How to Create a Blog 2021 6 Steps to Become a Blogger [Free Guide] 2021
Welcome, aspiring bloggers
6 Steps to Become a Successful Blogger to Create a Blog 2021
I will tell you 2 facts before starting:
- If you just create a blog, it’s very easy
- But for the blog to be successful, it’s not easy
You may be interested in becoming a blogger after visiting some of the major blog sites in India and then being amazed by them.
Or hearing that blogs can make money.
Either way, this is the right guide for you.
I will not only teach you how to create a new account on Blogger/Blogspot and how to install WordPress.
If that’s all it takes 5 minutes to finish.
I will teach you what is even more important…
…that is how to create a blog that has a high chance of success.
After you finish reading this article, you will be able to create a cool, interesting blog, which is not inferior to that of the best bloggers in India
Please grab a cup of tea or coffee, we will start right away.
…before we start, one more thing:
Almost all new bloggers fail after the first 1-3 months… only a few are successful.
Because they make blogs carelessly.
Because: the topics are mixed, the content is not of high quality, the promotion is not clear. It’s all a mess anyway.
Then because the blog is always quiet, they finally get bored.
This is not to scare…
…this really happens a lot.
Blog planning is extremely important, so you don’t waste time, money, and energy.
Therefore, before we get into how to create a blog, we will first discuss the preparation.
This guide consists of several chapters starting from preparation, installation, and use. Please go to the chapter you want to learn from this table of contents:
2. Determine the Platform
4. WordPress Basics
Or continue scrolling down if you want to read in order.
1. Determine the main topic of the blog
You might think this step is trivial… just pick a topic. In fact, this stage is the most important in preparation.
Let me tell you 1 fact:
Every day there are 2.73 Million new content blogs published from around the world.
More than 70% of those blogs only get less than 5,000 visitors per month or about 150 per day.
What do you think is the cause?
This is the root:
- The topic of the blog is not clear, messy
- The topic is not of interest to many people
- The topics they choose are not mastered/interested in so that the contents of the blog are also of low quality
Suppose you only had time to read 5 websites per day.
Are you going to open a website that contains quality, interesting, and useful content for you…or a website that only contains original articles?
Definitely the first. Yes, right?
So you MUST be able to create blog content that is better than other blogs.
That’s the key.
Well, to be able to create good content, then you must choose a topic that you are interested in / mastered and considered interesting by many people.
If you choose a topic you don’t understand, the result is:
- Creating content feels so heavy
- Content that has been created is not of high quality
- You will get bored quickly cepat
Let’s just use logic. If we are not interested and do not know anything about a topic, is it possible that we can teach the topic to other people and make them interested?
Very difficult…especially for beginners.
Please read this guide to find your blog topic:
Which topics can make money?
Based on a survey that I did some time ago, most of the readers of this article actually want to earn from blogs.
Yes, blogs can indeed be a source of income.
But there is one legendary myth which states that only blogs in certain topics can earn income.
That’s a big mistake.
All topics can generate.
As long as the content you create is able to attract the interest of many people. Any topic can be made into a blog for income. Even blogs that are funny.
This is a story from personal experience:
6-7 years ago I tried to create a blog on the topic of tax (taxation), because they said this topic could get a lot of money from advertising.
I’m not really interested in taxes though.
As a result…the content I create is of very low quality. Every time I write content, I feel stressed. Finally, the blog is abandoned without getting any visitors at all.
So, don’t choose a topic that doesn’t interest you.
2. Choose the right blogging platform for you
We have gone through one of the toughest processes in starting a blog.
Now let’s get to the easier one.
Today’s technology is sophisticated. By using a blogging platform, you can write on a blog like writing in Microsoft Word.
Here are the 3 most popular choices:
There are dozens of other blogging platforms out there, but I won’t complicate your choice by discussing the less popular ones.
Pay attention to these 2 terms: hosted and self-hosted.
What is that?
Hosted means your blog ‘ride’ on their website. So you won’t have a pure website of your own, and your blog’s address is like this: myblog.blogspot.com
Self-hosted is the opposite.
You create your own website with a platform called WordPress. The website will be 100% yours, but you have to pay for the domain name and hosting.
If we compare, like houses and apartments:
The answers are discussed individually in this guide:
In short, if you don’t want to switch pages, here are the pros and cons of each type of platform:
Choose a hosted platform (WordPress.com or Blogger) if you:
- Totally don’t want to spend money (though not much)
- Willing with limited features
- Willing to have a limited view
- Be willing to name your website to be like this: namawebsite.blogspot.com
- Willing to delete your website at any time (if you violate the rules)
Instead, choose a self-hosted platform (WordPress.org) if you:
- Have a capital of around IDR 300 thousand per year (for domain and hosting)
- Want to have a website that is 100% yours
- Want to be able to change the view freely
- Want to be able to add whatever features you need
- Want to create a blog that looks more credible
It was just a glimpse.
To read the full comparison and the myths,
Because it is so flexible, self-hosted WordPress is also often used for more than just a blog.
For example, selling online, business websites, communities, and others.
I personally always recommend that people who are serious about blogging use self-hosted WordPress.org because it will be better in the long run.
But if your capital is really 0, no problem.
Even though it’s a little more complicated, when your blog is successful, you can move from hosted to self-hosted. Many do like this, so you can still start from the host.
How to install self-hosted WordPress will be explained below.
3. Determine the hosting and domain service provider
For those of you who have never heard of this term:
Domain: the name/address of your website. This blog’s domain is GuideIM.com. Hosting: where your log files are stored. Like a hard drive on a computer.
The original definition is more complex, but don’t worry.
Both use a rental system. This means you need to pay every month/year when you rent a domain and hosting. There is no pay once for a lifetime option.
Its role is vital for blogs.
Of course, you don’t want your blog to often experience problems such as sudden death, or sudden inaccessibility.
So, choose a trusted domain and hosting provider.
Here are some international domain and hosting services that are usually recommended for beginners:
- Domain: NameCheap
- International hosting: BlueHost or HostGator
If you create a blog in English, use international hosting. As for India blogs, use India hosting.
4. Define a domain name
The domain name will always be attached to your blog.
Although it can still be replaced, it will be troublesome and if it is wrong, the consequences can be fatal. Therefore, you should carefully determine the domain name at the beginning.
Here are 7 things you should pay attention to:
- Adapt to the topic of the blog
- Avoid names that are similar to popular websites
- Easy to write, remember and pronounce
- As much as possible use .com
- Avoid dashes/minus (-) and numbers
- Don’t use someone else’s brand
- Also, check the availability of the username on social networks
Some people might not agree with me on point 4, because actually there are other extensions besides .com that are also good.
For example .org, .net, .co, .id, etc.
But the reason I chose .com is because it is the most memorable.
I have a blog that ends in .co, .net, and .org, but in fact, many people make typos…they put in .com instead.
So put .com first, use anything else as a last resort.
Oh yes, avoid the dash (-) and numbers in the domain because people will think of both as spam blogs. UNLESS your brand uses one of them.
5. Installing a self-hosted blog with the WordPress platform
Now we enter the steps to create a blog.
In this article, I’ll be using NameCheap, HostGator, and WordPress (self-hosted) as examples. You can use other hosting services and domains because they are not much different.
Creating a hosted blog I don’t need to explain anymore because you just need to follow the guidelines that are already directly on the website:
Immediately, please go to the following guide to learn the process in full:
Or follow the guide below if you want something even faster.
Step 1 – Rent a hosting service
be directed to the package selection.
I suggest choosing the cheapest package for beginners. So, choose Hatchling Plan.
Select the duration according to your needs, then click the button to continue.
Next, you will choose a domain…
If you don’t have a domain, you can register it at HostGator.
Meanwhile, if you already have a domain, at the very top, enter the domain name you want or select the “I Already Own This Domain” tab.
Continue down, at number 3 enter your personal data and select a payment method, credit card, or PayPal.
Then uncheck number 4 for services you don’t want.
If you have a coupon, enter it at number 5.
Usually, HostGator provides a different coupon every month, it’s a good idea to search for the discount coupon first on Google with the keyword “HostGator coupon code”.
Often the discount is up to 50%.
Check in the Terms of Service agreement and click the Checkout Now button to proceed with the payment.
After the payment is complete, you will be forwarded to the page above.
Click the yellow button to enter the Customer Portal.
Don’t forget to check your email as well to see your account details including your password. Save this email because you will likely need it again.
Step 1a – Pointing the domain to hosting
After buying hosting, you will get 2 or more Nameservers via email. For example 3323.hostgator.com.
Take note of these nameservers.
Login to your domain registrar, in this example I use NameCheap. Then click the domain name you want to change.
- Click Domain Name Server Setup (if you use another domain service, the name can usually be DNS or Nameserver)
- Enter the name server that you got from hosting
- Click save
Step 2 – Installing WordPress in 77 seconds
If you purchased from HostGator according to the instructions written above, follow these instructions:
After purchasing hosting from HostGator, you will be sent an email in the form of a link to your CPanel address along with your username and password.
Open http://namewebsite.com/cpanel in your browser
(Change the name of this website according to the domain you purchased)
Enter the username and password provided, please change the password according to your taste. Or leave it, as long as you can remember.
Then you will arrive at this page:
It seems complicated because of the many buttons and images, but don’t worry.
WordPress installation is just 2 clicks away!
Enter your new blog data, then click Install Now.
After that, you will be given a link to your WordPress installation Dashboard along with your username and password.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed WordPress!
6. Understanding WordPress after installation
After the installation process above, you may be confused about where to go to publish new content.
Here are some pointers for learning WordPress.
Please head over to this page to learn all the WordPress basics until you can publish posts and change their appearance:
(See table of contents on the right of the page for other chapters)
Continue below if you want something faster but less detailed:
a. Login to WordPress dashboard
The dashboard is the place where an admin manages his WordPress blog.
To enter the Dashboard, this is the default address:
Enter the username and password that you registered earlier.
In this Dashboard, you can change blog settings, change the appearance, add plugins, moderate comments, and others.
b. Change blog name, language & other settings
To change the blog name and tagline, you can go to Settings > General.
Other settings such as permalinks and the number of posts on the homepage can also be found in Settings.
c. Changing WordPress theme
New blog owners usually want to immediately change the appearance of their blog to suit their tastes. Luckily, WordPress has thousands of ready-to-use themes.
Its location is in Appearance > Themes.
To add a new theme, click the Add New button above. Then to upload a new theme, click Upload Theme above.
d. Adding a WordPress plugin
Plugins are one of the reasons we choose WordPress.
With the help of plugins, you can add features as you want without needing to understand programming.
To view the installed plugins, click Plugins > Installed Plugins. Meanwhile, to add a new plugin click Plugins > Add New.
If you want to upload a plugin, click Upload Plugin.
Some plugins that you should install and activate:
- Yoast SEO: make SEO easier
- UpdraftPlus: backup your blog data automatically
- Akismet: spam comment filter
- iThemes Security: increase security
- Check out the other 16 best WordPress plugins
The rest as needed.
You can directly search for and install these plugins from the WordPress dashboard.
e. Create a new post
Now it’s time to create content for your blog.
First of all, please go to Posts > All Posts from the left sidebar.
You will find a post titled “Hello World!”, delete it because it is just an example.
Then click the Add New button above to create a new article.
This is the description of the image above according to the number:
- Write the title of your article here
- Button to add image or video to your post
- Set formats such as bold, italic, list & numbering, read more, and others
- Where to write the body of your article
- Put each different topic in one category to make it neater
- When the article is ready to be published, click Publish
Done! What is next?
Congratulations, you have successfully created a blog with WordPress (or any other platform). At this point you already know how to:
- Determine the main topic of the blog
- Determining the right blogging platform
- Choosing a domain & hosting service provider
- Choose a domain name
- Installing a blog
- Customizing WordPress
- Publishing new content for the blog
But your journey is not over.
In fact, we’re just getting started!
Next, we learn how to make your blog a success.
There’s a lot of material, but don’t worry. If you don’t have time to read them all now, please bookmark this page and come back next time.
Here’s everything you need to know to create a successful blog:
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Lastly, congratulations! Tell your friends that now you can create a blog
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