There are countless blogs giving you advice about who to set up your blog, so if that is what you are looking for, here is a starting a blog guide for you, this promotes Bluehost, but there are a number of web hosting companies out there so check out the web hosting review here.
First things first
When considering writing a blog the first thing that you will need to consider is what you intend to blog about, you might not think that you have anything to add to the many blogs in your particular niche but don’t be disheartened. There are many people out there looking for information and in writing a blog you can offer that information, what you are looking to do here is become an authority in your niche and create content that differentiates it from all the other content.
So how do you go about finding a niche?
Your first and probably most important consideration before starting any blog is going to be to decide what are going to write about. There is no point in writing about something that is not going to get you any visitors or something that you don’t enjoy, remember you are going to have to write a lot of content and disinterest in the subject will show in your writing.
You might also believe that you have nothing to write, about but again that simply isn’t true. You might enjoy a certain sport, have a hobby or craft that you would like to share on an interest in animals.
Once you’ve decided on your topic you then might need to narrow this down a little further, especially if it is a popular subject, if you have decided to write about animals for example, you could consider writing about a particular breed or if you want to talk write about football you might consider a particular division.
So what next?
If you have followed the how to link above you will by now have decided upon a domain name and web hosting provider and possibly chosen to create your website using Wordpess.
I use WordPress for this blog and have purchased a number of themes from Studiopress, this particular blog is using their Magazine Pro theme, this sits on top of their Genesis framework. I find the themes from Studiopress highly customisable, if you know a little code, or and the very least know how to Google the information needed to make changes and best of all they are reasonably priced.
You will then need to install the necessary plugins to make your site function as you want it, remember that you are not only writing for yourself but others so you will need a contact form, so that users can reach you and an opt in form to create a mailing list, this will enable you to reach those people that are genuinely interested in what you have to say and will consider you an authority in your niche. I use mailchimp as my favoured email marketing platform but to be honest haven’t tried any others so I’m unsure about their effectiveness.
Lets get to writing
Write, write and then write some more, no post will be perfect first time until you get more experience and find your writing style but this isn’t a problem as you can go back to edit the site whenever you want, this is also encouraged as it keeps your content fresh, improves readability and allows you to add links to the post which could make you a little extra cash.
As I’ve already mentioned you will need to create content regularly to make sure a regular flow of visitor to your blog, but writing simply isn’t enough. If you are going to take blogging seriously you will need do some research into keywords that your visitors are using, I do this using Google Keyword Planner, you can find information about Keyword Planner here
Build it and he will come
Writing content and inserting the correct keywords is a good start but you must realise that blogging isn’t easy and you it will not make you rich quick. You will have to do more writing to attract visitors to your blog, remember your blog will be only 1 in over a billion websites that are now on the world wide web, so get your social media profiles ready as you are going to be seriously busy on these, retweeting, pinning, getting likes and posting images.
Good luck on your journey and remember, enjoy what you are doing and don’t expect overnight success, some of the most successful blogs have taken years to get where they are today.