September 7th, 2013 Alvin Chadwick
Starting your own blog can be fun but it is also tedious work as time goes on. Despite the hard work that you will have to put in to your blog, blogging does come with it’s benefits if you stick around with your blog long enough. You can network with new people and eventually make money off of your blog. Many people like to blog about their personal lives while others like to create a niche blog. Regardless of whether you have a personal blog or a niche blog, here are nine tips that you should follow when creating your blog:
Can You Commit?
Before you even create your blog and purchase the domain name, you should ask yourself whether you can actually commit to your blog or not for long term. Some people may have a good blog idea in mind so they buy a good domain name and a good theme and then a week later they never touch that blog again because their lives are so busy. Well, if that’s you and your life is too busy to work on your blog daily then you will either need to reserve time for your blog or wait until you have more free time to start a blog. How much time that you put in to work on your blog each day will determine whether you succeed or fail in the long run. And we all want to succeed, right?
The next tip for creating your blog is picking a good domain name. If you are creating a personal blog then you should use your full name, a nickname, or something random as your domain name. If you are creating a niche blog then you should include the keywords of your niche inside of your domain name. For instance, if your blog is about health care then you would want the keywords “health care” somewhere in your domain name as doing so can provide you with great SEO benefits.
WordPress vs. Blogger
If you are going to create a blog then I would strongly suggest that you use WordPress. There is nothing wrong with Blogger but WordPress has a ton of great plugins and themes that you can choose from. If you are going to use WordPress then you should find a good web hosting provider such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, or Host Gator to host your blog. Or you can use WordPress.com for free but you will still have to pay for a domain name. On the other hand, the benefits of using Blogger is that it’s free unless you buy a domain name along with your blog. Furthermore, with Blogger, you don’t have to worry much about SEO and it’s easier to get accepted into Google AdSense with a Blogger blog.
Find A Good Theme
The next tip for creating a blog is to find a good theme. Picking a good theme and layout is the very first thing that you should do after creating your blog and buying a domain name. Studies have shown that bloggers who use a good theme are more likely to succeed in the long run. Another reason to have a good theme is that your blog will look and feel more attractive to your readers when the theme is right.
Now that you’ve got your blog setup, you should write down a list of goals. What do you plan to accomplish six months from now or a year? Do you want to make money off of your blog or have a ton of visitors? Writing down goals can help motivate you to work harder for a better future. And if you fail to achieve your goals, you can reflect upon what you did wrong and how you can improve. Read my article on Why Having Goals Is Important.
Create A Schedule
You should create a schedule stating what you are going to do each & every week for your blog. Your schedule should include how often you are going to post new articles, how often you are going to do guest posts, create backlinks, market on social media, etc. If you have a good schedule and you truly follow it then you will be more likely to succeed in blogging. Some bloggers will tend to procrastinate from time to time and that’s okay but the ones who don’t procrastinate are more likely to achieve their goals. Read my article on Why Having A Schedule Is Important.
Learn SEO & Blog Promotion
If you want anyone to read your blog then you are going to have to learn SEO & ways to promote your blog. This can save you time & money from having to outsource this work. Even if you aren’t that tech savvy and don’t know much about the internet, it doesn’t hurt to attempt to learn how to properly optimize your blog for search engines & how to effectively market your blog. Read my article on 6 SEO Tips For Your Blog, Why You Need To Learn SEO, 5 Free Ways To Promote Your Website, and Driving Traffic To A New Website.
Read Other Blogs
Take some time out of your day to read other blogs that are successful. Learning off of successful people is a great way to become one. You don’t have to spend all day doing this, maybe just reserve 30 minutes a day reading and commenting on other blogs. Trust me, when you are just starting out as a blogger, checking out other blogs will definitely help you learn a lot of great information that you need to know. You can also learn ideas & techniques that you can implement into your own blog.
Don’t Give Up
The last and most important tip is to never give up! You will never know the outcome of things if you don’t try! Even if you aren’t seeing any results with your blog in it’s first few weeks, keep on going. If you work hard and relentlessly then eventually you will start seeing improvement. Think about it this way, every tree in the forest didn’t start out tall, they all started out as seeds in the ground and took decades to grow. The same apples to your blog, your blog is a little seed in the ground. Nobody but you has ever heard of or seen your blog but as time goes on, things will start to change and your blog will grow up into a nice and tall tree in the forest. It will take a lot of hard work and patience to get there but the sun shines brightest to those who rise to the top.