Are you Passionate about Writing?
Are you a person who is consistent in Penning down your ideas and thoughts?
Are you someone who loves to share your experience with others?
Then you should definitely start Blogging.
Oh, come on, it’s not that hard you see.
I was always evasive when it came to blogging. I had deep thoughts back in my teen age if I had to really shell a bomb to build a blog.
I really imagined and concluded that it might put a dent on my wallet and I had no clue if it’s going to benefit me down the line.
In fact, I Love writing but there was always a part of me which was confused if it’s going to be read by people? Will I be able to convey what I really want to and so on and so forth?
After a lot of failed efforts on trying to understand how to create a blog and after listing down the requirements to build a blog, I finally learnt that it was not hard after all.
Did you know you could create a blog for free?
Did you know you could create a blog and earn money?
Did you know you could create a blog on Medium or you could create a blog on WordPress?
If you answered No, then fret not..Let’s just jump right in to understand how to create a blog?
What is a Blog?
A blog is a Website that mainly focuses on written contents. It is also called as blog posts.
Anyone can write a Blog post on any topic imaginable.
A blog is created with an intent to share the ideas with likeminded people.
A blog also allows the blogger to interact with the readers and further the connection.
It also helps build trust in the readers mind thus facilitating a strong bond which in turn facilitates the blogger to earn money from the blogs.
Without any further ado, let’s get started…
Requirements for a Blog
Requirements for a blog? Yes, you read it right. There are couple of things that you need while creating a blog.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest a list to be purchased. I’m sure you would already be having these without which you won’t be reading this article in the first place.
Oh! this is the very basic requirement… How would you write if you dint have a Laptop or a desktop or an iPad?
You may think holding a mobile might solve the problem, but honestly No.
You should definitely have a Laptop /Desktop or an iPad.
Our present generation own either of these as a mandate. Lol! Thanks to the technology.
It is recommended that you have a website that houses all your blog posts.
It becomes easy for the readers to connect to all your blog posts and you actually build a personal brand in doing so.
Above all, you need Passion to write. If you want to be successful in blogging, you need to keep giving contents and not just any contents, but contents that matters without which you won’t get any traction.
In blogging, Consistency is the key. It’s very important you write at least 500 words every day. It’s a long Journey but worth every mile.
Now that the requirements are listed, lets understand how to create a blog ?
Identifying the Niche
- Identifying the Talent, Passion and what market needs
The first step to creating a blog is to identify the niche. We need to be clear on what we are going to write. In order to identify the niche, you can first pick a piece of paper and list down your talents and what you are good at.
You can also list down what you are passionate about. This will help you derive at a conclusion once you identify what the market needs against what you can offer.
2. Market Research
After you have identified your talent and passion, do a market research to understand What people are looking for, what contents are mostly searched.
You can use free keyword research tools to do the market research.
3. Choose a Single Niche
It’s advisable to choose a single niche and not focus on multi niche.
This is very important because, readers might tend to get confused because you would be discussing on multiple topics that might not make sense.
If you are creating a blog from which you wish to earn, then multi niche blog is definitely a bad idea.
There are various niches to choose from .You can choose
In fact you can also blog about your experience if you love travelling ..
Options are too many.
4. Building a Content Calendar.
Content calendar is a planned schedule of when and where you plan to publish contents.
It’s more like a tabular form and when you plan, you would be able to manage time and strategize your posts in a better manner.
Content calendar helps you keep track of deadlines and it gives you visibility on what you are working on.
Create a Domain for the Blog.
After you have identified your niche, next step is to…
- Create a domain for the blog.
So, how do you do that?
Make sure it is relevant to the niche you choose. You can’t call your blog digimania when you are going to write about food. Can You? Lol!
Always ensure it is easy to remember….
A blog represents the blogger, a reader must be able to relate and remember your blog name without having to drill deep to get to your blog.
Make sure the name isn’t confusing… Well, let me give u an example.
Everyone knows Flipkart, the spelling of Kart is actually KART and not CART.
If someone who doesn’t know Flipkart starts searching they might end up typing cart instead of kart.
See, it can be very confusing…
2. .Com extension
While choosing an extension, I Strongly recommend you to go for a .com extension because a .com domain lends credibility to your brand.
And It’s purely optional. Feel free to choose other extensions as well.
3. Buy a Domain and a Hosting
To get your blog up and running you need two things:
Domain Name and
Blog hosting (also known as web hosting).
Let me quickly explain Domain name and Web hosting.
Web hosting is the place where all the files of your website live. It is like the home of your website where it actually lives.
A good way to think about this is If the domain is the address, then web hosting is the plot of land where you’ll actually build your house.
It’s as simple as that.
The good news is that these typically come packaged together.
Some of the domain providers are Godaddy or Name cheap and hosting services are A2,Wpx and Hostinger.
Feel free to choose …There is no stopping.
But you can also create a blog on Medium which is absolutely FREE.
You just need to sign into Medium and Start creating blog post.
4. Build the website
After you have purchased the domain name and hosting, you need to build your website.
You can create a blog on WordPress and you can build your site because they have a lot of theme to offer and most importantly you don’t need to wait for a web developer to assist you.
Creating Outline for the Blog Post
It is very important to create outline for your blog posts before you start writing.
The purpose of an outline is to help organize and check if ideas connect to each other, or whether some points need more support.
It helps give an overall picture.
So, how do you create an Outline. You can do this using Mind Maps.
There are various tools in the market to build mind maps. You will see the clarity that it gives once you build your mind map.
I have personally tried Mindmeister. Check the visual representation of the blog post using Mindmeister .
While creating contents, there are important points to bear in mind.
- Choose an Attractive Headline
A reader decides to read your blog only if your headline attracts them. An alluring headline stimulates curiosity and encourages clicks.
Use the first paragraph of your post to clearly define the topic of your article and provide a possible hook to keep the reader reading.
3. Create In–Depth Contents
The longer the content better the blog. But break it up. Readers always enjoy titbits.
4. Use Images
Always use images that are relevant to the contents. You can also include your own image or drawings.
5. Engage the Reader
At the end of your blog post, a common tactic used to engage readers is posing a meaningful question to your audience asking them to reply in the comments.
6. Avoid Plagiarism
Do not copy from other sources. Use original Content.
7. Use Simple Language
Keep the language simple and easy for everyone to understand at the same time making it interesting. Avoid grammatical errors.
Once you follow the above guidelines to the T and create contents, Now all that you have to do is Publish and Promote…
Publish and Promote
Creating a well-designed blog and writing great content is just the start.
In order to get readers for your blog you will need to spend some time promoting it. So, how do you do it?
- You can start with sharing to your friends and family. This is the easiest part. Just share the link on WhatsApp or telegram to your friends and family and ask them to Share it. It’s Free marketing…
2. Post it on your social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
3. Collecting the email addresses of your visitors (Get their permission first), you can then notify them when you post something new on your blog.
4. You can also use digital marketing strategies like SEO and submit to the search engines
That’s it, your blog is ready and now the final step is to monetize your blog.
How to monetize your Blog?
This doesn’t happen immediately. It takes time, Consistency and a lot of hard work to reach this stage. There are ways to monetize your blog.
- You can sell products or services that are relevant to your niche. For eg, if your niche is Baking, you can sell home baked products on your blog which would generate income.
- Once you have a popular blog, advertisers will be hounding you for the opportunity to advertise. You can make use of google AdSense in this scenario.
This is all about how to create a blog and earn money with it. It’s simple isn’t it?
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