The questions like what is a blog, what is blogging, what are best blogging platforms, etc may seem pretty confusing, if you are not into the digital world yet.
In this guide, I will be explaining you blogging basics and all the related terminology. Start!
What is The Definition of a blog and how it is different from a website?
Let me not confuse you!
What is a blog?
A blog is a website in a way, that publishes regular content about a particular topic(s), solve the problems of readers and build an audience base eventually. A blog could have a single author or a group of authors where all focus on creating quality content and distribute online to achieve the goal of helping readers and monetizing the blog.
For example, you have visited this blog post which is a part of my blog (www.bloggingexplained.com). I regularly publishes content around the topic “blogging” to help users like you.
What is a website?
A website, on the other side, is a static that could have been created by an organization or a business to communicate and promote their products and services to its customers.
Here is a simple example of a website – www.microsoft.com – A firm that develop and sells software, and electronic gadgets. The sole purpose of this website is to communicate its customers and help them understand about their products.
You may get confused when you see a blog section on any company’s website.
The thing is that any business website can have a small section of blog to regularly share updates about their products and to keep their customers updated.
For example, www.SEMRUSH.com, which is a SaaS based company that develop and sells SEO software to the bloggers and businesses around the world. But you will also see the blog section (www.semrush.com/blog) on their website. With the blog section, SEMrush will educate the users about various digital topics. By this way, SEMrush also will generate leads for their business and the trust.
What is blogging?
Now you have learned an overview about a blog and a website.
Let’s understand what is blogging.
Creating a blog on a particular topic, designing it, writing and publishing regular articles (blog posts), building an audience for your content and monetizing your blog with various ways – is all the part of the blogging.
For example: I have created this blog (www.bloggingexplained.com), way back in 2017. Since then, I’ve been helping readers like you to get started with blogging and making money.
- Writing and publishing content regularly
- Helping audience with your knowledge and engaging with ’em
- Researching, learning and implement SEO techniques to grow your blog
- Designing and maintaining your blog with WordPress.org CMS platform
- Monetizing (earning money out of your blog)
What is the purpose of a blog or Blogging?
If you are an individual who have knowledge on particular subject, you could start a blog, share your knowledge on it, eventually build audience and engage. Just like me!
If you’re a business and already have a website then you probably know about the “business-blog” that can be attached to your website. On your blog, you could share new updates and internal matters with your customers, share holders, partners and the users who visit your website. In your case, a blog could help you build the trust with the people who matter to you.
What are the common types of blogs?
Blogging could make you money, that is for sure. But all blogs are not created to monetize!
So before you get started, putting your goals and expertise on the table and understand what you want to achieve with blogging could make your life a lot easier.
Let’s learn the most common types of blogs are there on the Internet now.
1. Personal Blog
As the name suggests, a personal blog could be run by a single person who shares his/her personal life stories and happenings with the like-minded people.
I must say that personal blogs are the most oldest on the Internet run by the people who want to share their’s life day-to-day happenings with their friends or new audience.
You can also call personal blogs as online journals or diaries. By reading them, you get to learn about others’ perception and knowledge about a particular thing or situation.
Most personal bloggers have not been monetizing their blogs and only a few makes profits out of their blogs yet.
2. Business blogs
As I have already talked about business blogs above, these are the part of a business or a firm’s website where the business owners share the new updates about their products with their audience and eventually build trust.
If you are a Dentist, you could start a website of your own by showing-off your talent as “Services” and add a “blog” section in it where you can share your knowledge about teeth and how to be healthy. By this way, you’re not only helping others but also attracting the new readers to know about you and the services you offer.
3. Niche Blogs
What are you good at?
Making variety of recipes?
Decorating your home nicely?
Knowledge on electronic gadgets?
Or something else…
You could easily turn your knowledge into blog and make money.
All you need to do is pick a niche (topic) that you are good at, understand the potential of the niche to earn, and continuously produce content to solve the pain points of the audience.
It is a good idea to cut down your niche to a smaller part if the whole niche is vast. For example, Sports. You may not have knowledge or time to create content on multiple sports like Cricket, Football, Basketball, etc. So you can just limit your blog to share the news and knowledge on one sport like Football.
All the niche blogs have the potential to earn money. You will need to produce great content regularly, build authority and trust around your audience.
Must Read – “How To Pick The Winning Niche For Your New Blog?“
4. Media Blogs
Media blogs are nothing but news blogs that produces daily news on a particular topic or multiple. To create and successfully run news blog, you must have a fair knowledge on writing, professionalism, accuracy and budget to collect and filter true news to the audience.
For example – TechCrunch, which is a tech news blog.
Types of Blogging Platform (My 2 favorite, FREE and best Blogging platforms)
The popularity for blogging these days has occurred because there are easy to use CMS (Content Management System) platforms to support blogs and bloggers.
Don’t worry at all, if you don’t have any technical knowledge. Gone were the days where you would need to have HTML knowledge to create a blog/website and maintain it.
Thanks to ready-made CMS platforms like WordPress.org, you can create your blog in less than 30 minutes, design, publish content, maintain and monetize it smoothly.
Let’s learn about the best blogging platforms.
I use WordPress.org to run this blog, my other 2 blogs and my business website. In fact, 38% of all websites across the Internet use WordPress.org platform to maintain their digital operations.
It is easy to use, secured, highly customized, have tons of design options, and the best part is, it is totally free to use forever.
However, you will need a domain and hosting to start using WordPress platform, which you can get at HostPapa for an affordable cost.
If you ever want to start blogging and succeed in it, WordPress.org is your right choice.
2. Blogger.com (Blogspot)
It is another best free blogging platform and it is owned by Google.
If you have zero budget and want to get started with blogging, blogger is your choice. However, with a free service, you will not own your blog completely. For example, if you want to create a blog on your name, it would appear as www.yourname.blogspot.com. If you want to remove the “.blogspot” from your blog name, you would need to purchase a domain and attach it with your blogger account.
It has a decent collection of design options and objects but they’re not better than WordPress, if you ask me my personal opinion.
Other Blogging platforms you might want to research about
The above are my two personal recommendations to get started with blogging.
But hey! I’m not limiting you to the above two platforms. Below I’m recommending a few more CMS platforms:
- WordPress.com (It is different than the above’s WordPress.org)
I conclude this section by recommending you the WordPress.org, which is currently been used by 98% of the bloggers.
How does a blog look like? (Common Structure of a Blog)
The appearance of a blog depend on the WordPress theme that a blogger use. However, most blogs on the Internet have the common structure that will include:
- Header (Menu, navigation pane, trending news, etc)
- Body content area with latest blog posts
- Sidebar (banners, ads, social media profiles, email subscribe, etc)
- Author bio (bottom of the blog post)
Decided to start a blog? Here’s how
Creating a blog is the easier task if you have the ingredients handy.
What do you need to start a blog?
#1. Niche (topic)
#2. Domain name & Hosting
I personally use and recommend HostPapa hosting for beginners to create their blogs. It is reliable, affordable, technical support is just good and the best part is, you get the domain registration at FREE of cost.
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Tips to become a successful blogger
- Select the niche wisely. A passion could be additional advantage for a blogger but don’t pick the niche based only on your passion. The niche you pick must have the potential to earn too. A right niche is your 1st step of success.
- Understand your audience well, brainstorm content ideas that help your readers. You could take the help of tools like SEMrush for content ideas.
- Create a calendar to publish the interesting and great content regularly.
- Pay attention to technical SEO and implement on your blog.
- Do not hesitate to promote yourself and your content.
- Update your old contents frequently in hope to rank.
- Build audience and make friends around.
- Look at your competitors and understand their success secrets.
- Let go the procrastination, blogging fears and aim big.
- Keep blogging and don’t quit just because you don’t see the results instantly.
Frequently Asked Questions On blogging basics
#1. Will I succeed? How’s the competition in blogging?
You name any career that has the low competition and you grow instantly. I bet you can’t because there is no such easy success. You need to work hard and give your best. I believe there is a lot of room to grow as a blogger, you just need the courage to start your blog now.
#2. How long does it take for me to earn from my blog?
No one is going to limit your potential. You could put all your energy smartly and starting earning from the month one or a year. It totally depends on you.
#3. How do I make money with my blog?
Place ads, banners, affiliate products, courses, eBooks, services, and so on. As after starting a blog, you learn to explore the ways to earn by blogging.
If you still need help, here is my guide on make money by blogging.
We all have learned something today 🙂
I hope I have answered all your beginners’ questions, if you still have any in your mind, please ask me in the comments section. I would be glad to help you get you started.
Mudassir is the founder and author of BloggingExplained.com, the only blog you may want to follow to learn to blog and grow in blogging industry. He has already helped dozens of newbies to get started with blogging. If you too want to start a blog and put your thoughts into action, he is the right friend to connect. You can catch up Mudassir on Twitter @BloggerMudassir.