So you want to start a blog and attract a million readers. Well, the first thing you want to do (if you want to actually enjoy running a blog), is to get that idea of a million readers out of your mind. It probably won’t happen – at least not in the near future.
One important thing you must understand about the internet, is that it is very crowded now. Have you ever thought of an invention, only to Google it and find out that it’s already been created? Sure, we all have. This holds true for most things in life – it’s a hard thing to swallow, but true. Originality is not something that is easily attained, in a world with 7 billion people in it.
The internet (which is where blogs are published), can feel like every single one of those earthly inhabitants is online – writing blogs. If you want to see what I mean, simply type in the subject matter you’re thinking about blogging about and watch how many show up in the Google search list.
That said, don’t be discouraged. There is still room to make an impact if you’re interesting and have the patience to grow your blog. Becoming so popular that you go from being a simple blogger to an E! correspondent or a guest on Celebrity Big Brother like Perez Hilton, is pushing it . BUT! like Perez Hilton, and many other popular bloggers, if you’re loving what you do and blogging about things you love or find interest in, that could translate into a steady stream of growing readers.
Which could result in money from advertisements or sales – I know you were wondering about this, so now that I’ve said it, let’s move on. WHY? Because if you start a blog only thinking about how much money you can make, you’re going to get discouraged quick. Remember, the love and interest for what you’re blogging about must come first – only then will readers enjoy what they find on your new blog and come back. Or share it on their social media for others to find as well.
Then, after a hundred thousand people read your post, you may get a check from Google for $100 for hosting one of their Google Adsense banners. Yep, it takes a whole bunch of views for that to add up to anything worth talking about. So, don’t quit your day job just yet.
Does that surprise you? Like I said above, you’re moving into a venture where everybody under the sun wants to start their own blog. On top of that, large publishers and the like have gotten in on the craze over the past years and are quickly buying up anything that looks like it could take away from their own websites and blogs.
Let’s get back to the fun part; starting your own blog.
It really is fun. Especially if you enjoy writing and you have a interesting topic. The key is to not try and be something you’re not. Don’t try to start a blog about politics, if you don’t even know all the branches of government. Stick with what you know – or are willing to invest the research and time into in order to give your readers something interesting and accurate to read.
So, what is the easiest way to start your own blog? WordPress. I know Google will spit out a long list of options and you could spend hours reading reviews on what others have done. But hear me out – you can always change things around later down the line when you’ve got you’re feet wet and a following. Two things are important to get right at the beginning: Picking your domain and having a solid blogging interface to work with.
OMG! You didn’t think of a name yet. I know this might set you back on your start time, but it is important. Once you start blogging and you hit publish on your latest post, that information goes out into the internet and starts becoming your own advertisement for your brand. Bloggers like Perez Hilton kept it simple and used his name. It’s worked and now if you want the latest in celebrity gossip you simply type his name into the address bar on your computer.
So, think about what you’re going to call your site. You can use your name too or give your blog a specific title. Just remember that Google likes things to be easy to understand.
Next, you need a trustworthy blogging interface/program. Hopefully one that is free. WordPress is that choice (even if you change done the line). You’ll need a host company to run it, but there are many for around $10 a month who can give you the bandwidth you need to get started.
The final thing you need to start your own blog, is content. The best kind of content is your own. Using your own photos, videos and writing your own articles means you don’t have to worry about copyright issues. Even if you’re writing a blog about a similar subject as someone else, giving it your own spin or presenting it from a different angle will help you stand out. The beautiful photo above looks great on an entertainment blog, but to use it legally we had to pay for it.
So, enough reading. I’m going to show you how to get started on creating your own blog right now in just a few simple steps.
Five Steps To Start Your Own Blog Now!
1) Sign up at WordPress – create an account so you can use the FREE platform.
2) Think of a title for your blog and purchase your Domain name. This is what users will type in the address bar to get to your blog. (ex. Daystune.com) – keep reading to find our where to buy a domain below.
3) Find a cheap hosting company to host your WordPress blog. GoDaddy has some good prices and set up is really easy.
4) Decide what WordPress theme to use – Best to pick one of the FREE WordPress themes, which you can find in your WordPress manager.
5) Make your first post and publish it.
If you want to make things really simple, sites like GoDaddy.com have deals where you can get a domain name (.com,.net,.biz) for around $1 when you sign up for hosting. Best to start out cheap or FREE so you can enjoy blogging without added costs.
From here on, the learning will come the more you do. It’s easy to catch on and before you know it, you’ll feel ike a pro. Keep your content short, to the point and be accurate.
Most importantly, blog about what you enjoy.