If you want to learn the basics of blogging (FAST), you are at the right place.
I heard about blogging when I was in college but had no idea about what it means and how it works.
Until one day, I got to know about a blogger who makes 100,000$ working from his bedroom.
The fact that such life-changing amount of money can be made with almost zero investment, blew my mind.
Over the years, the blogging industry has changed a lot and it has become a lot easier to start your own blog than ever before.
Today we’ll see,
What it is.
How it works.
(And most importantly) how to start your own blog.
Let’s dive right in.
What is a blog?
There are many definitions floating on the internet, but here’s how I like to define it,
“A blog is a type of website that regularly posts written content revolving around a particular topic.”
It is a gateway to building a community or following that is interested in the same topics that you are passionate about.
Just think about it, If you want to lose weight, would you value the opinion of a news site or a person who has gone through the same struggle and lost weight?
A blog is a much more personal and rich source of information, as it revolves around a very specific topic or niche.
Successful blogs look to solve a very specific problem for a specific group of people.
And their entire content strategy is aimed at helping these people.
For example, This blog aims to help people who want to learn blogging.
Note: Many people think that you need to be a thought leader or expert to start a blog. It’s a myth. I personally know people who started a blog just because they were curious and interested in a subject.
For example. A man wanted to learn about finance and investment after retirement, so he started a blog and regularly updated it with all the new things he learned. Now, he runs a very successful finance blog.
Who is a blogger?
A blogger is an individual who runs and operates the blog.
The normal job profile of a blogger includes researching about topics, writing content and promoting it across various social media platforms, managing the website which includes routine work like replying to comments, updating the website etc.
Being a blogger gives you an opportunity to not only learn more about your niche but also about different aspects of Internet and Technology in general.
You also learn the value of discipline and being in control of your life, if you pursue it seriously.
Technical things like creating and operating your blog can be learned and picked up in no time, but the main key prerequisite is good writing skills.
Writing for blogs is much different than academic writing, and the focus is more on what you convey and what value you provide.
Flawless grammar and perfect sentence structure don’t matter that much.
But just like any other skill, it gets better with time.
What is the difference between a Blog and a Website?
The difference between a blog and website can be summed up in one sentence, “ All blogs are websites, but not all websites are blogs”.
There are 5 key things that separate a blog from a website:
- Blog gets frequently updated with newly published content.
- The language used in blogs is much more informal and depends on the liking of author and target audience.
- A blog allows readers to engage with the written content by allowing them to comment at the end of an article.
- Content in a blog is categorized in categories and tags.
- Articles in a blog are arranged in reverse chronological order, latest to oldest.
Blog Layout & Structure
Almost every blog has a very generic structure and layout of information.
This layout can be divided into 5 elements:
- Header – Contains Logo and Branding
- Navigation – Contains Menu Items
- Content Region – The area which contains Content and Blog Posts.
- Sidebar – The vertical area where ads or social media profile links are placed.
What is Blogging?
“Blogging is the art and science of understanding what people want and helping them fulfill those needs through your writing.”
This is the simplest and hardest way, I can define blogging.
Sure, there are other aspects of creating and operating your blog, promoting, marketing, etc. But this is the most critical aspect which can make or break a blog.
Each person that comes to your blog is looking for something. It could be information, motivation, inspiration, entertainment or just a simple solution.
It’s a job of blogger to fulfill those needs in the best possible way.
This is the reason that blogs that are too focused on themselves, eventually fail.
How to Start a Blog?
Technology has made it easier than ever to start a blog.
Anyone, with a PC and Internet Connection, can start their own blog.
There are both free and paid ways of doing so and the choice depends on your own preference and needs.
You can check out my step-by-step guide to start a blog easily in 30 Minutes.
I’m only listing the good ones here according to my opinion.
Free Platforms for Blogging
Blogger is owned by Google and offers you an opportunity to start your blog with zero investment.
To create your free blog site, head over to blogger.com and log in using your Gmail ID. If you don’t have a Google (Gmail) account, you can create one for free.
It’s the easiest way to get your own blog without any hassles.
You can also create your own blog on Medium for free.
Medium is also good testing space for your writing as they offer a very minimalistic design and the entire focus is on your writing.
Your content also has a chance to reach a much wider audience as awesome content gets promoted by Medium itself with much less effort from your side.
WordPress.com is a commercial company owned by Automattic that lets you create a blog for free, but charges if you decide to opt for premium options.
Setting up your own blog is very easy and you just need a mail ID to start.
WordPress is a free and open source software that powers 30% of entire sites on the Internet.
It offers you a lot more options and flexibility than any other free options listed above.
WordPress by itself is free, but you need to purchase your domain and hosting for using WordPress. Because you have complete ownership of your website using this method and you are not at the mercy of any other platform or company.
If you want to start your own blog using this method you can follow my quick guide to set up your blog in 5 easy steps.
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