Have you ever wondered how to build your own blog? Positive thinking plays a fundamental part in taking up blogging. As a blogger you have to keep going forward and telling your story.
You can’t just stop when you get your doubts, worries and fears or Google will never believe in you.
And you absolutely have to please Google if you want people to find your blog.
So a blogger must keep researching and producing new content regardless of the (ongoing) results. And to do that they have to naturally develop their own positive thinking techniques to keep pushing forward.
The secret is to take no notice of negative limitations. Just keep trying to give your best. When trying to do well in Google search you have to build your house (blog) entirely and believe in it before it can ever be a reality – before Google will take notice of it.
So, if you’d like to learn how to build your own blog, all you have to do is have a positive attitude and take the first step…and then the second, and third and…fourth. And keep on and on…until one day you’ll realise you’re a blogger.
You’ll need to have a positive attitude of persistence. And be sure to tell your own story.
How to Build Your Own Blog – Getting Started
There are four (simplified) steps to building your own blog:
- Choose a niche.
- Build a website.
- Grow your traffic.
- Monetise your site – if you’re planning to get an income from your site.
#1 How to Build Your Own Blog – Choosing Your Niche
Choosing a niche is the beginning of everything and lots will depend on which niche you go for. What’s your story? What do you love to talk about? It’s essential to choose a niche that really resonates with you.
But you should also remember that you have to start somewhere, so it’s better to choose a niche and later realise there’s a better one out there for you than it is to wait for perfection.
Until you’ve got a niche you can’t start blogging, but the niche you choose can make or break your blogging experience. So it’s a chicken-and-egg situation but as long as you go with your gut you can’t go wrong. Because you have to learn somehow and you can always start another blog when you’ve learned the basics…
Whatever niche you choose, you should be able to blog about it constantly without running out of ideas or getting bored. And you must love and be interested in what you’re talking about. So if you love red lipstick and all things makeup – then blogging about gardening because you think it could be profitable will never, ever, work.
Better to start a blog about whatever you love in life. Your true-ness with shine through.
The First Step
The first step then, is to take out a pen and write a list of all your passions in life. Don’t restrict them or judge them, just write the list and include everything you love, everything you’re interested in. If you like cooking Indian food, include that. If you love antique furniture, put it on the list.
When you’ve finished, just let it sink in a while. Think of writing about one of those topics. Which one pulls you, makes you feel more YOU? That’s the only one to go for. You have to be yourself in blogging or it won’t resonate with your readers.
It may be that you choose a niche that isn’t very lucrative. Or one that’s got such a huge amount of competition it makes it harder for you to be successful. But your first blog is your learning ground. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to get started so that you can learn the ups and downs of blogging.
#2 Building Your Website
Building a website, even if you’ve never done it before, isn’t actually difficult it’s just all rather confusing and can be overwhelming. But it’s like most things to do with computers – easy when you know how, but impossible when you don’t!
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate I learnt how to build a website using WordPress, which is the biggest and best (in my opinion) platform for building websites. So I’m going to let Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate show you how to build a free website – much better than I could!
Building Your Own Blog on a Daily Basis
After that you can start filling out your website with regular posts. Blogging isn’t easy – you’ll need to keep finding ideas and constantly producing new material for your site, and that takes dedication and hard work.
Some of the Many Tasks for a Blogger:
- Choose topics for new posts
- Do Keyword research to find a title that’s searched for on Google but doesn’t have too much competition
- Research chosen topic to expand your knowledge if necessary
- Plan posts
- Write posts
- Illustrate with images and videos
- Take care of the SEO side – check tags, meta description etc
- Edit and proofread several times
- Publish and share on social platforms
- Inform Google (fetch as Google)
- Answer comments
- Improve old posts
#3 Grow Your Traffic
This one is the hardest part because in order to grow your traffic you’ll need to have certain qualities….
‘Perseverance, Persistence and Patience. The 3 magic P’s.’
To growing your traffic successfully you must do many things…
- Produce content (new posts) regularly – preferably a minimum of twice a week.
- Take care of your SEO.
- Post your sites to social media platforms.
- Engage with visitors.
- Be YOU because only by being YOURSELF can you be unique.
- Think Positive. This doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to be resilient and positive to keep going and… keep going.
#4 Monetise Your Site
How you monetise your site will depend on many things. If you’re blogging because you love blogging and are only looking for a bit of extra income to boost your hard work, you may find that Google Adsense is profitable enough for you.
Or you could write product reviews and have affiliate links in your reviews so that you earn a commission when someone clicks on your link to a product. Possibly the most popular means of income for affiliate marketers is Amazon.
When your site has a faithful following of people you can offer products directly through your email list or by offering a free gift with an option to purchase something of a similar style.
The most important thing about your blog is that you have something to say and that you want to help other people by offering them information of value. When you can tick off those two boxes you know you’re heading in the right direction. The rest will take care of itself…
So, What’s My #1 Recommendation?
I’m going to go straight to the point here – for me beyond doubt, Wealthy Affiliate is the essential ingredient. That’s how I got started and how I continue to learn every day. I love blogging.
Wealthy Affiliate is an educative support platform with a positive policy – no flaming, no criticising or spamming allowed – just members supporting each other and exchanging information about affiliate marketing and blogging and everything related to making a living online.
The philosophy within Wealthy Affiliate is that everyone’s there to help each other. And that creates a wonderful opportunity for learning.
When I first joined Wealthy Affiliate I was actually shy of posting online but slowly I learnt that it’s such a positive place, I can trust in the members there to answer positively.
‘Either post something helpful or don’t post at all.’
It’s the most positive learning environment I’ve ever found online, and populated with members who make their full-time income from blogging, ready and happy to share their wisdom with people who need help.
Wealthy Affiliate is Free to Join
Because you can join for free you aren’t risking anything if you check it out. And if you love it as much as I do, then you’ll definitely become a paying member because you get so much for your membership. But if it isn’t your thing, or you just want to stay free, you can, and you won’t lose a cent.
I must add that I could only recommend something this passionately if I really meant it. I don’t believe in talking bullshit!!
So if you fancy checking out where I spend my time hanging out, why not check us out at WA?
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