Looking for a way to create a blog? You want to write a personal blog to make money?
Congratulations for being here, right on this article.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create your own blog in just 1 hour. And after that, you will see your blog appear on the internet.
But that's just the beginning, above all in this tutorial I will answer some questions so you can make money by blogging, living with full time blogging work, just like I did over the years.
What is a Blog?
A blog (or weblog) is a type of website, exists in the form of online diaries, bloggers can be an individual or a collective to write everything they want. But mostly each blog usually refers to one or several specific areas and they present it from an individual perspective based on their knowledge and understanding.
In short, you can create a personal blog to keep a diary of your life, share sadness and happiness, personal feelings about life,...
Most experts in a certain field have a blog to serve their career development, work, personal branding, and making money. This can also be called their own website. But most people will call it BLOG.
Why You Should Start Blogging to Make Money Right Now
In fact, blogging can make money.
I have been blogging full time to make money from 2015 up to now and still continue. Here are some reasons to start making money blogging:
Steps to Create a Blog
You can follow these steps below to create a blog:
1. Find a Niche
This is the step of choosing a topic for your blog.
If you are creating a blog for your business, the topic of your blog should be related to the product, service you are providing. The key thing here is to remember that you are creating a blog to promote and market those products and services.
If you want to create a blog to make money then maybe choosing a topic will need more consideration. But basically there will be 2 questions that you need to answer:
I have a tip to make it easier for you to choose your blog topic. For example, if you like to cook, then your blog's topic maybe about food and cooking.
But food and cooking is too wide, narrow down what style of cooking do you like? For example, if you like cakes, start with a blog about how to make cakes. This will focus more, you have a chance to become a leader in that niche, you can later expand to other niches.
2. Choose a Blog Platform
Now you need a platform. There are many of them to help you blog and publish content on the internet (Blogger, WordPress, Wix,...)
They all have their own advantages and disadvantages, but with all sincerity I recommend you go straight to WordPress. Because WordPress is the best, most flexible, and easy to customize.
According to current statistics, ~36% of websites on the planet are using WordPress.
There are basically two versions of WordPress:
Where you can create and host blogs for free, they will provide you with a domain name like tmkzone.wordpress.com, with limited features for blogging.
In the future, if you want to expand, upgrade and use a separate domain name, you will need to pay.
Where you have complete control, use your own domain name (for example: tmkzone.com) and host your blog on your own server.
And we will go for wordpress.org in this tutorial.
3. Choose a Domain Name
Now you need to think and decide to choose a domain name for your blog.
Every blog has a domain name and it is unique, so basically you need to have a domain name and that domain name has not been registered and used by anyone.
There are some basic factors when choosing a domain name for your blog:
You are a dog lover. You want to create a blog that shares your dog care knowledge because you are raising a Corgi. But is building a blog about all kinds of dogs too big?
There are so many dog breeds. But you love the dog Corgi the most, so why not create a blog that only shares about Corgi?
With this topic, you will have more knowledge to write, to share because you simply like the most for Corgi and you are also taking care of a Corgi.
Moreover, by choosing this type of topic you are targeting the right niche.
How to Purchase a Domain Name on NameCheap
Go to Name Cheap, then on the homepage click "SIGN UP" to create an account.
Fill out the required information as shown below, then click Create Account and Continue button. Remember to check your email for verification.
Now is the time to check if your domain name has been purchased yet.
Enter the domain into the search box on homepage then press the Search button.
Opps! doglover.com has been purchased by someone else.
So you need to choose another name. Let's pick tinydogboss.com
This domain can be purchased. The price is $8.88/year, now you just need to add to cart.
Review your cart and then click Confirm Order button.
When registering a domain name at NameCheap you will always be free of WhoisGuard service (a service that hides personal information such as full name, address, phone number or email of the domain name registrant).
Select your payment method (Paypal for my case) and Continue.
Check your cart for the last time and then click Check out PayPal.
So you have successfully purchased domain name.
4. Choose a Hosting
By the end of step 3 above, you already have a domain name. Now is the step of registering a hosting (where you host your blog on the internet).
We will use Hawk Host, one of the quality hosting providers to use. Hawk Host supports Memcached free technology, greatly speeding up the website.
With the exception of the Primary package limited to 10GB, the hosting packages of Hawk Host are not limited to the storage size, bandwidth and domain name.
Go to Hawk Host homepage and select Hosting.
Select your package.
Hawk Host will ask you to choose a domain name.
Check the third option - I will use my existing domain and update my nameservers, then enter your domain name and click Use.
In the next step, you need to select billing cycle and hosting location.
Then click Continue to go to the Review & Checkout page.
Enter promotion code if you have one and click Checkout.
Select your payment method and Complete Order.
You will immediately receive notification email and hosting account information.
5. Point a Domain Name from Name Cheap to Hawk Host
Log in to HawkHost, select Services -> My Services.
Then, in the admin panel of My Products & Services, select the domain name you have registered to point hosting.
Login to Name Cheap, select Manage the domain you want to point.
Add the nameservers you copied above to the Custom DNS section and click the green check button.
Now you need to wait about 30 minutes or a few hours for the process of connecting domain names to hosting completed.
6. Install WordPress
Before install wordpress, you need to activate SSL to increase the security of your blog.
Go to Hawkhost, select Services -> My Services -> cPanel.
In SECURITY section, select Lets Encrypt SSL.
Click Run AutoSSL button and wait for the process finish.
Next, we can start installing wordpress blogs.
Select Softaculous Apps Installer in SOFTWARE section.
Select Install wordpress.
Fill out all information and click Install button.
The installation process will begin and take about ~15 seconds. You will then receive a notification of successful installation below.
Now you can access your blog by typing domain name into web browser address bar.
Congrats, your blog is now on the internet.
With this article, I show you a comprehensive overview of how to create a blog, the process is basically not difficult and anyone can start to do it without technical knowledge.
Hope you enjoy it.