post.
What is a Blog?
A blog is an online diary or journal located on a website. The content of a blog typically includes text, pictures, videos, animated GIFs and even scans from old physical offline diaries or journals and other hard copy documents.
This is how my Boss defined Blog
“A blog is a channel where you share your thoughts. Think of it as a public journal, diary, or even book. You can share personal thoughts, quick updates, or even educate others on what you learned.
Who is a Blogger?
A blogger is an individual (usually the owner of the blog) who adds new blog posts to an existing blog website.
What is blogging?
Blogging is the act of creating and maintaining content for a blog. This is usually in the form of the written word, but can also include images, videos or audio.
What’s Blog Post?
An article or writing that is inside the blog. For example, the article you are currently reading on Vanguard, Daily Post, LindaIkejiblog, is a “blog post”
Blog posts are the fundamental of a blog. Every blog on the internet consists of different blog posts written by the blogger. Blog posts can contain content (obviously!), videos, images, bullet-points, different headings and so on.
History of Blogging….
You wanna do blogging then you need to know the history.
According to history and trends
Unofficially, the first blog ever was made by Justin Hall (links.net) in 1994. At that time, no-one actually knew the word “blog” or “weblog”. Actually, Justin’s web property was more or less of a simple website, but it looked like a blog. He posted regularly (still doing it!) about the “stuff” he found on the internet and it was sort of “personal diary”.
The term “weblog” was first (officially) announced in 1997 by Jorn Barger. In 1999, weblog was shortened to blog. At this point, some folks (who had computers and internet access) started blogging, still, it wasn’t popular at all…
Then came WordPress (in 2003) and it changed a lot… Why so? WordPress started to offer FREE blogging platform. A lot of people have found it useful (including me) since it’s really easy to install, maintain and use. More than 75% of the blogs are using WordPress blogging platform.
Reasons why people go into blogging.
1.People go into blogging to express themselves
2. To delivery valuable information and news to other people on the internet
3. To make money (Yes, some people are making a lot of money with blogging)
5. To connect with like-minded people
6. To gain knowledge
7. To find a better job
8. To improve writing skills
Do you now understand what they are, Or still confusing?
Now get this Clear
Every Blogger needs Consistency. I usually tell those people that think blogging is like any sort of long-term relationship. Some days are great, and others aren’t so great, but you’re in it for the long haul.
On the other hand, blogging is its own animal. It requires a lot of active work, and when you’re starting out, pretty much every day is a hustle.
How To Be CONSISTENT In BLOGGING LIFE – 5 Easy Tasks To BLOG CONSISTENTLY
1. Always Set Goals. If you ask me one thing to make blogging a little easier I suggest setting blogging goals. …
2. Schedule Content In Advance. …
3. Be Active In Social Communities. …
4. Pick Smaller Tasks And Finish. …
5. Develop A Writing Habit.
Blogging! Blogging!! Blogging!!!
You can’t be a Blogger without a Blog..
So am here to give you the smartest way to make a Blog.
Let me give you the most easiest way to make a Blog.
And the most easiest way is through WordPress.
Follow these quick and easy steps to start your own blog.
But hey,, Are you having the mindset that as soon as you start your blog you will get rich? Then you are missing it.
You may want to ask ..What about the Billionaire Bloggers? Of course there are a lot of Billionaire Bloggers and there are also poor bloggers.. They are called poor Bloggers because they have the Mindset of getting rich quick without putting in the effort needed to make it happen.
Now Stay Focus let me give you the guides to create your blog.
Am here, Am sitting close to you, So listen while I speak to you.
What do you need to start a WordPress blog?
There are three things you need to create a WordPress blog:
1. A domain name idea (this will be the name of your blog i.e getaskill.com)
2. A web hosting account (this is where your website live on the internet)
3. Your undivided attention for 30 minutes.
You can create a Blog for 30 minutes. The only thing that take a bit of your time is to Customising(Configuration)
How to Start a Blog
Starting a blog will be super simple if you follow these steps I will show you. So relax and stay focus.
PICK A CATEGORY TO FOCUS ON
When I say category I mean Niche/ Topic you want to write about. It’s either News, Fitness, Fashion, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Business etc.
The most important decision to make when starting a blog is which category you’re going to write about.
So make sure you pick a niche you interested in .
I recommend you use from this Niches
- Personal finance
- Online business
- Real estate
- Test prep
FIND A DOMAIN NAME
You can’t start any blog without a domain name. The domain name is your authority.
A great domain name is key to success on the internet.
To make it easier for you I bring out this steps.
Get a .com Domain
Use keywords in your domain name search.
Keep your domain name short.
Make it easy to pronounce and spell.
Keep it unique and bendable.
Avoid hyphens in domain name.
Avoid doubled letters.
WHERE TO GET A DOMAIN NAME.
You can get your preferred domain name from:
After you get a domain name, the next thing to do is to get your hosting.
CHOOSE A HOSTING PROVIDER.
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. … Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
Now get this..
Each web host will usually have its own pros and cons in terms of features, so you need to choose what fits your needs best. However, some usually perform better than others
POINT YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Connecting your domain to your hosting
Find your web hosts’ DNS (domain name server) settings. Usually these look like ns1.example.com & ns2.example.com . …
Add name servers to your domain with your domain registrar. …
Wait up for between 24 hours for the changes to take effect. This process is called Propagation.
Don’t get confused, When you buy your hosting they will send you your Account details.
Cpanel login details.
Domain Name Server (DNS)
ns1.example.com & ns2.example.com . something like this and more
WordPress is the most popular website builder in the World. It powers over 33% of all websites on the internet. The main reason for that is because WordPress is easy to install which makes it easy for anyone to create a website.
For beginners, I will show you how to install WordPress on all top hosting platforms by using 1-click install scripts like Fantastico, Softaculous, and QuickInstall.
Remember Cpanel details is what you will use to login to get your WordPress Installed.
When you login, look for Softaculous or WordPress installer icon. You will find them under Auto Installers section.
Clicking on any of these icons will launch Softaculous auto-installer for WordPress. First, you will see an overview of WordPress. You need to click on the Install tab to continue.
The final step will give you your Admin Login details.
Look again I said admin login details.
After Installation your site will be live but you need to do some touching to make it beautiful.
So let’s pick our theme.
TO PICK A WORDPRESS THEME
Login using your Admin login details,
After you login, it will take you to your admin dashboard. Just like this.
Click on Appearance as shown below
You will see theme.Click on it then Go ahead to add new theme…
To get a preferred theme, Type in blog, Newspaper, Magazine in the search bar.. Just any of them and you will see alot of themes to choose.
If your blog is about Business, Fitness and so on… Type according to what you wanna offer. And you will get your theme..
Install it and then activate.
The next thing you will do is to Customise( Configuration)
CUSTOMISATION is a bit threatening to beginners but nothing spoil, just touch around, play with it and you will see great changes.
If you like you can contact me to do it for you and you will pay me …What do you think.. LOL
But trust me, You can do it if you believe in yourself.
INSTALL WORDPRESS PLUGINS
As shown in the pic, Click on it and and add new plugin. You will see only add new though .. Then install all the ones i listed here.
2: Jetpack by WordPress.
3: All-in-One WP Migration (Backups).
With All-in-One WP Migration, you can create a backup of your blog in just ONE CLICK. Your backup is stored in a single file, so you don’t have to deal with a number of files and database backups simultaneously.
Trust me, I’ve seen bloggers and website owners lose everything because they didn’t backup their work Including me. I lost everything on one of my site.
Even if it’s very unlikely to happen, your blog may get hacked or your hosting company might lose their entire database.
And let me tell you, losing your work will make you cry. A LOT.
4: Yoast SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
The important of using Search Engine Optimisation.
What is SEO?
SEO means Search engine optimization. It is a set of rules for optimizing your website so that it can achieve higher rankings in search engines’ organic results.
It is a great way to increase the quality of a website by making it user-friendly, faster and easier to navigate.
If you have a website, blog or online store, SEO can help you get targeted free traffic from search engines.
5: Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Install this as well.. Very important.
6: Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security is a powerful tool to protect you from the bad guys out there. Trust me, you don’t want to wake up one morning and find out that your blog has been hacked.
Wordfence will guard your blog even when you’re sleeping. Should anything seem unusual, the plugin will send you an email notification about it.
The most important part of Wordfence is that it’s easy to set up.
7: W3 Total Cache (Page Speed)
W3 Total Cache makes your blog load at lightning speed! This plugin improves page speed and performance using a myriad of ways, like:
reducing loading times of contents and scripts
using CDN (Content Delivery Networks)
caching your pages into static files
using browser caching
8. Social Sharing Buttons
Everyone hates those 404 error pages, right? You, me, everyone.
Redirection is a plugin that helps you turn every 404 into a proper page view.
Remember all this Plugins must be set up..
Next is to
SET UP YOUR EMAIL LIST
An email list is a special list of names and email addresses of people who gave you permission to send them updates and promotions from your business
Many bloggers and business owners don’t realize the importance of building an email list when they’re first starting out. Most people usually change their mind when they see the impact email lists can have on someone else’s traffic and revenue
No matter what type of business you operate, an email list is the most important element of a successful marketing strategy. With that list, you can share your story, promote your business, and showcase your products, all while turning subscribers into paying customers.
Why building an Email List is Important
Because email subscribers joined your email list from your website and verified their identity by clicking on a link (double-optin), they are extremely interested in what you have to offer. This is why they are more likely to convert into paying customers.
How to get Started.
Mailchimp is the one of the most used email builder.. So I decide to use it instead
Mailchimp is an all-in-one marketing platform that helps you manage and talk to your clients, customers, and other interested parties.
To set up email list you need to create account with them and then
Install Mailchimp on your blog as you install other plugins.
Then go for setting, And set it up. They will request for authorize code … You will see Click here to get your authorized code. Follow it and login your details then you see your code. Copy it and paste it in required area on the setting.
There also other ways you can do it.
Then all done.
Get into your blog posting groove
Start publishing your blog post. Build an audience and then Monetise your blog
All those people Smelling Money..
Here is the Sweet Part.
Monetizing your blog.
Monetization or monetisation is, broadly speaking, the process of converting something into money. … And data monetization refers to a spectrum of ways information assets can be converted into economic value.
Use this platforms to monetise your blog.
• Affiliate marketing. One of the most popular methods for monetizing a blog is to leverage affiliate marketing.
• Email marketing.
• Sell ebooks.
• Sell courses.
• Sell digital products.
• Sell coaching services.
• Secure sponsorships.
Just listing is okay…
Let me put in this one.. 85% of bloggers apply this form to monetise their blog.
Google AdSense is a program run by Google through which website publishers in the Google Network of content sites serve text, images, video, or interactive media advertisements that are targeted to the site content and audience. These advertisements are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google.
Adsense publishers receive 68% of the click cost and Google 32%.
Adsense ads are shown on the websites that participate in the Google Adsense program (these are called the Adsense Publishers).
Anybody (above 18) with a website that meets the Google Adsense guidelines can participate in the program.
Adsense has strict rules that should not be violated for any reason. It is your responsibility as an AdSense publisher to know and follow the rules.
Alot of people fail the rules that why Google Continue rejecting them.. So If you must apply then follow their rules.
Let me be strict like Google …
Google can frustrate the hell out of you..You can apply 100 times and get rejected so try never to violate their rules.