How to Start a Blog: Beginners Guide (Infographic)

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There are millions of blogs and every day their number is growing exponentially. Competition is fierce and you have to work hard to make sure your blog succeeds.

To start a blog there are many different platforms available, One of the most popular CMS (Content Management Systems) most bloggers use is WordPress. WordPress is easy to set up and use. It has many powerful plugins for extending the functionality of the website.

There seems to be an endless list of WP plugins. If you want to grow your organic traffic, you will definitely need to install SEO plugins to make sure your blog shows up in search engine results. Writing content is only a small part of running a successful blog. You must also promote and build links to your blogs. Promotion may include social media marketing, email marketing, and marketing outreach.

To help you, check out the infographic and steps below for creating a successful blog

Step 1: Select Your Niche

Selecting your blog Niche is your first step toward creating your blog. You should choose a niche you know and like. It can be anything including Fashion, Travel, Food, Shopping, Tech, etc. If you want to grow your blog I suggest picking an area you enjoy. If you don’t like the niche you selected and only do it to make money, you will likely get bored and abandon your blog. On the other hand, if you select the niche you really like and are passionate about, it will increase your chances of success.

Step 2: Find a Memorable Domain Name

The domain is the name of your website so choose it carefully. Try to select a short and memorable name, people can easily recall. Ideally, it should be the name of your business. Domains usually are purchased for 1 year or longer.

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Step 3: Get a Reliable Web Hosting

Web hosting is a place where you keep your website files. Poor hosting can result in your website constantly going down or making your website slow to load. There are many inexpensive hosting companies including HostGator, Bluehost and SiteGround that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Step 4: Use WordPress

WordPress is one of the most powerful and popular CMS around the world. WordPress power 33% of websites over the internet. WordPress comes with thousands of free Themes and Plugins. You can use these themes and plugins to extend WP functionality and quickly build a website you can be proud of.

Step 5: Design Your Website

It’s important to have a professional-looking website. Design is important and should not be overlooked. If your website looks dated, has broken pages, and is not easy to navigate, it will result in a high bounce rate and very few return users.

Step 6: Write High-Quality Articles

Writing articles that generate tons of organic traffic is not easy. Poorly written posts won’t attract many readers. When it comes to creating content, think of quality over quantity. It’s better to create 2-3 long well-researched posts, than 10 poorly written ones.

Step 7: Use SEO Tactics

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps your website rank for specific terms in search engines. To help you improve your SEO, there are various plugins available in WordPress. You probably familiar with some of them, Yoast, All In One SEO and RankMath

Step 8: Monetize Your Blog

You can monetize your website in several ways. It could be by Google AdSense, Affiliate Marketing, Web Services, Products selling.

Step 9: Promote your content

Now a day just creating awesome content is not done. You have to promote to the right audience by sharing it on various social platforms, Influencers, and several other ways.

Step 10: Create Backlinks

Creating backlinks is one of the most important steps to get your website rank of any of the keywords and get more organic traffic for your website. There are many different tactics available to create backlinks. Some of the common ways include guest posting, inclusion in resource pages, broken link building, blogger outreach, creation of infographics, etc.

Step 11: Monitor The Results

If you follow the steps listed here and publish content on a regular basis you should see your organic traffic grow over time. If you’re serious about growing your blog you need to set up analytics on your website so you can monitor and track the results. You can use a free tool such as Google Analytics. It provides all kinds of valuable data. How many visitors you had, what pages got the most visits, how long people stayed on your website, etc. Without analyzing this data you won’t know what to improve. The ultimate goal of a successful blog is to show up at the top of search engine results and grow organic traffic which will help you monetize your website.

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