Do you know how to start a blog in 2020?
Unbox Blogging is here to help you to start a blog.
Blogging is a space of passive income and can be a full-time business also.
It is not difficult to start a blog in 2020.
How to start a blog?
To know let’s dive into it.
Step 1: Choose a niche for your blog(very crucial step).
Having a niche for a blog is a very crucial step for a newbie blogger.
Newbies always have a problem to choose a perfect niche.
99% of newbies quit blogging because they don’t know how to choose an effective niche.
So, What is a Niche?
Niche is the Topic about which you want to make your blog.
Examples of niche:
Technology, Fashion, Fitness, Beauty, Cooking, Blogging, Travel, etc….
These all are examples of niche or topics about which you can make your blog.
Tip for choosing a niche:
Choose a niche or topic about which you are interested in
have enough knowledge about the topic.
Hurray! you have chosen a niche for your blog.
But, What next?
Step 2: Choose a good domain name for your blog.
Domain generally represents what your blog is all about.
Choosing a domain can be a hectic step to be taken.
A domain is the front face of your blog.
So, How much domain is important?
What is a good domain name?
Tips for a good domain name.
- A good domain name explains what your blog is all about.
- It should be as shorter as possible.
- It should not have numbers like- 1,2,4 etc..
- It should not have special characters like- @,#,&, etc..
- It should be easy to read.
- It should be easy to remember.
- Try to have dot com(.com) extension as far as possible.
All the above points make a good domain name. Using these steps you can make a good domain name. A domain name tells about your blog.
It is like to allot a different Identity for your blog. As we know for every human being on earth have different DNA, similarly, every blog has a different ID that is its Domain name.
Here Unboxblogging is the domain name which is the only Name exists in dot com(.com) extension. And it is very clear from the domain name that this blog is about Unboxing all the SEO strategies, Blogging Tips and Tricks, and all solutions for the problems in Blogging.
Now, you got what should be your domain name.
Step 3: Get a good Web hosting provider and Domain name.
Once you have decided about Niche and Domain name then the next step comes is Buying Web Hosting and Domain Name.
There are lots of Web Hosting and Domain Name Provider from which you can buy and can start a blog in 2020,
But, Question arises…
From Which Provider you should buy?
And, On What basis you should buy?
So, let’s get started to answer these questions.
There are many Hosting providers some of them are free and some are paid.
Free Hosting and Domain Providers: WordPress, Blogger, Wix, etc. They all provide free hosting and domain name by which you can start your blog for free without spending a penny.
My Recommendations: You should have Paid Web Hosting and Paid Domain if you want to start a blog and earn money in 2020.
Why am I recommending to buy Hosting and Domain? Because the free Domain name and Hosting Providers like Blogger or WordPress give you the domain name with extension blogger dot com(blogger.com) or WordPress dot com(wordpress.com) respectively.
While the Other reason you should not use free Hosting is there are very limiting features and options allowed for you to control your Blog, However if you buy a Hosting then your whole blog will be in your control and you can do whatever you want to do on you Blog.
Step 1: Go to the SiteGround site.
You will see the website panel as follows.
Step 2: Go(select) to the WordPress hosting option.
then the next thing you will see is.
Step 3: Here you have to select StartUp plan if you are a beginner to start a blog,
then the next thing you will see is.
Step 4: Enter the domain name if you have already bought the domain name otherwise you can buy a domain name also.
After entering the domain name you will see the page for your address and payment details.
Step 5: Finally you have to enter your details and click on the Pay Now button to buy the hosting.
Hence, You bought the Web hosting and Domain name so let’s dive into the next step.
Step 4: Setting up WordPress for your blog.
Set up of WordPress to your blog is not rocket science.
It is a very simple process and in the next lines, you will see how to set up WordPress.
Step 1: Log in to your SiteGround hosting account and then you will see the below page.
Here you have to select “Start a new Website” and software should be “WordPress”.
Step 2: After that, you have to set up your WordPress account and you have to fill some information as you can see below.
Fill the information carefully and surely write down the password in your notebook or diary. Press the Confirm button.
Finally, Press the big Complete button to move to the further step.
Step 3: Click on the Proceed button to move to your SiteGround Dashboard.
Step 4: Now you are on the dashboard of your hosting and here you have to click on the “Installation” button as shown in the picture.
Step 5: Clicking on the Installation button will drive you to
and here you have to click on the Admin Panel button to move to the WordPress Admin Panel.
Step 6: Finally you just have to fill the “User name” or “Email ID” and the “Password” to log in to your WordPress Admin Panel.
Note: The above WordPress login Panel can be directly opened by typing – www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin – in your browser so just remember that.
Yess! you have completed the WordPress setup but what Next.
Step 5: Choose a simple and attention-grabbing theme for your blog(The Make or Break step).
There are lots of Themes for the WordPress website. Many of them are FREE of cost which you can use for your blog.
Are you thinking to use FREE themes?
ATTENTION! : Don’t use a FREE theme if you want to start a blog and make money out of it.
Question: Why should not use a FREE theme?
Answer: You should not use a FREE theme because
- These themes are not well optimized.
- They are heavy themes which slow down your blog.
- They don’t give 100% control to you.
- Sometimes they malfunction out of your control so, it irritates you.
Question: What themes should you use?
Answer in brief: There are many kinds of themes you can see in the WordPress theme store which are absolutely free but there are many other paid themes also which are available in the market so, you can have one of them.
As there are many kinds of blogs or website you can work on.
Example: NEWS website, Photography website, e-commerce website, etc, and hence there are different kinds of themes for a different kind of website.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS: You should use the GeneratePress theme because it is a Lightweight and Responsive WordPress theme. It is simple looking attention grabbing theme you should use.
GeneratePress: It is a lightweight theme and hence loading time for your site reduces very much using that theme. If you want to start a blog for tech, lifestyle, etc you can use that theme.
Newspaper: This is a very famous theme for NEWS and Magazine websites hence if you are thinking to make a News website then you can use that theme.
KALLYAS: It is an e-commerce website theme that is very much perfect for an e-commerce website now if you want to start a shop online then definitely you can check out for it.
Page Builder: Now one more thing you need to know is about Page Builder and the well-known Page Builder is Elementor. The need for page builder is very significant and is used to make different kinds of pages in the same blog or website.
Finally, you have installed a simple and attractive theme for your WordPress site.
Step 6: Important Plugins for your Blog(beautification of the blog).
Plugins are the element which gives much more functioning to blog and makes the blog to have different options to perform.
Why Plugins are important? because there are many tasks that only Plugin performs.
Plugins are like apps you have on your smartphones, they can be download from the app store and can be deleted if it is useless then in the exact same way Plugins can be treated.
Not Understood, Don’t Worry.
Let’s look at some Plugins and Tools which are to be used by a blogger.
1. Yoast SEO: This is the plugin which is about the SEO of your Blog. They give you the option for having Focus keyword, Readability, Related keywords, Right kind of URL, and many more and they analyze all and give you a report of your Blog post SEO.
This is the MUST Plugin for any kind of blogger.
2. Short Pixel: It is the Plugin which is used for image optimization. When you use an image in your blog post then it is very important that it should be well optimized or image size should not be more than it is needed.
Hence Short Pixel comes in the picture which is a tool for optimizing the used images.
It is a very important tool because if the images used are not optimized then it will surely Slow Down your site and it will leave a bad effect on your site’s Traffic, Audience, and finally on the Revenue, you generate from your blog.
3. Social snap: Social Media is very important in today’s world. If you want to start a new business or a Startup then definitely you need social media interaction and support to Grow.
Hence Social snap comes in the picture which adds social share and follows button on your website or blog.
4. Easy Table of Content: This plugin is beneficial if you want to add a table of content in your blog post. It can be a very powerful tool for SEO because..
- It makes the easy to understand and easy to navigate content structure for visitors which gives a good signal to Google for ranking.
- Because there is a pointwise description of your content then there are chances that you can get a place at Featured Snippet of Google search results.
5. WP Rocket: This is the plugin that helps you to reduce website load time. If you want to see the magic then just install that plugin and just see the considerable effect. It is highly recommended Pluging for fastening the blog load speed.
6. Woo Commerce: This is the Plugin for an e-commerce website so if you want to start an e-commerce website then it is highly recommended to install.
7. Grammarly: This is not a plugin but a very important tool that you should use. It is a tool that is helpful in grammatical mistakes if you are blogging in English.
Believe me, it is incredible.
You can use it free by having a chrome extension and will work wherever you write.
Once you have done all the above,
You have to write a Beautiful Article full of Values and content and then Publish it.
Finally, you start a blog in 2020.
I will be very happy if it helps you. Thank you 👍.
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Hi, My name is Kaushlendra Baghel, Founder of UnboxBlogging. I’m a Professional Blogger, Affiliate Marketer, and Digital Entrepreneur from India. Here, I blog about Blogging, SEO, Reviews, and help people to make passive income online. VIP Facebook Group.