Do you love to write? What do you love to write about? What’s your passion? What do you want to educate your audience on? How about you start a blog.
Starting a blog is easier than you think or imagine. First of all, you don’t necessarily need to know or have any tech skill(s), experience, or whatsoever. But it’s a plus for some of us that have some skills.
Have you ever asked ‘why do they blog?’ There might be tons of answers to this question. For the money, to make yourself known and build a community, for the passion or maybe to educate other people and tell about your experience.
- 1 What does it take to become a successful blogger? (Start a blog)
- 2 FIND A NICHE
- 3 BLOGGING PLATFORMS
- 3.1 Self-hosting
- 3.2 CHOOSING A DOMAIN NAME
- 3.3 Promote your Blog
What does it take to become a successful blogger? (Start a blog)
What does it really take? First of all, I must say; there are many trials that would come your way if you want to embark on this journey. But if you really know what you want, then you would know that giving up should not even be part of the equation. And maybe this is what it really takes to become a Successful blogger.
Okay, let’s drive straight down to business. How do you Start a Blog?
FIND A NICHE
Find a niche that best suit your passion – this could be a bit challenging for beginners at times.
For me, before I started blogging, I’ve always wanted to know more places around the world and write about these places. Along the line, I also developed a passion for business and marketing (digital) because I run social media sponsored posts (ads). So, at the start of thewildthought, I didn’t have to think too much about what to write about – I took up the two. Finding a niche will help you grow your blog and as well as followers.
Related read: Most Profitable Blogging Niches
Still doubting on what niche you should write about? Ask yourself these questions.
1. What’s your passion?
One challenging aspect of a new blogger is finding blog post ideas. This is sometime the toughest part when starting a blog.
Like I said earlier, I loved everything about Travel and always wanted to write about it. This was my passion so it wasn’t really hard to figure out what my niche would be.
Question one solved. Next is…
2. Is my niche needed?
For me, I would say there is no Niche that isn’t needed – if you can target the right audience. At the same time, some are more popular than others.
Forget the fact that people have already written about whatever you have to write about, believe me, nobody has written your point of view on it. That makes you unique and a reason you should write it.
WordPress is the most popular platform for bloggers today. With this platform, you don’t need to stress too much on how to start a blog as it is very user friendly. Think about;
- The New Yorker
- BBC America
- Blomberg Professional
- Sony Music
These world-class websites/brands use WordPress. WordPress is more/easily customizable and it has a lot of support. WordPress is one of the easiest and probably the biggest sites for bloggers and it allows you to design your blog without stress with a lot of themes and plugin options.
Using a personal hosting space (hosting account) and domain name (which is usually free for most platforms) is simply called Self-hosting. There are many options when it comes to self-hosting and WordPress seems to be the most popular among them.
CHOOSING A DOMAIN NAME
A domain name is simply URL (thewildthought.com). Choose a domain that your audience can easily remember, it shouldn’t be complicated for your first audience to remember. It’s always a good idea to have your niche somewhere in your domain name or website name. For example, if your niche is travel you could decide to use;
- travelwiththink(your name).com
- thetravelblogger.com or such
Personally and from experience as a web designer, I’ve always hosted all my websites and blogs using Godaddy; For every Godaddy WordPress hosting, you get a free domain here: WordPress free domain
Hosting are affordable for new bloggers. Other hosting sites you might want to check out:
- Siteground and more
Although, you can decide to buy a domain and hosting account from different platforms (e.g. Domain from BlueHost and Host in Godaddy). It is advisable to keep both in one hosting account for better maintenance and management.
HOSTING WITH GoDaddy for Example
- Choose a plan (Basic, Business, Deluxe, and others)
- Search and choose a domain name
- Make payment
- Install WordPress
- And there you go – you’re all set.
Choose a Plan
Choose a plan that’s suitable and affordable for you
It’s time to launch your WordPress blog with GoDaddy. Now when you visit your new domain, it shows the GoDaddy default theme.
Find a theme to design your blog
Upload or choose a preferred theme and edit to your taste, create your contact, about us page and all other necessary pages.
Having installed your preferred theme. Your site framework is complete. It’s time to start writing your contents. This is what makes readers want to come back to your site more often to get more informations. When writing contents:
- Remember it’s not about you but them. So, write in a way that is easily understood forsaking all vocabulary.
- Use quality graphic images. Your blog should make your audience want to interact with you and your graphic images too should be attractive.
Promote your Blog
1. Social media platforms
Social media is a great place to get traffic to your new blog. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter are also great platforms to share your link(s) to groups that you belong to be seen by hundreds of people.
2. Social bookmarking sites
Social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Tumblr, Reddit are great bookmarking sites. It allows you to share your links and when it gets appropriate votes, it gets seen by many.
3. Create a relationship
Create a relationship with other bloggers within your niche by commenting on their posts. This simply creates an awareness to their audience.
4. Build an e-mail list
Once up, start collecting e-mails of your audience to get to them when you publish a new article.
Here’s a list of 22 Places To Promote Your Blog Posts Absolutely Free