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It’s difficult to start a blog from scratch when you are the only person in charge. You have to write, promote, build links, do the design, and take advertisements and all other things required. It’s hard but it’s not impossible. I built my blog from scratch and no one was there to help me out. This article will be a handy guide for an internet newbie about how to start a blog from scratch.
For every beginner bloggers, the number one problem is the lack of a coaching and guidelines. You’ll find free articles, resources and ebooks on how to start a blog and make money but in most cases, these are not gonna work for you as a newbie perspective.
So now you have to follow a guideline where you can build your blog from scratch, all by your own and with minimum investment. You have to follow the guide written from the person who have succeeded in creating a blog from scratch (like me!)
Why you should start a blog?
You can blog for fun or blog for business, but whatever the reason is that your blogging you should know first that why you should start a blog.
Video: Why you should start a blog
What is minimum investment?
Blog can be done for free with the help of free platforms such as Blogger and Wordperss but I recommend Blogger. Blogger supports a range of customization and the scope to publish ads.
If you can afford a domain and $4 every month for web hosting, then go for a self hosted wordpress blog.
Brainstorm a killer topic to blog about!
After you have decided to start a blog, it’s time to take a topic and launch your blog. When choosing a topic, try to think about your target audience. People will come to your blog and read it. Do they know how to use a PC and internet? Yes, because they are already on the internet and looking for something. Now ask yourself, what would you like to find on the internet and are you able to provide a better solution? If the answer is YES, then start with that topic.
Write 10 blog articles
Write 10 article topics on a notepad. Write them one by one & then publish them on your blog. It doesn’t matters how long you take to post them. Just write short 300-500 word articles and get started. Don’t waste your energy to write a post like, “Hi, this is my first blog” type posts. At this point, no one is reading your blog.
Now write one new article everyday on your blog. If possible, write more articles and post them in different times of the day. When you have more than 10 good articles, start promoting your site. The reason I said to write 10 articles is because when a new person will come to your blog, they must find enough articles on your blog.
Promote your site
If you have accounts in facebook or twitter, then ask your friends to take a look at your blog. Get started with new social sites such as twitter, facebook, digg, stumbleupon, reddit and find people who share the same interests. For an example, if you write about pets, try to search people who voted or submitted about pets. Add those people into your list because they might be interested in that topic.
Take a search on
…and find blogs on your topic. Comment on the posts and make good relationship with the readers and author. In this case try to locate the small blogs around you.
Social media traffic comes only when you shake them. This means you have to be active on those sites to get regular traffic flow.
Design your blog
Having a nice and simple design is required in blogging. If you’re using blogspot, then take a look at this post about setting up a custom template. If you google, you’ll find lots of interesting blogger and wordpress themes. You can also create your own blogger theme from scratch.
Please don’t spend too much time on improving your blog design. Set a new template and be happy with it. In the beginning, try spending more time on content writing and promotion.
Trying to earn money with your new blog is just like sending your new born baby to work without giving him time to grow. Maximum people try out blogging to earn money and that’s okay because we all want to have a part time income. Now at the very beginning, bloggers want to earn the high numbers which is fairly impossible.
Income with a blog depends on your blog topic, traffic and conversation rate. There are lots of methods to make money with a blog, lots of money making opportunities and that’s the main problem for newbie bloggers. Beginners don’t know where to go and what model will work best for them. For beginners, try out google adsense and as you explore the internet, you’ll find other ways of money making.
More advanced topics
The more you’ll learn about internet blogging, the more you can do better with it. It’s hard to build a blog from scratch but it’s not impossible. Here are other aspects of blogging for advanced bloggers,
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Blog branding strategies
- Get more blog comments
- Mistakes that new bloggers should avoid
- Choosing a domain name
- Tracking visitors of your blog
You must be a new blogger or an experienced blog author. Please do share your experience, tips and strategies with us. What you did when you were about to start your first blog? What challenges you’ve face in blogging? You can also read this huge list from LifeHacker on how to start a blog and being a better blogger.