Learning how to blog can be a daunting task for some. I’ll tell you a secret – you already have it in you. And it’s not that hard (I think we make things harder than they seem sometimes). There all sort of people out there writing content about all sorts of things. And you can become one of them!
What is a blog?
A Blog is a format for presenting online content in chronological order. Sometimes individuals or businesses will put up a simple webpage that is solely dedicated to posting articles. That webpage then becomes the “blog” and the articles themselves become “posts” on the blog. Others will have a full-service website and then offer a page dedicated to written articles, which again is a “blog” page with written “posts”. In any event, once the blog is created, content can be added as frequently as you like.
There is a wide variety of topics to choose from. Sometimes blog posts are personal stories. Sometimes they are technical works, full of industry related information. Sometimes they come in article form, sometimes they are simply lists (like this one), or just a beautiful narrative of thought.
The good news: You can write about whatever you want!
Experts recommend picking topics that you already know something about. For example, it might be a hobby or interest or something related to professional training and skills you have.
Here are 8 Tips to Help You Get Started Blogging
- Start writing – every day. Yes, every day! It’s an important habit to create.
a) Block off uninterrupted time for your project.
b) Find a quiet space.
c) Take breaks regularly.
d) Devote yourself to a good computer! It will become your best friend. Utilize tools to help you, like notepads or post-its, a recording device or speech recognition software, a calendar etc.
e) Set up a schedule for your writing time and stick to it.
f) Manage other aspects of your writing project outside of your scheduled writing time.
g) Check your document for grammar, spelling etc. And don’t forget to save it!
- Know your audience
a) Who is your ideal reader? What are they interested in? Check industry journals or websites to see current trends.
b) Find a niche that is profitable. For more information visit Jon Allo’s website.
> Jon is currently running a series on his blog and newsletter for new bloggers.
c) Find out what social media platforms your ideal audience frequents so you can target them there.
d) Add a comment section to your blog so you can interact with your readers.
- Decide what topic you’re going to write about.
a) Find out what topics your readers are interested in.
b) Conduct research on the topic.
c) Cite sources when appropriate.
d) Write down all your ideas about future topics to write about. You might need it down the road.
e) Create a publishing calendar to keep you on track.
- Pick topics that interest you or are related to the industry you are in.
a) Pace yourself when deciding how much content to put out there. Blogging can be a long-term venture for many so think of it like it’s a marathon. In other words, pace yourself.
b) Decide if this is something you want to do for fun, or as a more serious venture, like a full-time writing business.
- Create a simple web page using HTML or a CMS like WordPress.
a) To get started check out the websites of hosted services like SquareSpace.com and WordPress.com. Or if you want to Do It Yourself, check out WordPress.org for creating a self-hosted blog.
> For more information check out this resource link from ProBlogger.com.
b) Post consistently and regularly.
c) Add a comment section to interact with readers.
d) Post your blog on other sites like Ideapod.com or Postwaves.com.
- Connect with other bloggers.
a) Try joining a blogging forum. Check out this article from SmartPassiveIncome.com for examples.
b) Create a profile portfolio on a contracting site like Upwork.com.
c) Learn how to research and write blogs quickly.
d) To learn more about how to write efficiently and effectively, I recommend a book on Amazon.com by Marc Guberti titled Content Marketing Secrets: How to Create, Promote and Optimize Your Content for Growth and Revenue.
e) Darren at Problogger.com (yes, he’s one of my favorite bloggers :^) and his team are now offering a course to help get you started blogging. (Please note: there is a deadline for this course, but they are going to offer more in the future.)
- Pick a blog name. Choose something descriptive.
- Get your blog online. Register your blog and get hosting.
- Customize your blog. Choose a free template and tweak it.
- Write & publish your first post. The fun part!
- Promote your blog. Get more people to read your blog.
- Make money blogging. Choose from several options to monetize your blog.” –TheBlogStarter.com
Once you get this part down, you’re ready for the next stage –
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