HOW TO BECOME A BLOGGER: A Detailed Guide For Newbies:
So you have finally decided to start a blog, right? But the question is where should you start from? When it comes down to blogging, every other person has a different opinion ready for you. In order to start it right, you need to have an ample amount of knowledge about it. Before starting off, you need to ensure your writing skills are good. If not, firstly work on it since it all comes down to what you write about! Content is the king in case of blogging and you can never compromise on that. Once you are sure about your writing skills it’s time to start off.
What Is Your Blog Niche?
Before moving on to start a blog, you need to be aware of your niche. You cannot blog about men’s fashion one day and electric appliances the other. Why? This will lead your blog nowhere since search engines will be confused about the type of content you offer and will not rank your blog higher.
In order to rank higher and develop a genuine readership, think about the one topic you have an ample amount of knowledge for. Or the topic you will love to research and write about. That topic will be your blog niche and everything starting from domain name ending till content will revolve around the niche.
If you wish to use it for sharing merely what happens in your life rather than earning or sharing knowledge on a specific topic then you can go for a personal blog.
Self Hosting Or Free?
Once you have decided on your blog niche, the next question is whether you should go for self-hosting or the free option. The top blogging platforms including WordPress offer two options. The one that you choose completely depends upon how serious you are about blogging and the goals associated with it.
Free platforms might attract you due to zero investment but it is of no use in the long run. Firstly, these platforms restrict you from monetizing your blog and own the name as well. All serious bloggers prefer self-hosting
Self-hosting will not only allow you to use your own domain but will also keep you free from any restrictions. You can do any and everything for it to grow. You are the owner of your blog and its success or failure totally depends upon your efforts.
Although you need to make an investment in the long run, you will definitely reap the benefits. The best and most trusted platform is WordPress. It’s mostly like by bloggers since it is easy to understand and offer many different features.
Pick A Unique Domain Name
A domain name speaks for the blog which is why to spend enough time choosing it. Do not stress it out much and keep it simple and easy to pronounce. Pick something that helps users interpret what your blog is about and whether or not it is helpful for them. Try choosing one all on your own or go for the available tools on the internet for the same.
Once you have picked up a domain name another important thing is to choose the right hosting company. A host acts as a storage space and makes the content available on your blog accessible to the users. This decision highly affects whether or not the content reaches the right audience. In order to ensure it does, choose the right host. Most of the bloggers prefer going with Siteground or Hostgator or Bluehost
Start Your Blog
Once you are done with the above-mentioned steps, it’s time to get started. Firstly, when you start a blog let’s say with WordPress, you need to select the plan. As a beginner, you must go with the basic plan and once you get enough knowledge you can go for the pro plan that unlocks all the features. Then, you need to fill in all the required information including domain name and other details asked by the platform. Once you are through that, it’s time to get started.
Post Relevant Content
After setting up your blog, it’s time to start posting content on it. Study similar blogs in your niche to get a better idea of what type of content you need to focus on. Always remember people are looking out for interesting content told in a conversational manner. Create blog posts as if you are communicating with the reader through your words.
We often come across articles and blog posts we leave in the middle. The main reason behind that is either the content is boring and not appealing enough or contains minor details that everyone already knows about. People always lookout for something new and interesting. Conduct proper research and create your content accordingly.
How To Become A Successful Blogger?
For becoming a successful blogger you need to keep some important points in your head. There are millions of bloggers out there who give up in between due to the lack of knowledge. They try for a while, fail in developing a genuine readership, and shut down their blog. But then there are bloggers who have a great audience always waiting for the next blog post. What’s the difference? The right set of knowledge makes all the difference.
Develop A Reading Habit
Most of the top bloggers out there are specialized in the niche they write about. Even after being a specialist, they never stop reading to gain more knowledge. Let’s be honest whatever niche you pick, there is always something or the other you don’t know about it. As a blogger, you need to study and research on a regular basis in order to create unique and in-depth content. You cannot expect to grow in the long run if you keep creating the same content by molding it over and over again.
Your Content Should Solve Problems And Answer Queries
The moment you google something, you have got a question you want the answer to. Think from the reader’s perspective and jot down all possible questions that can arise. Use these same questions as your blog title in order to attract the reader’s attention. Most of the blog posts that get clicked on are in a question format.
Never Miss The Selected Day
The one strategy bloggers usually use is they select a day of the week and post on that day. The rest of the days are occupied in promoting the same. If you post content regularly in the first three months and then become irregular then your chances of growth decreases. It’s similar to starting your own business and consistency is everything.
You cannot be full of motivation in the start and then slow down the pace. Even if you have a minimum readership, keep posting and researching to find where you are lacking. The point is to keep searching for ways of improving rather than losing hope of ever becoming a successful blogger.
Email List Is Essential
As a Blogger, You can never develop an audience without interacting with them. People will keep coming back to your blog if they are updated about everything. This is the easiest of generating constant traffic. Therefore, make sure you have an email list and you interact with your audience from time to time.
Is Your Blog Appealing Enough?
So you conducted enough research and are consistent in posting the content you write. But is your blog appealing enough to the visitors? Is your content’s presentation proper? Is it easily understandable and divided into parts? Merely creating long paragraphs on the basis of the knowledge you have will not take you anywhere. You need to present your content your right in order to attract and retain visitors.
Other than the content presentation, what matters is easy navigation and mobile-friendliness. Once you are sure it is, you are good to go.
Produce Something Unique
There are way too many niches you can select and write about. Either you can pick the one people are interested to know about but is not yet tapped by many bloggers. This area will help you easily create unique content since people are not talking about it much. But make sure it is something enough people want to know about.
If you select a niche that is already popular then you need to dig deeper. You must research it well and come up with things people want to know more about. Present the same in a unique and creative manner that is appealing to your audience.
Search Engine Optimization Or SEO Knowledge Is A Must
In order to rank higher in the search engine, you as a blogger need to have enough SEO knowledge. Either you can study and learn the tactics or consult a specialist for the same. But the basic knowledge and techniques can be learned from the internet and applied. Therefore, go through the internet and learn about everything you need to beat your competitors and rank higher.
Small steps like proper keyword research, enough usage of the keyword, mobile-friendliness, and quality content can help you grow in the long run. Make sure you do not avoid this step.
Since we are now aware of the basics of blogging let’s move ahead to monetizing our blog. Every blogger has a purpose behind starting a blog. Either you just want to share your knowledge with the world or you want to make money along. If you come under the ones who are looking forward to earning through blogging then make sure you go through the below-mentioned points.
How to make money from blogging?
As we all know that there are more than 600 million blogs over the internet. But do all of them make money? Definitely not. Is every blog’s purpose is to earn money? Definitely not. Out of all these blogs, a few blogs succeed in earning a handsome out of money? Why? Because they plan on doing so.
Earning money through blogging is not tough until and unless you have a well-laid strategy. But what stops most of them to give up in the middle is the lack of consistency. If you are planning on monetizing your blog, then you need to be consistent.
You can never expect overnight results from blogging. Also, if you do it just for fun the chances of earning are low. If you are serious about it then read ahead to know the right manner of earning a handsome amount through blogging.
Firstly, understand the two options that you have in front of you. If you are looking forward to making a blogging career then either you can become a freelance blogger or can start your own blog.
Most of the freelance bloggers earn a pretty good amount and what’s the requirement? A professional writing website (to attract clients), writing skills, and knowledge in a particular niche. Surviving as a freelance blogger initially is not easy but once you become a professional, you will soon get high-paying clients. All that you need to focus on is the quality of content you provide to clients.
Now let’s talk about the second option we have. As we have already discussed the process of setting up a blog and becoming a blogger, let’s move ahead to making money from it.
Most of the newbie bloggers often wonder if it is possible to choose blogging as a full-time career option. Well, how much you can get out of your blog totally depends on you. There are many full-time bloggers earning huge amount only through blogging. But how can you do that? Let’s discuss the same.
People prefer freelance blogging over starting their own blog due to the instant earning they can make in the former. But if you are consistent enough, in the long run, you can earn much more than you are expecting. If you talk about overnight success, well there isn’t an example. It’s all about the time invested to reach that level.
Affiliate Marketing Is A Good Option
As a blogger, once you have developed a good readership, you can easily go with affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer, you add the affiliate links in your blog posts. As soon as a visitor purchases something using that link you earn a commission. The easiest way is to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon.
Paid advertisements are another great option of earning through blogging. Pay-per-click or cost-per-click is where you earn money every time someone clicks on the advertisements mainly appearing on the sidebar. If you have a good readership of your blog then this is one of the easiest ways of earning through it. Google Adsense is the best way to get started.
Brand Promotion Through Social Media
As we all know social media networks are a great source of brand promotion. Once you develop a good number of genuine followers, brands will most likely approach you. The amount paid for such promotion is generally very high.
Selling Digital Products Through Your Blog
If you have great knowledge of your niche, then you can help newbies out by offering it through digital products. You can go for eBooks and other digital products that your audience will be interested in. But the main challenge is to develop their trust and make them realize it is fruitful. People often avoid investing money in such scenarios since they are used to getting information without any cost.
Brand Advertisements Through Articles And Blogs
If you have a blog related to women’s clothing and a great readership, then chances of brands approaching you for paid promotions are high. They might ask you to write blogs about the products they offer. But this generally happens when you have a high ranking on SERPs and constant visitors. In order to earn through this method, you need to work hard.
Earning through the blog will take time along with efforts. The more readership you develop over time, the better your chances of earning get.