First, you want to make sure you pick a niche that you are the most interested in—one you’re passionate about.
Next, you need to make sure your niche has a large enough audience and a wide enough range of topics you can speak about.
That way you will follow your passion, find your readers, and enjoy your blogging journey.
Now let’s get into the basics…
1. Selecting your niche and blog name: Make sure you pick a niche you know a little about already… (you can learn more as you go along)… but something that gets’s your ‘juices’ flowing. When it comes to naming your blog, you can go with your niche selection – or descriptive combination of words, or simply go with your name. (like I did)
2. Choosing your blogging platform: Now you need to determine the best, and possibly the easiest platform to begin building your blog. Don’t forget, you’ll be using it daily to add content… so you want something easy to use and navigate. I suggest WordPress – and if you get a little more serious, I’d add OptimizedPress to really make your blog POP!
3. Securing your Domain & Hosting: We spoke about naming your blog earlier, now is the time to secure that piece of internet real estate – also known as your web address. I use GoDaddy, but there are many to choose from. Now for hosting… this is very important. You want to make sure to choose a reputable hosting company because this is the foundation on where your blog sits and makes it available online 24/7. I have used many companies and found SiteGround as one of the best.
4. Building & designing your blog: These days, with software like WordPress, you don’t need to be a professional web designer to create a beautiful-looking blog. Once installed you can choose pre-designed themes based on your preferences. Add OptimizedPress and now you have a complete ‘tool suite’ that helps you create pages & funnels that grow your list and make more sales.
5. Creating your content: Now it’s time to begin filling your blog with useful & creative content. Ideally, you want to speak directly to your audience. You want to touch on their ‘pain’ points and offer solutions. You want to categorize your content as to remain on point… instead of just generalizing. This way your content will be easy to find, and your audience will continue to come back for more.
You’re now a blogger.
Now I recommend writing (adding to your blog) at least once a week… twice is even better. Whatever you decide, I suggest you at least staying consistent. Keep adding useful, helpful, and interesting content.
Schedule one day a week where you will do your writing. This will make you feel compelled, even when you don’t feel like writing… plus it will hold you accountable to your audience.
In conclusion, don’t place too much stress on yourself. Just enjoy what you’re doing – and just keep doing it. Before you know it, it’ll become second nature.