Wondering how to start a blog?
You thought about it, thought about it, and thought about it.
Now, you are more determined than ever to start your blog.
I am going to share with you nine basic steps I took to start my blog. Ready? Let’s do this!
#1 Dive Into The Blogosphere
Before I started my blog I was excited and a little intimidated by the process. I didn’t know where to start or how to start. I didn’t have honed tech skills and I definitely didn’t know anything about the tools needed to get the job done.
To say I didn’t have a clue would be a gross understatement. However, instead of surrendering to my doubts and fears and talking myself out of doing what I wanted to do, I took a giant leap of faith and dove head first into the deep end of the blogosphere.
#2 Find A Niche
Next, I had to figure out what in the world I was going to blog about – parenting, politics, pop culture? I knew to become a successful blogger I had to carve out a niche, find something worthwhile to write about, something that would attract like-minded people. I searched for ideas on the web that might be of interest to voracious readers. Then I considered my own hobbies and interests.
While I enjoy a myriad of activities – biking, hiking, and traveling, I am most passionate about food – creating and preparing recipes. That pretty much settled it for me. I decided to start a food blog.
#3 Select A Domain Name
When I was trying to figure out a name for my blog, technically called a domain name, my list of ideas was a mile-and-a-half long.
To whittle it down, I considered the fact that I am not a professionally trained chef, but rather a veteran home cook who enjoys preparing all kinds of food and munching on all kinds of snacks. Thus, MunchieCooks.com was born.
Before I purchased and registered my domain name with WordPress, I Googled it and typed it into my Internet browser using .com, .org, and .net to determine whether the name was available.
I am often asked, “What’s in a name?” My answer is always the same – “Everything.” With millions of blogs posted online, it is important to select a domain name that is easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember. You want a name that promotes your brand and stands out in a crowded space.
If you are not sure about how to choose the best possible domain name, think about your interests, your blog, and the value it offers your readers.
Like the title of your favorite book, your domain name should give readers a sense of what your blog is about. Take your time. Try to come up with an incredibly awesome name. You never know, you might decide to sell it one day and discover it’s worth a fortune.
Some of the most lucrative domain names in the world have sold for millions of dollars. Reports show the most expensive domain name sold for nearly a billion dollars. You read correctly – Billion with a B.
#4 Select Blogging Platform and Web Hosting Site
The next step in the how to start a blog process is twofold. I secured a blogging platform and a web hosting site to get my blog live on the internet.
A blogging platform is where you create the content for your blog. A web hosting site stores the content and makes it available for readers to see it when they log onto your blog.
Selecting the best possible web hosting site is crucial. You can find comprehensive reviews online to help you decide which one to use.
In regards to blogging platforms, I chose a self-hosted blogging platform because I wanted to own my blog, monetize it, control my content, and use my domain name.
If you use a free blog platform, you will have to abide by the company’s policies and procedures, which can be restricting in some ways, including as it relates to your ability to earn extra cash.
#5 Select A Theme
After securing a blogging platform and a web hosting site, I selected a theme for my blog. A theme is a template that showcases the layout and design of your blog.
I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to design my blog initially, but I knew I wanted it to be interactive, easy to navigate, and engaging.
I browsed through a wide array of WordPress themes until I found one that was perfect for what I had in mind for my blog.
If you plan to add material that can be downloaded, videos, and interactive tools to your blog, you will need to hire a web designer, unless you are skilled in that area. After you select your theme, you are good to go.
After getting the essentials for my blog, it was time to get down to the business at hand – writing. I had a few ideas for articles saved in my journal.
However, when I whipped out my laptop to write my first post, I froze.
I simply stared at the cursor blinking on the blank computer screen as if struck with writer’s block.
The problem was I wasn’t sure how to write my blog or what kind of voice to give it – humorous, serious, adventurous?
You are probably wondering about your voice and how to write your first blog post, too. Don’t worry. You will figure it out. Concentrate on producing quality content that solves a problem or explains how to do something.
#7 Promote Your Blog
Remember you have to promote your blog.
After I pressed the publish button on my first post, I hit the ground running to promote it.
I emailed and texted everyone in my contact file telling them about my blog.
In the same message, I asked them to tell everyone they know about it, too. Remember that old expression, word of mouth is the best form of advertising.
Here are a few more proven strategies to show you how to promote your blog.
#8 Build A Loyal Following
Building on the wave of momentum generated from my text and email promotional campaign, I continued to promote my blog on social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to drive traffic to my site.
I also added places on my blog to collect email addresses so I could notify my readers when I add new content and stay in touch with them.
Relationship building can lead to a pathway that ends with a financial windfall. The amount of money you can actually make blogging depends on several factors, including the number of views you get on your pages.
#9 Monetize Your Blog
Now, you have to decide whether you want to monetize your blog.
I wasn’t sure about the process until I went online to find out how to add Google Adsense to my blog, which by the way, is not challenging at all.
I also discovered there are several ways to monetize a blog by writing sponsored content, selling services, e-books or online courses, and hosting webinars.
While some bloggers don’t earn a dime on their blogs. Others make a fortune.
High dollar bloggers are giants in their respective genres and bring in an insane amount of cash.
How do they manage to achieve such remarkable success? They have the perfect niche. They offer something of value. They have quality content. They post consistently. They promote their blogs.
Need I say more?
High dollar bloggers use social media and traditional media effectively. Some have their own podcasts, television or radio shows. They contribute to major newspapers and magazines. They deliver keynote addresses, lectures, and host workshops. They are credible, knowledgeable, and professional.
High dollar bloggers also have incredible fans that stick with them like they are rock stars. After all, they are rocking the blogosphere. That makes them rock stars in their own right.
You can be a rock star blogger, too.
Now that you know how to start a blog.
Let me know when it’s live online.