Starting a blog can be simple and since I do have my own blog I have a lot of tips for you. I have specifically ten tips for you to help you learn how to start a successful blog. Always remember that when you first start blogging, your blog is always going to be a work in progress. You might start off and six to nine months from now your blog could look completely different. Your blog is going to be looking more developed, more consistent and it’s just always going to be a work in progress no matter what.
As long as you’re writing about topics that you enjoy talking about and blogging about topics that interest you, you’re going to be successful. It’s okay if you want to start blogging because you want another stream of income that’s completely possible. Many people are making five hundred dollars to five thousand dollars plus a month with blogging. And of course, with blogging there’s multiple sources of income so there’s many different possibilities.
Choose a main topic for your blog
Choose a main topic for your blog. Just use something that interests you and that you’re honestly interested in. A good tip that I have is to make a list of the things that you enjoy talking about and also to look at what you enjoy reading and this will give you a good hint into what you might want to make your blog about. Just anything that you enjoy and feel interested in is something that you can definitely speak about on your blog.
Think about your domain name
Start to think about your domain name. Do you want it to be your personal name? Or maybe you want it to be a brand name that you have in mind. Something unique that you want your blog to be called. This takes some time to think about and can be a lot easier if you write a list of the domain name ideas you have for your blog.
Select a content management system
Choose a content management system (cms) this can be wordpress.org or squarespace. I recommend wordpress.org because that is what I use for my blog and it’s really simple. You might have to do a little research and compare them and see which type of blogging site you’d want to create and which one is going to be right for you.
Decide on a hosting provider
Choose a hosting provider for your blog. There are many hosting providers out there. The one that I personally use is bluehost and I’ve really been loving them a lot. They have an amazing price and if you want to learn more about them I’m going to link it below for you to check it out. I also recommend doing a little bit of research and comparing the hosting providers and seeing which hosting provider you’d like to select for your blog.
Install a blog theme
Choose a theme for your blog. You might want to go to theme forest or creative market. These two websites offer a variety of wordpress themes and even squarespace themes depending on which content management system you decide to go with. When you go in there is going to be a lot of variety, a lot of themes to choose from and a lot of inspiration.
Add content to your blog
Get into your website (after you installed your theme and did all of the above steps) and think about adding your logo. Think about if you want to hire someone to do it or if you want to create it yourself. If you want to hire someone to do it I recommend fiverr but if you want to design it yourself then I recommend going on creative market and maybe checking out some of their fonts and some of their personal brand symbols that you can use for your logo or maybe even a logo template. I highly recommend that web site since it helped me so much with my blog.
Think about the categories your blog is going to have. You want to think about your main topic that you chose and break your main topic up into 5-7+ subtopics and those are going to be your categories. Of course, it can be as many categories that you feel inspired adding to your blog. For example, if you have a blog and your main topic is health you can select subtopics such as nutrition, exercise, yoga, supplements etc…
Then you want to add your pages which are your about, contact pages and any additional pages that you might have for your blog. You also want to include an email sign up form on your blog preferably offering a freebie so that you can start to build your email list. Remember to include your social media links on your blog. Installing a google analytics plugin is also a good idea. Google Analytics helps you keep track of where your visitors are coming from and it also lets you know overall the amount of visitors that are visiting your blog per month. If you go with WordPress there are a lot of plugins that helps make everything so simple.
Brainstorm post ideas
Brainstorm post ideas so that you always have something to write about. You can get inspired on Pinterest or through a magazine. Or you can also create a mind map to help you with thinking of post ideas. I recommend using a website called answer the public and also google keyword planner to help you think of a blog post ideas. You might want to watch a tutorial on how to use this google keyword planner tool if you haven’t used it yet.
Create a content calendar
Create a content calendar to help keep you productive. This is where you just pick how often you’re going to be blogging . For example, if you’re going to post a blog post every saturday you want to write the blog post you’re going to be posting for that day. Scheduling your blog posts in a content calendar keeps can help keep you focused on the content you’re going to be producing next for your blog and it will help you be more consistent and productive.
Join facebook groups and pinterest group boards
Join facebook groups for bloggers and pinterest group boards that relate to your blog topics. Then when you post a blog post on your blog, you want to share them. When finding Pinterest group boards I recommend a web site called pingroupie. This website just lets you type in a keyword that relates to the main topic of your blog and it’s going to show you group boards that are related to that.
Write your blogging goals
Be consistent and write your monthly blogging goals. Blogging goals could simply be:
- How many email subscribers you want to gain in the next six to twelve months?
- How many visitors you want on your blog?
- How many products you want to create for your blog in the next six to twelve months?
- Do you want to work with any sponsors? Just know that you only want to work with sponsors that align with your blogging brand and your lifestyle.
- Do you want to monetize your blog using google ads or media.net?
These are just some of the blogging goals that you can write for yourself. There are so many blogging goals that are available for you to choose from.
So those are my ten tips to start a successful blog. I really hope that these ten tips help you start a successful blog. If you have a blog or if you’re going to be starting one comment what it’s going to be about I would love to get to know you and your blog.
About This Video:
In this video Laura talks about how to start a successful blog. She talks about 10 tips for blogging that can help you learn how to start a blog step by step. The easiest way to start a blog is to make a plan of what you hope to accomplish with your blog.
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