So I’ve been asked this question a lot the last couple of weeks so I decided to take my 2 years worth of blogging knowledge and compile it all here. (which sounds way more action packed than it is)
I still consider myself a major newbie. I haven’t earned much money with my blog, mostly it’s a hobby. I’ve only recently begun to promote my blog more and attempt to grow this into my own business. So I’m still learning a lot, but the basics of how to start out blogging are pretty simple.
Now, when I first started I had no idea what my goals were or what I was doing and honestly didn’t think I would even keep it up like I have. But I’m glad I did and I wish I would have put more thought into it to begin with because I think my blog would be even better today if I had. So I’ve decided to write a list of the things that really would have helped me out had I thought it out better instead of just diving in, which works but also takes more time and there’s lots more floundering around.
So here are 4 tips on starting a blog.
First you need to figure out what you want from blogging. What are your interests? Are you wanting a hobby? Are you wanting to earn money from your blog? What things do you know that can help others? Is this going to be an online journal sort of blog? There are many questions. Sit down with a pad and a pencil and ask yourself what you want from this. Check out some bloggers in your niche for inspiration, (don’t copy them!) but get a feel for what they write like, take notes on what you like about their layout and their voice. Just be sure to only take notes and don’t copy everything someone else is doing. It’s all about finding your own unique voice.
What are you planning on calling this blog? Now that you’ve figured out your niche, you can try to come up with an accurate name to describe your blog. Whatever you come up with you should google just to be sure it’s not already in use.
Once you figure out a direction and niche, go ahead and come up with as many articles as you can so when you launch you have plenty of content. You could bulk upload them before you launch your blog, or schedule them, whichever way you want to do it. You should also figure out your schedule. Do you want to have a set day of the week or month as your “blog day”? are you planning on doing multiple posts a week or one a month or..? ask yourself these questions and work out how you want to start. You can always add in more ‘blog days’ later on if you want.
Now we have to figure out a platform. The two I have used are Blogger and WordPress. I started with blogger because it was free and I already knew how it worked and have since switched to WordPress, which I love and would definitely recommend. There is a free version, you don’t get as much but if you’re just starting out and depending on what your goals are, it will work just fine.
I recommend purchasing a domain name. It looks more professional to have a .com rather than mywebsite.wordpress.com you know? But that’s all up to you. You can purchase your domain name through WordPress or with GoDaddy if you decide to go with Blogger. (Blogger may have an option to purchase your domain name but I honestly cannot remember right now) If you would like to get started on WordPress.com it’s really easy, just click here!
Go ahead and create your blog, personalize it, write a catchy bio and that’s it! I know, crazy right?
You may have lots more questions, but hopefully this will get you started.
As I get more into the business side of things I hope to have a “how to earn money with your blog” post. But until then, stay tuned!