Blogging is the easiest way you can make online presence share your knowledge and thoughts. If you good knowledge on something that you can present through writing and graphics, you will be adapted by the internet user community.
Having one or many skills is possible, but to show it through blogging, you must have basic knowledge on where and how to publish it. Therefore, I am here with a comprehensive guide on how 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 which is primarily created to publish information on certain topic.
Blogging Opportunities in Nepal
Before starting a blog in Nepal, first you have to understand the market and opportunities for blogging. In Nepal, Blogging is at its early phase. You can not find much full time Bloggers except some big media houses.
This is probably because lack availability of internet, domain and hosting. But, as of now these problems are slowly leaving us. And concept of Blogging is rising in Nepal. You might be the one who can actually succeed in the market.
While I am talking about success, I also want to let you know that, if you are getting audience, you can convert them into earning with different monetization tools.
So, let’s start how you can start blogging in Nepal.
- Blogging Opportunities in Nepal
- 1. Decide Your Niche/Topic
- 2. Decide the Platform (Blogger vs WordPress)
- 3. Register a Domain
- 4. Buy Hosting (Optional, Recommended)
- 5. Install WordPress CMS
- 6. Template and Customization
- 7. Initial Setup Required After Installation of WordPress
- 8. Start Publishing
- Wrap Up – Start Blogging in Nepal
1. Decide Your Niche/Topic
Selecting a niche is a primary task before starting a blog. 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 Niche, its type and how to choose the best niche, I recommend you to read my another blog on “What is Niche and How to Choose Best Niche?”.
2. Decide the Platform (Blogger vs WordPress)
To write your blogs and publish, 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.
For basic blogging, you can choose Blogger. But, for advance and competitive blogging with rich features, I recommend you to use WordPress. If you are still not sure which platform to choose, I have prepared a detailed comparison between Blogger and WordPress. 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 on Blogger with 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.
3. Register a Domain
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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.
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 .com extension
- short name within 5-10 characters.
Where and How to buy a domain in Nepal?
Time has changed the difficulties of getting a domain. Now, you can buy the domain from any popular registrars 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 the following widget.
You can also buy the domain from Nepali registrar’s with local payment options. Surprisingly, you will be able to register a dot com domain in Nepal at around NPR 900 to 1300. This is an internationally competitive price.
For buying 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 a .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 Nepali market.
4. Buy Hosting (Optional, Recommended)
Buying hosting is optional but is also recommended. If you are planning to start blogging in Nepal with blogger, you will not have to pay for hosting. You can simply make a blog on Blogger and connect your domain with it.
You can connect custom domain as well as .com.np domain with blogger with the help of my another post on how to connect .com.np domain with Blogger.
But, for competitive and serious blogging, I always recommend you to get a hosting from trusted provider. And the quality of the host should be best in terms of features, resources and speed.
I recommend to get hosting from Bluehost, Hostinger or NameCheap if you have payment option. If you can not make foreign payment, you can also buy hosting from Nepali sellers. There is no more barrier to get hosting if you are seriously willing to start blogging in Nepal
You can easily buy hosting service in Nepal from Nepali sellers. There are numbers of hosting providers in Nepal with affordable price and yet the best at performance.
Here is the list of best hosting service providers with better performance, quick support and affordable price range.
You can also try InfinityFree free hosting service for initial setup and practice. But, it is not fast enough, fully secure, and reliable.
5. Install WordPress CMS
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 not the platform you might have tried with subdomain site like example.wordpress.com. You can download WordPress from https://wordpress.org/download and install on your domain through hosting server.
To install WordPress, your hosting may be providing automatic WordPress installer within your account. You can install WordPress from cPanel with auto installer. If your site is not providing this feature, you can also install WordPress manually. I have already prepared the detailed guides on both installation methods.
But, if your intention is not investing 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.
6. Template and Customization
After installation of WordPress or making the site online through Blogger, the important thing to setup 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 theme and Blogger theme for free. You can also buy the theme, but as long as you are just making simple blogging site, you don’t need to buy one.
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WordPress comes with it’s default theme called TwentyTwentyone which is the fastest theme with minimalistic design. So you can use it for blogging after adjusting colors and fonts. If you are in search of 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.
7. Initial Setup Required After Installation of WordPress
There are many important things to implement before start writing. Such as site security, SSL certificate, basic SEO, permalink, Caching etc. This is something can not be fully covered here. Therefore, I recommend you to read the post about basic initial setup required after installation of WordPress.
8. Start Publishing
To start publishing from WordPress, you will be provided posts section, click on add new post and start writing. If you want to add more features, customization and design in your writing, I recommend you to use Block editor.
You can publish anything with your blog. But, remember what I said in 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 whether it is worthy 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 the what should be the key topic of the post while writing about the trend form social media.
If your have are planning to start blogging in Nepal targeting Nepali audience, 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 to target international market.
Wrap Up – Start Blogging in Nepal
If you are seriously interested to start blogging in Nepal, you can do it with minimal or at zero investment with the resource available with you. If you start blogging in Nepal, there are many threats to earn competitively but if you somehow find such topic or niche which has decent search volume in Google, then it will be more easier.
Seriously, I have not seen any serious blogging sites in Nepal beyond some popular tech sites. Therefore, 2021 is still the perfect time to start blogging in Nepal for passive income.