So you want to start a crypto blog? This is a great idea! But where do you start? There’s so much information out there and before you start you may feel so overwhelmed that you give up.
It’s common so don’t fret!
Before I set up cryptocoindude.com, just over 2 years ago, I was a cryptocurrency blogging newbie. Not quite a no-coiner, but definitely new to the blogging scene.
Now cryptocoindude.com is doing pretty well and it receives over 300,000k new and returning visitors every year. I know a ton about blog creation, post writing and ranking organically on Google through on and off page search engine optimization (SEO).
I’m not a blogging God by any stretch, but I believe I can pass on the basics to get you on your way to creating a kick-ass crypto blog. Without further ado, let’s jump into ‘how to start a crypto blog – beginners guide’
Why should you create a crypto blog?
In this post, I’ll outline exactly what you need to do to set up a crypto blog. First, it will be worthwhile to explore why you may want to do this.
- Blogging has become one of the best ways to express yourself online. There are millions of blogs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!
- You get to connect with readers and deliver your message.
- You will become a better writer.
- The best reason is you will make money from it. Brands love bloggers!
How to start a crypto blog in five easy steps
- Choose the best blog platform
- Chose a webhost
- Set up your blog on your own domain
- Design your new blog
- Useful resources for bloggers
You’ve made it this far so well done – lets dig deeper.
Step 1 Choose the best blog platform
The first job you have is to choose your blogging platform. The best platform, and the one I’d always recommend, is WordPress. WordPress.org and not WordPress.com.
A WordPress blog will offer you the ultimate flexibility. It has 1000s of plugins so you can customise your blog to do exactly what you need.
It’s estimated that 75 million blogs are ran on WordPress.org. All these people can’t be wrong.
It’s immense and really user friendly for newbies: it’s not rocket science. A few good YouTube video guides under your belt and you will be good to go.
There are other blogging platforms like Blogger, Weebly and Tumblr. But if you want to take it seriously go for WordPress.
Step 2 Choose a webhost
Your next choice will be to select a webhost. Do you go self-hosting or a free alternative?
WordPress.com, Tumblr and Blogger all have free versions. Sounds good, right?
If you want to create a blog that no one will ever reader or find, then these are perfectly fine options. Sounds harsh, right, but let me explain.
Choose these free platforms and you will be given a butt ugly domain name like yourblog.wordpress.com or yourblog.tumblr.com.
Google really dislikes these domain names and your chances of ranking well are very low.
Next, with these free platforms you will be limited to what you can actually do.
For example, you want cutting edge social share buttons or the gold-plated SEO plugin of Yoast and then it’s a none starter. Your blog is curbed by what the platform offers.
WordPress.org has 1000s developers building custom plugins to take your blog where other platforms can’t.
Finally, host your blog on one of these free platforms and you simply don’t own it. If Blogger for example one day decides that is doesn’t like crypto, then poof your blog could be blacklisted and banned. Unlikely, but I like to own my creations.
Step 3 Host your own blog and own your domain
So we know that we need a WordPress.org blog and we need our own sexy domain name like cryptocoindude.com. Additionally, we want to host it with little restriction. What do we do now?
Lets make it very simple.
Here you can set up your blog quick, cheap and they do all the work for you. They will install the correct version of WordPress, keep it updated and keep it secure. I’d personally go for the middle price tier option of ‘Grow Big’.
Let me tell you a little secret about Siteground.com and why it’s the top boy.
In the past, I have had managed WordPress blogs with other platforms such as Godaddy. Let me tell you the problem here.
Your site WILL break at some point.
You will have an issue you need to solve. You will need help. Even if you do everything right.
If you have a problem with Godaddy my experience was waiting at the end of the phone for hours only to find that every time I had a problem it was a certain amount of dollars to fix it.
The expense to keep my Godaddy blog alive over the months and years escalated into 100s of dollars… maybe over a 1000 dollars (between the phone calls and fixing actions needed.)
At Siteground, not only is the online chat support in real time (no phone queues) but they have never charged me to resolve a problem.
In fact, they go above and beyond and actually log into my site and fix errors. The peace of mind and ease that this offers is awesome.
If this is something that you would like
In no time you will have a host, one click WordPress install and you can even get your domain name there to so you don’t have to mess around pointing it from another provider.
As soon as you have your WordPress site up and running, you can go to www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin log on and write your first test post.
It may look confusing at first, but it soon becomes super simple!
Step 4 designing your WordPress blog
Now the fun begins!
Design your cryptocurrency blog and make it look killer. On the WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance>Themes and you can choose a free theme to experiment with.
I would strongly recommend getting a premium theme from the start. They are only about $40 bucks and the investment pays dividends in the future.
Potential clients want to see a blog that takes itself seriously. Premium themes look and perform better – period.
I usually get my themes from Themeforest.
On this blog, I use Themeforest’s Soledad theme and on blockchainpiper.com I use Newsmag.
Soledad is great for an easy to read one/two writer blog and Newsmag lends itself more to a news theme with multiple authors.
Your blog should reflect your topic and your personality. A cryptocurrency blog should reflect the FinTech niche. Make it cool, but most of all make it easy to read and navigate.
Readers will visit the site and if it’s too complex or difficult to access they will bounce off to somewhere different.
Make it easy for them. The key question is would you stick around and read it if you were visiting for the first time.
And now we are on the last step!
Step 5 Useful resources for bloggers
There are 1000s of great resources online for blog creation. Just type in your search in Google and off you go.
Your goal is to accumulate enough knowledge to deliver you message and if you do it well you will make money – guaranteed. And that’s all that’s too it – get started and give it a whirl.
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How to start a crypto blog – wrapped up
I’m going to leave the comments open on this post, so feel free to get involved. If you have used this post to start your cryptocurrency blog, then I’d love to here about it. Want to add a top tip that I didn’t cover in the post? No problem… go for it! Include your blog link and get some do-follow link juice as well. Now that’s cool; all I ask is to share the blog on your favourite social media channels as payment in kind.