25 Tips to Help You Start Blogging!
Learning how to write a blog can be daunting task for some. I’ll tell you a secret – it’s not that hard (I think, sometimes, we make things harder than they seem). There are all sorts of people out there writing content on a wide variety of topics. And you can become one of them!
What is a blog?
A Blog is one type of format for presenting online content.
Sometimes individuals or businesses will put up a simple webpage solely dedicated to posting articles. The webpage becomes the “blog” and the articles themselves become “posts” on the blog. Others will offer services on their site and in addition, offer posts on their blog for viewers.
Once the blog is created, content can be added as little or as frequently as you want.
There are a wide variety of topics to choose from. Sometimes blog posts are personal stories. Sometimes they are technical works, full of industry related information. Sometimes they come in article form, sometimes they are simply lists (like this one), or just a beautiful narrative of thought. Many come in the form of reviews and “how-to” lists.
The good news: You can write about whatever you want!
Experts recommend picking topics that you already know something about. For example, it might be a hobby or interest or something related to professional training or certain skills you have.
Here are tips to help you get started:
For the writing commitment:
Start writing – every day. Yes, every day! It’s an important habit to create.
Block off uninterrupted time for your project.
Set up a weekly schedule for your writing time and stick to it.
Manage other aspects of your writing business outside of your scheduled writing time.
Find a quiet space.
Invest in a comfortable chair!
Take breaks regularly.
Devote yourself to a good computer! (It will become your best friend)
Pace yourself when deciding how much content to put out there. Blogging can be a long-term venture for many so think of it like it’s a marathon.
Utilize tools to help you like notepads or post-its, a recording device or speech recognition software, a calendar etc.
Check your document for grammar, spelling etc. And don’t forget to save it!
To learn more about how to blog efficiently and effectively, I recommend a book on Amazon.com by Marc Guberti titled “Content Marketing Secrets: How to Create, Promote and Optimize Your Content for Growth and Revenue”.
Note: Darren at Problogger.com (yes, he’s one of my favorite bloggers :^) and his team offer a course to help get you started: https://problogger.com/start-a-blog/?__s=m5ivwrzvbx176ikifpbq
Is your blogging for business or for fun?
Decide if this is something you want to do for fun, or as more serious venture, as a part-time or full-time blogger.
Pick topics that interest you or are related to the industry you are in.
Decide what niches you are going to focus on. This includes: Find out what topics your readers are interested in. Conduct research on the topic.
Write down all your ideas about future topics to write about.
Create a publishing calendar to keep you on track.
Really get to know your audience. Ask questions like: Who is your ideal reader? What are they interested in? Check industry journals or websites to see current trends.
Find a niche that is profitable. For more information about this click here:
Note: Jon Allo offers a series on his blog and newsletter for new bloggers.
Advertise your services on the internet:
Create a simple web page and use a word press file.
You can check out websites like https://www.squarespace.com, https://wordpress.com, or https://wordpress.org to get you started.
For more information check out this resource link: https://problogger.com/recommended-blogging-resources/
Find out what social media platforms your ideal audience frequents so you can target them there.
Add a comment section to interact with readers.
Post consistently and regularly.
Post your blog on other sites like www.Ideapod.com or www.Postwaves.com
Connect with other bloggers. Try joining a blogging forum. Check out this article for examples:
Create a profile portfolio on Contracting sites like: www.Upwork.com
Interviews industry experts and share links on websites and social media.
And, most importantly, have fun writing!
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Have you ever imagines what it might have been like, in the case you had blogging for a living?