In this post, I am going to provide you a list which will guide newbie bloggers. Before that, let me ask you a question ... Why do you want to start a blog?
I am sure you will have a lot of answers in your mind. Probably your answer maybe ... to earn money or to stand out from the rest, etc.
Now, following are the questions you should consider answering before starting a blog.
1. Which Platform is off the Mark?
This is the much debated topic all over the blogosphere, I think. There are two main stream blogging platforms as you know - WordPress and Blogger.
90% of blogging related blogs posted "Wordpress v/s Blogger" article. Apart from the two there are much more like tumblr, typepad, etc.
I personally recommend blogger platform for newbies. Because it is simple at the same time powerful. We only require a domain name not hosting. Hence less expensive.
Blogger also provides a free .blogspot.com sub-domain. After blogging some months on blogger, it is advised to go for self-hosted WordPress.
We become experienced and learn basics of blogging through blogger.
Wordpress is indeed the rabbit in the race (blogger is certainly not the tortoise, but a rabbit with low pace than wordpress, I think!).
It requires some special technical skills. More SEO features and hence greater exposure in WordPress. Use simplest on the board (blogger) then put your feet on the probloggers' choice (WordPress).
2. What do I blog about?
Niche selection is another piece of worry. If you decided to blog and chose your platform, then it's time to find your niche. It is advised to circle your topic without broadness. You have to be very careful in selecting the niche.
Some tips to choose the right niche for you:
a) List out the topics you are passionate about.
b) Find three or four topics of expertise from the list.
c) Just Google your topics and know your competitors (Google's keyword planner tool also helps to understand competition).
d) Stick to the one which has less competition and more popularity.
Some niches having more conversion (some have tight competition too)
5. Personality development
and a lots more
I just made a random list. You can find your own niches. Keep in mind that niche plays a vital role in success of your blog. Passionate topics never bore us. So don't forget your passion as well as popularity.
3. Domain Name Needed, Any Ideas?
This is another common confusion. Everyone faced this dilemma once.
There are many domain name providers. But the real problem is we run out of ideas. Experienced bloggers recommend to add your niche in domain name.
Just take techcrunch.com, no doubt the sole niche is technology. But various contradicting names include there like labnol.org, shoutmeloud.com, and to name a lot. We can't find out what are they talking about with only the domain name.
I recommend every newbies to grab a domain with your main keyword or niche. It helps a lot in claiming best rank on search engines.
After becoming an authority, you can make a blog with any name.
Everybody will read a blog with any domain if it is created by Amit Agarwal. Because he is an influencer.
Work hard to get great exposure and make a foot sign of your own.
After creating the trust factor, you can start a blog with your own domain ( eg:- adriennesmith.net, enstinemuki.com, reginaldchan.net etc.).
4. Which is the best hosting provider?
Another field of worry is hosting. There is no need of hosting if you chose blogger as your platform.
But hosting is the heart of self-hosted wordpress. You selected wordpress, didn't you? Then purchase hosting and domain name from same place (recommended to do). Because most hosting accounts give you a free domain name.
Make a little research before you purchase hosting. Just visit each website and read reviews at various blogs. Ask help from another bloggers. They will love to help you.
Sometimes they also have a coupon or offer waiting for you. One day Ankit bro (bloggertipstricks.com) extended a superb hosting offer for me. Oops, I was out of money! Regretting that day! Hosting providers give you offers on special occasions like Halloween and Christmas. So well aware of the time, you can pull out maximum discount.
Things to think before purchasing:
a) Say no to freshers.
b) Consider trust factor (This is done by surveying a few webmasters).
c) Go with the one with less downtime (blogger wins here even though it is not a paid one).
d) Have a glance at disk space (Low disk space sucks in long run).
e) Look at the features (like bandwidth, no. of domains you can host, no. of email addresses, technical support, etc).
5. Will it be a Success?
This problem is faced by everyone who want to start a venture.
We all hate to be rejected. After purchasing your domain and hosting, you still doubt about the success? No need buddy, throw away your worries. Nothing comes easy. So work at the peak level, try hard to make your blog topnotch.
Hard work always pays off, sometimes quicker or else slower. Everyone faces this fear, you are not alone. Many people are sailing on the same boat. A few reached destination. At the same time many a one waits for a spot in the boat.
If you work hard, you will get victory. No one can be an obstacle. After striving hard for a month, you will see the results. Then speed up your hard work while sitting on the edge of the chair and sit back to see the effects.
My friend, certainly you will arrive at the ultimate zenith. I wish you achieve success.
These are the major worries of a wanna-be-blogger. You want to start a blog, right? I think I covered all your dilemmas and solved it.
Did I miss something? Just jot down below in the comments. I will update the post soon with the solution.
Let me know how you feel after reading this. Spread the words if I am right about the worries.
Remember the question I asked, Why do you want to blog? Whatever be the reason, just do it with passion.
Just go for it by leaving behind all your worries and fears.
Wake up, Wade in and Write your success!
This guest post is written by Rahul you can connect with Rahul on FaceBook, Twitter and Google+. Visit his blog where he has shared a lot of interesting posts.
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