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How to Start a Successful Blog

October 17, 2019
Posted in Blog
October 17, 2019 Tyler Nalbach

How to Start a Successful Blog

Blog name/domain name

Before starting up your blog, you need to first determine what type of blog you want to have. If you are reading this article, then you probably already have an idea of what you want to write about. The type of blog you want to start is dependent on your interest, and what your goal is.

The next thing you need to do is come up with a blog name and domain name. If you are lucky, these might be able to be the same thing. If the domain name you are looking for is already taken, then you might need to come up with an alternative domain name.

Choosing your domain name and hosting often go together. I use Bluehost for my website, and it worked out well because I was able to get my domain name right through Bluehost. Another nice thing about that is that I was able to get a free “Secure” connection through them. This is referring to HTTPS instead of HTTP. This makes your website more trustworthy and do better in the search results.

Creating your website

Setting up your website can be an intimidating part of starting up your blog. It seems like it is going to take a lot of work and if you are anything like me, you won’t know where to start. It can be easy to spend your entire time planning, but try to come with a general plan and then put it into action. It’s easy to get caught up in planning, and then never actually start.

Adding a blog to your current website is an easy thing to do, but if you want your entire website to be a blog, you may need to redesign your website.

Here are some design features to take into consideration before redesigning your website.

Blog plugins

If you decide to build your website with WordPress, I would recommend installing a blog plugin for your site. Installing a plugin can help your blog look more professional and appealing to your audience. When I started my website, my blog page didn’t look good. I had no idea how these other websites had such professional looking blogs until I discovered Blog Designer Pro.

I tried using different visual composers before I realized it was a blog plugin I needed. Blog Designer Pro allows you to select a layout for your main blog page, but then you can also design what your individual blog posts look like as well. There are many templates to choose from, so you will be able to customize these layouts to look exactly how you want it to. Using a blog design plugin will be sure to help you start a successful blog.

Determine topics

Coming up with topics to write about can be a daunting task because you don’t always know where to start. As soon as you get your site set up and have a blog plugin in place, I would recommend coming up with a list of topics right away. This will allow you to have a plan right away and avoid constantly thinking about what you are going to write about next.

If you are starting a blog, one of your goals is likely to get your blog seen by many people. For this reason alone, you should try to find topics with a high search volume. You can do this by coming up with some topic ideas and then searching them in Google’s Keyword Planner. This will show you some important aspects of your topic idea.

Some important information Google’s Keyword Planner can show you is how much competition there is for that topic, how many people are searching for that topic, and how much advertisers are paying for each click to their website from that search term. This information is all beneficial for you in deciding which topics you should write about. It is a good place to evaluate your topics and determine which ones will help your blog perform well.

Before even starting to write your blog posts, I would build a list out so that you have about 10-20 topics to start writing about. This will avoid the need to write a blog post, and then have to go back and determine which topic you want to write about next.

Write content

As far as actually writing the content, I don’t have many tips on the actual writing part, but there are some strategies that you can take advantage of. If you are taking your blogging seriously, you will want to come up with some sort of content calendar or schedule. To start a successful blog, you will need to be sure to post more than twice per year.

You could go a few different routes with this. You could either write a bunch of posts and schedule them out. This will allow you to have a schedule for your content so that you will not fall behind on your posts. The other option is to determine how frequently you want to post and then make sure you are completing posts in order to have them posted in time. I would recommend using the first strategy because this ensures you are always on top of your posts and will not fall behind.

Promote content

The next step in this process is to promote your content. There is no sense in writing content that nobody will see. Many bloggers have succeeded in promoting their content on social media and using SEO to grow their following. In order to keep this post short, I won’t go too in-depth about SEO, but it would be a good idea to learn the basics to improve your online presence.

Creating a process

The hardest about creating a successful blog is being consistent with it. The best thing you can do to be consistent and successful is to create a process. You can create a process with Trello to keep yourself organized and consistent with your blog.

There are so many ways you can use Trello to keep yourself on track when it comes to blogging. Whether it is keeping track of which posts are scheduled, or which posts you still have to write, it help you organize your blog and help you maintain progress.

Conclusion

I wanted to give this information because I learned a lot during the process of setting up my own website and blog. The biggest tip I can give you is to not get too hung up on the planning, and just start putting your site together. Once your site is set up, create a content schedule and start writing your blog posts. After your posts are published, be sure to promote your posts. Once you have this down, the best thing you can do is to create a process to be more efficient and consistent.