So you want to embark on a blogging adventure but are wondering what you need to do before starting a blog ?!
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m not one of those bloggers who makes their money blogging about blogging: My niche has always been fashion and beauty, and I’m proof that you can make money blogging from ANY niche, not just personal finance and other money-related subjects.
Will you be able to lay a good foundation on which to build a successful and profitable blog later? I have good news at the beginning – you will be able to! All you need is the right instructions to avoid making some of the most common beginners misses. That’s why I wrote a detailed blog startup guide with all the steps you need to take.
Blogging is a great way to share your knowledge with those who have the same affinities as you, to help them and inspire them to take the action they need to achieve a particular result and to make money, of course.
As for me personally, the decision to start this blog is one of the best I’ve ever made.
How To Start A Blog For Beginners: First Steps
Before you jump into blogging, there are a few things that you need to get clear about. The most important things are:
1. DECIDE FOR A NICHE
2. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET AND EXPLORE WHAT IT NEEDS
3. MAKE A BUSINESS STRATEGY
4. DEFINE YOUR BRAND
5. Your Hosting
Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into each and every one of these.
DECIDE FOR A NICHE
You can write about anything that comes to mind in one day and have 15 different categories, but you can’t expect to achieve anything significant with such a blog.
With great effort around your blog, you will build a small community of people you are less – more likable.
PEOPLE who are interested in reading some of your articles from time to time, possibly make the purchase of the product you have recommended, and that’s it.
I’m sure this type of scenario is not the goal of anyone who strives to build and run a profitable blog.
However, you should not fall into the trap of a “profitable niche” here because any niche can be profitable if you do the job right. The biggest mistake you can make before starting a blog is that you decide to copy one of the successful bloggers you follow.
For your blog to be successful, you need to write about a topic you personally enjoy.
IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET GROUP AND RESEARCH WHAT YOU NEED
Some would say that things go a little different in blogging – that we run the blog for ourselves, and the audience subsequently gathers around it. However, this philosophy was valid and brought results ten years and more ago, now things have changed dramatically.
the narrower your focus on the target group, the greater your success.
Remember – the narrower your focus on the target group, the greater your success. Not everyone can be your target group, because you can’t have useful information for everyone, right?
Explore what it is that people want to hear from the area you plan to write about. Visit groups on Facebook, blog comments from the same niche – see what questions are asked most often, what challenges do your target audience face over and over?
Don’t be discouraged by the idea that everything has already been said if you choose a competitive niche. There are always new and interesting ways you can provide information.
I would suggest thinking about a name for a maximum of couple of days, and then just sticking with the best option.
MAKE A BUSINESS STRATEGY
You need a good plan before starting a blog. Blogging has developed into a real business, so it’s no longer enough to just post and hope that people will notice you. You need a strategy.
Make a list of goals you want to achieve; by quarter or any other time period.
Be creative in designing your goals and strategy. Personally, I made sure that blindly pursuing other people’s strategies did not always bring positive results. What has struck other bloggers is not to me. Track Your Feelings – If you feel something is not a good idea, do not put it into practice simply because a blogger who is successful in your niche is talking about it.
Don’t have to do too many tasks at once.
No one can write fantastic articles at the same time, develop their presence on five social networks, write an e-book, build an email list, etc. Never set yourself more than two goals for the next 90 days;
It is also important not to deviate from the plan you have made. Be patient, thoughtful moves always paid off for everyone.
Next, you want to start thinking about the colors of your blog and branding. If you don’t have a clear idea, have a look at some blogs and see what you’re most drawn into.
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