How To Start a Simple Blog in 3 Easy Steps
You can write a blog using a free blog platform, so it is easy to get started. Here’s how to start a simple blog in 3 easy steps.
1. Use a free blog from Blogger or Squidoo.
Both Blogger and Squidoo provide free blog platforms where you can start to write a blog without a lot of up-front expense.
Blogger is owned by Google, so it’s user-friendly and easy to post text, photos and video. This makes it an attractive choice for people who do not have experience working with websites. However, Google will own the content on your Blogger blog, and Google can remove your blog if it wishes to do so. That may limit your options for your blog. However, if you want to experiment with blogging without risk, this is a good platform to choose.
Similarly, Squidoo offers another free blog platform, and it too is very user-friendly. Instead of a “blog post” or “web page” on Squidoo, you will create a “lens” (called a “lens” because it is one person’s look at something online, like looking through their “lens”).
If you are interested in exploring e-commerce, Squidoo makes it easy. You can sell items from Amazon, eBay, and other e-commerce sites. Squidoo’s platform makes it quick and easy to set up, and you have the choice of earning money for yourself or donating it to charity.
Once you get your feet wet with your free blog, then you may decide to create a WordPress blog with a domain name of your own.
2. Create a WordPress blog with your own domain name.
There can be confusion about WordPress blogs, because there are actually two sites with the WordPress name: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Let’s look at the difference between the two.
The advantage WordPress.org is that you can install any of many WordPress templates or plug-ins available, many of which are free. You can customize your site in many ways to look like you want, and to function just as you want it too. However, you will need to provide your own hosting at an additional cost. And there are many companies providing inexpensive hosting accounts, which is the trade-off for the increased flexibility you receive.
WordPress.com, on the other hand, does not require “outside” hosting, and instead provides free hosting, but you will have to pay for your own domain name. However, you have to choose from their list of themes and you cannot install plug-ins that can extend the functionality of your site. And sometimes they will show ads on your site and you have no control over this choice or which ads are shown.
3. Use themes and plug-ins to customize the look, feel and function of your blog posts.
Installing a WordPress.org blog on your own hosting account may seem daunting at first, but it is an easy step-by-step process that every blogger should consider. The ability to customize the look and feel of your blog is key to establishing your credibility online.
But the biggest advantage is clearly the variety of plug-ins that are available for WordPress blogs. As a beginner writing blog posts, you may not appreciate this advantage, but if you are going to establish a presence online, you will definitely want to be able to customize your blog posts to help achieve your online goals.