How do you make your own dream blog? Blogs have become a popular means of passing across and receiving information for quite a long time now.
The internet is littered with blogs in every imaginable industry or interest one can think of (health, finance, lifestyle, entertainment, music, news and politics and so on) especially here in Nigeria.
But while some blogs are exceptionally great, others are just average or worse, bland i.e lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting. And I hope you’ve noticed that?
However, if you’ve been hoping to start your blog but have been unsure of how to go about it, there’s no reason to give up yet.
Keep in mind that while starting out a blog isn’t a fluke, this doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task either.
The secret to creating an exceptional blog is to be intentional about every step during the starting process. You need to have in mind that your commitment and finance must be at stake.
That noted, let’s consider the following smart and simple steps that will help you start your dream blog such as Doksblog.com ;
Choose A Niche
To run a successful blog, it is important to be sure of what specific audience you’ll be catering for.
So whether it’s health, beauty, lifestyle, literature, music, spiritual, political, or educational content you wish to pass across, make sure that you have enough knowledge in the area or at least possess good research skills to help source for good quality materials for content.
For instance, I started doksblog because I have passion for health and secondly, I’m a degree holder in Biochemistry which gives me upper hand when writing about health topics with ease.
Mind you, I’m not saying you must be a degree holding before you start blogging, rather what I’m trying to say is that you must possess that BASIC KNOWLEDGE for that particular niche you have passion for.
Choose A Name For Your Blog
Each one of us has unique names with which we are easily identified and which makes us unique from every other person. Likewise, having a blog name makes your blog unique.
For instance, my name is Oduigwe Chidera Dok. I noticed that there are many people bearing chidera and oduigwe is not marketable for me. Then I choosed dok, which I think is marketable with few or none bearing the name.
That’s, you have to pick out a name that’s easy to pronounce, easy to spell, and which represents the purpose of your blog. Stay away from names with confusing spellings or pronunciations.
Design Your Blog
Customizing your blog to suit your taste is a step that must be taken when starting out a blog. There’s no need to worry about contracting a professional web developer to design your website.
You can design your website yourself by simply following the templates available on blogging platforms such as; WordPress, Wix, and BlogSpot (WordPress the most preferred).
Create and Plan Blog’s Content
Now that you have a name for your blog and have designed it according to your taste, it’s time to create magic.
Content (i.e good content is king) is the core of your blog because this is the way you express the ideas you have to share with your audience. Your content could be in the form of articles, videos, or even audio.
Having created the content for your blog, it’s time to share them with your followers. Most blogging platforms are user-friendly and make the publication of content super easy even for first-timers.
Uniformity in your publishing style is also important so make sure you have a guideline for how you post your articles.
Remember to install YOAST PLUGIN for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), that’s for your site ranking. With time, you will learn more about that.
Share Your Posts
Publishing content on your blog is just the first step in sharing your ideas with the world. Without visibility, your efforts may as well be futile.
To create visibility, you want to share your content with both your current followers and potential followers.
Use every essential social media platform like Instagram, Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat etc to amplify your posts, and what your blog is about.
Make use of social media features like stories (Instagram stories and Facebook stories), promote your Facebook page, share buttons, social media posts, to give social media users a taste of what your blog is about, and also join forums similar to your blog.
Interestingly, most blogging platforms enable sharing options directly to social media platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter to allow bloggers to share their works with a wider range of social media users.
Now that you have launched your website it’s important to run it diligently. Draft a calendar to guide your posting schedule, and engage with your followers to keep them committed to your blog.
From: Oduigwe, Chidera Dok
How do you make your own dream blog?
May God bless your HUSTLE……my fellow bloggers and potential ones.