Blogging is the easiest way you can make an online presence and share your knowledge and thoughts. And you can start blogging in Nepal too. If you have good knowledge of something that you can present through writing and graphics, you will be adopted by the internet user community.
Having one or many skills is possible, but to show it through blogging, you must have basic knowledge of where and how to publish it. Therefore, I am here with a comprehensive guide on an easy way to start blogging in Nepal.
But, before diving into the sea of blogging, let me ask one question. What is Blog in your opinion? Well, that’s an easy question. A blog is dynamic in nature and is primarily created to publish information on a certain topic.
Blogging Opportunities in Nepal
Before we start blogging in Nepal, we have to understand the market and opportunities for blogging. In Nepal, Blogging is in its early phase. You can not find many full-time blogger in Nepal except for some big media houses.
This is probably because of the lack of availability of the internet, domain, and hosting. But, as of now, these problems are slowly leaving us. And the concept of Blogging is rising in Nepal. You might be the one who can actually succeed in the market if you start blogging in Nepal.
While I am talking about success, I also want to let you know that, if you are getting an audience, you can convert them into earnings with different monetization tools. Such as you can earn from blogging by showing advertisements on your website. You can even do affiliate marketing in Nepal through your blog. So, let’s start how you can start blogging in Nepal.
How To Start Blogging in Nepal
In this article, I am going to give you a comprehensive guide on how someone can start a blog in Nepal. I have tried to be as economic as possible including how to start a blog for free in Nepal. The following are the steps that you can consider when you start blogging in Nepal.
Decide Your Niche/Topic
Selecting a niche is a primary task before starting a blog. So, if you want to start blogging in Nepal you must be aware of what is niche and what kind of niche to choose. Having a blog is not difficult but maintaining continuity on the same topic is very critical. Therefore, the niche of the blog should be more of your interest or passion, which could be anything.
To Know more about Niches, their type, and how to choose the best niche, I recommend you to read my other blog “What is Niche and How to Choose Best Niche?”.
Decide the Platform (WordPress vs Blogger)
To write your blogs and publish them, a platform is necessary. It is also called the content management system. For Blogging in Nepal, there are two major platforms. One is Blogger, which you probably have tried with the BlogSpot subdomain. And another is WordPress.
You can start blogging in Nepal even for free with Google’s free blogging platform called Blogger. But, for advanced and competitive blogging with rich features, I recommend you use WordPress. If you are still not sure which platform to choose, I have prepared a detailed comparison of WordPress vs Blogger. You can even learn the differences between WordPress.org and wordpress.com from there.
So, what are you planning? If you are planning to start blogging in Nepal on the Blogger platform with the example.blogspot.com subdomain or with example.wordpress.com on wordpress.com, then you can skip the next two points. But, this is not serious blogging. But if you want to at least have your own domain, please be serious about the domain registration part.
Recommendation: Start your blog in WordPress. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should go for WordPress.
Get a Suitable Domain
Before heading towards I want to make sure that you know the basics about what a domain is and how it works. A domain is the unique address of your blogging site. If you are planning to start blogging in Nepal then, getting a domain should be the most important part. I will give you both options to get the domain i.e free and paid.
While registering a domain take care of the following points
- try to register a domain that shows some kind of connection with your blog.
- give priority to the .com extension
- short name within 5-10 characters.
Time has changed the difficulties of getting a domain. Now, you can buy the domain from any popular registrar like Namecheap, GoDaddy, Domain.com, Name.com, Hostinger, BhlueHost, etc. using Nepali Dollar Card to pay. It will cost you 8-12$ per year to get a .com domain.
You can also search and buy your domain name from Namecheap using the following search box.
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Where and How to buy a domain in Nepal?
You can easily get any domain from Nepali registrars with local payment options. Surprisingly, you will be able to register a dot com domain in Nepal at around NPR 1200 to 1400. This is an internationally competitive price.
For buying a domain in Nepal, you can sign-up with the following hosting companies.
Get A Free .np Domain Instead
Instead of paying for the domain on annual basis, you can also register a .np domain in Nepal for free. Check out this to register .com.np domain for free. If you get one, you can now start blogging in Nepal with a .np domain. This domain is best to target the Nepali market.
Buy Hosting (Optional, Recommended)
Buying hosting is optional but is also the most recommended purchase. If you are planning to start blogging in Nepal with Blogger, a free blogging platform developed by Google, you will not have to pay anything for hosting. You can simply make a blog on Blogger and connect your domain with it.
You can connect a custom domain as well as a .com.np domain with Blogger with the help of the guide on how to connect .com.np domain with Blogger.
But, for competitive and serious blogging, I always recommend you get hosting from a trusted provider. And the quality of the host should be best in terms of features, resources, and speed.
I recommend getting hosting from Bluehost, Hostinger, or NameCheap if you have a payment option. If you can not make foreign payments, you can also buy hosting from Nepali hosting service providers like BabalHost. There is no more barrier to getting hosting if you are seriously willing to start blogging in Nepal.
How do I buy hosting in Nepal?
You can easily buy hosting services in Nepal from Nepali sellers. There are a number of hosting providers in Nepal with affordable prices and yet the best at performance.
Here is the list of the best hosting service providers with better performance, quick support, and an affordable price range.
You can also try InfinityFree’s free hosting service for initial setup and practice. But, it is not fast enough, fully secure, and reliable. If you looking for my recommendation, I suggest you get hosting from Babal.host to start blogging in Nepal. Babal Host is a Nepali hosting service provider which provides hosting services at the top of the line. Here is my full review of Babal Host.
Install WordPress and Customize
After you get your domain and hosting, you are almost ready to launch the site online with your domain name. To do this, you will need to install WordPress. You might be confused with the word install WordPress.
WordPress is a CMS available for free. And it is not the platform you might have tried with a subdomain site like example.wordpress.com.
You can download WordPress from https://wordpress.org/download and install it on your domain through the hosting server.
To install WordPress, your hosting may be providing an automatic WordPress installer within your account cPanel. You can install WordPress from cPanel with an auto-installer. If your site is not providing this feature, you can also install WordPress manually. I have already prepared detailed guides on both installation methods.
But, if your intention is not to invest money in hosting at first, connect your domain with Blogger and start your blogging journey. To start blogging with Blogger, go to blogger.com and start making a site with its blogspot.com subdomain and later connect your custom domain.
After installation of WordPress or making the site online through Blogger, the important thing to set up is customizing the appearance and design of your site. But do not worry, you need almost zero knowledge of coding.
You can find thousands of WordPress themes and Blogger themes for free. You can also buy the theme, but as long as you are just making a simple blogging site, you don’t need to buy one.
WordPress comes with its default theme called TwentyTwentythree which is one of the fastest themes with a minimalistic design. So you can use it for blogging after adjusting colors and fonts. If you are in search of a more featureful and fast theme, you can choose Astra.
For Blogger, you can try with MagOne free version or Median UI (paid). And you are almost ready to publish your first post.
Initial Setup Required After Installation of WordPress
There are many important things to implement before starting writing. Such as site security, SSL certificate, basic SEO, permalink, Caching, etc. This is something that can not be fully covered here. Therefore, I recommend you read the post about the basic initial setup required after the installation of WordPress.
Start Blogging in Nepal efficiently
To start publishing from WordPress, you will be provided a posts section, click on add a new post, and start writing. If you want to add more features, customization, and design to your writing, I recommend you use Block editor.
You can publish anything with your blog. But, remember what I said in the niche selection section. First focus on that niche where you have more knowledge and interest. This will help you to establish your brand with your expertise. Then analyze the relevancy of the topic and whether it is worth writing or not.
You can use keyword research tools like Google search auto-suggestion, keyword planner, and other free keyword research tools. You can also guess what should be the key topic of the post while writing about the trend in social media.
If your have are planning to start blogging in Nepal targeting Nepali audiences, then it will be much easier to choose the topic. But as the earning opportunities are higher if you drive foreign traffic, I recommend you target the international market.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much does it cost to start blogging in Nepal?
Blogging can be started completely free using platforms like Blogger and WordPress.com. However, if you want to have a custom domain, you can connect it for free on Blogger, but it may not be possible on WordPress.com (free plan). You can also get a custom domain for free, for example, if you are from Nepal, you can register a .com.np or any .np domain for completely free.
If you plan to start a blog with self-hosted WordPress, you can try platforms like Infinityfree, and use a .com.np domain to set up WordPress completely free. However, there are limitations to .com.np domain registration and allowed resources by such free hosting platform. So if you want to target a wider audience, you may need to purchase a domain and hosting service. In Nepal, starting a blog can cost a minimum of around Rs. 1300-1400 per year for a .com domain registration and around Rs. 1500-3000 per year for hosting service.
What is the minimum income of a blogger?
There is no minimum or maximum range of earnings for bloggers in Nepal, as it depends entirely on how well the blog performs. Bloggers can earn money through various ways such as advertising, sponsored content, affiliate marketing, selling digital products, etc. The amount of money a blogger earns depends on factors such as the niche, the size of the audience, the level of engagement, and the monetization strategies used. Some bloggers in Nepal may earn a few thousand rupees per month, while others may earn significantly more. Ultimately, bloggers’ earnings depend on their ability to create high-quality content that resonates with their audience and generates revenue.