Do you want to start a tech blog? Do you have no idea where to start from?
In this detailed article, I have discussed the process of starting a tech blog from scratch.
This article is straight to the point and informs you of the relevant information you need to start your tech blog
Let’s get started
Start a Tech Blog in 7 Easy Steps
- Decide a Focus of your Tech blog. Choose an area of concentration that your blog will be centered on. Decide a niche on which the focus of your blog will be.
- Pick a domain name. Choose a unique name which will be permanent for your Tech blog
- Get your Tech blog online. Register your domain name and make your tech blog live with hosting.
- Chose a Blogging Platform. There are various blogging platforms to choose from. I recommend Word press which has been used for reference throughout this post.
- Write and Publish Content. Create content and share your knowledge with rest of the world.
- Promote Your Tech blog. Get your blog noticed, get more visitors to your site.
- Monetize your Tech blog. Ways to Make Money with your Tech blog
For example, Your blog can be covering Technology but focuses on Smartphones.
Smartphones will be your niche. You can also further narrow it down to Android Smartphones whatever your choice is.
Tech Blog Ideas
Technology is wide and below are some ideas to spark up your brain
- Product Review Blog
- Tech News website ( such as Tech Crunch)
- Startup Site
- Guides and Tutorial websites
- Tech How-To Sites ( such as Lifehacker)
- Online Tech Shopping sites (such as Techbargains)
- Tech Consultation Service Blog
Narrowing down the focus of your blog helps you gain Topical Authority in the eyes of Google. This helps you to rank higher for keywords related to that topic.
Covering different topics is not bad however you should not be too broad while diversifying the focus of your tech blog.
You can cover about 3-5 areas of focus. Find a focus for your blog but do not narrow it down to a very specific niche right away.
Be general and find out what works. Later on, you can decide on what Tech niche to major in based on experiments of what works out well for you.
Best practices for choosing a Tech Niche;
- Choose an Area of Interest
- Chose a Profitable Niche
- A niche of Low Competition
Pick a Domain Name
A domain name is the address of your blog for example; workaguide.com
Get creative while choosing a domain name for your tech blog.
- Use a top level domain such as .com, .org,
- Choose a short-easy to remember name
- Avoid the use of hyphens in between the domain name i.e. worka-guide.com
- Avoid the use of numbers in your domain name.
Are you having difficulty choosing a domain name for your tech blog?
You can also use a domain name generator to give you suggestions and ideas on picking a domain name. Where your chosen domain name already exists on the internet, The domain name generator will show you that it is unavailable.
Once you have found a domain name for your tech blog, the next step is to claim your domain by registering it with a registrar.
Various domain registrars such as Name cheap, Go daddy, Blue host. You can choose any one of them.
I purchased my domain name from Go daddy for as low as 0.99$. You can get started, too; after that, the standard renewal prices apply. The downside with Go daddy is the upsells. The first offer is enticing, but their renewal price goes up to 17.99$ (for a .com) domain which is high.
I recommend purchasing your domain name from Name cheap. Their domain name prices are affordable.
I like their cost-friendly yet top-notch services. A domain name goes for as low as 13.98$ per year.
So what next after purchasing a domain name?
You need hosting to bring your purchased domain to life. Hosting is where Your hosting database will store all files concerning your site.
Choosing good hosting is vital to kick-start your blogging journey.
The central aspect to consider while choosing hosting is SPEED.
Hosting determines the speed of your website. When you choose shitty hosting, you will experience slow speeds, and your site visitors will get frustrated with such a poor experience.
Site Speed as a ranking factor is not central but can affect your site rankings. Slow sites competing for the same keyword spots get pushed down the search results, and faster sites are pushed up the rankings.
You do not like visiting websites that take ages to load, do you?
How do you expect other people to love your website if it is slow?
For the best hosting, I recommend Cloud ways, Site ground hosting,
If you are running on a tight budget, Name cheap hosting is the best option you could get for affordable pricing and yet unbeatable performance.
You can opt for; Stellar, Stellar Plus, Stellar Business.
A blogging platform is software that enables you to manage and publish content. You can create posts and articles, edit and publish them with the help of such a platform.
There are both free and paid blogging platforms you can choose from to host your website.
Free blogging platforms include; blogger, Wix, Go daddy.
Cons of using free blogging platforms
- Limited customizability. With free blogging platforms, you have limited options of dictating the design you wish to have on your tech blog.
You cannot extend functionality with plugins such as improving page speed, tweaking your site design, improving site security.
- Lack of total control. Free blogging platforms can take your blog down at any time. I experienced an issue with blogger sometimes when my blog got taken down abruptly because of spam, which was wrongly flagged by the google bots.
I had not taken any backup of my posts, everything happened so fast, and I was stranded.
Even when I wrote emails to them to review my blog, the replies were automated, and I could not get any human response.
I filed my request for review, and luckily it was a google bots glitch that had caused an error.
That is one of the things that opened my eyes to reality. From then, I realized that I was at the mercy of blogspot. They could take my site down anytime they wished, and I could not complain and be heard.
- Free blogging sites cluster your site with ads. Ads are displayed on your site for the blogging platforms to earn money. You have no control over the number of ads to show your visitors, which can be annoying to your readers.
With free blogging sites, you are never in complete control.
Although free blogging platforms are free, they are bait if you plan to firmly establish your tech blog or site to a fully sustainable business.
If you are having a hard time deciding whether a paid blogging platform is worth the investment, keep in mind that investment if you ever want to earn from your tech blog.
The Blogging Platform I Recommend
With a 38% share of the websites on the internet, Word press has become increasingly popular.
I recommend Word Press because it is very customizable, has extended functionality with the use of plugins, SEO friendly e.t.c
- Head to your Namecheap Cpanel account and login
- Open Softaculous installer
- Choose Word Press
- Install WordPress
- Chose HTTP protocol
- Choose a domain
- Choose a site title and tagline
- Set login credentials
- Finish installation
A theme can make or ruin your website. It is always good to be keen while making a choice for a Theme to use for your Tech blog.
There are two types of themes you can choose from;
- Free Themes
- Premium Themes (Paid)
As a beginner, a free theme should work just fine for you. Not after you start making a reasonable amount from your blog, then you can invest in a premium theme.
Premium themes come with lots of customizations, they are fast, and have more appealing templates to choose from. Below are some of the recommended free themes;
- Neve theme
With the Kadence free theme, you have a lot more customizations and features that most premium word press themes do not have. The above themes are fast, lightweight and SEO friendly. They all have free and paid versions for you to choose from.
#1. Fast Loading Theme
Speed is very crucial while considering a theme for your Tech blog.
Research by Google showed that 53% of mobile users abandon a site that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
A bad theme can make your website slow and make users leave your site.
Choose a theme that is not clustered with plenty of unnecessary code. Choose a theme that loads within a very short time.
#2. SEO Friendly
An SEO-friendly theme is based on how the theme code was written.
The code must be written in an easy way that makes it easy for search engines such as Google’s web crawlers to access your Tech blog.
This helps your site to easily be interpreted by Search Engines thus more visibility.
The theme you choose for your Tech blog must be able to adjust responsively on all device types i.e. desktop or mobile.
Research shows that 70% of Web traffic comes from mobile devices.
Your theme should be mobile-friendly. It should be able to shift the content and structure of your Tech blog onto any device that your website is being viewed on.
Test your site for mobile-friendliness with Google’s Mobile-friendly Test tool
#4. Cross-browser Support
Various people will access your Tech blog and not all of them will have the same browser
The theme you chose should be able to support various websites and still maintain the structure of your Tech website as it is displayed in various websites such as Chrome, Edge, Opera among others.
#5. Visually Appealing
The theme you chose for your Tech blog should make a lasting impression!
Your theme should stand out.
Note: Do not make the mistake of worrying too much about your site design. Install a template to start with and modify things as time goes by. You have plenty of time to make tweaks as time goes on.
Before settling for my theme, I wandered in the jungle of themes on Word Press before I settled.
I tested various themes for speed, responsiveness, among others, as listed earlier, until I found the best Word Press theme you could ever find.
Kadence theme (which I use for this blog) is a lightweight, ultra-fast loading theme with many customization options to fit your brand.
Kadence Premium Theme for this blog costs 79$ per year.
You can start with the free version of the Kadence theme and upgrade later on. With the free version of the Kadence theme, you have quite a lot you can do than you could do with other paid themes.
Install Kadence Theme for your Tech blog, for which you can choose from any available template and make your site visually appealing!
Kadence is a complete packaged theme.
The Premium Kadence theme comes with other add ons in the Kadence bundle, such as the social sharing plugin, AMP plugin, Recaptcha, woo-commerce extension, Kadence blocks pro, e.t.c. which would instead need a separate plugin to get their functions.
The in-house light addons in the Kadence bundle save you the trouble of having to install numerous plugins, which will slow down your website.
- Design a logo for your site to define your brand. Use tools such as Canva to create a logo easily. Canva is a drag and drop design suite, easy to use, with lots of customizable templates to choose from.
- Add a favicon. A Favicon is like a mini logo.
A favicon is what appears like your site logo in search results and browser tabs.
- Add social sharing buttons to your site. Various social sharing plugins can help you easily add social sharing buttons to your site.
You can install a premium social sharing plugin like Kadence Social Sharing Plugin, which is very lightweight and does not impact your site’s performance.
- Make Your Site Easy to Navigate. Make the essential pages on your website easy to find. Use clear text which your users can see.
#1. SEO Plugin
You need an SEO plugin to help you with the optimization of your site. One of the most popular SEO is plugins is Rank Math
With the Rank Math Free version, you have a lot more features than some premium SEO plugins offer in their free versions.
Rank Math will help you optimize your posts for search appearances, get your Tech blog to rank on Google for traffic.
How To Install Rank Math Plugin
- Head to Plugins > Add New
- Type Rank Math and hit Enter
- Click Install > Activate
#2. Caching Plugin
A caching plugin makes your site faster by serving cached pages to users in various regions.
A caching plugin stores cached versions of the pages to your site and serve them to users as they access your site.
You can use the W3 cache plugin to help you with speeding up your site.
For extended functionality, I use WP rocket which is only a premium plugin and has no free version.
#3. Security Plugin
Security is an important factor that you should not overlook.
Many word press websites get hacked and owners lose them to hackers, phishers, and scammers.
The internet is not a safe place. You could lose your site to hackers within a blink of an eye.
Word press is secure but you must take extra caution and that is why you need a security plugin to provide extra protection.
How To Install Wordfence Plugin
- Head to Plugins > Add New
- Type Word fence and hit Enter
- Click Install > Activate
Tips To Keep Your Tech blog Secure
- Keep themes and plugins up to date
- Avoid clicking on unknown links concerning your site via your mail.
- Enable 2 Factor Authentication. Two Factor Authentication adds another layer of security to your site. What 2 Factor Authentication does is to require a unique code every time a user tries to login to your WordPress.
Generally, Google Analytics helps you to track the behavior of users (traffic) on your Tech blog.
You need to keep track of such information if you want to make professional assessments for your Tech blog.
Follow this guide to install Google Analytics on your Tech blog.
Search Console is a Google service that helps you monitor your site performance in Google search results.
With Google Search Console, you can monitor the performance of your tech blog in search results such as how many clicks you are getting, fix issues where they arise.
Follow this guide to add your Tech blog to Google Search Console.
First, you need to set up the basic pages. These pages are a standard for a professional website.
- About Page (example). Includes what your site is about or what you cover. You can decide to place a story of your journey as a way to create a strong bond of trustwith your readers.
- Contact us Page (example). Contains the channels through which people can connect with you i.e E-mail, Phone contact e.t.c.
- Disclaimer Page (example). Includes legal notice limiting liabilities you may suffer concerning your website.
After setting up the basic pages, next is writing the content.
When writing, you do not have to write about whatever comes to your mind! Your writing should be planned and strategic.
Before writing ask yourself the questions below;
Not considering the questions above will make you write content that you will end up reading for alone.
You do not want that!
Writing content can be had especially if you do not know how to go about the process the right way.
What is SEO?
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) refers to the techniques used to make your content be picked up by search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex to get traffic.
SEO helps your content to reach your target audience. It can be complex for newbies if approached the wrong way.
An SEO plugin will act as your guiding map for on-page search engine optimization.
An SEO plugin acts as a reminder for all the things you need to optimize on your blog post to appear in Google search results.
These include; proper use of the keywords, use of images, headings, meta descriptions, URL optimization, among others
The beauty of Word press is that there are many SEO plugins such as Yoast, All-in-one SEO that you can install to get the work done.
I use Rank Math Pro for optimizing posts on this site.
#1. Make Keyword Research
Making keyword research helps you find content ideas on what people are really searching for. Having your own ideas about which content to write is all good but there are questions you must ask yourself first.
If you write just about anything that comes to your mind, you are likely to write content that you will only read by yourself. This is because no one is searching for it.
So, how do you find content ideas for topics people are searching about?
Forums. Forums are internet communities where users get to interact with other users on a certain topic. People post Questions in various forums looking for answers and solutions.
i.e. What are the best Free VPNs?
Take note of what topics in your niche they are searching about.
Keyword Research Tools. These are tools that help you get the statistical information about the keywords you are searching for. There are a lot of free and paid keyword tools which you can use such as Uber suggest, SEM Rush, Keyword io, and many more.
For a beginner. The free versions of these tools will be more than enough and will help you get the necessary data you need while doing keyword research.
You can also use Google’s keyword planner, which is also just as effective in making keyword research.
#3. Analyze the Competition
Assuming you have found your desired keywords, next is to find out what content is available for your chosen keywords.
You have to analyze your competition. Place your keyword in Google and analyze the sites ranking on the first page for that keyword.
Open each site read the content they wrote, how they used media in their posts, how they used headings and subheadings.
Copy the text into a word counter to find out how many words they used.
During your analysis ask yourself the questions below;
- Did your competitors fully exhaust the content about the keyword?
- Did they solve users’ problems?
- Is their content of great quality?
One thing you must keep in mind is that the internet is a competitive place.
For your Tech blog to stand out, you must have super quality content. That is why you must pay keen attention to details and make thorough research before putting out content.
#4. Write Top-tier Content that Beats all Your Competitors
So you have made proper keyword research, analyzed your competitors, what next?
It’s time to get busy!
Divide your content into headings and subheadings. Fill up the outline with valuable content for your readers.
Write content that is meant to outrank your competitors. Fully exhaust the topics they didn’t.
According to research, long-form content tends to outrank short-form content in Google rankings.
Write posts of at least 1000 words per post.
Note: Not every post needs to be long-form. Keep in mind that you are solving user intent. Write content that will help people. Even when it is short, about 500 words as long as you solve the reader’s problem.
Write in a simple language that your readers will easily understand. Simplicity wins!
Tips For Writing Killer Content
#1. Keep Your Content Original and Unique
If you think you will copy other people’s content and paste it to your blog, prepare for your path to failure.
Google recognizes copied and scraped content, which will cause undesirable outcomes for your Tech blog. You will not receive rankings as similar content you have copied already exists elsewhere.
#2. Write Content That Satisfies User Intent
Write for humans first and later optimize for search engines. Front solving user intent at all times.
One way to check whether your content satisfies user intent is by personally reading through it and checking whether after reading it, your problem can be solved.
#3. Use a Writing Assistant
Do you have difficulty writing? Not a native English speaker?
Well, a writing assistant will help you eliminate grammatical errors, misspellings, and wrong punctuations.
Read a lot more often to improve your writing skills. Practice daily writing 1000 words daily. Go on increasing the limit as you get better and your writing will never be the same! Writing daily will help improve not only improve your writing skill but also your writing speed and confidence.
You can use Artificial Intelligence writing tools such as Jarvis a.i, Rytr, Article Forge if writing is a burden.
AI tools aside, with practice you will become gradually become good at writing.
Note: Writing content for your Technology blog or website is not as easy as it is in other niches. You must make research, get practical to ensure that you provide accurate up-to-date information.
If it is a how-to post, you must carry out the procedure yourself before publishing it to make sure it really works. Find the necessary images and screenshots and include them in your post.
This is why you should be keen and not just rush to publish for the sake.
Content Writing Check List
- Make thorough Keyword Research
- Include Images in your content
- Use simple language
- Solve user-intent
- Optimize your URLs
- Optimize your meta description
If it is about informing about a certain topic whether you are fully satisfied with the content you just read fulfilled the objective. Make sure you outcompete your competitors.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Join affiliate programs selling tech products related to your niche. Products can be physical or not physical such as software.
You can join Amazon affiliates and promote products such as cameras, microphones, laptops, etc.
For non-physical products, join VPN affiliate programs, E-mail validation Affiliate programs, and other software affiliate programs.
You should personally use the products yourself before you promote them to have a thorough knowledge of what you are promoting to your readers.
Promote products you believe are reasonable. Be open to informing your readers of the downsides (bad) things about the products.
3. Sell Courses
After establishing an audience from your blog, you can sell courses to your readers.
Create courses teaching about certain Technology topics, tutorials, apps, or software and make them available for sale at a given price.
Offer absolute value and sell the expertise you have on a given topic to earn with your tech blog.
4. Display Ads
Display ads are one of the most popular monetization strategy beginners. With display ads, you join an Ad program like Google Adsense, show ads at some sections on your site.
You earn depending on the impressions and the clicks on the ads and when a user clicks on the ads.
There are various ad networks such as Google Adsense, Media vine, Ezoic. Apply; when you get accepted, start showing ads.
Note: I advise you to only apply to ad networks after receiving a decent amount of traffic like 10,000 views per month, or else you won’t earn that much with display ads.
Display ads require you to have a lot of traffic to earn a decent income.
5. Sell Products
Do you have your own products you would like to sell?
You can create an online store for buyers online to find your products. After gaining traffic to your tech blog, you can easily recommend readers to purchase your products.
You can sell products such as; laptops, computers, computer accessories, phones, phone accessories among others.
6. Offer Consultation Services
Are you an expert at something? Whether fixing computers, teaching tech e.t.c, you can directly connect with readers and offer your service for sale.
Include your contact details on your Tech blog, Create a contact us page, and call to action button for people to easily get in touch with you so that you can offer your consultation services.
7. Sponsored Posts
With sponsored posts, you get paid to post other peoples’ content on your blog. You can sign up for programs like Flyout that avail you with sponsored posts.
You find posts on your dashboard for you to approve or disapprove for posting on your blog.
Posting Sponsored content on your site can have a downside since you do not have that much power of controlling what your readers will be presented with.
Bottom Line on Monetization
The best monetization channels for a technology blog will entirely depend on the type of tech blog you have started.
Essentially, Affiliate marketing and display ads are some of the best ways you can monetize your tech blog.
With Affiliate marketing, even with fewer amounts of traffic, you could be earning yourself a decent amount of money. But with display ads, you need to be having tons of traffic to your site, and it is an excellent source of monetizing your tech blog.
Note: You may not earn from your tech blog right away! If you are hoping to make it overnight, drop out of blogging early enough. The process takes time with the same action day in day out, posting content consistently, helping people, and passing on value to others.
After that, you will start getting the fruits of blogging which is the income.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start a Tech blog?
To start a tech blog, pick a niche, register your domain name and choose hosting, choose a blogging platform (WordPress), write and publish content, promote your blog posts, and monetize to earn money from your site.
How do you Monetize a Tech blog?
You can monetize a tech blog through affiliate marketing, selling courses and e-books, offering consultation services, display ads, offering sponsored posts, and selling physical products.
Should I write a tech blog?
Yes, write a tech blog. You get a chance to showcase your skills, generously help others, share your knowledge with the world, expose yourself to different opportunities, improve your writing, and earn money from your tech blog.
In this article, I have discussed in detail the process of starting a tech blog, installing a theme and essential plugins, setup site analytics, and how to make money from your site.
Starting a successful tech blog is no walk in the park, it takes the same effort day in day out.
Results are not abrupt, you will not get traffic right away. Do not lose hope but keep consistent at whatever you do.
I hope this article was helpful, and you have already started your tech blog!
For any difficulties, inquiries please comment below, I will be glad to reach out.
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