Ready to start your blog? Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. In this article we will look at 10 things I wish I knew before starting a blog.
This list is made up of some of the areas I struggled in starting my first blog.
My reader-by making you aware of these important areas you will certainly be able to have a successful first blog experience.
If you have been thinking lately about blogging and haven’t made the move now is the time. Let me share some information with you about blogging.
According to internetlivestats.com there are over 1.5 billion websites worldwide. That number continues to climb on a daily basis.
Even though there is already tons of websites in existence, you can still start your very own website and have success.
Getting started today and reaching a large audience is possible, however it will take preparation, planning, and consistent hard work.
Becoming a successful blogger is a mix of a few key ingredients. One of the most important I would say is your ability to consistently produce new content for your readers.
The idea behind blogging is to attract an audience and keep that audience engaged.
If you are inconsistent with posting new content you will find it hard to keep your readers coming back to your website.
In time you will establish yourself as dependable source that your visitors will appreciate.
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog
So that you hit the ground running we will look at some serious questions and determine if blogging is really something your ready to do.
From my perspective I say go for it! There are a number of personal benefits I have discovered as a blogger.
Among some of the benefits would be a chance to help people using your expertise, and talents.
Jumping into the world of blogging is a great way to express yourself being as creative and engaging as possible. So are you ready to get in the game?
Let’s get it!
1. Before Starting A Blog Ask Your “Why” Why Start A Blog
If you have been thinking about starting a blog for sometime you may have some idea of what your looking to establish with your blog, however it would be advisable to get specific on a few things so that your path is clear and straight forward.
As an example if you are blogging to create an audience or readership what exactly do you want to offer your audience.
In return what type of participation would you want form your readers?
If you have a business or a website and would like to began promoting your products for more awareness, what would be the best methods?
Maybe you want a space to be creative and express your thoughts? There are certainly many reasons for starting a blog, and here you want to be crystal clear when starting out.
2. What Type Of Blog To Create
You will also want to determine what type of blog would best suit your needs? There are various blog platforms available to start a blog that are not all equal in the services they offer.
You can use a free website builder platform that will get your site up and running, however you may find it limiting when it comes to growing your traffic and scaling up.
Determining the best blog type will be important upfront to ensure you get started on the right platform.
How you define yourself as a blogger will be dependent on your “niche”. What is your topic?
What will you be writing about? The answer to these questions will tell you exactly what type of blogger you will be.
For some ideas on what type of blogger you will be, checkout this list of different types of blogs here.
3. Stand Alone Blog or Adding A Blog To A Website
This will be straight forward but if you are will be blogging as a hobby, or blogging to create a business you will have a separate blog.
If you have a business in place with a website, or you are currently selling products, and services you should consider adding a blog section to your website and use it to promote your brand.
A great way to bring awareness to your brand, or product is by blogging about it.
4. 10 things I wish I knew before starting a blog–Your Brand-Look and Feel
Whats your brand? The look of my website was an area that I struggled with. I would find other websites to take inspiration from but found it hard to create my unique look.
When designing your website you want it to be visually stunning. Consider a design that is easy on the eye and attractive.
Whenever I come to a site that looks busy or cluttered with information I click away and find something else.
When coming up with your brand look consider a proffesional agency to assist you.
There are many to choose from but Fiverr is one platform you can find great creators without spending large amounts of money.
5. Your Niche Specialty
What will you write about? As a blogger you will no doubt here the phrase “whats your niche”?
Depending on what type of writer you are you will want to come up with a specific niche and go a step further and be specific within that niche.
What do i mean by being specific? In your chosen niche you may want to consider becoming an expert on one or two aspects of your niche.
There is always room for a new look, or a fresh perspective on an already written about subject. Remember there is much competition in the blogging world.
You want to stand out-having a new way to look at already discussed topics will help you to attract an audience.
6. Consistency Is The Key To Growth
When it comes to the 10 things I wish I knew before starting a blog, I had no understanding of when to post, and how many times to post new articles.
How often will you post new content? This subject will always be subjective.
You as a writer will have to determine a schedule for releasing your content.
Related Reading: How To Create A Blogging Schedule
If you plan to post new articles one time per week, or two times per week, find a schedule that works for you and stay consistent.
If you have the greatest content in the world but don’t post with consistency you won’t build up an audience.
You must give your readers the confidence that you will be there for them and deliver on a regular basis.
7. Your Writing Voice
Finding your voice is an important part of having a blog. As a writer you need to establish your self with your audience so that they are attracted to your writing, and feel confident in what you produce.
Having an audience that believe’s in you and even looks forward to learning from you is a goal to strive for. How will you discover your writing voice?
I believe writing a blog is like having a conversation with a friend. Your usually informal in your conversations with friends and you connect on a human level.
When talking with friends your more enthusiastic or into the conversation, using this approach to your writing will be important when it comes to connecting with your audience.
People will connect with you when they see authenticity. I’m not a journalist but as far as my writing I like to be factual and keep things simple and plain.
Related Reading: Easy Tips To Writing Blog Posts
I don’t worry to much about what group of people may or may not agree with how I say something. My goal is always to be upfront and sincere as I present my content.
In the age we live in there are so many other choices readers have and for someone to take time to read any of my work I am humbled and great-full for their time.
Interacting with readers is the best way to build your audience. When you see comments on your posts make sure to reply genuinely and make the reader feel your passion.
Social media is a great way to build your audience outside of your blog because you are able to get into short but meaningful discussions with your followers and further establish yourself in the online world.
8. Your Writing Team
When I started my first website I had no idea about the concept of hiring someone to write for your website. This may be an idea you will want to consider when setting up your blog.
This will be a huge time saver and allow you to be productive if other areas. The main thing to determine is your budget. How much will this outsourcing cost you?
You will also want to be clear with an outside writer about your message. Having a good relationship with your outside writer will insure your vision is communicated to your readers.
9. Get Social To Promote Your Blog
Starting my first blog I knew nothing at all about SEO, SERP’s, or had any clue as to how Google identified blog posts to show in search results.
As I started to learn about SEO and what it takes to be successful on Google, I decided to look into other ways to promote my content.
While waiting for Google to pick up your articles, how else do you build traffic?
As a blogger you want make sure your content is found and read by your audience.
Start posting your blog URL on all your social media platforms, your emails, and even on your business cards.
Most bloggers spend lots of time on the look and feel of their website, and rightfully so, but don’t realize the amount of time required in promoting.
How my website looked was very important to me but I quickly learned no matter how nice or stylish my website was, nobody new who I was.
I had no online presence and that became a major factor in my overall strategy.
How will I get the word out?
How will I attract readers to my unknown, little startup website?
These are questions you will need to ask your self before launching your blog. You will need the best marketing strategies to have a chance at getting your website noticed.
Get ready for the real work-in the beginning marketing and promoting can be an all the time thing.
Get on a schedule, this will help so that you can be effective with the time your putting into your promoting efforts.
You may find yourself overwhelmed at times but it will be super important to stay consistent and promote, promote, promote!
10. Know Your Numbers
Track your website traffic to determine your most effective strategies. You can use Google Analytics and monitor your sites daily, weekly, and monthly traffic.
You can find what part of the world your audience is, and even identify your most popular blog posts with your audience.
Google analytics is a free tool that’s perfect for tracking all aspects of your website.
Related Reading: How To Install Google Analytics on Your Website
Related Reading: Understanding Google Analytics Metrics
Now over to you
I’m curious-for those of you with a blog what would you add to our list of 10 things I wish I knew before starting a blog? Join the conversation leave comments below.
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