Last Updated: April 13, 2018
One day I received an email from a woman I’ll call Joanna. Here’s what she said…
So, I am ready to start and set up my blog with your guide. I’m a single mother who has a lot to share and say. I am a domestic violence survivor, as well as other issues. Some are controversial. My problem is I can’t think of a name for my domain to attract people. I’ve practiced blogging on fb. I’ve had people repost my blogs. I know I am a great writer. But I’m blocked as far as something so simple as a name. However, I am hiding from my ex husband and ex in-laws so it can not include my name for safety reasons. PLEASE HELP.
Below, you will find my answer to her dilemma.
How to Create an Anonymous Blog – 2 Important Steps to Staying Undercover
Step 1: Make sure you have domain name privacy.
Did you know that anyone can look up who owns a particular domain name in less than a minute?
All you do is visit Whois.net and type the domain name into their search bar:
If the owner has kept their info private, you will not find anything.
Do you see how easy this is?
To stay anonymous because you blog on controversial topics or whatever your reason, you are going to want to get domain privacy.
If you have not set up your blog yet, you can do this with my blog set up. Just click the link that goes to the Bluehost landing page (it should say Build Your Own Blog on their page.)
When you reach the “Create Account” segment of your new blog sign up, you will see a list of “Extras” that looks like this:
Make sure that box is checked and your domain registration will be protected. Otherwise, a quick search will reveal your name and address.
Step 2: Don’t reveal anything personal on your blog.
Of course, you will want to call yourself something else…you could choose a pen name, like Tito Marinovich.
Or you may want to make it even more mysterious by using a name like Blog Tyrant. That’s what Ramsay Taplin did for the first two years of his blog. He then decided to reveal his identity, but that didn’t stop his website from continuing to grow over the years.
Just remember that you will be tied to the name forever, so choose carefully.
Then you will want to be super careful not to slip and mention something revealing in a blog post, your About Page, or anywhere (including social media. Be extra careful there.)
I would say in many cases the audience will be understanding with your decision. For example, nobody would expect a domestic abuse survivor to reveal too much, especially if they are still in danger.
Another thing to keep in mind is your usage of photos. To stay anonymous, your best strategy is to not use any personal photos. If you do, make sure your Privacy is On in your Location Services so that your photos will not include the location that people can see to discover where you are.
Now let’s look at one other way to set up an anonymous blog – you can have the best of both worlds.
How to Make Your Blog Private While Leaving the Rest of Your Website Public
Step Six: Go to Posts > Categories and create a main category for your private blog. Call this ‘Blog’ or whatever you like. In the ‘Visibility’ section, click the ‘Password protected’ option and choose 1 or more passwords for your WordPress private blog.
Step Seven: If you want multiple categories in your private WordPress blog, add them now. Select the password protected category that you created in Step Six as the ‘Parent’ of all these sub-categories. Leave the sub-categories set to ‘Public’ and they will automatically be protected with the same password as the main blog category. This means that your blog users can enter a single password to unlock the main blog category and all its sub-categories and posts.
Step Eight: Now go to the ‘Posts’ section in the WordPress admin and make sure all your blog posts are in the main password protected blog category or one of its sub-categories.
Step Nine (optional): You might want to add a link tov your private blog somewhere on your website, for example to your navigation menu. To do this, simply add a link to the main blog category that you created in Step Six. When someone clicks on this link, they will see a login page. They can only access your blog or the posts inside it if they enter a correct password for the private blog:
That’s How to Create an Anonymous Blog in a Nutshell
As you can see, creating an anonymous blog isn’t much different than starting any other blog.
The only difference is…
1. Be sure to make your domain registration Private as you do the initial set up.
2. Never ever reveal anything personal in your website content.
Is there anything I’m missing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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Joanna also asked for some help about coming up with ideas on the best domain name and I pointed out to her my recent post How to Choose a Good Domain Name that Grabs Attention & Grows Your Audience. If you want to learn more about finding a fantastic domain name for your blog, check it out!
Ready to start YOUR anonymous blog? I’d love to help you get set up!
Photo Credit: Vector Masquerade by Romer Jed Medina