How to start a successful blog?

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If you are thinking of starting a blog , I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but my recommendation is that you don’t . Seriously, get the idea out of your head and get on to something else. And it is very nice to think about what you could achieve with your blog, but the question is , do you have what it takes to lead your blog to success? Probably not…. Now do you understand my reasoning? Not only must you get to be in the 5% of blogs that continue, but your goal must be to reach the top of the ranking. Going to the sports simile, it is one thing to be a sports fan and another very different thing is to win an Olympic medal.

Being a blogger is not easy.  Achieving success with your blog is even more difficult.

Being a blogger is not easy. Achieving success with your blog is even more difficult.

If you are still one of those who does not give up (my congratulations for it 👏) read on. In this post I am going to give you some tips that will help you on the hard road ahead of you to become a successful professional blogger . It won’t be easy, but at least you’ll have my support (something is something, right? 😜).

What is a successful blog?

Before going any further, we may need to first understand what we want to achieve .

As Taco commented in the interview that my colleague David did a while ago, ” if you don’t make money with it, it’s a hobby “.

However, when you start a blog, you cannot only aim to earn money overnight . Achieving this is not easy (in fact, I would say it is impossible) and can lead to frustration. But what you do have to be clear about is how you are going to monetize your content later. Or rather, how are you going to convert all the effort you put into the blog into tangible benefits for you or your organization.

7 recommendations to start a blog on the right foot

If you Google recommendations for people who want to start a new blog, you will find a lot of articles with lists of magic tricks that are possibly going to leave your head fuming. My goal today is to make it very easy for you, giving you only 7 basic tips that you should keep in mind. If you put them into practice, your blog will start off on the right foot . And since the road is going to be long, it is always good to start it with a clear direction, without hesitation. In this way, seeking success will make much more sense.

Find a topic that you are passionate about

A blog requires a lot of sacrifice . You will have to write regularly on one or more topics. Therefore, if you choose a theme that does not excite you and encourages you to write, sooner rather than later you will abandon the initiative, throwing away your initial effort.

You shouldn’t choose something very specific , like mating the lame blackbird in the fall season. Many times it is better to take a broader topic, such as the field of birds, in general, since it will allow you to give more play to the ideas you want to talk about.

If after writing a new blog post you don’t feel like this, you chose the wrong topic on your blog.

If after writing a new post you don’t feel like this, you chose the wrong topic on your blog.

In the case of the blog in front of us, we started talking only about WordPress, but we quickly realized that this limited us a lot . If we wanted to talk about web development in general or marketing issues, we did not see clearly how this could fit within the WordPress world… with what we were self-censorship.

This is the worst thing you can do. If it is already difficult to find motivation to write new entries regularly, imagine if you limit your subject too much, causing you to not be able to write what you want at any given time! It doesn’t make any sense, does it?

In short, choose a subject area that you know will not tire you, that allows you to talk about many different things, that may interest people and in which your knowledge can add additional value .