How to Start a Blog for Free
Why Start a Blog?
Teach a Subject - If you are an expert on a topic and you want to share your knowledge with others, starting a blog on that topic is one of the best ways to share what you know with others.
Inspire Others - Sometimes the challenges you have overcame, such as an illness or other obstacle can be a topic for your blog. Overcoming such obstacles can be an inspiration for others in the same situation, so they will read your blog.
Entertain - If you are naturally funny, you could write a funny blog to entertain people. Whatever you decide to blog about, you could present it in a humorous way.
News - This is a way to help people keep up with the newest developments in your field. After you know what topic you are going to blog about, you will need to keep up on all the news in that field and blog about it.
Promote Your Business - If you have your own business, your blog can help you promote it. You should blog about a topic related to your business. You can also add blog post about the newest developments in your business and post a link to your business website.
Make Money - One of the main reasons that most people start blogging is because they hope to eventually make some money from doing it. It takes time to make money from a blog and you have to really work at it, but it can be done.
You will eventually be able to make money with your blog by using Ad sense, setting up a store on your blog (not free), or linking your blog to your business website. To make money on your blog, you need to have lots of blog post. The more blog post you have, the better. You will also need to learn about SEO (search engine optimization), so people will see a link to your blog when they do a search on a search engine such as Google.
Decide What to Blog About
Since you will spend a lot of time and effort writing on your blog if you want it to succeed, you need to choose a topic that you are interested in and one that you know something about. You could write about food, art, gaming, movies, relationships, current events in your city, parenting, computers, photography, gardening, craft ideas, or just about anything else that you have experience in and would like to write about. Don't write about your workplace or people that you know because it causes other people trouble and invades their privacy, and can eventually lead to trouble for you if they see their stuff on your blog and get mad at you.
Once you have an idea for your blog topic, write down some ideas for some of your future blog post. If you need help thinking of ideas, search online for similar blogs and see what they have written. If you can easily write down at least two pages of ideas for posts to write about concerning your topic without too much thought, you know you will have enough to write about if you decide to go through with your blog.
Think of a Name
Once you know what your blog will be about, you will need to think of a name for your blog. Try brainstorming a list of names by writing down whatever comes to mind. Once you have a reasonable list, choose the name that you like most. If you are not able to think of any names you like by doing this, you can ask your friends or family members for ideas for a blog name.
The name of your blog should relate to what your blog is about so that people interested in your blog topic will see the name that you chose for your blog and immediately know that it is something that interests them. It should also be something that is not being used by anyone else. Do a search online first and see if anyone else has the name that you are thinking about using for your blog.
Choose a Blogging Platform
When it comes to choosing a blogging platform, you have a few options where you can start your blog for free. Here are a few platforms that you can host your blog for free, including Website Builder, SiteBuilder, and Blogger.
There are some other blog platforms that you can have free hosting and domain for 1 year, such as Weebly.
I chose Blogger to start Layertivity, my digital art and illustration blog because Blogger is easy to use. Also, I can log in with my Google account that I already had, which saved the time and hassle that would have normally have been spent typing in personal information to set up an account.
Customize Your Blog
No matter which blogging platform you choose, on your blog's website, you will find hundreds of template's to choose from. Choose one that best fits what you want to accomplish, and that you also like and think other people will like.
Also be sure to fill out the settings on your blog. This will help others understand what your blog is about and help with SEO. Make sure that it is visible to search engines.
You should be able to adjust the background and apply it as the default to all of your post. There may be a background image that applies to what you are blogging about. If so, you may consider using that as your background. If not, I prefer the texture type background images, which are appropriate for a wider variety of blog topics.
You should also be able to adjust the width of your blog and the width of the sidebar, your layout, your font, your font color, and your font size.
Write a Description
On just about any blogging platform, there is a place to write a description, or "about me" of your blog. Here, you can write a summery of what your blog is about. This will help readers to understand the purpose of your blog, and it is a good and free way to start advertising what your blog is about.
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Now that you set up your blog. It is time to write your first post. Most blogging platforms have built in editors that can check the spelling for you, and allows you to lay out the page with pictures or videos right there.
It is important that all the photos you include are relevant to the post and are not blurry. Depending on the subject matter of your blog, you will probably want to include several pictures in each blog post. Pictures illustrate what you write and make your posts easier to understand. To avoid plagerism, you should take all of your own photos or use open source stock photos. If it is an art or design related blog, you can also include pictures that you drew, painted, or created on the computer.
The text that you write should be informative and/or entertaining to keep the readers on the page. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes before you publish anything. If your blogging platform allows it, you may want to include links to other websites that may be of interest to the reader.