How to Start an Educational Blog
A Step by Step Dummy Proof Guide
Remember how your parents or guardians insisted on the importance of education? Well, they weren’t lying. Through the years, education has changed. We have gradually shifted from blackboards and chalks to e-learning, but not without passing through whiteboards and pens. In fact, 80% of all college students refer to the internet for their class assignments and projects.
Pause. That’s quite a market there. Well, yes. Educational blogging is gaining popularity very fast. You don’t have to be a professional teacher to start your own educational blog. The only requirement needed is to have a passion and be good at something.
There are literally unlimited niches you can choose to blog about on your educational blog. There are no rules here. If you want to blog about mathematics, go ahead. If you want to blog about changing a light bulb, best of luck. As long as you are teaching people what they didn’t know, then your blog is varied.
Enough with the lecturing (I am almost feeling like I am a teacher now). Today I will show you how to start your own educational blog from scratch. If you thought you need to hire someone to create the website for you, then you thought wrong. I have prepared a three step guide followed by a step-by-step video tutorial on everything you need to do to have your blog running. Stay put… class is in session.
How to start your own educational Blog in 3 Simple Steps
Believe it or not, you will need to spare only half an hour of your time. Coding and web design skills are an added advantage, but ability to launch a web browser is a minimum requirement…
1. Choose and Buy Your Domain
This is a long term decision so you should have your focussed on a round table before making this decision. A domain name doubles up as the blog’s brand and web address. It is sometimes referred to as a URL. For instance, our url is http://www.buildyourownblog.net/ and our domain name is buildyourownblog.net.
A good domain name should be easy to understand and remember. I have learnt that, internet beings find it easier to remember either .net or .com addresses so when choosing a domain name, you should have this in mind.
You can always buy the domain name, but if you fancy saving some money, then you can just buy a hosting package from BlueHost. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
2. Sign Up for Hosting
A web host is a fast computer that has a big storage capacity locate in a remote location or sometimes in the cloud (story for another day) that is tasked with storing all your blog site elements. A good web host will prove valuable, especially when you start getting increased traffic. Anyone who clicks on your domain name will retrieve the website from a web host server. I always recommend Bluehost for hosting because:
a. It is so easy to use
b. Signing up takes just moments, and they let you register your domain on their site as well.
c. If you purchase a hosting package, you get a free domain!
d. Their service is also very affordable so you don’t need to invest much at all to get your educational blog started.
e. They offer excellent 24/7 customer support if needed.
[Disclosure] BlueHost gives me a small commission for my referral and it doesn’t add anything to your cost. This helps me continue to provide lots of free information for bloggers.
3. Install WordPress
Now we are done with the boring stuff. The final stage is to install WordPress. WordPress is the magic that will be fuelling your blog site. WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world, mostly because it is easy to use and has proven to be very versatile. Installing WordPress on BlueHost is pretty straight forward and requires only the click of a button!
I know things are a bit vague thus far. But worry not, I got your back. I’ve created a simple video that will walk you through each of these steps so you can see how it is done yourself. Watch this video, and then follow the link, which will bring you to BlueHost where you can purchase your domain and hosting.
Tips for the Educational Blogger
I am not a teacher, but today I will teach you how to teach others. Now that you have your educational blog up, cheers, let’s drink to that, let’s add some content to it. Here are five tips to help you start off
- Choose a nice theme for your blog
Education is more of seeing than believing. Most of your visitors will be hungry for education and thirsty of new things and ideas. Choose a theme that is simple enough not to make potential learners drool, but elegant enough to see the fun in education.
- Choose a niche
Jack of all trades, master of none? You’ll want to have a special niche and adhere to it. By a niche, I mean a specific topic or a specific way of delivering educational content; like “how to”, “exam solutions”, video tutorials etc.
- Seeing is believing
Complement your blog with video tutorials and embedded documents. Mathematics and sciences are best taught with step by step instructions. There’s no better way to give step-by-step instructions than videos
- Post regularly
Always have something for your visitors. Posting three-five articles a week is healthy. You can post as many articles as possible but make sure they are not too many for your visitors to keep up with.
- Market yourself
At one moment in life, the educational blog will become more than just a fun activity. You will want to make money with it. Market yourself to search engines and potential visitors. You can do this by using social media integration tools and SEO tools (will tell you all about it).
Best Free & Paid WordPress Themes for your Educational blog
If you want your blog site to look and feel professional, you’ll have to choose the right theme. I have compiled a few themes to help you jog your creative mind.
Flat University is clean, flat design. It is a fully responsive theme that will look stunning on any mobile device such as smartphones and tablets.
Wright is a perfect for a tutorial blog site. With this theme you can use both self host or embed video clips with ease. This theme is loaded with great features that make it a great theme for video tutorials.
Academica Pro is a beautiful, clean and classic WordPress theme suited for education related websites, such as university, online courses, schools and other related websites.
Suits is a purely blogging WordPress theme ideal for sharing educational content. Suits does not have fancy extras, but its sleek design and classic blog layout makes it ideal. You might need to code custom features or use plugins to achieve specific functionality, but all the basic blogging features are there.
TheEducation is a unique WordPress theme that is easy to setup and comes with a great set of features. This theme is perfect for any WordPress websites or blogs.
Recommended WordPress Plugins for educational Blogs
A plugin is a block of code, that is added to your WordPress powered blog to support the features already being offered by the theme. Plugins are a good way to improve and add features to your blog site.
- AddThis is the seamless, most powerful, and easiest way to add great social media integration to your educational blog. With this plugin and service, your readers will be able to share your content easily putting your hard work in front of their community.
- WooDojo plugin comes packed with various fun tools that add a more flair to your blog site. Several of the WooDojo features compensate for the WordPress sidebar and widgets, including some fun installations for social widgets and a tabbed content box.
- TubePress allows you to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your blog. You can choose to display your YouTube channel, playlists or other random videos sorted by tags
- Comment Reply Notification sends you an email if you get a reply to a comment you left. Never miss a question from your learners.
- WordPress SEO by Yost helps improve your search engine ranking. I can never find enough terms to describe the importance of SEO.
Great educational Blogs to Network With and Be Inspired By
You are going nowhere if you are not ready to take on and outwit the competition. To get inspiration and trigger your creative mind, here are five educational blogs you should consider looking at:
I believe I have given you a solid foundation to have you started on your educational blog. I am very proud of you and I would love to keep supporting you until you make it. In order to keep in touch and up to date with the latest trends in blogging, sign up for my free newsletter. Once you sign up, I’ll send you periodic emails with valuable information.