So you’ve been wondering How to start a blog but have yet to pull the trigger.
I’m here to help you out with some tips on what to do and what not to do. I’ve been blogging now for two and half years and I’ve been able to get some decent income out of my blog although I’m an on and off blogger.
If extra income isn’t what you are looking for, this isn’t the post for you. If income is what you are looking to ultimately reach with your blog, lets talk strategy.
Let’s start with the DO’s of blogging to get you going fast.
If you are looking for income then there’s only one way to go, and that means you should be on a self-hosted blog. What does that mean? It means you own your content. You are paying to have your site up on the web. My blog is hosted on blue host and so far I have nothing but good things to say about them. You can start your own blog by signing up here or click on the banner below, with paid hosting you’ll get a free domain name.
A niche is a subject you’ll be writing about, it can be about knitting, cats, airplanes… You name it. Some niches are more popular than others but popular niches are also over saturated because it’s a common theme.
DO write in your own voice.
Everyone that wants to write can write, but only you can write like you. There are countless of blog posts about how to start a blog on the Internet from all different points of views. This is not a novel idea, write in your own voice.
DO create a catchy blog name.
Blog name (i.e. Domain Name) You don’t want something too long or too short but something unique to your niche. You want something that your readers can easily remember.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how to start a blog, I mean… I did it…. I’m no rocket scientist. But it does get rather confusing down the line if you don’t start the “right” way.
I started on a free platform, then purchased my own domain name, then I switched over to self-hosted. It took me a long time to do that because it does get a little technical and who has time for that? But I bit the bullet and signed up for a self-hosted blog.
If you just want to write as a hobby, than feel free to start on a free hosting site like blogger.com (which is how I started) or WordPress.com
If creating an income for yourself is what you are looking for then definitely self-host.
Now on to the DON’Ts
Do NOT sign up for a free blog if you plan on earning income from your blog.
Why? Because you don’t own your blog and it can be taken down any minute for whatever reason. I never had that problem but I heard of big bloggers that had that happen to them. So start right!
DO NOT take it lightly.
When I started I had no clue what I was doing, I just wanted to write. I would read other bloggers posts and that’s about it. Blogging is hard work, it takes commitment and a lot of self discipline. No one is forcing you to write, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck. You are in charge of it all, you are your own boss… You little business owner you.
DO NOT post half-assed blog posts.
Pardon my French but if you intend for people to follow you and read your content be ready to provide them with good quality information. People like well-written posts and good quality photos. Everyone has something they are good at. Maybe you are fabulous at multi-tasking, maybe you rocked breastfeeding (not me). Listen, I know it can be a daunting task, you might say I can’t do it and I’m here to tell you can.
There is certainly a learning curve, but you CAN do it. You can bring in some income to help support your family or support your Starbucks habit. Whatever your reason might be there’s always space for your voice.
Share your expertise!
These are not all the DO’s and DON’Ts of blogging but will certainly get you thinking. Is blogging right for you? Are you passionate about a certain topic? Then start writing.
You’ve already decided you want to start a blog? Have a blog name in mind? See below if your blog name is available.
If you want more help & support. You can join my Facebook group, there we share tips on blogging and income strategies. There is so much more to blogging if you really want to get technical, but this will give blog will you give you a basic understanding of how to start a blog.
Than you so much for reading and if you have any questions, be sure to write them in the comments below.
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Books I’m Reading & Recommend
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman