How to Start a Blog: a Step-by-step Guide
These days it seems like nearly everyone has a blog. Blogs can be a great way to document your hobbies or interests, keep a record of your daily activities, keep friends and family up to date with your life, or even as a serious career choice – many people can now successfully make a fulltime income from their blogs.
If you’re new to the world of blogging, everything can seem a bit overwhelming. There are so many topics you could choose to write about and blogging platforms to choose from, not to mention promotion, monetization, and the world of social media.
Use this step-by-step guide as an easy way to keep you on track when you’re just starting out with blogging and you’ll find the whole experience straightforward and a lot of fun.
Most people come up with the idea for their blog before building the blog itself. This is probably true if you’re starting a blog about a hobby of yours such as a craft or fishing blog, or you want to make a general “lifestyle” or personal blog.
However if you’re starting a blog with the intention of making money from it, it’s normal to not have a clue what you’re going to write about.
It’s a good idea to start by brainstorming random topics that you’re interested in and you can then research the potential of these topics based on how much content you can produce, and how likely they are to make you money.
There are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there so whatever you think up, the chances are that it’s not too obscure and there will at least be a small audience interested in reading it. Don’t be too narrow in the scope of your blog though – a blog about babies has much more potential than a blog about “best disposable diapers”, not to mention being more interesting to read!
Some ideas to get you started:
DIY & home renovation
Gluten free baking
Natural pregnancy and childbirth
Cleaning and organizing
Sports (not all of them! – pick one)
Working from home
Fitness and exercise
While you can just pick a topic and start writing, if you’re hoping to make money your blog it’s a good idea to go through a review process to make sure you’ve chosen a topic that’s easy to monetize. The following resources will help you with this: