There is a wide gap between what we expect and what we achieve, this may be because our expectations are high or there is something we are not doing right, here are some amazing blogging facts every newbie needs to know before he set up his blog.
Blogging is lucrative, yes its profitable, which is the reason why many are rushing into it without knowing the technical HOW!
Many start blogging with tons of expectations, but later on quit it, reason is they are disappointed, could not meet their expectation
I will like a newbie or someone who is willing to start blogging to read this, as it is crafted specifically for them.
This article will answer the basic questions most new bloggers skip which later hunt them down thereby hold them and prevent them from succeeding in the blogosphere.
QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF
WHY DO YOU NEED A BLOG?
We all need things for a reason, same thing applied here.
There are many reasons why you may need a blog; to showcase your business, as a hobby, as a means of earning and many more reasons.
So, the first thing to do is to answer this vital question, WHY DO YOU NEED THE BLOG? Do you know why? If yes then that’s great, but if no then its time to find out, this is because answering this question will help you to set your goals and make plans to accomplish that goal.
Let’s say for example, you are running a business, and you need a blog to market or showcase your business, by knowing this, you will narrow your thoughts on how specifically you can use the blog to accomplish your goal.
ON WHAT WILL YOU BLOG?
After knowing the reason why you want to blog, the next is to decide on what you should blog.
Choosing a niche is very important; it will help you to know on what you should specifically focus.
If you take things seriously, you can be an authority in that niche.
Whether you want to blog for hobby or for business, having a direction is necessary, that is niche selection, as long as you want to succeed.
It is funny how I see some newbies create a blog before selecting niche, you need to select the niche first, know what you are to focus on before creating the blog.
In most cases, the niche you choose will help you get a perfect name that suit the blog and relates to the niche, it even have significance in the design of the blog.
So, after knowing the reason why you need to blog, the second step is to choose a niche, i.e knowing on what you will blog.
DO YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE ON THE SELECTED NICHE?
While selecting a niche, there are some questions you need to ask yourself, one of those questions is; DO YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE ON THE NICHE? You just cant blog on what you don’t know, you will run out of ideas.
If you surely have knowledge on it, then you are good to go, but if you don’t, then you should either change niche to something you know better or start an in-depth research on that niche, know it well first, the choice is yours, it just depends on how you want it.
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?
There is a popular saying, “he who fail to plan, plan to fail”, yes this the fact.
To succeed you need a plan.
You need to plan everything, how often will you update your blog? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Its for you to decide.
You need plan on how and where to get visitors, clients or customers for your blog or business.
You just need plan for everything.
WHO ARE YOUR AUDIENCE?
Answering the above four listed questions will help you know your targeted audience.
You need readers for your blog. Yes, but not every reader, you need targeted ones.
Imagine what will happen if someone want to read tech related articles and found himself in a news and gist blog, he will definitely leave.
Getting targeted audience will reduce bounce rate and increase revenue either of ads or of affiliate marketing.
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START BLOGGING
BLOGGING IS NOT EASY
Many may think that all they need is to buy host, domain, install WordPress and that’s all, thee blog is up, but that is wrong, you’ve just started, there is a huge task after setting up a blog.
Do not be deceived, blogging is not easy, not as easy as some may have told you, it’s challenging, it requires hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Blogging is a business filled with competitions and challenges; the more seriously you are into it the more chance of succeeding you will have.
YOU NEED TO INVEST
This reminds of a quote “When you are afraid to invest, wealth remains a dream”.
Though I know, one may argue, since there are numerous blogging platforms that offer free services, but the truth is they are all below standard.
So as long as you need a blog, you to invest at least what you will use to buy a host and a domain for the blog.
YOU MUST BE PATIENT
You cannot just start blogging today and think you will cash out tomorrow.
Patience is a virtue every blogger should exhibit.
Many just work by the motivational stories of how some bloggers make it blogging, they read only the achievements without further reading on how long it take those bloggers to reach where they are.
Blogging is a business, earning from it is a gradual not automated process, how long it will take you depends on how seriously you take it and how well you are doing it.
CONTENTS ARE NOT ENOUGH
Content is king and will always be, but the fact is content alone is not enough.
You need to apply some strategies to make your blog up and running; you need to know some SEO practices and Marketing strategies.
Finally, this article have discussed some questions you need to ask yourself before you start a blog, and later listed some facts you should know before you started blogging.
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