Why Start a Blog? Here are 55 Reasons You Should Start a Blog in 2019

The single best business and lifestyle decision I’ve ever made is starting a blog.

I say that with absolutely no hyperbole or exaggeration. Because I started this blog in 2016, I’ve been afforded so many incredible opportunities and experiences.

And with that here are 56 (updated) reasons to start a blog in 2019!



56 Reasons to Start a Blog in 2019


1) Blogging isn’t dead (despite what some people might say)

I know of few better ways to establish your expertise and influence than to publish blog posts on a regular basis.

Is it as easy as it was in 2010? No. But there is still very much a reason why blog posts can lend to great influence online and in business.

Check out: Here Are 13 Things You Should Do Before Launching Your Blog


2) Build a support system that will be there no matter what happens in your life

I’ve had all sorts of difficult decisions I’ve had to make over the years, whether it be to quit my job, move abroad, or get involved in new business ventures. My blog readers became the support system I didn’t necessarily have in real life.

And especially in the early days, that’s more valuable than you’ll ever understand.

Even now, with all of the business decisions I’ve made over the last few months, YOU have helped make it easier. Whether it was support or advice or feedback, this community has turned in to a support system that I never expected to gain.


3) Get 100s or even 1,000s of people to hang on your every word

Ok, maybe not every word.

But as you grow your audience, people begin to actually start caring about what you have to say. In a world where so many of us feel like we don’t have a voice, this is a powerful thing.


4) It gives you a reason to waste time on social media

Let’s face it, you probably spend too much time on social media.

Well, what if you actually had a productive, and profitable reason to be on social media? Whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Pinterest, all of these can be assets that will allow you to grow your blog.

So many bloggers have been able to spread their reach from their blog into one major social media channel. Yup, Instagram influencers and YouTubers have massive platforms today.


5) You’ll make friends from all over the world.

I remember on a trip to Dubai in 2011, I sent out an email to a segment of my email list saying I was going to be at Cheap Charlies (may it RIP), at 7 pm if anyone wanted to join.

Cheap Charlies in Bangkok
Cheap Charlies in Bangkok

There were 15 people that showed up! And half of them were paying ProjectAffordAnything members.

At an NYC meetup a few years later, we had over fifty people come. It makes travel so much more fulfilling because in so many cities around the world you have the potential to meet up with someone.

It can be an awesome way to get introduced to a new place and help you not feel lonely on the road (especially for solo travelers).


6) Become a better writer

Writing might be the single most important skill you can learn if you want to be successful with any online lifestyle business. A blog actually gives you a way to practice these skills.

Because I believe this is so important, I’m going to share with you a few other resources for both improving your writing, and starting a writing business (because it’s the easiest lifestyle business to start):



7) Gives you an easy way to add consistency into your life

In a recent video, I said that the single biggest key to success with an online business is consistency. 

Sometimes it can be tough to know what to work on. But when you have a blog, and you set a posting schedule, it provides much needed structure to get things done on a regular basis.

Check out: Should You Start A Blog In 2019?


8) Provides an opportunity to have unbelievable experiences for free

The larger your audience, the more opportunities that will come your way. And if you work hard at it and grow something really special, these chances for free or sponsored experiences will literally be some of the most memorable times of your life.


9) Build web skills

Let’s face it, the internet isn’t going anywhere.

Word and excel won’t cut it in the new era. Starting a blog is a useful and fun way to learn what the hell you are doing on the internet, and provide you with technical skills that will be beneficial regardless of what you’re doing.

Struggling with how to start? Think of it as creating an online asset for yourself:

These web skills can translate into huge opportunities down the road, freelancing gigs, remote work, and even your own full time business.


10) Make some extra cash

Whether you turn it into a full-fledged business or not, it can be a great way to build a nice side income through affiliate marketing.

And that’s just the start, there’s no shortage of ways to monetize a blog. Learn about all of the ways to monetize a blog or start an online business with Alex’s Beginner’s Course.


11) Learn how to edit photos

Let’s face it, we live in an Instagram world these days, and knowing how to make your photos a step above everyone else’s? Well, it can go a long way in terms of gaining followers and adding an element of credibility that many blogs don’t have.


12) Become an Internet Celebrity

Ok, not necessarily in a major way. But the first time someone recognizes you on the street, or you go to a conference with dozens of people clamoring to see you – well? Honestly, that’s a pretty cool feeling.


13) Stop having a boring life

In the wise words of Fitz from Slap Chop: “Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life.”

When you are forced to write on a regular basis, you want to keep it interesting. And a blog can help push you out of your comfort zone and try new things.

I’ve climbed mountains, quit my job and moved to Thailand all because I want to have interesting things to write about!

Ok…maybe that isn’t the whole reason, but it’s an added bonus!


16) Attract job offers

When you start a blog you’re able to prove you’re someone who takes action and has a certain level of expertise.

By starting this blog, People offered me a completely unsolicited job that took me to Thailand and changed my life.

Tons of people who start blogs end up getting offers from clients to write for them (or create videos or infographics, etc.).

Wouldn’t have happened had they not found my blogs.


15) A successful blog is more valuable than any resume will ever be

Period. Enough said.



16) Keep in touch with old friends and family

You know all of those people from your past you don’t really want to talk to anymore? Start a blog and let them follow you there, so you can finally unfriend them on Facebook.

It’s also great for letting friends and family know you’re still alive if you’re not the best at keeping in touch :).


16) Support your friends and family

But for those friends and family you do like, maybe that second cousin of yours is the next Salinger, give them a shot at fame by letting them post on your site, or by promoting your sister’s new business venture.


17) Start living the life you really want

The whole reason I started this site, to begin with, was to hold myself accountable for doing the things I really wanted to do in life. My bucket list was the very first post I ever wrote, and I would never have done many of the dozens of things I’ve checked off, were it not for starting a blog.


18) Become addicted to stat checking

Provide yourself with a hobby that allows you to see exactly how much progress you’ve made over a period of time. Or haven’t made…whoops.

Blogging is about a lot more than writing, dig into tools like Google Analytics and SEMRush there’s all sorts of stuff you can track to see your progress. (And this can help you celebrate some little wins).

Ok, maybe this isn’t a benefit, but it’s certainly a reality.


19) Hold yourself accountable for just about anything

This held me accountable for leaving my job.

It held me accountable for continuing to travel and living an interesting life.

It provided accountability when I wanted to go to the gym everyday.

No matter what hard thing you want to do in life, declaring your intentions publicly is one of the most powerful positive motivators out there.


20) Meet other like-minded individuals

Let’s face it, that girl you sit down next to at the bar probably isn’t going to have the same fascination with that random hobby of yours. So stop searching for likeminded people, and create a magnet for them to be able to find you.

There’s a niche out there for absolutely everything and you can create something that thousands of people would love to talk about.


21) Improve time management

As much as it may not seem like it at times, having a blog and sticking to a schedule, has tremendously improved my time management and allowed me to accomplish much more than if I was just spending my time watching reruns of Friends.


22) Get opinions!

Want to know how that new hat really looks on you? Add a poll to the blog with that ridiculous picture of you in a fedora.

Note: You can’t pull it off, so maybe just skip that and move straight on to a more useful poll.

Don’t worry, there are all sorts of non-fashion related opinions you can get from blogging too. 😉


23) Brag to your friends that you know what a .htaccess file is

If they aren’t impressed…well, they should be!

Oh, and if you don’t know what this is, good news!

WordPress has made it so much easier to start a blog over the years. So no technical knowledge required.


24) Get donations

Chances are if you do this long enough, someone will be thankful for the value you have added to their life. Toss up a donation link and give them a nice sob story about how you’re broke.

You never know what will happen!


25) Have a platform to make money in a more meaningful way

Ok, donations may not be the best way to make money.

But when you have a blog, you now have a platform you can monetize by creating your own products or marketing your services. 


26) (Constructive) Criticism anyone?

Sometimes you need to be taken down a peg or two.

Here’s what you do: Guest post for one of the largest niche blogs on the web, write about something that doesn’t directly relate to the niche, and wait for the comments to roll in.


27) Stress relief

Sure there’s some stress that comes with having a successful blog, but the stress relief of getting all of your thoughts out can be more than worth it.

If you’re one of those people who hasn’t started a blog because “you don’t know what to write about” then just treat it as a personal diary or journal.

You don’t even have to make it public. Just write things down and get them off your chest. Chances are you’re going to go back and read them later and find a few nuggets of wisdom or other good ideas.


28) Free therapy!

This can come in the form of simply getting your thoughts out, or occasionally you’ll get reader emails and comments that are truly insightful and helpful.


29) Create a job

Blogging for a living can be a tough thing to do, but these days? Traditional employment can be tough too.

If you’ve been thinking about a career change or quitting your job, then start a blog first. You never know what kind of platform you might have a year from now.

Blogs allow for the potential to create your own job and even start hiring others to work with you.


30) Become a source of influence

Who knew you could be so powerful?

Yes, you!

Start a blog, and begin influencing others in any way you see fit. You can share your advice, recommend products, promote living a healthier lifestyle, help people build businesses, the sky’s the limit.

Use your new power with caution. Don’t forget what Uncle Ben told Peter Parker…

uncle ben


31) Share your hobbies

Maybe other people haven’t caught on to the wonderment that is stamp collecting. This is your opportunity to show them how cool it really is!

Or even if you don’t make many converts, luckily, no matter what niche you’re in, there will be others who share your passion.


32) Be different!

How many people do you personally know that have a legitimate blog? When I started I could count the number on one hand. Dare to be different and start doing things your own way!


33) Promote your business

Do you already have an existing business? Great, blogging is a great way to grow your influence, build rapport with your customers, and increase search traffic to your site all in one fell swoop.


34) Track change in your own life

ProjectAffordAnything has been an unbelievable way to track the evolution of my own life. From being unhappy in my day job, to quitting, to moving to Thailand, to buying a house, to loving and losing – the list goes on, and it’s all been documented.



35) Beat your kid sister at Words with Friends

With all of the new words, you’ll learn blogging, you will become a Words with Friends or Scrabble master.  Just remember that Jo, Qi, and Za are all words.


36) You’ve got nothing better to do

In a rut and need a new hobby or something to pass the time? Start a blog!


37) Depression sucks

Feeling depressed?  Millions of other people are too. Use the writing as an outlet, and then start getting help from others who have been there. May seem like a long shot, but you’d be surprised at how powerful this can be.


38) Save Money

Everyone talks about how to make money online, but fail to mention how a blog can save you money. Next time you’re bored and want to go drink away your sorrows, go to a movie or buy a new puppy, just go to your blog instead.

There are so many ways to spend your time working on your blog it’s not even funny. You’ll probably learn a thing or two while doing it as well.


39) Give back

Look at where you are today, how much you’ve learned and all the people that have helped you. Starting a blog gives you a forum to share your knowledge and give back to the community that helped you, whatever that community is.

Or if no one helped you, you can at least rub your success in their face.


40) Get on the cutting edge

The more you know about the internet and technology, the better off you’ll be, so better start practicing! Not to mention many blogs and social networks break major news updates before anyone else, so by being in the blogosphere, you’ll always be in the know.


41) Look important on Google!

When was the last time you Googled your name?

Well I guarantee that employers and many other people you meet will be checking up on you. So why not make them think you are some super huge internet celebrity?

If you search for Sean Ogle, every single result on the first page is about me.

42) Attain the power to publicly humiliate

No one will ever mess with you ever again…or at least no one that you have incriminating photos of. And in updating this post 8 years later, it means, this photo of my friend Jacob gets to be resurfaced!


43) Get a book deal

Ever wanted to write a book?  Start a blog.

The best way to get your writing noticed is to put it out there for everyone to read.


44) Gain Google love for your business

With every post you publish, you’re giving users one more avenue with which to find you, and creating one more topic that makes you look like a relative expert.

Who doesn’t love seeing their site pop up to the top of Google?



45) Meet people who are better than you

No, I don’t mean they’re better than you. After all, no one is better than you. But you can meet people who are farther along, have greater expertise, or are simply more well versed in a topic of your choice.

These days social media and blogging has made nearly no one out of reach if you try hard enough.

Check out: 11 Terrible Mistakes I Have Seen Amateur Blogs Make (Real-life Examples Included!)


46) Become an expert yourself

The more time you spend writing about something, the more knowledge you gain.

Thus the more likely you are to be perceived as an expert in your field. And the more likely you get asked to share your expertise in a way that can help you promote your blog. See how it works?

I’ve spent the last 9 years writing about make money online and growing one of my own.

Some might even say I’m an expert at it – never would have happened if I hadn’t of published that first post.


47) Free places to stay

Like to travel? Hate paying for hotel rooms?

Think of a blog as your own personal from of couch surfing. In the early days of this site, I stayed with readers all over the world. While that doesn’t happen as often these days, it led to so many memorable experiences.


48) Make new friends

Let’s take this a step further than just meeting people.

I have dozens of friends now that I can honestly say I would not have were it not for my blog. And we aren’t just talking online friendships either, real honest to goodness friends….that I’ve met in person!

That’s powerful.


49) Do something totally out of the ordinary

Panda reserve in the middle of nowhere in China?

Sleeping in a desert in Jordan?

Blowing up a desk?


50) Create an email list

Regardless of what you’re trying to sell or promote (even if it’s just your ideas), a blog gives you the power to start creating an email list of people interested in what you have to say.

The single most powerful marketing and relationship tool you can have with an online business is your email list.

Don’t have a blog yet, but still want to start growing your list?



51) Share your art

Whether you are a true artist, musician, photographer or have any number of other talents, a blog can be a great outlet to gain exposure with the masses.

Don’t be surprised if one day you find a link on this site to some kind of awful music I’ve created and put out there for your listening pleasure.


52) Generate passive income

Ever heard of affiliate marketing? No?

Well, it’s the easiest way to start making money online.

And the easiest way to get into it? You guessed it, having a blog.


53)  Document your quest

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that having a “quest” of some sort, can be one of the best ways to make your travel more meaningful.


54) Truly work from anywhere

As I work to update this post, I’m currently sitting in the lobby of the Andaz Hotel in Tokyo. I’ll probably finish it back at a coffee shop in Portland.

Tokyo Office:

Andaz Hotel Tokyo

Portland Office:

Barista Coffe in NW Portland, Oregon.

Unlike most traditional forms of work or many hobbies, you can truly do it from anywhere.


55) Makes you take action

The nature of a blog means it needs to be updated and you need to create new posts on a regular basis. So if you’ve struggled actually following through on a project,  a blog is the perfect starting place.

You’ll have something that you have to do every week, so it can help you get focused and actually take action. Get in the habit of taking action and tons of awesome things can happen.



56) Allows you to find your “Thailand

This may sound cheesy, but when I moved to Thailand everything in my life ended up changing for the better. I was able to find happiness, meaning in my work, and it set the stage for the rest of my life.

Starting a blog has the power to help you do the same thing.


A Few More Resources for Starting a Blog:

Have I convinced you that starting a blog is a good idea?

Great, here are a few more resources you should check out:


The Best Resource For Getting Started With a Blog or Lifestyle Business

Have you considered starting a blog or online business, but you feel like “you don’t know, what you don’t know?”

We’ve been there too.

Because of this we create The Complete Beginner’s Guide to a Starting a Lifestyle Business.

It’s specifically designed for people new to the online world, who just want to see what all of their options are.

This course not only covers exactly how to start a blog, but it also walks you through all of the different business models out there, so that you can find the best fit for you, and then take your next steps to get started.

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Should You Start A Blog In 2019?

PROBABLY

You may be wondering whether right now is a good time to start a blog.

And while I would like to tell you absolutely – I obviously love to blog and have helped thousands of bloggers get started and make improvements.

If I’m being honest, the answer is actually “probably.”



Related: 7 Blog Niches That Have Six-Figure Income Potential


You should probably start a blog in 2019.

Probably – not because of blogging itself, but more about what’s best for you.

Despite claims that no one wants to read long-form content, or that all content will be delivered via video, the fact is, Blogging is still an extremely viable and effective medium for creating content and building an online business.

Yes, you actually can make money – real money – by blogging.

Whether you will drive traffic and make money from a blog depends on a number of factors unique to you.

  • What do you want to blog about?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • What are the money-making opportunities for you?
  • What is your competition like?

You can follow my guide on “How To Start A Blog” to get help with the technical aspects like setting up hosting or WordPress, but that already assumes you’ve made the decision to go forward.

What if you’re still wondering? What if you aren’t sure whether your idea for a blog is really filled with as much potential as you dream it is?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a checklist or worksheet to help you figure out if your blog plan has merit?

For that matter, do you need an actual plan? (Hint: if you want to make money, that means your blog is a business, so yes, you need a business plan.)

Everyone needs a blogging plan!


So to me, the question of ’should you start a blog in 2019’ is answered by taking a close look at your idea for a blog and doing some homework. You need to take the time to research your idea and verify that it has potential, both from an interest and a revenue perspective.

Every day people are starting new blogs, new podcasts, new YouTube channels. Some of them find success, yet many fail.

Why?

What’s the difference between the creators who succeed and the ones who give up after trying for a while?

I don’t think it’s persistence, though that certainly helps. Any business based around the creation of content is going to take a little time to get going.

I don’t think it’s platform, despite what the Wix or Squarespace commercials may claim. Studies have shown that it makes no difference from an SEO perspective or performance analysis what platform you use (as long as it’s not some free platform you have little control over).

I definitely don’t think it’s luck – bloggers can make their own luck!

There are definitely exceptions and circumstances, but the majority of bloggers who fail lacked one crucial element: A Plan.

Not just a business plan, though that’s important, but a Blogging Plan. A plan where they’ve thought through all of the important aspects for starting a blog:

  • Niche Research
  • Audience Research
  • Monetization Opportunities
  • Legal Structure & Requirements

In short, they’ve verified their idea and created a plan for success.

And I’m going to help you do that too.

I have created a $10,000 Blogging Blueprint (10k Blueprint) that you can download, print out, and complete. It walks you through the rough steps you need to take to make $10,000 a month blogging in the next 90 days.

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From thinking through your Why to making sure you have all the necessary registrations and licenses in place, this planner is your first step to starting a successful blog.

The $10,000 Blogging Blueprint includes everything from setting up your site up to getting your first customer.

  1. Shaping Your Mindset to make $10,000 in the next 90 days blogging
  2. Why you must Choose the Passive Income Model
  3. List Building and Email Marketing
  4. The Math For $10,000 Per Month
  5. Developing your List Building Plan
  6. Creating the Right Image
  7. Setting Up Your Sales Funnel
  8. Your Traffic Plan
  9. Promoting Offers to your List
  10. Leveraging Your List

Related: HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING


With the 10k blueprint…:

  • You will understand that there are great opportunities to make money online if you use the right methods.
  • You will understand that you need to be prepared to invest your time, your effort and some money to make this work.
  • You are going to find that all you have to do is follow the instructions.
  • You will understand that you can change your life for the better starting right now.

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Here Are 13 Things You Should Do Before Launching Your Blog

“I’ve decided to launch a blog,” you excitedly say. “Oh really?” Your friend says. “When?” Your smile slowly fades as you stare into the distance, thinking of all the tasks that have to be done. Your heart starts to race, and your palms get sweaty. You look back at your friend. “In a few years,” you answer, still stressing about the mile-long list of pre-launch tasks.

Here Are 13 Things You Should Do Before Launching Your Blog

Yes, launching a blog is a huge, exciting, scary undertaking, but you don’t have to live in a constant state of stress before you launch. There are really only 13 critical things to do before you launch, and we’re going to cover those today.

Want to go through a step by step tutorial on creating a blog? Then signup for my free course below!



1. Choose Your Web Host

If you’re just starting a new blog, and you want to self host it (which you should do), you’ll need to find a web host. Without a web host, your website will ever get off the ground. The nice thing about hosting is that it doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you’re a new blogger. Many hosts offer budget hosting (also known as shared hosting) options for anywhere from $3-$10 a month. Just be sure to compare what’s included in your monthly cost.

In our opinion, Bluehost is the most high quality & cheapest host for bloggers that are just starting out. Click here to get startet

There are plenty of web hosts out there, but not all of them are created equal. If you’re using WordPress, look for a host that specializes in WordPress websites. Ideally, the host you’re looking at should offer a one-click WordPress installation to make things easier.


2. Pick Your Blog’s Theme

After you install WordPress on your web host, you need to choose a blog theme. A theme dictates the layout and appearance of your blog. It’s both fun and frustrating to pick a theme because there are so many options. It’s like walking into a candy store and being told to choose just one piece of candy (or maybe that’s just me?).

When it comes time for you to choose a theme, you’ll find that there are two broad categories of themes: premium and free. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford a premium theme, don’t sweat it. There are some free themes that are just as nice as premium themes. The only thing about free themes is they’re more common on websites, so your blog won’t look quite as unique.

Another thing to consider when choosing your blog’s theme is your ultimate goal for your blog. Do you want to monetize your blog by selling products on it? You may want to try a theme that’s optimized for on-site selling. Do you want it to focus solely on being a blog and leave the products on another platform? Find a theme that focuses on blogging.


Related: 7 Blog Niches That Have Six-Figure Income Potential


3. Determine Your Niche

While it is possible to blog about everything and the kitchen sink, it’s not advisable. Most of the popular, successful blogs have a niche and a clearly defined audience. There’s a reason for this. Blog readers like to know what they’re getting into when they visit a blog. If you blog about web design, then your readers will expect to see a post related to web design when you publish. In this scenario, if you stick with your web design niche, then you meet your readers’ expectations, and everyone’s happy.

Don’t make your audience guess what your next post will be about. That has the potential to frustrate them, and that’s not something you want to do. You can avoid all of this by determining your niche before you even launch your blog. Find the place where your passion and your knowledge intersect. That’s a great place to look for your niche.



4. Determine Your Branding

“I have this great logo and these three awesome colors, so my branding is all set.” Um…no. It’s not. Branding is so much more than just the physical appearance of your blog and your social media picture templates. You do need to have things like fonts, colors, graphic templates, and a logo ready when you launch, but branding doesn’t stop there. True branding, the branding that will make your blog stand out, is all about creating a cohesive experience for your readers. How can you do this? Through your blog posts, through how you interact with people online, and through your social media feed.

Think about what you want people to say about your brand and create your colors, font, logo, and brand experience from that. So if you want people to see your brand as sophisticated and modern, choose a proper color palette and define what being sophisticated means to you. How would you act so people describe you as sophisticated? Going in with a clear branding vision can save you lots of time in the future. You won’t need to redo your graphics or overhaul your website just a few months after the launch.


5. Complete a Blog Business Plan

Spend some time thinking and planning your blog’s future. View it as a business and ask difficult questions to really hone your blog’s purpose. Questions you may want to consider include

Why do you want to blog? Do you want to monetize your blog? How will you monetize it? What impression do you want your blog to give first-time readers? How will you use your email newsletter? Where do you see your blog in one year? What about five years?

One thing you can do when making a business plan for your blog is look at other blogs in your niche and see what they’re doing. Don’t copy what they’re doing, but get an idea of what works. Are the bloggers selling ebooks or ecourses? Do they offer just online products or do they sell physical products? Looking at what other bloggers are doing can give you ideas for how you can make your blog successful. Just be sure to make it yours and don’t steal ideas or products.


6. Get Active (On Social Media)

Get the word out about your launch before it happens. This is a great way to build excitement and anticipation around your launch. You can release previews of your blog posts or opt-in incentive. You can give your followers a glimpse at your branding methods or design. The best thing about getting active on social media is that you don’t have to post everything yourself. Use a social media scheduler like Buffer or Hootsuite to post things while you work on your blog (or sit on the beach sipping rum punch. Whatever).

Join a Facebook group in your niche and become active in it. Don’t just post your own things. You need to add value to the group, so ask or answer questions. Be present and show an interest in other people. That interest will likely be reciprocated over time.

Another avenue to drum up interest is Twitter. Find Twitter chats related to you niche and hop in. The first few chats you join may be overwhelming, but you’ll get the hang of it, especially if you use Tweetdeck as your secret weapon. It lets you streamline your feed so you only see the relevant hashtag for the chat.


Related: 7 Things To Do In Your First 3 Months Of Starting A Blog


7. Network

You blog doesn’t exist in a black hole. There are lots of other blogs out there in your niche, and you need to get to know some of the bloggers behind them. Networking with other bloggers is great for growing your audience, getting word out about your launch, and (perhaps most importantly) making friends. Your blog won’t thrive if you don’t put in the effort to become part of the online community.

Take some time to start reading other blogs and leave thoughtful comments. Follow other bloggers on Twitter or Instagram and share their posts when you think your audience will benefit. Being a good netizen (you know, sharing and commenting on stuff that’s not yours, offering helpful advice to others) will encourage people to take an interest in you and your blog. You’ll find that when you launch, you launch with an audience. That’s pretty awesome.


8. Have Posts Prepared

You wouldn’t invite your family and friends (or the whole neighborhood) to an empty house for a housewarming party, would you? I hope not, so don’t do it to your audience. Before you launch your blog, you need to have at least two or three posts ready. You want your visitors to have a few things to read when they visit your site. It’ll give them a better idea of your writing voice.

Having an About or Start Here page as well as a Contact page is great, but people don’t really connect with you on those pages. They connect with you through your content. That’s where your personality really gets to shine. Having several posts published also gives people a little more confidence in your blog. Your readers don’t want to invest their time reading your posts only to learn that two months into blogging, you’re throwing in the towel.


9. Create an Editorial Calendar

While it may be tempting to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to deciding what to write for your blog, that’s not a good strategy for long-term growth. What is a good strategy is creating an editorial calendar and sticking to it. An editorial calendar lets you see the big picture for your blog. You can plan out your posts month-by-month or every other month. Heck, you could even plan your posts for the year.

The real value in an editorial calendar lies in predictability. You know what posts you’ve got coming up, and you can write them well in advance (no staying up until 3 a.m. finishing the blog post you’re going to publish in a few hours). Want to reduce your stress? Start an editorial calendar for your blog.


10. Create a “Start Here” page

While I’m all for About pages (and I had one for a while), I like Start Here pages more. They’re great for multiple reasons. First, they tell your first-time readers exactly where to go. I mean, the page literally says Start Here. Directing your readers to a central point works in your favor. You have the opportunity to point them towards whatever you want. You can pick your best (or most popular) posts and point readers to them.

You can also use your Start Here page to give your readers an overview of your blog. Tell your readers what your niche is and what value your blog will offer them. They want to know what benefit your blog can offer, and the Start Here page is the perfect place to lay it out. It differs from an About page because About pages tend to me more focused on the blogger and not the blog. While your readers do want to know about you, they’re really there to learn why they should read your blog. Use your Start Here page to convince them why.



11. Choose an Email Software and Test It

It may seem silly to start thinking about an email newsletter before you even launch your blog, but it’s really not. As you grow your audience, you’ll want to have a newsletter ready to send out. Newsletters allow you to connect with your audience on a more personal level and give them some extra awesome content. To send out your newsletter, you’ll need an email service or software.

There are several popular options to choose from, including MailChimp, ConvertKit, ConstantContact, and Aweber. Whichever one you choose, be sure to test the user experience before you have any of your readers go through the email sing-up process. You need to know what your subscribers will see, so you can work out any kinks in the system or email design.


12. Create an opt-in incentive

If you want people to sign up for your email newsletter, you’ll have better sign-up rates if you use an opt-in incentive. When you create your opt-in, keep in mind these two very important things. First, your opt-in needs to be relevant to your audience. So if you’re launching a food blog, you could share a super secret family recipe as an opt-in. You want your opt-in to be relevant to your audience and niche because that ensures that only people who are interested in what you have to say sign up for your newsletter. If you’re launching a food blog but offer an opt-in that focuses on knitting, you’ll attract a lot of knitting lovers who may not be interested in your food blog.

Second, you need to make sure that your opt-in is valuable. Don’t just create a hasty one-page checklist and slap that in an opt-in form. You want to wow your readers with your offer. If you give something away that’s really valuable, not only will your readers be impressed, but they’ll be more likely to buy from you in the future. I mean, if your free stuff is super duper awesome, they’ll believe your premium offers must be otherworldly.


Related: The Mechanics of Starting a Blog (10 Minute Guide to Getting Your Blog Online Right Now)


13. Check Your Links

This task can be tedious, especially if you have a lot of links on your blog, but it’s necessary to prevent reader frustration. No one likes a 404 error (a.k. Page Not Found). It’s disappointing to say the least and frustrating at worst.

Imagine this: A reader hops onto your site and sees a link to a post your wrote titled My Five Best Tips for Making Awesome Pizza. This reader has been longing to make awesome pizza, so he excitedly clicks on the link, expecting to be rewarded with your five brilliant tips for awesome pizza. Instead, he’s sent to your 404 page and is heartbroken. He resolves never to visit your site again.

Dramatic? Maybe a little, but it show the importance of making sure that your links are in order, especially if you’re just launching. You want to make a great first impression, and broken links are definitely not how you do that. Set aside some time before you launch to go over your site and check every link. You’ll be glad you did.


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7 Things To Do In Your First 3 Months Of Starting A Blog

You’re off! Starting a blog is the easy part, but now what? You’ve probably Googled just about every term related to blogging in hopes of getting as much information as you can.

Slow down and let’s take things one step at a time. There is a vast amount information on the Internet and it’s easy to get caught up in trying to learn it all when it comes to starting a blog.

You may be wondering, “What do I need to start a blog?” And possibly you’re already dreaming up things to start a blog about. There are certain things you will want to focus on and we’ve laid it out for you in hopes of making your first 3 months of starting a blog a smooth ride.


WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR FIRST 3 MONTHS OF STARTING A BLOG

Here are the action items that will help make your first 3 months of starting a blog enjoyable and a lot less stressful! Note: this post contains affiliate links which may give us a commission at no additional cost to you.



1. Decide to go for it. 

Ok, this first step assumes that you’re still on the fence about starting a blog. I know it can be a difficult decision, it certainly wasn’t easy for me to take the plunge, but here’s what I recommend if you’re struggling with the decision.

Ask yourself which you’ll regret more: not trying or going for it regardless of what happens. Really, it seems simple but I think the answer to that question will tell you what to do. I asked myself that same thing and it was instantly obvious to me that starting a blog was at least something I had to try. I was of course worried about failing. Or what people would think–especially my friends and family. But I decided to push all that aside and do it.

So that’s your first task. Be honest with yourself and do what you feel your gut is telling you to do.

Check out my step-by-step guide to starting your blog in less than 10 minutes!


2. Determine your focus: who and what.

One of the best things you can do now in your first 90 days after starting a blog is establish a very clear focus for your blog. Ask yourself who you’re blogging for and for what reason.

This will put you in one of two categories:

1) you’re blogging for personal reasons and it’s primarily for yourself, family and friends or

2) you’re blogging for a greater audience and hoping to earn an income one day.

Those two things are incredibly different and you need to make that distinction now. Without a clear and dedicated focus, it will be difficult to establish a loyal audience from the beginning.

Anyone that comes to your blog should be able to figure out what it’s about in less than 60 seconds. Now, let me clarify something: figuring out your focus doesn’t mean you’re locked into that forever. It’s totally do-able to transition your blog content over time, slowly adding in new things here and there. But in your first 90 days, when everything is fresh and new, you need to stay laser focused on what you’re writing about and why.


3. Build your content before going live.

Before I ever hit publish on my blog for the very first time I had about 5 posts written and on my site. That way I had content to share from day one.

I highly recommend doing this and there’s a few reasons why:

1) once your blog is live, for the whole world to see, you’ll want readers to have something to actually look at. Having a handful of great posts done and already published will give you that content you need to get started.

2) You can start pinning your content right away and driving pageviews to your site.

I’ll get into more detail about Pinterest and all that jazz later in this series, but trust me–you want content on Pinterest ASAP. Start pinning your photos NOW. Just make sure those first few posts are stellar and build from there with new and fresh content.



4. Create a schedule for yourself and define your GOALS.

This is a big one for me and it’s especially helpful when you’re just getting started. I’m a huge advocate for writing down your schedule and defining goals at the first of every month.

You’ll definitely want to do this when you’re just getting starting a blog. Figure out what kind of schedule you want to keep and stick to it. Be consistent!

Do you want to publish 2 posts a week? Maybe 3? That number is completely up to you based on your time/resources/caffeine intake. Commit yourself to that schedule for the first 90 days and then take time to re-evaluate how to move forward from that point.


5. Focus on building quality content and great photos.

Great posts and awesome photos are what drive page views to your blog, so definitely focus on building the best content you can in those first 90 days. By this I mean lots of amazing photos (I’ll talk about that soon!), posts that are helpful and informative, hot topics, easy to follow tutorials, etc.

Whatever it is you’re blogging about, try to focus on writing evergreen content in those first 90 days. Evergreen content is a term you’ll hear a lot in the blogging world and it basically means writing posts that will be useful to your readers for a very long time.

Typically personal posts and things of that nature don’t qualify as evergreen content. But a great DIY tutorial or a great recipe are things that can bring page views to your blog for months and months. Even years. For example, I wrote a easy DIY bakery sign tutorial in the very first month of LVN and it’s still one of my most popular posts.


6. Give yourself some grace.

In your first 90 days of starting a blog you will have no idea what you are doing and that’s OK.

Don’t compare yourself to bloggers that have been at it for years, that will only lead to frustration. Instead, remember to give yourself some grace in those first few months. Heck, I look back at posts I did in my first 6 months and cringe. But it’s ok and I was learning.

You are too. Over time you will get better and better at creating great posts.


7. Create an email list. 

From day one after starting a blog you should have an opt-in somewhere on your blog for people to sign up for your newsletter. I started with ConvertKit and I still use them. One of the best email providers for bloggers!

You’ll want to start collecting names and email addresses now, even if you don’t have any plans to use it for a while. And if you’re really on it, try creating some kind of opt-in incentive that will give your readers a little “thank you” for signing up.



[BONUS] 8. Start using Google Adsense now.

I’m going to do an entire post about monetizing your blog, but you should go ahead and get started with simple ads on your site from day one. In my opinion, the best place to begin is with Google Adsense. That’s what I did and it worked very well for me.

Once you’ve got a few posts going and you’re feeling good about things, you can start manually plugging in small ads directly in your posts and in the side bar. Just do a quick search on YouTube to see exactly how to do this, but it’s actually very simple. Don’t go overboard with it, people get turned off by too many ads, but a few here and there will start earning you money from day one.


[BONUS] 9. Hustle, hustle, hustle.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: hard work and dedication is the foundation of any successful blog. You’ll have to put lots of long hours in to make it grow.

And not just in your first 90 days after starting a blog, but from here on out. But the good news is that it won’t feel like work if you love blogging. If it’s your passion and something you enjoy, I promise you will love it.


[BONUS] 10. Educate yourself.

I’ll be honest, you’re going to feel a bit overwhelmed in your first 90 days of blogging. If you’re anything like I was, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a completely different world where words like “widgets” and “plugins” seem like a foreign language.

But don’t freak out. I repeat, don’t freak out. You WILL learn. Do your research and educate yourself as much as possible. There’s a ton of free info out there that can help you navigate the tech side of blogging. And if all else fails, just YouTube it. Trust me, that’s the fastest and easiest way to find a solution for just about any problem.

Whew. That was a lot, right? I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with these things to do after starting a blog. There’s a lot more I could say about your first 90 days, but I better stop here. I am so excited about this new blogging series and I really hope it helps those of you that are just getting started! I plan on talking about photography, social media, earning an income from your blog, and more.


Here are a few other blogging posts you should check out: 

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