Everything You Need to Start a Blog
With a new year comes the desire to try new things. Maybe you have been tossing around the idea of starting a blog for a while or perhaps this is the first time you are mulling it over. Either way, I will share everything you need to start a blog.
Anyone can start and grow a successful blog.
Especially when they have an idea of what they are getting into and everything they need to start a blog.
I’m not going to cover the obvious things like a computer; if you are reading this you already at least have access to one.
So what do you need?
You Need the Right Mindset to Start a Blog
What is the right blogging mindset?
Well, for starters, blogging is not an excellent get-rich-quick plan. So if that’s what you’re thinking, scrap that idea right now.
If you want to build a successful blog, be prepared to work hard and consistently.
You have to put in the time if you want to see blogging success.
There is a lot to learn.
And once you learn that, there will be more.
You will face many challenges.
Leave the negativity and excuses at the door. There is no room for this in blogging.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Be open to change and personal growth.
Does this sound scary?
Do it anyway.
It isn’t my intention to scare you off of starting your blog, but your chances of success will be better if you know what you’re up against going in.
Consider hiring a mentor if you are serious about blogging but clueless about where to start (like I was).
Having a positive mindset, facing fears and personal growth requires constant work and practice. You should follow people who practice daily such as Ryan Biddulph or me.
If you have read this far, know that the most challenging part is out of the way.
The biggest roadblock to blogging success is you.
The next thing you need to do is somewhat easier to figure out.
You Need a Blogging Niche
A niche is just a specific area of focus that you will build your blog around.
In the world of blogging, the possibilities are endless.
- Anthony Gaenzle-branding and marketing
- Mudassir Ahmed-building a profitable blog
- Henneke-writing advice
- Meera Kothand-email marketing
And you have:
- lifestyle blogs
- blogs about pets
- blogs about kids,
- marriage blogs
- divorce blogs
- food blogs
As you see, the possibilities are endless.
That said, there are a few things to consider such as what your interests are.
You will get bored writing about something that you have no interest in all the time.
Writing willy nilly about multiple topics will also make it hard to keep audiences engaged.
Suppose your blog is about turtles, blog about turtles. I love turtles, but I don’t want to see posts on your blog about outer space. I have no interest in outer space.I don't want to see posts about outer space on your turtle #blog. Keep readers engaged. Stick to topics related to your niche. Everything You Need To Start A Blog Click To Tweet
Once you have chosen the right mindset and a blogging niche, you absolutely must follow through with the next step.
Purchase a Domain and Hosting to Start a Blog
If you put in the time, hard work, blood, sweat, and tears to build a successful blog, own that thing, dammit!
To be clear, there should be no blood involved in building a blog and the only time you should be sweating is if it is sweltering outside or you are rearranging your office.
Hosting a blog on a third-party site is asking for trouble.
You could lose all that work in the blink of an eye.
You see, a third-party hosting site can pull your blog without warning or reason.
There is nothing you can do about it.
So, pay for your domain and hosting.
Make sure you back up your site regularly.
And enjoy the peace of mind knowing you have secured your little piece of online real estate.
That’s Everything You Need to Start a Blog
That is everything you need to start a blog.
Of course, it doesn’t end here, but if you wanted to write and publish your first blog post today, you could do it with everything I mention here.
Install and set up WordPress first.
It might not be the prettiest blog post you publish, so join me back here next week to discover fun tools that will take your blog to the next level.
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Is there anything you would add to the list or could you publish a blog post with only the things I have mentioned above?