How many ‘How to Start a Blog’ type posts have you read?
They’re all a bit the same aren’t they…. Choose your niche, name your blog, buy a domain, get hosting, install Wordpress. And then you’re done!
Except of course, you’re not! All you’ve got is a blank website.
So I decided to write a proper Complete Guide to Starting a Blog. What to do before and after the actual setting up the website stage.
This post covers 13 different steps to work through and for most of the steps I’ve linked to an in-depth post (most often with a freebie included) for that particular topic!
Step 1: Choose your Blog Niche
What is a niche?
A niche is a specific blog topic. It could be a broad niche, such as parenting, or a very specific niche, such as parenting a child with a specific medical condition.
I tend to think of your blog niche as a combination of your subject and your audience. (Eg; fashion for 30-something women, healthy cooking for busy moms, DIY tips for new home owners etc)
The benefits of having a niche blog
- It's good for Search Engine Optimisation
- Your readers are interested in your whole blog
- You will be recognised as a specialist in your niche
- Your marketing is focused on your ideal reader
What if you have lots of interests?
There are no rules that say you have to write about one topic to have a niche. In fact....