90% of bloggers will say that they started blogging as a hobby.
But, I wanted to work with SEO, Digital marketing on my own, and that is how I started blogging.
So, from the very first I knew that I wanted to earn my living from it.
It was not easy coz’ all I knew was a bit of SEO and there is a hell lot of other stuff which I needed to study before I could start earning anything from it.
If you are just starting with earning in mind, then probably you will get disappointed as earning will not come from Day 1.
My first earning came from Adsense in March 2018, whereas I started blogging from March 2017.
So, it was exactly after a year that I could see some penny rolling in.
If you have a product to sell and building a blog around it to promote, then that is the best thing you could do with a website I must say.
Apart from that, earning comes at an early stage of blogging when you are providing some client services.
If you are interested in providing client services then check out Fiverr to get ideas of what kinda services that could be.
Right now there are millions of bloggers who blog daily speaking about topics they know or are constantly exploring. So, basically sharing experiences, giving new ideas, arts-crafts, cooking, fitness goals, nutrition, science projects, and many others.
The ‘topic’ that is what known as a niche.
Your niche decides many things.
If you are choosing a health and fitness niche just because people search more about it then it will not go long run as you will run out of ideas.
So build something which you are enjoying writing and ready to explore more on the topic.
So, according to my experience, this is how it went.
Here are 6 steps to start a blog which includes:
- Deciding your niche
- Choosing your blogging platform
- Choosing a domain name
- Finding a web host
- Installing WordPress and choosing a theme
- Start Blogging
While finding a web host I always recommend using Siteground, and why I do so that you can see in How to install WordPress on Siteground with a detailed view of site ground benefits and step by step installation of WordPress.
Once you have installed your WordPress then here are 9 steps which you should definitely follow, which you make you seem a professional blogger other than a beginner.
NO. There is no harm in showing as a beginner. But these steps eventually you will have to follow so it is better you do it from the very beginning.
If you are struggling with installing themes and plugins then go for:
SUBMIT WEBSITES TO SEARCH ENGINES
The next step which you should definitely do is creating a sitemap and submitting to search engines.
What happens is if you are not creating it manually is that it may take a longer period of time to get your blog listed in the search engines.
When you have started a blog then definitely you want to get displayed in Google and others.
Here are the steps which I would like to call as the First SEO steps which you should definitely take.
I know Google accounts for 90% of the searches but submitting sitemaps to Bing never hurts.
This is my Bing organic traffic in the month of March 2019.
So why would I leave 2800 visitors by not submitting a sitemap?
Once you are done with submitting sitemaps to search engines then I highly recommend a free plugin called Yoast.
Yoast is a boon for a beginner blogger. I still do not understand how it is not charged.
Well, in Yoast you can edit your post’s meta descriptions, do a content analysis, and check your post’s SEO scenario.
Here is a detailed Yoast SEO keyword analysis which you should read before starting with Yoast Plugin.
DIGITAL MEDIA MARKETING
Once you have started writing posts maintaining a balance of Yoast SEO plugin then the next step I should say to take care of On-Page and Off-page SEO.
These are the two SEO factors which you should check for each of your posts.
Well, somehow I drifted to SEO which is one of the strongest parts of Digital Marketing.
SEO takes time to show results. So, if you are craving for website visitors then start using Social Media.
It’s 2019 and Social Media impact cannot be ignored. In fact, it is slowly becoming one big industry.
Google has also started taking Pinterest popularity as one of its algorithm factors. So now if one of your posts is highly shared and popular on Pinterest, then it is likely to show up in Google too.
Well, here are 10 steps to create an amazing Pinterest Business Account Profile to get the most number of shares on Pinterest.
When I started out, Pinterest accounted for 100% website visitors. Even now it accounts for 80% of my website visitors.
This is my Google analytics data for the month of March.
You should definitely check out on Pinterest.
Blogging is interesting and an unending pool of creating new content and marketing it on the platform where your visitors are.
When it comes to monetization then one of the easiest way to earn from a blog is Ad Monetization.
Mediavine is an ad company which accepts your blog (Definitely your blog have to contain only original content) once you reach the threshold of 25000 visitors a month.
Adthrive is a company which requires 100000 visitors a month.
There are pretty other monetization methods as affiliate marketing, email marketing, clients service which will require a much lesser amount of website traffic.
But definitely more the website traffic, more is the conversions.
But do not get crazy about website traffic, just start blogging and enjoy your journey.
A Pro Tip: Do not leave your Day job until your money starts rolling in 😀
So, this is how to start a blog.
I hope you have got a glimpse of it.