Everything has different meaning and different level of importance as well as a commitment to everyone. For someone people, starting a blog can only be a hobby, but for some people, it is their bread and butter and can’t be taken lightly. You can do a lot of things on impulse, blogging isn’t one of them. You need to plan a handful of things before starting a new blog.
For some people, your blog can look just okay, but for some people, their blog should look perfect.
I can go on, but you get the point.
When I started my first blog, I had no mentor to tell me what to do and what not to. Thereby, I had to learn by trial and error, Which no doubt, takes a lot of time.
But since I learned, there are a handful of things that I want to share with those who might start a new blog sometime soon.
1. Blogging isn’t free
You can argue, that people can create a free blog at blogger or WordPress, but they don’t go far. As long as you have a free blog, you don’t own the blog. The platform does. If you have a blogger blog, Google can literally shut it down whenever it wants.
If you want to be taken seriously, and get total control over your blog you’d have to spend some bucks out of your pocket. It is crucial to know where to spend. You’d have to spend money on basics like domain, & hosting. These are the bare minimum that you ought to purchase.
We use, miles web and recommend it for blogging.
After this, you’d have to install WordPress, fortunately, it is a free and open source script.
Once you have revenue, you can spend some money on themes, plugins & more.
2. Blogging isn’t instant money
I often say, or if not me, a lot of bloggers say, that they can make a blog from zero to a profitable revenue stream in 3-6 months. It is true, but it took me like 2 years to reach that point that I can launch micro niche sites and make them profitable at that time.
A lot of people enter blogging by just looking at the monthly income report of popular bloggers.
It is motivating for a few days and is able to create an impulse enough to make you start a blog. But once you spend some time in blogging, you realize that things are bit different.
If you’re aiming to make money via blogging, tell yourself that it is going to take time to turn profits. Initially, you’d have to spend some bucks without any returns.
In the long turn, blogging can sure get you sales, and traffic, but it takes time.
3. What will you blog about
Sit down with a pen and paper, and make a list of topics that you’d want to cover on your blog.
These topics should be something that you absolutely love. You might come up with a list of 10-20 topics.
You need to find narrow topics, not broad topics like technology.
Instead of writing “technology”, write “headphones” or “android news” or something similar.
If you aim to cover a broad niche like technology, you’re going to face a ton of problems. Because you have limited resources, but unlimited news and updates coming your way.
You need to narrow down to topics that you can get your hands on. Remember, you can always grow your team and start covering more topics.
4. What are you going to name your blog
More than anything, two things contribute the most to your branding and get stuck in your reader’s head – your logo, and your name.
If you’re planning to do long-term work, spend time and effort on both of these two.
There are two ways you can go with naming, either get a name that somehow gives an idea of what your blog is about, or get a synthetic name which means nothing.
There are tons of blog name generators that you can use.
5. Prepare a stock in advance
A lot of people start the blog, then write their first post, then the second post sometime later and so on.
But I suggest that you first write around 10 blog posts, save them in the draft. Publish 3-4 blog posts on your blog launch so that when you start promoting your blog, people will actually have some content to read.
The rest of the blog posts act as your reserve.
In situations when you’re on a tight schedule or stuck in something very crucial, you can publish these blog posts and maintain your consistency.
6. Why did you start the blog in the first place
Not a lot of people talk on this topic, but I think it is worth mentioning.
Not only in blogging, in anything that you do in life, you should be aware of your end goal.
People always tend to shape their blog for themselves. It is crucial that you know your end goal, it will help you shape your blog slowly every day. You can start your blog for many reasons:-
- To make money
- To get popularity
- To share stories from your life
Depending on why you started your blog and what your end goal is, your strategy would be completely different.
When I started Hacknovations a few years back, I focused on being an influencer, and not on money. This is what exactly happened. You need to be focused on your end goal from the day one.
My point is that if you can be incredibility focused on your end-goal from the beginning.
7. You’ll have to commit to it
Blogging is like your part time job ( in case you have a full-time job or school ). Like any other job, you’ll need to commit your time to it.
Some bloggers prefer waking up in the morning to write, while some prefer being night owls.
Depending on when you’re comfortable, you can make your own schedule around it.
8. It is going to be hard
Blogging is an easy job – only when you get the hang of it.
As I said, I can now start a blog from level zero and make it profitable in some months depending on how hard the keyword is. But it took me 2 years to reach this position.
The first couple of months, or maybe a year, is going to be hard.
You might get no visitors, neither get any comments or messages.
But it is this time that you have to pass in order to achieve your end goal.
9. It will be foggy
You’ll never know whether or not you’ll be successful one day.
In order for your blog to succeed, you’ll have to commit 100% to it.
Remember this – you’re going to fail, for sure. This doesn’t mean that your blog fails, this means your initial concept or idea needed a bit of fixing. I have changed the format of my blog more than 4 times.
Treat your blog with priority, and develop the mindset to treat it like a business.
There is no way to know what will happen, so get in the right mindset. Treat your blog as a priority. Commit to it. Believe in your heart of hearts that it will be a success.
The more you act like your blog is going to be a success, the more you’ll take action and get results that make it a success.
You can’t get the results first. You have to believe first. Then, you’ll get the results.
10. You’ll go to have some learning curve
There are some things that you’ll have to learn in order to grow your blog. This includes learning SEO, HTML, and handling WordPress.
Depending on how you host your blog, you might also have to learn how to install WordPress manually and a bunch more things.
But don’t be afraid, the learning curve would be worth the results.
One of the mainadvise I’d give to bloggers who’re starting a new blog is to stick to it and not drop the idea once they hit a block.
Every single day, a ton of blogs start, and also, a ton more are shut down.
The only reason is, people expect way too much in very short time. You want to be patient and work consistently.