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I love blogging. My only regret is not starting it in 2014 or 2015. I had plenty of ideas but didn’t take action.
One of them was fear of failure. But the bigger reason was sheer intimidation.
“You don’t have to be great to start, you only have to start to be great.”
If you feel like you can change people’s 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 if blogging is right for you:
What do you constantly find yourself talking about to other people?
In my case, it was always talking about personal finances and money. 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 started 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.
The free hosting option may be enticing but it is very difficult and expensive to switch later on. 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. 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
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.
Step 4: Become A Blogger
1. Publish High-Quality Posts
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
3. Engage With Your Audience
4. Social Media
5. Guest Post
6. Learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
7. Organized Layout
Are You Ready?
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