You can learn to start a blog, no matter your tech skills or how well you feel that you can write. I know many bloggers who only have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Others are in their 50’s or 60’s, and haven’t even owned a computer for more than a few years!
Blogging is a great side hustle, hobby, or full time online business for virtually anyone to begin. The start up cost is low – much lower than if you are buying into a direct sales business or something of that nature. Before you jump in, however, there are a few things you need to learn to start a blog. These tips will help you make the best informed decisions so your blog starts off on the right foot!
Learn to Start a Blog with these 5 Beginning Steps
1. Determine your why. Why do you want to start blogging? Are you planning to share your thoughts and opinions with the world? Do you want to receive products to review in exchange for promotion? Do you hope to make money to supplement your household income? Blogging is a “long-term” game – don’t go into this thinking you will become profitable within the first week. Or month. Or even 6 months!
While it is possible to get some luck early on, most bloggers will need to put the hard work, money, and/or time into their blog, getting it up and running before they start to see a return on their investments. Don’t let the term “hard work” scare you away. If your why is strong enough, you will be able to blow through the work in order to grow your blog and find success.
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2. Evaluate your life situation. Are you in a position in which you can devote time to your blog? Some bloggers only work an hour a day. Others work 6 or more hours each day. The time you have to work on growing your blog is up to you. But you must understand – you must put in the time if you want to reap the rewards.
Look at your current schedule, finding holes where you could spend time working on your blog. Maybe you need to get up an hour early in the mornings to work before your kids can up. You could also stay up an hour later to create more blog posts or schedule your social media shares. If you work outside the home, consider using your lunch hour to brainstorm topic ideas or connect with other bloggers on Facebook.
3. Choose your domain name carefully. The domain name is the link others will use to find your blog. For example, my domain is http://frommomsdesk.com. You want people to be able to remember your domain name, so they can easily type it in without misspellings. The shorter, the better!
Your domain name should also reflect the type of content you will be sharing on your blog. If you want a gardening blog, momsfitnesslife.com isn’t a good fit for that niche. However, momsgardeningnook.com would be a great choice! (Not saying either of these are available, but just giving examples and ideas!)
4. Select the main/common niche for your blog. I am not a firm believer that you must only talk about 1-2 topics when you create a blog. As you can see here at From Mom’s Desk, I have a ton of categories and ideas flowing. However, they all relate to one things – busy moms who work at home…or who would like to work at home.
While it’s not necessary to “pigeon hole” yourself into talking about a single niche, you do want there to be some common threads between the categories you choose for your blog. Having one blog about EVERYTHING can get a little overwhelming, and it’s difficult to figure out your target market.
Using the earlier example, you could talk about gardening and fitness together on the same blog. You could spin your entire blog as a resource for finding relaxation or to lower stress levels – gardening and exercise can both work for that! In the long run, having a common thread that connects all of your topics will help you attract loyal fans who want to read everything you publish!
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5. Budget for your blogging endeavor. Yes, you can totally start a blog for free, but most professional bloggers making money online would NOT recommend this route. Why? Because eventually, you will want to move to a self-hosted WordPress blog. It looks more professional, and paying for the web hosting means you “own” the space you are publishing your blog posts on. With free websites, you can have your content deleted at any moment, for any reason.
As you learn to start a blog, consider the budget you have to spend on your new endeavor. If you want to make money, work with brands, or take trips on behalf of companies, you will have to spend money. You will eventually want a professional theme, whether it’s one you purchase and tweak yourself or have a designer create one for you. There are social media tools and other programs that will make your blogging life easier, so you can focus more on the important tasks that make your successful.
As you can see, there are few considerations to make as you learn to start a blog. It’s not something you want to begin on a whim. Take the time to carefully plan out your blog, its topics, and the content. Doing so will help you be more successful in the direction you want your blog to go!
What tips do you have for those wanting to learn to start a blog?
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