How do you start a successful blog
In less than an hour, you can learn how to set up a blog. Follow these steps to be a blogger today. The blog we have created has been visited by more than 20,000,000 people.
Five Steps to Become a Blogger
Choose your blog name and get your blog hosting.
Include WordPress to your blog.
For your blog to be unique choose a theme that is simple.
Include two important blogging plugins that will help you find your followers and track your stats.
To start a blog the readers will appreciate Write compelling posts.
How did we get started with this blog?
Do you want to create something worthwhile? Why not create your own blog? Why should you not be a blogger? Ryan and I took the best decision ever in the creation of this blog. After all, mybloginsta is how we earn money. It's also how we add value to others' lives.
You're considering beginning your own blog, but aren't sure how to begin, do you? Don't worry, we didn't either! We had a desire to start a Instagram blogs to express ourselves and express our thoughts before we became "The Minimalists". However, we were overwhelmed by all the choices.
We were confused, clueless and overwhelmed by the choices that were available to us. We didn't know how to begin a blog, or how to get started as a blogger. How do we begin? What is the best way to create a domain? Hosting? Which blogging platform should we use? What are the best ways to choose a theme for a blog? What is an application plugin? What should we write about? We're not even able to spell HTML!
It turns out that it is easier than you might think to begin with a blog. As we've grown to millions of readers we've learned numerous lessons. Now you can take these lessons and skip the tediousness of setting up your blog.
How to Create a Profitable Blog in 5 Steps
Choose your blog name and get your blog hosting.
Start your blog by integrating WordPress.
For your blog to be unique Choose a simple design.
Two essential blogging plugins are required to track stats and find readers.
Write compelling content to create a blog your readers love.
There are many blogging platforms, including Blogger.com as well as Tumblr.com. However, virtually every serious blogger has a self-hosted WordPress website because of its versatility and creativity.
The Minimalists uses WordPress because it gives us more control over the look and feel of our blog--more flexibility than any other platform. WordPress is .
How to blog: 20 blogging tips to improve your writing
Many emails are sent seeking advice on how to start a blog, about blog topics as well as about how to write meaningful content. While the majority of this piece covered how to create a blog, it's only one of the steps. It's now time to begin writing and publishing your content.
Here are 20 helpful tips for newbies on how to blog.
Find Your Niche. There is no need to have a niche however, it will help. It is important to consider what your passion is as you learn to be a blogger. Running? Cooking? Being a parent? Are you finding your passion? Write about it, if you've already done so. If not, then you'll need to first discover your passion.Note that we generally suggest that people not start blogs about minimalism, keto or any other heavily over-saturated area. We really mean this when we suggest that you don't create a blog about the subject unless your viewpoint is distinctive. If you have an unique viewpoint and are able to live simple and have a simple life, then do it.
Determine Your Ideal Readers. Once you've found your niche, it is important to know who will be following your blog. For example, we blog about living a meaningful life with less. Our ideal readers are people who are open to the idea of minimalism and want to live more meaningful lives. You can also write about the process of restoring old vehicles. Your blog should be designed to meet the specific preferences of your readers whether they're family members or the local community.
Create value. Your blog's content must add value to its readers and their lives. Your goal is to help readers to solve their problems. That's the only way to attract high-quality readers to your website (and keep returning back).Adding value is the only way to gain someone's long-term buy-in. We've learned this from a decade of leading and managing people in the business world. When you write anything is it worth asking yourself: Is this adding value?
Be unique. Yes, there are other blogs that cover similar topics that you would like to write about. Why is your blog unique? Answer: It's because of you. You are what makes your blog unique. Your voice, your viewpoint and the value you add to your blog.
Be Interesting. Write interesting blog posts. Particularly if you want people to share your content with others.
Be yourself. Sharing your story is an essential an important aspect of being interesting. The importance of your story lies in the fact that everybody is unique. It is crucial to cut out irrelevant details from your story that can be boring. A skilled storyteller can eliminate 99% of what really happens, the absorptive elements--and leaves the interesting 1% for the reader.
Be Honest. Your blog needs to be authentic--it needs to be real if you wish to attract readers to it. Your blog could be a blog, or you can become your own blog. That is does your personality match what you write about? If not, the readers will be able to see through it. Gandhi's famous phrase says, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Perhaps bloggers should build the blog they want to write for the world.
Transparency. Transparency is not the same as being honest. It's not necessary to share every aspect of your life for the sake of being honest.Always be honest and remain transparent whenever it is beneficial to your writing. (Because every word we write should serve the greater good, you won't ever see pictures of us using the restroom--that's simply not relevant.)
Time. After you've mastered the process of learning how to begin a blog, you'll learn that blogging can take lots of time, especially when you're as narcissistic as we are.That being said, once have your design set up do not alter it to often. Instead, focus on writing.
Vision. Vision. (Note: neither of us had any design experience before beginning the blog.) It's hard to create an appealing blog if you don't know what you would like it to look like.
Find your voice. Good writers find their voice in time, and their writing begins to develop an aesthetic that pleases their readers. Your writing will feel more authentic, real and urgent when you find your voice. For additional reading, read our blog post on Finding Your Voice.
We are not you. If possible, use plural form in the first person. Statements that refer to us or ours are more persuasive than those of you and you especially when discussing negative behaviors or tendencies. The person who is first comes off as being less accusatory. It's not a God-like relationship.
When should you post. The question is: What is the most appropriate day and time to publish a blog post? Answer: It really doesn't matter. Even though we don't publish at an exact time of the day, consistency is essential. You needn't get bogged down in the details, though.
Social Media. Yes, we recommend making use of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to help connect with your audience as well as other bloggers, but don't get too caught up in it. Writing is the most crucial aspect of blogging. Social media follows.
Negative Criticisms and stupidity are dismissed. Yes, we receive lots of bad comments and dumb questions. However, they're not our readers. These people are called seagulls. They fly into your blog, deface it, then fly away. We don't mind them because they weren't the ones who created our blog. Delete their comment and go on.
Research. Do some research on the topic you're writing about. We have access to many useful and relevant websites in our writing because we have spent the time researching our topics.
Keep it Simple. This is where minimalism can be applied to the creation of any blog, regardless of its genre. There is no need to put unnecessary ads or widgets on your blog. Keep it simple and take out anything that you don't require. Take out anything that doesn't add value.
Picture. Include a picture of you on your blog. People want to see the face of the person writing the blog. There's no need to be concerned if two funny guys from Dayton, Ohio won't mind posting photos to their blog.
Comments. If you're going to have comments on your blog take a look at The Five Words that can destroy Your Blog written by Scott Stratten.
Live your life. Blogs are about the person you are and what you do. However, it is essential to live your life to the fullest. There are things we always put before blogging: exercise, health, relationships, experiences, personal development, and contribution. Simply put, live a life worth writing about.
15 Reasons to Start your own blog
The idea to research and create this blog post following Joshua Becker's 15 Reasons I Believe You Should Blog in which Joshua Becker outlines 15 excellent reasons to why you should start blog.
The keyword. It is crucially important that Becker writes about the significance of blogging, not only how to begin a blog. That's what many of these other "blogs on blogging" are missing: they miss the purpose--the reason for starting the blog.
Here's a quick the three most popular motives from Becker's list.
You'll become a better writer. Writing is communication at its heart. It's about putting thoughts on paper and compelling people to accept their thoughts," writes Becker. "To achieve this, writing (just as every other type of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it'll simply happen as you practice it. You'll be an improved writer throughout the course of your life, regardless of whether you're writing for a book or a presentation, or creating an anniversary card. Perfect! Writing blog posts is not only a great opportunity to enhance your blog writing, it's a wonderful chance to improve every single thing you write, from business emails and text messages to that novel you've been dreaming of penning.
You'll meet new people. Becker writes "Whether you're using email, comments, or social media, it may be surprising to see how quickly people meet online." That's true! It's true! The Minimalists blog is responsible in large part for many of my most important relationships over the past decade. These relationships include the long-term relationships with business and with friends which were forged through this blog.
You'll feel more confident. "Blogging can help you gain more confidence in your own life," writes Becker. "You will quickly realize that you do live an important life that is unique and something you can offer other people." It's true! Writing helps us to comprehend the world we live and the results of our choices.
Three Reasons Not to Begin A Blog
Now you know 15 reasons to start your own website. We've also shown you the steps to follow based on our own experience.
But after giving you those precise instructions that can save you thousands of hours of wasted time We also want to give you some excellent reasons to not create blogging. (Keep the fact that these reasons are just our opinion, and we do not pretend to offer them up as a set of scientific blogging rules.)
Money. You should not start your blog in order to earn money. First, you must establish a goal. Don't think about blogging if your main goal is to replace your full time income. It's not the way.Do you believe that Jimi Hendrix picked up his first guitar in order to "supplement his earnings"? No, he didn't. He did it out of love for it, and for the pleasure and fulfillment he received, and the income was soon after, but much later.
Notoriety. Don't plan on getting "Internet famous" right away. Not every site grows like ours did, however that's okay. The truth is that we sort of stumbled upon a good opportunity. We found the perfect domain name, and we created a site layout and logo that users liked. Our content was original and interacted with users. It would be a joke. This website was made to help people become bloggers and help spread the word. We were surprised at the amount of traffic we received. This was due to lots of luck and dedication.
Traffic. Traffic is not all good traffic. Don't worry about attracting thousands of readers instantly. Create valuable content and eventually, the audience will show up if you are helping people with their issues. Don't concentrate on boosting the amount of traffic.
The best part is that everything could happen. You can earn an entire income from creating a blog. We do this, Corbett Barr does it as do numerous others. You might even be a popular blogger on the Internet, like Chris Brogan or Leo Babauta.
If these are the only motivations for beginning your blog, you'll be unhappy because it'll feel like an employment. And if it's an occupation, you'll not be a fan of it, and you'll either hate it or get slapped in the face (or both).
You can also become a blogger since it's what you enjoy doing...
How can you create a blog without investing a dime?
The good news is that starting blogs is free when you use WordPress. All you have to purchase is hosting, as outlined in the steps-by-step directions below.
There are many other "free" amateur services such as Tumblr or Blogger that let you start a blog on these company's platforms. Be aware that you might not be able to manage your blog's content if it's published on a different website. This is among the many reasons why we use WordPress.
How often should I blog?
When talking to my writing students, I recommend writing every day, and publishing blog posts at least once a week. The blog typically posts two blog posts every week. Seth Godin blogs every single day.
Whatever you choose, we recommend you stay constant. A weekly schedule can help you build accountability relationships (your readership) which makes you feel motivated to write even if you're not motivated to write.
What should my blog's first article be about?
Avoid grandiosity. Beware of throat clearing. The first blog post you write should not be an extravagant mission statement. Your first blog post does not have to be a dull introduction to your blog.
Instead, choose one thing that is interesting to you right now and write about that. Utilize the suggestions from the "What should I write on?" section.
For reference, go back to the blog's first post on this blog, in the year 2010 Take a hike.
What is the best way to introduce yourself in the blog?
Do not worry about the way you write your blog article. Instead, make an "about" page for new readers that they can refer to if they'd like to learn more about who you are, your life and the projects you are working on. See The Minimalists' About page as an example. Derek Sivers, our friend has a wonderful Now page that might work for you.
What causes blogs to fail?
There are at most three reasons blogs do not work:
Bloggers have very low expectations. You're setting yourself up for be disappointed if you think that you can get a million people to visit your blog in a matter of hours. If your motivation is genuine and you're trying to bring value to the world, you'll discover that your expectations will change.
Some bloggers don't add value. Instead of measuring metrics such as subscribers or followers, the Minimalists focus on adding value to our audience. The success will be based on solving problems with people rather than the other way around.
Bloggers usually put money first. While it's fine to make money from writing (as we do) but it shouldn't be your main goal. Good blogs generate income; great blogs make a difference. Said another way: we let money have a seat in the car, but it's never the car's driver.