If you’re thinking of starting a virtual (work-at-home) business, it’s important to have some type of presence on the internet. And the best way to do that is … Blogging! That’s not to say that you should have everything about your personal life and information online. It simply means that you should start blogging about topics related to your niche. Blogging not only tells your potential clients that you know what you’re talking about, it also allows you to connect with other like-minded individuals, helps you learn and grow, and much more. I listed fifteen reasons why you should start blogging in a previous article. After knowing why you should start a blog, you may find yourself stuck if you’re totally new to blogging. There are many ways to create a blog, but to help you start your journey, I’ll share with you a simple way that will take very little of your time.
Two of the most common blogging platform people on the internet usually use to create blogs are WordPress and Blogger (also known as Blogspot). You may learn a bit about the differences on the article where I listed some reasons why you should start a blog. That being said, I would like to add that one of the benefits of using Blogger is that it gives you access to many other useful apps (email, cloud storage, blog, Youtube, note taking, and more) and connects it all together. Moving on, let’s go through the steps you would need to take to kickstart your blog today!
1. Signup for a Google account
Go to the Google signup link and fill in the form as shown above. Make sure to chose a username that has never been used before. Don’t worry, if the username you type has been taken, Google will let you know right away and allow you to choose another until you find the perfect one. You will be asked for your current email to have another email that you have access to connected to this one. This will allow you to change your password if you ever forget your password and need to reset it. Google would send you a unique link to reset your password. Putting a phone number is usually optional.
2. Create a blog
Once you’ve created a Gloogle account, click on square button made up of other little squares on the upper right corner of your screen. You should see the Blogger app in the list of apps as circled above. If you don’t see Blogger, click ‘more’ below to bring up more apps. Once you see Blogger, click on it.
You should then be able to see a button on the upper left corner saying ‘New Blog’ or ‘Create New Blog.’ You may be asked to choose the type of profile you want (i.e. Google+ Profile or Limited Blogger Profile). A Google+ profile connects all your Google apps together whereas a limited blogger account limits how exposed you are on Google.
To create your new blog, choose a title and a unique address. Your address can also be your title. Just make sure it has never been used. Again, Google will let you know. Also try doing a quick internet search to make sure no one else has used the unique blog or business name using other platforms. As a blogger, it’s important to be as unique as possible. There may be varieties of the name you choose, but make sure you aren’t choosing an exact name that someone else is using.
3. Choose your preferred theme
Before creating your blog, you will be asked to select a theme for your blog. That’s the design of your blog; how your blog will look like. You can also go back to ‘Theme’ to select another design late on.
4. Set up your blog
Click on ‘Setting’ to type information about your blog such as the title, description, and everything else listed below setting. Play around with it to familiarize yourself.
On the ‘Post, Comments, and Sharing’ page, choose how many posts/article you want your blog to show on one page. You can also decide who is allowed to comment on your posts, if comments can automatically be posted or if you prefer approving them before they go live, and if commentators should take a word verification to prove that they are humans (to reduce spams). Again, go through everything to familiarize yourself.
5. Post your first post/article
Click on ‘New Post’ to start a new post.
Choose a title, then type your article where the arrow points above.
Make sure to always save your post as you type to avoid losing your work.
You can also click preview to see how your post would look like once you publish it.
Don’t forget to write labels (like tags) for your post. Having labels for your posts gather all posts that are similar in one place. It makes it easier for readers to find your posts.
You can also schedule your posts. If you write an article today and don’t want to publish it until days later, you can click ‘Schedule’ to select another date when your post would go live. It’s possible to do that with multiple posts at once and schedule them all for different dates.
You are free to also add images to your posts. Images make articles unique, more visible, and make it easy for people to know what an article is about. The resource list on this blog has a list of blogging essentials where you would find sites to help you customize images. You can take pictures of items you want to talk about, get free images online, or buy images before customizing them (if you prefer).
6. Save your blog content
Now, click on ‘Download Theme’ to download your current theme or design.
7. Buy a unique domain name
This step is not necessary; especially not right now. Having a domain name is important and useful, but it’s not something you necessarily want to rush in with right after creating your first blog. I just added it here to help you remember that you can either buy a domain name (i.e. www . YourBlog . com) directly from Blogger or buy one from a third part domain provider and attach it to your blog. Visit my resource page for examples of domain providing sites.
For now, don’t worry too much about getting a domain name. Focus on setting up your blog first.
Congratulations! You have officially created your first blog and your first blog post!
Now take your time to explore your new blog to learn more about it.
If you have any questions, be sure to comment below.