How to Make Your Own Blog
Creating your own blog is a rewarding experience and gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts, opinions and views with the world. There are millions of active bloggers in the world, all adding their opinion to the online conversation.
There are also many ways in which you can make money from your blog once it is up and running, and these revenue streams can become substantial depending on the size of your audience.
Before you get started building your own blog there are a few things you need to think about and so you need to start off with some detailed blog planning.
Planning your Blog
The most important point to note here is that you need to know what your blog is supposed to be for……. what is going to be its purpose?
Its fine to say that you just want to have a platform to express your views to the world, or that you want to build a business through your blog, it is entirely up to you. The main thing is to know at this point what you want your blog to do for you.
If you are looking to make some money from your blog then you need to build it so that those revenue streams can develop as the blog grows. If you are not worried about making any income from blogging then it is less important how you set up some of the design elements.
Once you have decided what you want from your blog, you can start the planning process.
Ten Steps to Making a Great Blog
- Find a profitable niche to write about.
- Find a keyword rich URL
- Choose a blogging platform
- Choose a hosting company
- Choose a design, theme and layout
- Write down your blogging strategy
- Add high quality content that helps, informs and adds value for your readers
- Be consistent
- Promote your blog online and offline
- Monetize your blog
These are the steps that all successful bloggers have been through in order to create their blogs. Like any new enterprise, it takes time to build the foundations necessary for success and blogging is no exception. There will be days when you write a new post and no one finds it. These days can be a little soul destroying, but it is important that you look at the big picture and keep on adding more and more quality content because in time, your readers will find you and they will then read your older posts as well as new ones.
Getting the foundations of your blog right from the outset is vital if you are going to end up making money online. The monetization part of blogging is actually easier than many people think, but the key to developing an income is to develop a readership of people who like your content.
Once you start getting readers to your blog, you should stay in touch with those readers, and the best and more profitable way to do that is to build a list of their email addresses. This list will become the most important income generator for your blog in time, so include a newsletter sign up form on everypage of your blog, as well as offering free downloads in exchange for the readers contact details. It can’t be stressed enough how important building a quality list is to your future success.
Once you have built your blog, the hard work really begins, it is no coincidence that the top 100 earning bloggers worldwide all post new content at least once per day. You need to decide as part of your planning process how often you are going to write new content because your blog is just like an online magazine and you should treat your readers like traditional magazines treat their readers, what would happen if new issues of magazines and papers didn’t hit the newsagents shelves on a regular basis? The publication wouldn’t last very long.
Treat your blog like a growing business that needs to be constantly fed with new exciting content and you will build a successful blog that your readers will enjoy.
We are often asked how you can find new things to keep writing about and it is a very real problem for lots of bloggers. We have a great strategy for developing a list of future content that will give you inspiration whenever you are struggling for new post ideas. Not only that but you can also develop a list of compelling post headlines that will make your readers want to read your new content. Great headlines are really important for your blog posts, but creating them can be a challenge.
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