A lot of useful tips have been written by different people on blogging for beginners to help the complete beginner to blogging build a successful blog.
The 5 facts you must know about blogging are some hard truth that don’t get talked about too often but that are critical to your blogging success.
The aim is not to scare you from blogging, but to give you all the facts so that you make an informed decision and commit to it.
Blogging for beginners Fact 1: Blogging requires time and commitment
Before starting a blog especially if it is to make money from home you want to be sure that you have the time and energy to commit to it and grow your readership.
What you will mostly be doing are:
Providing valuable content on your blog on a regular basis, ideally once everyday but not less than three times a week if you intend to grow regular readership.
You also would be generating votes for your content. It’s called link building. You link build when other related sites link to your blog or a particular post on your blog, vice versa.
When your blog get some quality links from other sites, the search engine consider your blog as important. So it helps your content ranking at search engines which eventually equals traffic (daily visitors) to your site.
These are the two major but not only task you have ahead and they both requires time. Even when you have the time, if you fail to create a balance between these two activities, your blog will lack.
Meaning you can’t spend all your time writing content and forget about building links to those content else you would have a blog full of valuable content but no one to read them.
On the other hand if you spend too much time chasing links to your site and neglect content writing (which is worse), you will have visitors come to your blog but leave immediately as they came.
Blogging is a very rewarding work from home business. There are people making 6 income figures from it. But to get from a zero level (nave blogger) to a successful blogger requires time, knowledge, dedication and patience.
Not one of those qualities must be lacking, else you would have to consider another work from home venture.
Blogging for beginners Fact 2: Know your Market
I consider this the most important part of this article which is not usually emphasized enough as it should.
This step either make or mare your blogging success.
Just like every other business, you must know the market you want to venture into before actually doing so.
Your market in the blogging world is the niche or topic you have chosen to write on.
It means you must carry out an effective research of your market to gather all the necessary data that you will need to make an informed decision.
After looking deep into a topic, you might realize that it is just not profitable enough to pursue it.
Here are the data you need to gather and evaluate before going for a topic.
The Monthly searches for the topic: Are there people searching for information on the topic? If yes how many? Is it high enough to bring you good monthly traffic?
He who has the traffic has the web.
The competition for the topic: The people already publishing online for that topic are your competitors. How many are they? There is always a room for another blog or website on the web. But you have to be realistic. As a beginner to blogging, your chances of topping the already existing sites on that topic are low, especially if they are well established authority sites.
Moreover, you easily make your mark when the competition is low or fair.
Pick out hundreds of profitable keywords: If you are writing on relationship for example, make a list of all the keywords that fall under relationship that you can write about. These keywords will form your blog’s overall content.
So after creating your blog you don’t fuse about what next to write on. You just go to your list and pick a keyword and write on it.
This way you build valuable focused keyword rich pages.