No matter your goal—whether it’s to earn some extra cash, become a full-time blogger, or launch an ecommerce site—one thing is true: if you don’t have a steady stream of traffic coming to your site, you can’t succeed online. There are lots of different ways to get your content seen by the people who will enjoy it and who might even turn into customers (or fans). This guide will cover 10 blogging tips to help you start your next site with success right out of the gate!
Do Market Research
One of blogging’s dirty little secrets is that most people don’t do any market research before they dive in. Before starting a website, you should know who your audience is, what they want and need, and how they’re different from other bloggers in their field. If there are already many sites covering your topic, identify why yours will be better—and how you can be sure it will be. Ultimately, do more research than all of those other folks did; it might seem like overkill now but a little extra effort up front will pay dividends later on.
Know Your Audience
The most important part of blogging is knowing who you’re writing for. Because if you can’t answer that question, everything else that follows will be guesswork at best and completely useless at worst. You won’t know what kind of content to create or how frequently you should publish. So before you write a single word, take some time (even 30 minutes is enough) and think about who reads your favorite blogs – and why they read them. Answer these questions: What do I like about those blogs? What makes them stand out from other blogs in their field? Why am I interested in them? Why would someone else be interested in reading about their work
Think About What You Want From This Blog
Do you want it to be a place for people in a certain industry or niche? Do you want it to provide news and analysis? Do you want it as an extension of your business, or is it meant for personal use only? Consider what exactly you’re trying to get out of writing and how that will affect your content. Make sure that information is easy to find when readers come across any piece of content on your website, because it will provide them with an understanding of what they can expect from reading more.
Determine The Type Of Content You’ll Publish
It’s important to determine what type of content people are looking for and use that data as a springboard for your ideas. If people are interested in posts about cats, for example, it makes sense that you’d want to write about cats. Once you know what kind of information is missing from other sites in your niche, research those topics and use them as inspiration for new posts on your site. Don’t forget to cover all topics—not just those that have proven popular with other bloggers.
Choose A Domain Name And Hosting For Your Site
You can get a domain name and hosting through one of several domain registrars and web hosts. You can expect to pay between $15 and $50 per year for each (although it’s possible to pay as little as $5). For most bloggers, hosting should cost more than a domain name. Think about how many visitors you expect to get, how much data you want to store, what kind of support is included in your hosting plan, etc. These are important factors that affect your choice of web host. As a general rule, if you don’t know enough about them or think they’re not important for starting a new site, then choose an affordable plan from a reputable company.
Brainstorm Possible Topics For Posts
The primary goal of brainstorming is to come up with as many ideas and topics as possible. After sitting down, ask yourself a series of questions like: What’s interesting? What do I know? What am I interested in? Ask friends and family for ideas. Make a list of all possibilities, no matter how big or small they are. Don’t stress about making sure they are good. Just get them out there on paper and eventually pick out which ones will be best for your site.Putting off your writing until you have time is an easy way to put it off forever. Block out time on your calendar so that even if life gets crazy, you can keep moving forward. You don’t have to write for long periods of time—just 15 minutes each day could make a huge difference over time! And if three p.m. rolls around and there are other things on your schedule, be sure to re-schedule so it happens later in the day when things aren’t as busy.
Create A Press Kit And Media List
One of my favorite early steps in starting a new website is creating a press kit. If you are planning on approaching news outlets and blogs for coverage, it’s crucial that they understand who you are and what your new site or company does. Having a press kit ready will also save tons of time when pitching someone because they won’t have to hunt around for information that’s easily accessible. You can create a basic, free one online like I did here using Dropbox, or pay $25/month for premium options with PressKitSpot . Either way, having everything together in one place will make pitching easier and more efficient because every outlet should have everything they need at their fingertips.
Build An Email List (If Possible!)
Building an email list is a great way to keep in touch with your readers and build awareness for your brand. If people want updates on what you’re doing, let them opt-in by adding their email address. When I started my site, I included an opt-in box at the bottom of every post. After six months, that little form added nearly 500 subscribers! Today it provides me with regular income because many of those readers have upgraded to paid memberships on my website (where they get even more updates). By building an email list from day one, you ensure that there will be demand for whatever premium content you offer later down the road—and regular communication keeps people coming back.
Promote Through Other Channels
There are many ways bloggers promote their work. You can post on social media, build a mailing list and get involved in communities. Of course, there’s always search engine optimization—but if you’re starting from scratch, it can be hard to know where to begin with SEO. There are plenty of blogs out there that do a great job of explaining how SEO works—you should definitely bookmark those for future reference—but for now, here are three simple things anyone can do today that will boost traffic:…