Before You Start
In my blog, I will teach you how to start a blog and make money from it. But before that, let me give you some simple pieces of advice.
Don’t attempt to do something without planning or not preparing it. There is no point of letting your fingers just do the typing and then hope for the best or wait for fate to reward your hard work. If you’re a newbie, you really need to put some deep thinking, proper planning into every post.
Know Your Objectives
There should always be a reason why you do the things that you do. Because at the end of the day, the most important aspect that you need to think of is your own motivation. Without a clear understanding of what you want to achieve, you’re just aiming arrows in the dark without a target.
In addition, if you have defined objectives, you can always get back to it and refocus your goals whenever you encounter “writer’s block”, or when times you just can’t make yourself start to write.
Your goals can also be your rewards. Of course, rewards are the manifestations of your achievement and fulfillment.
So every time you work on your blog, ask yourself these questions. Why am I writing this post? What do I want to get out of it? Am I selling or promoting a product? Or am I just want to share an information?
It’s up you. You can also add more questions if you will. Just remember that whatever your answer is, it will make an impact on how you view and treat your blog.
Show Your Own Style
One of the important factor in approaching your blog is showing your own style, in other words – your brand.
Whether your brand is for business or personal, branding is a key factor in blogging. If your blog is all about politics and government, you need to blend your style into a more serious and formal type of blogger. This can elevate you into a more respectable writer. On the other hand, if your blog is all about foods, you need your words to be more light and more approachable. You need to have creative ideas that when you share your stories, readers are almost eating your food reviews.
Make some time to carefully think about your brand, because this will certainly reflect your personality.
Know Your Audience
After determining the reasons why you blog and knowing yourself by showing your own style, next thing to do is targeting know your audience. Spend some time thinking about your aimed audience.
Make some research if you can about who they are and what kind of person are they? Why should they read your blog? What you do want them to do after reading your materials?
Why should you bother to know this? Because they are your future clients and customers. Your audience will be the life blood of your blog. They will be your indication that your blog is interesting and it matters to them.
Without a clear definition of who your audience will be, you’ll end up feeding “the wrong cow”.
Finally, decide your keyword(s) or keyword phrase
Keywords or keyword phrases are what your target audience is searching. These are the words they type in the search bar to find for the content or information provided in your blog. The reason behind this is, because these are the words you want to rank well for in search engines.
With a little bit of Search Engine Optimization, you can drive traffic to your blog if you rank high on the keywords most internet users are searching for. You need traffic if you want to successfully monetize your blog.
Final Tips on How to Start a Blog
To totally help you decide with the information needed for you to start a blog, consider some questions below:
- What are the objectives of the blog?
- Why are you maintaining it and what do you hope to acquire?
- What are you expertise?
- What are the things that you love most or passionate about?
- Define your style.
- Why should readers read from your blog and not from anywhere else?
- What do you hope your visitors would do after reading your posts
- After you start a blog, what are your plans in maintaining it?
Do you have other tips on how to start a blog?
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All the best to you,