How to Start a Blog – A Step by Step Female Business Guide

So you want to start a blog? Huh! You want to start a blog and make money? Double huh! Wait, you want to start a blog and make and do it in 2020? Double, double huh!

I think you’ve come to the right place. If you want to start a blog and make money in 2020, know what to do before you start and before you launch and have access to my free resource library plus my private Facebook group, then you’re definitely in the right place.

This step by step guide is specially designed for female entrepreneurs or as we bloggers like to call it, Fempreneurs. It comes equipped with video tutorials because if a picture paints a thousand words, then how much does a video paint.

It’s also equipped with examples and pictures because I don’t know about y’all but the more examples I see the better I understand the topic.

Why am I in a position to be even speaking to females about starting a blog?

  • I am a female
  • Putting yourself out there can be a real struggle and I know all too well the feeling of not being good enough
  • I am broke and in need of some cash

So, my single moms, mompreneurs, young and mature females let me help you start your blog, grow your blog, boost blogging traffic, and make money blogging all from the comfort of your couch.

Are you ready?

No, you’re not. Grab a pen and paper and that glass of happy liquid (water, wine, juice, tea, coffee) and pull up a seat. Tell your kids you’re going to need 30 minutes of mommy me time and turn off your phone.

Now you’re ready!

This post contains affiliate links which means I get a commission if you make a purchase at no extra cost to you.

What we’ll discover in this comprehensive step by step beginners guide?

What to do BEFORE you Start a Blog?

What is a Blog?

Google says:
A blog is a regularly updated website or webpage typically run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Wikipedia says:
A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete often informal diary style text enrtries. Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent appears first at the top of the web page.

Create and go says:
A blog is a long conversation you have with your readers.

Who can start a blog?

Anyone. Honestly anyone.

  • Sarah Titus started a blog after being divorced, homeless, and living in a shelter as a single mom with 30K worth of debt.
  • Lily started a blog as a single mom
  • Mahalia started her blog thesideblogger.com in 2018 as an experiment to see if turning a blog into a profitable is a possibility and she works fulltime
  • Valentina started her blog thefemalebusiness.com at 13 and now at 19, she helps persons with social media strategies.
  • Alex and Lauren started two blogs after being tired of being broke and frustrated and now tours the world
  • Smartblogger started a blog while being paralyzed from his neck down.


So from those examples, you can see anyone can start a blog as long you have the patience and willingness to go on despite the challenges.

When to start a blog?

The only correct answer is NOW!

And especially now as everyone is home and surfing the web and looking for material to read and do and stay productive.

Now has never been a better time to start.

Why start a blog in 2020?

  • Share your story and other vital information that can be useful to others going through the same problem.
  • Get help and communicate with others similar to you
  • Spread news and information on any topic
  • Make friends with your similar interest
  • Become better at writing on the whole
  • Learn new things and a new way of life online
  • And of course, make money and earn an income from your couch

Where should you start a blog?

Know the best blogging platforms to start your blog can be tricky. Everyone has their own opinion as to which free or paid platform is the best.

So let’s look at some research.

Free Blogging Platforms

Quora

how to start a blog and make money

This is a great place to start because there already has an audience that is very interactive and engaging. There are a lot of questions being posting here on a daily basis that you can choose from.

You can answer questions and give your advice.

Join communities and build relationships with persons in your niche.

Writing long content that is very useful puts you out there and you become more reputable.

People will come to you requesting answers to their questions because they know you will give them something useful.

Medium

best blogging platforms

Another great place to start blogging for free and actually get paid. They have a Paid Partners Program that you can join in order to earn a few hundred bucks for writing articles.

Medium is great because millions are on the platform looking at articles to answer their questions.

If you can produce content that is useful and consistent and you don’t have the cash for a paid platform, then try medium.

Facebook

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Yes, I said it. Facebook can be used as a blogging platform. You can create a page for your business and write long posts with links to affiliates.

There are tons of people on the platform already because it’s one of the oldest social media platform out there.

You can create groups and invite others in your niche to join and support.

Facebook is great because you can add multimedia, create and organize events, schedule calls and much more.

And it’s all free, all you need is a FB Account.

Other FREE Blogging Platforms

Wix.

I started here in the earlies to get a feel of blogging. It was nice because I saw how a website can operate and look pretty.

But it moved slowly and there was nothing I could do about it. So it was time to move on.

Wix is a great place to start when you want to feel out blogging and you don’t have the cash to invest in a website. But to make money you will surely need to move to a self-hosted site.

WordPress.com

I moved here and tried it out for a bit as well. The reason being I wanted to get a feel of how WordPress operates because a lot of persons have problems building and using the WordPress platform.

So to get familiar with WordPress I started here and it paid off because I eventually bought a WordPress website.

It has a learning curve but once you get the hang of it you will find is super easy to operate. I think that’s how I have no problems with operating my paid site now.

Should you Start a Blog for FREE?

So you can start a blog for Free as seen above but the question is should you?

A free blogging platform helps you to decide whether or not this blogging venture is for you. If you don’t want to invest in a paid platform just yet a free platform is a great place to start.

But if you want to make money later on then you will definitely need a paid platform.

Why? A free platform has limits.

  • You can’t install plugins to make the website operate faster.

With plugins both free and paid, your website has a complete comprehensive look. You can integrate your optin forms and change designs and even view your analytics right from a dashboard.

A free platform does not allow any of this.

  • You don’t own your website.

What does this mean?

A lot of persons ask this question. It simply means that if the owner of that platform or the company were to close down then your site would go with it. And you’ll have no say in the matter.

With a paid platform it’s easy to move your site from one host to a next.

  • You cannot monetize

It’s very difficult to monetize on a free platform if not impossible. When doing business professionally persons want to see a sleek worthy website that truly belongs to you.

On a paid platform you can apply for affiliates and create your own products to sell.

  • You cannot get your own domain name

Simply meaning that your domain would look something like this:

  1. www.yourblogname.wordpress.com
  2. www.yourblogname.wixsite.com
  3. www.yourblogname.blogspot.com

Domain names in this format hinder you from applying for affiliates or ads because the company doesn’t believe you are serious about blogging. Harsh!

How to Start a Blog that TRULY matters?

No one wants to create a blog and write content and then hear crickets. No one wants to expend all that effort and not to mention money into a venture that results in said crickets.

When we proudly launch our blog we want it to matter to our readers and we want them to enjoy our content.

So how do we start a blog that actually gets readers?

There are three things we need to know:

  1. The Why Within You
  2. Your Money Making Passion
  3. The Ideal Target

When starting a blog know your, Why, What, and Who

Nicole J

The Why Within You

Ask yourself: Why do I want to start this business?

Is it because you want to blow off steam? That’s what I wanted to do when I started but I quickly realized I needed a journal and not a blogging business.

A business does not thrive on rants and raves.

You need to be doing something useful that persons would be interested in.

You need to have a purpose in order to be a successful business fempreneur.

Nicole J

So why do people start businesses?

The ultimate reason is to make money. So as females we want to start a business to make money. But that is so general. Everyone’s “why” is to make money.

So you need to search deeper within you and find out why you truly and personally want to start a blog and business.

  • Are you trying to solve a problem?
  • Do you want to spread awareness?
  • Are you trying to help persons to do something?
  • Do you want to entertain persons?

Knowing the “why” helps you to create content, freebies, and products that will answer that “why” and help your audience in an effective way.

Jot down your why and have it clear on paper and in your mind. This will guide you in the other steps in your business.

Your Money Making Passion

After you have figured why you are starting the business or blog you need to know what you’re going to start it on. You have to lay the foundation for the business.

Your have to find your niche.

Now, a lot of persons would tell you not all niches are profitable. And I’m not going to disagree because I haven’t tried all niches. But there is a principle I love to follow.

There is this saying, “Success comes from happiness. If you’re happy doing something you love then you will be successful.”

“Success comes from happiness. If you’re happy doing something you love then you will be successful.”

And it has been proven true countless times. You don’t start a blog just because everyone else is starting a blog in a particular niche. There are many profitable niches out there.

  • Health and Fitness Blogs
  • Food Blogs
  • Mom Blogs
  • Travel Blogs
  • Beauty Blogs
  • Lifestyle Blogs

These are all vastly profitable niches that you can start a blog on and make money in. But if you don’t have a passion for any of the above mentions then your readers would be able to tell that you’re just doing it for the money.

Then you will lose your readership and probably end up saying that blogging is a waste of time and totally not worth it.

So it’s very important to start with something you love.

Remember successful blogging comes from solving a specific problem, creating the right products, patience, love, and maximizing the use of your small pageviews and email list.

So here is a simple way you can find out what your business is going to be all about.

Try this exercise:

Pick 5 interests that you have.
For example, I love writing, blogging, gaming, sewing, and gardening.

Now it’s your turn. jot down your five interests or hobbies.

Next, from those five interest choose 3 that you think you can talk about for the next 1-5 years.
Example: I can speak about writing, blogging and sewing or writing, blogging and gaming

Now it’s your turn.

Thirdly, choose ONE of the three interests that you have jotted down that you can speak about for the next 5-10 years and beyond.

Why are we doing it like this?

Because a business should run for more than a year and more than five years.

You are looking to create an income, a consistent income that will help you to have the freedoms you want not now just now but far into the future.

What you do today and how you do it will determine the outcome of your business in the coming years.

So if you don’t want to fail at blogging then you need to choose something that you can talk about for the rest of your life.

Remember it takes time. It takes patience. So take your time and think about it.

The Ideal Target.

Who is going to read your blog, sign up for your wickedly exciting freebies, join your mailing list, and purchase that productive product that you created? Who?

Only those who need that product or service. Those persons are considered your ideal customers.

There are two ways to getting your ideal target.

You can find your audience

This means listening to the problems of others and seeing a way you can solve those said problems. Hanging out on social media and interacting with persons and of course asking questions.

You can choose your audience

This means thinking about who you want to attract and what sort of problems they have and then how you can solve those problems.

Whichever way you choose is totally up to you. The results are usually the same, which is you discover your Ideal Customer.

We will discuss five ways you can discover your Ideal Target.

Look at Yourself

  • What interests you?
  • Who inspires you?
  • What do you struggle with that you have overcome?

There are 7.5 billion people in the world and millions of them are having the same problems and struggles that you are having.

When I started blogging I was scouring the internet for information on the best blogging advice. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money only to be disappointed.

And persons just like you provided the information to start a blog and make money because it was something they struggled with and no doubt thought others would have the same struggle.

When I wrote this I thought about all the females who may not have enough money to spend on blogging and starting a blog and would want the best blogging advice without having to pay for it.

That’s something I wanted when I started.

So, look at yourself, see what you are struggling with, what you have overcome, and then remember that others like you are having the same problems.

Gender and Age Demographic

With regards to gender, are you targeting the male demographic or the female demographic? Is your content tailored to suit the needs of each.

Knowing if your audience is male or female can help you in knowing what content to put out there and what products to create.

As for age, what age catergory are you targetting?

Are they young females in their early twenties, maturer females in their early thirties, college students, young kids? Probably you’re looking at males in their late twenties or late thirties. Are you attracting retirees?

Would you create a product such as the ten top clubs to hit in X while your audience is late 40’s females who love gardening?

I hope not.

Or how to do indoor gardening while your audience is males who love cars?

Who is your age target?

When it comes to the type of individuals this is another factor you need to consider.

Are they single moms looking to provide income and stay home with kids? Or are they now starting in the world and need guidance to the right path? Are they moms or dads that are super busy? Probably they are into nature or food or fashion or makeup?

How does your interest enable you to provide content, products, and services that will help this demographic?

Would you create content that is super long for busy moms? Or meal plans that require a lot of work for busy moms? Mostly likely not.

Income

We have low, medium, and high-income persons in the world today. That is something we need to keep in mind when making content and a product.

Ask yourself: At my age how much am I willing to pay for this product?

If you find yourself not willing to pay the price you set for the product then most likely your audience will react the same way.

Someone starting out in their early twenties is not going to have a buttload of cash lying around to just pay for a product they don’t need.

I know when I started out blogging I was never going to pay for a product that was over $100. It’s not that I didn’t want to do so, I simply didn’t have the money to do it.

So would you make a product to help young early twenties entrepreneurs to start their business but then price the product at $497.

I think not.

Such a price will go for higher-income persons who know the value of starting their own business.

Such a product also would include helping those who started a business to grow their business.

So my wonderful ambitious Fempreneurs, are you starting to understand who your ideal target is?

Pain Points

What does your customer need or really want? And what can you provide that will fill that need and want?

Can you encourage them to pursue their dreams despite the failures and fears they may have? How can you encourage them? What service or product will be able to help them succeed?

Now finding your audience takes some time. You would not find the ideal auidnece one day after blogging and neither would you find them after one month.

I started finding my audience after five months of blogging. It took me a whole five months and boy was I frustrated.

How did I find my audience? How can you find your audience?

Read comments on your blog if you have any and see what they are asking of you. Then create a product or blog post to solve that problem.

Read comments on other bloggers blog in your similar niche. Look at what those persons would like to see and try and formulate your answer for them.

Use FAQ’s. These are especially handy because you get to know what people always want answers to.

Find where they hang out. Hoping onto social media and joining groups to listen to people and their problems is a great way to find your audience.

We’ll talk about social media a little later on in the post.

Ask your audience what they would like to read from you or learn from you.

By applying these suggestions you’ll discover your audience faster than you expect.

So we have a great business mindset as we step ahead into the next phase of starting a blog. If your happy liquid has been depleted, now is the time to replenish it.

Choosing the RIGHT Blog name and Domain provider

Your blog name should tell us about you, the type of person that you are and the type of business you have.

So something like www.youyourpersonalityyourbusiness.com but not in so many words.

How do you go about finding the right blog name?

Dot.com name

Using a name that ends in dot com instead of dot net or dot org is a great place to start.

The reason being that it is easier to remember.

I remembered looking for a blogger and having to search in the google search bar. I typed in her name dot com and got a different website.

Turns out she didn’t have a dot net or dot org but something totally different.

So try your best to use a dot com. I’m not saying the others are wrong to use because there are successful blogs that are dot org and dot net but you want your audience to easily find you.

Make in short and memorable.

You want your readers to associate things with you very fast.

Use your own name

Lots of people use their own names in blogging and creating a blog name. Why?

Because its so much easier for you to remember and for your audience. Imagine someone asks you what is your website and you have to think about it or it’s not easy to remember at all.

What to do if your name was taken?

I had a blog name called nicolejwrites.com. My name was taken and so I needed to add something that was catchy yet still not to long.

If your name is taken add what you do to the end of the name. Never add symbols or numbers as that will make it even harder to find you.

So with nicolejwrites.com you can tells my website has something to do with writing, whether it maybe books or something else. It is writing related.

Some examples are:

  • www.yournameblogs.com if you have a blog
  • www.yournamewrites.com if you do writing
  • www.yournamemom.com if you are a mom and helps other moms
  • www.yournamelifestyle.com if your blog is about lifestlye

So now that you have your catchy short blog name, we need to purchase our domain.

The Right Domain Provider

Now here is where it gets even more tricky because now you are starting to spend your hard earned cash. So you want to do it once and do it right.

The Key is Research

When I thought about my blog name and wanted to know where to go, I went to Google. I typed in Domain Provider and this is what came up.

How to Choose the Best Domain Registrar?

Then I chose NameCheap. Why?

  • They provided me with a dot com domain for $8.88y/r
  • Their renewal fees are very affordable
  • They offer free lifetime security with their WhosGuard privacy protection
  • The offer of SSL security for only $3.98 per year was reasonable
  • Their top-level domains are more affordable
  • They are very transparent about their offers.


And the reason why I say this last one is because many companies try to offer you discounts on their first year of domains and hosting then you have to go looking to see how much your second year will cost when the offer is no longer available or applicable to you.

With Namecheap everything is plain to see so that you can make an informative decision. And I know as females having all the information in front of us before we throw our money at it is very essential.

Below is the video on how you can purchase your domain from NameCheap.

So in the cart we have:

  • Blog name – $8.88y/r
  • ICANN fee – $0.18
  • Positive SSL – $3.88y/r
  • Total: $12.94

Do you know you can purchase your domain and secure or claim your domain and start blogging later? Try it out << right here >>

But if you’re interested in going the whole way then let’s continue forth.

Choosing the Best Web Host for your Needs and Pocket

Now this is another tricky step. Again we are spending our had earn dollars, so we need to spend it wisely.

What is required?

Research

Finding the best web host takes time and money. Some bloggers will argue that Bluehost is the best while others will say Siteground and then still other would tell you Hostgator or GoDaddy Hosting.

There are so many hosting companies to choose from that you can get seriously confused and clouded.

And when choosing a host we cannot be clouded in our judgement.

So I went and did some reasearch and here’s what I found.

10 Best Web Hosting Services in 2020

After thorough research, I went with Siteground. Here’s why?

  • Firstly, I had $60 to spend on a blog and they took $47 to start.
  • Secondly, they have fantastic uptime and adequate speed.
  • Thirdly, they promised 10,000 monthly visits
  • Fourthly, their startup cost is $3.95
  • Fifthly, they offer FREE email for your business email, 10GB web space, and 24/7 support.

Siteground hosts over 2 million websites and are officially one of the three recommended web hosts by WordPress.org.

Are you interested in starting your web hosting with one of the top recommended WordPress.org?

Then here is a video on how to start.

So in the cart there are:

  • Siteground Hosting – $3.95m/o
  • Total: $47.40

Remember that a web hosting has to suit your needs, your pocket. And only you would know what those needs are and how your pocket looks.

So if you want to open an online store you would have to find a host that can integrate well with a store platform.

For instance, Woocommerce is a great store platform that integrates well with Siteground. I use the both to create my online store and sell digital products.

If you want to have a larger web space and can pay the money for it then find the host that provides that.

Do your research, look at your budget, and then purchase your hosting to suit.

When you have done that, there is something crucial you need to do before building on your site. And that is:

How to Connect your Domain to your Hosting

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The domain lives in the hosting so that it can get the needed protection your host is providing. That’s why it’s necessary to connect the two.

Before I started blogging I did not know all this was required. And I thought connecting the two would be very difficult. Turns out it’s much easier than I thought.

The video below shows you how to connect your NameCheap Domain to your Siteground Hosting.

Great your domain is happy to be living in your host. You will have to wait for 24 to 48hours to let this register but you can still work on your site.

Now we’ve reached the more difficult part. This where things get tiring, confusing and you may feel like giving up. Or this is where you get excited because you have a website and you are ready to build it up.

Building your WordPress Website from Scratch for FREE.

So everything here and out is basically for free. You may have to cash to pay for themes and other essentials or you may not. So I will go through paid and free versions of each.

In order to build a WordPress website we will need WordPress. When you buy your hosting from Siteground they automatically integrate WrodPress onto your site for FREE.

All you have to do is install it.

How to Install WordPress

  • Go to your web host and sign in.
  • On your dashboard, you will see set up a site.
  • The next page will bring you to Startup a new website or migrate a new website.
  • Choose startup and they should as you would type of site you would like to create.
  • Choose WordPress and they will ask you for your credentials and then choose GO.
  • And it takes about two minutes to create.
  • Login with the admin.
  • Welcome to WordPress with the setup wizard and click the exit
  • Deactivate the WordPress starter.

Take a look at the video for a more comprehensive outlook.

So now we are on our WordPress dashboard and it should look something like this.

start a blog

Installing WordPress is the first step to building your site. You can get familiar with your WordPress dashboard so that you won’t have trouble using it.

The basic things you will need are your post section for your blog post. Your pages to add new pages to your site. you will need appearance that contains menus and widgets and the plugins section.

As you practice more you will learn more about what you can and cannot do. Now it’s time to make your site look pretty and pleasing.

We need a theme.

How to Choose the Right Theme to Suit your Style

A paid theme or free theme? That is the question.

Granted a free theme has it’s limitations that a paid theme does not. But if you’re strapped for cash like I always am for some reason, you will need a free theme.

And that’s where research comes in, AGAIN.

50+ Best Free WordPress Themes

20+ Free Feminine WordPress Themes

The free theme I recommend is Astra.

Astra is a fully customizable theme for a free theme. It’s lightning-fast, it has a beautiful elegant stylish design and it can be integrated very well with WordPress.

It is also built with SEO in mind which is very important for bloggers.

Watch the video to see how you can install your theme of choice.

How to Choose Effective Plugins to NOT slow down your Site

When starting off there are a few plugins that you will need. And that you need as soon as you buy your website.

When I started it was great that I installed these in the same week because I started getting hacked that same week and I didn’t have any content yet. So thanks to installing these important plugins I didn’t have to worry about what was happening.

So what FREE plugins can you install to optimize your website?

When you buy your web host with Siteground you don’t have to install a cache or performance plugin because they have a built-in one. So that’s one less plugin to install.

If you haven’t used Siteground then here is two performance plugins that I recommend.

  • WP Super Cache
  • WP Rocket

Another plugin that is essential is the security plugin. You need to secure your website the moment you buy it.

I use iThemes to secure my site but here are other security plugins that you can explore.

  • iThemes Security
  • SiteLock paid plugin
  • Wordfence

Next, let’s install a back up plugin. Backups are are needed because if your site shuts down by mistake like what happenes to me at times then backup helps.

  • UpDraft Plus

Search Engine Optimization Tool is needed to help you to optimize your content so that Google can find you and rank you as relevant.

  • Yoast SEO

The Social Plugin allows readers and viewers to share our content and to that easily. So I use the plugin below.

  • Social Warfare

The Email building plugin is designed to automatically send emails to your subscribers when you have created said emails.

The Page building plugin allows you to design your website homepage as well as other pages on your site to give it a sleek look.

  • OptinMonster
  • Convertkit
  • Constant Contact
  • Sumo (free plugin)

A free plugin that was suggested to me was the one below and it works marvelously.

  • Elementor

For bloggers who are interested in having an online shop directly on the site you would need a plugin that integrates well with the WordPress dashboard.

I use the plugin below because it is free and easy to set up.

  • Woocommerce

Related: 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Install on your Website

Additional Plugins

As you start writing blog content you will need a spam plugin to help you detect and control malicious comments.

  • Akismet (paid plugin)
  • Anti-Spam (free plugin)

You will want to include pictures eventually on your site as discussed above.

  • Optimizilla (external source)
  • Optimole (image optimization)

Here is a video on how to install plugins.

Wow, that was a lot. Installing themes and plugins is a whole lot of work. It got me tired and hungry and my happy liquid is done.

Now on to some amazing stuff. We will be desgining our website they way we want it with a free plugin.

Designing your website without Webby Skills.

So the Elementor plugin that we installed earlier is actually a page building plugin that will help us do just that.

It comes with a free template design for us to plug into our website or we can start from scratch.

Here’s another video, this one showing you how to use the Elementor plugin. A video best explains this plugin because it’s all about the visual.

Disclaimer: This video is courtesy of the Elementor company themselves and it is not own by Jewellz Pages.

Creating Helpful, Consistent Evergreen Content

Blog content can be very helpful if done the right way.

There are two things that really help Google know whether your content is great or not.

  • How useful your content is
  • How consistent you are being.

One wise person said it’s better to have 2 very useful, very long pieces of content on your site filled with relevant keywords than to have 10 pieces of not so good content.

It’s better to be posting at a particular time every week or month than to be touch and go. It says that you are regular and trustworthy.

Additional Tips

When creating content make sure you are answering questions that are relevant to your niche but also helpful to the user.

How can you know if your content is being relevant?

Research.

You’re probably going to hate the word research after this post. But it is vital in knowing which keywords you want to rank for and knowing what your auidence needs.

Use a platform like Quora. There are thousands of questions that are asked and answered.

Choose the topics relevant to you and do research in order to write a helpful blog post.

How long should a Blog Post be?

The length of your post is a huge factor. Google ranks posts that are longer, higher because there is more information to be read.

But with a long post, you need to have great content there, otherwise, the length means nothing.

The length of a blog post should be 2000 words but even 1000+ gets recognize as great content.

Remember, if you can’t write at least 2000 words on a particular subject then you need to be more passionate about it or do more research.

Key Elements of Blog Content

Headlines

Headlines are key factors in blog content. That’s the first thing a persons sees when they scroll through your site. So you want a headline that is captivating but also keyword worthy.

Since all blog posts must have a heading we need to ensure our heading entices our readers but is not clickbait. A heading should be in the H1 format and should be 60 characters or less.

Use the Headline Analyzer to see if your headline engaging, impressionable, and overall score.

I use Sharethrough Headline Analyzer to optimize my headlines.

Subheadings

These should include keywords that you would have searched before to make your content discoverable. They break up large quantities of content and allows easy to read sections.

Table of Contents

It helps your readers navigate smoothly through your content without scrolling to check every sub-heading. They can pick out what they want to read when you insert a table of contents right at the beginning of each blog post.

Multi-media

Media comes in many forms and below we discuss the five main media you can use in your post. If you use all you will be creating an optimal blog post that can be read by many readers.

  • Pictures
  • GIFs
  • Pins

Give your readers a visual outlook with pictures, GIFs, and pins. Put a smile on their faces and allow them to share your content with others via your creative pins.

  • Videos
  • Audio

With videos and audio files you can bring your content to life because your readers can see and hear you. It draw them closer to you.

With audio files, your readers can listen to your post while they do their chores at home.

Tip: A lot of bloggers and website owners do not include audio in their content. So stand out by including it.

Freebies

As humans, we all love free stuff. Entice your readers to join your email list by offering them something they cannot refuse.

Links

Incoming and outgoing links are necessary for SEO. These ensure that you are connected by other bloggers and content creators.

Then other creators can link their post to yours and vice versa. This is a great way to grow blog traffic.

Highlights

Changing the font of all the important words and links in your post directs your readers to what is important and necessary for them.

Grab your free blog post checklist from the resources library and use it to help you create amazing evergreen content.

Promoting your Blog by Being Engaging

This probably the biggest struggle for so many bloggers, especially new ones.

I know I struggle to promote my content as well. I was trolling the Twitter forums and this question was continuously asked.

How to get more engagement on your blog?

I was trolling the Facebook groups and Quora forums and this was the same question being asked by many people.

How to get more engagement on your blog?

Be Engaging to Get Engagement

Nicole J


What does being engaging mean?

One Twitter user said that she was liking and retweeting posts. Great, I’m sure the users appreciated that.

Another one said that she was tweeting the required amount a day. Congratulations! You tweeted 15 times a day. Bravo!

And still, another said that she liked posts on Instagram and even sent emojis. How sweet!

Is that how you be engaging?

Far from it.

When someone post to the social media or even their blog they are not looking for an emoji or a like. The want more than that.

They want a conversation, showing of interest or even a question asked. They want to know that their content encouraged someone today.

When you post to social media would you rather a like, a share, or a well-meaning comment? You can only choose one.

I’m pretty sure you chose the last one. Why? Because it feels good when you have provided value to your readers. So, do the same.

To be engaging means:

  • Liking and leaving in-depth comments on posts and pictures
  • Reading posts of other bloggers and commenting on them
  • Sharing bloggers content
  • Joining a community and being active in it as much a possible
  • Posting your links in promotional feeds and also when the time is right

My favorite places to be right now that have increased my engagement is Pinterest and Facebook Groups.

Here are some FB Groups you can join.

What to do before your Launch your Blog and what NOT to do

We are coming up to the end of this lengthy post. But before we share our content with the world we need check some basics.

We have to legally protect our blog and include the necessary pages.

Legal pages for your blog are:

  • Disclosure policy
  • Privacy policy
  • Terms and Conditions policy

Necessary pages for your blog are:

  • The Homepage
  • The About page
  • The Contact page

How to Make Money Blogging (monetize your blog)

After we have done all that and more we are now in a position to monetize the blog. This is where it becomes even more difficult.

You have to get persons to care enough to want to buy your product. But you can help it along with some great content on what your product does.

Four essential and common ways bloggers make money are:

  • Ads Revenue like Mediavine and Adsense
  • Affiliate Links (when you sign up for a program to be an affiliate every product you sell through your referral link earns you a commission)
  • Sponsored Posts (writing blog content that you were asked to do and you get paid a small fee or large one, depending)
  • Digital Products (the best way to monetize your blog because you make them, you own them and they have unlimited selling power)

In Review

Before you launch into an online business like a headless chicken, know your why.

Do your research to find your target audience and what pain points they may have so you can know what sort of business product your need to create.

Then you can buy your domain and web hosting for only $60.

Follow the five basic steps to successful blogging and include your legal pages.

Create multiple revenue streams through ads, affiliate links, and digital products.

So there you have it. A full comprehensive female guide to blogging and how to start a blog and make money in 2020. Be sure to share this guide with other Fempreneurs so you all can go into business together.

Below are some common FAQ’s that have been asked on the daily.

How to Start a Blog and Make Money – FAQ’s

What is a blog?

A blog is a regularly updated site where you have lengthy conversations with your audience and provide great content to suit their needs.

Can I start a blog for free?

Of course, you can. There are many free blogs out there. If, however, you would like to monetize your blog then having a free blog is certainly not the way to start.

What are the best blogging platforms?

Many bloggers have said WordPress is the best blogging platform because of its flexibility.

Who can Start a Blog?

Anyone. As long as you have a device, access to the internet and the patience to see your blog grow, you can definitely start a blog.

Where can I Start a Blog?

A blog can be started on a free platform like Quora, Facebook, or Wix. A blog can also be started on a paid platform like WordPress.org

Why Start a Blog for your business?

A blog can help your audience know what you and your business are about. It allows you to be more personal with your target audience.

How to Start a Blog with WordPress?

The first step is to purchase your domain which is your blog name from a domain provider and your web host from a Web Host provider like Siteground.

How to Start a Blog that matters?

You need to know your Why, your What, and your Who. Why are you starting a blog? What will your blog be based on? Who will be reading your blog?

How to Start a Blog on Siteground?

How to Start a Blog for beginners?

  • Purchase a domain and web hosting
  • Build your site from scratch
  • Use a plugin to help you design your website
  • Create at least five great blog posts
  • Launch your blog
  • Get engaged on social media by sharing your content

Why Start a Blog in 2020?

Why not? You can have your own business and be your own boss.

When to Start a Blog?

Now is always the BEST time to start a blog or online business.

How to Start a Blog post?

  • Do research
  • Find a great blog topic
  • Write at least 1500-2000 words of content
  • Add keywords
  • Create a catchy headline
  • Add a call to action
  • Schedule and post

How to make money blogging?

  • Ads
  • Affiliate links
  • Sponsored posts
  • Digital products

How to grow blog traffic?

By using keywords to maximize search engine optimization or SEO and interacting with your ideal target through social media.

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NICOLEJ

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