How To Start A Blog Even When You Are Clueless.

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Deciding to start a blog was my focal point in 2020. I decided to focus on work from home jobs for all ages, traffic growth and email marketing. I remember that was around the time everyone was trying to find a perfect side hustle or even an online job to start working from home. Some were lucky enough to be essential workers. Others, fortune smiled on them and they were able to shift to work from home settings – heaven smiled on them 🙂 Others lost their places of work and they were at home – jobless. Well, I kind of found myself in between those three situations last year. I was working as an essential worker but still, I needed something to do when I couldn't go to work every day and again I just had a newborn so I was very sure that I wasn't going to work for another one year or so and that I needed a plan B as soon as possible.

I did my own assignment of doing research about different work from home jobs and of course, I got the answers I needed. I had been working on some online jobs for years so it wasn't hard to quickly jump into working from home mode. I already knew the drill and how to go about it. I just wasn't sure though about starting a blog. I had created websites with blogs for other people but I didn't see it as a thing for me. However, considering how successful these blogs have been, it is then I decided to give it a go. And today I am here to talk about how to start a blog to someone who is clueless about starting a blog or you are just doing your research on whether to start a blog or not. I would love to answer the questions about what a blog is, how to start a blog, blog ideas that are not just about blogging, the pros and cons of blogging and so much more. So stay tuned as I unfold some of the best tips and tricks I have learned this far.

No more stories, let's get started!:)

SO What is a Blog?

A blog is an online journal where an individual or group of people record activities, thoughts or beliefs. Let take an example of your favourite news channel, if you decide to google it there are already stories already written for you to read at your own time and pace. These are written as posts in a blog. Sometimes you will open a website and decide to either scroll through to the footer menu and normally you will come across a blog section and if you click on the blog section you are normally directed to more read the latest articles of that company.

Can Anybody Start A Blog?

Of Course Yes! Anybody can start a Blog. Well, remember those days in school when you were made to write compositions about an event you attended? Those were some kind of journals. What you wrote on those compositions are things that you remembered. Am sure in that composition you wrote about the ways events unfolded. Blogging is the same way. You write about topics that you are good at. For example, if you are a nutritionist working in the health industry you can decide to write (Blog) about a list of healthy meals and recipes people can add to their meals or something similar to that. If you are good with finances, look for topics related to that such as how to save money, maybe how to budget your money. If you make nice meals or you love cooking share that through recipes and helps people try your recipes by writing them and sharing. In other words, everyone is good at something, however basic it is, it can be beneficial to someone else. I keep emphasizing for you to look for something that you are good at as this will help you to write about what you already know thought getting burned out. Burnout is real if you are a new blogger if you don't plan out your content well. Tell me your thoughts and experiences about burnout as a new blogger in the comment section.

What To Write In Your Blog (Blog Ideas).

As a new blogger finding a specific topic or in other words niching down to one thing that you are good at and that which you can enjoy writing about for a very long time. Do you know why? This will help you stand out to your followers as someone who has authority over that topic and this in return can help you drive traffic to your blog.

So to find your niche, ask yourself these four questions:

  • What are you good at? eg finances, health, cooking, maths,english, weight loss etc
  • Is there a demand for it?Create A problem or demand
  • Can it add value to someone in need of this information?And can it be monitized?
  • How will you solve it?

Once you have answered these questions, take a pen and paper, sit down and carefully write down a list of how you can help and the solutions to that. This list becomes your blog ideas or titles. Then the solutions become the blog post or article. How exciting is this?

Some of the best blog posts titles that catch peoples attention start with:

  • How to..
  • Best of…
  • 5 TOP…
  • 5 Awesome….
  • Top….

Below are sites you can get blog ideas to write from.

  • Portent
  • Quora
  • Uber Suggest
  • Feedly
  • Answer The Public
  • Hubspot Blog Topic Generator
  • Youtube Auto Complete

You can get more inspiration by going to Pinterest and searching for keywords related to your blog. Facebook groups are also a go-to resource where you can use the search section to find groups related to your niche.

Best Blog Niche Ideas to Write About.

  • Web development
  • Business
  • Sales softwares and apps
  • Email Marketing
  • Personal Finance
  • Recipes
  • Vegan Meal
  • Self care
  • Mens health
  • Mental Health
  • Dating
  • Pregnancy
  • Navigating divource
  • Game reviews

*The list is long but for sure you can get started with one of these topics.

  • Cryptocurrency
  • Freelancing
  • Sidehustles
  • Makemoney Online
  • Videoediting
  • English lessons
  • Software reviews
  • Baking and cooking tips
  • Product reviews
  • Makeup tutorials
  • Organisationa Hacks
  • Home renovation
  • Real estate
  • Artand craft
  • DIY
  • Gardening
  • WordPress topics
  • Search engine Optimization
  • ContentMarketing
  • Frugal living
  • Online Courses
  • K 12 Blogs for parents
  • Restautants and bar reviews
  • Skincare tips
  • Weightloss
  • Xbox games
  • Minecraft
  • Interior design
  • Dog training
  • Nomadic Lifestyle
  • Successful entreprenuership

Can You Earn With Your Blog?

Good question. The simple answer is Yes. There are different ways to monetize your blog starting from having sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and many more. Being a new mum I knew that I needed to find a niche that was in demand and could be monetised. This made it easier for me to blog for fun and also earn something from it. Yes for fun because I blogged about what I love and am passionate about. You too can strategies on the same. Besides setting up a blog your website can also house an e-commerce store where you can sell your own products or affiliate products. Hence maximising the profits of your blog.

Here is the fun part, as long as you can drive traffic to your site by focusing on such engine optimisation (SEO) then you can make money with WordPress premium plans because you get added to word ads and can be paid by WordPress for allowing them to run ads on your site. SEO helps your site show up higher on Google’s results page when your potential customers type in related keywords. Pro-tip though, The more you create content the more the word ads ‘robots' will know your niche and allocate ads related to your niche in your site. Hence more potential for making more money with your blog. Well, by now you already know that this is just one of the many ways you can monetize your blog. Hurray!

Here are the reasons why I love hosting my blog on WordPress:

  • Is easy to set up
  • Hostingis included
  • Self hosted websites (Premium/Paid) available to monitise
  • Site maintainance is done for you
  • Built in stats
  • 24/7 support is available onpaidplans
  • Many themes and plugins to suit your needs
  • You can include a shop to your blog and sell physical and digital products depending on your niche.

I recommend WordPress as it has both free and paid plans to suit everyone depending on where they are staring out.

It's Time To Create Your Blog By Choosing A Blogging Platform.

There are different platforms available to host your blog. For this site, I chose WordPress because it was easy to set up and it had authority over other platforms I compared with. Other blogging platforms you can choose to have your blog on include Bloggers and Squarespace just to mention a few. But for this post, I will talk you through starting and creating a WordPress Blog.

For this tutorial, I will walk you through how to host your WordPress site using Bluehost.

Why Choose Bluehost?

  • Bluehost is an all in one website platform providing everything your website needs from start-up to success. Bluehost is one of the top recommended WordPress providers by WordPress.org for more than 10 years.
  • You get a free domain name for a whole year when you sign up with my special link. You save $12 upfront if you want to bootstrap your blog expenses.

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