There has been a massive increase in the number of readers here at CEO and most of the readers here are brand new to the online business. In that matter, I decided to spend a little of my time and write a small easy-to-follow guide on how to start a blog that matters. This is the best place to start here at CEO to build a successful blog. Building or starting a successful blog that you can make money from is not can be tricky sometimes but can also be interesting and profiting if done well. This is the best place to get started as a new blogger.
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HOW TO START A BLOG STEP 1: REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
Your domain plays a very important role in SEO. I know the word SEO might be a little bit scary but you should not get overwhelmed over it at this point. SEO simply means Search Engine Optimization. When registering a domain name, there are some key factors you have to consider.
- Length of your domain – the shorter the domain, the better. This will make your domain name memorable. If possible, 8 characters or less could be better.
- Your domain should contain your main keyword(s) but you can consider braded one.
- I highly recommend a .com or a .net because of SEO. I always recommend the .com as the best choice because of convention and expectations online.
- Avoid using a hyphen or numbers to make it easier to find your site.
Domain names like Facbook.com or google.com are great as they are either 8 characters or less. They are easy to type and remember rather than choosing long domain name even if it might be right to the point.
If you are going to make a site and you want to rank your domain for certain countries, for instance, you are going to make a site specifically for Kenya, then you would consider getting a Ke domain extension (.co.ke), and if you are targeting UK then the UK domain extension (.co.uk) would work best. This will actually offer greater value and focus to a UK audience and will be a plus in google.co.uk ranking.
If your site is going for worldwide, then .com or .net is the best. You can get your domain name from Godaddy at Godaddy.com. You can also get yours at $1 by using my coupon from Godaddy.
HOW TO START A BLOG STEP 2: GET A WEB-HOST
what is a hosting company?
It is a company that physically houses your web pages and makes them available on the World Wide Web (internet). Web hosting is simply where you host your website, in other words, where you keep the site’s files. It is where your domain lives and it is must for a site. I have personally tried many webhosting companies and that is how you can identify which hosting company is good for you.
I would recommend you sign up for your hosting account at Hostgator.com or Kenyawebsexparts.com. I would also recommend you try BlueHost.com . Most of my sites are hosted with these three companies and really love their services.
Once you have your domain name and hosted it to your hosting company, then you are well set to go. All you need is to log into your cpanel using the details you got from your webhost and star installing wordPress.
HOW TO START A BLOG STEP 3: INSTALLING WORDPRESS
You should not get worried on how to install WordPress at all. Your control panel will come with a number of tools to make your work even easier. Within your cPannel, you will find a tool called Quickinstall or Fantastico. This is one of those tools you will get when you buy a host. Fantastico makes life simpler since there are many programs you can install using Fantastico with only 1 click. All you will need to do is entering the basic details as shown in the images bellow.
Wordpress has extremely good plugins that are very easy to install. Most of these plugins are very helpful in SEO and other stuff depending on which plugins you going to use.
Another reason I love WordPress is because it has tons and of themes, any kind of theme you might think of.
HOW TO START A BLOG STEP 4: DESIGN YOUR BLOG BY SELECTING A THEME
With themes, you don’t need to get worried if you don’t have coding skills or designing knowledge. The themes will give you the specific look and feel of your blog with only simple clicks. All I mean is that a good theme will help design your blog exactly how you want it to look on the web. Your work should not look professional just because you lack coding skills, WordPress themes, the work designing your site is made easier a million times easier and give your site a professional touch in few seconds.
HOW TO START A BLOG STEP 5: INSTALL YOUR THEME
Hope you got it easy to install WordPress. Installing your theme is not complicated at all. It might be easier than installing WordPress.
Just login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Appearance – Themes and then click the “Install Themes” tab. Here you can choose from some of the free themes from WordPress or click on the “Upload” link if you purchased one. Then, click “Choose File,” select your theme which will be a zipped file. Press “Install Now.” Activate the theme and you are done.
Done! You will be given information that will help you to access your new WordPress site. The same information will be sent to you via email too. All you need is clicking on the Site URL link and you will be taken to your brand new, up and running website. Clicking on the Login URL link will take you to the WordPress login page where you can enter your username & password and get into the backend of your WordPress site.
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