Blogging for Beginners - How to Start a Blog for Free

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Howdy! Creating is a blog is always easier, but maintaining a blog is difficult for a longer period of time.


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As blogging includes many factors such as SEO, backlinks, ranking, etc so it is not possible to maintain all of these in the correct ways.

Some small silly mistakes can outcome in great risk, thus it is important to follow the right guide to start a blog from scratch.

Here in this guide, I will show you the step by step complete guide to create a free blog in the Blogger (Blogspot) blogging platform from scratch and the initial tasks after creating your new Blog.

So, let's begin.


Selection of a Blogging Platform

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Before creating your first blog, there are a couple of things you must do.
In order to create your first blog, you need to choose a suitable blogging
platform. There are many major platforms like BlogSpot, WordPress,
Weebly, Tumblr, etc. but only a few of them are best and trustworthy.

Expert says “BlogSpot is best for beginners” as it’s absolutely free and
owned by Google. Even, I go for BlogSpot platform because it's very
simple to start and maintain a new blog.

But if we talk about professionals, then WordPress is the right choice.
WordPress is not free as a blogger; it requires investment and technical
knowledge.

But in the case of a blogger, it's free and anyone can easily use it without any coding knowledge!

Once you become an expert at Blogger platform, you can easily switch
your blog from BlogSpot to WordPress platform.

There are many benefits of using blogger platform as blogging:
  • Create free blogs for a lifetime. Super easy to use via drag-drop features and no technical skills required.
  • No investment required unless you purchase a custom domain.
  • It allows you to earn money by placing ads on your via Google AdSense.
  • Be your own boss and new fans & followers.
  • Write topics on your point of view

This is why; I highly recommend using Blogger platform for your new blog as a beginner.

I already have created a post related to the benefits of blogging; you
check it out here...!

Selecting the Niche of your Blog

profitable blogging niche

After selecting your blogging, your second task is to select a suitable
niche for your blog.

I think you know what niche is, right?

Niche means the topics/ interests/categories you’re expert at. Say, for
example, if you are a chef at a famous restaurant, then your niche will be
cooking, and you can publish posts about recipes for delicious foods.
Similarly, ask yourself..! What you're expert at.

Once you truly find your interest, you'll be able to blog more easily.

There are many niche sites available on the internet like;
1. If you are a food lover - Cooking,
2. If you are health conscious - Health tips,
3. If you are expert at technology - How-to tutorials and Tech related
stuff,
4. If you're skillful at marketing - Marketing, Blogging,
5. If you are proficient in business - Business blogs,
6. If you are a tutor - Educational blogs.

blogging niche infographics
There are more niche sites available on the internet.

Now once you choose the niche, your next step is to select the title and
URL address name for your blog.


Always make sure to select the best popular keywords as your blog name.

For example, if your niche is technology then you can use below name:
technician, Techworld, Advantech, etc. Instead of selecting long phrases,
use short keywords like I use proud zones.

So, your blog name should be simple and easy to remember so that your
visitors can easily remember your blog.


Creating your First New Blog

Now, it's time for you to start your own blog, so let's get started.

Selection of the Title and URL of your Blog
1. Go to blogger.com and sign in using your Gmail address.

2. Click on “Create a Blog” button.


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3. Enter the blog name that you want to use for your new blog, and do
the same in the URL box and hit the “Create a Blog” button. (If you are lucky then you will get the name you choose or try the different one).


blog creating

For a brief guide, you can read this post.

Congratulations! You've successfully created a new blog. Now, it's time to
create your first post.

Writing your First Blog Post
Like other blogging platforms, the blogger also provides easy writing
built-in text editor to create a unique content.

An informative article consists of 400-1,500 words approximately. But, as
you are beginners so try to write at least more than 400 words
approximately.


To publish a new post, follow these easy steps:

1. On your blogger dashboard, go to “Posts” section and click on “New
post”.


blog post creating

Here's how the blogger text editor looks like:


blogging blogger post

2. First of all, enter the title of a blog post that you want to write about.


write blogger post

3. Now, below the title box, enter the content of your post.


You can customize your article for good readability by using bold, italic, underline, page break, add links, images, videos, heading tags, symbols, text color, background color etc. on your post.

4. Once you're done writing the post, change your permalink, add labels,
choose Country, enter search description, and click “Publish a post”
button.


writing blog posts


Hurray! Just now you've published your first post.


Creating your First Blog Page
Pages play a vital role in every blog or website. It's something that you
should create at the beginning of launching your blog because it can help
you in case of any illegal, copyright use.

Normally there are mainly 5 types of important pages: Disclaimer, Privacy
Policy, Sitemap page, about us or about the author, and contact us page.
For a brief explanation, read below posts.

So, let's get started.

1. Go to your “Pages” section and click on “Create a Page”.


creating blogging pages

2. Creating the page is almost the same as creating the post.

Customizing your New Blog

designing new blog

Designing your blog is the second task to leave everlasting impressions
on your visitors. Try changing your classic template to a stylish custom theme.

So, it is also considered as the most significant factor of a blog.

It's not that you have to put lots of gadgets to design your blog. If you
do, then it will slow down your site and the visitors will start leaving your
blog while it loads.

So, therefore, try to keep your blog simple, easy to navigate, add gadgets
like popular posts, recent posts, categories, back to top button, archive,
subscribe box, custom search box, etc.

Here’s the guide for creating categories:

For creating Navigation Menu:

Make sure all the gadgets on your blog have a purpose. If it doesn't have
a purpose, then why to keep it!


Setting up the Widgets or Gadgets
1. To add a gadget, go to the layout section and click on “add a gadget”.


add gadgets widgets blogger

2. Now from there, you can choose to use lots of free gadgets that
blogger provides to all its users. Choose popular posts, featured posts,
subscription widgets, etc.

Customize them according to your wish and then save it to your blog.

Here’s the complete guide for adding gadgets:

You can also try using popup gadgets to increase your email list. In this
case, Get site control can help you out with email marketing. Here’s the
guide:

Conclusion
After creating your new blog, now your next task is to create and posts as
much as you can till 2-3 months.

Posting contents regularly after 2 days is a good blogging practice to get
blogging benefits!

Practice using eye-catchy headlines, hyperlinks, Images, videos, bulletins,
etc. to make your piece of content more informative and useful.

Don’t just copy and paste an article from other blogs, if you do so you might get in trouble because of Copyright Issue, Search Engines
will never rank you higher and even panalize your blog because of that copied piece of content.

So, try to write on your own! For example, while creating an article you
take help from top 3 ranking posts on Google. Analyze them, and write
down your own point of view about that topic.

By doing this, you will be able to create a unique most relevant article,
especially for your readers.


Stay out of Keywords stuffing; always use synonyms for most usedwords in your article.


Promoting your Contents on Social Media

promote blog social media
After publishing the unique piece of content, your next task is to share the post with your friends and audiences on Social Networking Platform.
Being a blogger, it is highly recommended for all bloggers to have Social Media accounts for growing their new blogs.
According to me, you should keep your Social Networking accounts updated with new contents, tools, and offers for more exposure. Adding hashtags to your Social Media Posts can easily grow your engagement.
Create Facebook Pages for growing fans, use Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit, create Communities and Collections on Google+, create boards on Pinterest to get more shares and referral visitors to your blog.
Always practice of sharing your blog posts right away you publish it. In that case, Social Media Marketing sites can help you out!
In case, you’re using mobile phones for promoting:

Best ways to promote your blog and contents:

You can also add a follow us Social Media gadgets so that your visitors can reach you on Social Media whenever they want.

In case, you want to embed your Social Networking posts:

Submitting New Blog to WebmasterTools

sign up blog in webmaster tools

This is a most important task for every blogger to submit their blogs on
popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo for crawling and
indexing.

By doing this you’ll be able to get organic traffic from Google or Bing
search results.

Remember, if you don't submit your blog to webmaster tools then you
will not be able to get free traffic from search engines. So, this is why it is
considered the as most significant task among all.

The procedure of adding blogs to webmaster tools is quite long. So, you
read the old posts that I’ve created for submitting new sites to search
engines. Here are the guides.

For Google:

For Bing and Yahoo:

Although, there are other search engines are out there on the Internet,
where you can submit your site for free to gain more organic visitors.

Wrapping it up
Now that you are a part of our blogging community, you can join various
blogging communities on Facebook, Google+ And Pinterest.

It is sure that now lots of difficulties will arise on your way, but you have
stand hard and wait for the upcoming opportunities!

Useful links to help you out while you get stuck:
For designing your blog:

To main SEO of your blog:

What's next?
After creation of your blog, the next thing you need do is produce quality piece of contents and publish in your blog regularly.

Monitor your Webmaster tools errors and warnings and fix it so that your site always maintain the good SEO level and gain more traffic.

Now, if you are finding difficulties or getting stuck, then read our Sitemap page to find the relevant content related to your issue and fix it out.