How to start a successful blogging in 2017 | 4 steps
4 Important factors you should know before starting a blog online, take a note of these strategies and give a try today
Many people were interested in making some extra money online by doing any kind of online jobs from their home.
A report says, there are about 2.45billion searches on Google every day related to online jobs.
On the other side, you will get more than 5Million results in front of your computer.
In my beginning days in this Internet field, I saw tons of websites out there explaining the same topic but at the end, you will get nothing.
There are few sites that will take you till the end.
Out of all online jobs available there, blogging is the most successful one that will bring you passive income over a long time.
Remember, if money does not come into you when you are unavailable at your work, then you should be working whole day a year.
Many successful people on the internet have learned the art of blogging so that they are leading a family oriented lifestyle whole day.
How to build a successful blog?
Building a successful blog does not happen overnight. When you search through the net you can find thousands of articles that teach you how to start a blog?
But no one talks about the hardest part of the blogging called as hard work and effort.
Since no one was ready to talk about this part, many people often drop their blogging after a while.
Set a Goal: Treat your blogging business as a professional thing and set a goal either short term or long term.
Without Goal, you can not find the path to travel.
Rich people become rich because they know how to deal with money?
Be passion: Without your real interest, you cannot succeed in the goal. Every people have some hobbies in their everyday life and hobbies become their passion.
Grab the passion for putting into the work will help achieve your goal. As of now, it is financial independence is everyone's dream.
Spend time: As of now, I said you should have a Goal and passion for it. Alright, let's ask will it give you success? Of course NO!
You should compensate one thing from you to get other things done.
Like wise, you should spend at least few hours every day to work on your goal.
The work I mean here is, content writing, SEO activities etc.
Once you are ready with all these requirements, then there is no way blogging will bring you success.
In the past articles, I have written about the start up steps for blogging. To the people who want to recall, please read the information on starting a blogging - simple start up guide.
In this article lets see the next face of blogging, to be considered when starting a new blog.
Before going through further, I would want to remind one thing, A successful blog is not built on a single day or a month. It is the result of long term hard work and effort.
In the next session, I will discuss the four important aspects when starting a blog.
••• A note and pen,
••• 15 - 20Mnts time,
••• Your own interest.
For the next few minutes of your discussion, we will go to cover these topics as follows:
• 1.) Choose the blogging platform
•• 2.) Choose a domain name
••• 3.) Choose a reliable hosting
•••• 4.) Choose a best in class design
1.) Choose the blogging platform:
You might notice the word "choose" written many times because it has some value. Blogging is full of options and choices in making, planning and deciding before execution.
Choose wisely as it is the face that you show to the world. Blogging platforms were broadly classified into two important sections: Free and self-hosted.
Free Blogging platforms:
I have arranged the things in order based on their popularity,
1.) Word Press - lifetime free hosting with subdomain "yoursitename.wordpress.com".
2.) Blogger - Lifetime free hosting with subdomain "yoursitename.blogger.com".
3.) Weebly - lifetime free hosting with subdomain "yoursitename.weebly.com".
and lots more like Wix, Joomla, Tumblr, Ghost etc.
I am just giving you names here because I will explain this on the third topic Hosting.
Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator are the industries major domain hosting solution providers in the world.
You need to pay some fee to register a custom domain name and a hosting space for your blog to stay live over the internet.
Note: If you plan for a long-term business, then you should go with self-hosted platforms because of the following reasons.
Why do I not recommend free blogging platforms?
i.) Free blogging platforms are easy to set up and manage but with more limitations.
ii.) Limited features and customization options.
iii.) You can not run any monetization methods or advertising reliably.
iv.) They may suspend your blog anytime with or without prior notice.
This is the worst thing I faced when I start my own blog at 2012 with blogger. On one fine day morning, I entered my blog URL on to the browser and saw your blog was not found.
All my work went nothing and vanished over night. I was so much frustrated. Let's discuss this thing later, coming to the subject...
v.) The blog name is not owned by you as long as you purchase the custom domain name.
vi.) The platform providers will advertise on your blog to generate revenue for their sake. It is a biggest un-satisfied thing in free blogging.
2.) Choose a domain name:
A perfect domain name will itself market for its own kind of the market. This is the first actionable step to start a blog or website.
You must be very careful while selecting a proper domain name because it is your online identity to the world.
Your domain name serves many purposes such as your brand, product, or services offered to the audiences.
The first thing is,
••• Identify your interest on the topic
••• Its market value
••• Future scope and at last
This article from an Indian based blogger has swept my mind because she nicely covered the topic Choosing a right niche for the blog. I am sure this will surely interest you.
There are a lot of ideas available to choose a perfect domain name for your blog you will get after you read the article.
When speaking technically, you should pick a domain with your primary keyword like online home income, SEO blogging tricks, blogger tricks tips etc.
With primary keyword in your domain will give a detailed info about your business to the audiences.
Primary keyword in your domain name will also help your SEO activities very effectively.
If you want to buy a domain name, you can make a free search on Godaddy, Bluehost etc.
Normally, registering a domain name will not cost more than $15 per year.
Take one example, Neil Patel blog, this blog kills every other blog in blogging industry because they are already successful in that particular industry with their name and just want to market their name through blogging.
3.) Choose a reliable hosting:
At the end of last two topics, you might have come up with a decision on your blogging platform and a domain name for your blog.
Remember, you noted down in your personal note or save a copy in your computer's MS WORD.
Now it's time to choose a reliable hosting solution to make your blog live to the world.
The meaning of reliable: consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.
Your hosting should be reliable unless you are going to ruin yourself in your blogging career and your passion.
A web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post their website or web page on to the internet. In other words, it is a technology that provides tools and services required for the website or blog to be viewed on the internet. Source: Thanks Website.com
Your website content and your database will be stored on a special computer called Web Servers and from there it will be served to the entire network in the world.
Things to consider while choosing the best web hosting:
i.) Disk space
iii.) Customer support
iv.) Latest features
v.) High-speed servers
As same as here, there are a lot of web hosting companies out there to choose from, but not all of them worth enough for your business.
4.) Choose a best in class design
This is also be considered as the most important step in your blogging business.
You have chosen a perfect niche based on your interest, a keyword rich domain name, world's best hosting service and a long-term content creation strategy and SEO action plans.
All this will get you results only if you present it neatly before your audiences unless there is no ultimate use in this work.
The presentation is the face that tells others how important the topic you are going to discuss now?
If you ignore this part, you are ignoring the entire thing in your business. Unplanned designed blog will harm your website in many ways.
••• Poor website design can affect your website conversions.
••• Difficult navigation will annoy your visitors and make them leave very sooner. Resulting in increased bounce rate.
••• User experience is the most important thing that all search engines do care for. Proper SEO optimized layout will help to perform well in your SE rankings.
••• The design of the website should be responsive to different screen sizes because smartphone and tablet industry has grown tremendously.
Designing a blog is an art and you should perform better in this last section so as you can become a successful blogger in future.
Recommended themes thrive themes, Genesis themes from studio press and AdSense optimized themes from MyThemeShop.
There are free themes available but I recommend you go with paid theme because you can have ultimate features to increase revenue from your blog.
Normally a paid them would cost you around $60 one time payment for life time license.
There are two different categories of themes available and you should be planned before choosing.
••• AdSense Optimized themes
••• Affiliate Optimized themes.
Every people start a blog to make money blogging and no one ever start just for hobby or passion.
On total, either you can make money from your blog in either from one of the following ways:
••• By Placing Banner or text link ads,
••• By selling affiliate products or services.
How to become a successful blogger?
So in this last 10minutes, you have come up with some technical ideas to start a better blog at your initial stage.
If you look at your blog as a profession, you can achieve your success surely.,/
Let's look at some key points and note it down one last time, so you don't have to go through the whole post again:
1. Set a Goal: Ultimate goal would be making money blogging, but you can blog about anything. Anyhow, set a proper goal.
2. Be Passion: You should like what you are doing? Without interest and love, you can do things properly.
3. Be Concise: Travel on a narrow path towards the goal. Express yourself precisely with deep information, brief and comprehensive.
4. Spend time: Without time no work can be done.
5. Choose a right platform: You can start with free blog but when looking for long term business, I suggest to go with self-hosted blog
6. Choose a perfect domain name: No business will be recognized without a name and so does your blogging also.
7. Choose a reliable hosting: There should be a space to market your product or service. Be legible in selecting a best hosting server platform.
8. Choose a right design: Without neat presentation, no one will show interest to read your article. The design also affects conversion and you should focus on both things user experience and conversion.
Alright, I have shared enough technically how to start a successful blogging business and have given you an outline sketch before beginning.
What so ever, learning from the own experience will be the best lesson you never forgot in your entire life.
Blogging is a beautiful business if you start with love and interest. It is one of the best sources of passive income that made many millionaires around the world.
Now the chance knocks at your door, use the right opportunity at this right time.
See you at the top.
Happy entrepreneurial day,
Dear visitors, I am always transparent for discussions and welcome you all for a healthy conversations to make a better future.
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