Blogging Tips: Basic Steps to Create Your Own Blog

What steps to consider for setting up your personal blog

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There’s something special about this post on blogging tips. Apart from being written with intent to help the new bloggers, it’s a milestone for me.

Yes, I feel proud to share with you all, that this is the 150th post on Aha!NOW. 🙂

I never thought I’d survive for this long in the Blogosphere! In the blogging world, where many stars come and go, rise and fall – I consider my stint as a lucky survivor.

Over the last three years, I faced many blogging problems, obstacles, and challenges – just like any other new blogger.

However, I feel happy that I was able to resolve and overcome them to continue my blogging journey. Along the way I’ve learned my lessons, and now I wish to share them with all of you.

As a result, I’ve created a new category of “Blogging” on Aha!NOW, where I’ll share my experiences about blogging, and invite other seasoned bloggers to do the same.

Are you thinking of becoming a blogger and wanting to create your own blog?

Well, you’re in the right place at the right time because this first post on blogging deals with that very first step of blogging.

“The first thing you need to decide when you build your blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it can do if successful.” ~ Ron Dawson

Why Blogging Tips on Aha!NOW

With the lack of details, tips, and ways of blogging – the blogging journey surely becomes tedious and a difficult one, which takes more of your time and effort.

Why is that you might ask?

Well, that’s because there are not many mentors to guide you, or to tell you the right way from the wrong.

And because you are new, you don’t even know whom to ask or where to seek help from.

But if you’re a new blogger, and come to know now what other bloggers learned after many months and years of blogging, won’t you have a jump start to your blogging journey!

That’s exactly what I intend doing by sharing these blogging tips with you on Aha!NOW – help you start with the right foot 🙂

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” ~ Brian Clark

Now let me tell you that I am no expert to teach you any tips about blogging, nor do I take myself to be at par with the blogging experts.

There’s no dearth of content and posts about bloggers and blogging on the internet.

But as you know that Aha!NOW is basically a self-help blog, and it’s all about sharing experiences. Being a blogger, I just want my readers to benefit from my personal experiences, even if they’re just a drop in the ocean.

I may not be a successful blogger to reach the level of being a problogger – not every blogger becomes that. But this fact should not dishearten you to pursue blogging.

Moreover, I take pride in being a determined blogger and the fact that I’m still a student, who is learning new lessons about blogging every day.

The wonderful thing about blogging is that every individual’s experience is important, and every blogger can be a student as well as a teacher.

So it’s not only me, but the entire Aha!NOW blog community bloggers who’re going to be mentors here – sharing their best blogging tips.

There will be many posts on blogging and bloggers, though initially it is targeted to new bloggers, but I’m sure even the seasoned bloggers will find something for themselves.

I intend to make this blogging category to be a platform on Aha!NOW, where bloggers can share their experiences, problems, solutions, and thoughts about blogging.

So, here is the first post about the tips on blogging, which are needed to create your own blog. 🙂

Man giving blogging tips to blogger about how to create a blog

5 Steps to Create Your Own Blog

The first requirement for blogging and to become a blogger is to build your own blog.

You can also become a guest blogger without creating your own blog, but your identity as a blogger develops only after you’re a blog owner.

When I started blogging, I was like a blank board.

All I knew was that to be a blogger one should have a domain, a free blog, and something to write about.

Is that all you need to start blogging? Well, no.

But that’s how most of us started as bloggers, didn’t we?

I want you to start off better than how I did, so here are some blogging tips that also include my good and bad experiences in creating my blog.

Before I proceed further, I want the new or aspiring bloggers to know that I’ll be using some technical terms like domain name, web space, Blogger, and WordPress.

STEP 1: Decide your niche

I put this at the top of my blogging tips list because it is the most important factor to consider before you start a blog.

Before you create your own blog, you first need to know what you’ll be writing about.

For that, you’ve to look within and assess yourself. Ask yourself – what are your interests and strengths?

What are you so good at that you think is worth sharing? Do you think your ideas and thoughts will help others and be of value to them?

You may be good at understanding or resolving relationship problems, or have rich experience of parenting, or possess tons of health tips that you use in your life.

Then go ahead and share your thoughts with others by creating your blog in that respective niche. However, remember not to start with a multi-niche blog all of a sudden.

As a new blogger your blog should be niche oriented, though try to focus on a single niche or as few and specific as possible.

That way, you develop authority and people value what you offer them through your blog posts.

Later with time, you can add more niches to your blog if you wish, as I did, though you need to see that you’re able to maintain and balance them all.

It’s vital that your posts from the various niches are interlinked, so that all your niches help your blog reach greater heights.

Blogging Tip – Select one or few related niches that you’re good at. Check out relevant niche blogs on the internet and study them in all aspects to help create your own blog niche.

STEP 2: Choose an appropriate domain name

As every individual needs a name, in the same way, every newly created blog needs a domain name. I used GoDaddy to purchase my domains.

It’s good if the domain name of your blog matches with your chosen blog niche. However, be aware that Google recently struck on websites and blogs with exact match domain names.

I had no idea about the SEO relevance of a domain name when I started blogging, but I’m glad that people have accepted and liked my blog’s name for what it is now.

Blogging Tip – Choose a domain name that is short, easy to remember, relevant to your niche and in accordance to Google’s suggestions.

STEP 3: Select the correct blogging platform

I started on the Blogger platform, and continued with it for one full year.

But once I came across WordPress, which was a completely different blogging experience, I couldn’t stop myself from switching over to it.

I found that WordPress makes blogging easier, is more professional, and simple to manage as compared to a Blogger platform.

Though I understand that there can be differences in opinion and choices about the preferred blogging platform, and many bloggers still prefer Blogger, but this factor should be decided early on.

I mentioned this because I lost some of my ranking, comments, and social media counts when I migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress.

Blogging Tip – Research about your preferred blogging platform and use it from the very beginning of your blogging journey. Avoid blog migration in later stages of blogging.

STEP 4: Get a premium theme or template

Blogger and WordPress are just the platforms or different software that are designed for blogging. If you want your blog to look good, you need to upgrade it with additional goodies.

If you’ve chosen WordPress, then you need to install a premium theme on it. Themes give you additional functions and features, and help you make your blog look different from the other blogs.

There are two major WordPress theme frameworks – Genesis and Thesis, apart from others.

And, there are also other WordPress theme providers like ThemeForest, PageLines, Catalyst, Elegant, Headway, etc. So, you can choose the one according to what you like and based on your niche.

If you’ve chosen the Blogger platform, you can get plenty of templates to change the way your blog looks like.

Blogging Tip – I’d suggest don’t go for the free themes or templates. The premium versions might cost a bit, but they give you better performance in terms of design and SEO, and peace of mind in terms of security and support.

STEP 5: Buy reliable web space

If you’ve created your blog on the Blogger platform, then you can have it for free.

But if you’ve opted for the WordPress platform, then you can choose between the free WordPress blog and a self-hosted WordPress blog.

You need to buy web space from a web hosting company if you choose the self-hosted WordPress to create your own blog.

My blog is presently hosted on web space bought on HostGator.

Remember not to go in for a hosting service that is very cheap as it might not be completely secure, reliable, or may have more downtime. More so, their customer support might not be good too!

The speed of your blog also depends on your web hosting, and this is a major factor for the success of your blog.

Here are some factors for choosing a free or commercial web host for your blog.

Blogging Tip – Choose a web host with a good track record, reputation, and helpful customer support. Poor or bad web hosting can cause harm to your blog.

“Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.” ~ Penelope Trunk

Once you follow these basic blogging tips and create your own blog, then you only need to start creating quality content.

Writing the blog post, optimizing it for the search engines, and sharing it with the blogosphere is the next exciting part of blogging.

I know that most of you are already accomplished and professional bloggers who’ve gone through this initial phase in your blogging careers. You may have experienced things which are not mentioned here as this is not a comprehensive post.

So, I’d like you to share your personal experiences, problems, obstacles, mistakes, and other blogging tips to help others achieve success in blogging, especially new bloggers or those who haven’t started blogging but are contemplating to do so.

As bloggers who have been blogging for a few years now, I feel it’s our duty to help newbies in every possible way. So, let’s join hands here and make things easy for them. 🙂

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.” ~ Steve Shearer

Over to you –

Did you have a smooth start as a blogger? If you’ve to create your own blog again from scratch, then how differently would you do it? Share your blogging tips, thoughts, and experiences in the comments below.

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  1. Rachel Wolany

    May 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hey Harleena, I was reading your post, yep got this done, yep got that done. I got stumped when looking at my niche and did not realise I had been study self development for years and that’s the area I would feel most comfortable in. I really felt I was in a different category from everyone else. That’s right – I could not find a niche that I could place myself in, so therefore ‘I’ Rachel needed a niche entirely for myself. Sometimes I just need the information thrown in my face. I get this ‘I don’t know stuff’ fear and I get blinded. Your post did get me thinking, you have generously shared your knowledge with me and I have read other posts where you have done the same. I cant wait to get to a stage where I can share some of my knowledge and get people motivated the way you do. Great post Harleena.

  2. mani

    March 14, 2015 at 1:25 am

    hi harleena… 🙂 i want say you something…. if you didn’t mind than i would say that after reading your reading article i am totally shocked because when i have read your article i realized that i am just waiting my time on blogging. i did’not know anything about the basics of blogging… now i know that how can create a blog with full of awesome features. i love your blogging skills and also love your article writing. i am speechless and don’t know how to say you thanks for sharing such an informative article with newbie…. 🙂 i’ll must say…. i salute you harleena and want to get personal contact for much more information… i’ll wait your reply…. best of luck and May GOD Bless you every time 🙂

  3. Rahul Krishnan

    January 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Mam,
    Awesome post indeed.
    Yeah, I too started blogging with the same misconception. We simply want a domain, blog and content for blogging.
    Niche selection is an important task on blogging. Sad to say I started my blog as a multi niche one.
    Domain selection is very much important. It must include a keyword related to our niche. But I chose a random one as I have a multi niche blog.
    Blogspot v/s WordPress is always a topic of debate. Anyway I prefer to start with blogspot. Then migrating to wordpress.
    I am a student and have no regular income. So can’t afford a premium theme. I know thare are many people like me. For everyone’s information, there are premium looking themes available for wordpress for free.
    Hosting also thing which needs money. I recently found out a quality rich as well as cheap host. So I became their customer.
    Thank you so much for the post Mam. This is a must need for everyone who wants to step their foot into blogging.
    Regards,
    Rahul

  4. yousuf

    October 14, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I also believe that for the success of your blog not only content but domain hosting site also have value.

  5. Angyer Van

    September 16, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I don’t think buying a whatever domain can determine the success of your domain because the main functionalities of a good blog is the content and a solid relationship with the audience this two criteria will work wonders if you practice them. I love your blog and I must say keep the good work on.

  6. Rohit Singh

    June 22, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Hi,

    I would like to say one thing which I mostly focus on is providing great quality content because the first step to get your blog post viral starts from your content quality, If it’s good then you can extract more from your promotional strategies

    so one must focus on writing quality content for getting maximum traffic and learn some basic seo skill to get higher rankings in search engines also try to provide value to your readers and don’t just write for search engines if you content is great and appealing then can see some great success
    Cheers and keep posting such great content.

  7. freddie

    April 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hello Harleena, how are you? You have a wonderful blog and i agree with you about focusing on the reader instead of creating a great looking blog.

  8. nikhil ganotra

    February 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hello Harleena maam,
    I really liked your blog special the “blogging” section and I’m mad about going through all its articles.Generally all newbies face problem while starting a blog. Even I have faced it too. But you provided the best guide for newbies helping them to start a blog. Thanks for sharing this effective guide.

    Have a great day maam. 🙂

  9. Atish Ranjan

    January 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Today I noticed that you have a category “blogging” on aha now and I started reading. Please keep writing posts in this category as well. I loved the tips.

    For successful blogging we have to have a reliable web host first because when hosting creates issues, it seems everything is lost so stay on safer side use a reliable web host.

    Domain name plays an important role also.

    Overall, good guide. I loved the tips. Thanks for sharing Harleena.

  10. Philip V Ariel

    November 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Yet another informative and educative post on blogging.

    I liked this, as far as i am concerned, as you said about the migration and lost of ranking and comments its very true that we lose many comments if we migrate one platform to the other i lost many comments almost all good and valuable comments in the process of knol migration from Google’s Knol pages to WordPress, of course i and some of the knol authors did preserved many of our knols with comments and saved it for further use but many i could not, I disagree with you of the writing at blogger and WordPress. LOL, i feel more comfortable with the blogger LOL

    Thanks Harleena, this post and few other links from your pages are mentioned in one of my existing post at blogger under the title “9 Tips to get….Thanks ones again for sharing this,

    Best Regards. Phil

  11. Sajid Hussain

    September 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Tremendous guides for beginners Harleena. Premium template for blog is good us because we can do lot of customization in comparison of free template.

    You are right, Genesis and Thesis are the best premium blog template providers. Thesis is very in this and it has very light weight template which makes blog’s speedy to load.

  12. Suresh Khanal

    September 29, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Super post once again as always from you.

    The exact match domain (EMD) attracted me to put some words so as to add more confusion 😀

    Google and search engines depend on keywords to check relevancy of a page against search query. According to where it looks for that calculation, different spots get different importance. SEs do look on page URL, page title, post title, headings, first paragraph, last paragraph and so on. In case of URL, the keywords in possible far left is better and the farthest is the domain name. It is much easier to rank when your domain name has targeted keyword.

    Though Google rolled out EMD algorithm, it just tried to swipe out the spam sites that used EMDs resulting valuable sites having exact match domain name got even better ranking. So, it is still not bad to look for EMD.

    Now, however, after the ‘hummingbird update’, don’t know how it will continue.

  13. Jitendra Vaswani

    September 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Thank you for such a great information Harleena.This is a great blueprint on how to get started blogging successfully. I will save this article and use it as a reference.

  14. Gurwinder Singh Bhinder

    August 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Interesting and simple article to answer most of the blogging questions. This is a very helpful article especially for newbies. I loved the 5 ways you have highlighted to start a blog. Choosing a domain name along with choosing the niche is one of the most important tasks in the field of blogging. One should always select a niche that he/she like to learn and share about. Don’t run behind money instead run behind your passion and money would follow you automatically.

  15. Siraj Wahid

    August 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Awesome article, I also started with blogger but now i have swithed to wordpress and it’s outstanding.

  16. Hafeezur Rahman

    August 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Good write up Harleena, it will boost many new bloggers. The way you respond to viewers is more than what you wrote on this topic article. It is not an easy task to reply many viewers as response – good work.

  17. Mitch Mitchell

    August 4, 2013 at 1:33 am

    First, congrats on #150; you’ll be closing in on me any time now. lol

    Second, good tips, but I always dispute your #4 whenever I see it. My take on this is that it makes no sense for new bloggers to buy a premium theme. Get used to the idea and the process of blogging first, see if you can last at least 3 to 6 months, then maybe think about it. Spending all kinds of money on a theme with the failure rate of bloggers makes no fiscal sense; see if you’re dedicated to the process, then think about it.

  18. Silviu

    August 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    1. “I know that most of you are already accomplished and professional bloggers who’ve gone through this initial phase in your blogging careers.”

    Well, I just want to ask you a question: Who do you wrote this post for?
    Accomplished and professional bloggers? Do they really need to know about these 5 steps? OK. Maybe you want to make your readers feel good.

    2. Finding your niche. WOW! This is the most important thing of all. It is the first step and if you are not doing it right, you will fail.

    As far as I can see, bloggers don’t tell to much about finding a niche. Strange but this seems to be the case. The most important step in your business is overlooked. Maybe this is the reason why we see so many failures.

    It seems so easy to choose a niche. In fact, most people just choose one. Later it proves wrong. Horrible. They have lost many months, sometimes years in the wrong direction.
    I think this problem is so important that it needs special posts, articles, ebooks, webinars and courses.

    Those who really want to help people must start exactly from here: turning people in the right direction, clearing the dense fog from their minds.

    Have a nice day

  19. shafeeq

    July 31, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I also started blogging the hard and Do it yourself way and, i wished i had a good mentor then, it would have been very easier for me but, i still thank God for everything though at least, I’m here now.

    One thing i will do differently if I’m to start all over again is to build relationships and connect with like minded bloggers early enough because, thats really one of the things that will make you a successful blogger.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us and, this is wishing us all a successful blogging

  20. Siddhartha Sinha

    July 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    These 5 steps mentioned in the post is the crucial post and I think it is infact decider post i.e. what you want to do in Blogging and how could you do in blogging.

    Regards
    Siddhartha Sinha

  21. prince

    July 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Nice post Harleena,

    I picked 3 major points from this post which is first choosing an appropriate domain name and niche. Choosing the right blogging platform is another important thing when it come’s to blogging most bloggers go for the wrong blogging platform and I was once also a victim of this.
    Thanks again for this informative post

  22. Asaolu olubayode

    July 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Waoo! It’s nice seeing you adding blogging tips amidst your pages. I was not surprised anyway because I know you have what it takes to carry people along, as you’ve always done. Just keep the good work going. Guess I just tweeted this now.

  23. Gilbert Samuel

    July 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I must say this; 150 post is really something big, even if you divide your blog post by 10 I don’t think if my own still beats the figure (new in the blogosphere).Thanks for the tips you mentioned, actually choosing a niche is the first thing to do but many bloggers make big mistakes by choosing niche that they know nothing about, thereby making them unsuccessful. I’ve been commenting on blogs and I do see you all over the web, I was so curious to know who you really are, and now, I’ve finally stumbled upon aha!now. I’m happy I learnt something.

    Keep up the good work, we need people like you 🙂

  24. Adnan Shahid

    July 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Dear sister Harleena. Good to read these blogging tips from your side. I have bookmarked this section to remain update each post that you will write for blogging. You taught very briefly and it will help many newbies and now they will create a blog very easily after reading this tutorial/article. Thanks for sharing such valuable word with us.

  25. Shameem

    July 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Harleena great to hear your thoughts about blogging tips on your blog which i agree with your points choosing the niche is most important as you need to figure out in which you are familiar so you can be best on it and choosing the right webspace its very important because everything depends on it loading time etc enjoyed reading it

  26. muhammad yousuf

    July 26, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Harleena Singh, I am not able to take google ads.I am really worry about it.I did not copy any things but google do not allow me ads.I watched some site that was copy with google play and he have google ads. Why??? Waiting for reply.




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