READ THIS BEFORE STARTING A BLOG!
You figured you enjoy writing, you have things to say or things you want to teach people, and you feel you can make money from it. You’ve made the decision to create a blog. Congratulations!
But, if you’re anything like me when I first started out as a rookie and knew next to nothing about how to create a blog, then stick around till the end.
Many new bloggers become frustrated and quit before they even get their first visit because they have not done any research before they began and have no idea what to anticipate.
I definitely don’t want it to happen to you, so I’ve compiled a list of eight things you should know before beginning a blog.
1. The Truth about Blogging
This is one of the most important things I wish I had known before beginning a blog. Do not be misled into thinking that it is as simple as it appears. You must devote time and effort to writing, rewriting, editing, researching, finding photos, and much more.
After you’ve established your site, you’ll need to spend time advertising it on various social media platforms. Not only will you need to put in a lot of work, but you will also need the mental power to remain consistent, patient and motivated, as you may not have much of an audience at first.
Unless you are already well-established in your area, it might take months to develop a large foundation, especially if you have picked a highly competitive niche.
2. Blogging is not the easiest way to make money
We’ve all read of bloggers who have made a fortune online just through their articles and posts. Yes, it is possible, and you will get there. However, keep in mind that getting there will need years of hard effort and patience.
Before you begin, keep in mind that if all you want to do is generate money quickly, there may be other, faster ways to do it than beginning a blog. However, if you start a blog for the right reasons, then in due time the money will come.
3. There is no harm in starting small
If you are beginning a blog for the first time, you may be unsure how things will turn out. You may fall in love with it, or you may realize after a few weeks or months that this really isn’t for you.
As a result, you may always start simple with a free site that lacks flashy bells and whistles. WordPress and Blogger are both excellent options for getting started with a free account. You may also begin blogging on networks such as LinkedIn, Quora, and Medium.
Take your time learning about this craft and deciding if it is something you want to pursue. You can always go ahead and commit to things like self-hosting and premium plans later. Hosting sites such as Bluehost, Hostgator and Namecheap are always a good choice for new bloggers. In fact, if you are certain that you will be blogging for a long time, it makes perfect sense to go self-hosted.
4. Be ready to learn new things
Unless you are currently in a technological area, chances are you will need to learn a slew of new skills if you want to get serious about blogging. Every blogger must grasp fundamental SEO and analytics, as well as stay current on changes such as Google upgrades. Learning to optimizing your blog posts is a must.
The good news is that there are a plethora of sites available that provide advice and assistance on the technical aspects of article writing. You can check out Udemy, they have a ton of free courses that are sufficient enough to learn the basics and more.
To begin, I would recommend starting with the free and quite valuable content. You may also master the fundamentals of Google Analytics by taking a free online course from Google’s Analytics Academy.
5. Knowledge and Passion
There are literally millions of blog websites online, and the only way to stand out from the crowd is to choose and stick to a niche. What precisely is a niche? A niche is just a single and restricted topic around which all of your material will focus on.
You will be better able to understand who your ideal readers are and how to target them with your content once you have identified your specialty. Writing for a certain niche can help you attract readers who are truly interested in that issue.
Before you start a blog, consider all of the areas in your life that you have plenty of knowledge and enthusiastic about. These are the subjects that you will be able to create solid and compelling content that people will want to read.
It’s also simpler to stay motivated when you’re blogging about something you’re passionate about. Because, believe me, even if you enjoy writing, you will have days when you battle with inspiration and writers block.
Remember to ask yourself if you have what it takes to blog about your chosen niche every day, week, month, and for the next several years. Determining which topics on your list you can genuinely make money writing about will make your list shorter.
Unless you never want to monetize your articles, you must have a plan in place to make revenue from it in the future. So, before you start, figure out how you want to generate money from the material you write for your chosen niche.
6. Content will always be King
Your readers will come to you because of what you write, not because you have a great blog theme or a clever blog name. The greatest approach to grow an audience is to constantly provide well-written and entertaining material.
Interesting material is shared, eventually broadening your reach. Here are some pointers on how to create an article that will keep your visitors returning for more:
Give value: Create content that no one else in your field is publishing, and you will not only gain readers, but also Google. Write long, thoughtful, informative posts with the goal of assisting your readers in solving a problem or answering a query. Make your content so valuable that people will save and share them!
Consider structure: The appearance of your article is equally as essential as what it says. Divide your material into little bits of short paragraphs to make it easier to read. Add a few well-chosen photos that may break up the monotony of text as well as make your material more beautiful and instructive.
You can get free stock photos and videos from Unsplash.com, Pexel.com and edit through Canva.com which is the easiest place you can edit photos
7. You have to be social
As a blogger, you will need to communicate with and connect with others – both inside and outside of your specialty. This is a sure-fire approach to broaden your network and reach a wider audience.
Bloggers create a close-knit community and routinely assist one another through link-outs, guest articles, social shares, and so on. I would encourage following other editors and authors, sharing their material on social media, and participating in online blogging communities.
With a little effort, you can develop an active social media strategy for multiple platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Medium, and Quora.
Take advantage of cross posting management tools such as IFTTT, Later, Canva, Hubspot, Hootsuite,etc to stay relevant and active
8. Always be yourself
The most essential thing to remember when beginning a blog is to be yourself and show your readers who you are. You must create and express your own style and voice, and you must not be scared to express yourself. Write about what you enjoy, tell it like it is, and have fun. I know I said blogging is hard work, but it’s the type of hard work that can also be a lot of fun.
So, these are basically some things that I wish I knew before starting a blog! I hope you find these thoughts useful as you set about starting a blog for the first time. Once you get your first few readers, don’t forget to start working on an email list and, of course, plans for monetization. With the right processes and tools, it is all completely doable, start with our Beginners Guide how to make a blog from scratch.