Thinking about starting a blog? This article will guide you on how to succeed in blogging as long as you are willing and hardworking.
The truth is i knew nothing about blogging when i was in school, until i came across Mr. Ayodeji a.k.a Skyboss, Mr. Emmanuel and Mr. Oluwaduyilemi (my mentors) in a hosting company called HostNowNow where i worked as an intern.
What Is A Blog?
I define a blog as an online diary where you pen down memorable events and things you are passionate about. Blogging is a way of getting your voice heard on the Net. There are several different ways you can blog, many of which are free.
Blogging is an incredible marketing tool and can even become a great source of income. However, if you would like to build a successful and profitable blog, you need to set yourself on the right path.
Things To Note Before You Start Your Own Blog.
Blogging takes time and effort
Before getting started, ask yourself why you want to start a blog. If your goal is just to make money online, honestly blogging might not be the best choice for you. There are hundreds of ways of making money online and blogging is one of the harder ones.
It requires a lot of hard work and takes a long time to grow your audience. It is pretty disappointing if you publish your first post and nobody reads it, but you need to undergo these awkward moments. Do not expect the results immediately.
Identify your Niche
It is crucial to decide what you write about and stay focused on that niche. There are already a lot of blogs. You’ll have to figure out how to make your blog stand out from the crowd. Choose a topic you are passionate about and do not expand it too broadly.
Define your target audience. Get a clear answer to the following question. Who is going to read your blog? Identify their needs, interests and concerns. It will help you come up with good topics to write about.
Content is King
Quantity matters to increase and maintain your traffic, but you should still focus on quality over quantity.
If your readers get value from the information in your articles, they will engage and become your regular audience. On the other hand, nobody will like your blog if you publish shallow and uninformative articles.
Always be yourself. By being authentic and real, you can build trust with your audience. People buy from people they trust. It takes years to build trust and just a matter of minutes to ruin it. Be open and interact with your readers. Be the first one to admit mistakes and apologize.
They say first impression matters alot. The blog design can influence how readers perceive your content. It can seriously make or break the first impression. If your blog is ugly and hard to read, then sure nobody will read it.
Google’s algorithms are prioritizing mobile-friendly sites.
Learn basic SEO
Learning basic search engine optimization (SEO) is a fundamental and very effective way to drive traffic to your blog. Traffic from search engines is the key to growth. SEO is very complicated but even knowing a few tips can make a huge difference in the long run.
Learn about copyright issues
What do you do when someone steals your content without permission? It can happen to anyone at any time.
You should learn how to protect your articles and images. At the same time it is critical to educate yourself so you don’t unintentionally become a content thief.