Start a Blog Website in 3 Minutes!
Were you really thinking of just diving in without having the slightest idea of what to expect?
Being well prepared can take you a long way and quite possibly avoid some costly mistakes you might have faced if you decided to just jump in!
Blogging has redefined itself throughout the year.
Back during the early years of the internet, blogs were just considered as online journals where people would use them as an oline diary to write about their life and experience. Today, influential bloggers all over the world are considered as superstars, having followers in the tens of thousand who would gladly pay for a plane ticket to personally meet them, buy their products and purchase their online course!
The good news is, most of them started from somewhere and there are still plenty of other bloggers who are earning a sustainable passive income from their blog without becoming worldwide superstars. Its the same for you too, if you choose not to that is. Now lets get on with the tips on how to start a blog!
1. Finding Yourself
Simply put, you’ll first have to figure out what will you be writing about and who are the people you’ll be writing for. There are different kind of bloggers online, some talk about food, some talk about fashion, technology, sports, music, traveling or just their day-to-day lives.
As an example, I found that my passion for writing is in Entrepreneurship and Internet Marketing so I know that the majority of my readers will be people who are interested in starting an online business or are looking to create an income online.
What I can suggest you do is to list out the things that you absolutely LOVE to learn about or are already learning (doesn’t necessarily have to be about making money online) and figure out the type of people who would be interested to learn them as well and then I would recommend you to go by these 3 simple concepts:
- Teach (Blog about it!)
2. Choosing A Blogging Platform
After you find out what you will be blogging about and who are your target audience, its time to start choosing a blogging platform for you to blog on! I personally use a self-hosted Wordpress blog because it allows me more freedom for writing and customization on my blog.
But, if you are just starting out online, I would not advise you to get a custom domain just yet simply because of the all technicalities involved with it. Unless of course, you have some basic knowledge with programming.
There are also plenty of free blogging platforms for you to choose (they are generally referred to as Web 2.0 but don’t ask me why, I have no idea too).
Some of the most popular ones are Blogger, Wordpress and Tumblr just to name a few. These free hosting sites will host your blog for free as long as you follow their rules and regulations and keep away from doing anything fishy because if you don’t, you might risk getting yourself banned and have all your blog posts deleted!
3. The Name
In the online world, your blog name will be your brand. As you progress further with your blog, you will start to notice people associating you with your blog name and for that, make sure your blog name is unique and represents who you really are or what your blog is about.
4. Spread The Word!
Regardless whether you write about a certain topic or just sharing experiences of your day-to-day life, the main reason you blog is to share things that you are passionate about, to help others and start building relationships with your readers.
Post links to your latest blog post on your Facebook page, join groups and online communities related to your blog and share about what you’ve got to say.
Make sure you engage with those who comment on your posts because that will keep them coming back.
Always remember to provide value and think about helping others first before ever thinking about profiting from your blog. More importantly, have fun!