When first I start blog a few years ago I even don’t know what exactly I am doing with, just post about anything I like, post random stuff just like a mad man you can say LOL.
And then in the year of 2012 I start getting a little better but still worst, to be honest I still don’t know how to blog in an ethical way, blind about SEO stuff and just blogging because I like to blog.
In that time I was still blogging using blogspot platform, buy some cheap domain just for fun and just because it’s look cool. You know, when you still young and stupid you often doing thing just because it’s look cool. During this time I’ve made a few of blog, all of them are failed.
Everything change when I finally found that blogging is become meaningful when you do write valuable content, and get more meaningful if can help people found information they need trough your blog.
By the spirit of learning by doing I start to learn how to blog in an ethical ways by read eBook, reading from blog related niche, learn basic SEO, How to use keywords etc etc.
And the final result is this blog “Digimanx” The first blog I begin start to learn how to blog in a right way. Maybe my story make you boring, it’s okay because I am not gonna tell you all my story, it will took a long time just to write it in single post pages.
In this post I just want to share what I’ve learned so far about things you need to know before start blog. Especially if you want to start a new blog with self-hosted WordPress. And to help you not make the same mistake like I did. It also can you use as your reference if you plan to make a blog with another platform beside WordPress, I hope 😊.
This is most important thing before you purchase a domain-name and web-hosting or anything else. Decide! what niche you want to cover in your blog is really important.
Plan to build a blog in a specific niche (micro-niche) that talking about things you really like or passionate about, it will easy for you to write and posting stuff.
For example if you are like anything about art and you are pretty expert on it, then it will be easy for you to go with the flow rather than build a blog related automotive that you may only know a little about, it will be hard to work on it as may you need to do research and find some of reference before writing and posting stuff.
It’s make easier for you to find ideas for related niche.
Compare with a “macro-niche” blog, that’s really hard to manage if you are working on your blog by your self. For example if your blog are Magazine style-blog, that talking about tech, lifestyle, entrepreneurship and blogging tips etc etc, it will be difficult for you to focus and found ideas for writing post. Except you have a team to work with and each author handle a specific categories.
2. CMS Platform
Choose what CMS (Content Management System) you like to use, Blogger-blogspot, Wix, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org etc.
No one of those CMS platform are better than the other, but if you ask me for recommendations, I highly recommended to use self-hosted WordPress.org.
In anyway the most important is about how you craft your content that can make your blog ranked good in Google and other search engine.
You decide your self which platform you like to use 🙂
3. Blog name and URL
In some believe, a Name can brings luck. Believe it or not it’s true, I am not talking myth here. But consider to find a right name before you decide to purchase a domain-name is wiser.
Just for advice, find a good name that related to your niche. For example if your niche is about cat search for available domain name e.g mycutecat.com (this domain name is just for an example only)
Matching combination between Niche, Blog Names, Domain/URL is always good for SEO. This is a basic method for create a micro niche.
4. Domain and hosting plan
There is a many Domain and Web-Hosting companies that you can choose to host your blog. Most of them always have a packet plan for cheapest to premium ones.
It depends on your needs, if you plan to make blog with a lot off stuff like video, audio, images and a bunch of downloadable files, than you may need to buy a packet plan with a big storages capacity.
If your blog mostly about tutorial that only used images than maybe you can choose the cheapest plan.
This is my recommendation web-hosting to create your blog, link’s below is contain my affiliate link.
BlueHost – Recommended by WordPress
Dreamhost – Recommended by WordPress
Siteground – Recommended by WordPress
BOC – This blog is powered by BOC Indonesia
5. Pick the right theme
Make people love your blog by the first sight, yeah! in fact people love visiting a blog with a catchy theme. There is so many beautiful Theme out there whether it’s free or premium ones.
The benefits of using premium theme rather than free ones are, you have a full support by the developer.
Pick the right theme for your blog is a must, most of people visiting a blog/website with their smartphones, so having a mobile friendly and responsive theme are also important nowadays.
6. Target your audience
Targeting your audience is also important, is your blog just for local audience only, global or specific country.
7. Monetize your blog?
Create a non profit or make money from blog it’s all up to you. The truth is make money from blog is not easy as it sound.
For example, if you plan to monetize your blog using Google Adsense, you have at least fifty published post, and have enough traffic to make your blog approved.
So it’s better to focus on create good and valuable content first before think about money is wiser (Based on case study)
However the main purpose of blogging is to helping people by providing a valuable information they wanted. Money will follow by it self.
It’s not easy to craft a good content, but we can always learning by doing, reading is always good for brain storming and can improve our writing skill. Go to library, go to Medium.com, Linkedin.com, read newspaper, magazine, or read articles from your favorite blog etc.
I am no an expert but I hope this post can help you to make a right decision before start your blog and avoid you from make a mistake like I did in the past.