Blogging is an act of publishing content to the world. Creating a new blog is easy and you can even be making your living with your blog.
Yes, thousands of people make living through their blog.
Blogging is all about sharing your expertise, sharing is always good when you share your expertise you are started improving your skills and making others to learn the skills you acquire over the years. This article “Step-by-step guide to blogging” will help you create a successful blog.
Blogging is all about opening your knowledge doors to others, so open your knowledge doors for others This blogging activity will enhance your skill and your audience. Blogging is really fun and challenging.
There are some simple standard steps you have to follow in order to achieve a successful blogging career.
- Identify your niche
- Start a blog
- Content strategies
- Optimize your blog
- Sharing is great
- Be a writer and help others
1. Identify your niche
Identify one topic where you want to love spending time reading, writing and analyzing to have a lot of fun. This is the most important part of your blogging career where you choose a topic which makes you happy and it helps your audience and even it may make a living for you.
Before you choose a niche, you have to ask yourself some simple questions such as,
- Is this something (niche) which I worked earlier in my career?
- Is this something (niche) really makes me happy?
- Is this something (niche) really helpful for others?
- Is this something (niche) which will improve my skills?
- Is this something (niche) which have a scope for making money?
I suggest you must have only one common objective for your blog. You should write articles relevant to the common objective. This approach will really help you to understand more about your niche and eventually helps writing quality content for your audience.
Search engines like Google display your blog on their first page of search results based on numerous factors, Quality of your content plays a major role in getting rank in search engines, the more quality content you produce the more people will visit your blog.
2. Start a blog
When you plan to start your blog, there are so many options available for you such as
But, choosing the right blogging platform is all about your requirement and budget. You need to choose free options first if you are planning to learn to blog. Start with free and move to a dedicated domain.
My personal choice is always to go with Blogger or WordPress because these platforms are very easy to start with. You do not need to worry about installing plugins, installing themes, search engine optimization. Blogger and WordPress take care of all of the important tasks for you.
You need to concentrate on creating valuable content in your niche.
“Content is King” – when comes to content creation, you have to write articles solely for your audience, not for any crawling bot which crawl your website. All your primary preference must go towards your audience.
According to me below are the primary steps you have to follow when you start creating content,
- Identify a problem
- Choosing Problem domain
- Engaging content
- HTML tags
- Split your content
- Do not copy
- Make your article big
- Keep it super simple
Identify a problem: Identify a problem is a little tricky task because you are supposed to understand what is your audience is struggling with and at the same time you have to understand your scope in solving the particular problem. People struggling with so many problems like “taking care of the dog”, “solving highly complex computer problems”.
Choosing Problem domain: Choosing problem domain is completely related to your ability to solve the problem in the chosen domain. Even if you do not have any knowledge of the problem domain, still you can learn by constant practice on daily basis, this will keep you a consistent learner and stay updated in your niche.
Engaging Content: You have to write engaging content for your audience, add images, infographics, videos, links and presentation in your content, this will improve the quality of your content.
HTML tags: Add H1, H2 HTML heading tags in your content, when you have H1, H2 tags in your content, it makes the process of reading much easier and your audience can grasp the content easier.
Split your content: You have to split your content into several sub-topic so that you can explain each topic with a couple of paragraphs.
Do not copy: Do not copy content from other’s website, search engines like google hate the duplicate content.Copycats will be punished by search engines. Instead, you have to create a better version of the same topic with your writing style.
Make your article big: Always try to write the content of length 2000 words or more because search engines like Google love long and engaging content. Long content boosts your blog visibility in search engine.
Keep it super simple: You have to write content that is easy to read, easy to scan. Your audience need not read every single word of your blog. You have to write content that is easy to understand and it should be useful in nature. You need not include luxurious words to showcase your vocabulary, Keep your language as simple as possible so that your audience will follow easily.
4.Optimize your blog
Optimizing your website/blog plays a vital role in getting displayed at the top of search engine listings and you can able to provide a great experience for your users.
You should build a website or blog that should load not more than 3-4 seconds. You should follow certain basic steps to make your website load faster.
- Images – Tips and Tricks
- Video – Tips and Tricks
- Clean markup
- Use Minify
- Content Delivery Network
1.Images – Tips and Tricks
“Too much of anything is good for nothing “. You should not add too many images to your content until it really needs it badly. Every single byte counts the loading time of your blog. Resizing your image based on need will greatly increase the load time of your blog.
2.Video – Tips and Tricks
Do not upload videos directly to your website instead upload the video into youtube channels and embed the videos in your blog.
3.Clean markup – Developer stuff
Adding clean markup plays a very important role in reducing the rendering time of your blog. You do not need to worry about this much if you do not have any idea about HTML markup.
4.Use Minify – Developer stuff
You have to minify your scripts and styles so that you can reduce the network traffic of data and enhance the performance of your blog.
5.Content Delivery Network – Developer stuff
Implementing Content delivery network can significantly enhance the performance of your website. Content Delivery Networks (CDN) cache the static contents in servers located in different regions of the globe. Some of your static contents like scripts/styles/images will be served to your users from the nearest CDN node servers.
5.Sharing is great
Do not hesitate to include social sharing options on your website, People will never hesitate to share your content if they like your content. Social sharing will bring you additional audience to your blog.
Once you published your article on your blog, immediately share the same in facebook, twitter, google plus. This will add your link to a trusted website and these links are actually backlinks.
6.Be a writer and help others
Being a writer is a pride and fun for me. I love reading and writing and I am absolutely in love with creating content that will help others. I will do even no one pays me for that. So how you can become a writer? And here is the answer
- Read daily
- Write daily
- Set writing goals
1. Read daily
You have to read as much as you can every day. especially follow the people who are doing really great work in your niche on the internet.
2. Write daily
Writing is not easy and not difficult as well if you want to be a writer you must to write daily. Practice makes the man perfect, there are no other tricks involved being a good writer. You will suck at writing initially, one day you will be good at writing. Keep focused on daily writing.
3.Set writing goals
Is that really possible to write daily? Yes, it is absolutely possible only when you set daily writing goals, no matter whatever happens your life. You have to write your goal. “I used to write at least one page a day”, so set goals based on your available time and what you want to achieve in writing.
Here are some advice from me, you can feel the difference in life if you start following the three or some of the simple basic steps
- Be approachable to your audience – Talk to them via comments, social media, emails
- Be helpful to your audience – Your audience can bring a new idea which you never thought about it earlier. Help them with your expertise.
- Stay active and stay current – You have to be active on your blog and you have update yourself in your niche. This will makes confident in solving users problems.