There’s a lot to learn in the world of blogging, and it can be intimidating. Maybe you’ve been thinking about starting your own blog for a while, but had no idea where to get started. Or you’re new to publishing and don’t know what the heck you should write about? The online world is a rich and diverse place, however getting published has never been easier. Blogging has evolved into a legitimate career for many and it can also help you to keep your skills up-to-date with today’s changing trends. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in social media advertising with these tips. This blog post is for anyone who wants to start or already has their blog up but is struggling with where to guest post , publish content and get traffic. It’s also great if you want an easy guide on how to start blogging or publish your existing blog posts.
I recommend that you follow the 7 steps below in order to get your blog up and running:
1) Find your niche
If you want to start a blog about something that matters to you then find that niche. You don’t need a huge audience or tons of followers in order for your content to be useful, but if your content is valuable enough, it will attract enough readers. For example, in the case of my blog, I’m the “newbie” in blogging. I started my blog to help people who are like me and who wanted to start their own blog but didn’t know how. So I talk about blogging, how to set it up and where to find a niche for your content.
2) Build your website
If you want to start a blog then you will need a website or blog platform first. There are many of them out there; some free, some paid and some that are free with different options for upgrading. The one I recommend for my readers is the free version of WordPress , which offers more than enough options to build your own blog. Once you’ve got your website or blog up, it’s time to pick a Domain Name.
I had no idea what I was doing when I set up my blog, so it took me a while to actually get something up and running. Now that I have, I know how important it is to have a site that is user-friendly and appealing to viewers (not just search engines).
3) Write helpful content
This is probably the most important step. If no one reads your blog, then what’s the point? You need to write content that is useful and that readers will want to read. Think about what your readers need and want information about. Most blogging platforms have tools to help you research a topic and find the best keywords to rank for in order to gain traffic (this is important). Don’t just sit back though; create helpful content!
If you aren’t already doing it, you should start researching your readers. Who are they? What do they care about? What they want to know? What are their needs? When I started blogging, I looked at other blogs on how people search online (I did this for my blog too). I then created a list of questions that I wanted to cover and started answering those questions on my blog. This is where you need to be friendly, informative and helpful, providing answers that are appropriate for your readers (beware of being too chatty though! You don’t want to bore or annoy them).
Continue blogging regularly and share content with your audience. It can become an online activity almost like a job; you will write content and it will be judged by the quality of your work, so make sure you are 100% behind what you put out there.
If you are new to blogging you may not know the best ways to promote yourself. This doesn’t mean you need to advertise on every platform out there, but it does mean that you need to find places where your target audience hangs out and talk to them about your content. The best way I found to do this is by joining Facebook groups and other social media channels with relevant audiences.
If you are enjoying what you are doing then great! Keep going. If not, then go back and look at the questions you asked in step 4 (researching your readers). Did you answer them? If not, then go back and figure out how to do this.