Blogging is all about sharing the love and we at TechBizWeb are serious about keeping our readers in loop with all the good stuff even minutely related to tech. One question I get asked all the time is “how can I make my own tech blog?” or “how can I become a tech blogger?”. Everyone would love to start blogging about tech, but not everyone is really willing to put in the effort.
Let me tell you all about how I launched TechBizWeb.com and where I plan on going from here. Keep in mind, TechBizWeb is still very new and I plan on working long and hard to really make it stand out of the crowd.
There are tons of great sources for advice on launching a tech blog, some of which I also followed quite closely. But the difference here will be that most of those sources give a general overlook of the blogging world and not much more.
Here, I want to go into more of the specifics. Just to point out, none of the material I’m sharing below is sponsored or biased in any way. It is completely honest and to the point of what happened for the creation of our very own, TechBizWeb.
Tech Blog Competition
There is a ton of competition out there. Seriously, tons! Tech blogging has to be probably the most, if not one of the most popular topics to blog about. When starting a tech blog, you have to really consider what it is that you want to do differently. I can say something quite easily right now and that is, just don’t be the guy giving the news like a news anchor.
Numerous websites and blogs out there are already giving the news. If you choose to do the same and unless you have a limitless investment backing you up, making a generic tech news blog would be highly prone to failure. I am not saying you are guaranteed to fail, but you pretty much are setting yourself up for it.
Are You Passionate about making a Tech Blog?
Thinking about topics to write about isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort to really come up with creative ideas, new articles and topics to cover. When starting a tech blog, it is most likely you’ll be alone or working with a couple of other people on a team. Nothing larger than that. So constantly pumping out content isn’t possible. This also may be a side gig for you, which is great – but needs passion.
Being frank, choose a topic which you are passionate about. If you don’t even know the ABCs of tech, do not get into tech blogging! Do not waste a ton of time and money on creating a website, only to abandon it a couple of months after because you aren’t getting traffic nor making any money.
If tech is a subject of interest, more power to you.
Problogger is an excellent resource as well for those new to the field.
Once you’ve made the decision to start your very own tech blog, it is time to muster up the courage and take it to the next level. Once again, the success of a blog is the amount of time and effort which goes into making it. Nothing is a success overnight – not even in the world of blogs.
There are a few things which need to be done right off the bat. The most important are:
- Choosing a Name for Your Blog
- Getting the Domain Name
- Choosing the Hosting Plan
- Your Tech Blog Platform
- Designing Your Blog
- Content Generation
I’m sticking to the basics to get you started. How to monetize your blog and getting traffic is a whole other ball game. Eventually, I will cover those topics as well for you, but kicking off your tech blog is of the essence right now.
Whether you plan to make money off it or not, writing with a passion is pure satisfaction. If you write with that passion, it will earn you a name and eventually bring about monetary benefits.
Name and Domain
This is probably the most important part of the entire setting up process. Your tech blog should have a name which reflects your niche. In this case, which is tech and anything to do with it. You’re probably going to have tons of names in mind, but ensuring that the domain is available is serious business.
You can purchase a domain from several websites. This can also be done from the company you get hosting from, but that does not always have to be the case. GoDaddy is one of the more popular services for getting domains and I have used their platform for domain hosting for quite a while now. Their prices are probably the best as well right now.
From personal experience, it isn’t easy finding a name with ‘Tech’ in it. This is due to the enormous popularity of tech blogs and tech related websites. Having tech in your domain name is great for SEO purposes and giving people an idea of what your blog is about, but is not necessary. Try and get creative, but being smart about it is key. You do not what to make a domain name which may sound good, but look weird or unappealing when typing it out. Try to keep your domain name to one word, which is highly unlikely to be available. Two words is then ideal and a maximum of three.
The name and domain URL should be easy to remember and nothing too out of the blue. Again, this all depends upon what type of blog you want to make it – so the sky really is the limit here.
Hosting and Platform
This is a hard choice to make. There are so many hosting options to choose from that it really gets confusing for beginners. I, too had a tough choice to make and spent weeks just researching and asking around. I finally ended up going with HostGator. They have tons of different options to choose from and have great beginner packages as well. BlueHost is another name I have heard to also provide pro-blogging hosting services.
Choosing a hosting company is solely your choice. Do explore the different options out there and see which one suits your blogging and fiscal requirements the best.
Without a doubt, your blogging platform should be WordPress. It is the easiest to use with the most functionality. Even a beginner like myself was easily able to grip WordPress and navigate around the countless options. You also will have numerous free themes to select from to setup your blog and literally, all it takes is a few clicks of a button to setup your blog. Gone are the days when you needed to be an expert designer and know how to code. That still is true if you need to setup a highly advanced and customized website, but for even the more advanced bloggers, simplicity is all that is required.
Designing Your Tech Blog
If you have a set plan in mind, go for a premium theme for your tech blog. Premium themes versus free themes available on WordPress have tons of features to offer. Premium themes are also great for SEO, Google Ranking and show that you are a serious blogger. They also give you a higher level of control of how you want your tech blog to look and the ability to make changes as you please.
Premium themes can be changed around in any way you’d like and will end up looking like you had your website tailor made. Best of all, they are highly economical and some of the best are available for less than USD $50. Once bought, you will have them for life and not need to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee.
The last thing you need to setup your blog is a good-looking logo. Most tech blogs and even the top-ranking ones don’t have anything too fancy going on for their logo design. This makes the lives of new bloggers easier since they’ll just need a simple design which compliments their content. Unless you can design a premium looking logo yourself, outsource it to a designer on the web. Fiverr is great for finding some reputable designers who do all sorts of jobs for very economical prices.
A decent logo can be priced at anywhere from USD $5 to $50. Be specific with the designer and tell them exactly what you’re looking for. Share some examples and it’ll be a whole lot easier for them as well.
Once your tech blog is ready and set, the last and most important aspect is creating great content. This is it. This is the real test of your blogging skills and future in the blogging world. Make sure you don’t mess up here. People could care less about your design, if the content is meaningful and provides some sort of value.
The article you are reading right now is a testimony to that. I didn’t have to spend the time and effort to write it all out for you, but I did because it creates value. There are several other how-to create a blog guides out there, but this is coming straight from my experience thus far.
Do not copy and paste everything you see. Plagiarism is the worst thing you could do for yourself and will get you in trouble with search engines and the law. Try to get motivation from other bloggers and add your uniqueness to the concept. Build your reputation slowly and steadily with content from within. Make sure you love writing what you write and your tech blog should be off to a great start. Keep in mind that a tech blog can be anything related to tech. The more specific it is, the better chances of you standing out.
I hope that this guide, even though it wasn’t too exact, still provided you a foundation to get going. If you have a love for writing, then blogging is definitely for you. Choose your niche carefully and per your passion and things will eventually work out well.
I’d love to hear your feedback about my advice on starting your own amazing tech blog. If there is anything you’d like to discuss, go ahead in the comments section below.