How to start a blog?
If you don’t have a blog and want to start a blog, here is how. Starting a blog is simplest thing you can do and you don’t have to spend any money. There are multiple free blog sites out there. All you have to do is signup and you are up and running right away. Here are the list:
Next step is figure out if you want to get your own domain name. When you signup for free blog platform, they will give you a free domain name, but it won’t be pretty. It would be something like, MyBlog.Wordpress.com. But if you decided to get your own domain name, you can signup from the free blog sites. However, it will cost you money. You have to renew it every year.
Another option is to start your own blog by setting up your own blog website. This means, you need a hosting company who will host your website and a domain name. Most of the web hosting company will provide you with free domain name when you sign up for web hosting plan with them. Advantage of setting up your own blog is that you have full control over your blog. You can customize it anyway you want. Where as, if you go with free blog site, you are limited what you can do on your blog site.
As for me, I decided to start my first blog using free site. I went with Wordpess.com. It is most popular free blog platform out there. I really didn’t want to spend money on the hosting site and domain name in the beginning. When I signed up, I assigned myself free domain name, MyPassiveIncomeFreedom.wordpess.com. I decided to start with free blog is because growing my readers is last thing on my mind. I know that online business blog is very saturated. So it will be very hard for me to stick out from millions of other blogs. I knew it would be very difficult to gain traffic to the blog. Besides, my main reason for me to staring the blog was to practice writing. I am not even sure if I am going to stick with it or not. But later on, when things are moving along, I can spend money to move the blog to my own domain name and web hosting. We will see.
How to promote your blog?
Starting a blog is easy part. The hardest part is to promote your blog so you get some kind of traffic. You want people to read your blog, not just write a blog for yourself. There are millions of blogs are out there. The readers are not going to look for your blog. You have to look for the readers. First thing you need to do is write something interesting. After that you have to really get yourself out there to promote your blog. There are many creative ways to promote your blog. But at the end, you have to ask yourself how serious are you with your blog. Because promoting your blog in the beginning is lots of work. Here is really good video about how to promote your blog.
Here are some highlight of 5 things you can do to promote your blog.
1. Know your target audience
It is very important to understand who are the likely readers of your blog. If you understand who your audiences are, it would be easy for you to go where your audience hangout to promote your blog. Because they are not going to come to you. You have to go to them. If you have a blog about makeups and fashion, your audience are most likely female between 18-30. If you have a blog about custom motorcycles, your audience is mostly likely male between 25-45. More specific you can get about your audience, better it is for you to target them.
However, if you don’t have any idea who your audiences are, maybe your blog isn’t targeting any specific type of people. Maybe your blog is all over the place. That is OK, but it would be very difficult to promote your blog. If that is the case, it might be great time for you to evaluate what your blog is going to be about. You might want to start a blog with certain type audience in mind.
2. Use social media
Social media is one of the easiest way to promote your blog. You should already have presence in social media. If you not, that is something you should work on. Two social medias you must use to promote, is Twitter and Facebook. If you have to choose one, it should be Twitter, because Twitter is one social media which you can grow your audience easily. If you can create separate social media account for your blog. Good thing about social media is you can easily target your audience and start a relationship with them.
There are many different types of social media that is out there. Get to know all different types of social media and figure out how you can promote your blog through them. Take a look some of not-so-obvious social medias such as Reddit, Linkedin, Instagram, and Pinterest. Experiment to see if these social media can help you reach your target audience. You may find that some social medias aren’t for you. At the same time, some social medias can help greatly to promote your blog.
3. Promote through email
You can’t forget about your email list. Go through your email addresses of your friends, family, and people you came across in your life, and see if you can promote your blog to them. Don’t spam them, but email them those who might be interested in your blog. Also ask them to help promote your blog. Your friends and family will glad to help you out.
4. Commenting on other blog
Take some time to research similar blogs online. Read some of their interesting posts and post comments on their posts . Many blogs allows you to put your link on the comment section. People do read comments and if your comments are interesting, people will clink on your link to see who you are. It is great opportunity to promote your blog. Make sure you don’t spam on their comments because they will ban you. But use the opportunity to connect with others in the blog and start creating a relationship with them.
5. Guest posting
Guest posting is bit difficult, but it isn’t impossible. There are many blogs out there that allow guest posting. Think about it, if some one can bring value to your blog, wouldn’t you allow other to write your blog for you? It’s win-win situation. You just have to take some time to search online to look for blogs that are in similar topic as your blog and ask them if they are looking for guest blogger. But first, you have to show them you can write and you can bring something interesting to the table. Once they see that you already have established blog and can bring value, you have great chance to guest post. Guest posting is very beneficial because, you can bring in new audiences to your blog from the blog you are gust posting.