So, you are thinking about starting a blog. Brilliant idea!
But… Have you also been wondering about how to start? There is so much information on the web, and everyone advises you to do different things. Who are you listening to? Where is the starting point?
Blogging has quickly become one of the most popular means of communicating and spreading information and news. There are literally millions of blogs online (don’t worry, you can highlight yours and get noticed)
It’s an extraordinary and an awesome method to impart data to other people.
You can become a good writer and good blogger. You can make money by blogging! I am sure you already knew all of that, but it’s nice to remind of it.
One last thing before we start:
Creating your own blog can take a short time. Possibly up to 30 minutes. So grab a coffee or a juice and let’s get started.
It’s not nearly as difficult as creating a website from scratch (obviously there might be a couple of specialized abilities required). But you don’t need coding. Good news, huh?
Choosing where you want to publish a blog is the first thing you have to do. I’m going to jump in and assume that you’ve heard of WordPress, and this is the platform I’m advocating for. You could, however, enjoy the Blog features on Shopify.
Let’s focus on WordPress especially because of the flexibility it offers you to easily drive traffic to your dropshipping store on Shopify among other benefits.
Moreover, WordPress is by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with numerous plugins and almost endless ways to design and layout your blog.
There are, other alternatives listed below:
Even if WordPress is bigger and better than the mentioned two, here are some other reasons why you should consider WordPress:
Hold up, slow down there! This is the greatest choice you should make prior to going any further. You need to choose if you need to pay for your blog or get a free one.
CMS sites such as WordPress, Tumblr, and Slogger offer free blog alternatives for users. Great, right? It’s ideal for those of us who aren’t intense blogging.
But there are drawbacks:
– You might not have the ability to OWN your domain name.
On a free blog, your blog’s web address (your URL) will be interesting. In short, create a free blog with any other free blogging services above and it will look like this:
There are a few limits to free blogs. You can’t completely monetize it, and you don’t be able to download each one of those videos and images that you need to show everybody – everything is limited. Worse, you don’t have access to the free themes offered by WordPress.
You Don’t Own Your Blog
This may sound senseless, but you really don’t own your blog. It is hosted on another person’s web property and can be deleted if desired. It has happened many times in the past and would continue in the future. This implies that all your hard work on your blog, including all those countless hours of writing blog posts, could go away in seconds. Sad…
Furthermore, with a blog hosted on your own domain name – you are the only owner of your blog. You can name your blog as you want, e.g., “yourname.com° or youruperblog.com”. You can end it with.com, .co, .fr, .net, .org, or about any other web suffix. Add to that unlimited bandwidth for images, videos, and content with free themes and you get a winning combination.
So how much does a domain name and hosting cost? Not as much as you think. It all depends on who your hosting provider is.
I’ll proceed based on the reason that you chose WordPress, and if you haven’t, you should. Seriously, it is the best. Now let me explain how you can get one.
You will need to find a domain name that you like and choose a hosting company that can better host your blog.
The domain basically refers to your site’s URL. For example, google.com (with “Google.com” being the domain). Do you understand? Simple!
Hosting. Hosting is fundamentally the business that puts your website on the Internet so that everyone can see it. Everything will be saved. Think of it as having an online storage the Internet where your blog will be saved.
Now create your blog look exactly how you want it to be. To choose a new theme, you can either go to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or go to a premium theme website like ThemeForest.net and buy a theme I normally choose something that looks professional and is very easy to customize. WordPress has this feature that allows you to customize the theme in a few clicks.
So if you ever get tired of your current blog template, simply switch to another without having to worry about losing any significant content or images on your blog.
Remember that the design of your blog must reflect your brand and your identity, as well as what it is all about. You don’t need to have a fashion-focused theme if your blog is about sports.
In addition, it should be easy to navigate if you want people to stay around. If it is not user-friendly and hard to explore, people will not stay. Design is a subjective art that says that everyone likes different things.
But nobody likes ugly websites, and they especially hate websites that require a university degree to explore. Make it easy for them.
Now the final step! Woo!
Bloggers come into the blog field with changing degrees of experience online and in social media, but we’ve all committed more than a few beginner mistakes- there is consistently space for more learning and improvement, regardless of whether you are a learner or one who has been blogging for years.
As a business owner and dropshipping dealer, there are quite a number of factors to consider when grouping your blog. The highest include: