Reaching this page only goes to show that you HAVE some degree of interest in starting a blog. There might be some doubts you want cleared or you may be in need of some more information on blog creation, blog requirements or may want answers to a few questions that you may have not found elsewhere.
Don’t fret. I receive a lot of blog related queries regularly and I have made it easy for all and one to get the most frequently asked questions answered in one place.
Below I have listed the most common questions asked by the majority of people. In all probability you should find your answers to blog requirements here. If not, you can always contact me directly.
1) I wish to start my own blog. How do I set it up?
2) Can you assist me in setting up my blog?
4) What will I need to start my blog?
5) How much will it cost me to set up my own blog?
9) Can I set up a blog if I already own a domain name?
10) How do I configure my blog?
11) How do I drive traffic to my blog?
12) How do I earn money from my blog?
Q) I wish to start my own blog. How do I set it up?
A) The easiest way to start and set up your blog will be to refer to the step-by-step tutorial on this site itself. You can begin by going to step 1.
Q) Can you assist me in setting up my blog?
A) Sure. I will be more than happy to set up a blog for you. Start here. I will install WordPress, a premium theme (free for you) and the best plugins (free again) and send you the login details of your blog in under 2 business days.
Q) What should I blog about?
A) This is the most sought after question and the most important one too.
The easiest method to help you with a blog topic is to jot down all things that interests you. Then narrow down your list to the ones that excites you the most.
So for example, if you are an avid tennis or soccer player, then you can start a sports blog on either tennis or soccer or both. Or, if mobile technology is what you read about most, then you could build a blog around this subject.
The point here is, you will be able to create the best content on a topic that you are most passionate about and something that you interact with most often. The more engaged you are on a specific subject the better will be your writing output.
Choose a niche that is closest to your heart and try to avoid topics that you are not too well conversant with.
Q) What are the main blog requirements?
A) To build your blog you will basically need a domain name and a web hosting plan. Then comes WordPress which has to be installed on your blog. And finally a good theme for your WordPress along with a few plugins that will make it easy for you to manage your blog.
Q) How much will it cost me to set up my own blog?
A) Hosting is something you will have to pay for. WordPress has rated Bluehost as the #1 recommended hosting provider and you can start with the “starter plan” at $ 3.95 a month. You can grab a free domain name which comes along with your hosting account.
Q) What is WordPress?
A) WordPress is the world’s most popular tool for creating and managing blogs and websites. It is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS).
Q) What is web hosting?
A) Web hosting is a service that provides storage space for all your blog or website content. It’s a place from where you can make your blog or website accessible via the World Wide Web.
Q) What is a domain name?
A) A domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource and serves as a name for Internet resources like computers, networks and services. This is what visitors will be typing in their browser address bar to visit your blog and this is what your blog will be known as on the World Wide Web.
Q) Can I set up a blog if I already own a domain name?
A) Yes. If your current domain registrar is not Bluehost you will only need to change the nameservers and point them to Bluehost servers. Click here to see how you can do this.
Q) How do I configure my blog?
A) You will need to login to your WordPress blog to configure your blog, make any changes, add or remove plugins etc.
Q) How do I drive traffic to my blog?
A) There are various ways of getting visitors to your blog. Some common methods include connecting with people over social media, linking and commenting on other similar blogs in your niche, forum commenting and guest posting to name a few.
Q) How do I earn money from my blog?
A) The two main sources of income for most blogs are by placing advertisements on your blog (Google Adsense being the most popular of the lot) and by inserting affiliate links in your blog and earning commissions for selling products and services for merchants.