How to Start a Blog
Blogging offers the opportunity to work from home, writing content that will find an audience online and allow you to earn a living with just a PC and an internet connection. If you are going to start a blog, then you need to go through the process with the right blogging strategy to be successful.
In order to Create a blog, you just need to follow each of the ‘Start a Blog’ menu items below in turn. Each page will tell you what you need to do in order to successfully start a blog that will work for you.
This how to Create a blog guide takes you step by step through the set up process, from finding something to blog about in the first place, and choosing a suitable URL, through setting up your hosting for your blog, and installing WordPress on your server. We also cover blog design and changing the WordPress theme for your blog so it suits you.
How to Create a Blog that’s Successful:
- Finding a Niche
- Choose a URL
- Set up Hosting
- Set up, Design and Themes – We will install your blog for free – contact us for details
- Add Plugins for Functionality
Once you have your blog set up;
- Post new Content Everyday
- Share Posts on Social Media and Build Social Channels
- Social Bookmarking
- Build your Email List
- Build links and relationships with other blogs
- Monetize your blog
If you follow the steps above then you will have already built a solid foundation for your blog. Now you have created your blog, the question is what are you going to do with it? Are you going to post entries everyday? Are you going to promote every post that you add so that they can quickly and easily get found?
Only you can make your new blog successful. By deciding to start a blog, you have taken the first step, by getting started you have taken the second step, now you need to use your blog and keep adding content to it until it gains enough readers to be capable of generating a significant income for you.
Create a Blogging Plan
The most important part of successful blogging is to develop a blogging strategy and then to stick to it.
If your blog is going to become an authority blog within your chosen niche, you need to be disciplined and work hard to create a defined process for producing your content and publishing it.
The more quality content that you can publish, then the more your blog will gain traction. The search engines love fresh, quality content, so if you are going to succeed, then that is what you should give them.
To be a top blogger you are not just going to be a writer, you also need to me a marketer, a networker, a promoter, a copywriter, a business person.
Each post that you write needs to be promoted in order to grow it’s audience.
When you first publish new content, you should ‘ping’ it, as well as sharing in across your social networks and social bookmarking sites.
Within Social Bookmarking sites such as Digg and StumbleUpon, the quality of your post title will determine whether it gets any readers or not. You need to learn how to write compelling headlines if you are going to drive traffic in volume from these sites.
During the next few days you should write two or three ‘guest posts‘ and send them to suitable guest blogging sites to get them published.
Your aim is to build links from as many different sources as possible pointing back to your new post, so the more you can create the better, but don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.
Also….. if you link to other WordPress blogs that are related to your, your blog will automatically be added to their blog post as a ‘Trackback’ referring link.
On a weekly basis you should send an email newsletter to your growing email list, telling them about your new blog posts this week and how they will help your readers. You need to have this channel of communication with your readers. The people in your email list have already signed up to receive information from you, so they are interested in your niche, and in the fullness of time you will be able to sell products to them.
The Aims of your Blog
When you first create a blog, you should focus on a few important things if you are going to grow as fast as possible.
- Create top quality content
- Get some traffic from a variety of sources
- Capture contact details to build your list
- Build a network of links pointing back to your blog content
The more content that you can post, the more likely your posts are to rank well on the major search engines.
Take a look at this video by Marcus Campbell, one of the leading experts when it comes to making money from blogging, it’s well worth 10 minutes of your time…..