Many people don’t seem to stop and plan when first starting a blog. I didn’t but I should have. When I first set this blog up, I decided I was going to blog about anything I wanted whether it be about school, business, or hobbies. This blog ended up being a blog about blogging, making money blogging, and served as a review site for blogging and make money online resources & products. I should’ve stuck with what I intended this blog to be, a hobby blog, and created a new blog for my make money online ventures. It’s probably a little too late for that and now I want to help you avoid making mistakes that I’ve made.
Wait, don’t start a blog yet!
As years pass by, the blogging hype grows. I know you’re anxious to start a blog but before you do you need to plan first. First, you need to decide what your blog’s going to be about what you’re going to write about. Once you’ve decided, it’s important that you stick to what you intend your blog to be. Don’t turn personal blogs into business blogs and vice-versa. It’ll hurt your chance of building a strong readership. If you don’t care about building readers, disregard what I’ve said.
Are you blogging for the money?
Top bloggers I know have advised many times not to blog solely for money but for fun. That’s why it’s best to blog on something your passionate about. Don’t make money your primary goal, keep it at the bottom. Focus on delivering quality content, deliver content consistently, and focus on building a strong readership. In time, you’ll know when it’s time to make money but getting there depends on how hard you work on your blog. No one said it was easy, it just looks that way. Never expect any compensation from blogging or else you’ll end up being disappointed.
Which blogging service to use?
Paid or free? It depends. If you’re going use your blog as a journal, I recommend using a free service such as Blogger or WordPress. I suggest you use WordPress because most people use that platform (even I do) and it offers many different features. If you plan on buying hosting, you’ll end up using WordPress as well. If you plan on branding your blog, I recommend using a paid hosting service such as Hostgator (Get $9.94 off a Hosting Package with Coupon Code: d3so994off). Even if you plan to use a blog as a journal and want full customization options you should consider paid hosting as well, which is very affordable. Before you buy hosting, you should create a free blog first so you can become oriented to the interface. Test things out and create a few posts and once you feel confident in using the platform, sign up for hosting.
Last year, I learned a lot about running a blog. Small things can heavily impact a blog in either a positive or negative way. Decide what your blog is going be about and stick with it. Don’t expect to make any money blogging or you’ll lose interest fast. And use the appropriate service to host your blog. Take the time to plan and you’ll be glad you did.