Hello, this is Hikithe Achumi and in this post, I will walk you through a Complete Beginner’s Guide on How to Start a Blog in India on a budget.
It’s no secret that Blogging is one of the most popular ways to make money online. In the western countries, blogging is a common word, but in India, many people still don’t know about it.
There are thousands if not, millions of people today who have left their jobs and have chosen Blogging as the main source of income.
In India, Blogging is rapidly growing and today, it has become a necessity to know the basics of Blog writing and SEO.
What is Blogging?
In short, Blogging is a method in which you write about the things on your blogs that will be of help to the people searching for that issue.
For example, if you write about ” How to make a meme ” and if people find your post helpful, then you are helping them through Blogging. I hope you get my idea.
Who Should Start a Blog?
There are no requirements for anybody to start blogging. You don’t need to be an expert in any field, but inorder to actually publish helpful contents, you need to have some knowledge about the topics that you’re writing.
With the pandemic forcing everyone to start working online, 2021 is the best time to start a blog in India as well as other parts of the world.
Scope of Blogging in India
With more than 1 billion people, India still does not have many Bloggers when compared to US and other western countries.
This is due the lack of internet, but in recent times, the internet has penetrated to almost every part of the country and the reach is huge.
There are millions of Indians who still don’t know many basic things in life and you can help them through blogging. In this way, they learn more about the things they don’t know, and you will be able to earn money by monetising your blog.
How to Start a Blog in India?
Starting a blog in India is the same as starting a blog anywhere else in the world. All you need is a domain name for yourself and a good hosting to become a successful Blogger.
There are certain steps that you must know inorder to start a successful blogs, they are;
- Choose the right Blogging Platform.
- Pick a Niche that is profitable.
- A custom Top Level Domain.
- A Reliable Web Hosting.
- Publish unique and helpful contents.
- Monetise your blog.
Now that you’ve read the 6 essential steps, let’s start your blogging journey without any further ado.
1. Choose the right Blogging Platform.
It is important to note that the choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) is equally important as choosing the right hosting.
At present times, there are hundreds of CMS available which you can use to start blogging. Only a handful of them offer great features. Some of them are; WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, and Drupal.
Out of these 4, the most widely used are WordPress and Blogger. So, let’s see which one you should go with.
If you want to start blogging on Blogger (Blogspot), you don’t even need to buy a web hosting. All you need is a domain and you are good to go. But there’s a catch, features on Blogger are limited and Google might ban your account anytime if you misuse it.
With WordPress, there are almost unlimited amount of plugins, themes, and you can customise you blog the way you want. Unlike Blogger, you will have a complete control over your blog. This is the primary reason why I would recommend you to go with WordPress.
2. Pick a Niche that is profitable.
If you don’t what what a Niche is, it is simple a topic which you want to write about on your blogs.
At the time of writing this post, there are currently more than 2,000+ Blog Niches that you can’t choose.
Lifestyle, Fashion, Sports, Technology, etch are some of the examples of Niches, but they are very broad.
I would not recommend you to pick a Niche that is very broad because you won’t be able to compete with that blogs that are already established.
Instead, you should start a micro-niche blog since they are much more easier to rank on search engines. And the best part, most of the micro niches have little to no competition.
What is a Micro Niche?
A micro-niche is also known as a subtopic of a main Niche. For eg, a Technology niche will have subtopics like Android, Windows, Games, Consoles, etc.
Similarly, a sports niche is further categorised into Football, Cricket, Basketball, etc.
Even if you have so much knowledge about a Broad Niche, it will be hard to compete with big blogs. So, picking a small topic in the begging is the best way to become a successful Blogger.
For instance, even if you know everything about Technology, you won’t be able to beat sites like TechCrunch. That is why you should start your blog with a smaller topic like Console Gaming which will have only few competition.
Now that you know what a Niche is, let’s move to the second step.
2. A custom Top Level Domain.
To start a blog, you need to have a domain. It is important to have a Top Level Domain because without it, you can’t establish a name for yourself.
A Domain is a name that you will use inorder to let people find and know about what you publish or your blog. Eg; example.com, example.in, example.org, are some top level domains.
There are two ways in which you can get a domain name for yourself. First is by purchasing it through domain name registrars like GoDaddy, Namecheap, etc. Secondly, you can get a free domain for a year when you buy a web hosting.
Usually, domains like .com will cost more than ₹600 for a year and some people will be unable to afford it. So, I’ve already written a post on how to get a free .com domain as well as getting a .com domain at a cheap price. These two posts will help those who are on a budget.
If you have the budget, you can register your domain from trusted websites like GoDaddy, Namecheap and NameSilo.
After registering a domain, you will need a reliable Web Hosting.
3. A reliable Web Hosting.
What is a Web Hosting?
A Web Hosting is a server where you will store all your blog or website’s data like Posts, Images, Videos, and more.
As suggested by studies, a fast Web Hosting is one of the most important Google Ranking factors. Your contents may be great, but if your Hosting is slow, your site might not rank high in search engines.
There are many great hosting providers like Hostinger, Bluehost, etc. They are cheap, but most of the new Bloggers still won’t be able to afford them. So, I will recommend some hosting companies who offers great features and they are much more cheaper than Hostinger and Bluehost.
|ProHosty||Best for Shared Hosting.||Go to ProHosty|
|HeroHosty||Best for Cheap Cloud Hosting.||Go to HeroHosty|
|SparrowHost||Fastest Growing Hosting Provider.||Go to SparrowHost|
As a beginner, I would suggest you to go for any of the tree hosting providers that I’ve mentioned. If you want to know more about them, you can read the posts that I’ve written.
Now that you’ve chosen the right web hosting for your blog, let’s move on to the next step.
5. Published unique and helpful contents.
To gain followers and become successful, it is important to regularly update your blog with unique and helpful contents. If you know about something that you think will help people, write about it. In this way, you will not only help people but also be able to earn money by Blogging.
Now that I have mentioned earning money by Blogging, let’s see how you can monetise your blog.
6. Monetise your blog.
There are many ways which you can use to monetise you blog, but the most common one is AdSense and Affiliate Marketing.
Once you have published more that 20 unique and good posts, you should apply for AdSense. You will be able to place AdSense ads on your blog and start earning money. But in order to place ads, you first need to get AdSense approval.
(I will write about the steps to get AdSense approval in the future).
Affiliate Marketing is one of the best if not, the best form of monetisation. You can earn more from Affiliate Marketing than on any other Ad networks like AdSense or Media.net.
For example, if your blog is about Cooking, you can refer your readers to buy products using your affiliate links and in turn, you will earn some commission. Percentage of commissions may vary depending on your niche.
Other forms of monetisation include, selling info products, selling your own products, etc.
With the above 6 essential points, I will conclude my post on How to start a blog in India on a budget.
Simply follow the steps that I’ve written and I can’t guarantee you a success, but if you work hard, anything is possible.