5 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Start Your Own Blog

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that many businesses now take advantage of blogging to increase and improve their popularity. Indeed, writing has changed a great deal over the years. So, before you start your own blog consider how many people use the Internet everyday, there is no telling how great your audience can grow into if you do produce great content.start-your-own-blog

If you are planning to reach out to people through blogging, there are several questions you need to ask yourself first before you go ahead and create one. Doing this will help you create the best service and the right content for it.

1. Who am I writing for?

This is one of the biggest questions that you should ask yourself first. It is just like deciding what kind of customers you want to attract when you decide you want to sell a service or a product. If you know the type of people that you want to write for, you can come up with topics that will interest and entice them to keep reading. Also, you will know exactly how you will want to write your entries.

If you are writing something meant for the younger generation, a good idea would be to write the blogs as if you are friends. People go online to read fun stuff, so try not to sound extremely formal unless you are writing for educational purposes.

2. Am I writing something beneficial?

Blogging can be very powerful if done the right way. It’s not just like an online diary that you can write your thoughts or things that had happened during your day. People go online and surf around to find interesting things. Put yourself in your readers’ shoes, would you want to read something that does not concern you?

Would you want to spend time reading something that you won’t even benefit from? Make sure that what you are about to make can provide genuine information to your readers. Some good examples of articles to write would be about product information, how-to articles, current events, etc.

3. How often do I need to post?

If you’re planning to write a blog, you need to keep it constantly updated. Often times it depends on the subject matter that you are writing about. However, two entries a week is a good start to making sure that your blog stays active. Remember, people will not want to read your blog if it contains outdated information.

4. How long do my blog posts need to be?

You have to make sure that you do not write neither too little nor too much. This is why – writing too little may cause your readers (and even Google) to believe that your articles do not have enough content to have much valuable information; if you write it too long, your readers might get the impression that you are just leading them on by going in circles and buying their reading time with the length of your articles.

Lately, articles need to be AT LEAST 500 words. Anything shorter than that has higher chances of being rejected by the internet when you try to place it in the search engines.

5. Am I making enough use of social media?

Just like blogging, social media websites are not solely for the purpose of staying in touch with friends and family. For businesses, it’s a way for them to “extend their reach”, to be known by more people as much as possible. Social media sites can help you branch out to other people writing the same things as yours. You can post about it in your Facebook page or even tweet about it. start-your-own-blog

If you build a professional relationship with them, they can feature your work on their site and increase your audience even more. In return, you can do the same for them, this is also known as Guest Posting. If you write for other highly-reputed sites, you have more chances of getting discovered and have more people come to your own site to take a look at what you’ve got to offer.

Conclusion

Keeping these 5 fundamental tips in mind can surely help you out when you try to make a blog of your own. Just remember to be patient and faithful because building a big number of audiences surely takes time, but all your efforts will be worth it once your website gets on its feet.

Author: Kimberly Darvin

Kimberly Darvin is a graduate of AB Media Arts from Southville International School and Colleges in the Philippines. She currently works at home as the Content Manager of OnlineJobSite.ph and Outsourcing Exposed

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  1. That point about writing longer articles is definitely worth remembering. I have found this myself.

    Of course you should make sure that the stuff you do write is concise and not repetitive. If you feel you have to pad the article out to get to 500 words then you shouldn’t make it that long. Better to have a punchy article of, say, 350 words.

    I wouldn’t go below 300 words though. If you struggle to write a blog post longer than 300 then I think you should wait until you come up with another idea that’s related and fuse the two into one longer article.

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    • Thanks Matt! Glad to know you agree with my work! Aside from the fact that Google now rejects articles below 400 words, it really does feel like a waste of time. Personally, I don’t like reading articles that are too short either. I feel like I’m reading something that doesn’t have much value. Or maybe that’s just the reader/writer in me.

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  2. Another important thing is connecting with bloggers in your niche. You can do it with blog commenting and guest posting.

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  3. Awesome and informative post! Well yes, One should provide quality information to readers, which will be beneficial for them. And agreed, visitors/readers are not interested to read outdated information, so it’s a good strategy to keep the blog updated constantly. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. It’s really helpful for all newbie who are interest to build a new blog. Thanks for sharing this for us.

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  5. Hey Kimberly,

    It think fitting together the passion with the target market is the foundation of it all.
    That’s where it all begins.
    The clearer one is on these two the easier blogging is going to be. That’s my take on the topic.

    Thanks for the share!
    Akos Fintor

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  6. Learning how to write for the audience of your niche is the most important thing in blogging. Keeping them interacting and sharing is key!

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