How to Start A Blog? – If you’re still wondering, then you’ve landed at the right place.
Okay, so if you’re from India then have a look at the stats from 2015 to 2020, how fast the internet population has grown.
So, if you have been planning to start a blog then this is the best time to do so.
If you are an absolute beginner and have no idea what blogging is all about? and how do you get started with it? then you’re going to love this post.
In this guide, I have walked you through each step in the process that you’ll possibly need to take to start a new blog.
BTW, before you start you should know that this is a big article; it’s almost 7000 words. I have tried my best to provide you with all the necessary information you’ll ever need to get started.
So, I would highly recommend you to read this when you absolutely have 20 to 30 distraction-free minutes. If you’re in hurry I would suggest you bookmark the link or just remember my blog name (which is Blogging Venture) and come back later.
Just FYI, “When I say “blogging” I am emphasizing more on blogging to make money from it.”
Let’s dive in…
How to Start A Blog in India – in 8 Steps:
- First thing First – find out if blogging is your cup of tea.
- If yes, then pick a niche you would like to blog about.
- Pick the best platform to start with.
- Buy a domain name for your blog.
- Buy a hosting plan as well.
- Setup your blog.
- Create awesome content.
Those were the simplest steps to start a blog right away.
But let’s have a closer look at each step.
And to keep things simple I will classify all the steps into three phases. So that you know which phase you are in right now and scale yourself accordingly.
Note: If you’re seriously thinking about choosing Blogging as a career then, I recommend you to read Phase 1 & Phase 2 carefully and afterwards take your decision. And if you’re straight up ready to start your blog and make money then just scroll down to Phase 3 and get started right away. Also, you can use the Table of Content above to jump to the section you want to read.
Phase 1: Decide.
- Find out if blogging is right for you?
- Is it necessary to have a passion, to start a blog?
Phase 2: Research.
- Which niche should you start your blog in?
- Which platform should you choose for blogging?
- Should you go for a paid domain & hosting?
- Cost of Creating a Blog in India.
- How to choose the perfect domain name?
- Where to buy your domain and web-hosting from?
Phase 3: Action.
- Buy your domain name.
- Buy a hosting plan.
- Set up your blog.
- Create content for your blog.
- Promote your blog.
Let’s get into details now, shall we?
Phase 1 – Decide:
Is Blogging Your Cup of Tea?
First thing first, do you really think you can write a blog?
Blogging could simply mean a medium to express your thoughts – to shout out your ideas, beliefs, experiences or knowledge to your audience.
If your only goal is to make money from blogging, but you hate networking with people, then, maybe blogging is not the right job for you. You’d probably be better off spending time pursuing something else you truly like.
Here are a few traits I believe every blogger should have (read it closely):
Some Fair Interest in Writing; you don’t have to be the next Stephen King, but if you don’t have even a little bit of interest in writing then the case is already closed; find something else you would like to do instead.
A Social Bone; you should be willing to connect with people, even if you are an introvert. I know being an introvert it’s hard to get along with people; but if you have the will, you will always try and one day you will master it.
Discipline; if you’re planning full-time blogging then, having a lot of time to yourself can be distracting, you should have the ability to set goals and achieve them on time. If you don’t learn to discipline yourself then, days, even months will pass by and you won’t even have the first word written on paper or the notepad on your computer.
Can Accept Criticism; when you put something out there to be judged, trust me, you will get all kinds of judgments; few would be cheerful, encouraging but some are gonna be rubbish or even spiteful. In such time, you should know how to combat those trolls. The best way I can suggest is, just to ignore them and focus on your real work.
A True Interest To Help; blogging is no different from any business. Whatever content you create, think of it like your product and your audience as your customer. Now, if your product isn’t helping your customers in any way to solve some problem in their life, then they definitely won’t buy it (in your case, it would be reading your posts, engaging with your content).
Okay, so if you think you’re a blogger material 😉 go ahead and ask yourself the questions below:
What is it that I want to achieve through blogging?
– is it money? is it that you want to stand yourself as an authority in your niche? or is it just your love towards helping others by sharing your knowledge and experiences?
What will I be sharing on the blog?
-is it going to be life lessons from your experiences? is it gonna be reviews about stuff, products or places? or is it gonna be tutorials to teach people how to do things?
Answer the questions honestly.
Before you go ahead it is very important that you know your core purpose behind starting the blog.
Do You Need to Have A Passion to Start A Blog?
I believe passion is an overrated word.
Everyone says, having a passion is a must to run a successful blog. But I don’t quite agree with that.
I believe, as a human, we can achieve anything we want. If we put our mind to something we can definitely get it; of course it will need hard work and dedication. But everything is possible.
Passion = Strong Interest = Awesome Content = Great Result.
I totally agree. Having a strong desire will make it much stress-free to continue as a blogger.
But just for the sake of argument, let’s say you never wrote anything in your entire life and you were given a chance to write a book of just 20 pages, in 20 days, on a topic you never heard of, and let’s hypothetically say there is huge prize money involved.
Now tell me, will you just make some lame excuses and let go of this once in a lifetime opportunity or will you put in the hard work? will you not try to find out information about that topic, study it closely and give your 110% to write the best 20 pages of your life?
I bet you’ll work your ass off and write the best piece of content you ever could.
Getting my point?
All I’m trying to say is you don’t really need to be passionate about something to be good at it you need a grand motive, (more details in Phase 2…).
Coming back to blogging, let’s say you’re very passionate about a niche but what if the topic or niche you are passionate about has no monetary value.
Will you still be writing or creating content around it? You shouldn’t if making money from your blog is the ultimate goal.
So, my suggestion is, rather than thinking about creating a blog around your passion (which is lacking the much needed monetary value), create a blog around a topic that you feel most comfortable with (something you feel you would grow on) and which has the potential to make you money.
Passion is no doubt important. But when it comes to blogging (or anything literally), if you rely too much on your passion then you might never have the success you want.
To be successful with anything in your life you have to have the “Growth Mindset” – You must have to realize that you can improve your skills through practice; be it, writing, be it getting in front of the camera and speaking, be it anything that you can’t imagine doing.
The trick here is – just do it and know that you can improve through practice.
After all, passion can be developed with dedication and hard work (That’s what I truly believe);
To prove my point, I have written one detailed post on this. You can read it here>> Is having a passion a must to run a successful blog?
Phase 2 – Research:
When you are 100% certain that you want to start a blog then the next phase comes in is, Research.
If you don’t do your research right, it could turn out to be a big headache in the long run. So, always be sure to do your research first.
Which Niche Should You Start Your Blog in?
You just don’t want to pick a niche blindly.
Choose the wrong niche and you are already out of the game. You will end up wasting so much of your time for nothing.
Your niche should be a combination of your interest (so-called passion) and should have the much needed monetary value.
Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to figure out the perfect niche for you:
Q1. What is it that I am passionate about?
Like I said, Passion is just an overrated word. So, don’t worry about it too much.
However, if you think I am insane because you already have a passion that you can not wait to wake up every morning to work on it, then just move on to the next question below;
Otherwise, read on…
When I first started, I had no idea what Online marketing is, or what blogging is; in fact, those were some alien words to me.
But when I dug deeper, I realized this is something I can do.
So, I started working on it and now 3 years forward, I am writing a blog on how to start a blog of your own and also claiming I can teach you online marketing (I am not kidding).
So, if you haven’t yet found your passion, then stop looking for it. like they say,
If you’re like most of us, you’ll either switch topics or settle into something as you go. You don’t necessarily need to be passionate about some topic, subject or niche right away.
Instead, I would suggest, be passionate about a goal; which will keep you motivated and strong in your journey. For example, I had this goal, “to become my own boss someday, without having to stick to a fixed time and space”.
Now if you’re wondering what happened to my goal?
Then, this is what happened, “I don’t work for anyone now, I work from anywhere I can bring my laptop with me and anytime I want, I can wake up at my own time, I can go to sleep any time I feel I need it, and when I am not working or sleeping, I sing, dance, play or do whatever makes me happy.”
So, don’t overthink it. Have a clear goal about what you want out of your life and jump right in, time will take you where you need to be.
Besides, it’s just a blog we are talking about here, doesn’t matter whatever it is that stopping you, just give it a try and if you feel like this is not your cup of tea, you can always stop and focus on the other things that matter.
My point is if you don’t take a sip, how will know whether it’s your cup of tea or not?
Having said that, you do have to have a niche to start a blog. Perhaps not something you’re passionate about, but at least it should be something you actually have an interest in.
What you can do is, make a list of the things you like to do and pick something from that (keep the illustration above in mind while making the list) and try to come up with content ideas in that niche.
And when you feel stuck or bored with one thing, leave it and move on to the next thing on your list and just keep on repeating it until you find something that you feel neither stuck nor bored in.
Once you’ve found a niche you’re interested in (even if it’s not a strong one) deliberately practice making content around it every day.
Make it an unbreakable habit, and there you go, you won’t even realize when it became your passion.
— but before starting, be sure that you actually have interest, knowledge, and experience in your niche. Otherwise, you will end up getting frustrated about not being able to create anything around it after a while.
I am not talking about some expert level of knowledge or experience; just the basics to start off.
You can’t teach something which you haven’t tried or experienced yourself. If you do, people would instantly identify that. And you don’t want that if you want to be a successful blogger.
I believe, if you are desperate to achieve your goals then anything you do, you will do it with passion.
Q2. Can this niche make me any “profits”?
If you are like me, who don’t want to stay stuck in a 9-5 fixed-job and still want to make enough money to run his household and pay the bills through blogging, then you will have to make sure that the niche you have chosen actually has that potential.
If the niche you have picked or the niche you are already passionate about is a hot topic, known to make big profits, then you, my friend, is one lucky person.
But if the niche you had decided to blog about is not known to make money then you might end up wasting your time for nothing.
So, make sure that you are investing your time and effort in the right niche.
Here are a few ways to figure out if your niche can make you money:
- Use Google Keyword Planner to find out how often people search for something in your niche.
- Use Google Trends to make sure your niche is in trend for a long time and possibly stay in trend for many more years.
- Find out if there are any affiliate products or programs available in your niche. Clickbank & Amazon are nice places to look for niche affiliate products.
- Do a google search or go to the nearest big library or to the bookstore to find out if there are any books written in your niche. If there’s any, then there’s a strong chance that it is a profitable niche.
- Last but not least, try to find out if any bloggers out there making money in your niche already. Nowadays most bloggers share their income reports, so all you need to do is, find them and read them.
Once you are sure your niche has enough potential to make you millions, if not billions, then move on to the next question or else scroll up to the first question and look into your list once again.
Q3. Am I ready to make the commitment?
Let’s say, you have found the niche that you are passionate about and it has the potential to make good money. Does it mean, now you will start a blog and it will be a big success?
Yes, it may be, only if your goal is just to start a blog.
But if you want to build a strong readership through your writing, help your audience to solve a problem they need help with and want to make enough money to live your dreams, then, there’s one thing you need to have very badly – commitment – to yourself and to your audience.
You have to make sure that you create valuable content and maintain consistency.
If you have made a promise to your audience then keep it no matter what; of course, there could be circumstances beyond your control, so if such time comes just be open to your audience and tell them why you could not keep your promise.
You’ll be surprised to see how understanding they are.
Now, how will you create valuable content?
Of course, your knowledge and experience will come in handy here. If you don’t have enough, then, first find a way to gain some; if needed put a pause in your plan to start a blog.
I had worked in the online marketing industry for more than two years to finally have the confidence to start this blog.
Choosing the right niche is not enough. You will have to keep exploring that niche and the possibilities in it, to come up with new ideas to create content around it.
So, if you believe you are ready to make the commitment, then only jump in, or else take your time and learn as much as you can until you find the confidence.
One warning though: if you wait too long, everyone else might take over the success you wish to have someday.
So, what I would recommend instead is getting in the learning mode by day and at night work on your blog. You can document your learning in the blog.
Remember, at the end of the day you want to write for your readers, not for yourself; so make sure you have given your 100% to it.
Which Platform to Choose for Blogging?
There are many free blogging platforms you can choose from to start a blog in India.
Namely: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, Ghost, Squarespace, Wix, and plenty of others.
With its 60% of the market share (source), WordPress is the most used and most popular CMS (Content Management System) out there; 90% of the successful bloggers use WordPress.
WordPress is no doubt the best platform to go with if you are willing to pay. It will provide ample possibilities to your blog with its more than 54000 free and premium plugins & themes to work with.
My recommendation: if you want to go with the free option then blogger.com or medium.com are the right choices. And if you’re seriously wanting to get into blogging then start a self-hosted WordPress blog (wordpress.org).
Little more about WordPress:
WordPress has two versions, wordpress.com and wordrress.org.
It’s FREE, so obviously you will have fewer features and very little control over the look and feel of your blog. Most importantly wordpress.com doesn’t allow you to put ads on your blog, so, it will limit your income potential drastically.
So, if you’re blogging to make money then wordpress.com is definitely not the choice.
wordpress.org aka self-hosted WordPress (the one I am recommending), on the other hand, is downloadable blogging software that earlier you had to upload to your web hosting account and start blogging.
But to ease your work, nowadays almost all the top hosting providers provide a one-click WordPress installation. So, you won’t have to worry about the technical hustles of uploading and installing WordPress manually.
Should You Go for A Paid Domain & Hosting?
If you think of blogging as a business, then all the businesses on earth need a little bit of investment.
And, even if you decide to start a blog for free, it is still recommended that you buy a domain name for your blog.
Owning a domain name will put you ahead of the many other bloggers that are at your current stage and running their blogs on a free platform.
Moreover, your blog will have a unique identity, and starting from the very first day you can work to create a brand around your blog. That’s the beauty of owning a domain name, it gives you so much control over your brand.
And when it comes to branding, referring your something.com domain to someone is much professional than a something.wordpress.com or something.blospot.com.
On top of that, if you buy a hosting plan (or an email hosting) as well then you can create a personalized email id with your own domain name that says “heck yes, I am professional”.
Furthermore, with a self-hosted blog, you won’t have to show the annoying ads that the free hosting providers put on your website; unless of course if you’re being too generous and want to give them a free stake in your traffic.
When you have a domain name designated to your blog, trust me most readers will take it seriously than the others without one. It gives them a sense of seriousness you exude towards your work.
And by having a web-hosting, you won’t have to compromise with the look and feel of your blog.
Since you will have full access to the backend files of your site hence it gives you the freedom to design it as you imagine.
The best part about WordPress is you don’t have to be a coder; with its more than 54000 plugins, the sky’s the limit. There’s a plugin for literally every single tweak you want to do on your website.
And also, having access to the backend could come pretty handy at times.
I have this habit of testing any new plugin I see on WordPress. And it has happened many times that while testing the plugin I mess up something and it shuts down the whole website, leaving me clueless.
In such situations, I just simply log in to my web-hosting and delete that particular plugin and start over; and most time it solves the issue for me.
Another very important perk of having a self-hosted blog is, it gives you total control over your On-page SEO; which is a big thing in blogging.
So, without any doubt buying a domain name and hosting plan is the best investment you can make right now.
How much does it cost to start a blog in India?
If you’re wondering how much it might cost you to get started with blogging, then here’s a breakdown for you.
As discussed, to start a blog you will need 2 things:
- Domain – it starts from approx INR800.
- Hosting – a good startup hosting plan will cost you between INR2500 – INR6000; depending on the brand.
Note: some companies provide FREE domain with their hosting plans, (eg. Bluehost). Usually, a .com domain name costs between INR700-INR1000.
So, to start a blog in India you’ll need an average budget of INR6000
Pro Tip: buy your domains from Namecheap; it will cost you less in the future.
How to Choose The Perfect Domain Name?
Well, to be honest, you don’t really need to think too much while choosing your domain name. Earlier it was a big deal to choose the right domain name coz that could impact your search engine rankings.
People used to keep the keyword they want to rank for on the search engines as their domain name.
But things have changed now, it really doesn’t matter these days what is your domain name as long as you provide quality content that people love.
If your own name sounds good to be a domain name, look no further just keep it, given that it’s available. That, in fact, could be a nice way to brand yourself.
But in cases like mine, where the name doesn’t fit as a good domain name, you will have to think of a name that sounds cool to the ears, is easy to remember and somehow makes sense with your niche.
So, I looked for a name that is unique, meaningful, catchy and something that would go well with the concept behind my blog.
And after 1 year (why it took so much time? sharing shortly) of thinking and searching, I finally found the perfect name for my blog; it is unique, meaningful and directly reflects what’s inside.
Like I said – I have found the perfect name.
So, now, it’s your turn.
If your name is something cool like Neil Patel, Jon Loomer, Lewis Howes, Michael Hyatt or Zac Johnson, then look no further, just turn your name into your domain name.
Even if your first, middle or last name sounds cool then combine it with a word that is related to your field of work. something like digitaljeet.com.
If you don’t have a cool first, a middle or last name then go creative with a combination of words like “blogging venture” and have a tagline if you like to make it more relevant to your idea.
Few mistakes to avoid while choosing your domain name:
Avoid double meaning domains:
Always keep in mind, you don’t want to use a domain that has double meanings, for example: long back I had a domain themomentshop.com.
How do I read it? – The Moment’s Hop – it’s a blog about the things that are happening around.
How do others read it? – The Moment Shop – it’s an online shop for something.
It’s a complete misinterpretation of the idea I had in mind and the idea others got from the name.
So, don’t make that mistake.
Avoid confusing words as domain:
Just last year only I realized, my domain name is a bit confusing. Not Blogging Venture, I have recently rebranded my blog to that.
I realized that, for a complete stranger, it is very hard to figure out from the domain name alone what could be found inside.
(‘honingbird.com’ that’s the old name of this blog; in case if you’re wondering)
So, if someone is looking for blogging tips and come across honingbird.com, there’s a chance they might not bother clicking on it unless there’s enough information to back it up and to make them realize that this is a blog about blogging.
And to make sure my realization is correct, I ran a survey and many said many things but no one guessed it right – ‘that it’s a blog where you can learn about blogging“.
In fact, a few had said – it is a blog about birds.
That was enough for a clue.
So after 1 year of blogging, I had finally switched my blog’s domain name from honingbird.com to bloggingventure.com
So, it would be wise to get a domain that doesn’t confuse your audience; and also saves you from the hectic process of changing domain names.
Always look for a “.com”:
Here’s a thing to remember; always, always go for a “.com “. If it is not available, my suggestion is to look for another domain name.
Because people don’t usually remember the TLDs (Top Level Domain – it’s the part after the dot in your domain name. eg., .com, .in, .us, .net)
Most people will remember the blog name or brand name. So, when they actually want to check out your blog or site, they will most likely type in .com after your blog name; coz that’s the most common TLD.
This means if there’s already a blog or site available with that same name but with a “.com” then, you can easily lose some direct traffic.
One more reason why you should always own a “.com” – if you’re targeting let’s say, just India or the US then having a .in or .us respectively is not a bad idea; but if your content is not limited to just one particular region and in the coming days, if you want to scale out to the globe then, having a .com is a must for a good SEO
More so, there’s a possibility, your blog or brand will grow big and you decide to buy a .com, but you find out that someone took advantage of your negligence and bought your .com domain already and now asking you to pay an amount of 10, maybe 100 times higher than the original.
So, it’s better to have a “.com” upfront than regret later.
Where to Buy Your Domain Name and Web-Hosting?
My favourite place to buy domains is Namecheap.com.
Although, if you like you can also try godaddy.com, bigrock.com or google domains as well.
For hosting, there are many options to chose from – A2Hosting, Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, InMotion, GreenGeeks, Namecheap, WPengine, Hostinger and there’s many more.
If you Google for the best hosting provider you will get so many mixed reviews. Some would put A2Hosting above Bluehost or InMotion above Hostgator.
So it’s very confusing. That is why I had decided to try each one and find out for myself which one is best for me.
So far, I have used Hostgator, Bluehost, Godaddy, Siteground, and recently have moved to A2hosting as I have read many positive reviews about it.
Although I don’t recommend Siteground anymore for a newbie, since their pricing has increased by a lot. Also, Siteground has stopped serving in India.
They are comparatively cheap, have less downtime, enough speed to start off, good performance and customer supports are also very good.
Another alternative is Namecheap. They have slowly grown in the market. The only reason I don’t personally recommend this hosting to the bloggers in India coz, Namecheap doesn’t have servers in Asia as of now, and that could impact your site speed.
But many have said that, with their unparalleled levels of service, security, support, and competitive pricing, Namecheap definitely qualifies to be a good choice for a newbie. So, you can give it a try.
However, on the second thought, if you could increase your budget just a little bit more, I would recommend you to go with A2Hosting. or Bluehost. Their transparent pricing, hosting speed and outstanding customer support, is worth the extra bucks.
And I can vouch for them since I have used their services myself. Currently using A2Hosting.
You can read the review of A2Hosting if you want.
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You can also read my review of Bluehost WordPress Hosting. In case you want to know about Bluehost as well.
Once you are done researching, it’s time to take action.
Phase 3 – Action:
Like they say,
Without taking action you are not gonna get anywhere in life, let alone starting a blog.
So, instead of wasting time reading too many articles on how to start a blog, just start a blog. And if you still have doubts then try the free options available like Blogger or medium.com before you invest any money.
Here’s a guide to starting a free blog
And here’s one suggestion: if you are serious about blogging then take action today.
Find the perfect domain name and buy it
We have already talked about how to pick the right domain name. So, we won’t go through that once again.
However, if you’re having a tough time figuring out the perfect domain name for your blog then here’s something to help you out.
Go to LeanDomainSearch.
Type in a keyword you would like to have in your domain name.
And the site will present you with a huge list of domain names that you can choose from or use your creativity to tweak them a bit to make it even more personal.
Now once you’ve decided on your domain name, head over to namecheap.com and search for your domain name and if it’s available, buy it. Don’t overthink it.
Once you’ve added your domain to the cart, you’ll have to fill out your billing details and you can buy it by using your debit card, credit card or net banking.
Buy a hosting plan
You can go with any of the hosting providers that I’ve mentioned above. You can also check out the Best Hosting for bloggers in India
But, if you are too confused about which one to go with, trust me and go with A2Hosting (the one I am using) – you’ll not regret it.
And if you need a second recommendation, go with Bluehost.
All the hosting plans from the above-mentioned hosting providers come with a minimum of a 30-days money-back guarantee. This means you can use it for 30 days and if you don’t like it, you can ask for your money back within 30 days, no questions asked.
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Next action steps, once you have purchased your hosting:
Set up your blog
Click-click-click, done; you can get your blog up and running within a few minutes.
But I believe that is not the right way to do it. Don’t rush into it. Take your time. Take hours, if required.
If needed take the whole day to set it up, even the whole week, but don’t just follow whatever I am telling you to do, understand what you’re doing.
It’s like you’re about to get into a new relationship, so just like any relationship, know it inside and out. That will come in handy in the long run.
Of course, it’s gonna take time. But if it’s important to you then what’s the rush?
Take your time to understand what you’re doing, that doesn’t mean you get too technical with it and screw your head up.
I mean if in the future, you come across some minor bugs with the blog you will have a broader scope of understanding to troubleshoot the problem, instead of being dependent on someone else altogether.
Follow the step by step guide to Install your WordPress Blog on Hostgator or Godaddy.
And if you are on Siteground, here’s a brief video,
Put content on your blog
Here comes the big task. Your blog’s success depends on it.
Writing articles or posts consistently is the only way to keep your blog alive. You gotta keep creating awesome content that keeps drawing people back to your blog.
Doesn’t matter which niche you are in, if you don’t create compelling, useful content on regular basis, you’re not just gonna lose your readers but also your rank will drop in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page).
That’s why it is very important that you keep up with your blogging groove.
When I say consistency, I don’t mean you have to write 4, 5 posts a day or a week or a month. If you can write that’s great.
But if you find it tough to keep up with the rhythm for whatever reason, just make sure you don’t stop altogether.
1 or 2 posts a month is also good if you could bring in immense value with it.
I know people who wrote only 30 posts in 18 months and still making more than 2 lakhs a month.
So, it’s not always the quantity, it’s the quality that matters.
Now, what if you have never written anything in your life. How are you gonna manage that?
– two ways I can think of, either you start to write and write and write until you become a pro in it, or just hire someone to write for you. Even better make a combination of both.
The second option is only applicable if you want to start multiple blogs, otherwise, I highly recommend the first option – learn to write yourself.
Here is a pro tip: when you’re writing, think of your readers as just one person. In fact, think of him/her as your friend and write as if you’re writing to one.
Here are 2 resources to help you write:
And if (for whatever reason) you decide to hire someone, here are a few places to look for writers – WriterAccess, AllIndieWriters, Upwork, SEOClerk and you can also try some relevant Facebook groups.
Promote your blog
Once you have a few awesome articles written on your blog, now it’s time to promote.
Because great content alone is not going to make your blog successful, it’s gonna need the other most important element; Yes, you guessed it right, an audience, otherwise there’s no point.
When it comes to promoting your blog, do not put all your eggs in one basket. Get onto every possible platform you could think of where your readers might hang out.
Like they say, “Be where your customers are”.
Get on Reddit, Quora, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Telegram. Share on other platforms like Medium, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Slideshare.
Do SEO, run ads, create backlinks, write for other bloggers. Reach out to them, request them to share your story with their audience. Some would share some won’t. But you just can’t leave any stones unturned.
Make short-term goals, and stick to them until you achieve them. Work on one platform at a time and keep your focus sharp. Don’t move to another one until you’re done with the first one.
A successful blog might take months to go wild or years. The best you can do is don’t give up when you see no results initially, that’s normal; just keep on giving your best.
Here are a few guides to help you gain some organic traffic:
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When it comes to making money from Blogging it is not different from any business. And you should not treat it otherwise.
Like a business, you should not just blindly jump into blogging. First, you should have an understanding of the product or service you’re about to offer.
And in your case, that would be the blog itself.
So, pick your niche smartly and be sure you’re targeting the right audience.
Again, think of your audience as one person.
Now, think of his age, his likes, dislikes, his occupation, his daily activities, and if you’re going to sell something then you should definitely target people who can make their own decisions.
If you target the 14 years old, then there’s very little chance of making any sales at all. Same way, if you’re selling men’s products then targeting women won’t benefit you much.
Here are the basic ways one can make money from a blog:
- Running PPC Ads (eg., Google Adsense)
- Affiliate Marketing (eg. Amazon Affiliates)
- Sell Ad Space
- Sponsored Product Reviews.
- Creating Your Own Products (eg., Courses, eBooks, etc.)
Read the detailed post about 15 different ways to make money blogging.
Over to You
At times blogging can be overwhelming. But if you keep your head up and keep your goals straight you can surely succeed at it. And if you ever feel like giving up just remind yourself, why you even started this journey in the first place.
I have already said and suggested enough.
Lastly, I will just leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Steve Jobs –
“…if you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time”
It takes a lot of time for “a blog” to become “a successful blog”.
So, have patience and never give up on what you’ve started.
Besides, if you want to see how it ends you gotta have to start someday. Why not today?
Just have faith and make your 2021 the best year ever.
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