Choose a niche
Deciding on what topic you want to write about is the first step in starting your blog. Writing down what comes to mind is not a smart strategy if you want to be successful. A blog is successful for a reason: it helpshelp people solve their everyday problems. It can range from how to lose weight, tips for creating home decor accessories, to the best ways to make money on the internet.
Don’t try to be very original, especially when you are starting out as a blogger. You also shouldn’t be stuck in the idea of not being good enough at whatever topic you want to choose. As long as you can create useful, well-researched content, you don’t need to be an expert. From most successful blog themes currently: health & fitness, travel, lifestyle, personal finance, cooking, DIY, fashion & beauty, and parenting.
Choose a domain name and host the blog
Once you have a topic, it’s time to choose your blog name, as well as the right web host.
How to choose your domain name?
A good domain name for a blog should be descriptive so that potential readers can instantly know what it is just from the URL. If you want to cover a specific topic in your blog, you can include it in the domain name so that people can easily find your site. Do not be not too vague or stuck on a single word. You can use other variations. For example, if you have chosen cooking as your theme, you can include the terms “recipes”, “food”, “healthy eating” and more in your blog domain name. After choosing the name, you should now choose the extension. The most widely used extension is .com, but .net or .org also work. Then you need to check the availability of the domain name you have chosen.
How to choose your host?
Now that you have a domain name, you need to upload your blog. This requires the choice of efficient web hosting and a CMS (content management system). Typically, hosting and blogging software are provided together by the host. Know that the success of your blog largely depends on the choice of hosting and CMS. Without efficient web hosting, you will not be able to provide your visitors with comfortable, ergonomic and safe browsing. Remember that the quality of your blog has an impact on its positioning in search engines including Google. Your blog should make visitors want to stay there because of the quality and relevance of its content, its design, and the ease of finding information. Otherwise, the blog’s bounce rate will be high and the blog will simply not be able to benefit from a favorable ranking by Google.
Website hosts usually offer packages that make it easy for you to manage your blog including domain name, website creation software, application installation, a control panel allowing you to easily add texts and media files. In addition, you will also benefit from technical support and security service and regular backups. It is the assurance that your blog remains available at all times.
Now that your site is up and running, you now need to add some material. In order for Internet users to want to stay and come back to your site, you must create useful and detailed content that people will want to read and share. To create relevant content, you must be:
- Original : there are surely other blogs on the same subject that you want to write. So why is your blog different? Because you’re the one writing it. You are what makes your blog different. It’s about your perspective, your creativity, and the value and relevance you bring to it.
- Interesting : You must write well researched articles that add value over the thousands of other articles already written on the same topic.
- Authentic : each person is unique and your story is important. Your blog should reflect your personality.
Even if you picked the best domain name, the best performing web hosting and website creation software, and great quality content, it would all mean nothing if you didn’t have traffic.
The SEO of your blog is the key element to increase your visibility and generate traffic. To target the right audience, you need to choose relevant keywords. The natural referencing of your site depends on the content of the articles and the optimization of the titles, tags, descriptions and speed of posting. You can bet on long tail SEO. The long tail is an expression made up of at least 4 keywords that the Internet user types on a search engine. It can be a question or a sentence.
In addition to the choice of keywords, you should also ensure that you get as many quality links that point to your blog in order to maximize the visibility of your site and have a better positioning in Google. You can ask a netlinking specialist to do this work for you.
You will understand, creating a blog is not complicated. However, to be successful you need a effective web marketing strategy.