Five Easy Steps to Starting Your Blog


“You can’t overestimate the need to plan and prepare. In most of the mistakes I’ve made, there has been this common theme of inadequate planning beforehand. You really can’t over-prepare in business!”-Chris Corrigan

You have made the decision to start a blog but you’re not sure how to go about it. Here are five easy steps, and a few good tips, to make the process quick and easy.

Step 1: Choose your niche.

What’s your blog going to be about? You may want to do a bit of keyword research here. If you already have a business, then need to related the main topic of your blog should be related to your online business and those keywords, however, you can still narrow your blog niche.

For example, if you have an online business on potty training, your blog could be about positive reinforcement training, about moving from diapers to big kid pants, or even about games to play to encourage potty training – because potty training is more fun when you play.

Step 2: Choose your platform.

WordPress, Blogger, Typepad and Moveable type are only a few of the options. You can also explore the blogging platform your website host offers. Analyze and compare each platform to find the one that best meets your needs. Many people choose WordPress because of its easy to use nature and the ability to customize your blog.

Step 3: Create your blog site.

Depending on the platform you’re using you will either be working with the template and customizations offered or you can have your blog site designed by a professional. There are thousands of templates, some paid and some free, available by WordPress developers and they’re easily customizable.

Step 4: Choose your blogging schedule and blog.

How often are you going to blog? Create a realistic schedule and stick to it. Remember that even if you decide you’re going to blog once a week, you can always blog more. Blogging less than that isn’t recommended. Blogs are active sites and people expect frequent content updates. They will come to love reading your content so you want to keep it relevant and fresh.

Step 5: Bring on the traffic.

Once you feel comfortable with the number of posts you have on your blog and you’re happy with the way it looks, it’s time to drive traffic to your blog. Social networking, PPC (Pay Per Click), registering your blog with relevant directories and commenting on other related blogs helps drive traffic.

Starting a blog isn’t the difficult part; the tough part is deciding to start a blog. Once you have gotten started you might consider a little help with getting going during your first week. Learn more about the first week of blogging and how to do it the right way.



LaTara is the Chief Blogger and trainer at Get Online Basics, providing the work at home entrepreneur and small business owner with practical and viable solutions for building their online presence. Start your training to better online marketing with the Get Online Basics Training Center. Just click the website link and you will be redirected.

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  1. LaTara Ham-Ying
    May 20, 2011 | 11:31 am

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