How To Start a Blog – The BASICS
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can start your own personal blog.
The main reason why I made this guide is that recently, blogging has started to become extremely popular. More and more blogs (100,000 a day!) are launched on daily basis and there’s a lot more to come. So if you came to my site with an idea to start a blog, keep reading. And oh, if you don’t know nothing about blogs or blogging, check this article: What is a blog?
Are you qualified for this guide?
Well, most likely. I’ve helped to create more than 3000 different blogs and so far, only 2 persons have said that it’s just too difficult.
So whether your 15 or 75 – doesn’t really matter. Here’s a sample blog that I made in less than 20 minutes. Looks good, right?
If you want that too, just go to:
If you are still hesitating, keep reading.
Why so many people start blog nowadays, should I start one as well?
Few months ago I run a simple questionnaire among my followers and people who have built blogs with this guide. I let them ask couple of questions, I mainly wanted to know what was behind the urge to start a blog. Here are the questions that I asked
- Why did you start a blog?
- Was it difficult?
Anyhow, here’s the results (I sent this question to 2500 people and I received 1432 answers).
Question 1: Why did you start a blog?
- I was passionate about something… – 33%
- I wanted to make some money with blogging… 23%
- I had too much free time… 23%
- I loved to write and share my thoughts and opinions… – 21%
Question 2: Was it difficult start a blog without any previous experience
- No, not at all – 88%
- Setting it up was a bit difficult, but now it seems easy – 11%
- Yes – 1%
A lot of people who are starting with blogging, do this one simple mistake – they pick wrong topic… and this can be crucial. For example, I recently got an email from a visitor who told me that he has started a technology blog, but don’t know what to write about. While technology blogs are interesting and lucrative, the blog author didn’t have any experience with tech at all.
And when I asked him why did he choose that topic, he answered: “I just heard that you can make a lot of money with a technology blog“.
Yes, you can make money with blogging (if you get enough visitors), many people are, but there’s no correlation between blog topic & money.
Pick something that you are interested in or better yet – passionate about! The rest will come later… I remember that day when I launched my first blog in 2009 (almost 5 years ago!). I actually didn’t have any specific niche, I just wrote about nearly everything that caught my eye or sound interesting. Eventually I understood that my blog visitors were mostly interested in psychology and motivation, so I moved on with those topics.
As you can see, when you first don’t have any idea or niche you want to blog about, just write something and see what interests your audience. However, it’s better when you are focused on a specific topic from day 1.
Most popular blogging topics in 2013/2014
Many people who email me, are usually unsure about their blog name or blog topic. I did some research and found out the most popular blogging topics. I’ve listed them (in case you are interested):
- Do it yourself blogs
- Fashion blogs
- Mommy blogs
- Gaming blogs
- Tech blogs
- Health/fitness blogs
- Entertainment blogs
- Photography blogs
- Writing blogs
… but you can always be unique and start with something that is not so saturated yet. Here’s a link to a great blog post from Gregory Ciotti: 50 Successful Blogs That Prove You Don’t Have to “Blog About Blogging” To Create A Winner
Get your hands “dirty”
So, once you have an imagination of your new blog, you can start creating it. Creating blogs and setting up blogs is pretty easy to say the least, but there’s one thing you need to know.
It doesn’t require any coding skills! Who likes to spend hours and hours behind a computer and learn all the ropes of designing and creating blogs? Well, I don’t. In next chapter, I will teach you how you can set up a blog in less than 20 minutes.