Learn Blogging

If you want to build a blog that matters, then pay attention! Because I’m going to help you take your blog to the next level by sharing all my blogging secrets with your below.

Getting Started Blog

If you are new to blogging, start here.  You’ll find all the resources you need below-

Required Skills for Blogging

Do you want to become a PRO blogger? Don’t know what skills you will require in the future to bring more traffic & money? These are the top skill that you must learn for blogging career.

  1. Content writing
  2. CSS and HTML Knowledge
  3. Photo Editing Skills
  4. Social Media Marketing
  5. SEO

How to Start Blogging Journey – Complete Guide

If you are planning to learn digital marketing then I recommend you start your blog. Creating your digital assets in the form of a website or blog is the best investment you can do today for long-term rewards.

This is a detailed guide written based on my 7 years of blogging experience. You will learn everything about selecting a niche market, domain, web hosting, blog Installation, theme setup, SEO housekeeping, tracking, and lead generation.

How did I learn to blog?

I hold a Bachelor of Information Technology degree. After my graduation, I started working with an Internet marketing agency and learned SEO, blog writing, and Paid advertisement.

Now I have 10+ years of digital marketing experience in the e-commerce niche. I specialize in traffic and lead generation through Google Ads, Facebook ads, and, SEO.

While working with companies I noticed that there was limited scope for learning marketing, so I purchased my own domain vijaybhabhor.com, and started my blogging journey.

8 Steps to Start Blogging Career in 2024

After years of experience, and consistent practice today I am at a stage where I can share a roadmap to create a successful blog in any Niche Market. If you follow the below steps, I am sure you will start seeing results in just 6 months.

  • Step 1 – Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset
  • Step 2 – Niche Market Selection
  • Step 3 – Skill Development HTML, CSS, Photo Editing.
  • Step 4 – Domain Name & Business Registration
  • Step 5 – Web Hosting Selection
  • Step 6 – Blog Theme Selection – Paid vs Free
  • Step 7 – Theme Installation & Blog Setup
  • Step 8 – Must-Have pages on the blog

Step 1: Develop Entrepreneur Mindset

Why do I keep Entrepreneurship in the first place?

Let me explain, Entrepreneurship mindset helps you to create a long-term goal for your blog. Your vision, mission, planning, and execution will be clear and point-to-point. You will visualize your future growth, challenge acceptance, problem-solving skills, and financial freedom.

Entrepreneurship is something that will not be learned overnight, It takes time and improves daily by your small action.

Here are the 6 steps that Improve your Blogging Entrepreneur mindset and skills.

  • Revisit your blogging vision & mission daily
  • Put Yourself In Challenging Situations
  • Read Daily on Blogging, Marketing
  • Think differently about Problems
  • Always Provide Value for Your Readers
  • Further reading on building a Blog Entrepreneurial mindset.

Step 2: How to Select a Blog Niche?

Do you know what is a Niche Market? And why it’s important to start the first blog with a niche market. If you don’t know don’t worry, I will clear all your doubts today.

Niche Means It’s a specialized section of a broad topic. let me clear with an example.

Here is a list of broad categories for your blog website.

  • Health
  • Fitness & Weight Loss
  • Making Money Online
  • Dating & Relationships
  • Self-Improvement
  • Finance Management
  • Beauty & Fashion
  • DIY / Home Decoration
  • Technology
  • Digital Marketing

Now look at the broad topics and find your interest where you can continuously write and establish your reputation.

Before we drive into Niche category selection from the broad one, Ask a few questions to yourself.

  1. Will, I can publish 50+ posts in a year?
  2. Is anyone available on the internet who loves reading this?
  3. How much money is available in the niche?

Example of a Niche Market that falls under Digital marketing.

Digital Marketing is a vast topic and we can further split it into various categories and we can start a blog or services.

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • PPC Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Amazon Ads
  • Content Writing
  • Email Marketing
  • Link Building
  • Conversion Improvement & Web Analytics

Step 3: BASIC HTML, CSS, Photo Editing Skill Development

Do you know what keeps your readers engaged with your blog?

Is it Content or Presentation of the page? Most of us will say content.

Yes, content plays a major role, but the way you present the content with proper headings, colors, and images is equally important to keep your user to stay longer on the website.

Now I am sure you must be thinking of how to use styling, Images, and headings in the right way. Knowledge of CSS, HTML, and Photo Editing will improve your blog’s overall quality.

Most of the blogging platform has an inbuilt CMS editor that contains lots of features. WordPress provides options for adding an image with proper tags, internal linking, Ordered, and unordered lists, and heading tags.

You can create awesome images with a Photo Editing website like canva.com.

Step 4:  Business Registration for your Blog

When you run a blog your revenue comes from the ads, affiliate networks, and Courses and services that you sell through your blog.

When you are trying to sell something you require traffic. Advertisement platforms like Facebook Ads or Google Ads require your GST Number.  Also to open a bank account with your business name requires a registration certificate.

I recommend that after 6 months register your blog company.

Step: 4 Book Your Blog Domain Name

There are lots of options available to purchase the domain, but when it comes to management, I prefer Godday. Many hosting companies provide free domains with hosting, but web hosting is something that you need to change often.

With your regular efforts Blog traffic can increase dramatically sometimes, which requires a bigger hosting environment.

Most of the time we change only the hosting provider, not the domain register, so it’s ideal to stick with 1 domain provider.

You can book the domain directly.

There are lots of options available like Hostgator, Fastcomet, and others but based on my experience I prefer GoDaddy only for domain name purchases.

Step 5 – Web Hosting Selection

What Makes a Good Hosting Service?

There are so many factors that go into this and things that you can get confused about, so I’m going to make this as simple as I can. Note that most web hosting providers are relatively similar offering the features at some level.

Still, here’s what you should look for in a successful hosting company:

  • Security: Website security is important, you don’t want to get hacked, and if you have a few customers, you don’t want their details to be hacked.
  • SSL Certificates: Google is all about ensuring that sites are secure today, especially if you’re collecting personal data or credit card information. SSL Certificates help you encrypt your data, so you can tell if it is there when you see https on the URL (like this one). If you’re running an eCommerce portal, it’s non-negotiable, and these days as Google focuses on secure sites, it’s best to set this up right from the start.
  • Cost: A shared hosting account should be pretty affordable, probably below $20 a month at the limit, whereas VPS and dedicated hosting would cost more.
  • Customer service: You’re going to run into problems when you start building a site so you must choose a hosting service that has really good customer service to help you out of the trouble you’re (very likely) getting into.
  • Reliability: You don’t want to have your site down, ever. That means it’s important to work with a reliable hosting company and keep downtime to a minimum.

Knowing What You Need When It Comes to Blog Hosting

Here are some kinds of stuff you might need to know:

  • How do you build your blog on which platform? Using WordPress, for example (more on why this is a good choice below), or a setup that involves hosting.
  • Will you have time for massive traffic influxes? for example, a big sale could end up driving thousands of extra people to your site so you want a hosting situation that can handle it.
  • Do you have hands-on experience in coding? Many hosting sites are friendly to beginners while others are friendly to people who can make changes alone.
  • How many places are you in? If you have one domain, then it’s not a big deal, but if you have multiple sites (or intend on them), you’ll need to know if you’ll be able to add these to one hosting account.
  • What is your budget? You have got to be able to manage the hosting at the end of the day. If you’re trying to turn your budget into your monthly expenses, it could be a big factor for those starting sizes.

Answering these questions will go a long way in helping you find out which web hosting service will be the best for your needs.

Step 6 – Blog Theme Selection – Paid vs Free

Paid themes are unique and less similar to sites available, Paid WordPress themes offer more customization options to make your blog stunning.

If you are serious about blogging always go for a paid theme, because when you Invest, you care more to make it bigger.

whenever I wanted to start a new niche blog site, I visited the below sites and purchased a new theme.

    – Themeforest – More than 1000 paid theme available.

Step 7 – Blog Theme Customization & Setup

it’s very important to spend time choosing the right WordPress theme for your blog, as while setting up is not difficult, it can take time.

You will find WordPress blog themes from:

  • Free themes from the WordPress.org theme repository
  • Free themes from an external website
  • Premium themes from an external website or marketplace.

Just follow the basic installation process and activate your theme. Once you activate the theme you need to work on –

  • Theme Customization [ Adding Logo, Taglines ]
  • Sidebar Widget and Necessary Plugin Installation.
  • Necessary Pages Creation
  • Lead Capture and automation.
  • Usablity, Website Speed & Responsive issue fixing.
  • SEO Setup

Step 8 – Must Have pages on the blog

When you’re beginning to fill your blog with content, pages like About and Contact immediately come to mind. But what else can you make that really would help your readers? Here’s a rundown of the main pages a blog owner will remember.

  1. About US: Highlight who you are and why in your detailed bio.
  2. Contact US: Most of the time people want to connect with you for collaboration or to hire your services, and having a Contact Us page will trigger a social signal to connect with you.
  3. Guest Posting / Write for Us: Most of the time other bloggers want to explore their knowledge on other platforms and they search for websites that offer guest posting.
  4. Advertisement: This section is important for your blog. If you want to earn money from sponsored posts or banner advertisements this page is a must, create an awesome page with a detailed advertisement option available on your site, whether it’s a social media post, video posting, or product promotion.
  5. Blog: This will be the important page for your blog, Make it awesome do not show it as just a recently published post, instead highlight all other categories and show the most visited post there.

Start your blogging journey with confidence! Focus on your goals, pick the right niche, and learn key skills. Embrace challenges, offer value, and begin your blog today for a successful adventure!