Question: How To Get Started With Professional Blogging?

Blogging is not only a medium to showcase your voice, but it’s also a viable career option.

Many youngsters are jumping into the blogging world to earn part-time passive income. Some (like me) are even earning a full-time professional living.

But starting a professional blog requires lots of things, and if you are planning to make blogging your career, you (at least) need to have a blog business plan and a professional appearance.

Professional Blogging
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Anil asked me this question:

  • How can I start a professional blog?

Here’s his full question:

I am blogging on a free WordPress.com blog now, and I want to get a blog for professional blogging. Should I move from WordPress.com to a “professional” platform? I want to know how much it will cost to create a new blogging website & how much I should be paying per month. And what about hosting? Where do I start, and what do I do?

Starting A Professional Blog

I’m sure Anil is not the only one facing this problem, and many of you probably want to jump from a casual blog to a professional blog.

Now, before I start answering Anil’s query, here are a few questions which you should ask yourself:

  • What makes a blog look professional?
  • What’s the difference between your blog and a professional, well-established blog?
  • What are you doing to get yourself to the “professional” level?

Best Platform For Blogging

There are many good blogging platforms out there. Most newbies start with BlogSpot or WordPress.com, as these require zero investment.

However, the professional approach would be getting a self-hosted blog. There are many platforms out there, but if you wish to make it big, you need to get the best fit for your project.

WordPress
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I advocate for WordPress because it not only meets all of our blogging needs, it also helps us to extend its basic capabilities. And one of the best things about WordPress is that regardless of which platform you are on now, you can always migrate to a self-hosted WordPress blog via an inbuilt importer.

When you migrate your WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted blog, the people over at WordPress.com will help you keep it search engine friendly by maintaining a 301-redirection for $15/year.

How much will it cost to create a new website?

For a self-hosted WordPress blog, it all depends upon how much expertise you have and how much you want to spend. I’d say from a newbie perspective, $75 is typical.

Right off the bat, you will need a domain and hosting. This will cost around $60. (Cheap WordPress Hosting Services.)

After that, you can start with either a free WordPress template or a premium WordPress template.

WordPress is easy to learn and understand. You can do mostly everything yourself, and the things you can’t, you can learn very quickly. You can refer to my WordPress guide to getting started with the basics of WordPress.

What is web hosting?

What is Web Hosting
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A web host is a company that provides the space for your website.

Basically, your web hosting is where your website will be stored. You will have remote virtual access to it, and you can perform everything you need to do from this remote place.

If you wish to start a professional blog, you will need a hosting account. I recommend starting with Bluehost. It’s good, secure, and affordable.

Here is a video guide to help you learn how to buy hosting for your blog:

But before buying hosting, you will need to select a domain name for your blog.

I have a domain name and hosting. What’s next?

So once you have a domain name and hosting, you can refer to the following tutorials on how to install WordPress:

I have installed WordPress. What’s next?

So after installing WordPress, there are many things which you need to do.

Follow these guides to get you going on the right path:

WordPress Theme Resources

There are various WordPress theme resources out there.

Check out a few of them here:

Maintaining Professionalism

Maintaining Professionalism
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So now you have your blog set up and ready.

Now, when I talk about a “professional” blog, I’m talking about a well-maintained and well-branded blog. Your brand is the most important thing you have, and you need to nurture and sustain it over time.

You also need to maintain a proper publishing frequency, and your articles need to be better than what others are offering.

Plan out a strategy for your blog, and treat it like a real business. When I say “business”, that means you need to continually work on improving its quality, getting new readers, and properly marketing your blog.

You also need to keep improving as a blogger and continue learning.

Do you have any more questions about what it takes to start a professional blog? Ask away in the comments below.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

10 thoughts on “Question: How To Get Started With Professional Blogging?”

  1. This Is Beautiful Idea! You are Sharing Your Knowledge by answering questions…
    Hope Everyone Makes most out of it!
    Thank You!

  2. Hi Harsh,
    Really the best collection of WordPress related topics and tutorials.
    I hope it will be more helpful to newbie bloggers and those who want to be professional blogger by migrating their blog from free hosting to paid.

  3. Good starts always lead to better successes! To choose blogging platform, good theme, reliable host and proper plugins are crucial steps when you are in this blogging world. This is a well structured post, and leads to many resources and possibilities.

  4. Thanks Harsh for sharing such a basic but very important concepts.. Can you please tell us more about your services??

    Regards,
    Rehan

  5. I like this kind of post, it looks simple but manage to cover up one big topic. Surely recommended for newbies..

  6. Hey Harsh, What’s up.. I am here for the competition finally.
    So run for cover lol.. This is Kamal btw 😉

  7. I think going with wordpress.org would be a nice alternative until you run a successful blog and then migrating to your own personalized domain and hosting would be nice.But yeah on the other hand SEO done on the blog would suffer and a lot of things would have to be redone.

    But for the people with lack of funds this is a great alternative.

  8. I want to give my domain .Com site to my friend. How to give the full access to my frd to be the owner of that domain.

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