Is starting a successful blog one of your goals for 2019? If you’re looking to get your thoughts out onto the web, gain advertisers, or just share your content with friends and family, it’s easier now than ever before. To create a blog that gets attention, you’ll need to research your market audience, create content, and utilize all the tools designed to help you thrive. Let’s take a look at how to get that done.
1) Create a Domain Name
A great blog and domain name is key to conveying a message and catching the eye. Think about who your target audience is and what type of content you’re creating. Brainstorm a list of 10-20 names that aren’t already registered and begin to cross off your least favorite until you only have a few left. Choose the most unique, memorable, and simple domain name left.
2) Choose a Host
If you want your blog to be taken seriously, and especially if you want to potentially turn a profit, you’ll need a .com or .org web address. The consensus best blogging platform is WordPress, and many web hosts offer automatic installation and help using its services. The hosts most compatible with WordPress include Siteground, Bluehost, and HostGator. Research each service and figure out which works best for your needs.
3) Brainstorm Content Ideas
Now that you’re learning how to use WordPress, you can start thinking about what type of content you want to create. There are plenty of blogs that deal with strictly one expansive topic, such as raising children, while others have subsections for lifestyle, cooking, family, and more.
If you want to start a blog about how to decorate luxury apartments, you will need to research on how top interior designers do it. If you want to write about Thai cuisine cooking ideas, reading about and interviewing successful Thai cooking experts will help a lot. Bottom line, the internet is a vast entity, and no one topic is king. There’s room for everyone on the road to success.
4) Get the Word Out
So now that you’ve got your website up and you’re creating content, you’ve got to drive visitors to your blog. Aside from making sure that you’re putting out the best possible content (longer, more detailed, and better written than your competition), make sure to get the word out on social media.
You can also contact other blogs within your niche that are seeking guest posts. By posting guest posts under your blog name, you can bring in readers who find value in your content.