Planning on diving into the online world? Well, there is something you need to know before you do. Blogging may seem menacing at first, but it’s quite simple! You can be seen managing your blog in no time as soon as you get over the hardest part – Planning! Like any other business, blogging also requires planning and concentration. Yes, blogging is a business.
You must have seen many blogs online earning millions of dollars every month. Whether you want to set up a profitable blog or just want to pass on some information to others, you need to adopt an efficient blogging planning process. Blogging is easy only if you have planned it properly prior to starting it.
Which platform would you use to build your blog? How often you will publish a post? Which niche to pick for your blog? These are certain decisions you need to make before actually getting started. To grow and flourish in online world you need to pay full attention to your blog.
Planning on dropping the plan already? Calm down! There is no need to back out now.
The more attention you pay to your blog, the more growth you’ll see. As they say grass is not always greener on the other side. Its greener where you water it!
To help you get started, we have created a 30 days blog plan for you.
Enough talking, let’s get to the point.
Week one: 1-7
Prepare yourself for strong beginning
Evaluate your market and the competition in the market as per your niche. Since every offline business is establishing an online presence to reach a wider market, you may figure out that you are going to compete against huge competitors. Choose a niche in which you can provide useful information to your visitors. Love fashion? Build a fashion blog. Love technology? Go for it! You can choose any niche for your blog provided you offer useful and impressive content to your visitors. After all, you are not only writing for yourself, but also for your visitors.
Set achievable goals for your blog. You cannot keep going unless you have set certain goals. How do you expect to achieve something when you haven’t thought about any goals? Therefore, you need to set goals. Not just any goals, but achievable goals to help you pave a smooth way of success. Without these goals, you may find yourself wandering around.
Plan your content. Probably the best part of blogging. Generate unique and creative ideas for your blog posts. As a matter of fact, content is the king when it comes to online business. Therefore, this is the most important part of blogging. Try to come up with new ideas for your blog and write them down for future reference. You can also write down certain topics which you want to write on. Spend quality time on deciding topics and titles since your article titles play a vital role in driving traffic to your blog.
Week two: 8-14
Create a style guide for your blog. If you’re really serious about your blog and want to convert it into a brand, a style guide is a must thing for you. If you’ve create a style guide yet, use this week to create one! Decide on the font size, font color, background color, blog visuals, font style, titles and your writing tone. The fact is many web users tend to navigate away from a website as soon as they find the website boring and uninteresting. You need to grab their attention and nothing else could be better than having a great website design. Also ensure that your blog has responsive website design in order to drive more traffic from mobile users.
Create a brand image for your blog. You also need to come up with a unique logo for your blog. You can either get it done by a freelance logo designer or do-it-yourself with the help of online logo designing websites.
Perform a website audit. Dedicate this week to your blog design. Leave no stone unturned to improve user navigation experience on your website. Check if your blog is W3C compliant and has no errors in designing part. Run a quick website audit to find errors in your blog design. If you find any, try to solve them as soon as possible since these errors can reduce your chances of gaining visibility among web users and search engines.
Week three: 15-21
Figure out the best time to publish a post. Once you have a great website design, it’s time to start posting your valuable content. Choose a particular time of the day to publish one or two blog posts on your blog. It is always recommended to publish a post by measuring the time of your visitors. You can check the most favorable time of the day by monitoring the time of your visitors. You can use Google analytics tool to perform the task.
Promote it. Just publishing a post on your website is not enough. You also need to promote it in order to attract visitors on your website. How would web users know you have published a new post? You need to spread the word about your blog post.
Become social media friendly. Social media networking sites are the powerful tool to promote your blog or website. Create accounts on different networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn and much more. Make sure to promote your blog on such website to gain visibility on the internet.
Week four: 22-28
Set up RSS feeds. RSS Feeds are a great way to pass on the information while maintaining a balance between your visitors and your blog content. It helps your visitors to read only those posts they’re interested in. It gives them freedom to choose the topic they want to read. Consequently, reduces your headache of coming up with new and innovative idea every time. You can use FeedBurner.com to set up RSS feed on your website.
Schedule promotional posts for next day. Use the in-built feature of scheduling the publication of old posts on your social media pages for next day. Keep your visitors interested and encouraged with your hourly or daily posts.
Week five: 29-30
See Results. This is the week to check how much you’ve progressed from day 1. Check the number of visitors on your blog with the help of Google Analytics tool or Jetpack plugin. It is always advisable to keep a track on your visitor count and evolve new strategies to increase the number every day.
Hope you enjoy your blogging experience with the help of this 30-days blog plan. Have a happy blogging!