Here are 9 crucial steps to starting starting a successful pet blog
1. Decide on a niche
One of the first things you need to do is decide on a niche. While it doesn’t have to be an extremely narrow niche, you do want to have a general focus. A lot of people have extremely successful lifestyle blogs or beauty blogs which are pretty general areas. Decide what you want to write about in your blog.
2. Choose a name & grab the domain
Once you’ve developed a niche, come up with a catchy name. You may have to try a couple different names or ask people their opinions. It may even take you a couple days to develop a name that you like and is has an available domain. Which is the next thing you should do, secure a the domain and social media sites with the name you’ve chosen.
3. Choose a hosting site
If you are not going to use a drag and drop site like Wix, you may want to research various hosting sites like Bluehost or Siteground prior to purchasing your domain so that you can buy it on the platform without having to go through the hassle of switching your domain to a new server. The reason you want to use a hosting site is so that you have more autonomy when it comes to building your website so that it will be uniquely yours and to ensure you will have no issues when you are ready to place ads on the site if you choose to do so.
4. Choose a blog hosting site
Most serious bloggers, meaning they want to make money from their blogs will choose a use WordPress to start their blog. But there are also other platforms like Wix and Squarespace to choose from as well.
5. Start your socials
Don’t wait to start posting on social media. Start promoting on your socials as soon as possible since it’s never too early to build an audience, so even if you don’t have one blog posted you can begin building your social media pages immediately
6. Educate yourself
Watch as many YouTube videos and read blogs about blogging for money. The Income School YouTube channel is a great place to start. Also consider networking with other bloggers there are several groups on Facebook you can join or if you want to meet others in person think about joining Meetup.
If you have the money to invest, I would definitely consider investing in a course for bloggers to get you going like the one offered from the creators of Income School. Usually bloggers opt for courses because everything is laid out for them which makes getting started such a breeze as you aren’t searching around for where and how to start. These usually come with large private communities that you can bounce questions off of as well.
7. Create a post list
Start out with a list of 52 blog post ideas, this way you will have a blog a week for the next year!
8. Choose a posting schedule
The next tip goes along with this one, decide how often you will post. It could be monthly, weekly, or daily, just try to remain consistent.
9. Learn about SEO
As a blogger, I understand the frustration of having to wear so many other hats and learn about other things that you have no interest in. For me one of those things is SEO or search engine optimization. But it is crucial to your success, if you are going to dole out money for anything, it would be a course on SEO. Take some time to familiarize your self with the basics of SEO as it is an integral part of building a successful blog
10. Start Pinning
Many bloggers find success through using Pinterest, so start pinning! Services like Tailwind also give some bloggers an upper hand as you have a built in sharing system that can propel your pins into virality! Many bloggers swear by using Tailwind and credit much of their success to the app.