In this tutorial we will be discussing as how to start a blog on wordpress & blogger & what you will need to in order to get started with that. We will be comparing both the platforms as well, as which is better in terms of usage, security, expandibility etc.
Just to summarize what we have discussed in previous tutorials:
- What is affiliate marketing?
- What are the types of affiliates?
- What are the different ways you can earn through affiliate marketing?
- What all you will need to get started?
- How to choose a category to Start a Blog?
- Top 50+ Ideas to Start a Blog
If you like to read about these topics then please follow the links below.
- Affiliate Marketing Tutorial Part 1 – What is Affiliate Marketing: An Introduction?
- Affiliate marketing Tutorial Part 2 – Type of affiliates/publishers?
- Affiliate Marketing Tutorial Part 3 – Getting Started Guide
- Affiliate Marketing Tutorial Part 4 – Starting a Blog, What to Start?
- Affiliate Marketing Tutorial 5 – Top 50+ Ideas to Write Blog On
Now coming back to the topic ”How to Start a Blog”, let’s see what are the options available to start a blog.
Out of these mentioned above Blogspot & WordPress are used mostly as these are meant specifically for hardcore Bloggers. These platforms provide you with a dashboard where you can manage your blog. These platforms are free to register & all you need is an email ID to setup an account. For Blogspot.com you will need a Gmail ID as it is owned by Google. So now the question comes as what platform to choose & what are the pros & cons of using these. Let’s discuss the same:
Which platform to choose (Blogger Vs. WordPress)?
Although both the platforms are quite popular & are being used by a millions of users across the globe however both have different functions. Some of these features, which may help you choose amongst these. Let’s compare Blogger with WordPress.
|Ownership||Google owns the product with their hosting.||You own the product with using wordpress hosting.|
|Control||Your control is limited.||You have full control over your blog.|
|Security||Much secured than wordpress.||Secured enough however you are responsible for the same.|
|Features||Have fewer features than worpress.||There are lot of plugins available & is more flexible.|
|Domain Required?||Not necessary however it is recommended to use a domain.||With wordpress.com it is not required however with WordPress.org it is. It is recommended to use a domain (wordpress.org)|
|Hosting Space Required?||NO. Google provide own hosting space.||Yes if you are using WordPress.org|
|Support||Very limited support.||Full support.|
|Templates||Very limited templates available.||Plethora of templates available.|
|Future||Google has not made any changes in past few years & have seen examples of shutting down various services including Orkut, Reader, Feedburner etc.||This is an open source & there is no single entity owing it & hence no chance of shutting it down.|
|Flexibility||Very less flexible in terms of plugins etc.||Highly flexible.|
|Usability||Has better usability than worpress. More suited to new users.||Less user friendly. Best fit for TechPro.|
|Recommended for||New users.||Pro users. Although new users can also use.|
|SEO||Google prefers Bloggers results more than WordPress. This is my personal experience.||Is fully SEO friendly.|
|Community Reviews||NO for bloggers who want full customization.||Yes|
|Conclusion||In my opinion if you are blogging just for the sake of it & you want a simple & user friendly platform (not for money or something) then you should go for Blogger.com else wordpress.com is recommended.|
I think you will be in a position now to take a stance as what to start with b/w Blogger Vs. WordPress.
What is the next Step?
Once you have chosen b/w Blogger Vs. WordPress & have also decided whether you are going for a domain based blog or the free one, next steps are to be followed . My recommendation is to start with domain based blog as this looks more professional and you can create your own brand entity. In addition, blogs with domain rank higher and are more trusted by users as well. You may also want to check Top 50+ Ideas to Start a Blog to find a topic or a category for your blog.
So depending upon your take please follow steps below.
If Going for Blogger, please follow steps below to setup Blog on Blogger.
- Without domain
- Create a gmail account if you don’t have one already. Follow the link.
- Login to your Gmail account
- Open blogger.com in a new tab & you will be redirected to blogger dashboard
- Click on the top left side New Blog button and a popup window will open
- Fill in the Title & the address (URL) of your Blog. Will be like blogspot.com. You need to replace YOURBLOGNAME with your own name that wish.
- Click Save & you will be directed to the Blog management dashboard.
- On the dashboard you will see a NEW POST button (in orange). Click that to write a post.
- You are done :).
- With Domain
- Follow all above mentioned steps.
- You will need to buy a domain first. You can buy a domain from godaddy.com for around USD 10.
- Click on Settings Tab (Basic)
- Click on Setup a 3rd Party URL for your blog
- Type in the domain name in the blog address & click Save.
- When you click Save you will see an error, and two CNAMEs. Each CNAME is composed of two parts – Name, Label or Host and Destination, Target or Points to. The first CNAME is the same for everyone, Name being “www” and Destination “ghs.google.com.” The second CNAME is particular to your blog and your Google Account, and is therefore different for each person.
- Go to your domain registrar’s website (where you have purchased domain) and locate the DNS (Domain Name System) settings in the control panel.
- Enter the CNAMEs. Where it says Name, Label or Host simply enter “www” and list ghs.google.com as the Destination, Target or Points to.
- Now enter the 2nd CNAME as above
- You can also enter A-records, which links your naked domain (example.com) to an actual site (www.example.com). If you skip this step, visitors who leave off the “www” will see an error page.
- Optional continued: After completing Step 9, enter your domain name in the format example.com, and list the I.P. addresses shown below in the “A” section. You’ll need to create four separate A-records which point to four different Google IPs.
- Before you move onto the final step, wait about an hour for your DNS settings to activate.
- You are done :). Your blogspot.com address will redirect to your new custom domain. It might take up to 24 hours for the redirect to start working. If you’re still seeing an error after 24 hours, it means your settings were incorrectly entered and you will need to cross verify the settings.
If Going with WordPress, then please follow the steps below setup a wordpress Blog.
- Without domain
- Sign up with wordpress.com [follow link]
- Select the category
- Select how the homepage will look like
- Select the theme (you can change it at later stage)
- Enter the name of your blog
- Select the free option
- Pick the free plan
- Enter email & username/Password & click create My Account button
- An email will be sent to your email ID for verification
- Click on the link on your email to verify your email
- Login to WordPress.com & Click on Blog Posts (Add Button) on the right hand side.
- You are done with a wordpress blog without a domain
- With Domain: there are many options to getting started with domain option. We will go with the simplest one wherein you wont need much of technical knowledge. We will be discussing the details of other options at later stage.
- You need to purchase a domain along with hosting. Although there are many options however you can go with Godaddy or Bluehost as these are popular ones. They have inbuilt support for wordpress in their panel. You can buy hosting+domain for around USD 20 from Godaddy.com. https://in.godaddy.com/hosting/web-hosting
- Once you have purchased domain + hosting from Godaddy you just sign in to your account & follow the link below for steps further.
- Follow the link https://in.godaddy.com/help/install-wordpress-834