3 Things to Consider Before Blogging

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!

Blog questions
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?

Wordpress, Hostgator, and Blogger
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.

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35 Responses to 3 Things to Consider Before Blogging

  1. PPC Ian January 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    D3so,
    Great post! I really like the point about not blogging for money (at least as your primary goal). I’m blogging mainly to build my traffic now and may decide to try to make more money from it in the future. For me, its about the enjoyment of it and building my reputation.
    Best,
    Ian

  2. d3so January 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Yeah, some people want that instant gratification but it doesn’t work that way. My goal is to build my readership and traffic. I noticed that it decreased when I monetized my blog with ads, which was a mistake.

  3. PPC King January 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    I don’t blog at all. I focus more on ppc campaigns. i’m thinking about starting a blog but i don’t think i can be a consistent poster.

  4. Jason January 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    What u name ur blog is also important.

  5. Jason January 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    U should try blogging once a week.

  6. Dean Saliba January 12, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I always hold my hands up and say that I blog for money. However, I never went into this expecting to make money straight away. I’ve been doing this three years now and make just under $2k a year from it. 🙂

  7. HealthyBoomerBody.com January 12, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Great tips – especially about Word Press. They offer much more for Bloggers than Blogger.
    Definitely the first choice.

  8. PPC King January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    2k a year is pretty good. it handles server costs i bet.

  9. Play Hidden Object Games January 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Very nice, informative and well thought out post.

    And yes wordpress is the way to go. If you use blogger or Typepad or alike you will switch to WordPress some day so better start with WordPress only

  10. d3so January 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Yeah, I bet you could also pay off a few bills with that cash or maybe reinvest it in other online ventures.

  11. d3so January 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I’ve never used blogger before, but by the looks of most blogger blogs I’ve seen, they don’t compare to wordpress.

  12. d3so January 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I’ve never used any other blogging platform besides wordpress so I couldn’t give an accurate answer on how well other blogging platforms are, but wordpress seems to be the clear winner when it comes to branded blogs.

  13. Mike January 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I thought about blogging, but it takes up a lot of time too. On top of that, I need to market it. So, I decided to create apps for iphone and starting to earn low revenue from my ads.

    Your right, being passionated is most important.

  14. JMZ January 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I recommend wordpress. It’s better than any other blogging system ive used.

  15. Ridho January 17, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Agree! I enjoy blogging for fun .. When it goes for money, sometimes we forget about the fun part about blogging ..

    Thanks

  16. Jim January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I,m new at blogging, been doing it about six month, haven’t made any money yet. I need to learn as much as possible. Thanks for the information
    Free Website Steps

  17. d3so January 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    That’s anoter good approach to making money. I don’t know how to make apps myself. But I’m considering learning how to.

  18. d3so January 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    If you’re blogging solely for money there is no fun 😛

  19. d3so January 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I see that you’re using blogspot. Try investing in a domain and hosting.

  20. Mike January 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I spent months on blogging and didn’t see any ad revenue. On the first day when my app was released, I saw some ad revenue.

    Also, I think because mobile devices are so small that some people may click on the ad by accident. This won’t happen on a desktop because the monitor is so big, you can easily isolate the content from the ad..

  21. GTA 5 January 19, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Yeah those questions are really important to ask before to launch a new project of blog.

  22. tava tea January 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    2k is a good start. Some people I know doesn’t even make 1k after blogging for three years.

    There you go.

  23. tava tea January 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi,

    I agree. After blogging for a whole part of two years, I lost the passion of blogging. That was my sole aim when I’m started out. That’s why, I let it run on with auto content. Just don’t want it to die without content.

    I don’t know when I will be blogging again for FUN but my advice, blog to build a relationship, then you can decide to blog for money.

  24. tava tea January 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Jim,

    If you are serious about blogging, invest in paid domain and hosting. You need that.

  25. d3so January 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Having people acknowledge the presence of my blog by mentioning it or leaving comments is all the motivation I need to keep going. Building is community is my primary goal. My goals in money is just to make enough to cover my online expenses such as hosting, ad campaigns, email list, etc.

  26. Internet Marketing January 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    I made this mistake when I first started, I actually forked out $2000.00 for an existing blog in a niche that was “Close” to the one I wanted. Was aimed more at motivation than blogging or internet marketing though and I quickly found that it wasn’t so easy to bend the topic in the direction I actually wanted it to go.

    Finally ended up starting from scratch with a brand new site, and haven’t looked back since.
    ironically the other blog (which I pretty much ignore) still gets thousands of visitors each month… Maybe I should post there! 🙂

  27. d3so January 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Is anyone else posting on that site? And does it bring in any revenue?

  28. Internet Marketing January 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    ???

    Which site?

  29. d3so January 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    The one you paid $2000 for.

  30. Internet Marketing January 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Ahh, tired! LOL

    It’s http://www.thehappyself.com, and has some good backlinks to it from Lifehacker and such. Gets comments, yes, income No (but isn’t designed for it, and I could probably manage some income if I spent some time on it)

    It’s on my to do list (after a million other things)

    My list at the moment is:
    – Logo (done) Did you see it? I love it!
    – Add a banner spot in my header (done)
    – Finish my “Blog Traffic Tactics” ebook
    – Convert another 50 blog posts into podcasts
    -Launch Earning Success
    – Launch a forum (Marketersspaceforum.com Feel free to join I’d love to have you over there)
    – etc. etc. etc. you know how it is.

  31. John Rampton January 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    So true…

  32. Web Design LA February 1, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Right.. You need to keep so many aspects in mind when you start blogging. Good information shared.

  33. Navya April 23, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Hi ,

    Great Informative Post!! WordPress is certainly a great CMS and maintaining a blog is certainly a good idea to maintain the rapport with other bloggers….

    Regards
    Navya.

  34. Web Design LA June 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Top bloggers said well “we should create blog for fun not for money”

  35. jonel fernando June 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    nice! i initially intended for my blog to be a help site for people with negativity issues but i guess the scope became wider. i guess i’ll only figure out whether i was right or wrong in letting it happen in a few months or years. anyways, here’s my own “reality check article” for those who want to start their own blog:
    http://thenegativepolarity.com/2011/06/24/seven-things-every-would-be-blogger-should-know/