How to start a blog site/website
No worries, starting a blog in the Philippines is as easy as A-B-C and this article will guide you through the how to’s of blogging in the Philippines.
Before we start, make sure you are prepared to start a blog and are well aware of all that it entails. Blogging requires time, effort and money – like any business, it needs capital and a lot of love. You need to know exactly why you are doing it and for what reasons.
Happily, unlike traditional businesses, you can set up a blog with minimal cost and you can do it in the comforts of your home.
So how exactly do you start a blog?
A is for author
The first of this series talked about Why You Should Start a Blog, and one of the reasons there was that it makes your life more interesting.
It is quite the same here, when you blog, you write about yourself and/or what you know (your expertise), and your interests. In short you become the author of your life as you write about your life in your blog.
BUT blogging is not a personal diary. You need to choose which part of your life is interesting enough to open to the word.
As an author you need to answer two things:
- What is your niche?
A niche is important in creating a blog. In the thousands of blogs around, what makes you stand out? What will be your focus?
It can be any of the roles you play in life – are you a single parent, a volunteer, a student?
Or it may be a talent you have like being a great cook, a gardener or a massage therapist.
It may also be an interest like stamp collection or bee farming.
Anything that you are good enough to share something about and interested enough to want to talk about it all the time.
Being a Filipino blogger may also be a niche for you. As of the moment, there are a lot of niche available for Filipinos to write about, so if have a certain interest or experience to share, you can write about those and be the authority for that niche in the Philippines.
- What will you write about?
After deciding your niche, decide what you can write about it?
This is because, to start a blog you need content. This is what your readers will come back for every time and hopefully, they will like it enough to subscribe and maybe buy some product from you if you have one.
In the blogging world, content is king. So make your content interesting.
Remember, your blog will only be good enough if you have a clear niche. Having a clear niche will influence your blog’s overall style, give it a unique voice and ultimately become a trusted brand.
B is for blogging Basics
The first part is more of a self-reflection but this time is more of a financial and practical part of starting a blog.
First, name your blog.
Blog experts would often advice new bloggers to follow these three tips in coming up with a blog name:
- Make it unique – make your blog site name unique while also staying true to your niche and brand. Filipinos are good at this, we play with names and make a fun and memorable twist to it.
If you are blogging about food, your blog site’s name will probably be something about food too. Let me warn you though, there are several other blogs about the same thing so your blog site name may not be available anymore.
Be creative in thinking of a name while at the same time keep your brand in mind. If what you have in mind is a serious site then a funny name will most likely be out of place.
Tip: List as many blog names as you can think of so you have a backup in case it is already taken.
- Keep it short and simple. While it is good to have unique and creative names, it is also important to keep the name short and simple so it is easier to type and remember.
It will be hard for first time visitors to come back to your site if they can’t remember your blog site name, and they may visit another site instead. Now, that’s just a sad loss.
Tip: You may hire a professional to think of a name for you and may be even make a logo as well. Or you may look for free website name maker and explore those options.
- Check if it is available. Now that you have a name in mind, go ahead and check if it is available for you. As soon as you know it is available, see if you can reserve the name for your site. Remember, these names may be available now but not the next day or hour.
Your name will not just be your blog site’s name, as soon as you are serious about it, it becomes your domain name.
Second, get a domain name.
A Domain name is the web address that people will type to reach your blog, example: angblogko.com.
A domain name is usually ends with .com but there are other extensions like .net, .org, .edu, and .ph. If you plan to focus on Filipino audience, you can have your blog extension as .ph – for Philippines. Example, angblogko.ph
Recently, more extensions were available opening up more possibility for unique domain names.
Third, choose a web host.
The last thing you need now is to choose a host. Web hosting companies provide you with a space in the internet so you can publish your site.
C is for connect, communicate and collaborate
You are almost done. One more thing you need to do is to connect. This is not so much of a problem for us Filipinos since we have the most online presence. Just make sure that you act professional when you are being your blog site persona.
Connecting to others is one way to gain site recognition. Build authority. Make sure to put a professional face all the time when you communicate through your blog/website, social media or e-mail.
Visitors can potentially be loyal readers and prospective clients in the future. It is important to connect and have a good lasting relationship with your readers.
It is therefore important to have a means to communicate with them. Aside from the comments section in your site and in social media, do not leave out your contact page so readers and other businesses interested to collaborate with you can reach you.
You may need to subscribe to an email provider that can manage your mailing list (some hosting services offer this too) as well.
Starting a blog site now has never been this easy. You don’t need to be a computer geek to set up your site. There’s a lot of resources out there that will help you with your journey in creating your dream site.