collaborative post // Blogging can be an extremely fun hobby that can even turn into a money making venture if you experience success along the way. Your blog can be whatever you want it to be. It can be a personal space to journal. It can be a space to make some money, advertising products and services. It can be somewhere that you share your creative ventures.
It can be somewhere that you engage with others. Whatever you want your blog to be, or grow to be, here are some pieces of advice and guidance that should help you to get this journey started out on the right foot!
Setting Your Blog Up
Start out by making sure you have a blogging space to use. If you have a small budget, you may want to opt for a small and free platform to begin with. Sure, this looks less professional, but not everyone is going for professional.
If you do want a professional and quality looking blog, make sure to reach out to specialists in website development, who will be able to put your ideas on screen, crafting the perfect website for you to work from.
Creating Your Content
Next, you need to start actually creating the content you’re going to post to your blog. This can be the most daunting part of the process. This is where your individual talents have to shine and come to the forefront.
You need to be interesting. You need to be engaging. Think about what people will want to see and read about. Combine this with your personal passions and interests or experiences and you should be good to go!
Connect Your Social Media
Some people may be reluctant to connect their social media to their blog. This is often through fear of judgement – particularly the judgement of people who you know personally. But believe it or not, connecting your social media to your blog could be just what you need to give it the kick start it needs.
Your friends and family are likely to follow links and connect to your site, engaging with its content and boosting traffic organically. They can also prove to be really encouraging, giving you more confidence in your skillsets and potential. Sometimes, you may want to link your blog back to your own social media, so people who find you through your blog can follow you on social platforms too. This creates a good synergy that will boost traffic in both directions.
Look into ways to monetise your blog. As soon as you have traffic passing through and engagement, there should be opportunities out there. Many companies will want to collaborate with you to advertise or promote their products and services.
For example, if you have a beauty blog reviewing different beauty products, you may find that makeup, skincare, haricare and other similar brands reach out to you to review their products. You can charge a fee for this service. The more readers you have, the more you can charge.
These are just a few starter steps, but they should help to get your blogging journey on a roll!