One can start a blog and just start posting content without looking back, but the equation “content equals traffic” doesn’t work in the modern era of social media. With millions of blogs being launched each year, one needs to stand out among the crowd and make an impact. A lot depends on how the blog gets started, because in the start, the foundation of the blog is laid down and without a firm foundation, the blog cannot stand erect.
A lot of planning and hard work should be done behind the scenes and a lot of things should be worked out beforehand, because it will enable the blog to grow fast.
Choose Your Niche
Before blogging, one needs to decide which niche they are blogging on. The blog is centered around a niche and one should choose a niche which he is more comfortable with, so that he doesn’t end up quitting blogging.
Set Your Goals
Setting goals is very important for productivity. How does one want your blog to grow? Where do you see your blog in 1 year? These are some of the questions that you should ask to yourself. Goals should not be very unrealistic. They should be ambitious yet achievable.
Now you have set your goals, but how do you plan to implement it? The planning is really important, because goals without a plan will not work. Your plan of action could be massive guest posting or social media sharing or anything different. If you’re thinking of becoming a regular blogger, you can collect some posts before starting publishing content on your blog. To stand out, think different, think out of the box.
Web Design is really important for a new blog. It is the only way to make a first impression. Web designs can be minimilistic, but they should be elegant and impressive (According to a famous quote “Beauty lies in simplicity”). There are many factors that affect the web design. They are as follows:
Logo represents a brand and so it should represent what the blog actually stands for. A good logo improves brand image. Thus, a logo should be able to portray the theme of the blog and still be able to attract attention.
The theme should be captivating. It should bind the reader to the site. The most important job is to grow interest among readers. This is essential to build a quality readership at the very start as it speeds up the overall growth of the blog.
Blogs which are yet to be started use “Coming Soon” pages which show a glimpse of what should be expected from the blog. It is like the trailer of a movie, it teases the reader and is an instant attention grabber. This technique is very effective and can increase the interest among the readers. Instead of a Coming Soon Page, an introduction is very apt. The introduction should cover the main theme of the blog and it’s mission. It would be able to give the Big Picture.
Get the word out
How would people get to know about a new blog?. Promote your website, let other people know. Write a post on another influential blog and bring traffic to your blog. Add a newsletter, so that the readers can sign up and are constantly updated with the latest happenings.
Starting with a big reader base eases out the process of blogging and it helps in getting better results in a small period of time.
What were the first few things that you did before you started publishing on a blog.?