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How to start a blog in 2022 – Beginner’s ultimate guide

Are you ready to start blogging and you are looking for ways on how to start a blog?

This content provides you with all the step-by-step guides on how you can build a successful blog in 20 minutes from your computer.

After going through this guide from the beginning to the end. You will surely create a good-looking and profitable blog. And also share with the world those interesting topics that have been ringing in your head for long.

I actually created this content for beginners. This guide will take you from the amateur stage to a professional level. So if you are ready to make blogging a full-time career, continue reading.

Before going straight to the tutorial. Let me first introduce myself and also explain to you why this tutorial is very important. And why you should not just read but put everything you learn into practice.

My name is Popmati Emebu, am the owner of this amazing website ‘Shakeworldonline’. I started the website. So I can use it as a means, to teach people all the things I have learned about blogging and other internet business.

I know that understanding how to start a blog is very hard. Especially when you are new in the business and don’t know where to start.

So if you really want to start making it online through blogging I Advice you to put everything you are going to learn from this guide into action. Don’t be the type that read and end up not implementing what they read.

If you need my help, then use the Talk to Popmati page to send me a message.

How to start a blog – What you are going to learn

Part 1. Choosing a niche

Part 2. Performing keyword research

Part 3. Choosing a blogging platform

Part 4. Choosing a domain name

Part 5. Setting up your blog on WordPress

Part 6. Installing WordPress plugins

Part 7. Creating content and Designing your blog

Part 8. Driving traffic to your blog

Part 9. Monetizing your blog

Part 10. Tracking your blog traffic

How to start a blog – What is blogging?

In the Wikipedia definition – A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.

Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited.

source: Wikipedia

According to my own understanding. Blogging is all about creating content on the web as a means to spread out information to a target audience and generate revenue in return.

Am defining blogging this way because I want you to understand. That blogging is not just about creating content, but also a way to create a stream of income for yourself. If it is properly executed.

What is the purpose of starting a blog?

A lot of people start a blog for many reasons. For example, some create a blog to share their life journey, like people who love to travel.

They create a blog to share with the world their experience and adventures, individuals like business owners create blogs as a means to pass information to the customers. While few individuals use blogs to teach and educate people in various ways.

Whatever your reason maybe. Just know that blogging is very good in this new era of technology and easy access to the internet.

You can use blog to share with the world the various issues that have been going on in your community, your home, workplace and also use it as a means to expose some bad things that have been happening in a particular region.

I want you to know that blogging is very profitable if you run it in a proper way.

How to structure a blog

The looks of blog have changed in recent time, blogs these days involves various items and widgets. But there are standard features and structures most blog follows these days, which I have listed below.

  • Header – the container where the blog menu is placed.
  • Content section – the main content area or where the latest blog posts are displayed.
  • Sidebar – where you put your social profiles, categories, place adverts, and favorite content.
  • Footer – contains some relevant links such as privacy policy, contact page, and more.
blog structure - how to start a blog
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How much do bloggers earn?

I know that beginners like you will be still wondering how much bloggers make. Nobody wants to start a business without thinking of making a profit. So I understand your reason to start a blog is to earn high-income revenue.

I want you to know how much some bloggers make and I also want you to take your blogging business very seriously because you too can be successful like other ProBlogger.

Most bloggers earn around $200 to $2,500 or more in a month in their first year of blogging, while professional bloggers who have strong monetization strategies make up to $3,500 to $15,000 monthly. They are also some expert bloggers who make half a million dollars every month.

Now that you have understood what is blogging and how much bloggers earn. Let’s dive into how you can build your own blog from scratch.

How to start a blog – the step by step guide

This step-by-step guide will show you how to choose a niche for your blog, design the blog from scratch and also teach you how to monetize and drive traffic to your newly created blog.

Part 1: Choosing a niche for your blog

Before explaining to you how to pick a niche. First, you need to understand the term “Niche” and why is important.

What is a Niche in blogging

A Niche in blogging is the process of creating a blog with the intention of using it to promote and market-specific product in a particular market or creating content that focuses on specific topics in a particular niche market. For example “health niche”.

How to find a niche for your blog

The best way to find a niche that will suit your blog is through understanding the kind of content you love to read and write about. Or turn your hobby into a money-making system, meaning creating content about what you love doing and turning those articles into a blog post.

They are many ways you can turn your hobby into a blog which I have listed below.
Cooking blog:
If you love cooking and they are some good recipes you know that make your dish so delicious. You can create a cooking blog and create content to teach and educate people on how to cook and also show them how to use those recipes you love.

Fashion blog
let’s say you love fashion, you are good at choosing the best dress for your friends and when they go out people will be like wow, who is your plug. You can create a fashion blog where people can read quality content like make-up tips, dressing tips, and more.

Now you have found out that you can turn your hobby into a blog, Excellent right. But what if your hobby is not in the profitable niche market are you going to quit. I guess the answer will be no.

I have heard a lot of bloggers saying it is better to go for a highly profitable niche if you really want to make money in the blogging industry.

To my own understanding, any blog can generate a high amount of revenue if it is implemented with a proper monetization strategy.

But if you really want to start with a highly profitable niche. Then you can start by reading a lot of content in that niche, so you can be able to create quality contents your readers will love. To make your blogging career easy and smooth as a beginner, it is better you start with your hobby, and maybe, in the long run, you can have blogs in other niches.

Types of high profitable niche

I have listed out some of the blog niches that have been tested and confirmed for years by many expert bloggers as the most highly lucrative niche.

1. Personal finance
The blog niche that makes a lot of money is the blog that contains articles about money. For example, loans, mortgages, credit cards, and investing more.

Any blog that talks about money are highly profitable because many companies in this particular industry spend a huge amount of money to get clients. So they spend high on advertising.

2. Education

Education is another great profitable niche. The reason why this niche is highly profitable is that people are really spending a high volume amount of money on education.

So adverts and affiliate offers within this niche are very lucrative, topics such as refinancing student loans, opening a student account, or selecting an online school are highly profitable.

I will not list all of the most highly profitable niches here. You can conduct your own research to find out more.

The important reasons for choosing a niche for your blog are that it will help you know your target audience, help you also know how to plan your content and also build a brand and gain authority in that particular market.

A good example of a niche blog. Is this particular site you are reading this content. My blog “Shakeworldonline” focuses mainly on teaching people blogging and digital marketing.

So you see that whenever people are looking for where to learn this topic I mention above, they will land on this blog and will love to come back for more articles.

So now that you have learned what a niche blog is all about and also understand how to choose a niche for your blog, in the next chapter you will learn how to create content and conduct keyword research.

Part 2. How to perform keyword research and create quality content

As a beginner, you may just want to write and publish that content in your mind. It is very good but if you are looking for how to start a blog so you can make money then you have to do it the professional way.

When I first started I use to publish random articles on my blog hoping I will get a lot of traffic and make a huge amount of money.

I was repeating this mistake for years before I find out what I was doing wrong and start all over from scratch.

If you have chosen a niche for your blog, the next thing you would want to do is create content for the blog.

But before you start writing those pieces of article you have to first find out what people are looking for to read.

The only way to find out what they are looking for on the internet is by conducting keyword research. I will not explain much about keywords here, but you can read this article What is a keyword to get a proper understanding of keywords.

How to perform keyword research

In this section am going to use a keyword research tool called Semrush to show you how to get keywords and create content around that keywords.

Conducting keyword research before creating content. Will help you find out what people are actually typing in the search engines to get answers to their questions. And also you can see the number of people who are looking for that content in a particular country.

So for example. Your blog is all about cooking and you want to write content about “how to make a sandwich”. First, you need to know how many people are looking for this type of content.

So click here. To open the Semrush tool in a new window to find out the number of people that are searching for this keyword.

So when you are on the website. Type in ” how to make a sandwich ” in the search bar and click the “Start Now” button. The tool will analyze your query and give the result.