“You don’t have to be great to start, you just have to start to become great.”
If you feel like you can change peoples lives in any way I recommend starting a blog. Whether it is through helping others with personal finances, fitness, lifestyle, dating, goal-setting there is more than likely an audience. Blogging is very inexpensive and a great way to share your views with the rest of the world. The worst case scenario you get bored and realize it’s not for you. The best case scenario is that it becomes a passion, provides secondary income, or becomes a full time career.
Step 1: Get Started Blogging
If you’re not 100% sure where to start you aren’t alone. Ask yourself these questions to help identify is blogging is right for you:
What do you constantly find yourself talking about to other people?
In my case it was always finances. A few drinks at happy hour had me asking people about Roth IRA’s and how early they wanted to retire. Everyone is passionate about one or two topics, find one that fits your personality and think you could write about for years.
What comes easy to you and not others you know?
College failed us. I graduated with a 3.5GPA and felt like I knew nothing still once I entered the real world. I felt like I had no idea what to do with my money once I entered the real world. To learn more I read books, blogs, listened to podcasts until I was confident in my financial plan. Eventually it just became easy for me to understand and talk finances with other people. I felt blogging would be the best way to share my knowledge instead of entering the finance industry.
What are you passionate about or have experience with?
Everyone has a ton of skills; it’s about finding ones that you feel you could talk about 5 years from now with just as much passion as today.
Will this be fun in 5 years?
The LAST thing you want from a blog is for it to feel like work. You should use your blog to channel your thoughts and share with the world. Not get home from work dreading it, that is what normal 9-5 is for. Make sure this is a fun activity first. The more you enjoy it the more likely you will be to stick with it and not give up when it is time consuming.
Step 2: Buy Hosting with BlueHost
BlueHost is very easy to use. I was hesitant at first but can say it’s much easier to get start than you think. It is also very affordable. When you sign up with BlueHost you will receive a free domain name as opposed to purchasing it separately. BlueHost also pairs well with WordPress to create the widgets for your site.
If you’ve thought about starting a blog before you’ll probably have seen there are free and paid options. The free option may be enticing but it is very difficult and expensive to switch later one. Instead of being www.supermillennial.com it would be www.supermillennial.wordpress.com. Not only does it not look as professional you will be able to monetize in the future.
The problem is that it’s difficult to transfer your domain in the future and most of these free platforms do not allow you to run any affiliate programs & have limited functionality for the site. Once you decide to use a paid version choose a domain name.
A domain name is your website name, such as. www.supermillennial.com. Make sure to think a lot about your domain before committing to one. Ensure your domain will let you EVOLVE your topics. Don’t limit yourself to writing the same thing forever. Once you decide on your domain it’s time to purchase the rights to the domain.
Here are the four steps you’ll take to get started with BlueHost—GET STARTED NOW
Step 3: Use WordPress For Setup
- Go to your C-Panel and find the MOJO Marketplace –> “One Click Button” to get started.
- Click on the WordPress icon under the blog section –> “Start.”
- Confirm the domain you chose from BlueHost.
- Create login information (username/password).
- Click Install Now. You are done!
Step 4: Become A Blogger
Spend some time on your content and make sure it’s something you’d want to read. Ensure your posts are long enough, usually 500 or more words. Also make sure all content is spell checked, all links work properly and have the rights to any photos used.
2. Post Consistently
The general rule is to post new content one or two times a week. I post on Monday and Thursday’s. By posting on the same days you will establish credibility and consistently with your audience. If you post more than two times it might be overkill. But posting less could lead to people forgetting about your website.
3. Engage With Your Audience
If someone comments or emails on your blog directly respond promptly. Make sure your readers know that you are involved with your blog and care about their feedback.
4. Social Media
Utilize FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to share your content. Social media will be one of the main traffic sources as you build up your audience.
5. Guest Post
Write for other blogs to expand your audience and increase your relevancy online. Feel free to contact me if you think our audiences would mutually benefit from a guest post.
6. Learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Make your site look professional and SEO friendly. The easiest way to do this is using Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin will help you tweak any posts to ensure they are readable for search engines (i.e. Google) and drive additional traffic. This includes all permalink to external sites, headlines, all photos, and other resources.
7. Organized Layout
Include a search bar, category tags, contact page, about, & disclaimer page if needed.