After travel blogging for the last 4 years, I have decided it’s about time to help my main audience with how to start a blog in Australia. If you live outside of Australia, don’t worry this guide still applies because the principle is the same around the world. Let me help you understand.
The Internet is overwhelmingly full of all the mixed information about blogging, technical struggles, causing you to be anxious and confused about where to start blogging. Today I am going to break it all down in bite-size for everyday people like you and me. I also encourage you to bookmark this page so you can revisit later if you get stuck.
How to start a blog in Australia and around the world step by step
- How to start a blog in Australia and around the world step by step
- 1. Decide on Niche:
- 2. Choose a Domain Name:
- 3. Choose a Hosting Provider:
- 4. Secure Social Media Channels:
- 5. Choose a theme for your blog
- 6. Sort out the logo and tagline
- 7. Write & publish your first post
- 8. Be consistent
- 9. Promote your blog
- 10. Make money blogging
- Let me know in the comments:
1. Decide on Niche:
It is imperative to first, decide what you are passionate about, even better to know what is your “why” to pick that blog niche. What this does is gives you an idea of what you have the most knowledge about that you can pass on to others. That being said, you don’t necessarily need to know it all on the niche you chose because you can always build on with your existing knowledge also or start with an idea if you are brave. But having an understanding of what niche you want to focus on narrows down what to write/blog about.
It is like building your house from scratch right. It is best to have a plan and get your foundation right from the get-go so you don’t have to switch and change later on. To conclude Niche is important on taking your story online. So, think about it first.
2. Choose a Domain Name:
A domain name is a name for your blog on the internet. Once you have your niche sorted, the next step is to think about what name you want to give your blog online. I should add here it costs to register the blog name online.
There is also an option to have a blog without paying for it but it doesn’t look professional. You can see the difference below.
Paid Domain – annasherchand.com
Not paid domain – annasherchand dot wordpress . (dot) com or annasherchand dot (domainprovidersname) dot com
If you are in a super tight budget, it makes sense to start with the free version at first. If not, I recommend starting professionally from DAY 1. And usually, the Domain name doesn’t cost arms and legs, just between $1 -$7 AUD!
There are many domain name providers but I recommend Bluehost. They have been in the industry for a long time, it is preferred by WordPress and I always have a positive experience with them also.
If you want your friends and brands to take you seriously it is recommended to have a professional-looking domain name. And if you purchased your domain from Bluehost, you can manage it online through your Domain Manager and can even change the name if you don’t like it a few days later! Just remember that any changes to your name servers can take up to 72 hours to propagate if you do decide to change the blog name.
NOTE: If you use this Bluehost link you will get a free domain name for the first year, free security certificate for your blog which is called an SSL certificate, and 24/7 support for $7 all up.
3. Choose a Hosting Provider:
This step only applies if you paid for your domain name otherwise skip this and go to step 4.
Now if you registered your domain name, the next step on how to start a blog in Australia is to get that domain name a house aka hosting. Without a web host, your Domain name won’t work. So it is imperative that you choose the hosting provider wisely not only to give your domain a home but also for the fast loading of your blog online.
In the blogging world, Bluehost is one of the best ones for hosting, and its most popular solution shared hosting provides everything you need at $3.95/mo.
I recommend choosing Bluehost for hosting. That way you can start small and spend less (The billing cycle is yearly so it’s like you set and forget and focus on blogging) And as you grow your blog and audience you can easily upgrade to a premium version.
4. Secure Social Media Channels:
Now, step 4 is optional really. And I understand this may be an unpopular opinion but I have seen bloggers work it without social media channels. If you want to just focus on blogging sharing your niche ideas and can’t be bothered with social media fair enough, you do you.
The general advice is to secure usernames for your social media channels. so that your online profiles look cohesive, and you can easily share your blogs on social media getting more eyes on it also.
For example: if you type anna sherchand on google, you will find my website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, and Twitter all on the first page of Google. There is no guessing, it’ all under the same name, it’s a no brainer for my readers to find me. The point is, you want to be reachable for people to find and follow you. With almost everyone in the world using social media these days, it is probably a better idea to at least get your username secured even if you don’t use it often. That way, when you do decide to use it, you are ready to go!
5. Choose a theme for your blog
Now that you are done with the sort of technical part, the next step on how to start blogging in Australia is to customize your blog. What do i mean?
Let’s recap. You chose your niche, bought the domain name for your blog, the hosting plan, and secured all the social media channels. Now the next step is to choose a free template for your blog and tweak it. It’s like painting your new home or probably better – choosing the accents and aesthetics for your new home.
The easiest way to do this is to choose a WordPress theme. Again, there are free ones and paid ones you can choose from. Once you log in to WordPress, go to customize and play around with different themes to decide which one you want to go with then work from there.
There will be times you will change your mind, go easy on yourself. Allow yourself to change your mind and design if you aren’t happy. And before I forget with Bluehost, you can get the 1 Click WordPress Installation also.
6. Sort out the logo and tagline
Now the 6th step on how to start a blog in Australia is to sort out the logo and tagline. In order to make your blog look professional, you need a logo and tagline to go with it. You could skip this step for now if you like but I think it helps to get this out the way now than later.
You could hire someone to design your blog logo or DIY. Either way, something unique or relatable or catchy does the trick!
7. Write & publish your first post
Finally time has come to create content which is the most fun part! What are you going to write about for your first post?
If I had to recommend I would say “About me” would be a great first post for any and all blog. It gives the audience a window to your life and the opportunity to get to know you a little better.
8. Be consistent
I mention this point here because this is key. In early days, without consistency the blog will die even without starting. I recommend to set a routine on which day and time you want to write about and stick to that.
Being consistent helps the blogger as well as the audience to keep up with the blog.
9. Promote your blog
Now if you have been writing tons of blog on your niche but worried nobody will read it? Well the next step is to get more people to read your blog.
First step here is to share what you have written across all your social media channels, IG, FB, Pinterest, Tweets, Youtube and everywhere you think your audience maybe. Talk about it among your friends, or to new people, basically promoting online and offline works in conjunction but don’t be that friend who always and only talks about the blog.
On this blogging journey, you could feel alone if your friends or family don’t support your blog but keep going. They are not your audience, you may have the whole different target market, your blog just has to reach in front of the right audience.
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10. Make money blogging
I am going to elaborate on this part, once I have enough interest from you guys. So let me know in the comments section.
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