Looking to start blogging in Nepal? Great! But are you stuck on how to get started? Well, with so much information about blogging on the internet, one is likely to get confused. Are you looking for someone you can really trust? Do you desperately seek a starting point? Here, you’ll get all the answers to your questions.
Honestly, I’m not an expert at it. However, I definitely know the basics. You can definitely count on me because I’m providing this information from my experiences. Just like you, I used to be a newbie and I’ve built my blog from a scratch.
I have also been getting a lot of queries on my social media regarding this, which is also why I have decided to cover this topic. It can get all the more difficult when it comes to blogging in Nepal. That is why I will be providing all the information I have on starting a blog in order for you to be able to set up your blog.
I understand how overwhelming this can get so, I will keep it as simple, understandable, and informative as I can. We shall get started then!
What is a blog?
A blog is an informative website or online journal put up by a writer or group of writers on a certain subject. This began back in the ’90s when people started sharing their personal diaries online. With time, people started perceiving it as an opportunity to communicate with each other in a rather informal manner. Gradually, it started to gain popularity and the world of blogging was discovered.
What is blogging?
Blogging is a process of equipping a web page with all the necessary tools in order to start the process of writing, posting, linking, and sharing content on the internet. In other words, blogging is a collection of skills that one needs in order to run and supervise a blog.
Why is blogging popular these days?
Blogging is indeed getting popular with each passing day! Previously, blogs used to be mainstream but since news services utilized this concept as a tool to form opinions and reach their audiences, this started becoming a new source of information.
After that, blogging started to be seen as a business as it could assist companies in keeping clients and customers updated. It also improved the exposure, trust, and visibility of brands.
With time, personal and niche bloggers started sensing the potential to reach interested groups through specific topics. With this, a new concept flourished where visitors could comment and interact through blogs and help creators maintain a network of loyal followers.
And now, we have come to an era where we can also earn money through blogging. With enough exposure and audiences, one can earn money through blogs. You can additionally sell your products and services.
What is the purpose of a blog?
Earlier I mentioned how people from a variety of categories are utilizing blogs in the personal and professional sectors. The most straightforward purpose of a blog in the present scenario is to earn some money.
Some businesses also rely on blogs for customers to buy their products. A new business can utilize blogging to get the attention of potential customers. It works as a great call to action and generated leads. Additionally, having a blog makes you more credible and reliable.
What is the scope of blogging in Nepal?
Let’s look it this way, if you are a businessman and have a blog, what is the scope? Even in a developing country like Nepal, blogging helps to drive quality traffic and leads to a business. It will also make you visible and competitive.
Let us also understand this from a customer’s point of view. If we want the best products and services, we simply google it and google shows us the best options to choose from. Similarly, the same goes for the case we need some reliable information on a certain topic.
Also, life does not have to be about money all the time, it is good to follow your passion sometimes. And if you are passionate about writing, blogging serves as a great platform. And later, if you feel like turning your passion into profit, you could do that too!
So, the scope of blogging in Nepal is huge and if you are thinking to start a blog in Nepal, it is the right time.
Is blogging in Nepal a growing concept or is it too saturated?
Well, to be completely truthful, blogging is not really a thing in Nepal yet. Unlike how the blogging culture is popular and has flourished in other parts of the world, Nepal has not been able to make optimum use of this concept.
With no enough exposure and information, it gets just as much difficult to get a reliable source of knowledge in order to start blogging in Nepal. I get so many messages on my social media as to how to start blogging in Nepal and this only goes to prove that there is no such source of information on the internet that can tell you about starting a successful blog in Nepal from a scratch.
To answer the second part of the question, since Nepal is not really devoted to the concept of blogging, there is no chance of blogging being saturated in Nepal. In fact, the scope of blogging in Nepal is huge as it is undiscovered.
Can you make money by blogging in Nepal?
Absolutely! Just like any other country, we can make money by blogging in Nepal as well. However, if you are looking to earn money through blogging, being a good writer won’t suffice. Along with that, you must have good knowledge of SEO.
SEO is the practice of driving the quality and quantity of traffic (people) to your website through search engines that Google uses. Do not stress over this, it is not that difficult and with the time you will understand this. We can also learn this better through various resources and we will discuss more SEO on this post so, keep reading.
To keep it short, if we do things right, we can earn money by blogging in Nepal. It is known to take some time as blogging is something that does not bring you money overnight. However, if you do it smartly and make optimum use of all the available blogging resources, it does not take much time.
How I started my travel blogging journey in Nepal?
I had an undeniable love for writing since I was a child and once I grew up, I discovered my unknown love for travel. After some traveling experiences, I felt like I should share all the information regarding travel to the audience that I have. This is how I decided to start a travel blog.
Travel blogging has given me the freedom and opportunity to travel. And with all the Instagram pictures, and travel to amazing travel destinations, travel blogging might seem like a dream job and very easy to start. As easy as it seems from the outside, there is a lot that goes on in the background that people don’t see.
Don’t take me wrong as I do not intent to demotivate you because eventually you will get the hang of it and it won’t feel like work. But, people get tired and give up way before they reach that point. So, the greatest tips I can give you as a fellow blogger in Nepal are, being consistent with your content and having patience.
Now that we understand what a blog means, what exactly blogging is, and what is the scope of blogging in Nepal. We also now know that we can make money through blogs. However, there are certain things that we must know before we start blogging in Nepal.
Things to know before you start blogging in Nepal
-Blogging is a task and will demand effort
If you are thinking of creating a blog, you must also keep in mind that it is work and will demand a lot of time, attention, and effort. If you are thinking to make it profitable, you must dedicate all the more time and effort so, be prepared to spend a lot of time in front of your computer. You must also manage your time to ensure that you can dedicate some time to your blog in order to not stress about it.
-Know that it will suck at first
What feels right and extraordinary right now might not feel the same in years from now. A few years from now, you will look back at your first few articles and think “what the hell is this and what the hell was I thinking” but it is only natural. It only shows that we have improved and blogging is about growing so, stop being obsessed about your writing. Everything does not have to be perfect so, forget it and start right now.
-Create an alternative
Making money from blogging through ads, links and sponsors is sensible but creating an alternative way of making money is smart. The most reliable method of making money off blogs these days is through books, online courses, eBooks, consulting programs, etc. Despite it takes time to create products but once it starts to sell out, you can continuously start making money through this and it can turn out to be one of the most reliable sources of income.
-You might fail and that’s fine
We all have times when things don’t go as planned. Don’t be demotivated as we all have been through constant failures. But you must keep in mind that these failures should never stop you. We must take it as a learning experience as failure is a great teacher. Regardless, I know that it sucks as we would have wasted a lot of time, money, and effort but on the positive side, it teaches us what not to repeat again. So, we might have instances where things don’t unfold as we would want them to but, believe in yourself, get back in your shoes, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving forward.
-You will be tempted to give up
Giving up on things and diverting your mind towards something new can be really tempting. However, it just appears tempting but in a long run, it does not do us any good. As blogging is something that takes time to grow and will demand constant nurturing, people chicken out just when it is time for the blog to get exposure. This happens to everyone and I was no different. Just resist this temptation and keep working on it. You will definitely get the results.
-People will make fun of you
With the growing use of the internet, it has brought out the best and the worst sides of people. While you get support from your close ones, brace yourself to get just as much hatred. We all know how mean people can get but that does not mean that we curl up into a ball and cry. Instead, be thick-skinned and also understand that it is not about you. Some people get sadistic pleasure and it only reflects their personality. If you are getting hatred, know that you are on the right track and work doubly hard.
-Focus on collecting emails from the very beginning
Every single reader counts! You might easily get distracted by the number of views your post gets, and also the love and support that starts to pour in. Admits this, you can forget to set up a mailing this. Well, it might also seem like you don’t need it at the very beginning but that is not the case. It is very essential to reach out to your audiences as this will also let you know what they expect from your blog. So, even if the growth rate is slow, start an email list from the very first day.
-Be consistent and have patience
This is one of the most significant points. As I earlier mentioned that blogging does not make you money overnight. It is not that you start your blog today and the next day money starts to pour in. And in all honesty, if you are expecting that sort of profit, blogging is not for you. It will demand a lot of patience and along with that, you will constantly have to come up with new content and ideas. It is not just about putting up the contents as once you do that the waiting game is on.
If you have reached this far, I presume that regardless of all the obstacles you want to set up your own blog and you are absolutely pumped up to show some passion and patience. This is for someone who seriously wants to start blogging as it will also demand small investments. Now, it is time to learn how to set up your blog and make money!
Steps to start blogging in Nepal
1. Know your niche
If this is a new word to you, let me tell you what exactly a niche is. A niche is a targeted area that you think you can focus on and serve well at. In the world of blogging, the smaller and concentrated, the better it is. What I mean is if you are planning on starting a fashion blog, focus on either male or female. You can go much more micro than this and choose a winter fashion blog for men. Like I said, the smaller the better!
2. Pick a unique name for your blog
Now, in order to start, you are going to need an affordable domain (website name). For that, you will find a lot of options to choose from, and let me list some of the best in this game. When you are just starting a blog you won’t need to invest a lot in purchasing a domain so, the best options for newbies are Namecheap, Bluehost, and hostinger.
Now that you know where to get it from, you need to consider a couple of things before picking up a name. Well, there is no hard and fast rule on how to pick a website name but, here is some information to help you choose the best name.
-Go for something unique
Let me guide you with an example, if you have a travel blog then skip words such as wanderlust, adventure, nomad, backpacker, traveler, and so on as they have been overused and saturated by now. Rather, pick up a name that you can relate to and describes your website and if you don’t find anything as such, stick to your name as of now. And you can later while renewing your domain can come up with a new name.
-Keep it simple
Let me put it this way, our blog should be simple, simple in the sense that it should be easy to read, type, spell, remember, and share. As per your niche, brainstorm by writing down a few names that can best describe your blog. Write down what best describes you, what is the thing that you are passionate about, and start playing with different combinations of words.
-Avoid the use of dates, a hyphen, and symbols
The use of hyphen and numbers can often make it difficult for you to share it with people. Imagine if someone asks you the name of your website and you go “dikshya hyphen gyawali 48 dot com.” It did not go well, did it? It simultaneously makes it more difficult for people to memorize it. Also, keep in mind that word of mouth is the greatest marketing strategy one can use. And if you are someone who constantly travels, it can be a major source of promotion as you meet new people. Similarly, why call a blog for a year when your travel blog has the potential to last longer than that? Therefore, do not use numbers on your name.
-Keep it short
Keep your name short. Here, short means 2-4 words as you would want people to grasp and memorize it. Remember, the shorter the better.
-Pick a name that can last long
Imagine that you name your blog as ‘joetravelsafrica’ and a year later you start exploring other parts of the world too. The name that you chose is no longer relevant. Considering this factor, pick up a name that isn’t time or place-bound.
-Make it catchy and memorable
Go for names that people can easily catch and memorize. Also ensure that you do not go for the obvious ones because if there is already a famous blogger with that name, nobody is going to remember you.
Once you consider all the points that are listed above, check if your desired name (domain/website name) is available, if it is purchase it immediately.
3. Get an affordable host
Personally, hosting was one of the most dreadful parts for me as I had absolutely no idea what it was. Fortunately, it was not that difficult. Basically, hosting is your blogging home. Simply put, it is like renting a room in the world of the internet for your site can live there.
If you are still confused, it is fine because you don’t need to know how it works. For now, just understand that you will need a host. There are many hosts that you can choose from. Some of the most affordable hosts are Bluehost and Hostgator as we can purchase them for as little as $3 dollars a month.
Go to the site and fill in your payment information and then you are good to go. Easy, wasn’t that? There you go, you have set up your domain name and hosting.
4. Get a WordPress account
Some people might tell you to get on Blogger or BlogSpot for the simple reason of being a newbie but don’t fall for that. To share my personal experience, I became a victim of Wix. At first, I was tempted by the offer that I got from Wix as it was the easiest to use. For someone who isn’t technically savvy like me, it seemed like the best option. Moreover, it offered me a certain percentage of discounts so, I gave it a shot.
Gradually I realized that it isn’t SEO-friendly, also it was apt only for static websites and not for someone who uploads content every now and then. It was simultaneously so slow that I was bound to abandon Wix and switch to WordPress in just a month of starting out. What a waste of money and effort! You can fall for this crap too so, stick to the safe side.
Now that you are into blogging, you must know that WordPress was and is the boss of blogging. Most of the successful blogs on the internet today use the WordPress blogging platform and even the major news brands have their sites on WordPress. It is by far one of the biggest blogging platforms with millions of active users and offers countless plugins and add-ons so, go for it!
After purchasing a domain and a host, you would want to install WordPress in order to run your website. And if you are genuinely interested in earning money through blogging then you must go for a self-hosted WordPress account. This is suggested because it will give you full control of your site.
Once you have installed WordPress, you can install custom themes and additional plugins that you’ll need for blogging. These plugins will give your site additional functions and benefits and help you get started.
Choose a WordPress theme as it is one thing that will make your website pretty. As a new blogger, you can choose from two options, free themes, and premium ones. The free theme as the name suggests comes for free of cost and works fine if you are taking blogging as a hobby. However, in case you want to set up a professional blog, go for a premium theme. The functionality, flexibility, and uniqueness are what makes a premium theme totally worth it. Moreover, if you are not tech-savvy, a premium theme will make it easier for you to set up your site.
You can similarly use Google Analytics to keep track of your site. You will simultaneously be allowed to put up advertisements on your blog once you are approved. This is paramount in order to make money through blogging.
5. Learn how to use WordPress
WordPress is super easy to use as all you need to do is head to http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and you will see the WordPress login screen there. Once you see the screen, type your username and password to get access.
In order to start, head to the dashboard on the top left corner. And to create a blog, click on the post and add new content. Once you are done, hit publish. It is as simple as that! And don’t get intimidated because with time and practice you will gradually get the hang of it.
6. Install all the essential plugins
WordPress plugins give you additional features and help you protect from spammers leaving comments on your post, optimize your articles for google search engine, speed up your blog, and also integrate google sitemaps and Analytics for your website. Most of these plugins are free while you have to pay for others.
Some of my favorite plugins are Yoast Seo, Contact Form, Akismet, Google Analytics and Search Console, and WP rocket. You can download all these plugins from the ‘Plugin’ section on the left-hand column of your dashboard.
7. Create all the legal pages
Once you have installed your theme, you will be making some basic yet significant pages for your site. Here, I am talking about the pages and not post so, don’t get confused. These pages are static and different to blog posts.
Without these legal pages, you won’t be able to run advertisements on your site and no ads mean no money from Google AdSense. These legal pages include:
-About me page
One is suggested to create an about page before creating content as people would want to know about you. The very first thing that I do once I land on a blog is to try to understand the blogger and know what they can offer. It tells your audience about your history, passion, and weird facts. This page is important as it will project your story and tell people why they should follow you so, be anything but boring here.
The contact page is just as important because your audience needs a way to reach you. Be sure to provide an email that you respond to. This will provide your readers with an opportunity to reach you in case they have queries.
This page is not for the users rather it is to secure your hard work. This page lets people know that you have worked your socks off on your contents and you exclusively own this work. This restricts people from stealing your work so, create one immediately.
8. Write your first post
Now it’s time to finally create some content for our website. Start writing down and publish your content as per your niche. You want to have quality content but quantity is just as important. When you first start out, you should be writing at least 2 articles per week. Take an adequate amount of time, create meaningful content, and make an impact.
Writing a post will let you understand how to add images and links to your blog. If you get stuck on the way, you can always refer to tutorials on the internet as there are plenty. Once you have published it on your site, you would want to share it on your social media as well.
Writing your first post can be overwhelming so, consider these things.
-Consider trendy and relevant topics
You need to understand that blogging is about providing useful information and that is why you must be relevant. If there is a certain topic that people are looking to get information about, create content on those.
-Check your competition
There are numerous resources that let you check your competition. Before you start writing your blog it is extremely important to see what your competitors are writing about. You must then look for keywords that you can rank for and give as much information as you can on those topics.
-Make proper distribution
Use headings and keep your paragraphs short, simple, and understandable. You should also interlink your content so, create inbound and outbound links. Additionally, try making use of bullets and do not forget to conclude.
Here are some of the most useful blogging resources that you must know about before you start blogging in Nepal
If you are using WordPress as a platform for your blog then you must install this plugin. All you need to do is go to your dashboard and on the left you will see ‘plugin’. Just click on that and you will get an option to add plugins. Then, search for Yoast SEO and install it on your site.
What Yoast does is it helps your posts to be as search engine friendly as possible which is paramount in order to rank on google. With Yoast, you will be able to manage your content by having focus keywords that you can rank for. You could additionally optimize your description and make it user-friendly when it comes to reading it. It offers both paid and unpaid versions however when you are just starting out, go for the unpaid version as it will still get you through.
It is an all-in-one complete tool that will show you how you are doing with all your content. This is a tool that analyzes all the issues on your site. It similarly helps you monitor the performance and health of your site. Since it shows you all the pages that you are ranking for, you can make furthermore improvements on those and rank even higher. You don’t actually have to be a pro in order to get traffic and rank your website because Ahrefs does it for you!
Semrush also works in a similar manner. It offers you all the solutions for SEO, competitive research on what your competitors are doing, and helps you with keyword research, and also looks for backlink opportunities. It likewise specializes in Google Advertisement campaign optimization.
This is a tool that shows you how to explore keywords of your interest and also suggests you additional words that can contribute to your content creation. It is precisely used by bloggers to find out search volume on a certain topic.
Grammarly is for those who aren’t confident about their grammar but want their blog to look professional. It is software that checks the grammar of your content and corrects it. Grammarly also offers both free and paid versions but the free version also gets the work done.
Canva is a tool with which you can easily find pictures to use on your website, and also create your own. It also lets you design logos and templates that you can use for promoting your blog on social media. It is likewise used in order to create posts for Pinterest. If you are out of money and even otherwise, it serves as one of the best options when it comes to generating images.
Another amazing tool when it comes to getting free stock photos and videos that we can use on our website is Pexels. It is free of cost so, do not worry about the budget. It offers high-quality photos that are generously provided by the members of this tool however, you can donate some amount in case you want but this donation is optional.
After google, if there is one search engine where you want your articles to pop, it is Pinterest. The concept of Pinterest is not as popular in Nepal as it is outside of it. But the effect it has on blogging is huge. Make the most of this as it helps your blog to get so much more exposure and traffic. If you don’t know how to use it, don’t worry. Let me let you that it is very simple to use. All you need to do is create an account and start pinning your content. You can make your posts by using Canva and then add description and hashtags to it and hit the pin button. It also offers great content to the visitors so the next time you look for something on the internet, check Pinterest too. It is totally worth it!
Along with that make sure you utilize your social media to the full extend. Embrace it as it makes a significant impact.
Similarly, become an active member of blogging communities on Facebook. These groups offer so much to new bloggers as you can also get your queries answered here.
How to start making money from blogging in Nepal
There are plenty of ways you can make money by blogging. The majority of bloggers suggest waiting until you have enough content on your page before you starting monetizing your blog. Well, that is not completely true. It is only true when it comes to Google Adsense but you can make money through a lot of other ways as well.
Once you have over 30 articles with all the legal pages, you can apply for Google Adsense. It takes about a week to see if your site meets the criteria. In some cases, you can get approval in just a day. This is one of the easiest ways of making money through blogging as you make a dollar with every 1000 visitors after you have ads placed on your site.
If that does not sound much to you, you can join Ezoic once you reach 10,000 visitors a month. Similarly, go for Mediavine if you get over 25,000 visitors a month and start making 10x more with just the ads.
Unlike Google AdSense, you won’t need numerous content to get started in the Amazon affiliate program. How this works is, every time you mention a product on your site, go on Amazon, and create a link to that product. Every time someone purchases an Amazon product through your link, you get a certain amount of commission. This is a great way of making money so, sign up for this!
Earning money through blogs is not limited to Amazon’s affiliate and Google AdSense. You can make money through other affiliates as well. For example, if you are into travel blogging you can try affiliation with Booking.com, Skyscanner, Agoda, and Airbnb. It is also commission-based so, every time someone books a hotel or a flight through your link, you get a certain percentage of commission.
Well, I have mentioned the scope of blogging in Nepal and now it is up to you to take that action and make the most of it. Good luck, you can do it too!
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! I hope you understood how to start blogging in Nepal. What do you think of the information provided? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have additional knowledge on how to start blogging in Nepal.