Blogging has really changed
the publishing world! Thousands of individuals now regularly share their
thoughts publicly via the internet and some make a very good living by doing
so. While some blogs take off like wildfire, sadly, some will languish.
What makes the
difference between a successful blog and an unsuccessful one? And how can busy
working women who are interested in blogging find the time for their writing?
Like everything, running a
successful blog takes patience, perseverance and planning.
Getting Started with Blogging
Before you post any
content, you need to give some thought to the overall theme and topic content
of your blog. Then, you’ll need to do a bit of internet footwork to gather the
tools you will need.
When deciding upon
your blog’s theme, consider what really makes you tick. Maybe you follow
politics like a hawk and want to address a hot button issue to rally others to
take action. Conversely, maybe you’re an excellent chef looking to wow readers
with scrumptious new recipes. Whatever theme you choose, make sure the topic
excites you enough to want to spend five to ten hours weekly blogging about it.
Next, you’ll need a
domain name that focuses around your content. Domain names go quickly, so be
creative! If someone’s already taken the domain name you desire, try
experimenting with different variations such as replacing the word
“two” with the numeric “2.”
Finally, you’ll need a
place on the web to park your content, so sign up for a WordPress account. To
make your blog stand out, you’ll need to select a layout for your writings, and
you’ll want to brand yourself by
creating a simple logo that appears on every
page of your blog.
Tips for Content Creation
Once you have your
blog’s skeleton set up with your domain name, hosting site and logo, the time
has come to create unique content that will drive visitors to your site. Many
expert bloggers recommend
brainstorming a list of topics once monthly which leaves ample time to develop the
content you wish to produce.
Many writers find that
they work best when they get the content they wish to write down on the page as
quickly as possible. When writing your initial draft, ignore worries over
spelling and proper use of conventions. That comes later when you edit your
piece, so aim to get your content on the screen as quickly as possible before
you lose your concentration.
Be smart and take
proper precautions when posting potentially questionable content. Never publish
content that casts your full-time employer in a negative light unless you want
to risk losing your day job. Not only can bashing your employer on the internet
for termination, you risk the chance of
revealing private company information or breaking confidentiality agreements which can land you in legal hot water.
Every blogger has
their own unique workflow system, but many successful bloggers break their
writing down into manageable mini tasks. For example, a blogger may write their
first draft one day, select photographs and images for their content the next,
edit their content on yet a third day and then create social media postings to
promote their work on the final day of the week.
Finding time to blog
can pose a challenge. Try to eliminate time-wasting practices in your life as
much as possible. When working on your blog, do so in a quiet place free from
distractions such as a home office or a local library and consider
using your lunch break as
time to devote to blogging while you eat.
Make That Money
Blogs earn money in
several ways. One way to earn money blogging involves affiliate marketing. This
occurs when you link to a product and service through your blog content. When
potential customers click the link and buy the product, you get paid a
established at least a modest audience for your blog, selling advertising space
can provide additional income. Businesses pay you to place an ad for their
product on your blog in exchange for an agreed-upon fee.
Hot topic blogs that
generate many readers can earn recurring income by charging a small fee to
access the content. This works similarly to how a newspaper or magazine
subscription service works, with readers paying an agreed upon sum monthly to
be able to read your words of wisdom.
writers to express and publish their thoughts about issues and activities dear
to their hearts and can also supplement or even replace they earn from their
day jobs. And because of the low initial investment needed to create a
successful blog, anyone with a true passion for their subject matter and basic
writing skills can develop this lucrative side hustle. Here’s to wowing readers
with your amazing content, fellow bloggers!