With basic information, anyone can create a blog for free, but with the right knowledge, you will learn how to start a blog and make money from it.

Above all, with dedication and constant learning, you can start a successful blog business that pays the bill.

So, whether you want to make a free blog for personal use, or learn the proper way to start a successful blog and make money writing, this guide walks you through a detailed step-by-step process that shows you how to start a blog and get paid blogging, even as a beginner with no established connections yet.

Below is a screenshot of earnings in a single day on one of my new blog site with very minimal traffic.

screenshot image  of proof of income generated from a blog to show you can create a blog and make money
$189 per day on a new blog. Results like this is achievable even as a newbie blogger with less traffic.

Usually, with creating a blog comes some mind bugling thoughts. Questions such as “Can I really make money blogging? How do I drive traffic to my blog? , who is even going to read my blog?” begins to pop into the mind.

The truth is; you do not have to be famous or anything to start your own blog and turn it into a profitable business. With the right knowledge, anyone can create a blog and get paid blogging.

Confidence Macaulay

If you’re tired of my introductory text already and just Want to get started learning how to create a profitable blog right away, you can use the navigation button below to jump straight to the step by step process and begin learning how to start your own blog today.

In this blogging for beginners guide, I walk you through a step by step process on how to start your own blog, write your first blog post, design your blog, drive traffic/visitors that converts to your blog and make your first few hundred dollars. Even without having any connection, experience or being a celebrity.

Creating a blog in 2020 is now more easier and profitable than ever.

Whether you want to create a free blog and start writing for fun, make a blog for learning purposes or learn how to start a blog and make money blogging (the blogging business model I teach), it all starts with a step, and the first step is to learn how to start your own blog properly.

How to Start a Blog in 8 Easy Steps

Follow these 8 simple steps to learn how to create your own blog today:

  1. Decide on what to blog about. Select a blog niche you can write on.
  2. Pick a domain name for your blog and get it registered.
  3. Choose a simple blogging platform for your blog. Choose between Blogger or WordPress blog sites you can use to create your blog and write blog posts.
  4. Get a blog web hosting account.
  5. Install your blog (WordPress).
  6. Choose your blog template. Customize the design of your blog to match your style.
  7. Start writing your blog posts.
  8. Publish your blog posts and go live.

Each step is further detailed below with walk through images and videos to guide you through the whole process.

What is a Blog?

A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read. Blogs come in different styles, formats, and settings, depending on the preference of the user.

How do you become a blogger?

To become a blogger, simply create a blog and start publishing. The process of constant writing and publishing is known as blogging, and anyone who writes and publishes articles often is referred to as a blogger.

PS: this guide to learn how to create a blog for beginners is over 5000 words long and thus requires a little of your time and attention while reading as you follow through the detailed processes outlined. Start with STEP 1, and If you get stuck, send me an email or use the comment box and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Blogging for Beginners: A Detailed Guide on How to Start a Blog to Make Money

For those who are looking for ways to start a blog on Instagram or Facebook, just make up your mind on what you want to do on the social media platform, stick to a niche and start posting from your profile. Its that easy.

But if you really want to start a successful blog that you can turn into a business, then follow my lead as I show you step by step the easy way to start a blog in 2020.

Step 1: Decide on what to blog about (Blog niche selection)

As with every other thing in life, the first step to start a blog that will eventually be succeful is to choose a blog topic (niche) for your blog.

image illustration of blog topic research to choose a good blog niche

What is a Blog Niche?

A blog niche website is a blog site whose idea is centered on a particular thing. That is, a site or blog focused on a particular topic or specialized in giving out information based on a particular product, services or guide.

Choosing your blog’s topic is a very crucial stage of starting a blog. Your blog niche basically determines the future of the website.

The reason is because, this is what you’re going to be blogging/writing about and well, hopefully start making money from.

Why is this important?

Having a clear understanding of what your blog is all about helps your readers find what they are looking for, all in one place, since your blog is centered on that topic.

Additionally, you establish trust between your blog and your readers, if they know exactly what your blog is all about.

  • No scattered information here and there, all information provided on your blog should be geared towards achieving a common goal.

For example, if your blog is in the beauty niche with the aim to help people have a clearer face, then, every article published on your blog should be centered towards helping your readers achieve that goal.

From tips and guides, to product recommendation and real life events, everything should work together to help your readers achieve their aim.

While it is one thing to pick any blog niche and start writing a blog, choosing a niche that is both profitable and monetizable with lots of people interested in it is what separates a regular blog from a successful blog that makes money.

Now, you can either choose between something you love, passionate about and interested in, or you could go the blog business route.

Whatever the case might be, a good blog niche is one that you are interested in, has people interested in it and have the potential to generate revenue.

Confused on what to blog about?

Not to worry, we’ve made the blogging niches selection process an easy one for you.

How to come up with a blog topic idea to blog about

If you are confused on deciding a niche to start your blog on or a topic to blog about, this little guide/trick will help you do the work. (use this only if you want to blog about something you really have an idea about)

write down a list of things you love to come up with a good blog topic

Make a list of the the following:

  1. Four things you are passionate about
  2. Things you are interested in learning (3)
  3. Call your friends and ask them what they think you’re really good at (sincerely, not to make you feel good).

From that list, now select the one that you really feel you are good at. If you’re not good at it, then select the one that you are interested in learning.

Like I earlier said, only use that list to find a niche if you want to blog about either your passion or on a small scale..(which is highly recommended for beginners).

If you wish to do the large scale blogging, like most other bloggers and blogs, then here’s a summary of how to get a blog niche you can start blogging about.

How to get a niche Idea for large scale blogging

  1. RedditList – Ever wonder what the hottest trending topics and sub-reddits are on Reddit? This website shows you in real-time. Although a lot of Reddit’s sub-reddits are not niche-site topics, you’ll often come up with some great ideas browsing what’s trending.
  2. About.com’s A-Z List – About.com is probably one of the biggest content farms on the internet. They write about every topic you can think of, just using their enormous domain history and authority to rank for virtually every keyword out there. This list is their A-Z list of all the topics they write about.
  3. Udemy – Udemy has high quality courses on a variety of topics. If people are willing to purchase a course about it, chances are it’s a pretty popular topic. You’ll come up with a lot of great ideas browsing through their courses. Go through different categories and skim through what types of topics people are creating topics on. It’s a great way to spark ideas for your niche site.
  4. Barnes & Noble – Just a giant list of book categories. One of my favorite places to find niche ideas is at the book store. The section you find yourself going to most often is probably going to be a good idea to start your niche site about since you have an interest in it. Well, this is the probably the most extensive list of categories you’ll find.

After coming up with a niche (if you were successful), the next step is to test for profitability. But if in any case you weren’t then below are some of the most profitable niches you can start writing a blog on.

List of Profitable blog Niches to start blogging about

  • Travel: Tips and guides
  • Outdoor & Adventure: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
  • Health $ Fitness: Weight loss, weight gain, personal care, home gym.
  • Products recommendation sites.
  • Beauty & Style: Make up, hair loss, hair growth, skin care.

Meanwhile, there are some niches that are considered “Evergreen” because they are very much profitable and will always continue to add value to the lives of people. As a matter of fact, these niches are often called the money makers.

The only problem with these niches is that they are usually over crowded with lots of people jumping into them for money sake.

What we recommend?

Choose a niche you feel you can do well at. It could either be something you are already good at, something you are interested in learning about or your personal life experience.

Whatever niche you decide to settle down for, the next step will be to test for your niches profitability.

A 3-step blog success and niche validation process:

  • Check niche size to see if people are interested in it.
  • Explore competitors to see if you have a chance against them.
  • Analyze monetization potential to see if it is a profitable niche or something just for fun.

Step 2: Pick a domain name for your blog and get it registered

illustrated image of blog domain name concept showing various domain extensions to help choose a blog domain name

If you already have a domain name, you are free to skip this step and move over straight to step three. But I recommend you read this so that you know if whether or not you are to change your current domain name.

Now that you have finally decided on what to blog about, its time to pick and register a domain name for your blog.

What is a Domain Name

A domain name is basically the link at which your blog is accessed all over the world anywhere on the internet.

The first thing that comes to my mind when setting up a blog is getting a good domain name.

The first thing that comes to my mind when setting up a blog is getting a good domain name.

Choosing a domain name is similar to choosing a company name — it requires a lot of thought and consideration.

Your domain name is your identity on the web; you want to make sure you choose a name that not only fits your business, but is also easy to find and promote.

Confidence Macaulay

The thing is this, a good and really nice domain naturally just attracts visitors and users to your blog.

Follow these steps to help you pick the perfect domain name.

How to Choose a good Domain Name for your blog

Of a truth, there are no hard rules as to how a domain name should be picked. You can just go ahead and register any thing of your choice and boom! you have a domain name.

But if you are going to be professional and make a living from your blog, then these little tips will help you.

1. Keep the domain name short and simple

A good rule of thumb to doing this is to make sure that the domain name is not longer than 15 – 20 characters.

The reason for this is because, shorter domain names are way much easier to remember, they leave less room for making mistakes when typing them in the browser tab, they are good for word of mouth (online or offline) marketing, they are more visually pleasing. I.E (Nail24hours.com compared to Timemanagementtips.com).

2. Make it Brandable: Can you later expand it?

These days its gone past just picking any domain name and building a blog around it.

Before finally settling down on/for a domain name, it is important to consider if you can actually build a full time business around it. The goals and objectives is to consider what your blog might look like in the future.

If you have a domain name of lets say “Newyearwishes2020.com” you will notice you just got yourself stuck around writing only new year SMS for the new year 2020. That’s just the January thing.

Now, what if you go a little deeper and say “Newyearevents.com” yea, you will be sharing not only year wishes, but also, every other events and activities associated with the new year, including product recommendations and even home décor all through the days of that blogs life, from 2020 till whenever.

To even take this further, you can ditch the “newyear” in the domain name and replace it with “specialevents” this way, you can further do everything about special events. from birthdays to weddings and all, recommend products, party organization checklist, and even offer a service that lets you plan their events.

Oh, did I even mention that you can create an online store within your blog that also sells party supplies? yes. A good domain name allows you endless opportunities for growth.

3. Hyphens and other Symbols are a “no no”

Some guides out there may tell you to use hyphens and other symbols, while others will tell you to not use numbers.

Well, if I’m to say this, those are not true. Personally, I do not like using hyphens, not because its great or not for SEO, but because many users find it difficult to remember the hyphen part.

If on the other hand you intend to use numbers, use them wisely, do not just go ahead and say “adsense3.com” The problem with this type of domain is that, when you tell a person adsense3, they are likely to go to their browser and type “adsensethree.com”.

Yea, you just lost that visitor/ user.. So what then do you do? To make effective use of numbers in domain names, here’s an example of what to do. Instead of “Adsense3.com” we can go over and register “Adsense360.com” .

What to do After you come up with a domain name idea for your blog

Alright, so now that you know how to find your domain and perhaps, gotten one already for yourself, here are a few things to do before finally proceeding to register that domain name.

1. Check if it is available

To check if it is available click here, type in the name of the domain and hit search, if you get this message “Domain name is available” kudos. that’s a success, don’t buy yet, proceed to the next line of action.

If on the other hand you get this message “Domain already taken” Come up with another domain name and try again. keep trying till you get the success message “Congratulation! Your domain name is available”

2. Check for trademarks to avoid Legal conflicts

Spend a bit of time searching around to make sure you are not choosing a domain name that is similar to an already established group.

You don’t want to spend time building your blog only to find out that someone else has a similar website and wants to sue you. Avoid trademarked names especially.

I know of a couple of instances where bloggers were forced into making changes months into new blogs because of legal threats.

How to check if a domain name is trademarked
  • Head over to the USPTO website,
  • Click on the check trademark registry,
  • Type in the name you want to check for trademark,
  • Check to see if there is an active trademark on the domain or business name,
  • Decide on what to do.

BONUS TIP: If your blog is targeted towards the people in your locality, consider including your city or state in your domain name to make it easy for local customers to find and remember.

Example: Phonerepairng.com. where “phone repair” is what the blog is all about and “ng” is the country it is targeting, that’s Nigeria. Another example is “kidsweartexas.com” where “kids wear” is what the blog is all about and “Texas” is the locality it is meant for.

The next is your preferred domain name extension.

Domain name extension (.Com , .Org , .Net or .Info)

image of different domain name extensions

The major difference between these TLDS are really not much, but can have a great impact on your blog (positively or negatively).

.INFO – the .info domain extension simply tells the whole world one thing, and that’s information. I.E meet.info will be interpreted to be an informational blog about meeting.

.NET – Basically .network . I really do not have much to say about this, it all depends on you and your choice. I.E. bloggingbasics.net

.ORG – Meaning organization. You only use this if your blog is a non profitable organization that helps solve the need of a specific group of people without demanding anything in return. I.E helpachild.org

.COM – meaning .company .This is so far the most popular domain name extension on the internet as most co-operate and non co-operate organizations, shopping and all kinds of websites uses it.

One thing about this domain extension is the fact that it is very easy to remember and its basically what comes to every internet users mind when they hear the word website. I.E Newsonwireless.com

So, Which Domain name extension is Best After all?

Simple. Take it from me, when choosing a domain extension for your blog, I highly recommend you go with the .com (dot.com) extension unless you really like that name but cant just get the dot com version.

For this blog, I choose the .NET version of this domain because someone already registered the .com and placed a hefty price tag of $15K to buy it. Maybe I’ll get it later, but until then, I move.

If you are confused about choosing the perfect domain name for your blog or business, don’t worry, use a domain name generator. Type in your seed keyword and the generator will give you some unique domain names available to choose from.

Now that you have a domain name for your blog. Its time to get it registered and point it to your blog.

Step 3: Choose a blogging platform (Blogger or WordPress) you can use to create your blog

A blogging platform is the software or service that you use to publish your content on the internet in the form of a blog. A blogging platform or CMS (content management system) helps manage your content, images, and design.

vector image concept of blogging platform and content management systems

There are lots of free and paid blogging platforms to choose from when creating a blog.

In a lame mans word ” A blogging platform is the place you wish to put your blog on and from there operate, by adding contents, images, videos etc.” Without a blog platform, you simply just cant create or start a blog or any website at that.

There are many services you can use to start a blog or website. You may be tempted to use a free service, but know you’ll be limited, and in some cases, quite severely. You get what you pay for, as they say. Using a paid-for service isn’t expensive. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

Amy Lynn Andrews

The question, “How do you start a blog?” has many alternative answers. You can do it on blogging platforms like:

  • Blogger: e.g. yourblogname.blogspot.com
  • Hosted WordPress: e.g. yourblogname.wordpress.com
  • Self-Hosted WordPress: e.g. yourblogname.com

The first two options are free. But they’re also clumsy and ugly, don’t you think?

Which blogging platform is right for me? Blogger or WordPress

If simple terms, if your interest is to start a blog and make money from it or even to create a blog and blog about your hobby’s, then, a self-hosted WordPress blog is a more professional option. It give you total control and freedom over your blog content.

Free OR Paid Blogging Platform

Listen carefully, there are tons of blogging platforms out there ranging from the free ones down to the paid ones.

But then, you see, these free blogging platforms aren’t really free. If you ask me personally, I will say DONT USE THE FREE BLOGGING PLATFORM if you want to create a profitable blog.

Problems With Free Blogging Platform

Yea, i know its a great thing to get your blogging platform and start a blog for free right?

Even if I have to admit that it saves you a few bucks, I will not equally fail to tell you the real and raw truth about free blogging platforms I.E blogger.com, wordpress.com, tumblr.com etc.

Below are a few of the limitations you will face if you should use the free blogging platform.

You Really Do Not Own Your Blog

It might sound silly at first, but you don’t actually own your blog. It’s hosted on someone else’s web property and they can delete it if they want.

They have done so in the past, and keep doing it in the future. Which means all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts might be vanished within seconds. Don’t take my word for it? just type this keyword on google search “Google deleted my blog” now come back and share with me what you saw.

On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name – you are the REAL owner of your blog. You’ll be able to name your blog whatever you want, for example “YourName.com” or “YourAwesomeBlog.com. You can end it with .com, .co.uk, .NET, .ORG, or virtually any other web suffix.

Blog monetization problem

Chances of making money from your blog is sometimes not even there talk more of it been little.

If you think the companies allowing you to create/ start a blog on their blogging platforms for free do so because they love you, you’re wrong. They only do so to make money off of you. That’s why they put up adverts on your blog and ask you to pay to enjoy upgrades.

The Take?

Go for a self-hosted blog so you won’t be a wheel in a car working to make another company rich. I recommend you go for the self hosted blogging platform such as WordPress, where you will fully be in charge of your blog.

For the remaining of this tutorial, we will be using the self hosted blogging platform and installing WordPress.

How much does a self-hosted blog cost?

Not even up to the price for a quality bottle of wine really.

Permit me to say that, what you’ll pay to set up your blog is less than a movie ticket. As starters, we will be buying both our hosting and domain name for the same price.

You’ll need a hosting account which costs less than $72 for the first year. (wow! that’s a complete 12+1 month).

Step 4: Get a blog web hosting account

What is a blog web hosting?

A blog web hosting is basically the company that puts your website up on the internet so everyone else can see it. Everything will be saved on there. Think of it as a computer hard-drive on the internet where your blog will be saved.

Which web hosting is best to host my blog?

So long as this tutorial was put together by me, I will only recommend the things i personally use and can vouch for.. So, for the hosting, I recommend A2hosting..

Well, actually, A2hosting is the web hosting company i currently use for this blog. So lets go.

How to set up your blog with a web host and get it running in minutes

For the purpose of this tutorial, there’s a 50% discount for every one who registers on A2hosting from here.

If you use the link, send me a mail containing your blogs name and its niche. I will instantly give you a list of recommended blog plugins and the right WordPress theme for your blog.

LETS MOVE ON:::::::

Head over to a web hosting company and get started

CLICK HERE TO GO TO A2hosting.. (this link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work).

Once the page opens, click the green Get Started Now button.
Register domain on A2hosting

By the way, the images you see here may vary slightly from the ones you see on your screen. This is because A2hosting never stops making site improvements. Don’t worry, the general process is the same. whatever you happen to see just make sure to click on the “Get Started” button.

Select your blog hosting package plan

NEXT:: you will be brought to the next page where you will have to select your plan. Not withstanding, if you have a good amount to spare, then choose the plus package, but If you are on a budget, go ahead and choose the Basic plan. You can always upgrade at any time.

Enter your domain name

NEXT:: Remember the domain name you have gotten from STEP #2 before?

yes, this is the time to put it to use. On the next page, enter the domain name you want to register for free, choose the domain extension (I’d go with “.com“) and click “Search Domain”.

If you still don’t have a domain name or have not come up with one yet, go back to step #2 and try getting one. Enter a new domain name on the left.

If the domain name you’ve chosen is already taken, you’ll be prompted to choose another domain name very similar to the one you chose earlier. If it’s available, you’ll see be taken to the next page.

Now fill in the boxes with your real details, you will be needing them for verification. Don’t worry, they are safe.

Fill out the information properly.

While filling out the details on that page, Under Package Information select your Account Plan.

Choose a package. As a beginning blogger, I recommend you go for the common plan, this gives you room to add other websites even as you go. It is helpful should in case you feel you want to start a blog on something else later.

fill your details accordingly to make your blog.

A Domain Privacy Protection helps keeps any personal information about you private and safe from the rest of the internet.

The only time you should skip domain privacy is if you are using a business address and don’t mind if it’s visible to anyone who looks up your domain. If you’re using your personal contact information (home address, phone, etc.) to register your domain, It is highly recommended that you use domain privacy.

Enter your billing information

This is the point where you make your payment for your hosting/ domain name and get it registered with the blogging platform host provider. I guess you know how to do this (assumed you have made payment online before), but if in any case you have never made any payment online or buy something online before, just get your Credit or debit card and put the details as follows.

  • Credit card number: the 16digit number on your credit or debit cards surface.
  • Expiry date: select exactly as it is on your card. I.E 06/18
  • Signature/CVV2 code: just turn to the back of your credit or debit card, you will see three digits, type the three digits you saw. if you find more than three digits, just copy/ take only the last three numbers.

Tick the check button agreeing to terms and conditions, next to the submit button. Click Submit

Continue on to complete your purchase. You’ll be asked if you want to add any upgrades. just skip them and proceed.

Check your email for login info

After completing your purchase, go ahead to check your email. You will find a welcome email from A2hosting with your control panel (cPanel) login info and details. Keep this information for future reference. you may want to copy it down and put it somewhere very safe and secure.

Log In to your cPanel and Install WordPress

Now you have successfully created your premium hosting account on A2hosting, its time to be in charge and full control of how things happen on your cPanel from installing a script to managing other stuffs.

Head over back to A2, on the top right corner of your scree/ the homepage, you will see a login button. Click on the login button. (Alternatively, you can just use the link in the welcome email you had earlier received.)

Now enter your cPanel login info you received from A2 in the welcome email. Select the “hosting” tab if it’s not selected already.

whew.. that’s a 65% success..

Step 5: Install your blog (WordPress)

Congrats! If you have made it this far, you have completed 65% of this tutorial.

Once logged into your A2 control panel (cPanel), you will see so many icons and headings, do not let them confuse you, just locate the “Website Builder” title and under it, you will see the “Install WordPress” icon/title. Click on it and follow through.

Time to start the WordPress install

Next you will get a window that looks something like this. Click the Install button (it may say “Start”) to begin the WordPress installation process.

Now, Choose where to install WordPress.

Choose your domain from the dropdown menu if it’s not already chosen for you. Leave the directory field blank unless you have a good reason to create a subfolder, which is unlikely if you are just starting.

As a matter of fact, leave the directory field blank. Click Check Domain.

Enetr in your blog user information

Check the box next to Show advanced options. Enter your Site Name or Title (I.E. Kompozer, Easy web authoring; where “Kompozer” is the name of your blog and “easy web authoring” is the blog descriptive title) Just type in the title you wish to give your blog. This is different than your domain which ends in .com or something similar.

Choose an Admin Username (do not use the word “admin” as your username), for security purposes.

Choose a password. These will be what you use to login to WordPress once it’s installed.

TIP: use a username and password you can easily remember.

Enter your email address (Make sure its your real and original email address because, all site’s information will be sent here). Click on the check button to agree to the terms. Then, Click the Install Now button.

After WordPress has been successfully installed, you should see the “Status: success” indication. Take note of the information to access your new WordPress site. This information will also be sent to you via email.

Congratulations! You made it!

You are now the proud owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog. There are many things you can do at this point. But first, lets just go over to our wordpress blog and login. To do this, look at the login url provided by A2 and click on it.

This is how you will be logging in to your WordPress dashboard and updating it with contents and more, including design.

Step 6: Design your blog using a website template

A beautiful and well designed blog attracts and magnets visitors, even when they have nothing to do with you or your blog, they just come to look at the amazing design you have..

vector image of website template design for blog design inspiration

On the other hand, an ugly or not so well designed blog scares even those interested in what you offer away from your blog.

This is the area where you learn how to design or at least make your blog a little attractive.

I know majority of people reading this post are new comers, blog beginners and newbies, but not to worry, whatever the case may be, you can still do it.

The good thing is, “you don’t need to be a programmer/web developer to design a beautiful and good looking WordPress blog. If you like the design of this blog and how easy it is to read, you certainly will feel the need to get one like this for yourself.

So, what’s the backbone of every well designed and good looking WP (WordPress) blog?

Forget the hype, there’s no such thing as being a good web developer/programmer to get a good looking blog. The simple answer is a good blog THEME or TEMPLATE. With a great blog theme, your blog is 80% quality design complete.

So, what’s the work here?

The difficult task here is to get a really good looking blog template.. Not just a good looking WordPress template, but one that is SEO friendly, user friendly, nice looking and above all, easy to customize.

For beginners, I recommend testing with a free WordPress blog theme that’s easy to use. You can always upgrade later if you need more blog customization.

However, if you want to start out right away with a nicely designed blog, you can purchase any of the cool blog templates from:

  • Thrive Themes
  • Elegant Themes
  • Theme forest.
  • StudioPress.

and use it to customize your blog.

Mind you, there are a variety and handful of themes out there to start your blog with, you can just go ahead and type “good WP theme free” and get tons of results from google with thousands of templates to choose from, some which will be really annoying and others very appealing..

Paying for themes Vs. Using free blog templates

Do I still really need to write more on this?

Just as it was with the free blogging platform vs. premium blogging platform, the premium of files are basically more authentic (although i cant vouch for that all the time) but its just the general rule/believe of the mind.

One thing with free themes (especially the free premium ones) is the fact that the coders and owners of these themes aren’t really giving it out free. Majority of them have the following:

  • Hidden malware can be found on most free templates available on the internet, including JavaScript and iFrame codes which may break your server.
  • Free themes are likely to include viruses which may harm your data files.
  • There is no technical support for these free WordPress themes.
  • Many or even most may be pirated and hacked templates.
  • Legal actions may be taken against you (or your host may suspend your account) if a theme you are using is pirated. Web spam is the last thing you want Google to see on your website, and infected themes often generate spam.

Four (4) Major Reasons to Create a Blog and Start Blogging Today

Why should you even start a blog in the first place? There are already millions of websites out there, so why should you add your voice to the mix? Does the world really need yet another blog?

Although there are many cool reasons reasons why you should start a blog today, we will just highlight on the three major ones..

1.) Get More Exposure.
With a blog website, you can get more exposure either for your business or just for personal reasons, blogging can get you more exposures and popularity. A blog gives anyone, from individuals to large companies, the ability to reach a large number of people at very little cost.

2.) Share Your Passion.
It used to be that when you were passionate about something, you had to find some sort of club to join. Not anymore. Now you can blog about your passion, digging into all the different aspects of what you love. You can connect with readers who share your interests and build an entire community of people who love what you love.

3.) Just Write/ Author a Book.
If writing is something you love doing so much, then blogging is one way to get really creative and famous with it. The world is changing, and traditional publishers are falling into irrelevance. Smart authors now make a blog, build a loyal audience and publish their works. This approach works always. these days, its a lot easier to sell books to people who already know you. A blog is one of the easiest places to start.

4.) Make Money form the internet.
Yes, you can really make a full time living online by means of blogging, its no news. I make a full-time income blogging and many others do the same. Although this takes time and commitment but hey, Which business out there doesn’t take time and commitment to build.

Conclusion

Anyone who can access the internet and post on any online platform can create a blog for free, either by using a free blog maker, free blog sites or a website builder. Its that easy, but if you want to start a successful blog that makes money online, then it requires a little investment, dedication, patience and constant work.

Having your own blog comes with many great feelings and fun, as you can write about whatever you want, get recognized and get your voice heard across the world. More interesting is that you can get paid blogging while doing the things you love.

Do you love dog grooming or pets in general? Then start a pet blog! Want to write about your travels in Kansas? Create a blog and share your experience with the rest of the world! Want to earn money online? Yeah! Start a blog and get paid blogging while doing the things you love. It’s total freedom to do what you want, when you want and how you want.

While this guide teaches you how to start a blog for free or for business, and outlines the step by step process to help you make a blog, growing your new blog to the point where it starts making lots of money online is a whole different thing altogether.

However, with time, consistency and further research, your blog will eventually become profitable.

On that note, if you ever get stuck in any of the steps of this blogging for beginners training on how to start a blog, or need help with any thing related to blogging and how to become a blogger, feel free to let me know via the comment box.

1 Comment

  1. At first, I was looking for how to make a blog for free, to save cost obviously.. But along the line, I saw so many reasons not to start a free blog, all thanks to your well explained guide. I finally decided to spend a few bucks on hosting like you advised, because what I really want is to learn how to become a blogger and create a blog that makes money.

    Got stuck at the point where I had to come up with a good domain name that fits my blog niche well initially, but past that now. I was successfully able to set up a blog for myself and by myself.. Felt good! I even published my first blog post, just explaining what my blog is all about.

    initially my though was, how do I start a blog… but now I’m here again asking, what should I do next?

    Thank you very much for this guide on how to make a blog, very helpful.

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