This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging. It is best suited for someone who already made the decision to start a blog and need some step by step direction of the process.
Everyone has a story to tell. This is why your blog can be successful even with so many other blogs out there – no one is you. You’re unique and you can build a business around your own uniqueness.
It won’t necessarily be as easy as blogging about your thoughts or your day, you will have to provide value and market yourself. But if you do it right, you can have enormous success.
Step 1. Pick Your Niche
First thing before you ever write one word is to find your blog’s topic. You may be tempted to use your blog as a digital diary, but if you do that it will be hard for you to attract (and keep) an audience. You will have much more success if you are focusing on providing value to your audience.
Some subject areas have proven to be popular and successful blog subjects already. You can take on the competition and start a blog about
- Your kids
- Your hobby or interest
- News of the weird
- Specialized news
- A personal diary
Step 2. Create Your Blog
The second thing you need to do is find a home for your new blog. This is where your blog will live. It’s where you’ll write, publish, and manage your blog posts (or articles). It’s where you’ll decorate and personalize your blog.
By the way, company Creative IT Group offer a complete package of services to create a blog – from creating a page to the blog hosting.
Step 3. Create Content
We are finally at the most exciting part of how to start a blog – writing your first post! You might think that this is the easiest part of the whole process, but in fact it can be very difficult.
Before you begin writing, pitch yourself a few topic ideas. Think about what types of posts you would like to provide readers with.
One of the most important things to do is create a content calendar. This means you schedule out what you are going to write and when that is going to be posted to your blog.
And you must remember – at the very front of your mind should be the people you’re writing this content for. Who are they? What problems do they have? What questions are they asking?
Only after you know what their problems are, can you provide the solutions.
It also isn’t enough to simply create content. You should be curating content of other people you like, respect, and admire for your social channels.
Step 4. Attract Readers
Now it’s time for you to get some readers.
Your hard work at this stage will be in the form of marketing your content. You can do this in a number of ways but to keep things simple, we offer you three ways to market your blog posts:
- Posting on Social Media
- Optimizing for Search Engines
- Email Marketing
Step 5. Money Making
After you have successfully completed steps one through four, it’s finally time to monetize your blog. It’s important to go through the first four steps so you’re ready to monetize. It’s a big mistake to do it too soon.
There are many avenues to monetizing your blog.
Advertising is one of the most common ways to monetize your blog and can come in various formats such as:
- Banner advertising – such as Google AdSense, Bing, Facebook and other ad platforms
- Sponsored reviews – whereby you’re paid to review a product or service in return to for you honest opinion
- Sponsored posts – in this instance a brand or PR will pay for you to write about their product or service and include a link back to their website
Affiliate marketing is another way you can earn money through your content.
This requires placing a banner or a link within a post/somewhere on your blog, which links back to a product or service. When someone purchases through your link, you’ll earn a commission.
There are many affiliate marketing programs out there. Some you might consider using include:
- Ebay Partner Network
- Amazon affiliates
- Commission Junction
Product creation is the process by which you develop and sell your own products. It can be a highly lucrative form of monetization, since you’ll be marketing your products to an audience that’s already interested in what you have to say.
Do you have a unique set of skills or experience that you could sell to other bloggers and members of the public? If so this is another great way to use the power of your blog to make money.
Think of your blog as a broadcasting platform – every new reader is another potential client. When you start thinking like this, doors will open and new possibilities and opportunities will present themselves.
If you have any questions – feel free to leave them in the comment section below and we will follow it up. And if you want an amazing blog – get a free quote on our site and we’ll do it in the best way.