How to Start a Successful Blog

A blog is an online journal where a writer or a group of writers share their knowledge, experience, information, opinions, observations and etc about any topic. The “Blog” word is derived from the word ‘Weblog’ that includes Web + Blog that means personal or professional thoughts published in journal form on the World Wide Web. It is a type of website which gets updated regularly with new posts and information on the relevant topics to the blog. These online journals can be written in an informational or conversational style.

Blogging (to write & publish blogs online) is an art and a passion for many. I know some of my friends in our community who have a good writing flair and keen to share their knowledge over the Internet but are not well aware about what exactly is Blogging and how to start it. So, I decided to share some information and tips about blogging.

Blog Topic: Firstly, you should choose your blog topic on which you have command and can write unique and informative blog posts. Your blog theme can be anything related to your hobby, passion, life experiences, technical, self improvement etc. where a user get some relevant information and get benefit from it.

Blog Platform: Blog platform is the platform from where you publish your blog posts online and can customize the blog design easily. To choose a right blogging platform is must for a successful blog. There are various blog platforms from where we can choose one from them. Some famous blogging platforms available are WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, HubPages, Medium, SquareSpace, Wix, Ghost and etc. My personal favorite platform is WordPress because it is one of the extensively used blogging platform in the world and lots of plugins are available to promote and customize the blog.

Paid vs. Free Hosting: A free blogging platform is easy to begin with no start up cost, but you will not get your own domain, it will only provide you sub-domain. WordPress, Blogger, Wix are some famous free blogging platforms and good thing about it that you do not require any technical knowledge as you can start it immediately. With paid hosting you can have your own domain and get WordPress installation on it. Blog promotion and optimization become easy with the paid hosted blogs.

Domain: Domain name of your blog is very crucial step in setting up a blog. Choose a domain name which symbolizes the category or subject of the blog so the users can easily get an idea about the blog is related to which niche or subject for.

Blog Design & Customization: Design and customize your blog according to the blog niche or category or subject to give the look and feel of the subject to the users. You may choose a great theme and install plugins if you have hosted your blog on WordPress.

Hope you all get an idea about how to start a blog and will definitely start blogging!!
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