If you did a Google search and landed on this post intending to learn how to start a blog, you are in the right place. 

There are a ton of successful blogs, and you could envy how they took off so fast. But instead of envying those blogs, I want to help you start your own blog today (not a free wordpress.com blog), and right now as a new blogger and create your first blog post. 


So in this the ultimate massive insane guide: 

I’ll walk you through, step-by-step how to start a blog, go ahead and answer some of the frequently asked questions about starting a WordPress blog, and then show you some of the tools that’ll help you get off the ground with your blogging career. 

And if you follow these steps to a tee, you’ll not only have a successful blog but also build a money-generating machine that will help you generate money while you sleep. 


That sounds like a reasonable offer, right? 

Don’t let your guard down. We have a long way to go. But first, let’s begin with the most frequently asked questions about how to start a blog. 


What Is A Blog? 


A blog refers to a website that’s regularly updated with fresh and great content, usually written in a conversational tone. 

A content creator who creates and updates a blog is called a blogger. He or she usually writes high-quality blog content intending to attract readers and share his or her view, experience and knowledge with them. 

Also, people start blogs with the ultimate goal of earning passive income. 


Why Should I Start My Blog? 


You don’t need to write like J.K Rowlings or Seth Godin or be an expert in html language to be a successful blogger. Readers want to share your moments with you. So as long as you can express your thoughts, rest assured you’ll build a successful blog. 

Additionally, you don’t need years of experience to get readers’ attention. I have seen people who started a blog as soon as they became mothers, and their blogs took off immediately. A good example is Elna Cain of Twins Mommy

When her twins were barely a year, she started a freelance writing business from scratch with no previous online or business experience. 

And within six months she was making a full-time income with her blog. 

A year later she started Twins Mommy to help other moms like her start a blog and grow their traffic and income. 

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In a nutshell, there are no limits to starting a successful blog – you can start a blog from any part of the world by: 

  • Choosing a new domain name (You can get a free domain name if you want Bluehost as your hosting company), 
  • Purchase hosting from a hosting company, select a blogging platform (install WordPress in one-click), 
  • Purchase a new theme (I don’t recommend free WordPress themes), and create your first post, at any age. 

Below is why people start blogs:


Making Money Online

More people are diving into working from home instead of traditional full-time jobs, and the number is likely to increase since the pandemic hit us

Blogging is by far the best way to make money online, and the rewards could be more if you do it the right way. The best of all is that you don’t need a degree or Ph.D. to get started with your blogging career – all you need is a functional computer and a stable internet connection.

And you don’t need to blog full-time to earn passive income. There are a ton of bloggers earning part-time and still make decent cash. 


Growing a Business or Personal Brand

You need to create awareness for your brand and attract more customers. The best way you can do that is by starting a personal blog. Blogs resonate well with prospective buyers. Eighty-Eight Percent of consumers research a product online before purchasing it. 

Therefore, if you want to scale your business to the next level, interact more with your readers, starting a blog is your best possible way to do that. And the best of all is that starting a blog has become a whole more straightforward over the years – you don’t need to be a coding master. 


Telling Your Story


Most people start a blog to share their personal experience with online readers, and it’s also one of the best strategies to get your blog off the ground as fast as possible. 

If you have had a bad experience in the past, faced challenges in life, starting a blog to give advice and encourage people who are undergoing the same could be a good idea. 

In a nutshell, a blog is an ideal platform where you can share your personal experience, views, and insights about how to approach a specific obstacle. 


Should I start A Blog? 


People ask a ton of questions – from how do bloggers make money to should I start a blog in 2021, and that’s what I want to answer right now. 

There has been an increased obsession with visual content lately. It’s taking over on some of the largest and most popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

And most people already have a feeling that the blogging industry could soon die. Let me drive away from the fear for you with facts and stats: 


  • Seventy-five percent of Internet users read blogs regularly. 
  • Content marketing, a branch of blogging, is now a $300 billion industry.


From the above stats, you can easily think of blogging as a very competitive industry with very limited opportunity of breaking through the noise, but that’s not the case. 

Blogging is a long-term investment. You don’t start a blog today and see the positive results tomorrow. It could take up to two years to start feeling the worth of having a blog. Sometimes, even six years to see the full potential of it. 

And because of this, most blogs don’t make it this far. Most bloggers give up in the long run because they are not patient enough to give it time. 


In other words, blogging doesn’t need the impatient – it needs people who can wait a little longer, regularly creating content on their blog and promoting it. 

Therefore, blogging is still a promising industry, but you must be prepared to stay patient before you can start seeing results. 

Not to worry, let’s dive into a step-by-step guide on how you can start your own blog: 


How To Start a Blog Step-By-Step in 2021: The Beginner’s Guide


1. Choose A Profitable Blog Niche In Three Steps


Ideal Blog Niche

 

Aspiring new bloggers keep on asking the same question: 

How do I choose a profitable niche/ topic for my blog? 

And to be honest, this is one of the reasons why most people fail at blogging. They invest months or even years trying to specialize in the wrong niche. 

Worst of all, they realize it when it’s too late.


That means that the only option they are left with is to start all over again. 

Then the cycle continues – they invest time and money, months, or even years trying to force a topic to the wrong target audience. 

Maybe you think that the right blog topic for your target audience is what you enjoy writing about. 

Honestly, doing something out of passion is good in line with other factors. Writing a topic you love is even a better idea. 


The downside? 

Not everyone wants to listen to the topics you love writing about – people are looking for solutions on the Internet, so give it to them. 

In other words, choose a profitable niche, where passion meets revenue potential, a niche that will drive traffic, help you make more sales, and earn passive income. 

So how do you do all that? 

Below are three steps/ factors to consider when choosing a profitable niche: 


STEP 1 – Your Audience Revenue Potential


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Usually, when someone wants to start a blog, they ask: what should be my niche? To some extent, that’s right, but this is what you should be asking yourself – who is my target audience? 

In other words, you need to offer your target audience something valuable – solve some of their problems to make money. 

Usually, people are willing to spend any amount on their biggest nightmares, and this is your chance. 


(Hey, I’m not saying your focus should be on making money. Solve your audience’s needs first, and you’ll reap big afterward.)

That’s why you need to understand your audience’s pain points and find solutions to them. And to do that is by looking at yourself – defining what audience you belong to first. 

The reason why this is important is that you’re way better at solving a problem you have encountered. 


STEP 2 – Your Professional Leverage


Once you complete defining your audience revenue potential, the next step is to leverage the advantages you have. So ask yourself the following questions: 

  • What’s my professional experience? 
  • Do I have connections within my industry? 
  • Can I use my professional experience to build a successful blog? 
  • If I intend to do a guest post, which blog industries would accept my pitches? 


If you are serious about building a successful blog, you need to make your intentions known to your audience. And to do that, you need to maximize your connections, your experience, and any other competitive advantage you may have. 

When building your own blog, one thing you will be required to do is to build connections with other industry blog owners in your niche. And when doing this, make sure that you are only targeting blogs with a high Domain Authority (DA) to get quality backlinks for SEO purposes. 

In a nutshell, leveraging your professional experience is an excellent idea for the success of your blog. Imagine what it’ll be like to get published in a popular magazine like Business Insider in regards to your professional experience? Check out Danny Margulies’ story on Business Insider

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Being featured on Business Insider helped Danny Margulies to build a successful blog called Freelance To Win, Check out his site here.


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And check out his monthly stats ( more than 5.900 visitors/month) on Ubersuggest


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STEP 3 – Keyword Research For SEO


Most bloggers ignore the most critical factors when choosing a niche – keyword research. It’s relatively simple. You should know what your target audience is searching for on the internet. 

And the bitter truth, even if you may not like it, is that you have to be excellent in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) if you want your blog to rank high in the search engines. 

And if you are wondering why you need to have the necessary SEO skills, here’s why: people search 63,000 times every second. That means that 3.8 million searches are made every minute, 228 million searches every hour, and the big surprise over 5 billion searches every day. 


Fortunately, you have a variety of SEO tools that can help you. Some of the most popular SEO tools include SEMRush, Ahrefs, Ubersuggest, among others. These tools can help you know the following: 

  • Monthly search volume
  • Keyword difficulty (the possibility to rank for a specific keyword)
  • The average cost per click (CPC). These are costs paid by the advertiser for every click on his or her ad. Check out more about CPC here


And below is what you need to consider while doing your keyword research using Ubersuggest tool

Monthly Search Volume:

  • 0-1,000: Low
  • 1,000-5,000: Low/Medium
  • 5,000-20,000: Medium
  • 20,000-100,000: High
  • 100,000+: Very High