How are you, warriors? I hope you guys are doing great. Today I will share some resources for starting a WordPress blog in 2018.
I don't like to give a lengthy introduction, let's dive into the content.
Step by Step Guide to Start Blogging in 2018
1. Decide and Mind setup
First of all, decide that you're going to start a blog and you're serious about it. You must have to have sometimes to spend on your blog. Avoid blogging, if you're a super busy person.
Setup your mind and think about positive and profitable sides of blogging.
2. Finalize your niche
Don't hurry in this step. It's imperative. If you can't find the proper slot, then your whole hard work could be spoiled. How to understand a niche is appropriate for you?
a. You're passionate about the niche
b. You know about your niche
c. You're interested to know more about it
d. You're highly interested to write about it
e. Niche has right audience (check with Keyword Planner or Google Trends)
f. Low competitive
I think that's it.
3. Do a Plan
In this step, you need to do a proper plan for your blog. What will you do at this stage?
a. Decide how you will monetize your blog, Ad or Affiliate
b. I suggest affiliate marketing and also using Google AdSense
c. How many contents you will give the first month, after a month you should start monetizing your traffic
d. What is your cost, how much can it cost?
e. Don't waste money on SEO services or buying guest blogging, do yourself.
4. Research for Keywords
You must have to find low competitive keywords for your content. I suggest finding 20 main keywords at first and writing 20 contents with them.
What should be Keyword data? I suggest picking minimum search volume 3000 and CPC $1.
Always try to find higher searched keywords, but it could be competitive sometime.
You can do total keyword research with free tools. I use Google Keyword Planner to generate keyword ideas and Moz to check competitor's strength.
Use, MozBar, Keyword Planner and Also can use Keyword Everywhere extension to see instant search volume.
5. Domain and Hosting
Most of the people do an excellent mistake picking hosting; I suggest Namecheap for buying a domain name. But Hosting? Never, Namecheap isn't a good option.
I got the best result using BlueHost, and HostGator is my sites. And I know lots of affiliate marketer and blogger who is doing great using those two web hosting.
Pick a brandable domain name and be aware that don't use anyone others name in your domain.
6. Write Content with Proper On-Page SEO
On-Page SEO is essential. You must have to write quality content with proper on-page SEO. Brian Dean wrote the best on page SEO guide in Backlinko.
7. Publish Content
What to check while publishing content?
a. Use Yoast SEO plug-in to check On Page SEO.
b. Do proper internal linking (highly recommended)
c. Give some outbound links. (Authority Sites only, I suggest Wikipedia)
d. Do Image Optimization Properly
e. Give a Featured Image, Use Main Keyword in Alt text of featured image
8. Social Sharing
After publishing content, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google Plus. It gives a signal to search engine to index quickly.
Avoid force indexing.
9. Start Building Links
10. Apply for AdSense and Other Networks
11. Make money
Make money blogging isn't a rocket science I think.