How To Start A Blog In 2021 From Scratch [Step By Step Guide]
Want to know how to start a blog in 2021?
That’s the best ever decision made in anyone’s life to start a blog,
Do you want to make passive income through blogging, which helps you to live life like a boss? So crucial step to lead towards success is Starting a Blog.
So, you are at the right place where you will get some tips to start your blog today and make a path for your success.
Starting a blog is not complicated at all, but you need some guidance, which helps you to start a blog in 2021.
Here are the seven easy steps to start your result-oriented blog without making a mistake and some bonus tips which help you to scale your new branded blog.
Let’s dive deep into it,
- Step 1: Choosing the Right Niche For Your Blog
- Step 2: Choosing A Good Domain For Your Blog
- Step 3: Find a Good Web Hosting Provider and Domain
- Step 4: Set Up Your WordPress Blog
- Step 5: Choose an Attention-Grabbing Theme For Your Blog
- Step 6: Some Essential Plugin For Your Blog
- Step 7: Write and Publish Your First Blog Post and Make It Live
- Bonus: Some Ways to Make Money From Your Blog
Before starting the full process for making a profitable blog,
Maybe some of you are thinking, why you should start a blog in 2021?
I always prefer to say that 2021 is the golden arena for starting a blog and grow it,
Because blogging is becoming competitive but easier on the other hand day by day and if you started today, so you have more opportunities /chances and more audience than others who will start later than you.
There are so many benefits if you start your blog. Here are some unbelievable Tangible Benefits of blogging that helps you :
- Expand your Thoughts – Blogging is the platform to expand your thoughts that allows you to express yourself by writing the content for your audience.
- You can help others – You can help the readers by writing the content on your blog.
- Increasing the list of True Fans – and by this, they will become your true fans which always there for your support.
- Make Money Online – Yes, You can make money from your blog by doing Affiliate Marketing and Running Ads.
I think you got an idea about why you started and how blogging will help you
Let’s dive in,
Step 1: Choose a Right Niche for Your Blog (Crucial Step For Success)
This is the most important part, and many newbies are stuck at this point.
Did you know? That 99% of bloggers quit blogging in starting six months because they choose the niche which they don’t passionate about.
Niche is like a topic but not a simple topic because they have several subtopics in it.
Choosing the WRONG niche is the fastest way to lose a game in the beginning.
Are you still confused?
Let take an example about the niches –
Smart Passive Income – Patt Flynn started this blog named Smart Passive Income, where he shares strategies to grow your online business. Today Smart Passive Income is one of the most successful blogs which are making millions of dollars every day.
ShoutMeLoud: You all know ShoutMeLoud is one of the most significant websites which teaches about WordPress, SEO, Blogging, and Much more stuff related to blogging.
Don’t believe it? See this –
In the earning report of ShoutMeLoud, and you can see that they make $400+ at the beginning of their blog. This shows that choosing a profitable and interest-based niche helps your blog to scale.
There are many other blogs that I can show, but I think you got an exact idea of how niche is so essential for making a profitable blog.
So, How you can find the perfect niche that you won’t regret later
Wait, let me tell you one Fool-Proof method to find out the profitable and interest-based niche for you.
You have to focus on these two factors to find out the profitable niche for your blog.
- See that if you can make money from that?
- They have enough affiliate programs or not?
- Is that niche is having a good volume of keywords or not?
- Are you interested in working on that niche?
- Can you share the article of that niche?
- Can you solve other problems with your writing on that niche?
I think now you can find the perfect niche after seeing the above part, and if you can’t figure it out, then you can do this to find an ideal niche.
- Take Paper & Pen
- Write down your interest or which you are passionate about (Add three or more) on the list
- Find the niche which you liked the most from the list
- Also, find an affiliate of that niche
- You are good to go
These are some steps to find a profitable niche for your new blog.
Step 2: Choose a Good Domain for Your Blog
Selecting the website domain is not very tough and you can easily select a perfect domain name for your new blog. If you decided on your domain name so you can skip this part.
This is for you If you haven’t selected the domain name till now –
If Yes! Here are four tips that help you to find your dream domain –
- Keep it Short & Simple – Try to keep your domain short, don’t make it too long because it’s not easy to pronounce, and keep your domain name simply because it’s easy to remember. (Jon Morrow changed their domain name to BoostBlogTraffic to SmartBlogger, and their blog is getting millions of traffic because now his domain looks simple).
- Use Keyword – You can use your main keyword in your domain, which helps you in SEO.
- Don’t Use Numbers – You can’t use numbers in your domain because it’s not easy to remember the numbers
- Always Use TLD Extension – I recommend you to use a domain extension like .com because it’s for globally.
If you are still not able to figure out the domain for your blog, then you can find brandable domain names using one tool: LeanDomainSearch
Note: Which blogging platform should you choose?
I am not going to take much time here to explain to you which platform is best,
There is a lot of blogging platform which you can use to make your blog, but I recommended you to go with WordPress.
Because in other platforms, you can’t have access to edit or customize everything, but WordPress gives you the freedom to make your blog as you can.
In WordPress, you have many plugins and themes which you can use to make your blog Awesome!
So I think you can get an idea of why WordPress is good,
Let’s dive in and let me tell you the steps to create your blog.
Step 3: Choose a Good Hosting For Your Blog
For making a blog, you have to need web-hosting and domain,
I know you don’t know about both, but wait, let me guide you in this and tell you more about it.
Domain Name – The domain name is the name of the website which readers type in the browser.
Example Of Domain Name :
- HTTPS://(Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
- www (the subdomain)
- Bloguider (Domain name)
- .com(Top Level Domain).
Web Hosting – A web hosting is a place where all your files of your blog are stored and show your blog lives when someone tries to access that. Hosting is like the hard disk of the computer, which stored all your data (images, posts, pages, and many more) and kept your data secured.
Now, are you thinking about which WordPress hosting is best for you?
There are tons of web hosting which you can use to start your new blog. But I don’t recommend to you that because they are worthless.
So instead of giving you a ton of hosting lists, I recommended you go with the Hostinger.
At Hostinger, I recommend all to provide valid details required for successful domain name registration and hosting setup. Don’t worry, it takes less than one minute.
And you’re done.
Let move on and see how to set up your blog.
Step 4: Set up your WordPress blog
Installing WordPress is not like rocket science,
The only thing is that we have a proper guide. Here in this part, I will tell you how you can set up your WordPress site to make it live on the web.
Firstly, you have to go to the HOSTINGER website, If you already purchased the plan else you can see a similar interface after login to your account:
I will recommend you to go for the annual plan.
But, Why an annual plan.
First, you will get a good time to decide for going for blogging.
Second, If you select a monthly plan, then you will leave your idea in a short period.
Third, you will get a good discount
So, going for annual is pretty good in all sense.
If you already have a domain from WordPress or either of the Domain provider sites then you can go for “”Having own domain”
Else, you can avail one free domain from Hostinger hosting site.
To select Domain availability, you please go to points given in Step 2: Choose a Good Domain for Your Blog.
Click on the WordPress software to install to your website. After that you have to fill in some login details about your website:
This information is essential, so I recommend you to write your password on dairy so if you forget so you can check there,
After fill-out all the information,
Then you have to click on the big complete button to proceed with the process.
It will take a few minutes to finish setting up your WordPress website.
Now, click on the proceed button to go to the customer area:
Now, click on my account button on the menu and click on the installation tab:
Then, click on the Go to Admin Panel to visit your new blog admin dashboard:
It will redirect to your WordPress dashboard after that enter your login details which you choose during the installation and click on the login button:
That’s it, you just complete the setup of your first WordPress website, Remember this URL or bookmark it.
To know more read the article How to install WordPress on Hostinger in 2021
Step 5: Choose an Attention Grabbing Theme
After installing WordPress, theme, and blog looks are more important if you are just starting your new blog.
In blogging, the design of the blog matters because if you don’t have a great design, so you are losing a lot of traffic and audience. Good design helps to build more trust towards your readers.
In your WordPress inventory, there are a lot of free themes that are available for you, but I don’t recommend you to go with that themes because these free themes are easy to hack, and by this, you will lose all website data.
If you are using free or nulled themes is like Architecting your own Destruction.
If you want to do blogging as a business, so invest in themes and plugins because this is the best investment in your blogging journey. I see many bloggers don’t invest in this type of thing and face many critical issues later.
So which theme is best for you?
I use GeneratePress, which is the lightest theme (under 50KB), and loads your website fast, and also I liked the design of this theme, and many pro bloggers are using it because it’s easy to design.
There are a few more themes which I can suggest but before that let me tell you the Few things which you keep in your mind while purchasing a theme –
- Make sure that premium themes which you are purchasing are lightweight and easy to use.
- Check that the theme is compatible with your latest WordPress version.
- Always check that the theme is responsive or not
- Support is the main thing, so try to find a theme that has excellent contact support (like Generatepress and Themeshop).
Now let me tell you some of my favorite paid themes that I am currently using on my other blogs.
Some of my Favorite Themes (Personally Used)
Astra Pro – Astra Pro is a lightweight and easy-to-customize theme. This theme is like a generatepress, but they have a lot of features which doesn’t available in generatepress, and You can make your homepage attractive and responsive too by using elementor with that.
Focus Theme By Thrive Themes – Focus theme is the most powerful theme which has all necessary options like email opt-in, shortcodes, and many more. This theme is fully responsive and easy to customize. If you are an Affiliate Marketer so this theme is like gold for you because it’s conversion optimized. There are more features that help you to make your website more powerful.
Schema Theme – Schema theme is crafted by mythemeshop, and the best part of this theme that’s this is search engine optimized. It’s also the fastest theme as well.
GeneratePress – GeneratePress is the theme that I am currently using in this blog, and for me, it’s work good so far because this theme is easy to customize so anyone newbie can customize it. The support of this theme is amazing. If I want to choose themes from all the above, I choose to generate press because of their stunning looks
After picking one theme now it’s time to install that theme on your blog.
For installing any WordPress theme on your blog just follow these below steps:
First of all, you should be login on to your WordPress dashboard ➡ appearance ➡ themes
1. In the themes section, you will find various free themes, but if you already have so, click on the add new button.
2. Click on the upload theme and upload your theme zip and activate that theme on your blog.
Finally, you installed and activate your preferred theme into your blog. Installing is a theme is an easy task, but the main and important task is to customize that theme.
So if you want to customize your theme, click on appearance ➡ customizes, and now you can able to customize your theme.
After making your theme responsive and optimized now, I will tell you some most essential plugin which almost every WordPress users install, and it’s also an important part to run your website on automation.
Step 6: Some Essential Plugins for WordPress
WordPress without plugins is nothing because plugins are necessary to (Optimize your content, for SEO, Speed, and many more). There are lots of plugins on WordPress, but there are some plugins that I am currently using and making such things on autopilot.
Want to know the list of my favorite plugin?
So, here is the list of my plugins which I am personally using almost in all my website –
Elementor or Thrive Architect – These are the page builders for designing any page. These plugins allow you to create your dream landing page by just drag and drop. I used both, and they are very lightweight to use and helps me to create a stunning page.
Rank Mathe SEO – SEO is important to rank and drive a lot of traffic. Rank math is the new SEO plugin that becomes a favorite for every blogger now. Many bloggers suggest you go with Yoast, but I don’t recommend that because they don’t have lots of features like that.
WP Rocket – You already know that speed is one factor to rank on google. So wp rocket is the plugin, which helps you to optimize your full website and make it faster. I strongly recommend you to buy this plugin if you are looking for an alternative to this so you can go with autoptimize.
Thrive Leads – If you want to collect emails of your readers so you can try to thrive leads which helps you to make popup lightbox, sticky ribbon, screen filler overlay, content lock, and more.
iThemes Security – Security is the no.1 priority; many times, somebody tries to hack your website, so this plugin helps you to secure your entire website. Using the security plugin is essential to keep your blog safe.
UpdraftPlus – Backup of your website is necessary, although your WordPress keeps website backup daily. But for more security, I used this plugin to backup my website daily. This plugin helps you to backup your full website, and you can restore that data whenever you need it.
Anti-Spam – Many times, someone makes spam comments on your blog. This plugin helps you that if someone comment on your blog and the comment looks like spam, so this plugin automatically removes it.
Resmush.it – If you are writing an informative article that has a lot of images in it so this plugin tries to optimize your images and by this, your website loads fast.
Social Snap Pro – Social snap is a social sharing plugin, But I like this plugin so much because they help to drive traffic from mediums like – Facebook, Twitter, and many more platforms.
These are the top plugins which I almost used in my all website to run them properly.
I don’t recommend you to go with nulled or cracked plugins because these types of plugins are easy to hack by the hacker, and by this, you lose all your website data.
If you want to do professional blogging and make money out of it, I highly recommend you keep the investment mindset and treat your blog like a business.
If you are wondering how to install the plugin? Let me help with you that,
- Go to your WordPress dashboard
- Then go to Plugins → Add New
- Then upload your plugin zip file and click on the “install now” button.
- After installing, click on the “activate button” to install that particular plugin.
Now let move on to other topics,
Step 7: Write Your First Stunning Post and Published It
Are you wondering about writing your first blog post?
So let me help you to write your first post on your blog. First of all, I want to congrats you that you have successfully set up your WordPress blog, and now it’s time to make some posts for your new blog.
For creating a blog post, you have to go: Dashboard → Post → Add New
After that, you will land on your post, and here you can start writing your first stunning post.
Now, Let me give you some tips that help you to make your first epic post:
- If you are confused about finding the topic of your new post, so I recommended you to do some keyword research around your niche, and by searching, you will find many awesome keywords that are easy to rank.
Pro Tip: I recommend you go with long-tail keywords because it’s easier to rank.
- Always tries to make an awesome title of your blog post by using numbers and power words.
- Make sure you add some images to make your article more comprehensive; I strongly recommend you make your article lengthy and more in detail, and by more detailed post, you can make your reader your true fan.
- I suggest you go through with the on-page guide so you can optimize your content easily.
- Use words like I and You to more connect with your readers and try to don’t take copyright images from google. I recommend you always use copyright-free images.
I think these tips help you to create your first blog post,
Now, Let’s move on to the favorite of every blogger.
Step 8: Some Ways to Make Money from your Blog (Bonus)
This is the bonus part for you all, where I shared some ways which help you to make money from your blog.
Before starting, let me Congrats, you because you have published your first blog post on your blog.
Let dive into it,
There are several ways which you can use to make money from your blog. In this part, we will discuss some ideas which you can use to handsome money from your blog.
I have created a list of ways that helps you to make your first dollar online,
Are you excited enough like me?
If Yes, then let’s move on to the list:
Affiliate Marketing: This is one of the effective methods for making money online. In this, you have to promote other products on your blog, and if you get a sale of that product so then, you will get a commission from the product owner.
Advertising on your blog: Most of the common ways every blogger uses this to monetize their traffic and make money handsome money out of it. Many bloggers are using it and making a decent amount of money.
Two leading websites – Adsense and Media.net, You can apply to their program and make money from there.
Offering Service: If you are an expert on anything like SEO so you can offer service to your reader, and they will directly pay you. This is one of the fastest ways to earn money from your blog.
Selling your course or product: If you know how to sell anything so you can create your path and sell to your readers, but before that, you have to build trust towards your audience if you already have an audience then you can sell them anything.
These are the ways that you can use to make money from your blog. But always remember that if you want to make money from your blog so you have to keep patience and do hard work on your blog, and you will see your massive growth.
In this guide, I already tell you how to start a blog in 2021, and for getting paid from your new website you can use Google Adsense, Affiliate marketing, and many more earning methods.
Congratulation! You Have Created Your First Blog In 2021
Wrapping Up and Now What Next?
This is not an end, but I think this is the beginning of your journey, and you have to learn many things like SEO, Affiliate Marketing, and Many More things.
For being a successful blogger, you have to learn many things and implement all things to your blog to see the results. I recommend you to create the habit of learning and always learn new things by reading the blog and much more stuff.
I hope you like this article, and maybe this helps you to create your new successful empire tomorrow.
I have tried my best to make the article self-explanatory but, if you have any doubts, I will personally help you and clear you’re every doubt.
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