How to start a WordPress blog in 9 easy steps? (With Pictures)

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Hello Guys,

On our previous post, we have discussed about setting up a blog on blogger platform. Today, you will learn how to start a blog on WordPress.com (Remember, this is a free platform as like blogger where you do not need any hosting packages). As mentioned earlier, here you will have less control over your contents but, WordPress is also a great platform to wet your hands especially when you are just starting out. So, here we go….

Steps on Starting a WordPress blog for free

Step #1:- Head on to Official website of WordPress at wordpress.com.

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Step #2:- The next thing for you is to choose any niche or topic you are passionate about and are willing to create content on for a long time to come. There are sub-topics within the topics so that you can specify your personal favorite.

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Step #3:- Here, you need to figure out how you would like your homepage look. Either you can have a list of your recent posts or display them on grid or even you can create a static homepage welcoming your visitors.

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Step #4:- In this step, you are given with various themes. Pick one which best resonates with your niche/topic. Themes are important to create first impression to your visitors before they consume any contents of your blog. So, choose the theme responsibly.

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Step #5:- Here, you will be given to choose a domain name of your choice. As like picking up theme, choose a domain name which best suits your topic. Like if you are creating a blog for nutrition, you probably are not going to choose domain related to sports. And, here also your domain will be a wordpress subdomain as you are choosing a free plan.  Like, http://yourblog.wordpress.com instead of http://yourblog.com.

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Step #6:- Choose a Free Plan and Click on Select Free.

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Step #7:- Here, you need to put your email address ( can be of outlook, gmail or yahoo ). This email is required as WordPress will send a confirmation email as well as in recovery process if in case, you forget your login credentials.blog on wordpress

Step #8:- Thats it. Now you will see a window as shown in below screenshot. All you need to do is to click on Continue button.

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Step #9:- Now, you are good to go. The next window will be of your WordPress dashboard where you can add, edit , delete posts, pages and personalize themes etc.

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Dashboard is like the control room where you can manage your contents. Use the same username you created or the email address you used to register and the same password to login to your dashboard.

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How much helpful this tutorial is for you to start your WordPress.com blog? Pour your thoughts on comments and feel free to ask if you got any problem with these steps…Happy Blogging!!

How to Set up a Blog in 5 Steps? (With pictures)

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Previously, we have learnt about the basic anatomy of a blog.. If you haven’t, i recommend you to go through that post once. Here, in this tutorial, we are going to learn to set up your blog step by step. So, all you need to do is to give your 100% focus as this is going to be a bit long post….

When you are just getting to start a blog, it may be daunting or challenging to trigger your frustration. This has happened to majority of bloggers and i was one of them, when i was just getting started. Especially, if you are not tech savvy, it will create a lots of confusion. But, now you are here, just grab a cup of coffee and relax…


How to set up a Blog? (Probably, your first one)

There are various platforms which you can base your blog. Some are free and for some you need some investment. However, before going through the process, we need to have a basic understanding of some technicalities we need in this process.

Technical tools you need before setting up a blog.

  1. Domain Name :- This is the address of your blog which users need to type on the URL bar to access contents on your blog. It starts with http followed by www. http://www.yourblog.com is an example of a domain name.
  2. Hosting :- This is the foundation of your blog where all the contents you post or upload are stored securely.Its like the Store room for your contents. Although your domain name is http://www.yourblog.com, but the contents inside it is always stored on your hosting storage. In simpler terms, its like an online hard drive for all your digital properties.

Thats it. These two are the inevitable things we need to have on hand before launching a blog or a website.

Other things you need to have before launching a blog.

Blogging is not easy, and majority of bloggers do get burned out very quickly as it takes time for a blog to show positive effects.  Now, you have made your mind to start a blog, some basic miscellaneous things you need to be equipped are…

  • Niche (Topic) of your blog and contents to upload regularly :- Blogging is not a quick task. Its not like you will post something and you are done. You need regular updates, ideas and contents to feed your users. So, make your mind on which niche or topic are you going to create contents on a regular basis.
  • Your Market :- If you are thinking to create a professional or business blog, you need to analyze your market as well. If there is no demand of what you are going to serve with your knowledge, then definitely you are not going to start.
  • Patience and perseverance are the inevitable keys to kiss success in any field. Click To Tweet Patience and Perseverance:- You need to be equipped with both of these attributes as you will need them on some part of the process.
  • Hard work and discipline :- You need to work like a dog in the starting phase of your blogging career. And, when you schedule to post your content, you need to stick on that by any means.

Create your blog for free (Tutorial for blogger.com)

Here, we will use free platforms to set up a blog. Although there are lots of platforms,  we are going to use Blogger from Google in this tutorial (Tutorial on starting a blog on WordPress for Free) .You need to have a Google account (preferably your gmail account)  to setup a blog on this platform… So here we go,

Step #1 :- Go to http://blogger.com

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Step #2 :- Login with your password. (The same password you use to login to your gmail account)

Step #3:- You will be directed to the window as shown below, Click on the New Blog button.

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Step #4 :- Now you need to choose a Title for your blog and address (domain name). You need to search for address which suits the theme of your blog. So, keep searching the one which best represents the contents on your blog. One thing you might have notices, in free platforms like blogger, your blog will always be on a subdomain like yourblog.blogspot.com (you can’t remove that blogspot.com).

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Step #5 :- After you have selected the title for your blog and an address, all you need to do is to Create a new post as shown in the snap below.

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Thats it. You have just set up a blog for free on blogger.. And i guess, it wont take more than 10 minutes of your time. Next time, when you need to post another article on your newly created blog, all you need to do is to login with the same gmail account and other process are the same.


Disadvantages : Setting up a blog on free platforms like blogger

Well, when you are just starting out, its always recommended to start something with free platforms to learn and gain experience as a blogger. But, there are some demerits of setting up a blog on free platforms as well.

  • Although, you don’t need hosting account to set up a blog here, but you have less control over your contents and properties.
  • Your blog can have negative effect when these companies change their terms of service or policies.
  • It is very challenging to establish and evolve as a brand when you are hosting your blog on these platforms.
  • Your domain name will always be regarded as a subdomain.
  • Users give more preferences and click through to self hosted blogs (like http://yourblog.com) rather than free hosted blogs (like http://yourblog.blogspot.com, http://yourblog.wordpress.com).
  • If in case, you broke any policies, your blog can be permanently banned and all the contents you uploaded will be deleted without prior notice.

So, how much this tutorial helped you on setting up your blog.  We are eager to hear on comments. We do have a lot of other methods to come in future… Happy blogging!!

What is a blog?: A brief anatomy of a blog

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Hey guys, firstly i wanna welcome you to our first post which is not only important to those who are thinking to create a blog, i am gonna put forth the basic understanding and anatomy of a blog. So, without further ado, lets dive into its basics…

What is a Blog? :Blog Definition

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There are many definitions of a blog in the web, but, for me it is….

  • Simply just an online journal which can be of anything or anyone Click To Tweet.
  • Its a platform to express your views, your opinions and your expertise with your global audiences (can be local as well) powered by internet.
  •  By the course of its development, it has become one of the major tool for sharing information via web as like other offline medias viz newspapers, magazines etc but more reliable and far reached because of the rapid growth in the field of information technology.

We know a bit about what actually a blog is, now lets move on to another chapter…


Types and Nature of a Blog

Well, a blog has got many types as per its function and objective. But, some of the most generic types of a blog are ..

Personal Blog:- As the name suggests, this is a type of blog which is created for expressing your personal portfolio into the web. It can be about yourself, your works, your experiences, your views etc. It can be mentioned as your digital card out there. The major motto of this type of blog is to make yourself visible in web. Many travel blogs, biographies fall under this type. Perez Hilton, Neil Patel are some examples of personal blogs where the respective bloggers share their experiences and expertise.

Professional/ Business Blog:- This is the type of blog which is mostly used by professionals, entrepreneurs, companies with a primary purpose to expand their business or professionalism. They use business blogs to engage, nurture and to create a positive networking environment with their old customers as well as to get new customers by expressing the motive of their company or products. Business blogs are also used to get customers’ feedback on a company’s certain products or services instantly or a professional’s work on a certain assignment, so that they can determine their shortcomings and improve the performance in coming days.  Quick Sprout, Disney park, CorpNet, Noobpreneur are some of the business blogs.

Non-Profits Blog:- This type of blog focuses on raising awareness on social issues, collecting charities online for special social causes like child rights, women empowerment, human trafficking etc. They do not intend to make any money but aim to become the mediator between the social cause and its visitors. Huffpost Impact,  Chronicle of Philanthropy , Charity Navigator Blog, etc are non-profits blogs to name some few.

Organization Blog:- This is a total opposite of personal blog we discussed earlier. Here, the blog satisfies the specific customers or subscribers of certain organization which can be governmental, business, profit and non-profit. Blogs about Schools, Communities, Sports Clubs,  Political parties,  Military etc fall under this category. Real Madrid, NFL Blog, Republican National Committee blog, Harvard University Blog are some falling under this type.

Niche Blog:-  This is a total new type of blog which can be categorized on business blog type but, i better thought to give it a different segment. This actually is a type of blog which deals with particular niches or topics by being very specific only about its main

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theme. Like, if you are creating a blog relating to weight loss which is itself a broad topic (covering a lot of other sub topics), then that would be a business blog. But, for instance, if you are creating a blog specifically for weight loss for women, or nutrition for pregnant women; this specifies a certain niche within a category health and nutrition and such type of blog is a niche blog.

Ahhh…. Well, majority of blogs around the globe do fall under the types mentioned above, so we move onto another segment of our post….


What is a blog used for?

          The use of a blog depends on its type and nature. If you have a personal blog, you will most probably use it for getting traction on web, exposing your profile and your motives. A business blog however is used to get leads (customers or subscribers), giving information about their services and products, getting feedback from their old consumers and deliver updates on their services. Likewise, a niche blog is used to generate list of people who are super interested on that particular niche, feed them and later pitch them products based on their engagement and performance. Celebrity blogs are used for delivering information and future schedule to their fans and followers. So, bottom-line is the utilization and function of a blog totally depends on its nature and type and the main motive of it being launched.


Thankx for the read guys, if i had missed anything important,  you can add in the comment section below…Happy Blogging!!