3 things to keep in mind when starting a blog

3 Things to keep in mind when starting a blog | Beginner’s Guide

As a beginner in blogging, the amount of information spread out there is overwhelming. The majority will go to Google and type keywords like what can I start blogging about? Where should I start blogging? How can my articles be derivative of other articles? In this article, I shed light on some of the concerns I had when I first started.
 
For those non-technical wanna-be-bloggers, it could even be more confusing. Many resources will try to engage you in technical terminologies and website building. Rather than soaking yourself into complexities, a beginner should focus on producing content. You would want to find your feet on blogging. So, you can build simultaneous flow and know what is expected of you. 

The reason being is that I don’t think it is a good use of time, especially in the beginning. Get your website set up as soon as possible or even get help from Fiverr using freelancers.

Note: Fiverr is a freelance platform to outsource your tasks.

As a courtesy, I am going to include simple steps at the end of how to set up your site.
Disclaimer: if you plan to blog as a hobby, you might as well quit this page. The main aim of this article is to generate an income stream from blogging if that triggers stick around.

Let’s dive in now…

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1. Start writing immediately

This might seem counter-intuitive to good quality content. But, the idea of quality content is subjective. You cannot sit in a room and discuss whether the content is good or not? Put your content out and see how it resonates with people.
Quality versus quantity has generated a lot of debate on the web. Obsessing over quality is going to reduce testing but also dries out resources. The simpler the process of producing your written content, the quicker the outcome.
 
Since we like to be spoon-fed and follow rules to conduct a job because of our school system. We became animals without creativity. Writing is an art and should be treated as such.

Cross the bridge

A lot of people are not writers or don’t write daily. You ought to start writing. Overcome confusion, doubts, where to start mentality and begin to gain momentum. The hardest part of any adventure is the starting point, there is a reason why this is true.

 

Overcome the hurdle of starting and begin to clear one doubt at a time.

metaphorically speaking…

metaphorical example on how to start

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you step on the pedal first to check how heavy you need to push your feet against the pedal

Once you get accustomed to that …

You start noticing the level of acceleration and velocity

With time you gain momentum … This is where you want to be…

That’s how we all learn to drive. But rather than having someone on the passenger seat to give you instructions. Or lift up the brake if it goes out of hand.
In writing, there is no danger of hitting a wall or running over someone on the street.
Just Do It

Become a learning machines creature and initiator

As a blogger, you always need to improve and keep learning. You might as well start indulging yourself in beginning in every aspect of blogging. Learn how to structure your blog? how to craft headlines that are interesting enough to get clicks? Also, initiation has to be in your DNA. Start and don’t wait for someone to take you by the hand. The sky is not going to rain gold if you not moving.

Action and reflection

Write and reflect on your performance by reading guides and fix what went wrong.

Have less expectation

I would suggest producing badly written content. When you have a lower expectation, it’s always an upside from there. This way you can manage your frustration and anxiety. People tend to punish themselves and not contextualize time. Expect the least and enjoy the process.

The best trick to commitment is lowering expectations. Marriage, business partnership, blogging (marrying your blog) all need a commitment to survive. This advice will always stay true. I learned this from Warren Buffett, the greatest investor alive.

We all know how to write to some extent

Consider this; most of us in this time of history learned how to write at one point or another, so no matter what you do it isn’t that bad. Don’t overthink grammar and punctuation, it isn’t really important as long as your writing is coherent and understandable. In fact, write as you speak, people love authenticity and connect with people who speak or talk like them.

If You Can’t Explain it to a Six Year OldYou Don’t Understand it Yourself”- ALBERT EINSTEIN.

This is absolutely true. While articulation and a higher level of sophistication and the use of many lexical resources are needed to describe formal documentation or government constitution, blogging is medium for communication that must simple to drive value for all readers.

What’s good does it give if your reader struggles to find simple to understand? Readership will most certainly decline.

We sometimes try to show our skills in writing, I know it’s tempting. Don’t get caught with self-indulgence. There is this app which I would mention below. It is called the hemingwayapp. It helps you drive very simple blog articles.

MAKE IT SIMPlE

 

The best Teachers

The best teachers to someone’s life are known failures and mistakes that can be remarked. There is no point in making mistakes and not taking notice. The best thing you can do here is to start and learn as you go. Your mistakes are tool number one to become a successful blogger.

As you produce content, readers will give you direction. learn to use feedback for your advantage and never takes it personally. With time, you will start to differentiate between positive and negative feedback.

Blogger/Writer Tools

These tools I use myself and recommend them. Some were like saviors for me, especially in the beginning.

Here you go…

Grammarly is an editing tool, and it amazing. It had saved me time a lot. Grammarly’s Google Chrome plugin helps catch grammatical errors in nearly everything you write online as you write. The premium plans also offer vocabulary and sentence structure suggestions and tone Detector.

You want to write at a very low level. This is because of the attention span of a regular user nowadays. People don’t have much interest to focus and commit long attention to particular content. Using the Hemingway app will allow you to write at the 8th-grade level. You even would want to go further down to a 6th-grade level writing. Your goal is to provide value and not to look sophisticated no matter how complex the topic you are writing about.

The free tool in Coschedule helps you analyze your headline. Headlines are one of the most important elements in your blog. Without a proper eye-catching headline,

As you might already know, this Google file is free. There is a lot of pros using Google docs, one of which allows you to invite others to make suggestions and comment on your work.

  • Evernote

Free and paid tool. It helps you organize your ideas, notes, research, and store any important information you find on the web so that you can access it later.

 

  • Image and Giphy platforms

Images make your content interactive and engaging. One picture could illustrate what a thousand words can’t. Besides, images help your SEO score. you can find free images on the web. Sites like PixabayPexels, and GIPHY offer a lot of resources.

Also, you can check Google search 

reusable images on google

 

Times are finding reusable images is not easy. Select limited access as shown in the image above. If you see something you like you must give credit to the source. I have this in this article earlier. Check it out…

 

give credit where it's due

Always give credit where it’s due. There is no point in steal and adding links-external links will help your SEO. Search Engines prefer more links on a page.

This is a cool one I thought I should include an honorable mention, and that’s what came to my attention. Obviously, I don’t have this keyboard, even though keyboards are the main tools for writers and bloggers, and choosing the right one for you could make a difference and kick in inspiration and encouragement. I find it pricey and not sure if it’s worth it. But you get the gist, find your preference.

Here it is … check how cool this thing…

Qwerkywriter keyboard

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qwerkywriter 2

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Amazing right… haha

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qwerkywriter 4

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2. Start a niche of your interest

It makes it easy to write. You already have so many thoughts and ideas about the niche you have chosen.  You are already opinionated about so many things on the topic.

 

Later you can be more diverse once your articulation becomes on point.

 

Although choosing a niche of your interest is great, you have to take into account the search volume of the chosen niche. All things considered, list down all your interest and do a search analysis for potential winners, and cross out the other once.

Niche selection

Use tools like Google keyword planner to understand potential traffic for different niche site ideas.

There are obviously more tools in the realms of search and keyword analysis, personally, I like Kwfinder, and their amazing features and mostly the accuracy of the search results. It has really helped us in multiple niche sites we’ve built.

Kwfinder tool offers many features like Find your competitor’s keyword, hidden long-tail keywords, keyword difficulty, and SEO matrices.

As a blogger, I think the basic version is enough which goes for $29.90 per month. This package includes 100 keyword lookups/24, 200 keyword suggestions/search, etc.

 

Other Tools to consider:

pricing is structured differently by credit, check out the image below

keyword everywhere

So 1 credit = 1 Keyword. As shown $10 purchase will give you 100,000 credits.

 

This is a free tool, but, I don’t think is going to be for long.

Do it yourself

To become a blogger, you got to do it yourself to develop a character in writing. This is why choosing a niche becomes really a necessary part of the process. More so, it helps you identify a suitable structure for your writing, and with consistency, you build a personality that people can connect with and enjoy.

A lot of bloggers outsource writing but then you need to put your touch on it and embed a predefined appropriate structure to publish it on your website/blog.

Even better if you can provide a template to your outsourced writers to produce unique distinguished content that has the consistency your readers are familiar with to easily learn and apply.

Be aware of your search behavior

I believe humans started from one source. We all share common features.

We have this thought that everyone is unique but we do almost everything the same way.

Our behavior and psychology have almost the same triggers. We generally don’t understand why we do certain things the way we do them. However, there is a lot of documentation categorizing these behaviors.

We have more commonalities than most people think

On the other hand, Don’t underestimate how common your own behavior could be compared to many others. If you use Google a lot, try to keep track of your own behavior, most certainly it applies to a lot more people than you think.

Pay attention to how you write your questions on Google, what is the percentage of question type keywords? How do you interact with articles and stories?

What’s your reaction when you read a good article, do you go to the comment section, do you check how many comments been written for this piece of content, and whether the author replied to those ones.

When do you write comments and feel engaging or contributing to the article? Do you check people’s profiles when you are on Quora or Medium?

Conduct a search for the sake of the experiment. Record what happens, because it applies to a lot more people Especially people who have the same interest.

3. Don’t Just Copy blog articles

Be ethical and don’t claim someone’s work as yours, plagiarism is not rewarded anywhere.

That’s why it’s important to choose a niche that interests you so you have something to say.

Find your voice

Have structure in place, then write as much as you can from experience. If you don’t have the experience, document your current process and share your insights, struggles, and overcomes. It’s kind of what I am doing here. Although I have some experience.

Next, find resources talking about the topic, rewrite what’s common sense (paraphrase), and quote original ideas and link and credit the original creator, bloggers or website.

Exploit gaps in resources that have potential traffic

It’s mandatory to search on the internet for available resources on the topic you are writing. It helps you define which topics you can have a unique perspective on and it can be of good addition in your blog. Additionally, sometimes you need to strategically find topics that have great traffic volume but not talked about in detail or no enough resources built around it to satisfy the reader.

Although there are many written content on the web, there are still plenty of voids to be filled. More importantly, we see things differently than our peers let alone someone from afar. Your contribution will be regarded as an addition always.

Types of blog posts

  • Tutorials and How-to-Guides
  • Checklist
  • behind the scenes content
  • listicles
  • Beginner’s guide
  • interviews
  • advice from an expert
  • Top takeaways from whatever
  • process documentation (must for inexperienced)
  • Reviews
  • Resources
  • inspirational stories
  • problem and solutions
  • share what others are saying
  • Event summaries
  • Data-driven original stories
  • Well-research resourceful long-form blog post
  • comparisons
  • you personal opinions against the common wisdom (with rationale)

How to avoid plagiarism in bullets

  1. Paraphrase
  2. Attribute to the source
  3. Write with a more comprehensive perspective
  4. Quote
  5. Use plagiarism check tools

Here some plagiarism checks tools that can be put to good use…

  • DupliChecker
  • Grammarly
  • Paperrater
  • Plagiarisma
  • Search Engine Reports.
  • PlagTracker
  • Plagium
  • CopyLeaks
  • Unplug checker

Wrapping up

I have promised to list down the steps of setting up a site.

Here it is…

  1. Get a domain – Namecheap
  2. Buy a hosting service – Bluehost
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Get a free or paid theme that is proper for blogging
  5. Install important plugins
  6. Start blogging away

If you are technical, then that would be simple to do. Anyhow, it’s not actually a hard thing to learn, but I prefer to get things rolling. You are a blogger or soon to be a blogger. It’s understandable for some who aren’t really in a condition to pay for someone else, however, using Fiverr at this stage will take away huge headache. You can get a freelancer for $5 over there

fiverr

 

Learning how to set up a website since no coding is required and simple wizard guides available, it should be encouraging to do it yourself.

But, again, start writing and putting content out there as soon as possible is the first goal anyone should focus on in the beginning.

another thing I have to mention here is that it’s not going to hurt to learn something about SEO at the beginning like site structure, On-page optimization like headers H1 – Hn. (H1 translates to header one in your blog article), off-page optimization, eye-catching headlines, etc.

Learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as you go as well. This is because there is plenty of information to take in if you’re a newbie in this domain. on the other hand, SEO is an ongoing process and you have to always optimize your page. My advice doesn’t take a course and spend weeks to learn it, write and learn the techniques as needed.

Despite many bloggers trying to saturate their blogs with ideas to help you, however, there are many advantages to stick to a couple of steps and insights that are only focused on becoming the blogger that you always wanted to be.

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