Editor’s Note: Sam Adeyinka is a Digital Marketing Strategist, Public Speaker, Freelance Writer and Podcaster!  He first published this post on Huffington Post as a contributor.

 

Have you ever wonder and ask the one million dollar question of how to start a blog?

Well, you’re in luck because I will in this post share with you six easy ways to get your blog up and running.

Now, I understand the craving of wanting to start your own blog, part of which might stem from the desire of espousing your knowledge to the world around you.

To tell you what, you can start and get a blog running in less than 20 minutes.

Really?

Yes, I mean it – 20 minutes!

And did I tell you that you don’t need any knowledge of html, coding or at the most, web design.

Albeit, I will share with you a little story about how I got started and I’m sure it will get you fired up. Read on…

Okay, a little over 5 years ago, I started my first blog on the wordpress.com and it was called SamuelKermis.wordpress.com.

Before I start that blog though, I changed from platform to platforms. That said. I started with blogspot.com and then I moved to tumblr.com and then to wix.com and on and on until I found wordpress.com, which I thought was fairly easy to manoeuvre.

But the truth was, I knew next to nothing about writing or running a blog letting alone making it successful. So I got frustrated and quit working on the blog.

Then after 2 years, I came back to it, having downloaded and studied several books on “How to Start a Blog”.

So I went on and bought a domain (Pro Motivator), registered it with a web host (Arvixe), and then installed WordPress on it with Softaculous and that took about 10 minutes.

That’s it – that’s how I started, launched and became successful at growing successful blogs.

It’s the same thing I hope to do with this post and if you will take the next 7 minutes or so to read this post and of course apply the shared lessons, you will have been able to start and grow a successful blog of your own.

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N.B: Should in case you get stuck while making your blog, please do not hesitate to get in touch via [email protected] and I’ll be glad to help you out for free.

#1. Know exactly WHY you want to start a blog

A wise man once said, “When you know your destination, getting your direction becomes easier.” Isn’t that right?

Now, people start blogs for different reasons. And it’s been discovered that blogging can help you become a better person, help you think clearer, communicate with intentionality and build your creative flair. Improve your writing style is one of the things blogging can help you with.

It’s what I have experienced. 🙂

So why do you want to blog becomes the question that begs an answer.

I can’t answer that for you as only you are in the best position to answer the question.

However, I have shared some of the few reasons why you might want to start a blog.

For me though, I launched into the world of blogging also known as the blogosphere because I wanted to be able to communicate my thoughts and ideas to a larger audience and really help them live fully and sensually.

So I ask you; why do you want to start a blog?

#2. Decide WHAT your blog will be about

Entertainment?

Education?

Politics?

Fashion?

Travel?

You can name it. Exactly what do you want your blog to be about?

For the few who are familiar with Linda Ikeji, you will know that she run the most popular and controversial entertainment blog in Nigeria. I can already see some folks nodding a BIG yes to my claim. 🙂

I am sure the name Brian Clark is not strange to you. And if it is, I am not sure Copyblogger is strange to you as you will rarely make a search query on terms like, “How to start a successful blog” or say “How to be a better writer and not be redirected to his powerful blog.

Where do you go to when you are looking for news about politics? CNN of course! For Nigerian’s suffers, you know its naij.com, right?

I can continue listing blogs and what they focus their strength and energy upon. Tells why some blogs are greater than the others.

The simple truth is that bloggers who knows exactly what they should blog about are not always short on words or better put, they don’t experience what you call writer’s block.

I mean if you don’t have talker’s block, why then should you have writer’s block. Just saying.

I highlighted in this post exactly what you should do to know what you should blog about. And Jeff Boss shared four powerful points in his “find your niche in 60 minutes... post he made on Entrepreneur.com. You should check out those two links if you are really serious about knowing what to blog about.

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Let me also share some really pretty easy steps to knowing what you should focus on as you start your own blog.

Write down and sincerely answer the following questions in a sheet of paper…

What are your hobbies? What do you feel happy doing? What are you always excited to talk about to your friends? Is it fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, food, traveling, relationship, movies or fiction?

Answering the above questions will sure help you to make the decision of blogging about what it is you should be blogging about.

And trust me, passion is one of the few things that will stand you out, that will determine if or not you are going to quit anytime soon, or that you are going to always put your head in the game as to brewing new contents week-in-week-out.

In the light of this, I ask you to go on to create a blog, talk about what you know, love and are willing to learn and the sky will only be your starting point.

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#3. Choose a platform to blog on

There are several blogging platforms out there and you just have to choose one to install your blog on.

Would you like to know the ones that exist?

WordPress – WordPress is the most popular free blogging platform. I use this one and you can go here to learn about the 7 Major Reasons Why I Love And Use WordPress.

Tumblr – Tumblr is one of the easiest free blogging platforms to use.

Blogger – Blogger is one of the longest running free blogging platforms on the web.

Medium

Svbtle

LiveJournal

Weebly

Postach.io

Typepad

Joomla

Weebly

Pen.io

Ghost

I should tell you however that these free blogging platforms aren’t really free. Remember that even in Freetown there’s actually nothing free.

Now, these blogging platforms all come with TONS of annoying limitations that seek nothing else but to enslave you. I share 5 of them below:

Limitation #1: They use your blog as a hub for sharing their annoying adverts which proceeds they will not share with you.

Limitation #2: You can’t promote affiliate products and the most annoying one is that you are not allowed to install Adsense codes on your blog. Now tell me, how do they intend for you to make money online?

Limitation #3: You can’t use many of the thousands of the must have wordpress plugins out there, let alone be able to install out-of-the-box wordpress themes. Now, that’s a BIG put off, right? I thought so too.

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Limitation #4: you can’t use a custom email ID like [email protected] That’s not cool. You deserve something better.

Limitation #5: On free blogging platforms, your blog can be deleted at any time if the company’s server mistakes your blog for a spam, or if you accidentally violate their rules.

And guess what – you have no remedy if that happens. So the smart choice is to go with a selfhosted blog.

Convinced now about why you shouldn’t even think of starting your blog with a free blogging platform? Read on…

So how much does a self-hosted blog cost?

Turns out, not much of a hassle anyways.

What you’ll pay to set up your blog is less than a movie ticket…

First, you’ll need a domain name – usually sold for $15 but I’ll tell you how to grab it for almost FREE.

Second, you’ll need a hosting account which costs less than $68 and $95 for the first year.

You can go here to get coupon codes to get cheap domain names and web host services with Godaddy.

#4. Choose a web host

There are actually several web hosting companies out there but I have been using Arixe since 2013, though I left them sometimes because of the few glitches they had and that affected my blog at the time. But as soon as it was fixed, I came back.

There is however some really important things to take note of when choosing a web host. They are:

Reliability Speed 99% Server Uptime Ease of use Unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts. Inexpensive. “one-click WordPress blog” installation, so you can install WordPress with few clicks. 90-day money- back guarantee. So if you open a blog today and decide later that blogging is not something you want to do again, you can cancel your account and get a refund.

Should in case you scared out of your wit about this whole new technology, feel free to tap from Najeem Akinwande‘s great post on How To Win Over Your Fear of Technology and Run Your Business Like a Pro. It will sure help you tackle this whole thing head on.

#5. Install WordPress using Arvixe or Godaddy or any other web hosting companies.

Now, you need to install wordpress using arvixe or Godaddy cPanel. Let the images guide you!

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