The blogosphere may seem full already, but there are tons of people who have yet to start a blog. They’ve been putting it off for so long now that they probably feel like it’s too late.
But my motto is this: as long as you’re breathing it’s never too late.
The start of a New Year is a great time to set some blogging goals along with those weight loss resolutions – if you’re creative you could combine the two and share your weight loss journey on your blog – how’s that for accountability?
Perhaps you’ve been putting off starting a blog because you believe that the market is saturated; that there’s no room for you. But I tell you, it doesn’t matter how many blogs are floating around out there.
There may even be tons of bloggers in your area blogging about the same thing, but so what – you might be the one who can do it better. And you’ll never know until you give it a try.
So what are you waiting for?
Oh yeah, I promised tips for getting started – here they are:
1. Choose and Register a Domain Name
Brainstorm and collaborate with others to come up with a great title. Now, as much as you may be tempted to get creative – now is not the time to be clever. Your domain name and blog title should be clearly related to your niche. Search engines don’t have time to figure out riddles – a clever name could cost you search engine traffic in the long run.
Once you’ve decided on a title and domain name, conduct a search to check its availability. You can do that when you’re ready to move on to this next step:
2. Secure Webhosting
Squashhost.com will let you conduct a domain name availability search before you purchase a hosting plan. You can register a domain name for free if you go with one of their plans. I don’t know how long this offer will last, but it’s a good one while it does.
3. Install WordPress
I realize this part may read easier than it actually may seem to a newbie, but honestly, installing WordPress literally takes minutes – it’s the customizations that take up all the time. If you need a step by step guide, go ahead and download the free “Step by Step Guide to a Better Blog” – find out how to access your free copy by checking the sidebar.
4. Choose and Install a Theme
Again, this is one of those things that takes minutes to install, but hours or even days to decide on what you really want. To save time, I highly recommend choosing a premium template that you can customize to make your own. If you’re not ready to pay premium prices, download a free one if you must.
5. Build Your Content
A blog without content is not a blog – decide on how often you will post and start generating some blog posts. If you’re going to post once a week, write up a month’s worth of posts ahead of time. If you’re going to post daily, write up at least four days worth in one sitting if you can. You can then edit your posts in WordPress and schedule them to publish on specific dates and times.
6. Add Your Pages
If you’re not sure about the difference between a blog post and a blog page, please take a moment to conduct some quick research – otherwise you may run the risk of having tons of content in the wrong places and could end up with a menu bar full of stuff that doesn’t belong there – believe me, I’ve seen it. Anyway, you’ll want to make sure you create an About Page, a Contact Page, and an Advertise Page (if applicable) – place links to all of these in your menu bar.
7. Join and Promote on Social Networks
I can’t imagine that there are still people who haven’t joined at least the two major social networks (Facebook and Twitter) but I’ve learned to never assume anything. So if you haven’t already done so, go ahead and set up accounts on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, and any others you think will apply to your niche.
As you gain followers and begin interacting with others, you can then start posting links to your content as you update your blog. Don’t be spammy with it – remember that socializing online is just like socializing in person – you wouldn’t just walk up to a person and tell them to buy your book without first introducing yourself and striking up a conversation, right? So get out there, introduce yourself and strike up some conversations and then when the moment is right – go ahead and mention your blog.
These are a few tips to quickly get you started, but obviously, there’s so much to blogging that can’t be included in one post. If you need additional help, you might want to get a copy of my 10 Week Gameplan for a Top 100K Blog – you can find more information about the book in the sidebar.