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A Beginner’s Guide to Start Blogging in 2018 – [Step-by-Step Guide]

Are you going to start blogging in 2018? Everybody is starting a blog because they see others are doing it. There is no problem in starting a blog or becoming a blogger – the problem is that if you want to start a blog just to make money online, then you might stop blogging at some point.

You’ll find out the reason and understand the whole point of this blog post, but before we go any further, I’d like you to know that what you’re going to get from this blog post:

  • Who should start blogging?
  • What kind of a blog should you start writing?
  • What’s the secret sauce of money making blogging?
  • How can you become successful in blogging?

So, I need to break down the whole understanding of blogging concept into bite-sized pieces for everyone to understand this – it doesn’t matter you’ve started your blog or about to start blogging in 2018. The point is that you must know the basics of success in blogging, which you’ll learn in this blog post.

Wait a minute, if you are confusing it with Vlogging, I have a separate guide on Blogging vs Vlogging which demonstrates the complete difference between the vlog and a blog.

 

Coming back to the topic, Here are the steps that will help you start and succeed in blogging in 2018:

Step #1: Ask Yourself: Do You Like Blogging?

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Let me tell you this very clearly that you won’t make money from your blog if you’re just looking at the money side of blogging. The reason for that is you might not have the passion for blogging, and the passion is the only thing that keeps bloggers going. If you don’t have a passion for blogging, or you don’t like the struggle of being a blogger, or you won’t work late night, and you won’t face failures with an open heart, then you might not want to become a blogger.

The truth is that you might quit at some point when you don’t see money rolling into your pocket. This is what that differentiates the successful and unsuccessful bloggers.

So ask yourself that whether or not you like blogging – if the answer is YES, then you might go ahead to the next step. Otherwise, find something else to work on. For example, you can start working on Fiverr.

The purpose is that you don’t have to start blogging if you don’t passionately like it.

Step #2: Work On the Niche Selection

You might see how well your friend’s body building niche blog is doing and start thinking about creating a similar blog without realizing that he does gym, and is passionate about exercise, which is why he is working on a fitness and exercise blog, and succeeding. If you blindly build a similar fitness and exercise blog even when you don’t have a passion for the niche, you’re doing on a suicide mission.

find your niche

You must focus a lot on the niche selection because if you make a wrong decision at this point, you’ll have to come back to the same point at some point in the future. So in order to save time, energy, and money, do your work, analyze your passion, and choose your blog niche wisely.

I wrote a guide on growing a niche blogging, which you can read and take benefit from it.

Step #3. Start Your Blog the Right Way

A lot of starters get stuck in the beginning. It’s okay to be worried about investing your first $100 to $200 in something that you haven’t done before – but if you’re passionate about blogging, you’ll definitely go ahead.

Please note that I’m not advising you to make this investment. You want to start a blog; I’m just helping out to get started. You may save a lot of money and time after reading this blog post.

 

What happens, in the beginning, is that a lot of bloggers get worried about the initial investment in blogging because they can’t afford to spend $200 at once. So many of the bloggers avoid investing in the web hosting; they opt a free platform like Blogger.com to get started. All they do is buy a $12 domain, and they believe that we could invest in web hosting when we’ll make money from our blog.

If you are struggling to choose a good one, checkout my best wordpress hosting article.

I’m not saying that is the wrong strategy; I’m only saying that you don’t make money from a business if you don’t invest in it. For example, if you’re a fruit retailer, how would you sell fruits if you don’t buy from the wholesale market or farmer’s market to sell at your store? Obviously, you need to buy them first to sell them out.

Most of us learn this lesson in blogging after a long time that you would have to invest money into your blogging to make money from it. It could be the paid plugins for the blog, a reliable web hosting service, or a premium-quality blog template.

Read this guide to launching your blog. You can also take my SEO course if you want to your search engine ranking techniques.

Step #4: Build a Content Plan

You can’t start blogging in 2018 without building a content plan. A content plan refers to the strategy that a blogger makes about creating the righteous type of content that delivers value to the readers and helps blog grow along the way.

Of course, there are monetization factors in building a content plan – you can’t ignore the money-making factor in the overall blog growth. If the financial side of a blog is zero, but it’s getting more readers and page views every month, then there is a problem in the blogging strategy, which needs to be fixed.

The best way is to develop a content strategy is to pay attention to the audience and try to find a value proposition that you can provide to the audience in your niche. The art is to align the monetization opportunities with the content being published. Once you develop a content strategy; test it out for 3 to 6 months—if the outcome is positive, then you need to double your efforts—but in case, there is no signal of positivity, then you need to alter a thing or two.

Conclusion

If you’re starting your blogging career in 2018 or want to grow your blog in 2018, then these steps will help you succeed.

Everybody knows the basics of niche selection, good web hosting, and writing useful content, but not all of them are going to succeed.

The secret behind is that not every blogger out there is going to execute it well or keep moving forward.

I shared simple points, plus, I also added relevant resources to this blog post, so that it could deliver value to you all.

People are either afraid of investing their effort, time, and money or they don’t want to put in the work.

Once you start your blog, there are ample of ways to start earn as a blogger, even I wrote a guide on How to Make Money from Blogging which is a must must to read!

So you should decide in 2018 that what you want to do with your blogging passion.

Tell me in the comment below.

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Ali Raza
 

An Internet Entrepreneur who converts visitors into customers; A Google & Microsoft Advertising Professional with years of experience in Internet Marketing, Social Media and Blogging.

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Stefan Alexander - March 2, 2018

Hi Ali, awesome blog post! I agree that there is no way to succeed as a blogger without having a content strategy. Without having a plan and making sure you’re adjusting it as you go along, your blog will never grow as you’d want it. And if you can’t monetize your blog’s visitors, it’s because you probably are not targeting the right audience or you are not offering the right product/service. It’s always one of those too. Thank you for sharing!

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Saif - April 29, 2018

Thanks, sir for giving us very informative tips on blogging and we’re also growth in blogging day by day with the help of your plans.
Dear! I have some questions about my blogging career I have a website on tech news and I have posted more than 20 articles on that, but problem is that My English is not good and I want to rank my website through SEO you know about that very well. please guide me how I can improve my English + SEO and content writing. I am the student of intermediate and very passionate about blogging.
I will be thankful! jazakallah

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    Ali Raza - April 30, 2018

    Best Wishes Saif with your carer. If your english is not good and you feel like you need to improve it, The best way is to keep writing, when you keep on writing, you eventually starts figuring out mistakes on your own and gradually your level of english starts improving. I also suggest you to read other bloggers article as well.

    As far as SEO is concerned, there are many guides around SEO available on my blog, consider using the search button. cheers

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