Blogging is so ridiculously easy! Let’s lay it out for anyone who is on the fence and never had a blog, but has been thinking about it. First, setup a web hosting account with a reliable company like HostGator, where it’s only a few dollars a month to host your site. Also purchase a domain name if you don’t already have one. Lastly, login to your new web hosting account and use the one click install for WordPress. Really, that’s as much of an investment and time it takes to get started with your own blog!
C’mon… if it was really that easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Well, it is that easy to create a new blog, and there are millions of new blogs going live every week. The difference is that the majority of these blogs are never seen and will never make money. How can you improve your chances from fading into the millions of blogs out there that are just dying and begging for attention? Here’s three quick tips.
1.) It’s All About the Content
In the end, it really does come down to the content of your site. Make sure it’s great, articles are long enough so the search engines will love them, but already relates to the reader and makes them want to keep coming back for more.
Creating controversial and amazing content posts is one of the best ways to get people to come back to your web site, or even leave a comment. One of the best compliments a blogger can get for their post, is a retweet or facebook “like”.
2.) Backlinks are Your Best Friend
Sure, you have a blog with great content, but no one is reading? Head over to Google and see if you can find your blog anywhere, you probably won’t. This is because you need more web sites linking to your blog as this is how Google and other major search engines rely on ranking sites in their directories.
Stay away from services that offer search engine submissions, bulk link listings to hundreds of directories for a few dollars, and any other methods that seem to good to be true. Instead, focus your efforts on article marketing and guest posting on other relevant blogs in your niche. These are two of the best and most cost effective ways to grow your blog quickly. If you have the time, you can also read up on some SEO tips to help your content and listings as you continue to build content.
3.) Branding and Monetizing… Profit!
The end goal… once your blog has become a content powerhouse and has incoming backlinks daily, you can finally focus on how to make money from your blog. You can do banner advertising, paid reviews, affiliate marketing or even create your own product or membership site.
If you become an authority blog in your niche, you may even be able to become a brand of your own, which opens a whole new set of doors. Becoming an established figure in your blogging niche, you can form new partnerships, consult, sell your own products and have loyal customers and readers for years to come.
Blogging… Just Do It!
That was a quick summary of what it takes to make a successful blog. I made it sound easy, but it’s more about kicking you in the butt and making you take action. Every day that you don’t make a change, you lessen the chances that you ever will.
Blogging is no joke and can make some serious money if you put in the time and effort. The best way to learn how to blog, is to start your own today.