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THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFULLY START A BLOG
Chapter 1: Introduction
You see it every time you go online. There are many bloggers out there and quite a few successful ones as well, who are making a living off it. You might have wondered many times what it would be to be a blogger. So what is preventing you from starting off? Starting your own blog is not difficult at all. Rather, It is as simple as getting yourself an email address, only more fun and exciting, if I may add.
Chapter 2: Your Own Niche
The first thing that you ought to do is decide the subject area, you would like to blog upon. Thinking about what it is that you are going to blog about is probably one of the most important things and one of the most over looked as well.Think about what you are most passionate about, or what is it that draws your interest or have an expert opinion on. People blog about all sorts of things, their passion, photographs, crafts and arts, recipes, project plans etc.
The most important thing to remember knows very well what you are blogging about. There are many out there who blog about their day to day activities- or random thoughts without a proper direction. If you are going that way, you are treading a path that does not have a very good track record. You might have an extremely eventful day or a low point in your professional career that other might associate with. But otherwise, nobody really wants to know what you ate, where you went for a walk or the movie you went for.
Unless you have an already existing celebrity status established, very few people are going to want to know what is going on with trivial things in your day to day life. On the other hand things many bloggers find success with blogging about parenting, motherhood, life hacks, life style choices, dieting, exercising etc. which basically revolves around things that are personal to the blogger.
Blogging is a dedicated long term plan, so make sure you are getting in with a plan chalked out in your head. If you do not know where you are going with the whole thing you will end up nowhere even after spending all your effort and time into the process. So make sure you know what it is you are aiming for.
Chapter 3: Self-hosting or otherwise
Now depending on whether you are going to post weekly, or once in a while, you choose what kind of hosting service you want. There is a wide range of hosting sites out there waiting to lend you a platform, all you have to do is look and well, decide. If you are not very sure of how much time you can dedicate to your blog, you are better off going for a something like a shared free platform. These platforms come with a database of templates to choose from and are relatively simpler for first time bloggers, who really don’t know where to begin.
Platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumbler etc. Isay free, but these platforms are not free in the traditional sense of the word. When you sign up with these platforms, you don’t own the domain name, but are assigned a sub domain, which can get confusing. So say you want to open a site by the name of ‘xyz’, if you owned the domain your web address would read- xyz.com; if you open it via, say Blogger you’d get something like this- xyz.blogger.com or xyz.wordpress.com, if you sign up with WordPress- which can get a little confusing.
Free platforms are good if you are not very serious about blogging and are just doing it to get a feel of the whole thing, but if you are planning to make it a part time activity or maybe someday want to earn something off it, then these platforms may not be such a good idea. While they have may no hassle templates available, don’t expect your blog to look just like your favourite website, chances are that those are paid templates.
If you are looking to get a professional looking website, that is flexible to your changes, then you have to look for self hosting options. Self hosting basically means you own the domain name. Self hosting your blog is a great way to allow yourself flexibility over your blog, it is also a good option if you want to blog on a long term basis, plus add an extra source of earning.
Chapter 4: The Name
Now that you have decided about what you are going to blog about, decided what platform you are likely to choose, it time to talk about what you are going to name your blog. While thinking of a name for your blog, think far ahead. So if you are planning a recipe blog in 2015, instead of naming your site 2015tastyrecipes.com, or learn-to-make-good-food.com, isway too long, tedious to remember and basically just not a good idea. Names like 101tastyrecipes.com, or recipesforever.com, are more likely to be remembered. A good thing to keep in mind when naming your site is it should be short, catchy, and unique.
Chapter 5: A few pointers
Connect with your reader: To do that you have to know who are your readers. Remember not all traffic is good traffic. You want a dedicated set of people who will keep revisiting your site, and have made a definite connection. For that you ought to know who those set of people are. A great way to do this is to identify who your ideal reader is. So if you are going to blog about parenting, then decide if it is new parents you want to cater to, or those who are well into parenting, but could still do with a few hacks. Helping define your reader, gives your blog a direction.
Adding value to your content: Giving your blog a purpose may not seem very important at first, but on the longer run, it surely pays off. While starting a blog keep in mind, what you would like the blog to focus on. Whether it be entertainment, helping others – with tricks and hacks, providing latest updates and news, inspiring others, or just as comic relief, knowing what you are going with your blog is a great way to keep focus.
Chapter 6: Conclusion
There is one word of advice though! As exciting as it might sound, building a blog from scratch and making it popular is likely to be a painfully slow process. It can take months and even years, before your blog receives a place of recognition. So, along with creativity, smart thinking and carefully planning, you will also require loads of persistence and patience to see the results you desire. Now that you know a few things about blogging and how to go about it, why not get started right away and start blogging!