It’s been a month since my lifestyle blogger journey has started and I decided to record my progress and challenges from the first month. After investing a month into blogging, I can now say that I may not be a professional but a blogger who knows how to make a blog. I just thought of putting my blogging Journey in this post and also share all my research, lessons, and challenges with you all.
How did I start blogging?
I always enjoyed writing about my life experiences, self-improvement, and positivity so I chose to write on a lifestyle niche also always wanted to write it on a platform where I can share it with others. I knew about blogging but life just kept happening and never really got the time to learn and write for a blog.
This year just before the COVID19 lockdown I decided to start a blog and started doing some research on it. I browsed a lot of articles on how to make a blog and how to create a blog website. I learned a lot of tips from youtube. Finally, after a good two weeks of research, I started making my blog on WordPress. As soon as I started writing the blogs I instantly got hooked to it and it has now become a part of my life since then.
1. Blogging platform:
When I was doing my research on how and where to write blogs. There were many options on the net like I could start writing with blogger, Tumblr, medium, WordPress, etc. I also got many suggestions to buy a domain and a hosting. I searched for some related questions on Quora and youtube and got some help from there. Most people suggested WordPress being good for many reasons and also easy to use for new bloggers so I signed up with WordPress. Then as I was new to blogging initially I just wrote a few articles on WordPress and got a bit comfortable for a week.
2. Domain and Hosting:
I wanted a domain and hosting for my site as I would like to reach more people and have an authority on my website. Most of my research came down to two options “Bluehost” and “Siteground”. Both are good for beginners but most people would want to go with Bluehost as it is a bit cheap as compared to Siteground.
I first registered a domain and hosting with Bluehost for two weeks as I was on a one month free Bluehost trial but due to some issues I shifted my hosting to siteground. I got a very good three months deal with site ground. Since I had already registered my domain with Bluehost I got to keep that. After changing the hosting to Siteground I am more comfortable as it has many features that I can use and also my website speed is much better.
3. Content is king:
Almost everywhere it says that content is the king. Your articles should be great and unique to read. Even we like to read content that is easy, informative, and unique. I went through a lot of blogs in my niche and studied what are the topics they are writing about and how.
There are some very good tutorials on youtube about how to write articles, titles, subtitles, word counts, headings, images, and how to use tags and keywords which are very useful for people who are new to the blogging world. Also it takes a little patience in writing unique content and doing the right keyword research for getting ranked on google. I use google docs, Grammarly, and prowritingaid apps for writing my content. For my images, I use some free images websites like Unsplash and pexels. And for keyword research I simply use the google keyword planner which is a free tool.
4. Social Media Presence:
I also created an account on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as these are some important social media platforms to promote your blogs. It takes some time on these social platforms to understand how to put your work there but it’s very important to get organic traffic to your site or blog. I joined blogging groups on Facebook to share my posts with other bloggers in the same niche. Also, Pinterest and Twitter presence helps a lot to create your blog awareness.
So since my blog is just a month old I haven’t really thought of making money out of it yet. Right now am enjoying writing content for my blogs and studying more about blogging. Also focussing more on writing good quality content. To monetize a blog its important to have a good number of page views on your blog and am still working on that. I think I would want to monetize my blog eventually sometime but for that it will take me some more patience and a lot of hard work. Until then I will focus more on creating content and will try to set a calendar for writing, publishing, and posting the content.
These were some tips from my one month journey as a new blogger. I am still studying and doing more research on how to make my blog more effective and tips on growing organic traffic. Hopefully, I will be back to you with some more progress and learnings on this blogging journey by the end of the second month of blogging.