You’ve decided you want to start a blog and you’re ready to get started, so what’s next? The first thing you need to decide is if you are starting this as a hobby or if you want to earn an income from it. The blogging business world is exciting, but it’s definitely not for everyone. You have to put in a lot of hard work if you want to turn it into a business.
Here are the first eight steps in starting a blog.
1. Determine what your niche is going to be. Are you a foodie? Is DIY your thing? Are you the master of organization? Since I enjoy writing about a variety of topics I decided a lifestyle blog was the way to go for me. Your blog niche can be as specific or as broad as you want it to be.
2. Decide on a name for your blog. Choose a name and domain name that describes you. When it comes time to set up your website, you will have a chance to check if the domain you want is available.
3. Choose a web hosting service. When you are just starting out, it is a good idea to choose an inexpensive web hosting service such as BlueHost. Bluehost has web hosting plans as low as $3.95 a month.
4. Register with the web hosting service. Click here to register with BlueHost.
5. Login to your web hosting service and start building your site. I highly recommend setting up a WordPress site because the platform is most compatible with blogs.
6. Set your first goal for how often you want to post. Your goal can be to post content once a month, once a week, three times a week, etc.
7. Once your blog is up and running, start posting content.
8. Once you have a good amount of content (at least 4-8 posts), start telling your friends and family about your blog. Announce it on your personal social media pages.
Now that your blog is set up, you need to decide your goals for the week, month and year. Is this only going to be for fun or do you want to earn an income?
Click here to read my recent post on five ways bloggers can earn an income.
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