The number of blogging resources on the web is astounding.
A quick search for blogging returns 120 million results in Google.
So where do you begin?
It’s a tough question, and one I get all the time. You want to start a blog, but you don’t know where and how to begin.
And even if you manage to “start” one – what do you do with it?
What I’ve done is organized a list of 7 key articles that you should go through if you’re starting a blog, which cover the following topics in depth:
Believe it or not, there is a technical side of blogging. Many people don’t even know where to begin. What host should they use? What CMS?
Amy answers all of these questions and more in her article on How To Start A Blog.
If you follow her directions one by one you can have a blog set up in under an hour.
Most blogs look the same, because they’re all cut from the same themes and styles.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a great way to stand out, and when you only have a matter of seconds to make an impression on someone – design matters.
This is why I recommend investing in a top notch design, but first you have to understand all of the elements that go into your blog.
Although this is traditionally viewed as a traffic generation strategy, I look at it as a lesson in writing and promoting great content.
There are SO many articles on what it means to write great content, but honestly, Brian answers it very thoroughly here. There is no reason to go elsewhere. He will show you EXACTLY what great content is, and how you go about getting noticed. I’ve done it in my last two articles and both got over 350 social shares.
This strategy is guaranteed to work (though it does require a lot of effort), and undoubtedly will be around for a long, long time.
Although I love Brian’s article it is merely one case study in the wide, wide world of traffic generation.
Traffic generation isn’t just about content promotion, but also social media, link building, SEO, blogger outreach, and paid advertising – to name a few.
The money is in the list – or so they say.
But how does one get said list?
The answer, is opt ins.
Most blogs suffer from too few, or poorly designed opt ins. The result is a very low conversion rate (that’s traffic to email sign ups, in the context of list building)
In this comprehensive guide, Stuart shares a plethora of opt in options. In my experience, the more opt in options you have, the more opt ins you’ll get, and soon your list will increase.
Many people start a blog to make money, few do. Less than 20% of bloggers ever make even $100, let alone a full time income.
If you truly want to make money blogging, I suggest you emulate the people who are.
In this article, Gael analyzes 23 successful bloggers who collectively are earning almost a million dollars a month. We find out how they’re doing it along with links to their individual monthly income reports, which provide insight into the specific monetization techniques and sources they’re using.
It’s hands down the best article I’ve seen on blog monetization.
Conclusion And Next Steps
I get it – this is a lot to handle.
And you can’t do it all at once. You should pick one area, and really deep dive into it. If design is going to be your thing, then read that article, and do a teardown of you blog. Start making changes, and, when you’re finally happy with it, move on.
What area are you going to focus on?