Blogging has become mainstream these days. It’s a platform where anyone can share their two cents on any topic under the sun. You’ve made the decision to jump into the fray, but how do you get started?
Here are five tips on how to start a new blog.
Regardless of which platform you use or the topic of your blog, these tips will apply.
You’ve made the decision to start a blog. That’s great! Now what? Where do you go from here? How do you turn your vision into a reality? A quick online search will garner a dizzying array of tips and tricks about how to start a blog.
So many tips, in fact, that it can be very overwhelming to try to weed through it all. If you want to make money from your blog, it’s important to be able to distill all of that information down into manageable, actionable steps you can take. You’re in luck!
We’ve done that for you. Here’s 4 things to know before starting your blog:
1. Find A Niche
The internet is an extremely vast place. No matter what you are looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find information about it online. The first thing to do when starting a blog is to get a clear idea of what you want your blog to be about.
Write about something you know, something you are passionate about.
This will come through in your content and make your blog better. Have a clear road map before you set out to create your blog. This will also help you to define your target audience and how you plan to reach them.
2. Decide On A Platform
The next choice you’ll have to make is which platform on which to build your blog. This is basically like selecting the plot of land on which you’ll build your house. There are so many choice, but the two main options are Blogger and WordPress.
With these platforms, visitors don’t need to sign up for accounts to interact with you, which is important. Blog visitors don’t want to have to jump through hoops to interact with your content, so do them a favour and make it easy.
Both Blogger and WordPress offer a huge variety of plug-in and widgets that can customize your blog and make it perform exactly as you need it to.
3. What’s In A Name?
You’re also going to have go give your blog a good name.
This isn’t as trivial as it seems, not by a long shot. Your blog’s name also serves as a brand, the way in which visitors will come to know you.
It’s important to choose one that is catchy and easy to remember, in addition to saying something about your business.
4. Sing Your Praises
Finally, once your blog is up and running and populated with some of your wonderful musings, it’s time to let the world know you exist!
Start a Facebook page connected to your blog, and open an Instagram and Twitter page where you can promote your posts. Pinterest can be a valuable marketing too, too.
Use all of these free and popular social media platforms to spread the word about your blog, so you can start generating traffic.
Here are 5 steps anyone can follow to get started:
Step 1: Check your setup
No matter how amazing your content is, if your blog isn’t configured properly to drive traffic to it, you’ll never get any page views.
Take the time to set up your blog properly so it is optimized to receive traffic. Most blog formats will have settings you can configure to get traffic to your blog. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your genius!
Step 2: Be unique
Here’s the reality of blogging: You only have a few seconds to capture the attention of your blog visitors.
You’ll want to pull out all the stops to ensure you grab their attention and compel them to stay awhile to read what you have to say. To do that, start by choosing a unique theme for your blog.
This is an important that decision, because you’ll want to choose a theme and stick with it. It’s about creating a recognizable brand.
Step 3: Create great content
This seems obvious, right?
Be sure you are ready to create not only high-quality content, but also regular content. You’ll lose the audience you do get pretty quickly if they have to wait in between posts.
A great idea is to populate your blog with a solid archive of posts (even as many as 25-50 posts) before your site goes live.
That way, you’ll already hit the ground running with lots for your audience to read right out of the gate. From there, set up your blog so you are posting regularly.
This can be automated, so you can create posts when you have a block of time and then roll them out on your desired schedule.
Step 4: Spread the word
Obviously, if no one knows your blog exists, it won’t be a success. Good, search engine optimized traffic will generate traffic on its own, but to go to the next level you’ll have to spend the time to promote your blog.
Step 5: Love what you do!
It sounds cliché, but it’s an adage for a reason: Write about what you love. If your blog isn’t fuelled by your passion, interest, talent, or knowledge in a certain area, blogging will soon seem like a chore and you won’t want to do it.
Blogging is much more work than people realize, and if you don’t absolutely love what you’re doing, you won’t want to do it and your blog will soon suffer.
Here’s a quick recap of the 4 things to know before you start a blog:
- Find a niche
- Decide on a platform
- What’s in a name?
- Sing your praises
Here’s how to get started:
- Check your setup
- Be unique
- Create great content
- Spread the word
- Love what you do
Are you trying to create a new blog? Leave a comment below.