Thinking it might be time to take the blogging plunge? Here are the basics of what you’ll need to know!
You’re a big blog fan. There are those that you come back to week after week for new DIY tips, recipes and just to see what’s going on in the lives of your favorite bloggers. And it’s not just the articles that you find fascinating but the whole lifestyle. Could blogging be the answer to your working from home dilemmas?
When you’re trying to juggle the demands of your family, the need to generate some income and the struggle of finding childcare to make it all happen, it can be a real problem.
In this blog, we take a look at what taking the blogging plunge might look for you and how to get started as a lifestyle blogger in your niche.
Finding Your Niche
And it’s here that the blogging game is won or lost. Blogs for parents? There are thousands. Blogs for parents whose children are home schooled or have additional needs? Less so. Blogs for parents who live in remote rural areas? Less so still.
And it doesn’t have to just be about parenting. If, in your former life, you were an IT expert or worked with game based learning providers, that very niche knowledge of learning solutions could be the perfect place to start.
You need to think about carving your own space on the internet, a space that is as unique as you are and not like anything else that’s out there. Think outside the box, think about how you could create some appeal and attract loyal readers week in, week out.
And that’s why reading more blogs is a great place to start your research. Go back to your favourite blogs and figure out what it is about them that keeps you returning? Perhaps it’s a combination of in-depth articles and beautiful imagery, maybe it’s the insider industry tips or free giveaways. Whatever the elements are, make a note of them and think about how you could apply them on your blog.
Get a Great Developer
If you have the vision and the subject matter, then it’s time to start generating some content. Plan out a rough vision of what’s going to appear on your front page, where your menus and sub-menus are going to lead people. Provide some content for as many pages as you can before you hit go.
It’s entirely possible to start your website yourself, there are many great sites out there after all that will help you through the self-build process. But if you want a professional look, then you need to think about getting a web developer in to build your site from scratch. Find someone who shares your vision and gets your goals.
Monetizing your site takes time, so don’t think it will happen overnight. Build your audience first and with a decent readership, you may be able to sell advertising space, test products and have paid reward ads on your pages, which pay you a small amount of money should your reader buy a product from them.
By keeping these things in mind when deciding you should take the blogging plunge, you’ll be prepared to start on the right footing!