Introduction to how to start a wordpress blog
Hello guys. Are you looking to start a wordpress blog on greengeeks? Then don’t start before reading this beginner guide.
First, before diving deep into the guide, you should know what is Blogging and how it works?
In simple words, Blogging is simply writing and publishing an article online.
Do bloggers make money?
Yes, bloggers make tons of money through multiple streams of income like Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, and many more.
Is Starting a blog website is easy?
Yeah, it is simple to start a blog website. Anyone can start a blog website within few minutes.
Now dive deep into the guide.
How to start a blog ?
- Step 1 – Picking up a niche,
- Step 2 – Register a perfect domain name,
- Step 3 – Choose the Best web hosting
- Step 4 – Make the site alive,
- Step 5 – Install light-weighted themes,
- Step 6 – Install essential plugins
- Step 7 – Write your first blog post,
- Step 8 – Get traffic to your blog,
- Step 9 – Monetize your blog
Picking up your niche
What is a niche?
A niche is a specific topic that is suitable for you.
In simple words
Your interest or passion about a topic = your niche
Choose The Perfect Domain Name
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is an identity of your website that can be typed in the search engines by anyone when they need to find your website.
Examples of Domain Names
How to Register a perfect Domain Name?
Choosing a related domain name using leandomainsearch for your blog website
You have to choose the domain name related to your website. For example, in my case, I am running a blogging site so, I Choose crazyguider.com as my domain name. Like this, you need to choose a domain name.
Now get into the next step to stat a blog
Choose the Best Web Hosting
Choosing the best web hosting is another important job for your website. If you selected any low-quality web hostings, then your website is at risk.
Choose a web hosting that has reliable to you, 100% uptime, High-speed performance, 24/7 customer support, SSL certificate, and many more.
Some of the leading hosting providers are giving free domain for the first year.
Are you looking for the best web hosting brands? My top 6 recommendations will be
- Bluehost – Best for beginners
- Greengeeks – Eco friendly and My favorite brand
- A2 Hosting – High Speed Servers
- Fastcomet – Fast like their name
- Dreamhost – Cheap Monthly Plans
- Hostgator – cheap and affordable.
Setup Your Website
Nearly 40% to 50% of the total websites are using WordPress for their websites.
If you choose Bluehost, then WordPress will be automatically installed.
In some premium brands like Siteground, you should Install WordPress from the dashboard of the hosting provider. In some hosting companies, like Greengeeks, Hostgator you want to install WordPress from the Cpanel.
Also read the Greengeeks Review
First, choose the hosting plan which you need in Greengeeks.
Greengeeks is one of the leading web hosting companies with a 99.99% uptime guarantee, Quick Loading speed, Free Cloudflare CDN, Free Domain for 1st year, Free automated backup, Free SSL, LiteSpeed cache, 24/7 customer support, 30 days money back guarantee, and many more features.
Is it better than Bluehost?
Yes for sure. Bluehost is also the best web hosting company. But, the uptime and loading speed of Bluehost is low compared to Greengeeks. If you choose Greengeeks, then uptime and loading speed will thrill your website.
If you want to host only one website, then go to the lite plan.
If you want to host many websites, then go to the pro or premium plan.
After choosing the plan type the domain name you need. And the domain is free for 1st year.
Then fill in your details and enter your card details to create an account.
After paying the amount you will receive a confirmation email and account credentials. And then login to your account
This is the dashboard of your Greengeeks account. Now click on Cpanel and you will be logged in to the Cpanel.
Now type WordPress. Click the WordPress by a softaculous apps installer.
Choose the protocol to https:// and leave the directory blank and enter the admin details and just click install.
Now wordpress will be installed on your site.
Now type your domain name / wp-admin like the below image.
Then login using your wordpress credentials. You will launch on your wordpress dashboard.
Next, come back to your Greengeeks dashboard. Go to security and click on Add SSL certificate.
Next, choose the domain name you want to install the SSL certificate.
Then choose the let’s encrypt SSL and click on confirm and create.
SSL will be installed for your domain now.
Your site has been launched
And it’s very easy right.
Install light-weighted themes
What is a WordPress theme?
WordPress theme is a group of coded tools that can be used for customizing the layout, font, and many more.
There are plenty of themes that are available in the market. But you have to choose the best one Because you should choose the themes which will occupy very low storage on your website.
How to find the light-weighted themes?
Go to the WordPress admin dashboard area of your website.
Click on the appearance and click on themes delete all the default themes.
After deleting the default themes click on Add now and search for Astra.
Then install and activate the theme. Astra is a light weighted theme. It has hundreds of premade templates to import on your site. So, your site will be loads faster, and it was recommended and used by many bloggers and website owners.
Read: Generatepress Vs Astra
Install essential Plugins
What is a Plugin?
A plugin is a small software that has been used for some specific functionality of your website.
For example, If your site has a broken link (404 Error link) in any part of the website, then the Broken link checker plugin will be identified and shown to you within a single click.
How to install the essential plugins?
For installing the plugins first, come back to the admin dashboard.
Click on Plugins, then click on add new, type the below list of plugins, and start install and activating one by one that I will mention below.
- Sitekit by Google – To index and connect your site with google search console and google analytics.
- Elementor – World’s Best page builder
- Updraftplus – For backup your website – If you are using Greengeeks, then no need this plugin
- Broken link checker – To eradicate 404 errors.
- Contact Form 7 – To create and manage various contact forms.
- Easy table of Contents – To insert the table of contents in posts.
- Pretty links – URL Cloaking
- Rank Math Seo – SEO Tool
- Short Pixel Image Optimizer – For compressing your image
- Wp Rocket – To speed up your site
Add Important Pages
Step 1 – Click on Pages and then click Add New to add new pages.
Write your first blog post
Step 1 – Come back to dashboard on click on the post and then click add new to add new post.
Step 2 – Give an eye-catchy title for the blog. And Start writing your blog with the default WordPress block editor or with Elementor.
Get Indexed your site
After installing the Site Kit by Google plugin, and then follow this simple steps to get indexed your site.
Step 1 – Install and activate the Site Kit by Google Plugin
Step 2 – Connect your site with Google search console
Step 3 – Integrate Google analytics, adsense, and Pagespeed insights.
Step 4 – View your dashboard
Get traffic to your blog
What is website traffic?
Traffic is the amount of person visits your website.
How to drive traffic for my website?
There are two methods to drive traffic to your website. They are
- Organic Traffic (Free)
- Paid traffic
You can drive the traffic to your website organically through SEO or social media like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and many more.
If you need the paid method, then start getting traffic through different paid ads like Facebook ads, Google ads, Solo ads, and many more. The more traffic you get more the income.
Monetize your blog
Monetize your blog through Google Adsense or start signup to the related affiliate programs, then insert the links in the post and start making commissions.
If you want to learn Digital Marketing, Blogging and Affiliate Marketing, then join this course to learn all the three and start making money online.
I think this post may be helpful to you. If you are looking to start a blog after reading this post, then don’t forget to comment down your niche and follow me on Instagram.