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What is a blog?
In short, a blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts. In popular culture we most often hear about news blogs or celebrity blog sites, but as you’ll see in this guide, you can start a successful blog on just about any topic imaginable.
Bloggers often write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect directly with their readers. In addition, most blogs also have a “comments” section where readers can correspond with the blogger. Interacting with your readers in the comments section helps to further the connection between the blogger and the reader. This is one of the main benefits of starting a blog. This connection allows you to interact and share ideas with other like-minded people. It also allows you to build trust with your readers. Having the trust and loyalty of your readers also opens up the door to making money from your blog, which is something I discuss later in this guide.
Why You Should start a blog?
Simple steps to help you create a blog easily
One of the misconceptions about starting a blog is that you need to be a great writer to be successful. Nothing could be further from the truth. People read blog sites to get a personal perspective on things, so most bloggers write in a very informal style.
Furthermore, you don’t need to be an expert on your topic in order to have a successful blog. For example, readers of a cooking blog don’t want to read a textbook from a food scientist, they want to hear the experiences of someone who has actually cooked some real meals, mistakes and all.
To be successful as a blogger there is really just one requirement: a passion for your topic.
At its heart, blogging is about sharing your knowledge with the world. Choosing a topic that you are passionate about makes the process of starting a successful blog so much easier. Writing about more than one topic is totally fine too. As long as you are writing about things that you are genuinely interested in, your passion will shine through and keep your readers interested.
So why would you go to the trouble of blogging? There are a few reasons:
Make money from home. Blogging can be quite lucrative if done correctly. The top bloggers in the world obviously earn quite a bit, but even a part-time blogger can expect to make a nice profit if things are done correctly. The best part about it is that blogging is a form of passive income, since you can spend just a few hours a week writing a blog post and then continue to make money from it long after the blog post is written. You will learn this in details later.
Share your story. A blog allows you to have a voice and be heard. You can share your story with the entire world if you so choose. One of the most common ways blogs are used are as a diary where the blogger writes about their daily experiences so that friends, family, and others can all be a part of their lives.
Recognition for yourself or your business. No, you probably won’t have paparazzi following you around because of your latest blog post. But a successful blog can gain you a ton of recognition in your respective field. Many bloggers are known as experts just because of their blogs, and some have even gotten book and movie deals based on their blogs.
Find a community. Blogging at its heart is interactive. You write a blog post and people comment on it. This is a great way to connect with people who are interested in the same things as you are. Blogging allows you to teach these people based on your experience, and it gives you the opportunity to learn from your readers as well.
The good news is that the internet is exploding with growth right now. More people than ever are online. This explosion in growth means more potential readers for your blog. In short, if you are thinking about starting a blog then there is no better time than now.
How to Start a Blog in 6 Steps
Pick a blog name. Choose something descriptive.
Get your blog online. Register your blog and get hosting.
Customize your blog. Choose a free template and tweak it.
Write & publish your first post. The fun part!
Promote your blog. Get more people to read your blog.
Make money blogging. Choose from several options to monetize your blog.
Make Money Blogging
Decide on what Niche you want to blog about.
Choose a short and memorable domain name that suite your niche.
Buy a custom domain name, if you are using wordpress.org you need to buy hosting as well.
Design your blog or hire a developer, make sure it is easy to navigate with a good UI.
Create useful contents. (Go extreme to make your contents useful and helpful for your readers)
Know your content readers through opt in forms.
Build engagement with your readers, offer give away sometimes.
Sign up for Advertisements, grow your Ad income by creating more useful contents, this time SEO Optimized.
Now that you have built trust with your readers, sign up for Affiliate marketing.
With useful contents, your readers will market your blog while you market other affiliate products.
If possible, make sure you have tested any product you are marketing else you stand a risk to soil your reputation.
Lastly, stay transparent as much as you can.
Sounds pretty basic right? the truth is, it is not as easy as it sounds, there’s a lot more to each step and without being properly informed you will lose.
Challenges you may face as a Blogger
5 Biggest Challenges In Blogging
You hear the saying “content is king”, and you wonder if there’s any truth in it. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is very true. Content will make or mar your blog.
Like I said earlier, when you first get started with the whole blogging thing, you are brimming with ideas. Bloggers are usually advised, and I agree, to write down those topics. All the ideas swimming in your head, put them down. You never know when you might need them.
Another alternative for generating blog post ideas is to search on the internet. There’s always some thing to write about.
In my 1 year anniversary post, one of the things I said I was going to do very well was to schedule more posts. This is very important as you may not have the time to sit down, write and immediately publish.
Before I knew better, I was one of those who would write and publish immediately. This was until John-Paul Iwuoha introduced me to the “schedule” feature I already had in my blog settings.
Many bloggers have complained about this scheduling issue. It takes discipline which a lot of people (me especially) do not have. You can read on how to schedule posts here and here.
3. Promoting Posts
This right here, is the bane of my blogging existence. Promoting posts. If not for Buffer, I don’t know what I would have done. I hate it so much that for the first few months after I started my blog, I couldn’t bring myself to promote my posts on my social media platforms. All I did then was to tell my family and friends to read and spread the word.
I think one of the reasons I found it difficult was I felt I would be bothering people. It also makes you vulnerable, in a way, because you have opened yourself to scrutiny and ridicule, in some cases.
But how else will people know you have a blog if you don’t promote your posts? This is the only reason I persevere. For helpful tips, you can read Kachee’s – Blogger? 4 Helpful Ways to Gain Followers, Build a Community and Increase Blog Traffic.
Another challenge that most bloggers, especially newbies, face is blog traffic. Are people reading your blog? How many page views have you gotten? What’s the difference between sessions and page views? Are people finding your site on search engines? So many questions.
To make matters worse, you open Google and you’re seeing multiple posts on “how I had 1 million page views in a week“, “how to grow your blog traffic” blah blah.
One key thing I’ve learnt, after months and months of obsessing over my blog traffic, was to rid myself of all anxiety. The only important factor I consider is “are people reading?” If the answer is yes, then I don’t care whether they are 2 or 2 billion. Before I use to log into my account on Google Analytics just about everyday. Now, I just check once a week or in two weeks. As long as people are reading, I’m fine.
A friend said the reason I was so relaxed over traffic was because I wasn’t monetizing my blog. My response to him was that he should do his research. How many blogs in their first year or so get up to 1 million views in a week? If I diligently promote my posts and put out great content, the traffic will come. That is inevitable.
5. Monetising Your Blog
One question I’ve gotten over the last year was if I made money from my blog. My response is always “no“. This is because I didn’t start the blog as a money making venture, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I started it as an outlet, a space that allows me vent when necessary.
Of course, after a few years or so, the normal expectation is that you would have collaborated with a couple of brands and made some money. After all, this is the end game for a lot of bloggers.
Since I’m no expert on how to monetize your blog, I’ve dropped links here, here, here and here.
While I’m all for making money from blogs, if that is your sole aim for starting the blog. However, I feel that you may have to readjust your expectations, especially in terms of timeline. It doesn’t happen right off the bat. This is a process that takes months or even years in most cases.
After all is said and done, I feel I have to say “just enjoy the process; success, challenges, everything“. Blogging can be a fun and therapeutic experience. So, when you come across these challenges, know that a lot of people have, and are still, facing them.