I won’t begin to start explaining what a blog is, everyone know what a blog is and amusingly, every “blogger”, even those that started yesterday termed themselves professionals. Blogging is not something you learn in a day. Even I still learn everyday for the past 4 years.
Over the years, I’ve seen many blogs rise and fall, probably because the owners don’t know what they are getting into. Your blog may not last even up to a year if you don’t have the right guidance. I once wrote a post here on why your blog may not get past its first year and what you have to do to avoid it. I got many calls and messages when I created the post, and it has the highest number of comment on my blog. The post really helped a lot of intending bloggers. You can read it here.
I know a lot of you reading this would love to start your own blog but have a lot of unanswered questions about blogging. I’ll try and answer any questions you might have right now. So sit back and read on.
I’m sure many blogs that has failed today would have been averted if the owners had answers to these blogging questions.
Here are 10 popular blogging questions and answers to learn from
I would love to blog but i don’t know what to blog about:
On a serious note, a lot of would-be and newbie bloggers are always confused about what to blog about (niche). This stage is very important and should not be taken lightly because it determines if your blog will become successful on a long run. If you’re confused about choosing a niche, I’ll give you some hints –
- Pick what you’re interested in and can write well about
- Make sure other people are also interested in what you’ve chosen to write about. This is very important if you want to get people to read your blog. Remember you’re not writing to yourself but your readers.
- I wrote a post last year about list of niches you can choose from as an intending blogger. Check it out
2. Which blogging Platform should I use? Blogger or WordPress:
There has been a lot of debate about Blogger and WordPress. There’s really nothing to be confused about here, WordPress has always been the best blogging software and will continue to be.
That is not saying Blogger is bad. Not at all. Most people opt for blogger because the cost is far less (even free unless you’re buying a domain) compared to running a WordPress blog. And also, Blogger is less technical and complicated in setting it up. All you need to setup a blogger blog is your google account (gmail) and about 10 minutes of your time. But even with all these features, Blogger is still very limited in functionalities and SEO compared to WordPress.
It is wrong to say, Blogger has an upper hand in SEO because it’s a google product. I’ve heard and read it many times. You shouldn’t believe that cos it’s not true. It doesn’t matter which platform you use, it all depends on how well you’re able to configure your site for search engines. Another important thing to note is that as a Blogspot user, you don’t have the full control over your blog. Your blog can be deleted anytime Google feels you broke their rules.
On the other hand, WordPress gives you the full control over your blog and you can practically do anything you want on WordPress. With over 50,000 plugins, there’s always a plugin available to do anything you want.
Unlike blogspot, you have access to manage your files and design your blog however you want. But using WordPress requires you to buy your own domain name and a hosting account to host your files on the web.
So which one is really good for you?
OK, here is my advice:
Blogger (blogspot) is OK if you just want to “test the waters” or looking for a simple blog. But if you are going professional, or wants to build a brand or business around your blog and looking to earn some cash with your blog on the long run, then WordPress is your best bet.
3. What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique name that identifies a website. For example, the domain name of this blog is “bloggingplan.com.” Each website has a domain name that serves as an address, which is used to access the website.
Whenever you visit a website, the domain name appears in the address bar of the web browser. Some domain names are preceded by “www” (which is not part of the domain name), while others omit the “www” prefix. All domain names have a domain suffix, such as .com, .net, or .org. The domain suffix helps identify the type of website the domain name represents. For example, “.com” domain names are typically used by commercial website, while “.org” websites are often used by non-profit organizations. Some domain names end with a country code, such as “.ng” (Nigeria) or “.us” (United States), which helps identify the location and audience of the website.
Domain names are relatively cheap to register, though they must be renewed every year or every few years. The good news is that anyone can register a domain name, so you can purchase a unique domain name for your blog or website. The bad news is that nearly all domain names with common words have already been registered. Therefore, if you want to register a custom domain name, you may need to think of a creative variation. Once you decide on a domain name and register it, the name is yours until you stop renewing it. When the renewal period expires, the domain name becomes available for others to purchase. Source
4. What is web hosting?
In order to publish a website online, you need a Web host. The Web host stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet.
A Web host can have anywhere from one to several thousand computers that run Web hosting software, such as Apache, OS X Server, or Windows Server. Most websites you see on the Web are accessed from a “shared host,” which is a single computer that can host several hundred Web sites. Larger websites often use a “dedicated host,” which is a single machine that hosts only one website. Sites with extremely high amounts of traffic, such as Facebook.com or Google.com, use several computers to host one site.
If you want to publish your own website, you’ll need to sign up for a “Web hosting service.” There are thousands of web hosts available. Make sure the Web host you choose offers good technical support and ensures little or no downtime. You’ll usually have to pay a monthly fee that varies depending on how much disk space and bandwidth your site will use. So it’s a good idea to estimate how big your site will be and how much traffic you expect before signing up for a Web hosting service. Source
I can recommend some good hosting for you if you want
5. Do I need a blog or a website? What is the difference?
What is a Blog?
- A blog is the shortened term for the phrase “weblog”
- A blog is a type of website
- Blogs were created for people to create personal journals on the web
- A blog contains posts (individual stories or articles), displayed in reverse chronological order
- Comment forms at the end of each post encourage readers to give feedback and have discussion with the author and other readers. Some blogs no longer have comment forms.
- Blog posts are organized by categories and tags
- A blogger is someone who writes blog posts
What is a Website?
- A website is a collection of related web pages
- The web pages aren’t ordered by date
- Web pages don’t typically have comment areas, though some do
- A website may have a self-contained blog
- Web pages are hierarchical; they aren’t organized by categories
- Some websites sell products and services, like Amazon
Depending on your goals and objectives, you may have a website or a blog. Or a website with a blog.
WordPress can create a blog, a website, or a website with a blog.
What you exactly want is what you need. Firstly, decide what you exactly intend to do? If you are more concerned with creating content on a regular basis for others to read, you should go with a blog.
If you want a full featured online portal with many abilities and infinitesimal possibilities, you should go with a website. If you have a company, then too you must have a website combined with a blog. But make sure you know a good deal of coding before you jump in for making a website or shell out a little money and outsource the coding work. One thing which you should know that most popular blogging platform ‘WordPress’ can always be use as a Website, and you will get advantage of SEO and easy management.
6. How do I make money from my blog?
There are many ways you can make money from your blog. But I’ll list 4 popular ways
- Advertising Income: get people to advertise on your blog. You can also signup to ad networks like Google AdSense
- Affiliate Income: This simply mean, promoting other people’s product and earning commission for every sale they make through you
- Services: A common way that many bloggers make money is through offering services to their readers. These might be anything from coaching and consulting, to writing or copywriting, to design, training or other freelance services.
- Products: You can start earning from your blog by selling your own products. Products can of course take many forms and income virtual information products like eBooks or courses but also other virtual products like software, reports etc.
NB: Any of these method will not work if you don’t have enough readers on your blog. So here’s what I will advice
- Create useful contents that will make people want to read your blog. It wouldn’t be to hard to convince them to buy your products or pay for your services if they see you as a pro.
- Promote your blog to reach more people. The more people visits your blog, the more money you make
7. How do I get people to read my blog?
There are various ways you can get readers to read you blog without necessarily paying for ads. But before trying to get readers there are few things you must do, the first and most important step is to have valuable contents on your blog. You don’t expect people to visit an empty blog or read posts that will not make any impact on them. Staying consistent also does the trick. Jumping from niche to niche will get your readers disinterested.
If you’re not a defaulter in the above steps, the go on to read 10 Free Ways To Get More Traffic On Your Blog. You should also read 20 Blog Post Ideas To Boost Your Readers Engagement
8. I don’t know how to code, can I still be a blogger?
The answer is YES. Using WordPress or Blogger does not require any coding skill. If you can use Microsoft Word or even Facebook, then you’ll have no problem with WordPress or Blogger.
9. How much exactly will it cost me to start my own blog?
Here, I assume we are talking about a self-hosted blog (wordpress.org). It doesn’t cost much to start a self-hosted WordPress blog. There are 2 major things you’ll have pay for; a domain name and a hosting account. A dot-com domain is usually between 4 to 5k, while you can get a hosting account for as low as 4k and as high as 20k per year depending on the hosting features and quality. But I’ll show you how you can start a blog for with DomainKing.ng just N3000 (Offer Expires 07/01/2018). Contact me for details.
10. What question do you have in mind that is not listed above?
Feel free to ask in the comment section