Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Start a Blog With These Five Essential Tips

Was there ever a time before blogs?  It's pretty difficult to remember what it was like not having the internet.  Blogging has become such an integral part of our society today, where would we be without them?

Nearly every company or celebrity has a blog, blog's are the starting blocks to the world.  You can vent all of your daily frustrations or create a whole new character to share with the world.

If this all sounds very new or foreign to you, but also very interesting, I'm going to show you how to start one.

1. Recognize Your Chosen Topic

What would you like to write about?  Every blogger asks this question at some point of the start of their journey.  What are you passionate about?  Do you like animals, fashion, painting?  You might have a product to sell.  Blogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  There's no one size fits all.  You need to know what your blog is going to be about.

Take some of these points into consideration:
  • Choose a blog topic but do your research and find out the aspects of that particular subject.  A good example is my blog topic, writing, that entails not only writing but also blogging and self-publishing.  I could narrow it down even more and go into making money from each of these sub-headings.
  • When you decide on your subject make sure you like what you're writing about.
  • Once you've chosen your subject start thinking about how you're going to establish yourself as an authoritative voice on that particular subject.  
2. Choose the Right Platform

There are numerous platforms to choose from, not only Blogger but also WordPress.

Many bloggers choose the WordPress option because they like the platform and its themes.

You have two options with WordPress:
  1. Hosted
  2. Self-Hosted
Self-hosted offers you more options for customization.

3. Select Your Domain Name

Some points to think about when you're choosing a domain name:

  • Choose a name that's easy to remember
  • Choose a name that you can easily brand
  • Choose a name that search engines such as Google can easily find

4. Start Your Blog

Keep it simple, pick a theme that feels right for your own purposes.

Once you've customized your blog you need to start thinking about what to write about.

5. Start Spreading the Word

The next step is to get people to come read your blog.  You can do this through various means, not least search engines, social media etc.  You need to start figuring out what your daily plan of action is to keep your traffic coming.

You need to be dedicated if you want to be a blogger.  If you want to make a living out of it you need to plan ahead and make sure you know where your income is coming from.

If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear them.

Happy Blogging!

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