Start an amateur blog: Ultimate tips from a pro

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By Jennifer Allen

Are you looking to start an amateur blog but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to get started in amateur blogging, from choosing a topic and platform to promoting your website and building a community.

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If you want to start blogging, it’s very easy to start a blog even for a beginner. By understanding the steps involved, you can create an engaging and popular website in no time.

First, you’ll need to choose a topic that resonates with your audience. Then you have to set up the right blogging platform for your needs. After building your site and creating content, you’ll need to promote your blog through social media channels such as Twitter and Instagram.

Building a community around your blog is essential in order to get more readers and keep them engaged. By taking the time to follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating an amateur blog that stands out from the crowd.

Choosing a Topic

The first step to creating a successful amateur blog is choosing a topic that you are passionate about and knowledgeable about. This will help you stay motivated and provide valuable content to your readers over the coming years.

If you’re a novice blogger, you may be asking yourself “What should I write about in my blog?” Writing for a blog can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tips and tricks, blogging can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Think about what will make your blog unique from other blogs — this could include a certain style or angle that not many people have explored yet. For example, you can focus on meals for one instead of a website with all kinds of homemade dishes. Or, concentrate on online homeschool programs rather than homeschooling in general.

Here’s a list of ideas on what you can write about:

  • Parenting
  • Finance
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Health
  • Gardening
  • Relationships
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Home Decor
  • Photography
  • Entertainment (music, movies, books, television)
  • Sports
  • Crafts
  • Hobbies
  • Fitness
  • Technology
  • Auto
  • Weddings

Once you’ve chosen your topic, you’ll need to pick a blog name, secure a domain name, and come up with a good tagline.

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Choosing a Platform

Once you’ve chosen a topic, it’s time to choose a platform to host your blog. Each platform has its own set of features and benefits, so it’s important to do your research and choose the one that best fits your needs.

WordPress is widely used by both professional and amateur bloggers alike. It has an intuitive design that makes it easy to set up your blog quickly and efficiently, plus plenty of plugins to customize your site’s look and functionality.

WordPress is my top pick and it’s what I use to host my small-batch recipes website and a travel blog.  Additionally, WordPress boasts an active community where users can ask questions or share tips about blogging on the platform.

Blogger is another popular choice among newbies; It’s a free platform and easy to use. It also has many customization options available through themes and templates. Squarespace is another easy option to use, but there is a monthly charge.

Designing Your Blog

After you’ve chosen a platform, it’s time to start designing your blog. This includes choosing a template, adding pages and posts, and customizing your blog’s appearance. Make your blog visually appealing and easy to navigate, as this will provide a good user experience.

Design is one of the key elements in creating a professional-looking blog. Colors, fonts, images, and layout should all be carefully considered when designing your site.

Creating Content

Once you’ve chosen your topic and platform, it’s time to start creating content. You should aim to post content at least once or twice a week. And be sure that your content is interesting and engaging for your readers.

When crafting content, make sure it is relevant and valuable to your audience. Take the time to learn search engine optimization (SEO) and how to find keywords people are searching for that fit into your niche. SEO is important to grow your blog and get your posts to rank on Google.

Additionally, use visuals such as pictures or short videos to add another layer of engagement for viewers. Try to keep your posts between 800 and 1000 words and make sure they are well-written with no spelling or grammar errors.

Include social media sharing buttons so that followers can easily share your content with their networks. Following these tips will ensure that you are consistently providing quality content for your readers!

Promoting Your Blog

Now that your blog is up and running, it’s time to start promoting it. Using popular platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest can help you spread the word about your blog quickly and efficiently. You can also join blogger communities and participate in blogger events to connect with other bloggers and potentially get your blog featured on other sites.

Keep things interesting by sharing interesting content with your followers that will encourage them to check out your page and take action (such as signing up for an email list or downloading something). Also, be sure to engage with other users — comment on their posts and share their content in order to gain more exposure for yourself.

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Building a Community

A successful amateur blog needs an engaged community around it that interacts with your content and shares it with its own networks. To build this community, engage regularly with comments on your posts, respond promptly to emails from readers, create engaging giveaways or contests, and interact with other bloggers in your niche on social media platforms like Twitter or LinkedIn Groups. 

Building a community around your blog is important for a few reasons. First, it helps keep your readers engaged and coming back for more. It can also provide valuable feedback and support as you continue to grow and improve your blog. Consider creating a Facebook group or hosting a weekly Twitter chat to foster a sense of community around your blog.

Monitor Analytics

Tracking metrics such as page views and unique visitors per day/week/month will help you understand what type of content resonates most with readers so you can keep refining the direction of your blog over time.

A top amateur blogging mistake is not monitoring your posts to see what is working and what is not.

Is It Possible To Make Money on an Amateur Blog?

If you want to make money, it’s not difficult to monetize your blog. Many bloggers make enough to live on by using a variety of strategies such as affiliate marketing, advertising networks, and sponsored posts. It may seem difficult at first, but once you build an audience, it is fairly easy to make a profit.

Being an amateur blogger can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. By choosing a topic you are passionate about, choosing the right platform, designing your blog, promoting it, and building a community, you can create a successful blogging journey that brings value to your readers.

This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.

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