So, you have got this far contemplating about starting a WordPress Blog. If you have not already, then one of the first questions you should be asking yourself is, why do you want to start a blog?
What’s in it for you? What’s the motivation behind your new venture. Is it your passion for writing? Is it your enthusiasm to share your experience? Is it having social influence? Is the hype a driving factor? or is it money?
Now all of the above points are perfectly valid and people are blogging for all sort of reasons. However, blogging does require a fair amount of time and dedication from your end.
Step 1: Find Your Niche
In a nutshell, blogging is all about sharing your passion using words. Now, that being said, blogging is about finding your topic of interest and pouring your heart out in your writing to engage the users on the topics you feel most passionate about.
If you need inspiring words, don’t do it.Elon Musk – Tech Entrepreneur
What the above quote means is that, don’t go after anything unless you feel passionate about it, and the same holds true for blogging too. So find your passion first, which can be anything, any niche you want to share your experience with others.
Step 2: Choose Your New Domain Name and Hosting Provider
We have said it before and we will keep saying it again and again. Choosing your domain name and hosting provider is one of the most important decisions you will be making when setting up your blog.
Your domain name and your hosting provider does matter. Considering that, we have documented our experience and shared important considerations for you to keep in mind while deciding upon the domain name and hosting provider. Feel free to read more about these topics by going through the following links.
Step 3: Choose Your Blogging Platform – WordPress
Once you have selected on the topics of your choice, domain name, and hosting provider. It is time to properly set up your blogging site on the self-hosted WordPress platform which is an essential piece of software you will be required for your blog.
There are, however, a plethora of other blogging platforms for you to choose from like WordPress.com (managed), Blogger, Medium, Typepad and many more. In this guide, we have selected WordPress as the blogging platform because of its insane customization power, ease of use and our special bond with this tool.
We have published a guide to walk you through the steps to quickly setup your WordPress blog in a matter of minutes. You can read more by following the link below.
Step 4: Customize WordPress Theme to Your Website Requirements
In case you have not gone through our Getting Started with WordPress guide as we have mentioned above. We have provided Tylor Moore’s short WordPress theme customization tutorial. In his video tutorial, Tylor uses the popular Elementor page builder, to help you quickly customize and make any WordPress theme truly your own. Take a look below!
Step 5: Install & Configure the Yoast SEO Plugin to Optimize Your Site for Ranking
Organic search is the top factor to generate traffic for your site. While Search Engine Optimization is the process to increase the visibility of your site content against the related organic search terms to divert the traffic for your site using numerous techniques.
The Yoast SEO plugin is one such tool, which helps you to streamline the SEO process for your site. Considering that, we have published a guide on here on CodexSpot, which discusses the features and usage of the Yoast SEO plugin. You can follow the link below to learn more about this important plugin.
Step 6: Install & Configure Google Analytics to Monitor Your Site for Traffic
Once you have started getting hits for your site and receiving consistent traffic. In that case, you are going to want to know what the users are doing on your site. What they like about your content and what they don’t like. How much time they spend on each section of your site. What intrigues their interest etc.
You can of course later use this information to further improve your site to provide a great experience for your visitors. You can retrieve all this valuable information by integrating a website analytics tool early on your site.
Moreover, Google Analytics is by far the most widely used website analytics tools on the market. Google provides basic features of its analytics tool free of cost. Considering that, we have also published a guide to help you quickly integrate Google Analytics to your site. Check out the link below to learn more about Google Analytics.
Step 7: Publish Your First Blog
Once you have completed all these steps, you have successfully built yourself a fully functional WordPress powered blog. Now, from this point forward you can go ahead, share your experiences with the world using words.
So, don’t be shy to surprise yourself and the audience with out-of-the-box but to the point content in your blog. Also, keep in mind that a live site means that you will also be responsible for the upkeep of your site like updates, optimization, security patches, etc. That being said, you do that regularly and you will have a peace of mind and we pinky promise you on that 🙂
That’s it for now folks. We hope you will find this post a useful resource for yourself. Finally, if you like this guide, don’t forget to share your feedback, subscribe and spread the word. In fact, we will greatly appreciate it by saying… Thank you!