So, you want to start a blog. You have the resources but don’t know where to start. Don’t know how to start blogging?
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Steps to Start Blogging:
1. Why Blogging?
I genuinely believe that blogs and online businesses will be vital in the future as artificial intelligence and automation changes the workforce in more and more ways. Being able to make extra income online is going to be essential for many families.
It’s my sincere hope that this eBook gives you a good start point for your new blog, or helps breathe new life into your old blog.
Remember, it’s not just the blog itself that matters – it’s the skills you build along that way that will, one day, translate into a business or idea that works. Let’s get started.
Blogging still excites me so much and I absolutely love that I can roll out of bed and work from my couch or the local cafe, writing blogs that add value and – hopefully – help people in some small way.
2. Choose your blogging topic
When you start a blog you need to make sure that there is enough growth opportunities in future.
Learn how to use Google keyword planner and how can benefit from them.
If you are wondering what is Google keyword planner is take a look at this. It’s not a rocket science but you have to use it very strategically.
Consider these things when choosing your niche:
- Potential Traffic
There are lot of blogs online but they don’t get traffic as expected so you need to do a research over the internet how well your niche can perform in future. Search new, check out trending topics and search Google.
Another thing you need to consider is to see what competition you will get from your competitors.
You have to do research, what your competitors are doing and why are they ranking so good.
Google Keyword planner is a very helpful tool. With the help of this you can check which keyword is getting how much traffic. This is really an amazing tool by Google which is absolutely free to use.
You have selected your topic for blogging also:
3. Find your Keyword to Target
The first step you want to take is to make sure the idea that you have for a niche has enough traffic to be worthwhile.
At this point you can take help of various tools which allow you to look at all your competition and see what keywords and backlinks they are going after.
Make a list of all the niches you are thinking about exploring and then use these tools to see if there is any real juice in there.
This is extremely useful when deciding on a niche to blog about as well as being useful every time you write a post.
- Consider Long tail and short tail keywords
you will need to plan out your short tail keyword making sure it is a relatively popular one but you also need to make sure there is enough to write about for all those long tail keywords.
I’m not just talking about traffic here – I’m talking about your ability to write on a topic. If you run out of long tail topics in a year you are going to be in big trouble.
- Make sure you love it, otherwise it gets boring
Unless you love the topic genuinely you are going to fail and fail quickly.
Writing posts gets boring, even on topics you really like. So imagine spending hours of each day working on and thinking about a topic you don’t care about?
When you visit a blog you can feel the passion coming out of the content.
They love it and the readers to too and I am convinced that it means the content is more useful and positive as a result.
4. Analyze your competitors
The next step is to take a look around at the big guys and gals in your niche. It’s always good to do some research on your competitors. You will find out what others are doing in you niche.
You want to look at their blogs and take notice of things like how many subscribers they have got, how many Twitter followers they have, how many comments they get, how they do on social media and bookmarking sites, etc.
You then want to take a look at all the posts that these big blogs have written that have done well. Examine why they have worked and what keywords and topics they have targeted.
Now you have done all the primarily things and your research work. It’s time to go online.
Next thing you will consider is choosing a domain.
Your domain name is extremely important. It’s how people first encounter your blog and it’s the part of your brand that communicates with them first. It really needs to stand out and it really needs be a .com that you own.
5. How to choose your domain Name?
Choosing a domain name is a really important process that should take a lot of consideration.
A really good idea these days is to name your blog after your own name. This is a fantastic idea if you want to position yourself as an expert in the field and grow your own personal brand.
Search over the Market and start researching domain names in your niche that have your short tail keywords in them.
Memorable domain names are things that are done more for shock and interest factor. Some examples of this would be Smashing Magazine, ViperChill and ZenHabits. They don’t mean much but people remember the brand.
Make sure you spend a lot of time thinking about your different options because you really don’t want to have to change this once you’ve got started.
So, If you are serious about it, purchase you own domain.
Purchasing your own domain name is the first step to building a successful blog that you fully control as a professional venture.
How to buy a Domain?
There are various domain and hosting providers from where you can purchase your own domain name.
Usually Domain names come free for the first year when you sign up for the hosting plan with respective registrar.
In my opinion Siteground and Namecheap are the best options which is who I recommend for all new bloggers. Their customer support is great and their hosting services are really good and affordable. You can also consider other providers.
While purchasing a domain keep it familiar with the SEO. While exact match domains (EMDs) are no longer a necessity, keywords in your domain name can still help your SEO ranking.
6. Now one of the important part- Choosing a hosting provider.
Choosing a good and fast hosting provider is necessary.
There are various things which you need to consider before using any web hosting service:
- Performance Speed
- Page Loading
- Security, and
List of the best hosting providers:
A good website load time is usually between 2s to 3s. A Good Site speed is also one of the factor which boosts up your SEO Ranking. Google don’t want to give bad user experience, so it always rank those website good which have fast loading loading time.
Bluehost and Hostgator are almost same. One of the best hosting providers in Industry. But again I would recommend you Siteground.
Siteground is the best web hosting for the beginner as it covers up the following to be noticeably faster, extremely reliable.(Specially for US & UK).
Their hosting plans are flexible, and their customer support is one of the best in the industry.
7. Choosing a Blogging platform
From my personal point of view, a self-hosted wordpress blog is the best option available for new bloggers. WordPress run 60% of the total websites on the internet. Most of the famous blogs are running on wordpress.
8. Why wordpress is the Best Blogging Platform?
Easily customizable, responsive, fast and less coding. Also, WordPress is known for its themes as none of the other blogging platforms can provide so many quality themes.
At present, all the different types of advanced plugins are present that will take your blog to the next level.
With so many facilities for free, no wonders why people choose WordPress. I also choose wordpress for most of my website projects.
Most amazing part.
For every website to succeed, it has to get a high search engine ranking. People spent thousands and thousands of dollars hiring SEO experts and optimizing their site for better ranking.
But a website in WordPress itself has good SEO value. All the SEO plugins twill skyrocket your PageRank, and you can do on-page SEO all by yourself.
9. How to Install WordPress to your hosting?
WordPress powers over 60% of all websites on the internet. The main reason for that is because WordPress is easy to install which makes it easy for anyone to create a website.
Generally Hosting companies allow you to install WordPress with just few clicks of mouse. Installing WordPress is a simple process that takes less than 5 minutes.
Some hosting companies also automatically install WordPress when you signed up for the hosting plan.
Simply login to your hosting account and visit the cPanel dashboard.
This will load the cPanel dashboard, which is basically a web-based interface to manage your hosting account.
From here you need to scroll down to the ‘Auto Installers’ section and click on WordPress.
This will launch the auto-installer script with WordPress pre-selected. You need to click on the install button and then select a website protocol http or https and domain name.
Below that, you need to enter your site title, admin username, password, and email address.
Fill the other information.
Now, click on the ‘Install’ button to continue.
The installer will now run in the background and set up a WordPress install. Once finished, you will see a success message with a link to your WordPress site’s admin area.
That’s simple you have installed WordPress to your hosting and now your blog is ready to fire up.
Congratulations on installing WordPress to your website.
10. Choose a theme for your blog.
Now that your WordPress blog is set up you need to add a theme that has all the functionality that you need. At this stage you can either go with a free theme or a paid one. There are advantages and disadvantages to both but it basically boils down to finding a design with the right look, feel and functionality for your needs.
Just be careful when doing this as some free themes can be a bit dodgy in terms of security and hidden promotions. For example, sometimes the creator of the theme will put links in the footer back to their own irrelevant sites.
Always choose a responsive theme for your blog because large number of audience will be using mobile phones. Always choose a layout that will adapt to different mobile and tablet screen sizes – so important for usability now that a lot of people are using mobile phones.
Design your blog by looking at your competitor’s website.
Add a subscribe box to your blog so whenever new content is published to your blog your subscribers gets updated, it also gives you a huge opportunity for quick
promotions and much more. The goal of your blog should be to capture as many loyal, loving and friendly email subscribers as possible.
One of the best way to massively boost up your email subscription rate is to have a pop up opt-in in form to your blog.
Now, you have designed your blog, installed a theme. Now what you need to do is start making viral content for your blog posts. Traffic is vital to a blog, but that traffic needs to be targeted and interested in the content that you are producing.
- Have a Good title
- Properly format paragraphs and heading use spaces.
- Write detailed blog posts.
- Add resources
- Link your content to other blogs
- Take help of Google Keywords planner
- Read the all top blog posts
- Always work on keywords
When you build you blog you should think about the threats that it faces and make sure you take time to mitigate them. Make sure you jump on trends early, but don’t put so much time into them that you lose sight of your main focus.
You’ll learn things from the trends, but it’s unlikely that they will become your business’s main focus. And if you keep producing content in interesting formats that solves people’s problems you will probably weather the storm.
So, get start with blogging now.