Before You Start Blogging: 5 Things First

Blogging needs 5 things before you start

I was quick to teach you how to start blogging. I went straight to registering a domain and hosting to get you going. That, of course, is what all newcomers want to achieve immediately after resolving to blog.

But there is more to do before starting in the first place.

Any newbie who jumps into blogging without taking some stuff into account may likely jump out.

You might have read that there are about a billion blogs in the world or that at least a blog is launched for every 5 minutes. That’s true.

What they didn’t tell you was, more than half of those blogs were never visited by other persons than the owners.

Very many starters get frustrated along the way. They take blogging as a diary they can keep in their pockets and document their daily experiences.

Blogging is more complex than that.

You can easily throw your blogging ideas away if you don’t start with a few things in mind. If you should take these things seriously, I guarantee you a stress-free blogging experience.

Therefore, consider seeing to the following before you will start blogging or post a single alphabet to the internet.

What To Do Before You Launch Your Blogging Project

Certain activities and preparations must come ahead. You don't start before mending up (that may be time-consuming and frustrating). You should commit to the following before your blog is started.

1. Determination to Succeed

First, be determined to succeed in blogging. Blogging can be so frustrating. I’d shared how I got hooked and did the unspeakable with my first project.

You’re not going to feel any different.

Every blogger that is proud of his success today has some ugly stories to tell.

As for you, welcome on board.

You’ll face some challenges with every move. Your story may be different from mine but one way or the other, expect discouragement, disappoints, and frustrations.

I presume you should be on the lookout for challenges from families and friends, jobs, countries, laws, and so on.

Yet, I want to assure you that the only thing you need when the challenges arise is your dogged determination to start, run, and succeed at it.

When I didn’t make a penny in the first year of my first blog, I nearly let go. Reading other publishers' testimonies kept me going. I decided to see the end of the tunnel as there was a promise of the light. If those people could make it, I could do it too.

Then, bingo I made it!

2. Financial Back-Up Plan

One of the apparent issues you will face while starting out is finance. You need money to start blogging.

I don’t mean money for designing a blog. You can, of course, do that yourself with little computer skills. Luckily, there are free platforms to use for your blog. Blogger.com and Wordpress.com are open-source platforms you may use right away without spending a cent. Read: Start Blogging from the Start in Just 5 Minutes– Using Blogger.com.

But there is more to that.

Just like any other business, while you’re waiting for your first check, you’ll be surviving. Then, how?

You need money to support yourself before you start to be taking a few bulks from your Adsense earnings or see anything big form affiliate marketing or any other sources you create to make money with your content.

Where will this money come from?

You need to ponder on this as much as possible.

This is why I recommend working part-time or full-time somewhere while you start your blogging project on part-time.

Take up a teaching job. You can work at a computer firm or shop to gain more experience. You can also work with a company in your chosen niche to equip yourself with practical experiences.

And if you’re a student, be sure you’re supported by parents or guardians. And of course, this may be the best time to start your blogging adventure. You can use your off-lectures hours for your writing.

More on this later.

3. Determine Your Niche

Niche is an area or field of your discourse. It’s the area of specialty for your blog and its posts.

With very many niches available to you, you have to be choosy. You don’t take a niche for the beauty of the field; you do that for the end goal. If a niche won’t earn you money, you’re signing up to waste your precious time and efforts.

Be careful with the niche you dance with. A few areas are no-go niches for you as Google has warned you not to write for them. You won’t be ranked if you do. I covered this in my post, “11 Types of Blog You Shouldn’t Start Now or Never”. In that post, 6 niches should be avoided according to Big G. I also discouraged you from taking to 5 others that seem over-crowded.

Some are hot cake, yet, highly crowed that you may not make it to the top in a decade.

Some with very high earning potentials might not look very friendly but they pay you in the end. I listed those in my post, “Types of Less Crowded Blogs (Niches) to Start Now”.

You may need to check what you’re more interested in and see if it has earnings potential too. This may be your best take.

You can also check what you’re not "that interested in" but you’re sure you can develop the will, even passion, for with time if that will be potentially viable. See How To Write Content For Niches You Don't Know About.

Blogging shouldn’t be a problem if you can follow my guide in, “4 Super Approaches to Create, Build and Run Authority Blogs”. You’re opened to 4 approaches to uncover what is more suitable for you in that post.

4. Basic Blogging Training is Needed

Obviously, to start blogging, typing skills (which you can develop with time) and essentials of computer are all you need.

Just master typing, copy and paste, editing, and formatting. And with basic internet knowledge, you’re good to go.

Using images, charts, illustrators, etc may come in place as time goes on. There are non-copyrighted images and graphics you can use with your content that are readily available to you on Google images for free.

More than just that, you have to understand the basics of blogging.

Blogging is about quality content, link building, laws you should follow, audience engagement, and so on.

I’ve written score of beginner's guides to blogging on this blog. Take time to check for what will be of help when you dabble into things. My posts are usually step-by-step guides - opening your eyes to what you should understand up-front before embarking on this journey and how to keep things going.

5. Have a Few Posts Handy (if Possible)

After acquiring basic blogging know-hows, you should try to have a few posts written on your phone, exercise book, or on your computer word processing program.

Even though you’re yet to launch the project, it’s good if you can test the knowledge you’d acquired with a few posts. If you find writing or typing difficult, you'll love the bail-out tactics shared in "Blogging Without Writing Yourself: Writer's Block Ways-out" or "Long-Form Content: How to Easily Write Many Topics".

Interestingly, you can check for the same topics you’d just written with other publishers. See what they’d written on the topics and compare them with yours.

Are you able to do as well or better?

Answer to this question will give you the strength to put forward your work to the world. If you’d written better, you’re welcome to our world. If otherwise, don’t panic. You can start notwithstanding. Then, you should continue to edit, add more, and write more posts.

We all get better at this as we keep going.

Conclusion

When you read testimonies of people making 6-figure income from blogging, the next thought will be “I should be able to do the same. And you’re right as anyone can make that or more.

However, this reported success had come at a price. The starting point of such a price is covered in this post.

You have to be dogged in your determination, find means for in-the-meantime financial support, acquire the right basic blogging skills, and be choosy with a niche before you come online.

Wishing you luck!

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