Hi, friend, are you in search of how to start a blog?
If yes, then your search comes to an ultimate end.
I bet you to get succeed in this blogging journey as i lay down a blueprint to start your first blog.
Have you ever thought, why people plan to start a blog even in 2021 and maybe you are thinking same to start a new blog.
From my point of view, you may have seen a blog that making a million-dollar income from an ordinary blog.
But the reality is, that blog is not an ordinary blog but would be an extraordinary blog.
This master guide will give you a complete idea of how to start a blog start from basic to advance steps. Which Include
If you are excited then here we have some most successful money making blogs.
They have nailed the blogging industry and making six-figure income every month.
John Lee Dumas running a blog Entrepreneurs On Fire for more than 5 years.
He interviews all the big Entrepreneurs on his podcast and shares the smart strategy to fire up your business.
He made more than $2,10,291 in December 2017.
Check Entrepreneurs On Fire Income Report
Pet Flynn running a blog Smart Passive Income for more than 8 years.
His blog is all about sharing the smart strategy on how to make passive income using various sources.
He made more than $1,67,553 in December 2017.
Check Smart Passive Income Income Report
Harsh Agarwal the founder of Shoutmeloud for more than 10 years.
His blog is all about sharing the information related to blogging and all-around money making tips.
He made more than $40,000 in February 2018.
Check ShoutMeLoud Income Report
Have you noticed one thing which is common in all of them? is the time or years they put into learning blogging and mastering the skills of SEO.
If you are excited then here I will get you through every single step to start a money making million dollars blog.
When i started my blogging, i have seen more than 700+ youtube videos and read more than 300+ differnt blogs.
But for you, this single blog will be the common window to get everything what a blogger needs.
How to Start a Blog in 11 Steps : Step-by Step Guide
It is very crucial to clear fundamentals of blogging before deep diving or scaling your blog.
Hence, I decided to lay down a complete guide into a total of 11 fundamentals or steps, which cover every single topic that you must know as a beginner to expert your blogging skills.
If you have no time to read this guide make sure to bookmark this page for future read purposes but I strongly recommend to go through each step, if you want to learn blogging.
Remember more than 91% of published blogs never getting organic traffic.
But, I believe if you understood the concept then you will be out of 91% Blogger, who are not getting single traffic on this website.
Read More : How to Rank #1 in Google
Let first start with the basics on what is Blog?
Step 1 : What is Blog and Why You should start a blog?
Let me first clarify your doubt on differences in between blog and website.
Consider website as a static or dynamic webpages, where you will see few timely changes and it is mainly created to represent any business products or services.
But blog is created to provide detail information about particular topic and you will experience timely changes on blog either on daily,weekly or monthly basis.
Blog has a cronological order of the blog posts, where most recently published posts will be appeared on the top.
Besides,do remember blog can be a part of website, where website can provide the details of it's product or services by publishing blog post but a blog can not be a website.
And if you are willing to start a blog, then that process of learning or implementing techniques is known as blogging.
In general, Blogging is a way to build your blog and start sharing your learning and experiences about a particular subject.
Which means, you are making reader friendly content for the worldwide audience and in return you will have chance to get monetize your blog.
Are you excited to know how to monetize?
Yes, blog can make you million dollar income like others and will discuss the same in this blog.
3 Reasons why you should start a blog?
If you got an idea about the basics of blogging then let me get you a few reasons, why you should start a blog in 2021?
3 Reasons why you should not start a blog?
If you are admiring any of the blogging advantages, then here I am to explain to you how to start a blog, which can turn your initial investment of time, efforts and money into million-dollar income.
Bonus Tips : By having a blog, maybe you will win or lose but if not then you will definitely lose.
Let's move forward and jump into the second step on introducing Blogging platforms.
Step 2: WordPress vs Blogger : Best Platform?
Few people love to start blogging without investing single penny and others dare to invest few bucks with confidence to get it back in a couple of months.
Tell me, what is your thought in the comment box about investing money in blogging.
If you ask me, what I did when I start blogging?
Then I did start with the free one but soon after I invested a few bucks and today I am making more than $1000 every month from blogging.
Wait, the proof is waiting ahead in this guide.
But why I asked you to chose between free and paid blogging is because of blogging platforms.
If you want to start a blog then you need a content management tool that we call CMS and in this list, there are two pupular platforms.
What is Blogger?
Blogger is a Google own content management platform which was started back in the year 2003.
If you are willing to start a blog with Blogger then what you need is just an email id and rest will be given free by Google.
But it has some advantages and more disadvantages, so let me drop all of them one by one.
Advantages of Blogger CMS
Disadvantages of Blogger CMS
If you have the vision to turn your blog into a million-dollar business then probably this free platform would not be the best choice to start your blog.
Then the second best choice would be WordPress,so what is WordPress and how to start a blog with WordPress will be the focus of this guide.
What is WordPress and Its Type?
WordPress is the most popular free content management tool, was started back in the year 2003.
As per the stats, more than 60% of bloggers are using WordPress to manage their blogs and it is well known as self-hosted blogging platform.
This means you are the owner of the blog and you can scale this as you want using the additional services available in the market.
WordPress is a free CMS owned by a non-profit organization WordPress foundation and they offer two most popular platform.
But we are focused around WordPress.org as WordPress.com is similar to a blogger with limited freedom under the free plan and you need to pay extra to use the pro features.
WordPress.org will be like your own house, where you can manage your blog by investing just a few bucks ideally $50/year.
If you are keen to learn the differences in between wordpress.com vs wordpress.org, then i recommend to exploring the detailed guide.
Let me highlight the long list of advantages and disadvnatages of WordPress.
Advantages of WordPress
Disadvantages of WordPress
Well, it seems WordPress also has disadvantages but the reality is everything is easy to manage with just $50/year investment or maybe max $100/year.
You can manage security, backup and performance using free plugins and you are good to go.
So no worries, the later guide will give you all list of plugins which will manage everything you want for free.
I love WordPress and almost every blogger willing to use the same, what about you?
If you make up your mind to start a blog with WordPress then this guide is to master you in the art of Blogging, now you have to choose which platform you would like to start?
Start with WordPress as it is ruling the market and the most favored choice.
Must Read : Why I Choose WordPress for Blog
Bonus Tips : According to W3Techs close to 62% of the CMS (Blogs) are using WordPress which is 35% of the total website or internet market shares.
Are you excited?
If yes then let me guide you first what is Niche and how to select Niche for your Blog?
But if you are in hurry then here is quick video on what is this 11 fundamental guide all about.
Step 3: What is Niche,and how to Choose Best Niche?
Consider Niche as a category or any industry and in other word's you can think this as a particular subject around which your site is targeted.
Selection of a Niche is prime criteria for any blog to success and we will discuss the basics of Niche and how you should select a niche.
Finding the right niche is a more sort of research and brainstorming process, as having a blog is not a difficult job but maintaining the continuity of a blog is a very critical job.
Hence, the Niche of the blog should be more of your interest or passion, which could be anything and if you do not have more knowledge about that topic then do more research on that particular subject.
Every day, more than 2 million blog posts publish and according to Ahref around 91% of them won't even get single traffic why?
Because they lacking somewhat with the right niche and keyword selection.
Are you curious to know what types of niche websites exist and which one you should choose to create your blog? If yes then read more.
Must Read : Types of Blog that make you Money.
Types of Niches and their importance?
What I am going to teach here, you will experience the same in a different category of websites, so be focus and try to understand the concept as finding the right niche is the foundation of your blog.
Probably you have seen many blogs which love to write about different categories or subjects, in this list you can take an example of mrvyasidea.
In this site, I write about the number of topics such as cryptocurrency, blogging, online business, and technical tips.
This means it is a collection of different categories and known as a multi-niche blog or multi-category blog.
This type of website will be the best choice if you have time or expertise to share posts on all but you are one-man army then drop the idea and check for the Micro Niche or Niche website.
Niche or Micro Niche Blog
When you choose a particular subject and start writing about that only then your blog will be known as Niche blog.
If I drill down the category of any blog then it will start with Niche--> Sub Niche--> Micro niche.
Consider you are passionate about health then what would be the sub-niches for health?
If you are planning to write about health including all the above topics then your blog will be known as Niche blog and the best example of that is health.com
Niche blog needs expertise in all the various topics of that category and of-course a team to write about all the sections.
That is why as an individual I won't recommend you to start a niche blog in 2021 and for you, the next best choice would be either Sub-Niche or Micro niche website.
Q : What is a Sub Niche or Micro Niche?
If you will ignore all other topics and start writing only about specific sub niche like Yoga then your blog will be known as Sub-Niche or Narrow niche targeted blog.
And if you further drill down and find inside topic ideas of Sub Niche, like if we talk about Yoga then the Micro niche blog will be that in which you write about Different Yoga poses to reduce back pain only.
Is this making sense?
Yes, idea is to narrow down your subject which is interesting for you to write and you have expertise on that subject, this will make you very successful in this blogging journey.
If curious about micro-niche blog, here is a master guide to start a micro-niche blog.
There are different types of niches, such as New websites and general blog etc, but our focus is to introduce major types especially a blog which an individual can start.
Let me guide you on how to find a niche for your blog and what strategy you should use for the same which, i use all the time.
Bonus Tip : 2022 is fully focused around to start a Micro Niche blog only because you can not master your skills on every subject but yes you can on one particular and Google care about E.A.T.
E=Experties A= Authoritative T=Trustworthy
How to find a Profitable Niche for Blog?
While choosing a niche, you have to decide between two things either short term goal or long term goal and I hope you will choose long term goals.
Hence here is the strategy I use and recommend you to go through the same steps for finding a profitable niche.
BrainStorm to find Ideas
It seems foolish for a second but trusts me it needed, just pulls a pen and paper and note down ten things which you love the most.
No matter what you are thinking, just hit it on the paper, notepad or whatever you are handy with.
But make sure, a blog is not all about watching movies, it is more about writing posts which need efforts to write and great passion or vision to achieve some goal.
This activity feeds some data in your sub-conscious mind to process later when you will go and see the ocean of categories as explained in the next step.
Are you enjoying? keep reading.
Grab the best category of your choice
If I will ask you to name few categories then you may be stopped after 10 and that is why you have to show your mind the ocean of categories, which you can get from two big platforms.
Ezine Articles : This will list all the categories
If you will select any category then you will have a list of all the sub-niches as we discussed earlier as an example I choose Health and Fitness and you have a list of more than 100+ categories.
Now your subconscious mind will grab the best out of all these categories and you are done with the selection of best niche for your blog which matches your interest.
If this is not enough then parallelly start exploring the product categories of Amazon, that is amazing.
But we need more research with the trend on that topic which ensures the long term goal and people interested in that particular topic.
The Ability of Potential Traffic
It is a crucial mistake everyone does that they chose what they like most but the problem will arise when there is no trend of Google search.
This means no one is interested in that particular topic or that topic is limited to very few audiences or it is a seasonal topic which people love to explore in particular season only.
You can take help from Google trend and here I searched for a keyword or your niche Yoga.