Starting a blog can be both exciting and completely overwhelming.
I liken it to traveling through a storm.
When we live in the tropics we experience some rough monsoons. The meteorologist in me sees these windy storms as both thrilling and terrifying. Kinda like starting a blog.
The joy of setting the foundation for a full time, pro blogger career is often tempered by the overwhelming feeling of…”How can I do this?!”
Today I want to give you 5 simple steps to effectively set up a successful blog.
1: Pick Your Passion or Pick Your Poison
Pick your passion. Or pick your poison.
Here’s why: if you follow your passion, the work is the reward. Everything else like traffic and profits is extra. A bonus. Icing on the cake.
But if you chase profits mainly, you are picking poison. If you are obsessed with getting profits you will not do the giving (learning, studying, helping, promoting others, practicing your blogging skills and being generous with your time and talents) that leads to the getting traffic, comments, social shares and money.
I enjoy blogging. I enjoy traveling. Blogging From Paradise was born.
2: Tie the Passion to a Problem
I love blogging. I love traveling. But I needed to tie my passion to a pressing problem in order to connect with my target audience.
I decided to share smart blogging tips to help my readers become full time, island hopping, pro bloggers. Even bloggers who wanted to live in their home towns started to hop on board because everybody digs tapping into smart, effective blogging tips.
Think through pressing problems you can solve with your passion. Establish that connection to resonate with your readers.
3: Buy Your Domain and Hosting
Start your blog off on the right foot.
Avoid using free hosts because you are in big trouble if you don’t own your domain name. Seeing a free blogging platform domain name turns off most readers who will wonder why a blogger refuses to pay $10 a month for solid, dependable hosting. Doubtful readers will head for the hills quickly.
Read reviews on established hosts. Which company vibes with you? Trust your gut. Do some research and then follow your intuition to find the right hosting package and company for you.
Pick an easy to visualize domain name related to your niche. People think in pictures. Do their legwork for them so they can easily imagine your domain name after reading it.
I’d pick a domain name with at least one keyword related to your niche. Blogging From Paradise Dot Com was available so I gobbled it up. I decided to help readers retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. What better name for my niche, right?
4: Outsource or YouTube Your Blog Set Up
Unless you are technically inclined I’d strongly suggest hiring someone to set up your blog for you. Doing so can be a doozy if you are a tech allergic guy.
Since I am a dingbat I had my developer set up my blog through my host. Easy peasy.
If you insist on handling the set up search for “how to setup a WordPress blog” on YouTube. Find a solid instructional video. Set up the blog.
5: Write and Publish Your First Post
Now you have done all the legwork leading up to the first post.
Don’t wait around. Introduce yourself to the blogosphere. Share how following your blog will benefit your readers. Then solve a specific problem suffered by readers in your niche with the first post.
Set the precedent for future posts. Give your readers something to look forward to. Write a 600 to 1,000 word post that addresses the needs of your reader. Get the ball rolling.
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Have you started blogging? What tips would you add to this list?
About the author :-
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog