Blogging for beginners – Tips you should know before starting a blog
Blogs can be a great way to express yourself, connect with others who share your passions, and share information. But you need to know that there are millions of blogs out there, and most of them get nowhere because they don’t have a strategy in place.
You can’t start a blog because you want to make money. Before you start earning you need find something you’re passionate about, work hard and stay motivated, but, above all, you need to have a purpose and a strong reason to start a blog.
Choosing a name for your blog can seem like the easy part but with so many websites out there, you often need to be creative to find a domain name that isn’t already taken. It would be good if you could come up with something short, catchy and memorable.
Picking the right platform for your content is also essential to establishing yourself as a blogger. The most popular blog platforms are Blogger, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org. It will be up to you to determine whether you would prefer a hosted or non-hosted blog platform. A hosted platform is one that is housed on the platform’s server while a non-hosted platform is housed on your own server. Hosted platforms are usually free and everything is taken care of for you. You can create a site without having to bother installing the blog platform or plugins, modifying the theme, paying for web hosting or a domain name. Basically they provide you with a free space for your site on their site, the only downside being that you do not own your site and there are limited creativity and monetization opportunities.
By using a non-hosted platform you can create your own domain and make your website extraordinary and unique. The trick being that you will need to look for a host site to provide a server for your blog platform which means that you have to find a paid server to support your blog site.
When you’re done choosing your platform you need to create your design. The design you choose needs to reflect the content and your personality, but it should also be user friendly. The design can attract readers and can affect your credibility and authority.
After you have prepared your blog you can start writing. In order to do that, you need to pick the audience you’ll be addressing and the topics you will cover. The best way to stand out from all the millions of blogs out there is to become an expert in a highly targeted area. You need to show your personality and adapt a consistent tone for your posts. Don’t blog like a reporter. Blog like you’re having a conversation with each of your readers. People will like that and they will keep coming for more.