Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Blog

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Blogging is currently one of the most popular internet activities people love to do online. This statistics from Softwarefindr.com shows that there are more than 1.3 billion websites in the world today.

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Alongside with the growth of the worlds' population is the rapid increase in the number of blogs and websites being created every day. According to HostingFacts.com, there are over 4 million blog posts are published online every day,

If you are planning to start now, how will you make a place in the WorldWideWeb and achieve success in the blogging world?

Here are the most important things you need to know.

BLOG AND WEBSITE

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What’s the difference between a blog and a website?  This is one of the common questions among individuals especially those who are just starting their online activities. People ask this question oftentimes so let us have first a clear understanding of a blog and how it differs from a website.

Technically speaking, a blog is a kind of website. Let’s take a look at this definition from wpbeginner.com.

“A blog is a type of website where the content is presented in reverse chronological order (newer content appear first). Blog contents are often referred to as entries or “blog posts” 

We can find websites that have no blog contents but with static posts that are not updated frequently. There can be some interactive websites like Canva, where you visit the site and create designs. Some website contains movies but they don’t have blog posts. Others may have some contents like a library which we can visit to make some research. There are websites that share photos. An example of that is Pixabay.

In other words, a website can exist without a blog but a blog cannot exist without a website. When you say you own a blog, it would definitely mean you own a website.

STRUCTURE OF  BLOG

A typical blog has the following parts.

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(Image created via Canva)

 
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EARN FROM BLOGGING WITHOUT A BLOG?

The answer is Yes. Even we don’t have a blog or a website, we can still earn from blogging. We can earn through submitting blogs posts to a 3rd party site.

3rd PARTY BLOGGING

An individual may opt to write a blog for another site. There are sites which accept blog posts from their members. These sites include Facebook, LinkedIn, BitlandersVirily, and others.

WHY PEOPLE ENGAGED IN BLOGGING?

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There are a variety of reasons why many people would involve themselves in blogging activities.  Some individuals take blogging as a way to express themselves while others do it for a living. Blogging has also a good way to present a product to the right people. 

With the success noted in the blogging activities, businesses companies started to explore the blogging world and incorporate the use of a blog in their business. This is the reason why sponsored posts have started to flourish the online platform.

If done properly, blogging can be a reliable source of income. There are individuals who are earning a great amount. This is one of the reasons why people from all over the world started to engage in this activity. 

 WHY START YOUR OWN BLOG?

While it is true that we can earn from blogging without setting up our own blog, many individuals still aim to have their own blog. One common reason is the sense of ownership. We can create and develop our own brand or name. We can apply our own strategies and set our own goals. Setting up our own blog is a viable business endeavor which if given the proper technique can be very profitable. We have to invest time, effort and some amount before we could get benefits from it.

Setting up our own blog can be very complicated especially if we don’t have enough knowledge of technical aspects. This is the reason why many would opt to write for 3rd party sites. There are also individuals who have the technical skills but don’t have enough writing skills.

It would be a good option if you have a friend whom you could partner with. You could have the writing skill and your friend could focus on the technical aspect.

Or you could be like me who tries to learn everything for the sake of adventure.

It may not be easy but possible.

Seriously, can we earn from blogging?

Well, let’s learn some more…

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING A BLOG?

You are planning to create your own blog with the idea that's in your head. You gathered all the resources in order to start setting up your blog. But you are overwhelmed with all the information. 

To help you in the execution of your plan, here are the things you need to learn and prepare in order to have a smooth flow of your blogging activities and to prevent any issues in the future. 

DOMAIN NAME

Domain name is a unique series of characters that represent our site on the internet. The domain name is unique which comprised of Second Level Domain (SLD) and the Top Level Domain (TLD). These two levels are joined together by a single point or called dot.

Let's take Bitlanders as an example. 

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A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. 

Source: Wikipedia

In simple term, a domain name is the name of our site once it goes live online. 

When we start our own blog, it is imperative that we choose a good name for our site. There are several websites offering domain registration such as Namecheap, GoDaddy, Domain.com, Bluehost, and many others.

HOSTING

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Apart from having a name, it is also important to note that we also need hosting for our blog. Having a domain name is not enough. You need a place where your domain should be placed. A space in the web, a server where all your contents will be kept for safety. 

Simply put, a domain is comparable to our address and the hosting is our house.  

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Now, that you already have a domain and hosting for your blog, another equally important thing that you should obtain is the Content Management System or CMS. It is a software that allows you to create, manage and show your content on the web. 

There are several platforms that you can use depending on your choice. Two of the most popular CMS are WordPress and Blogger. Learn more about it by Exploring Different CMS or Blogging Platforms

Creating a blog can be a hobby to some. It can be a good outlet for our inner self, a way to express. But did you know that there are bloggers who are really making a good amount of income from this activity? We can achieve that too! Stay tuned for more blogging tips and strategies on our future posts. 

If you think that blogging start and ends by creating a domain, having a hosting and a CMS, you are just starting. A good blog will not be completed without a...

CONTENT

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This is what we have inside our blog, a blog post, images, videos or other contents which we deemed necessary in order to showcase our thoughts, ideas, and skills. The content or the blog post is the basic content of a blog.

We need to ensure that we have enough content on our blog by updating it more often. 

TRAFFIC

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We need visitors to our blog. We need readers. The more visitors we have, the more earnings we can derive from our blog. Getting more visitors is a common struggle among bloggers.  This is the reason why we need to learn SEO.

Here is a video that will help us understand more about blogging and attracting visitors to our blog. Enjoy watching!

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On the final thought...

Learning the proper strategy before setting our own blog would guarantee success in our blogging endeavor. Though it requires hard work, patience and a lot of research.  As the popular saying goes "success cannot be achieved overnight".  We need to really work hard in order to achieve success in blogging. And I hope that I was able to share some worthwhile information through this post.

Thank you for visiting!

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are that of the author and does not in any way represent the agency or department she currently belongs.

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by ♥Sharon Lopez

Date: January 18, 2019

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sharon-lopez

A blogger/writer working online on a part-time while helping the government in the delivery of the basic services to the people.

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