In this post I will discuss the necessary steps to setting up a blog. This is the fourth post in a series I am doing on getting your website to rank higher in the search engines. I am relatively new to the world of blogging but did a reasonable amount of research before starting. Some common questions people have before starting a blog include: Is there free blog software available? What kind of learning curve is there to learning it? I will attempt to answer these questions along with a few others in this post. Listed below are the five necessary steps for setting up your blog. I am assuming you want to host the blog through a webhost and will not be using a free blogging service.
Step #1: Register a domain name – As I have mentioned before, I use Godaddy.com to register all my domain names. Their rates are very competitive and I have found their support to be very helpful.
Step #2: Chose a Webhosting Company – Once again, I use Godaddy.com for this. Keep your webhosting and domain registration with the same company if at all possible. This will make annual renewals much easier to keep track of.
Step #3: Decide on a Blogging Platform – I use WordPress and have found it to be very simple. Godaddy.com (along with most webhosts) have made it so that WordPress.org can be setup with a few clicks of the mouse.
Step #4: Select a Website Theme – If you plan on using using wordpress then I strongly suggest that you take a look at Thesis 2.0. Thesis is great because it offers a lot of built in SEO and has a very strong community for support.
Step #5: Customize Your Blog – Select the appropriate plugins and widgets to make your blog stand out. Wordpress has many plugins available and many of them are free. Download and test a few plugins. If you like them keep them or simply uninstall them if you are not satisfied.
These five simple steps to setting up your blog. Of course, there are many more and I will cover some of them in a future blog post. If you have any questions that I have not answered in this post feel free to leave me a comment.