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How To Start A blog in 2020

Welcome, with this step-by-step beginners guide you will learn how easy it is to start a blog in 2020 hit the ground running in less than 30 minutes!

Sounds too good to be true? Try it yourself!

4 Easy Steps To Create a Blog in 2020

Step 1: Decide your blog name and niche

First, decide your blog niche.

A blog niche is a topic on which you will be creating the content on your blog to solve audience’s specific problems.

For example travel, news, lifestyle, home decoration tips, parenting, gardening, etc.

How do you pick best and profitable blog niche?

The best blog niche is the right mix of profitability and your passion. So ask yourself:

  1. Do I enjoy writing content around the topic (passion)?
  2. Does the niche have monetization potential (traffic and growth)?

Must read –> “How To Pick A Winning Blog Niche In 3 Steps?

Once you’ve decided what niche to blog on, forming a name for your blog becomes easier. Try to brainstorm names from the niche you’ve picked or take the help of dictionary to run some words.

Also why not try 

  1. Your full name
  2. To come up with power words or common words from your desired niche

Naming your blog is crucial but don’t let it pick your head hard. Just keep in mind to select an easy and memorable name for your blog.

Step 2: Buy your domain name & Hosting

I hope you have chosen your blog name and niche in the above step. 

Now is the time to register it online.

Let’s buy domain and hosting to start your blog

Follow the below steps:

#1. Visit Hostpapa (this is the hosting currently I use to manage this blog)

#2. Go to WP starter under “WordPress hosting” and click on “Get started”

#3. Add/remove add ons and click on “Next step”

#4. This is where you grab the free domain offer

#5. Input your account details and make the payment via credit card

Congratulations! You are all ready to have a self-hosted WordPress blog and that’s your first step to success.

Next,  you will receive “Invoice” and “Welcome email” with credentials to your cPanel.

Step 3: Blog installation

Do you prefer quick video tutorial or step-by-step text procedure?

I have both.

Let’s start with the video tutorial first

Step-by-Step procedure to install WordPress blog on Hostpapa hosting:

#1. Login to your cPanel account with the credentials that you have received.

#2. Search for “WordPress” or scroll down to “Softaculous” section, choose “WordPress” and click install.

#3. Enter desired username, password and email ID for your new WordPress admin account.

#4. Scroll down and click on install button to start the blog installation process.

#5. In a few moments, you will see the success message with a link to your WordPress admin panel.

That’s all, click the link, enter your admin credentials to login to your WP admin dashboard.

Step 4: Design your blog (Theme, Plugins & initial settings)

Now you shall see the WordPress dashboard with a wide variety of options. Something like this…

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Yup, that’s your dashboard where you get to design your blog with a WordPress theme and plugins, write/edit articles, create pages, do the initial settings and the whole blogging thing.

First, Let’s Just Install a theme

WordPress has 5000+ FREE themes, which one to choose?

My personal recommendation is Astra Premium theme. Since you’re just a beginner, it is perfectly okay if you go with its free version or any other theme that you have in your mind.

Because, I don’t want you to consume much energy and time on worrying about theme for your blog. Your primary focus should be on creating helpful content and growing readership.

How to install a WordPress theme and design your blog?

  • Go to Appearance–>Themes–>Search and explore for themes and install one.
  • Click on Appearance–>Customization, here you will be able to customize the blog design as you want.

Below are the handpicked guides that will help you further in the process of starting and growing a blog:

FAQs about How to start a blog and make money in 2020

#Q 1. How do I make money from blogging?

Understand your audience base, build helpful content for them, and build a loyal tribe. Then start finding the relevant and reliable products and promote them via your blog space.

As I always say, invest yourself in learning before you jump in to the monetization part.

Once you are good to go, make sure to check out my below guide on blog monetization to start making money.

How To Earn Money From Your Blog In 2020

#Q 2. Can I start blogging for free?

Yes, you can start a blog with free of cost using blogger.com, wix.com, and WordPress.com, etc. But free blogging doesn’t give you control over the design, customization, and monetization. So it is better to start blogging with a self-hosted WordPress blog (the process I mentioned above).

#Q 3. Is blogging worth it in 2020?

It’s not too late to start a blog and share your knowledge with the people around you. There’s never been a better way and time to start blogging.

With the dominance of YouTube, it’s okay if you get this doubt about starting a blog. Statista makes you understand the blogging reality.

#Q 4. How do I get more discount with Hostpapa?

There are three ways:

  1. Check out if they have seasonal offers with their sales team using “live chat” option.
  2. Go for 3 year term to avail maximum benefit.
  3. Purchase on “Blackfriday sale” period that usually starts at the end of November and run for a week.

#Q 5. I want to share my personal stories once in a while. Should I go for self-hosted blog or free blog?

It depend on what you want to achieve through blogging.

If you want to build audience, reputation and money – A combination of WordPress + HostPapa is the right choice. Otherwise, just go with a free blog like blogspot.com or wix.com.

#Q 6. How long does it take for a blog to generate revenue?

I am not promising you any time frame. Blogging success depend on the efforts that you put in.

#Q 7. I’m not good at English, Is blogging is for me?

Keep practicing every day: offline or online. No one is perfect in the beginning, keep the flow going. Use tools like Grammarly to write better and thoughtful.

#Q 8. How often should I publish content on my blog?

There is no thumb rule for that.

Few bloggers publish daily and few once in a month. At the end, quality plays a king role than quantity. So just focus on delivering the best content consistently to your readers.

Conclusion

Now that I have outlined how to start a blog from the scratch guide with easiest procedure it is the time for you to show some magic.

Have anything to discuss? Please let me know in the comments.

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83 thoughts on “How To Start A blog in 2020”

  1. Shaheer Farooq

    Very informative!
    Thanks for showing the best ways to make money from the blog. Imnew in blogging career, this post really helps me out and show me the right path.

  2. Really nice tips for anyone blogging. Just be you and write about topics you enjoy and are really interested in. Then you have a much better chance being successful then. I have a blog at hostinger, just writing about some of my travel experiences which I more than enjoy but I still got some great advise from your article thx.

  3. A very detailed step by step tutorial! Right now its wise if we have our own online presence. Great job for sharing this! Very helpful for beginners!

  4. Hi Mudassir,
    great guide on starting a brand new blog. If I was starting one today, this guide is all I’d need to guide me:)
    You mentioned necessary plugins and I’d like to chime in on that.
    Content table plugin. Tables of content are great for breaking up post into digestible chunks, they offer great UX, and they even have proven SEO value for a website. I covered it on my site on one of the articles,
    Cheers!

    1. Hey Nikola, If you are following this response feel free to share the link of your article on my Twitter. I will add. Thanks for the appreciate.

  5. Thanks you so much Mudassir for you effort to present such a information rich and helpful guide about starting a blog. You just clearly describe all the steps on the article to understand easily every things. like it.

  6. This is really informative article. This is really useful for those who want to start blogging. I really appreciate your effort. Thank you for sharing this kind of post with us.
    Thank You!!

  7. I am really happy with articles quality and presentation.and I really enjoy reading this post. The points are clear and easy to implement. Adding value to your audience by creating quality and informative content is a unique way to stand out Thank you so much

  8. Such a fantastic informative article on how to start a blog.
    You put almost everything that anyone needs to start a website from scratch.
    It’s definitely helped lots of beginners to start their online journey
    Thank u

  9. You have written very good information but I have a question that how long does it take for a website to be ranked in Google

    1. I am glad you find it useful. Technically, it takes 1 to 14 days or even more to be ranked on Google based on many ranking factors like Content quality, UX, niche-keyword competition, and so on. Connect with me on Twitter DM, happy to help more!

  10. Hi Mudassir,

    Well, My answer to your question is, I started blogging to share the knowledge with people and when I get to know that you can even make money from blogging so the curiosity has arisen.

    I couldn’t agree more with your point of not having the right blogging attitude. Having the right attitude of blogging with real passion and consistency are the only factors that will work to be successful.

    This article is a good guide. So simple and practical. Keep on sharing your knowledge. 🙂

    Regards,
    Jeangam

    1. Hi Jeangam,

      Blogging is similar to planting a fruit tree; choosing soil, seed, give a good amount of water, and sunlight. Eventually, the seed sprout into a tree. Patience with the right blogging attitude plays a key role to enjoy success.

      Thanks for your kind encouragement buddy.

  11. Hi Mudassir,

    This is really a nice post who are looking for starting a blog.

    What I liked most about this post is the motivational section, Don’t quit.

    Thanks

  12. I recently started my blog after procrastinating for so many years, It has always been my dream. This is so comprehensive and it is helping me through the early phase. Thank you so much.

  13. Hi Mudassir,
    Your article is a well-rounded post filled with valuable details. It is a great resource for bloggers, especially wannabes. I like how you structure the content. Good job!

  14. Hello Arvind, thanks for asking. I have newly added the details in the Blog installation section. Feel free to ask if you have any further questions, glad to help.

  15. Raushan Khuswaha

    Hey I want to make a micro niche blog but I don’t know much about it. Can you tell me about micro blogging below?

  16. Thanks for the sharing of information. You have explain this in very detail. This is very useful for new and medium bloggers to get new idea and skill to improve their blog ranking and traffic. Well explained.

  17. Hey Mudassir,

    Excellent post as usual. Many thigs to consider. I like your post especially the step-by-step guide that you have included. Blogging is an amazing and trending art. Blogging field requires a good writing skills, ideas and knowledge. Blogging provide us several benefits, as blogging platform provide us an opportunity to meet new people, share or ideas, knowledge and opinions. It also helps us to build connection and relationships and trust with other great blogger, improve our writing skills. We can also generate a good income through it if we are having a great writing skills, knowledge and ideas. It give us a chance to learn new things and stuff.

    Your 5 key points to consider while starting new blog really rocks and helpful. As this post will helps several users, people and readers

    Truly helpful post and thanks for sharing

    1. Hello Aadarsh,

      I appreciate your insights on blogging and I strongly agree with you that blogging is a profitable stream if we develop decent writing and research skills. Your appreciation means a lot to me, thanks for stopping by.

  18. Hi Mudassir,

    You have dome a Great Job.

    Your article is full of valuable information about “How to start a blog”.

    Well written and your blog have a beautiful layout.

    Thanks for sharing such great content with us.

    Cheers,
    Keep providing great content like this.

    1. Hello Vishal,

      Welcome! I’m glad that you liked the content and UX. Thank you for stopping by and please keep visiting!

  19. pls add detailed information on back links because its too hard for beginners to create back links & everyone knows the value of back links

    1. Hello Avtar Singh,

      I am glad to hear this. Yes, backlinks are so much important to rank well online. Moreover, hard to earn quality backlinks these days.

      I will drop a comment here once I publish the backlinks guide.You can also subscribe to my content through email ID. Thanks buddy!

  20. This guide is really helpful for newbie who want to start their own blog. Thank you so much for sharing such an informative article.

  21. Niche selection is very important in blogging. you explained very well.

    yes, starting a blog with Siteground is good action.

    Thank you for this post. keep come up with this awesome stuff.

    1. Hello Venkat,

      Welcome to Nettyfeed, Glad to have you here.

      I agree your point on picking the right niche is one of the important steps for a blogging growth.

  22. Sayem Ibn Kashem

    What a beauty of the content. I always love to read your content. The way you explain something is very easy to understand and has its own beauty. keep it up, brother.

  23. You have dome a Great Job.

    Your article is full of valuable & great information about “How to start a blog” & earn money online through blog.

    Well written and your blog have a beautiful layout.

    Thanks for sharing such great content with us.this is useful for us..😘😘😘

    Cheers,
    Keep providing great content like this.

  24. Hey Mudassir,

    This is an awesome and detailed blog post. It is the ideal guide for anyone trying to get started with blogging. Well done!

    I particularly like the section ‘Promoting your articles as a beginner’. Just creating great content is not enough, people must see it. It’s akin to someone having the finest Pizza in town. But unless people know where to find it, they will never know how it tastes!

    This line from your post is so much fun, yet very much relevant.

    ‘Most bloggers say, “Content is king” and I say “Promotion is Queen” and “backlinks” are people.’

    Keep up this great work!

    1. Hey Amit,

      Welcome. Very well said, Promoting content is equally important as creating.

      Thank you for this amazing comment.

  25. Sathish Arumugam

    Hey Mudassir,
    Great work! This a wonderful article which must not be missed. Undoubtedly, it will help every reader on starting the own blog in 2020.
    Good start…long way to go!!
    Cheers:-)

  26. Mohammed Toufiq

    Hey, Mudassir!

    I landed here from your Twitter(follow me back if you don’t mind) handle.

    I must say, you kept the things very simple as much as possible, so the newbies can understand easily without getting confused. You covered everything required to get started with Blogging.

    I enjoyed reading the complete article.

    Keep up the good work!

  27. Thanks Mudassir, I have just purchased domain and hosting after reading this article. I will follow the steps you have mentioned, please tell me how can I reach you if I want any other help in setup.

  28. hey mudassir ,

    bro i have daily page view around 60-80 . but in this page view im only able to generate around 2 dollar per month bro .actually this low traffic is result as i have only posted 24 articles from 9 month and due to job stress i stopped posting but right now im daily posting .just waiting for some ideas which i can implement to gain traffic and to generate some money 30$ a month kam se kam ..thank you bro 🙂

    1. Hey Amit, With the no. of views you mentioned, I’m sure you can earn more than $30/month. It all depends on various factors, to name a few: quality of your traffic, your engagement with your audience, etc. Start focusing on one article to be ranked on Google instead of 24 at once. Learn and implement SEO the right way, and most importantly, keep the patience, it is a long way.

      Make sure to check out this article to learn various ways to increase your new blog’s traffic – https://www.bloggingexplained.com/drive-blog-traffic/ All the best!

  29. Hello,

    First of all thanks for sharing this good post. Indeed so insightful post ,and I am really benefited from this content.

    Besides, the design of this blog is so beautiful and caught my attention when i entered.

    Keep rocking!

    Rupam Sardar

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