Posted by : Reazki Handifa Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Want to Learn to Make a Blog?

Perform These 6 Steps to Become a Successful Blogger


Welcome, prospective bloggers!

I'll let you know 2 facts before getting started:

1.  if you just make a blog, the way is very easy
2.  But for a successful blog, not easy

You may be interested in becoming a blogger after visiting several major blog sites in Indonesia, then be amazed by them.

Or because hearing that blogs can make money.

Whichever is the reason, this is the right guide for you.

I will not only teach you how to create a new account on Blogger / Blogspot and how to install WordPress.

If only it was 5 minutes also finished.

I will teach you more importantly ...

... that is how to create a blog that has a high chance for success.

After you finished reading this article, you will be able to create a cool blog, interesting, which is not inferior to the best bloggers in Indonesian.

... before we start, one more thing :

Almost all new bloggers ultimately fail after the first 1-3 months ... only a few can succeed.

How come?

Because they make blogs carelessly.

Because of the topic is mixed up, the content is not qualified, the promotion is not clear. Anyway messy.

Then because the blog is quiet continue, they finally got bored.

This is not to scare ...

... this really happens often.

Planning blog is extraordinary importance, so you do not waste your time, money, and energy.

Therefore, before we go into how to create a blog, we will discuss first preparation.

This guide consists of several chapters from preparation, installation, and use. Please go to the chapter you want to learn from this table of contents:


1. Define the main topic of the blog

You might think this stage is trivial ... just pick a topic. In reality, this stage is the most important in preparation.

Let me tell you 1 fact :

Every day there are 2.73 Million new content published blogs from all over the world.

Over 70% of these blogs only earn less than 5,000 visitors per month, or about 150 per day.

What is the cause?

This is the cause ;
  • Unclear, messy blog topics
  • The topic does not appeal to many people
  • opics are chosen they do not control / interest so that the contents of the blog is also not qualified Suppose you only read 5 websites per day.
Are you going to open a website whose content is qualified, interesting, and useful to you ... or a website that only contains articles of origin?

It must be the first. Yes, right?


So you MUST be able to make blog content better than other blogs.

That's the key..


Well, to be able to open good content, then you must choose a topic that you are interested / mastered and considered interesting by many people.


If you choose a topic that you do not understand, the result ;



  • Creating content seems so heavy
  • Content that has been created is not qualified
  • You'll get bored quickly.
Let's just use logic. If we are not interested and do not know anything about a topic, can we possibly teach the topic to others and get them interested?

Very difficult ... especially for beginners..

Please read this guide to find your blog topic :



Chapter 1

Define Topics



Which topics can make money?



Based on a survey I conducted some time ago, most of the readers of this article was to earn money from blogs.


Yes, blogs can indeed be a source of income.


But there is 1 legendary myth that states that only blogs in a particular topic can earn an income.


That's a big mistake.


All topics can produce.


Provided that the content you create is able to attract many people. Any topic can be made into a blog for income. Even blogs whose content is funny.


It's a story from the personal experience of one of my friends ;


3-4 months ago he tried to blog in the topic of tax (taxation), because he said this topic can earn a lot of money from advertising.


He was not interested in taxes at all.


As a result ... the content I created is very low quality. Every time you write content, it feels stressful. Finally blogs are dormant without getting visitors at all.


So, do not pick a topic that does not interest you.



IMPORTANT: If you want to be serious blogging for the long term, do not choose a topic that invites legal issues. For example providing MP3 songs, movie downloads, adult content, and the like.


2. Choose the right blog platform for you 


One of the toughest process in starting a blog we've passed.

Now we get into the easier.

Today's technology is sophisticated. By using the blogging platform, you can write on blogs like writing in Microsoft Word.

These are 3 most popular choices ;

1.  Blogspot - hosted
2.  WordPress.com - hosted
3.  Wordpress.org - Self-hosted

There are still dozens of other blogging platforms, but I will not complicate your choice by discussing less popular ones.

Consider these 2 terms: hosted and self-hosted.

Hosted means your blog 'hitchhiking' on their website. So you will not have a pure own website, and your blog address like this: handifa21.blogspot.com .

Self-hosted opposite.

You create your own website with a platform called WordPress. The website will be 100% so yours, but you have to pay for the domain name and hosting.




Chapter 2
Choosing Platform




In short, if you do not want to move pages, these are the disadvantages and advantages of each type of platform:

Choose a hosted platform (WordPress.com or Blogger) if you:


1.  Absolutely not wanting to get out of cost (although not many)

2.  Flawed with limited features
3.  Tough with a view that is also limited
4.  Defend your website name like this: dragneel21.blogspot.com
5.  Shred your website deleted at any time (if you break the rules)

Instead, select a self-hosted platform (WordPress.org) if you ;

1.  Have a capital of about Rp 300,000 per year (for domains and hosting)
2.  Want to have a website that is 100% yours
3.  Want to be able to change the look freely
4.  Want to be able to add any features you need
5.  Want to make blogs look more credible

It was just a glance.

Because it is very flexible, WordPress self-hosted is also often used for more functions than just blogs.


For example selling online, business websites, community, and others.


How to install WordPress self-hosted will be explained below.




3. Specify the hosting and domain service providers



For those of you who have never heard of this term ;


Domain: the name / address of your website.for example domain like Lazada.com. Hosting: where your blog files are stored. Like a hard drive on a computer.


The original sense is more complex, but do not bother.


Both use rental system. This means you need to pay every month / year when you rent a domain and hosting. There is no option to pay once for a lifetime.


His role is vital for blogs.


Of course you do not want the blogs you create often experience problems such as sudden death, or can not be accessed suddenly.


So choose a trusted domain and hosting provider.


These are some of the international domain and hosting services that are usually recommended for beginners ;


1.  Domain                    : NameCheap

2.  Hosting Internasional : BlueHost or HostGator
3.  Hosting Indonesia      : Niagahoster (Free Domain)

If you create a blog in English, use international hosting. As for Indonesian blogs use hosting Indonesia.




4. Specify a domain name


The domain name will always be attached to your blog.


Although it can still be replaced, but it will be troublesome and if one can be fatal consequences. Therefore we recommend that you specify the domain name in advance.


Here are 6 things you should look at ;


1.  Adjust to the topic of his blog

2.  Avoid names similar to popular websites
3.  Easy to write, remember, and said
4.  As much as possible use .com
5.  Avoid dashes / minuses (-) and numbers
6.  Do not use other people's brands
7.  Check also the availability of his username on social networking

Some people may not agree with me on the 4th point, because actually there are other extensions besides .com are also good.

For example .org, .net, .co, .id, and others

But the reason I chose .com because it is the most remembered.

I have a blog with suffixed .com, .net, and .org, but in fact there are many people who type the wrong ... that they enter just .com.

So first .com, use the other as the last option.

Oh yes, avoid the dashes (-) and numbers in the domain because people will treat them as spam blogs. EXCEPT if your brand is using one of them.



5. Installing blogs self-hosted with the WordPress platform


Now we go in the steps to create a blog.

In this article I will use NameCheap, HostGator, and WordPress (self-hosted) as an example. You can use hosting services and other domains because it is not much different.

Creating a hosted blog does not need me to explain anymore because you just follow the guidelines that have been directly on the website:


Immediately, please go to the following guides to learn the complete process:



Chapture 3
Installing WordPress

Or follow the guidelines below if you want a faster one.


Step 1 - Rent a hosting service

If you want to use Niagahoster, check out the guide video below:


Or, for HostGator, read the guidelines below:

Please go to HostGator then click the yellow button "get started now", you will be redirected to the package option.


I suggest to choose the cheapest package for beginners. So choose Hatchling Plan.

Select the duration to suit your needs, then click the button to continue.

Next you will select a domain ...

If you do not already have a domain, you can all register at HostGator.

Meanwhile, if you already have a domain, at the top, enter the domain name you want or select the tab "I Already Own This Domain".


Continue down, at number 3 enter your data and choose the method of payment, credit card or PayPal.

Then uncheck the number 4 for services you do not want.

If you have a coupon, enter it at number 5.

Usually HostGator provides different coupons every month, you'll want to find a discount coupon first on Google with the keyword "HostGator coupon code".

Often the discount is up to 50%.

Check the Terms of Service agreement and click the Check Out Now button to proceed with the payment.

Pembayaran Selesai

After payment is complete, you will be forwarded to the above page.

Click the yellow button to enter the Customer Portal.

Do not forget to check your email also to see your account details including password. Keep this email because you will likely need it again.


Step 1 - Direct the domain to hosting


This is only if you do not buy a domain directly in the hosting place!

After purchasing the hosting, you will get 2 or more Nameserver via email. For example 2112.hostgator.com.

Record this nameserver.

Log in to your domain registrar, in this example I use NameCheap. Then click the domain name you want to change.

Mengubah nameserver

1.  Click Domain Name Server Setup (if you use another domain service usually its name can also        DNS or Nameserver)
2.  Input name server that you get from hosting
3.  Click save

Step 2 - Installing WordPress in 77 seconds

Please watch this video



If you purchased from HostGator according to the guidelines listed above, please follow these instructions ;

After purchasing hosting from HostGator, you will be sent an email in the form of your CPanel address link along with your username and password.

Go to http://namawebsite.com/cpanel in your browser

(Rename this website according to the domain you bought)

Enter the username and password provided, please change the password according to your taste. Or leave, as long as you can remember.

Then you will arrive at this page ;

Instalasi WordPress HostGator


It seems complicated because of the many buttons and images, but do not worry.

Installing WordPress is just 2 clicks away!

First, click the button I gave yellow in the picture above ... you will go to this page:

Instalasi WordPress 2

Enter your new blog data, then click Install Now.

COMPLETE!

After that, you will be given a link to your WordPress installation dashboard along with your username and password.

Congratulations, you have successfully installed WordPress!



6. Understanding WordPress after installation


After the installation process above, you may be confused about where to go to publish new content.

Here are some tips for learning WordPress.

Please go to this page to learn all the basics of WordPress until you can publish post and change its appearance:



Chapter 4
Wordpress Basics

a. Sign in to the WordPress dashboard

a. Dashboard is a place where an admin manages his WordPress blog.



To login to the Dashboard, this is the default address:

Http://nameblog.com/wp-admin/

Enter the username and password you registered earlier.

On this Dashboard you can change blog settings, change the look, add plugins, moderate comments, and more.


b. Rename blogs, languages, & other settings

To change the name and blog tagline, you can go to Settings> General.

Pengaturan Umum


Other settings such as permalink and the number of posts on the homepage can also be found in Settings.


c. Change the WordPress theme

The new blog owner usually wants to instantly change the look of his blog to fit the taste. Fortunately, WordPress has thousands of ready-made themes.




To login to the Dashboard, this is the default address:

Http://nameblog.com/wp-admin/

Enter the username and password you registered earlier.

On this Dashboard you can change blog settings, change the look, add plugins, moderate comments, and more.


b. Rename blogs, languages, & other settings

To change the name and blog tagline, you can go to Settings> General.

Pengaturan Umum


Other settings such as permalink and the number of posts on the homepage can also be found in Settings.


c. Change the WordPress theme

The new blog owner usually wants to instantly change the look of his blog to fit the taste. Fortunately, WordPress has thousands of ready-made themes.



Its location in Appearance> Themes.

Mengganti theme


To add a new theme, click the Add New button above. Then to upload a new theme, click Upload Theme above.


d. Added WordPress plugin

Plugins are one of the reasons we choose WordPress.

With the help of plugins, you can add the features you want without the need to understand programming.




To view the installed plugins, click Plugins> Installed Plugins. To add a new plugin click Plugins> Add New.

If you want to upload the plugin, click Upload Plugin.

Menambah plugin


Some plugins that you should install and enable ;

1.   Yoast SEO: ease the affairs of SEO
2.  UpdraftPlus: backup your blog data automatically
3.  Akismet: spam comment filters
4.  IThemes Security: improve security

The rest as needed.

You can directly search and install the plugins from the WordPress dashboard.


e. Create a new post

Now it's time to create content for your blog.



First of all please go to Posts> All Posts in the left sidebar.

You will find a post titled "Hello World!", Delete the post as just as an example.

Then click the Add New button above to create a new article.

Membuat artikel baru


This description of the picture above according to the number ;

1.  Write your article title here
2.  Buttons to add pictures or videos to your post
3.  Set the format like bold, italic, list & numbering, read more, and more
4.  Where to write your article body
5.  Put each different topic in one category to make it more presentable
6.  When the post is ready to publish, click Publish


Done! What is next?



Congratulations, you have successfully created a blog with WordPress (or any other platform). Up to this point you already know how to ;

1.  Define the main topic of the blog
2.  Determining the right blogging platform
3.  Choose a domain & hosting service provider
4.  Choosing a domain name
5.  Installing a blog
6.  Set WordPress to suit your taste
7.  Publish new content for blogs

That's all you need to learn.

Again, there's no need to rush to read everything because it's long enough. Feel free to bookmark this page so you do not forget.

Lastly, congratulations! Tell your friends that now you can create a blog:




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