How to Start a Blog to Deliver a Value

To deliver certain value for the people, I need this Blog in WordPress. This value may be the opportunity for me to unite the people having the same feelings for a certain cause will be discussed here.

WordPress gives the platform to reach my community to build good relationships among us for a global cause. I warmly welcome you to support the work I wanted for my society with WordPress. As we know, WordPress is good content management software available in open-source. 

 I need this software’s feature – Blog to deliver value to my community and interact with my people around the globe. It was the reason behind starting a blog. I wanted to connect my people with the words expressed in the Blog for a global cause.

Come to the point of how to start a blog to deliver values. WordPress is a certain platform to reach people through its blogs. That’s why I choose WordPress as the perfect medium to deliver my thoughts to my people and interact with them by its extended features.

Start a Blog

So I thought we were here to deliver our valuable resources to the people through our passionate writing and unique way of narrating the content. WordPress helps us to reach people through its blog and community participation websites.

How to deliver the content or resources in a blog, and what is the purpose?

Before starting to set up the Blog, we must know how to present the content in blogs to the community and its purpose. 

There were many popular modes of transferring your message to the community by articles, tutorials, case studies of life events, stories, etc. To present the message faster and easier to understand, use any one of the ways mentioned above with quality infographic images, videos, and podcasts.

The purpose of blogging is to interact with people who have had the same intent in the past and connect them with them for the right cause by the quality of writing in its content delivery methods.

This quality of content delivery gives an opportunity to earn a sustainable income, build a brand, and connect with people you love.

Why choose blogs for content delivery and earn money?

To deliver content to the right people for their right needs is not easy; only search engines like Google know the complexity of delivering the content to the right people.

In the interconnected world, delivering content is easy by various platforms available to convey the messages short and elaborately. But the communication process ends by delivering messages to the right person they are in need.

To complete the content delivery process, I choose blogging is the right way to deliver content to the right people, especially when they are in need. 

Important to listen that every content is necessary when it is needed. Blogging is the best way to deliver the content to the right people at the right time, easily understandable by the person who received the content.

There were many faster ways to deliver the values in the interconnected world, such as social media websites. But blogs prove its uniqueness of content delivery, and responses make people earn money by offering service or the right product to the people.

How to Build a Blog to Deliver Values

Setting up a blog to start delivering the contents and receiving feedback from its readers is a lot easier with WordPress and the interconnected web.

Start to build a blog and have seven easy steps as follows.

Step 1: Choose the Right Niche for Blogging

Step 2: Find a Domain Name and Hosting

Step 3: Install WordPress for Content Management 

Step 4: Choose a Good Theme and Design for Blog 

Step 5: Optimise the Blog with the right SEO

Step 6: Add necessary plugins to blogs for Content delivery

Step 7: Publish the Contents in WordPress for quicker responses

These seven steps give a successful start to build a blog and deliver values. Once you start publishing the content in WordPress, the responses are being received. Now it’s a complete communication tool for readers and the content writer.

 

Step 1: Choose the Right Niche for Blogging

Finding the right niche for blogging lies in the purpose of starting the Blog. The niche bloggers frequently deliver their content on a particular topic related to the purpose of the Blog in which they started it.

The main purpose of blogging is to build communities, Give them opportunities to serve the people by offering a service or product. Always stay connected with your readers because you have started a blog to deliver such valuable information.

To identify the niche, need an answer to the type of service or a product needed to that community?. The answer has a niche for your Blog. Do certain research by yourself and with available communication tools. 

How much quality content was needed in that niche to figure out peoples who were in trouble to find a solution. Research how many services are available to resolve their problem shortly and what they demand those services and find ways to offer them free.

Choosing the right niche for the right cause can help the Blog succeed in that purpose in which the Blog was started. 

Try to identify the people worldwide by the uniqueness of words and narration of messages in your niche. It will make to build strong interaction with the people in your niche and build relationships with them.

These things provide a true community by blogging in a niche.

 If you cannot identify a niche at the early stages of blogging, analyse yourself with past experiences. Try to answer the following questions. 

What is our hobby? 

Which made us have interest in that habit?.

 How long does that hobby bring us to stay in a situation? 

How often has it occurred in the past?

These questions bring such an engagement to a topic to build your community even stronger. So we can find a niche by analysing ourselves or with the help of tools available for communication with people.

After the identification of the niche, we should find the geometry in the concept. Trying to find the key terms used by the people in that niche will make it easier to bring a domain for your Blog. 

 

Step 2: Find a Domain Name and suitable hosting for Blog.

To find a domain and suitable hosting for a blog, first identify the keywords in a chosen niche in an earlier step. If the keyword matches with the purpose of the Blog, it would be better for readers to stay connected along with the purpose in which the community is going to be built.

How to choose a domain name for the Blog

People with its clarity should easily pronounce the domain name. Once you found a keyword for a domain. We should check availability for the domain with the help of domain service providers.

Every individual Blog or website on the internet should have a unique domain name for its identity. There are many service providers in the market for domain availability checks.

Here consider Godaddy is a domain name service provider. Go to Godday.com.

Find a Domain

In a search bar, enter the domain name you have chosen for the availability check.

It will come up with an available domain names list for the keyword you have chosen for the Blog in a few seconds.

There are many extensions available with a chosen domain name.Com, Org, .info, etc.

Preferably choose .com extension for our blog. Once you have identified the availability of example.com as a domain name for our Blog. Just bring the domain name into our account by purchasing it.

Now you had an identity for your blog called example.com. Then we should find suitable hosting for the domain.

How to identify the best hosting for a blog?

Before identifying suitable hosting for our Blog, first, we should know what is hosting? Hosting is a service that provides storage in its server to store and process our blog content and deliver it when it is requested. 

Choosing the right hosting to the Blog has the following reasons

It helps to store more resources of the Blog on its server

For faster processing of blog data to display our blog content quicker to readers.

It brings blog content that should be available at all times to its readers

It provides blog content that should be protected and delivers when it is requested.

If any hosting service providers provide these features, we can go with them to host our Blog. For example, we can go with Hostgator, a leading hosting service provider that offers different hosting packages for various purposes. 

They will also recommend certain packages for WordPress blog. Choose that hosting plan for our Blog. They will provide an account with Cpanel access to your hosting account.

After choosing your hosting plan, Generally, hosting service providers provide domain name servers (DNS) to host data. We should map these domain name servers with the domain name purchased with the domain service provider account to bring your Blog to life to their readers.

These name servers look like ns1xx.hostgator.com, ns2xx.hostgator.com

Add these two name servers to DNS records of the domain and add them to the domain service provider’s account to bring your blog domain available on the internet. 

Once the blog domain is live now, we are ready to install blog content management software hosting control panel or Cpanel. 

Nowadays, many service providers offer hosting and domain in the same place before choosing to ensure our requirements with that.

 

Step 3: Install WordPress for Content Management

Once you mapped hosting with a domain using DNS records, we need to wait a maximum of 24 hours for DNS records to bring your domain live to the readers. Once your domain gets live with a hosted page, it confirms that your domain was ready for readers.

Now you are ready to install the Blog in your hosting control panel. For that, just login into your Hostgator Cpanel found the one-click Softaculous application installer.

Softaculous

Just click on it. It brings the list of applications that it can install. Just click on the WordPress icon,

It will ask to download the recent version of WordPress content management software from WordPress.org and 

Ask some more site details for the installation as follows

Installation url, by default it will install https://domain.com we can install it subdirectory also, for example, http://domain.com/blog after chosen the installation URL path,

Then provide the site details, like Site Name and Description here.

Site Name: It is nothing but the name of the site displayed to your readers along with the logo. The name of the site should reflect the purpose of the Blog.

Site Description – it tells about the type of content that is going to be published in this Blog and the details about the motive of the Blog.

 

And finally, Add admin username, admin password and admin email for the installation of WordPress. We can use this Admin username and password to modify or add blog features in later days.

Now click the Install button to complete the installation. Now we got a congratulation message that shows the installation has completed.

The details about the installation of WordPress have been sent to the contact email provided here.

Now you are ready to add theme and design to the Blog to deliver content in an elegant way to the readers.

Step 4: Choose a Good Theme and Design for the Blog

Once we mapped the chosen domain with the hosting, then the installed WordPress blog has come into life to its readers. After the successful installation of WordPress in the domain, the WordPress site has displayed default themes. Depends on the category of the blog we need to choose theme for WordPress websites.

Now it is ready for blogging, and we can publish the first post in our Blog with the help of the WordPress admin dashboard. We can add new posts at infrequent intervals to build a community.

But when we see our Blog from a reader’s point of view with that default WordPress theme, It will not look as good as our readers’ intention to stay for a long time and read the post with the same intention Blog has been created.

We need to change the look and feel of the Blog according to the purpose of the Blog in which readers can stay for a long time and want to know more about the information being discussed in the post. 

So to change the look of the Blog, we should add a new theme to our Blog to make glory to our community. To add a new theme, we need to log in to the WordPress admin dashboard with the username and password provided during WordPress installation.

For this, go to the browser type url as our domain.com/wp-admin and hit enter. It will be redirected to the login page of the WordPress admin dashboard. Just enter your username and password and hit enter.

Now we are inside the admin dashboard. On the left side, we had a user navigation bar. To change the new theme’s goto appearance themes, just click on it. I will redirect to the themes page. Here we can add a free theme chosen from available themes in the WordPress library then install and activate it. Or we can upload to install a new customisable premium WordPress theme from our desktop, which we already purchased from the WordPress theme developers.

Once upload and installation are completed, you can activate the theme by clicking the activate button. After the activation, the premium theme comes into life with your Blog.

How to choose a suitable theme for your Blog

Based on the purpose of the Blog is going to be created and the reader’s expectation to stay long in your Blog. Your theme should be simple and clean.

Also, It should be easy to load when the readers request a new post to read related content. The theme and its design should be a simple and faster loading script with customisation options because every Blog needs a unique outstanding design in their Blog to attract its readers.

A WordPress theme should have optimised features for the search engine. It should be useful for people to identify your blog content via search engines like google, bing, etc., so it should have search engine compatibility.

I used a thesis framework from diythemes for my Blog, and some customisation has added to the theme to interact with my readers shortly. Checkout thesis theme review here. Based on the purpose of the blog creation, We may require theme customisation. So we can choose any theme with customisation features available in it. 

Nowadays, many themes available in the market come up with page builders inside to customise the theme if required. If you want membership site themes you can check OptimizePress theme templates review..

After completing the activation and customisation, our Blog looks elegant with purpose towards the readers. 

We need to optimise our blog settings to make them compatible with search engines; it makes it easier for search engines to deliver our content to people around the world with the same intention.

Step 5: Optimise the Blog with the right SEO 

Once we have created a blog with good design, now it is time to display our Blog to people worldwide. And find the visitors to our blog content which is going to be published soon.

Many search engines available on the internet give related content for the user who wants an answer for a certain search query. To help search engines index your blog content to its users if it was related to the search query. Which made that user come into our Blog read the content, and become a reader for a long time

To achieve this process, we have some settings in WordPress to display our blog content in its results in a better way.

Go to the WordPress admin dashboard; in the left sidebar, we have options for settings. We need to adjust three settings to make our Blog compatible with search engines.

Under the settings tab, we have General settings, Reading settings and Permalink settings. We need to set up these three things.

General settings

In General settings, we need to add Site Title – which we have added during the installation of WordPress.

General settings

Then Tagline should be something about what our Blog wants to convey to the readers and the community. This Blog has a tag line as Clear Vision and Catch Mission.

 the ”wpcells” Blog wants to say to its community of readers

WordPress installed url displayed here,

In the next option, if we want, we can change our site home page and be different from the WordPress installation address. For example, your site home page with WordPress may be installed separately in subdirectory examples like domain.com and domain.com/blog.

Save the settings; here, we notified our tagline and site address if WordPress installed in the blog directory.

Reading Settings

In reading settings, we can also set up a static homepage and a blog page as we knew a blog that updates its recently published post at the top of the home page.

Reading Settings

We can use a static home page with any one of the blog pages and a posts page as a blog if we want.

We can also restrict the number of posts displayed in the home page archive. And also how much content will be displayed in every post of a home page archive, Whether we can display a full post or summary only.

In reading settings, we have options to discourage search engines from indexing this blog post. If we enable this option, our blog posts will not be indexed in search engines for any search query. Make sure that this box is unchecked to reach your readers.

Permalinks settings

Finally, in the permalink settings, we have multiple options to set up your posts page url. By default, it uses post ID for every post that was published in our Blog.

Permalinks Settings

We can use the (%post-name%) post name option as a permalink for every post to be published for better results. And hit the save changes button, and it will be reflected in our Blog.

Most importantly, we need to submit xml sitemaps in search engines for better crawling and index. Some post On-page SEO for blogs can also improve the index results in search engines. And also we need to do link building for  website which we will discuss later.

Step 6: Add necessary plugins to blogs for Content delivery

Every Blog needs certain plugins to deliver its content in both effective and efficient ways and also some plugins needed for security and better performance of the Blog.

Every plugin should extend the features of the WordPress blog. Each plugin should add to the WordPress admin dashboard. 

Plugin installation and setup have five steps

  1. To Add plugin, Click on pluginà add new in the left sidebar of the WordPress dashboard. It will be directed to the WordPress plugins page.
  2. Search the plugins here. For example, type Akismet in the search bar, and display a list of plugins in search results.
  3. To Install -Find Akismet anti-spam plugin and click install. After the installation, asks to activate the plugin
  4. To Activate – click the activate button; after the activation, every plugin needs some settings to perform better. 
  5. Setup -Akismet anti-spam needs our blog API key to perform good results. Get it from the link provided there and finish with save settings. It was the plugin installation and settings procedure.

Here I listed eight plugins that are necessary for every WordPress blog with four different categories.

For security purpose, we should use 

Akismet and Backupbuddy buddyplugin

  1. Akismet anti-spam plugin -It is used to avoid spam comments and unethical login attempts. It protects our blogs from spammers
  2. Backup buddy – we can take our WordPress database backup and site backup in a scheduled way. We can easily restore the data from its back up

For better performance, we should use

Google Xml sitemap and W3 total cache

  1. Google xml sitemap – use google xml site map to generate a site map for our Blog having the urls of our Blog and needs to be submitted in search engines. We set up the frequency of sitemap creation here.
  2. W3 total cache- For faster loading of our web page. And its availability to the readers is much faster, even if the blog post has high-quality images and videos.

For Content Delivery 

We should use Related post, Simple Social Media share button plugin

  1. Yarpp – this related post plugin used to list the number of posts related to the blog post we are currently reading. Several posts and its relativity is in the plugin’s settings. The related posts are listed at the end of every post.
  2. Simple Social media share buttons – This plugin has several social media icons like Twitter, Facebook, linkedin, stumble upon etc. it is used to share our blog post on social media and bookmarking sites.

For tracking and Support

We should use Google analytics and contact form 7

  1. Google Analytics- This plugin used to get analytics data on the WordPress dashboard. We can track our visitor and its location search term here.
  2. Contact form 7- To interact with our readers, we should use seven plugins and its form in the contact page and posts page. 

Eight plugins are necessary for every Blog should have for all purposes. The plugins belong to 4 category support needed for Blog – security and backup, performance, content delivery and finally tack and Support.

 Now all the blog settings are completed. We are ready to publish the first post on our Blog.

 

Step 7: Publish the Contents in WordPress for quicker responses

Before publishing the first post, we just need to create the first page of our Blog called the about page. To create a page, go to the WordPress admin dashboard; under pages, click the new page.

It will go to the visual editor of WordPress admin here. Just enter the Page title as about us and add some content about who we are, On which purpose we are here with a Blog, and our motive should be mentioned here with photograph and publish the page.

Now we are ready to publish our first post. We have already written a post with some infographic images. We need to add all this in our first blog post.

Go to WordPress admin dashboard àUnder Posts just click Add new it will be redirected to a new page with a visual editor and some options.

First, add the post title, then add the post content in the visual editor, insert the infographic images in the places we want to add inside the post content using the visual editor.

Below the post visual editor, some post On-page SEO options are available. Just add these things like a custom title tag, meta description and meta tag for every post. Also, enable comments in all posts. These are the things we should tell our blog post to search engines to index properly.

Once we have done all the things now, we will publish the first post on your Blog. Hit the publish button and then look out for the Blog, which has its first content to readers. Regularly add new posts until the purpose of your blog creation has been fulfilled. Track our first visitors in analytics and build our greater community for the global cause. That’s it.

Conclusion

Starting a WordPress blog has seven easy steps from choosing the right niche to publish the first post. The end of the seventh step will be the beginning of a new journey to build a community to serve people by the reason we created the Blog. 

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