So you want to be a blogger but your not sure where to start or even what to blog about. Well I’m going to walk you step by step on how to get started with blogging. It’s really not all that hard, the hardest part is picking out a domain name that fits what you want to blog about.
Take my blog for example it’s about blogging and blogging to everyone in the world, ok so maybe I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I’m working on it and people like you can help by sharing anything you like about this site on social networks or with your friends but that’s really another topic for another time… moving on.
Picking A Topic: Step One
The very first thing you should do is make up your mind on just what you want to blog about, who your target market is. Will you blog about blogging, making money, fashion, cooking, social networking, camping, travel, fishing, golf, health care, government affairs, etc. You can blog about anything you like you just need to have an interest in it that will transfer in how you write about your chosen topic.
Picking A Name: Step Two
You should pick a good name for your blog something catchy, that relates to your subject, and is easy to remember. Think about all the well known blogs about pets, blogging (not mine), making money, and so on. They all have different things about their names that relate to what they cover, mostly… so started with a different focus and shifted gears later on.
You’ll want something that is not overly long, but sometimes the name you come up with may not be available for when you go to pick your domain name. This is not really a big issue, you can use just the letters of the name is you have more than one word in your name, I could have went with bttw.com or something like that if I wanted to.
Step Three: Getting Your Domain and Web Hosting
A domain name is your address on the internet, just like you have a physical address for your home you have a domain name so people can find your blog/website whatever you want to call it. If you are starting a new blog you may as well get a domain name and hosting package in the same place at the same time.
There are a whole lot of web hosts out there that offer deals on domain names and have low cost hosting, I’ve used about ten of them over the years for different sites that I started in the past, some failed because I didn’t know what I was doing, others failed because I just got lazy and forgot about them, and one got stolen because I didn’t have the money to pay for my domain name and when I got it someone had already snatched it.
Anyway here are three hosts that I really happen to like, the links are all affiliate links but you can Google the names if you like, I need money but I’m not doing this just for the money. If you click the links it does not effect how much you’ll pay, it just means that they will pay me a few cents to a few dollars. (Still waiting to be approved for Host Gator and Go Daddy)
- Host Gator | Get started for $3.95 a month, of course it can be more upfront depending on how long you pay in advance. Good Host, easy to use, easy to work with. Like most comes with a free domain with paid hosting plan.
- Blue Host | Same price as Host Gator, easy to use, simple to work with, has a better c-panel interface.
- Go Daddy | One of the big boys, they were the second web host I ever used and they were good, but it had too much going on and was hard to get around the site to the right area, but it looks like they have that fixed now.
Step Four: Decide On What Blogging Platform to Use
Now that you have you nice spiffy domain name and hosting account you need to pick something to help you manage your blog. I personally use WordPress because it’s free, has tons of addons, plugins, and themes. And the documentation is extensive so learning it is a snap.
Lets say you pick WordPress, inside you admin area of your webhost lies your CPanel or Control Panel. It allows to install different tools that can allow you to setup a blog, an online store, message board, etc. It does everything for you so it’s easy to do on your own.
There is really nothing to it after that, pick a theme that works for you and a few plugins that fit your needs. All you have to do then is whip up some interesting articles and other content like pictures and video if it fits and get everything looking good with some good content and your done… well not quite but your ready for the next step.
Step Five: Get Some Traffic
Your blog is looking great and your been plugging away for a couple of days now, your content is on point and you feel really good about it. So what do you do now?
Well you submit it to the search engines like Google and put your like in front of as many people as you can just about every day. Add your site to the end of your emails. Add it to all of your social profiles, join some message boards and make relevant posts and comments, be sure to have your like in your profile.
Make posts on Facebook and Twitter from time to time asking people to check out your new blog or share some of your articles. If your posts contain images you can share those on all of your social account Pinterest and Instagram included. Google+ may not be as popular as Facebook or Twitter but you shouldn’t over look it. You want as many people to see your link each day as you can get.
Step Six: Getting Paid
So now that you’ve gotten some traffic and have the plugins in place where people can share your content with others then why not get paid for it. There is no reason not to earn money from your work, either by selling your own products and services or those of others.
Hope over to Google and signup for AdSense if you like, it’ll take you a while to earn anything but once you get your traffic levels high enough then you’ll start seeing some good returns. Also check into ClickBank and other affiliate networks, this will open up a world of products that you can sell. You can also check into Amazons associate program but I would hold off a little until you get some traffic because if you don’t make a sale in a few months then they’ll drop you from the program and you’ll have to signup again.
You’ll need to do some research on what products to offer but they should fit your blog. Amazon will give you access to a ton of products that can fit into any category, books, music, movies, games, electronics, you name it and Amazon is a trusted name so people see the Amazon link and they will be more likely to click on it.
Well that about wraps up the basics of starting a blog, no matter if your starting a blog as a hobby, a source for extra income, or a full blown business you can get a good start by following these steps. There are more advanced steps that you can take like paid search engine placement, Facebook and Twitter ads, and lots more.
You can even have some business cards printed out, make guest post on other peoples blogs, submit articles to article directories all with your link on them. Some even allow you to add your own affiliate links which not only helps you get more traffic it can help you make more money.
Products That May Help: Yeah They Are Affiliate Products