Blogging Basics : Tips on How to Start a Blog

Creating a successful blog requires hard work and patience. No matter what people say creating an established blog and earning money from it is one of the most difficult thing to do. I know this because for the first 3 months of my blogging not even 200 people would visit my blog in the entire month. Well, back then I didn’t have any idea about how to write a quality content or seo techniques. I had no idea whether whatever I was doing was right or wrong.

Six months into blogging, I was gradually grasping the idea of how to produce quality content and how to write search engine friendlytips to start a blog articles. Then about 3 months ago, to increase my exposure I started my backlink building campaign. I started to comment on commentluv enabled blogs to get good quality and natural backlinks. About a week ago, I decided to start writing guest posts to increase my audience. Then, I found out that Wade was offering others to guest post on his blog. I thought why not. Since, this is my first guest post , I want to thank Wade for this opportunity.

Now onto the main point, in this article I just want to highlight some factors which should be kept in mind before starting your own blog especially if it’s your first blog.

1. Read some blogs first

First of all, read some successful blogs from different niche to get an idea about how a blog should be. Take some time out to read some good articles. This will give you a fair idea about how to write quality content. For your convenience, I’m just going to point out some blogs which you should take a look at.

  •     omegaweb.com
  •     guideandnews.com
  •     bloggersmakemoney.com
  •     learnblogtips.com
  •     oddblogger.com
  •     dailyblogtips.com
  •     problogger.net
  •     copyblogger.com

These are some of my favorite blogs which I visit regularly.

2. Choose your Niche

Before starting a blog, you should think about on what topic you want to create a blog. There are millions of blogs out there on the internet with hundreds of different niche. The best bet would be to choose a niche which you love e.g. technology, fashion, medicine, health, travel, lifestyle , finance etc. Choosing a niche is pretty critical because each niche has it’s own competition but on a different level. For example, the technology niche is extremely competitive and it would require extreme hard work and patience to rank among hundreds of successful blogs out there. But if you love a niche which is less competitive than the others then you can rank in the search engines in a much lesser time. Read some popular blogs on different niche to get a better understanding.

3. Content of Blog

This is the most crucial part of your blog. Your blog’s success will be determined by your content. You need to think about what people will love about your content that they will come flocking in great numbers. Blogging is all about being unique. You need to think creatively and intelligently about how you would write your posts. Your articles should appeal to the mass. Create a good quality content and you’re article could go viral in a matter of hours if you have the right resources.

4. Choosing your platform

Currently, there are two most popular blogging platforms in the world. One is Blogger and another is WordPress. If you want to create your first blog, then I would advise to go with blogger because it is much more easier and it is free. You can use their default blogspot domain and start posting right ahead. WordPress is not so easy as it requires money and also you have to set up your own hosting account and buy a domain. In blogger, everything will be done by Google and you wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. But the SEO is much better in wordpress because of all the plugins that are available. So, if you’ve been blogging for a few months, you can go for wordpress.

5. Marketing your Blog

Everything requires marketing and that applies to your blog as well. You have to expose your blog to as much audience as possible. Ittips to start a blog takes time and patience. Your blog won’t be popular overnight. After about two-three months of blogging start commenting on other blogs related to your niche. That way people will get to know you and your blog. Offer advice to your visitors who comment , that way you will gain the trust and loyalty of your readers. Start guest posting on reputable sites to gain exposure. That way more and more people will know about your blog and what you share.

The best way to do all this is to plan ahead before creating your blog. Set some goals for yourself like in three months , I will write 20 good quality articles and start commenting on other blogs. After six months, I will look for the opportunity of guest posting on other blogs. Also, do not forget to share your posts on the social media. For how you can increase your visitors from social media , you can consult Wade as he is an expert on this. You should chalk out your whole marketing strategy before publishing your blog.

Well that’s about everything. From my own experience, if you follow some of these basic techniques, then you will get a good start on your blogging career. You can hit the comment section below to share your views on these.

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  1. Yeah, narrow it down to one niche. Not just a basic blog that has various different unrelated post. I see this all the time. Another good tip if you’re going to start a blog and plan on making money from it; you need to think like this; people interested in A would buy B. It makes no sense selling the wrong products to the wrong audience.

  2. Hi Garen,
    What you’re saying is true. I have seen many blogs out there who started out with one niche and then moved on to so many other niche just because they could get traffic to their blog. What they don’t understand is that these things don’t work.

    • True it’s good to be straight and to the point for your blog or Google will have a hard time determining what your sites about, no matter how much SEO/Social Media you do.

  3. This is an excellent post for people that want to have a successful blog. Great way to bring value to the table!

  4. I love this basic post for bloggers!

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      I’m glad you liked my article. I wrote this article because I myself faced some of these problems. That’s why I wanted to make it easier for new bloggers by sharing my thoughts.

  5. Nicholle Olores says:

    You really have to consider the basic things involved when you wanted to start a blog so that you can easily manage your blog and you will understand how it flows.

  6. Hello Dear

    its very interesting points really i very impress your points are interesting post and unique content is very important for your blog really thanks for the sharing me

    Thanks & regards
    Sarika

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  8. Hi Jhon,
    Thanks for reading the article and sharing your thoughts. Hope, you’ll visit again soon.

  9. I did exactly the opposite when I started blogging, I read nothing but an article about blogs in the news, started a no-niche blog where I blogged about anything and just didn’t pay attention to the big sites like copyblogger, problogger…etc at the time. I just wrote because I enjoyed writing, I later refined my approach and site greatly but I still don’t have a niche unless you consider my site 5 niches.

    The way for non-bloggers to approach (who don’t know what niche is really) I approach it like, what do you want to write about, what passions do you have, because unless you are covering something you are an expert in, or are very passionate about you will have a hard time sticking with it and enjoying it which is key or else you will burn out or give up.

    Then find other blogs who write about same thing, what can you do add or how would you stand out. It is no good to be a carbon copy, clone you have to have your own voice and know what/how you would stand out before you start.

  10. Making blogs are very exciting. There are a lot of advantages we can get by making a blog. More over by making a good blog we will have opportunities to monetize our blog. Of course our blogs must share worthy contents which will attract visitors…

  11. Lahaul, spot on here my friend. Nice to see you are rocking it with Wade. That’s awesome!!

    These are some great tips. Simple and easy to understand. Even in my niche I see others who put up content that isn’t even relevant to the blog or our niche. And they wonder why they aren’t getting the traffic or conversions. Blogging is blogging no matter what niche you are in. It’s nice to see that your guidelines cover the basics for anyone in any niche.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

    posted by Galen Morgigno

  12. Nice and easy to understand about on how to start a blog. I think it would be easier after reading this post. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Hey,
    Excellent post. When i started blogging, I never looked into any good blog and i never find any niche and just started blogging because it was said that there is a lot of earning in blogging but seriously blogging takes time and it takes hard work to give you earning.
    Excellent post.
    Thank you

    • I also started blogging because of the same reason. After 3-4 months I understood how hard it was to earn money from blogging.
      Thanks for stopping by. :)