If you’re new to blogging or just getting started, you’re in luck because today I’m going to teach you exactly what you need to know in order to start a successful blog that’ll allow you to eventually make money online. Keep reading and you’ll discover how to avoid these 10 mistakes and how to make the most of your blog so you can build a profitable business around it. Let’s get started.
Create A Blog To Get Links
The first and probably the most important thing you need to do is to create a blog for the purpose of getting links. You want to create a blog that is compelling enough that people want to link to it, and you want to do this from a place of expertise because linking to a blog that no one has ever heard of is probably not going to do much for your SEO. So when choosing a niche, pick a topic you’re passionate about so that it comes across in your writing and that you can provide value to people in your niche. For example, if you love to cook, create a blog around recipes or food topics that you can showcase how to bake, or if you love fashion, create a blog around style tips or fashion stories that you can share.
Don’t Forget About The Mechanics Behind Blogging
While creating a blog is important, knowing what makes a blog successful is just as important. One of the most crucial things you need to do is to build a community around your blog. When someone comes to your blog looking for content, the last thing they want to do is log on and discover that there’s no one there to answer their questions or comment on their articles. In order to create a community and make the most of your blog, you must regularly publish content and comment on other people’s posts. If you want to get good at commenting, do a little bit of research on the blogs you’re commenting on. You’ll quickly discover that the better you get at commenting, the better your comments will be received. You can always hire some help if you don’t have the time to comment on all of your own posts. Doing this regularly will help you build a community and allow you to eventually make money online through affiliate marketing and membership programs.
Choose Your Niche
If you want to make the most of your blog, you need to choose a niche. This is similar to choosing a subject for your blog but instead of writing about a hobby or talent you have, you’re choosing a topic you’re passionate about. The reason for this is simple: you’re now the expert in your niche. Writing about a subject you’re not that passionate about will never make for a good blog post. When picking a niche, make sure that you choose a topic that you can develop into a profitable business so that you have something to fall back on when you decide to quit your day job. For example, if you love to travel, but don’t want to lose your home or have to relocate frequently, becoming an itinerant blogger visiting the most popular travel destinations is probably not the best idea. Instead, you could become an expert in wedding planning and host your own wedding blog where you can share all of the invaluable knowledge you’ve gained over the years.
Choose A Suitable Name
Even if you choose the most appropriate niche and become the go-to source for your topic, you still need a suitable name for your blog. When choosing a blog name, make sure that it’s something simple and memorable that will make your content easy to find. You also want to choose a name that isn’t already taken, or at least seems like it won’t be for long. People searching for content on Google will most likely be surprised to see that your blog exists and will be compelled to click on it just to find out more. The last thing you want is for someone to stumble upon your content by chance and not find out what you’re blogging about right away because your blog’s not easy to find. If you want to make the most of your blog, choose a name that will compel people to seek you out.
Pick A Suitable Hosting Service
Once you’ve picked a name for your blog, it’s time to look into finding a suitable hosting service. There are a variety of hosting services to choose from, all with their perks and quirks. It’s important to find a service that is flexible and easy to work with. Some of the most popular and well-known services are Bluehost, WordPress.com, and Blogger. You’ll find many tutorials online that can help you get set up with the most suitable hosting service for your blog. Make sure to get the most suitable domain extension for your blog too. For example, if you have a food blog, you might want to look for a.com address because that’s what food bloggers usually use. If you have a travel blog, you might want to consider getting a.ca or.net address because that’s what travel bloggers usually use. Keep in mind that all of these factors will impact your site’s SEO and the amount of traffic you get.
Set Up A Subdomain
If your blog posts are starting to attract a decent amount of traffic, it’s time to move onto the next step and set up a subdomain for your blog. A subdomain is a smaller, more specific version of a domain name. For example, let’s say you picked the perfect domain name for your blog and it’s already registered. Right now, you can just point your domain at your blog and start writing. However, if you want to make the most of your blog, you should consider setting up a subdomain with a hosting service like Bluehost. When choosing a subdomain, make sure that you keep the main domain name as your website’s URL because this will make it easier for people to find your content. If you have a food blog with the domain name Foodblog.com, you could set up a subdomain called foodblog.com and begin building your audience there. When selecting a subdomain name, you also want to make sure that it’s something that’s easy to spell and won’t be confused with another site. For example, let’s say you have a blog about fashion and you named your domain fashionblog.com. If you want to set up a subdomain, you would choose fashionblog.com because it’s easier for people to remember and won’t be easily confused with other sites.
Decide On The Most Suitable Theme
A theme is software that enables you to create a completely new look for your blog. Themes can range from simple to complex and include a large number of features, some of which can be rather complicated to enable. Once you’ve chosen a theme, it’s time to move onto the last step and add your own flair to it. If you really want to make the most of your blog, you should choose a theme that enables you to highlight key features of your blog while still keeping your style. Some of the most popular themes are Blogger, StudioPress, and WordPress.