Blogging is a very good way to have passive income nowadays. If you want to start your own blog in 2021, you can follow this article.
You may not know how to start a blog. Trust me! It doesn't matter. The matter is your passion and belief. Starting a blog in 2021 is a very easy thing. There are tons of resources about it online. Also, There is amazing easy CMS like WordPress. With a few clicks, you can install WordPress and start blogging. However, there are some other things you need to follow to have an effective start.
Things to Do Before Starting a Blog
Without planning, you should not start anything. So, I suggest you look at these things before getting started.
- Choose the Right Niche
- Visit some established blogs online which have the similar niche
- Set Your Goal
- Make an Effective Content Strategy
- Learn Some Basics of On-Page SEO and Off-Page SEO
- If Necessary, Select the Method of Earning
- Choose the Right CMS. For example, WordPress, Drupal, Custom CMS, etc.
- Think about the Resources You will Need. For Example, the Images.
These are some common steps to take before starting a blog. However, You may have your own plan. Just make a plan and follow the next part of the article to get started.
How to Launch Your First Blog Site
To start a website quickly, WordPress is the best option right now. For some users, a custom-made CMS may work better. However, for ordinary people, WordPress is the way to go. So, here are the steps to start a WordPress Blog in 2021.
1. Get the Domain and Hosting
At first, You will need a good domain for your blog. It shouldn't be very long as it may affect user experience and also may affect SERP. For TLD, I prefer .com. But, There are other popular TLDs like .net, .me, .io, .org, .co, etc. You also can use any of them. To search domains, you can go to NameCheap, GoDaddy, etc., websites.
To get a better web host, there are plenty of options. If you are on a limited budget, you may go for the shared hosting from NameCheap. If you have the budget, you can go for Cloud VPS from Linode, DigitalOcean, Vultr, etc.
2. Setup Your Hosting & Install WordPress
If you buy shared hosting from any popular providers, you will get everything ready. You won't have to go through any setup process. However, You will still need to install WordPress or any other CMS you want. If you want to install WordPress, you must look at the hosting control panel. There should be a CMS installer tool like Softaculous installer. From there, you can easily choose WordPress and the domain and the installation.
However, You have one more thing to do. That is updating the DNS of your domain. If you buy a domain and hosting from the same provider together, it should be ready. If not, just copy the hosting IP address and replace/add it as an A record in the DNS zone editor for your root domain. If your site has www at the beginning, you can create a CNAME www and point it to the root domain. After a few minutes, your site should be live.
You can now view your website and also can log in to the WordPress admin dashboard.
3. Install Themes, Plugins
Your blog is live. But, It has no design and features that you have planned. To achieve it, you will need to install your preferred theme. You will also need SEO and a Cache plugin to start with. However, You may need more plugins. It depends on many things.
After completing all these things, you can start writing and publishing your blog post. However, We will update this article with more details. We will also have many other articles that will guide you to do more on your blog site.
I hope you have learned how to launch your own blog site in 2021.