To some people blogging is an essential part of their existence.
Every thought, every upset, every life event, recorded the world to read.
For others it’s a chance to talk about a hobby, a passion or campaign.
And for businesses it’s a chance to build relevant content that is separate to their main site, in the pursuit of more traffic and links.
Whatever your reason for starting a blog, you will want to use the most powerful and appropriate platform. WordPress is the choice of literally tens of millions of people. So let’s take a look now at how you can build a blog on WordPress.
Learn Exactly How To Build A Blog From Scratch
When I say from scratch, I’m not talking about literally writing the code from the ground up. Thankfully it’s much easier process than that to start your own blog nowadays.
The first thing to understand is that a blog is just a website. The two are really interchangeable, and even the specialist blogging software WordPress has evolved into a fully fledged content management system that is suitable for creating any type of website.
There are other types of site builder out there, but those that use WordPress as the underlying software are the most flexible for whatever type of site you want to build.
There are lots of free blog hosts out there. Many of them use WordPress. The problem is that a lot of these free blog posts get invaded with spam to the point where their servers cannot cope. As upgrading costs too much money, they simply cannot justify upgrading and users suffer, or they have to close.
Boosites did its own analysis of 50 blog/site providers (also known as Web 2.0 sites). They found that of those 50, 18 were no longer actually working and 12 had closed registration. This left 20 sites working.
Of those 20, which included the big players such as wordpress.com, blogger.com and tumblr.com, nine required payment to set up an account, while all of them had paid upgrade options.
So when people look for information on how to build a blog site for free, what they are really asking is how can they build a blog site for free that will be shut down when the bloghost service goes bust a few months down the line.
That’s why Boosites have implemented a business model around charging a small $1.99 fee to create an account. Not only does this allow us to invest in the future, but it also puts off the spammers and the time wasters.
The bottom line is you need to look for a quality host your new blog site. Make sure they run WordPress and make sure that they are going to be around for long term.
Once inside your admin area, it’s easy to select a theme, tweak it, add a logo, add pages for contact and about, tweak your SEO settings, add great content and hit publish.
I’ve Heard People Build Blogs Just To Create Links?
This is true. And it’s the reason why many of the free blog posts, who offered a place to blog for free in good faith, have had their faces rubbed into the dirt.
Massively automated spam blog creation software has the ability to destroy open free blog networks in literally a few days.
It’s a completely crazy strategy for the link builder. Why bother investing any time or money in creating the site when the networks that the sites are created on simply collapse under the weight?
Thankfully, those days are coming to an end. Google is getting much better at recognising proper content and the blog posts that remain are much more closed, and ruthless about knocking spam out of the networks.
Our take here at Boosites is to understand that people create Web 2.0 blog sites for a variety of reasons. As we said at the start, both for business and pleasure. Sometimes that business is to create a blog that builds a link to their main moneymaking website.
And there is nothing wrong with that, as long as they show respect to the host by creating a site that contains decent content, that adds value to the Internet and that they are prepared to help pay to keep that site, meaning the link they are basically created, online for the long-term.
At the other end of the scale, the person who wants to just create a personal blog about their housebuilding project, car restoration project or the birth of a new child, can also benefit from a more stable network that uses WordPress and is going to be around for long term.
Boosites costs just $1.99 to join. It is a small, one-off fee that allows you to create an account.
Once you have created an account, you can create one powerful WordPress blog, complete with a fully functioning admin area that contains many pre-activated plugins.
If you get fed up with the site and want to delete it, you can do just that, and then create a new site from within your main account.