Want to learn how to start a blog?
Every day many things occur around us. Some things are good, and some things are wrong. Blogging offers us an opportunity of sharing our thoughts regarding those things. In addition, it is a good way of showing your creativity to the world. You can start writing about anything you are good at, and blogs have a much better impact than social networking posts.
Many people are getting into blogging for several reasons. You might have heard it somewhere recently but it actually started more than a decade ago from its mother, the online diary.
Nowadays, blogging is synonymous to online marketing. Bloggers not only publish contents reflecting their moods for the day or sharing what they have done for the past few weeks but also advertise and create a sturdy communication with their audience. More so, through the use of blogging, people are now able to find an alternative in making money. Blogging is an excellent opportunity for generating income.
Making an income as a blogger is possible. Some bloggers are making a million dollars a year from their blogs, but many more are making an average $50K to $100K income. And you can too if you know how to start a profitable blog.
Learn how to start a blog in minutes using the following simple steps:
- Pick a Profitable Niche That You Will Enjoy
- Choose your blog’s name
- Buy a Domain
- Choose a Hosting Provider
- Design your blog
- Write your first blog post
- Promote your blog
- Know Your Audience Well
- Post Content on your blog in a regular manner
- Be Consistent with Providing Valuable Content
The basics of blogging;
A blog is an internet publication which usually takes the form of a diary or journal, although they can also be used for news and reviews about specific topics or products. Blogs usually include personal comments, viewpoints and experiences as well as often containing links, videos and images. Lots of people begin keeping a blog as a way of expressing personal or professional views.
How to Start?
Starting a blog is surprisingly simple. All you really need is the time to write and somewhere to post your blog. To start with you will obviously need a topic or theme for your blog. A great way to get some good ideas for your topic is to look around the internet first and see what other people are talking about on their blogs. Generally speaking you want to have one core theme for your blog similar to the way that many newspapers have columnists that talk about one specific topic. This topic can be very narrow or very wide but it is important to ensure that your readers know what kind of things you are likely to cover otherwise they are likely to read one article they are interested in and then stop following your blog if you begin talking on a topic that has no interest to them.
1. Pick a Profitable Niche That You Will Enjoy
If you’re going to need to create content about anything, it’s a very good idea to like the niche. Even when you have a million-dollar profit potential, if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not going to be consistent and stick to it. If you have a passion about it, it’s going to come a lot easier. It could be about a hobby, your work, or it could even be about a new RV you’ve just bought. You don’t have to be an expert on this topic. It just has to be a topic that gets you excited when talking about it.
Things to remember while choosing your niche:
- Pick a smaller niche
- Do your own research
- Make sure it’s profitable
- How passionate you are about the topic
- How passionate other people are about the topic
- Whether or not you can make money from the topic
2. Choose your blog’s name
One of the most important components of your blog’s success is choosing the perfect name. The best blog names are unique, memorable, and relevant to the blog’s content. Your blog name should reflect what you’ll be writing about, or your vision for the blog. Keep it general while you brainstorm, and consider your blog’s most basic niche, then think of popular keywords related to that genre.
3. Buy a Domain
Every website/blog needs a domain name to be hosted online. Now you will have to register a domain name (this is the actual name of your website/blog). A brand new domain will cost about $8 to $15 a year but can go up into the thousands if you choose to buy an existing one. You can use a service at GoDaddy, BlueHost, namecheap etc. to register your domain name. The more popular domain names usually cost more. E.g obviously you would have no chance of buying the domain nba.com but you could buy mynameisjohnsmithfromamerica would be pretty cheap, however weird. A nice simple option when starting is to go for names like firstnamelastname.com etc or something like that.
You will pay a domain fee every year to keep the domain, which varies depending on registrar.
4. Choose a Hosting Provider
Every website needs web hosting to be online. Your web designer/developer can help you secure web hosting, but this is not typically included in the design and development fees.
I recommend Namecheap.com. If you think you are really going to love blogging and plan to have more than 1 domain, you should spring for the “Stellar Plus” plan as this will allow you to host an unlimited number of domains for around $4.88 a month.
5. Design your blog
Although content is king in the world of websites and blogs, the importance of a great custom web design can’t be denied. The reason is that your website design is quite important for a good user experience. Here are the 5 tips that can help beginners design a great website.
1. Visual Design is Important
Pictures on your web pages can help grab readers’ attention and make complex subjects easier to understand. The pictures you upload should describe your product goal, enhance the visual interface and be high quality.
Also, make sure that the pictures are relevant to the content they are part of. If they are not relevant, readers will just ignore them. The pictures should show how to use the product more easily.
2. The Design Should be Mobile-Friendly
According to the latest updates by Google, websites that are not optimized for mobile devices will be penalized. The reason is that 70% of users access websites through their mobile devices, such as smartphones. So, the site should look equally great on mobile devices as well.
3. The Design Should be Interactive
With interactive web design, readers can have better user-experience. So, if you want to create an interactive design, we suggest that you be consistent, use proper contrast, and dynamic effects.
4. It Should Offer Ease of Navigation
The navigation menu is the most important part of web design. In fact, this is the only way users can browse your website and find out more about your products and services. So the design should be intuitive and simple. What you should do is use a simple, readable copy. After all, readers shouldn’t find it confusing to use the navigation menu.
The menu shouldn’t have more than 7 items. If there are more than 7 items, users will get confused as they will have to spend a lot more time to check out all the options to choose their desired one.
Ideally, the user should be able to find their required page in just 3 clicks. In other words, they should be able to get their required information in three clicks at most. Also, clicking the brand logo on your site should take the users to the landing page.
5. It should Highlight the Main Content
Typically, users enter different keywords in order to look for their required information. Therefore, make sure you highlight important pages of your website. Also, the users should be able to recognize the selling points of your site at one glance.
Use a WordPress as your Blogging platform
Do you know that as of today, about half of the top most popular 100 blogs are built using WordPress ? In fact, everyday there are numerous WordPress amateur bloggers who are setting up professional looking WordPress websites with zero knowledge on any WordPress coding and still able to make a neat amount of money from their websites.
WordPress.org is an open source free blogging platform that allows you to build your website or blog within minutes.
It is a self-hosted solution which means that you will need to sign up with a WordPress hosting provider. WordPress is a great option if you want to have full control over your blog’s future.
- WordPress.org gives you control over every aspect of your website.
- You can grow your blog and add extra features like forums, online store, and paid membership. This makes WordPress the best blogging platform to make money.
- There are thousands of free themes available for WordPress. This allows you to create a beautiful website that stands apart from the crowd.
- You also get access to more than 54,000 free plugins. These plugins are like apps for your WordPress blog that allow you to add features like contact forms, galleries, etc.
- WordPress is search engine friendly. You can easily create SEO friendly URLs, categories, and tags for your posts. Plus, there’s a good number of great SEO plugins for additional features.
- Managing your own website comes with a bit of a learning curve.
- You will have to manage your own backups and security.
How to configure WordPress Blog In Minutes
- Choose your niche ✔
- Get a Name for your Blog ✔
- Purchase your Domain Name ✔
- Get your Hosting ✔
If you have completed the above steps then you are ready to configure your WP blog.
Learning to set up your WordPress blog is an important knowledge when you are starting an online business. WordPress is one of the most reliable blogging sites available online. It is best that online entrepreneurs have an understanding of how they can jumpstart their business using WordPress.
Connect Your WordPress Blog and Domain Name to Your Web Host
If you have bought your website domain and hosting now you need to install and configure CMS to your domain.
Now we are presenting the steps that you need to follow:
1. Firstly, you Login to your hosting account
2. Now you go to your control panel and look for the website or WordPress icon.
3. Select the domain where you need to install your website and then click the “Install” button to get an access to your new WordPress website.
4. Now you can see your basic and simple website. If you want to give a new look to your website, you have to select a free WordPress theme or Paid themes from your WordPress dashboard. Once you select a theme you just need to click on the install button. Your selected theme defines the feel and looks of your website.
5. When your theme is installed, you can create your pages and content, you can add, edit and delete any text, images, and links.
6. You can create a new category by going to post categories. Even you can also create a blog post by going to post and then “add new”.
6. Write your first blog post
This is perhaps one of the most vital parts of a blog, as it needs the most continuous attention. I’m sure that by now you have heard of the saying that content is king, well it actually is, people aren’t telling you a fib when they say that because content makes or breaks your site… period.
You have to be sure to always put out quality content so that search engines like Google and most importantly people will like your content. And the more you have, the more everyone and everything (Google) will keep coming back.
7. Promote your blog
Your masterpiece is online, now you need to consider how to promote your blog. Here I concentrate on free methods that have a solid track record of driving visitors to your blog.
You can learn how to promote your blog very quickly and easily with these 5 simple steps.
Don’t worry if they seem long – they are really very easy and will bring you more readers than you ever imagined –
When looking at how to promote your blog, the first step is to pinpoint what your goals are for your promotion efforts.
Picture a business – businesses don’t just purchase ad space or hire sales people without a clearly defined plan in place. They have a goal in mind and everything they do relates to that goal.
The same goes for your blog. Note down a few goals you want to accomplish with your promotion efforts – do you want to hit the 100, 500 or 1,000 visitors/day mark or get 500 new subscribers to your newsletter or sell $x amount of dollars in your amazon store? Why are you promoting your blog? This is a crucial step – one that can’t be ignored. Having a goal guides you in deciding where to send all of your blog visitors.
You wouldn’t want to send readers to your blog without having it structured to receive those visitors. Imagine getting loads of new readers, new potential customers to your blog, only they are leaving within minutes of arriving (check this percentage on how to use Google Analytics) or they are being sent to a page that is not relevant to what they were expecting. All of your promotion strategies just flew out the window! Setting up goals and clearly defining what the customer should do next is critical in any promotion strategy. Key question here – Why are you promoting your blog?
After you’ve come up with a concrete goal, then it’s time to put the wheels into motion. I will use the well-known example of dog training to help explain this step. Dog training is a very broad niche – imagine your niche is more specialized – dog training a lab.
Your blog, Dog Training a Lab, is all set up and you have been posting quality content for a few weeks. You want to promote your blog with the goal of selling items from your amazon links. That is your ultimate goal – to sell items that you will refer your readers to, through Amazon links from your posts.
Since we’ve defined a goal, we can move on to putting a plan into action.
And as with any marketing or promotion efforts, the question to ask is how do I get in front of the people interested in what I have to offer? Where are all these people hanging out? Where do people who want to talk about dog training gather…
Well, they gather on Forums –
People who want to know about dog training are on community forums discussing dog training with others.
I Googled dog training forums and several websites came up, then I Googled dog training a lab forums and a few forums came up that are geared just for labs!
Go where the people are – there are people interested in dog training a lab on community forums. Go there and participate. Contribute and you will get visitors coming to your blog to purchase your latest and greatest dog leash or some other item you are blogging about.
Next it’s time to get on Twitter and start tweeting, notice I said start tweeting. Just being on Twitter doesn’t do anything for your business, you have to actually say something.
If tweeting is just too far out of your comfort zone, try tweeting someone else’s posts or reTweet what someone else has said to start with. You still gain popularity because your name is on the tweet. Keep using it and you will gain followers. Take a big leap of faith and tweet something – spread the word on a new dog training video you just saw. You will start tweeting, which will send people over to your blog, which will make you sales in no time.
Set up Facebook for your business. Tell your friends about a sale on dog toys or mention a new blog post you just posted. The point is to be as exposed as possible so visitors can find you anywhere and everywhere. Generating friends on Facebook will be covered in another post, but for now put a button on your blog to encourage others to find you on Facebook.
At the bottom of your posts in your blog, put a social connect button with a Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Digg and Google+ button so readers can simple click a button to post to Twitter or any of the others – again, this makes it easy for visitors to share a great post with others and it will generate more traffic to your blog. If you use WordPress, there is a plug-in for this, Blogger will have an option on their set-up as well.
Comments make the world go round. You may have heard this from me before, but comments really are like gold. Find other blogs in your niche or a little outside of it. Let’s look at the dog training a lab example. I would hop over to other dog training a lab blogs and read their posts and make an intelligent comment. Then I would scale up and hop over to some general dog training blogs and read their posts and comment there. See where this is heading?
Treat the comments you receive with care – they do so much more than take up space on your post page. Comments show interaction – visitors like to see and read comments. Comments build your rapport with the search engines. They provide links coming in to your website; they build links out of your website. Comments mean you have an interactive, attentive blog and that is what means the difference between a successful blog and an unsuccessful blog.
8. Know Your Audience Well
One of the most important things just about any business or blogging needs to consider when marketing or promoting a blog or business is who they are trying to reach. It doesn’t matter if you are marketing online or offline, you need to know your audience well if you want to ensure a successful blogging experience. If you know who your audience is, you’ll also know what they want and how best to reach them.
9. Post Content on your blog in a regular manner
One of the secrets to search engine optimization and ensuring your readers are happy is to post regularly on your blog. Fresh content lets Google know that someone is actively working on your website or blog. People will also enjoy reading over new material which will increase your blog traffic organically over time.
Most people do not succeed at blogging simply because they fail to blog regularly. They are persistent for a number of weeks or so and then they stop. Then several months down the road they decide to make another blog entry and wonder why they are not getting any traffic or making any money.
10. Be Consistent with Providing Valuable Content
Your blog is going to be your central hub for sales and information to your followers and customers, this is where people get to know you and like you and ultimately trust you and buy from you. Without a blog your online business may not be nearly as lucrative as it could be so nice going!
So now you have to fill your blog with “content” and not just any “content” but “valuable content”. I can just see you saying now, “how do I do that?” Well my friend it’s easier than you think.
Even if you think that there is nothing else in your niche to cover that has not already been covered or that you can’t write or that you have nothing to say or blah, blah blah, there is always something that you can create that will be valuable to your prospects, edifying to your customers and profitable to you.
Take a look for a second at the “Self Help” niche, there are thousands of authors out there selling “Self-empowerment” and they all basically say the same things but the only difference is everyone has put there own spin on the subject.
You see the reason why there are so many successful self help authors is same reason that you can be successful in your blogging and in business. Even though there my seem to be a lot of “duplicate” content there is always a specific audience waiting to hear your message and your unique take on and specific subject.
That is how valuable content is created. The value is what you bring to the table the personal development you have undergone will pour into your blog and create valuable content for your readers and customers.
I told you it was easy.
The next step is to upload that content onto your blog and drive traffic to your blog so that your prospects and customers can be helped, encouraged or enlightened in their businesses.
Don’t make the process harder than it needs to be just go out and create valuable content and then watch the sales and followers roll in.
Over to you
And that’s it! Hopefully, these steps help you make your blogging debut successfully in 2020. We hope you found this blog article interesting and useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
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