I hear people discuss the idea of starting a blog all the time. Anybody can blog if they are actually serious about it. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. Some folks believe that you can just create a post and BAM it’s viral. It doesn’t work like that. Today’s post offers some advice for new bloggers.
Find a Niche
This is an important step when creating a new blog. You should find a niche or 2 and discuss topics concerning them. This should make it easier for you to keep and gain new readership. It’s hard for most people to follow a blog that takes you all over the place. In my opinion you have to eventually choose a few topics and roll with them.
Try it Out 1st
Try out blogging for a few weeks first before you go into it 100%. If you’re not a blogger you may be reading that statement and wondering why you should do that. The reason I say try it out 1st is because blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like to write. Some start blogging and eventually realize they don’t like it. Some don’t have the time. There are a lot of reasons. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen start strong then disappear within 5 or 6 months.
Free Blog Hosting Platform or Self-Hosted
Decide if you want to have a self-hosted or free blog hosting platform. There is no investment involved with the free blog platform. With self-hosted blogs you will need to purchase the domain name and hosting. In my opinion self-hosted blogs are the way to go. They are more professional and you have 100% control over it. They are also easier to monetize when or if you decide to go that route. If you plan on going the self-hosted route Go Daddy has a $1 domain name deal. I went through them to get the domains for my 2 websites. For hosting Bluehost has a great $3.95 deal. I’ve been with them for over 2 years. I haven’t had any problems.
Have a Posting Schedule
Having a posting schedule is very important. Your readers will get used to looking for your new articles each week. You don’t want to be that blogger that posts an article at the beginning of the month then have your next one post two months later. That’s not a good way to get new readers. Once you have a posting schedule down the amount of people that read it will go up.
Some days you will feel lazy as hell. You just won’t feel like writing. That’s perfectly fine. Take a couple of days to regroup and get your mind back in the game.
Network With Other Bloggers
One thing that you have to do is network with other bloggers. I’ve reached out to a few of them on Twitter and LinkedIn from time to time to ask questions. They have been very nice. They are really here to help you. I’ve also been motivated by some of the bloggers that I follow. Knowing that they made their sites grow from nothing to something should give you the confidence that you can do the same thing.
Promote Your Blog
Last, but definitely not least make sure you promote your blog. People are not going to magically find out about your website. You have to promote it. Some of the ways I promote mine is through social media and word of mouth. I’m also getting a few t-shirts printed with my URL on it. Decide how you want to promote your site and make it happen!
Hopefully someone that’s thinking about blogging has the chance to read this post. I hope it helps at least one person.