First time to start a blog? Or just starting a new one? You might want should look at this checklist on how to start a blog and live a majestic life out of it. You don’t want to do my mistakes again, right?
1. Determine what you will be blogging about
Just imagine a racecar driver without a map. Of course, he’ll be lost right? It’s the same as in blogging. You don’t know what you’re blogging about, you don’t know your niche. Your blog will quickly die. So, start off by picking a niche but be sure it’s a broad one that you can blog about for years.
2. Think of a catchy, entertaining and easy to remember title
Now, invent something that makes someone curious when they see it. Make it catchy, that will make them laugh. Invent a cool brand that’ll make them blog about you.
Take this blog’s brand for example. When you see a link that says “Make Money Online” Will you click it? More likely, you’ll not because there are tons of sites that talk about make money online but if I add little twist like “Make Money Online with a 13-year old” Will you click it? ;)
3. Buy a domain name that is related to your title
AND is easy to remember! Domain names matter nowadays because there are tons of sites swarming the web. How could a person remember your domain that says makemoneyonlinewithsomethingsomething.com? So always keep it short, the shorter the better. Try hunting domains with 2-3 words. You can buy a domain at Godaddy.
4. Choose a blogging platform
Try considering your needs and budget. For example you just need a simple blog and you don’t have a budget for a cheap $20 web host try blogger or blogspot.com :P It’s easier to run and can be indexed by search engines much easier but if you’re the kind of guy who needs a lot of plugins and themes.
I recommend WordPress, hands down. If you’ve chosen a free hosted blogging platform, ignore step 5.
5. Find a reliable web host
Who likes to visit a site that always gives you a “sorry, can’t connect messages” Its ok at first but when it hits a reader 2 or more times it gets irritating.
You might as well find a reliable web host. Ask forums for their suggestions. Review the web host first and remember that 99.9% uptime and 99.5% uptime is a big difference!
6. Find a flexible theme and EDIT it
Your blog’s design is part of your blog’s brand. If you know a little bit of CSS and some html, try editing some cool themes or if you’re not just in to designing. You could hire someone at elance.com. Just remember to be unique.
7. Sign-up for a Web Analytics
How can you tell if you’re doing the right thing, if your marketing tactics is effective if you don’t have stats? Web analytics is very important especially on a blog. Web analytics can tell you what’s hot on your blog, what’s lame, what most people like and what’s the most useful post you got.
Another thing that’s very important about web analytics is that you can track where your visitors came. Is it Referral? – Visitors referred by other sites. Direct? Visitors who visited your website by typing your blog’s URL in their browser and last but most importantly, Search Engine? Visitors who found your blog through organic search. More explanations about Web Analytics >>>
8. Make a cool first post about what your blog is
Delete the old “Hello World!”. Make a cool first post about you and your blog. Nobody wants to see a lame first post and a test comment by old Mr. WordPress!
9. Think about what you’ve done
Geesh! Steps 1-9 is hard work, it’s time to recap all the things that you’ve accomplished and review it all again if you missed or forgot something behind. Ask yourself these questions first:
- Do I have a niche that I can blog about for years?
- Do I have the right website title?
- Is my domain easy to remember?
- Do I really like this blogging platform?
- Is my *hosting* reliable?
- Do I have a unique theme?
- Did I sign up for a web analytics?
- Did I make a cool first post?
- Are my answers to the above questions are yes?
If not, go back to number 1.
10. Start posting REAL content – The REAL Challenge
Right, it’s now time to research and blog about your niche. Keep your promises, research and be sure about your facts and give them the REAL content. Remember that it’s not that easy to blog like what most bloggers think. It can burn you out so be prepared!
Also, a blog is for you to share your thoughts on a specific topic. Your not CNN, don’t write like you’re writing a book for schools. Pull off some jokes, catchy tag lines or some cool sayings maybe.
11. Socialize with other bloggers
Now you got the content, it’s time to show them to other people. Start off by socializing with bloggers like you. Make friends with them but don’t give too much trust. The internet is a scam world. Don’t give personal data, passwords, or even your analytics report, but I do have one thing to suggest “Be your self”
12. Build readership
Cool! You drove hundreds of visitors to your blog in just a week! Are they coming back? Or they’re just passing by and leaving like they haven’t seen you’re blog? Regular readers are your goldmine. They’re easier to but from you and they”ll even help you when you’re down or losing! Be sure to give them special treatment. Like a linklove post for your regular readers.
Helpful Article: Don’t let them get away! Convert them into regular readers with these 5 tips!
Now, here’s your reward. It’s time to monetize! You should have the right niche, blog title, domain, blogging platform, hosting, theme and analytics program for now. You should have made your cool first post for now and posted some useful articles. You should have received a pretty decent amount of traffic and most of all you have built a couple of loyal readers.
Time to make money and live a majestic life out of your blog, but how? There are tons of ad programs out there, but we’ll go to the most trusted and scam free sites first. Check out my list:
- Google AdSense – Contextual advertising
- ReviewMe – Get paid reviewing websites. Sign up for ReviewMe
- Kontera – In text advertising! Sign up for Kontera
- Affiliates – I must say, this program made me the most money! You can find affiliate programs through Clickbank, CJ, Paydotcom, etc.
14. Blog and blog again until your blog dies
Things go up must come down! So don’t be surprised if your blog suddenly dies and gets too old. Well, at least you milked it very well through all the year.
15. When your blog dies, read carlocab.com
Don’t want to lose all your hardwork? Then read carlocab.com, You can’t be wrong on this!
I think that this blog is well descripted.
can you help me my financial problem here in web? :(
m.. very nice
very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
Quite common sensical, hehehe…:P I’m new to your blog~~ :)
By the way, ummm…the pop up ad is a bit irritating. ^_^ Peace!
Hey i was just wondering what affiliate program you use. I tried clicking on the link and it didn’t work. I have been trying to find one but Clickbank is for 18 and up. I am into making money online for teenagers too!
hey thanks man :)
Very nice I am lauching a regular website but I will also create a blog and follow your stuff.
Thanks for this link! :) Hahaha~~ hello world!!! Victim sometimes of these, hehehe
The Money Magnate says
Thanks Carl, that’s a nice checklist there. Often, it’s easy to forget about fundamentals. Other times, getting started is the biggest pain in the *ss, hahaha. How has TextLinkAds worked for you so far?
Talking Website says
Great advice, thanks. Good work.
I’ve been following your steps! Crossing my fingers that I get a reader to stay.
I have just started a Blog project as well under instruction from a mate of mine who does this for a living. The advice here and on other sites is very similar. This is good news for me as my mate is not having a lend of me.
I am very impressed that a 14 yo is making money from this and if you can do it i am sure in 12 months i can give up my day job and “Live a Majestic Life”. Well done Carl
Dividend growth investor says
Good Tips Carlo!
I’m not sure if you’re aware of this but WordPress does not allow advertising through places like AdSense and Text Link Ads. I don’t know if you posted this information before they stopped allowing it, but I thought people should know. I created a blog, made a couple of posts and now have to move my blog somewhere else. Anyone know if Blogger allows advertising?
I really like the way you keep it simple, just do these things and go with it. I do believe there is a little more to it than that, like writing good content, providing valuable information, developing good relationships with visitors, but you are young and you are successful.
Ray Zedrick says
Good stuff!!! Tnx men!!
Mike Jones says
Great blog. I have leard a great deal from your stuff. Keep up the hard work, Mike
I missed the step between 11 (socialize) and 12 (build your readership) because all of a sudden you have hundreds of visitors coming to your site. (I did check out the link to the 69 ways to boost your web exposure)
Pinging, bookmarking, reviewing products… how long did it take you to generate decent traffic? Do you find social networking sites like mybloglog, blogcatalog, or link exchanges work?
Thanks for your two cents.
Dividend Growth Investor says
Blogger does allow you to advertise. I am using Google Adsense and Kontera. I have also used bidvertiser in the past, but their ads refered my readers to scams, so I had to take them out.
VERY INFORMATIVE! THANKS!
Now I know better, thanks
I was wondering what Carl used to design this website?If any one knows please post here and tell me or if you Carl could tell me?
Also Carl do you know like html, and css? OR DID YOU CREATE THIS SITE FROM?
It would be so nice if you answered
how can a blog dies?
does because it reach maximum number of posts or too old??
Bro Alex says
You mentioned something about socializing with other bloggers, but omitted the “Marketing Part” , most of the bloggers prefer not to say a word about their advertising strategies and how much money is spent on Adwords , Bitvertiser and such contextual advetising.
Some great basic information on how to start a blog!
Thanks for posting this very cool and informative article about blogging! Now, I’ve realized that it’s very important to have a niche… you know, i have a blog but it doesn’t have a niche. i am talking about anything under the sun and now, my blog looks like a personal web-diary, how cool is that?
I must have a niche now and it should be all about survivor insights.
I just make a new blog following your methods. Thanks for the great info.
I love the last part about “when your blog dies read carlocab”. Nice one ;0
Thanks for these tips by the way. I choose the television niche because I love watching TV shows. Hopefully I will make money in the future.
Carl, I’d like to thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge on starting a blog. It’s very inspiring and motivating. Please keep up the good work and best wishes!
Is there any money making opportunities for a blogger whose interest revolves around politics?
Yan - Future Blogging Idol? says
I discovered this article from Dean’s site and I must say this checklist is really good and of course, my favorite has got to be #15. I’ll take note of it when my blog fails but I don’t see it happening anytime soon….:lol:
So, this is really amazing!
I doubt i could do it though.
We become what we think about, all day long
Olin Hyde says
Great article. I am amazed to see how few articles provide meaningful, solid advice on developing a checklist for blogging.
I think the focus must be more on content and less on money. The one thing I suggest you add is authenticity and generosity. As a salesman, I never ask for an order until I have given the potential customer something of value. Usually it is information. And that’s what the web is all about.
Your site is authentic. Your content is yours.
Many thanks for posting such good advice.