HOW TO START A BLOG
Below is a detailed outline to kick-starting your blog. Below you will learn
5 Steps to Starting a Blog.
They are as follows:
1. Research Your Niche
3. Set Up Website
4. Write Detailed Quality Content
5. Reference Previous & Similar Articles in All Blogs
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STEP 1: RESEARCH NICHES
If you're thinking of starting an online business with blogging or perhaps just looking to do it as a hobby, you should keep the option open to eventually monetizing the blog and because of that, you should select one of the blogging niches below as these are the best paying blogs.
Therefore, conduct adequate research to ensure there is a market for what you are interested in doing or writing.
While conducting your research, you may soon discover how saturated a particular market is. Do not let this discourage you. Every product or service can be approved upon to making it better. Remember MySpace or Yahoo as being dominant players until Facebook and Google arrive? The same holds true for blogs.
Once you have determined which niche you think can deliver value to your audience, draft a tentative plan in how in how many areas focus on this area. For example, when picking food as a niche, breaking it down you might consider Vegan, Desserts, etc but how about Vegan Desserts?
When you think you have a good grasp on which niche to focus on, conduct some research on this area to see if there is a market for it. You have to perform your due diligence so I recommend you search your topic on Pinterest, Google Keyword Planner and Google Trends, Alexa, KWFinder, Keywords Anywhere, and SEMRush, etc.
These resources will help you determine if people are searching for such products and services.
STEP 2: GET A HOST ACCOUNT
There are many competitors in the blogging market who will compete to get your service when it comes to hosting account. It is important to note that not all hosting services are the same. Some services are better if building an online store while others are better performers for blog sites.
My two recommendations because of pricing and simplicity to build are Bluehost and Wix.
Bluehost is by far the clear winner as many bloggers and corporate entities utilize their services to host their webpages.
If you are building an online store then I recommend Bluehost and Shopify. While each site has its pros and cons, I must mention that Bluehost was designed for WordPress which is the superior tool for bloggers.
The main reason why I believe some are more superior than others is that of the add-on features available which translate to making your blog stand out more and making it easier to obtain traffic, etc.
The second reason is the host speed. Nothing is worse than loading a page and sitting forever as it loads. Bluehost is very quick and fast. I do find Wix simple and easy but have had some issues customizing.
STEP 3: SET UP YOUR WEBSITE
This step in the process will probably take you the longest. You will need to determine a color scheme (hint: write down the color codes for use later). Look at ideas from similar bloggers to determine which design you like best and what would potentially work best for your niche.
This will be a trial-and-error process but ensure your fonts are easy to read.
I recommend you read the importance of colors in relation to your niche so be sure to check out Color Psychology.
STEP 4: WRITE DETAILED & QUALITY CONTENT
This may freak many people out but writing very detailed information that is helpful to your readers will only benefit you. Google likes pages that people find helpful. The more you write about a particular topic, the more likely you will rank higher in Google and increase your chances of being approved for AdSense (Google Ads). Take a look at Wikipedia. There is a reason why it is usually ranked number one when searching for items in Google. It delivers a lot of content that is relevant and detailed.
So then the question becomes (and I debate this quite a bit) "Do You Need More Than 1,000 Words in Your Blog?". The answer is yes and no. Let me clarify. You do not need a thousand words in your blog article if your fellow competitors in similar topics are averaging 500 words. Now with this stated, you should strive for 600-700 words of quality content. This will push your Google rankings higher.
If you are writing about a topic that averages over 2,000 words, then you need to produce content surpassing those numbers. One way to do this and research this is using SEMRush.com. If you review your competition in the SEO Content Template, it provides you with information on what the average words are for that topic.
STEP 5: REFERENCE PREVIOUS & SIMILAR ARTICLES IN ALL BLOGS
Finally, you will learn about click- to-ratios and bounce rates soon but linking page titles to other blogs within your website will help you. Find colleagues and mentors and ask to link their page and vice versa. The industry calls these backlinks.
Some great resources to find such help is Pinterest and Facebook Groups. Ask to be invited and build a rapport with the community.
Next, I want you to consider taking my course, Making Money Online. It provides in-depth material on how to monetize your blog to earn consistent income with tools such as social media marketing without paying for ads, learning how to use email to convert to sales, and much much more. I currently have the course priced at a low price of $19 for those who click the link above.
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When it comes to blogging, building a your blog and constructing it will take time. My friend, Kendra of KendraBlogs.com, has a Free 6 Week Plan for starting and Launching a Successful Blog from Day One. I encourage you to check out her page and get a free copy of this plan!
STEP 6: SOCIAL MEDIA
According to BBC.com in January 2018, "Three billion people, around 40% of the world's population, use online social media". This staggering and rapidly climbing figures are part of the Digital Transformation. A large part of such transformation is being studied by Dell Technologies. The firm surveyed over 3,800 business leaders to learn and study about where such like minded businesses see the future of the digital world. One common theme revealed the "need to transform and how".
As new entrepreneurs, it can feel frightening at times to launch a successful platform. New studies are now revealing that corporations are fearing small start-ups for a variety of reasons. While the culture of anti-trust and perceived greed in large firms may be a few reasons, new start-ups have the ability to move rapidly where larger firms cannot.
Small business and new entrepreneurs can also be very adaptable where large corporations are slow to change. Such as social media. Corporations are usually late to the game. Some reasons may be due to legal affairs and compliance while other firms are learning to find the value in using these platforms.
If you have a niche and a competitive product, then social media may be your greatest ally. The struggle is getting followers and people's attentions. One way that I have personally built and a resource that I continually use is MiloTree.
It is a powerful tool for your website because it can convert visitors from your site into social media followers and potentially customers.
You will not find anyone who despises pop-ups more than me. MiloTree has a non-evasive slider that is small in size and asks your viewers to follow you on one of several platforms.
Another reason to recommend this app is because without proper traffic to your website, you will find it very difficult to make money from your affiliate sources or ads.
Using social media is a great way to attract new customers and viewers to your website and it should be a priority once your website is built.