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It all started a year ago when I was just an information-hungry girl trying to figure out how to establish a blog and write. I needed a way to document some of my experiences and thoughts, build a platform and make connections. The prelude to my story intended to set the stage for a book! What I have come to find is that the blogging world is filled with a lot of fluff for those of us that just want to write, inspire and gain real connections.
If you search how to start a blog on the internet you will not come up empty-handed. It is overwhelming! I started my research on how to blog because obviously I had a passion to write. However, I was struggling to come up with many articles that covered the content that actually goes into your blog. It seems it is just not that simple! I ended up down a rabbit hole that made me question everything.
According to the vast world of Pinterest, when you want to start blogging, the only reason anyone would want to do this is to make money at it. The way you make the most money at blogging is by creating courses, eBooks, selling products, getting sponsored, being an affiliate, and letting advertisements run on your website.
Oh! And get this…the most prevalent articles you will find are bloggers teaching you how to make money blogging by teaching others (wait for it) …how to blog!
What kind of pyramid scheming contradiction is this?
Making printables to me seems redundant and irrelevant for aspiring authors, it also makes this girl’s non-techy soul hurt. Not to step on any toes but I don’t want to sit and make a dozen different pins for one of my articles for Pinterest (I mean I will because apparently that is all part of it). I am certainly not the girl to go to for all your “How To” articles. Half the time I don’t know what I am doing, I don’t think I have any authority in telling others what to do.
It is just not what I expected when I had the idea to write on the interwebs. There is a true battle of figuring out how to get noticed if you aren’t offering something to your readers. But the idea of learning how to make courses, printables or launching a product makes my head spin. The best writing comes from the things you are passionate about, and my friends, truth be told, I’m just not that passionate about some of these things. I’m afraid of going off down a road that I never intended to travel.
So, where does this leave those of us that are in it to write and not sit back and rake in the dough? (Let it be known for the record that I do like money and I am not opposed to making some. I just don’t expect that to be my main focus of blogging.)
I spent 3 months sifting through the wheat and the chaff (nice Bible reference, huh) and was somewhat able to make heads or tails out of what mattered. I started implementing the information I felt was vital to get this blog off the ground and up and running.
Niches, MLM, and SEO, oh my
I wish I knew these things when I was starting out. Blogging has its own lingo! I had absolutely no idea what the word Niche (specialized interests you will write about) meant or how important it was to get it narrowed down. A niche is obviously something I still have not narrowed down, I mean have you seen my blog?! I love to write about all the things.
SEO (search engine optimization…how your site scores with Google so your blog is found when searched) seems impossible.
MLM, what is that?
Not to mention that you need to have a theme to your website…how do you create a website? What are these HTML codes? Where to get images, the legal side, how to make a logo, what should your logo even be. You have to know all about promoting and utilizing all your social media accounts.
I Can Point You in the Right Direction
I am definitely not an expert…like at all, but I have been able to pick up a few things in the past year. To be honest I rebel against a lot of the things that would make me more relevant and searchable.
But if you are just starting out, I can point you in the right direction. YouTube, YouTube, YouTube! YouTube tutorials, will be your best friend and you can practically find a video for every question! I have found it to be a tremendous help. My site would have never been set up at all without it. Especially when you don’t have a lot of money to invest in a web designer.
Canva is so awesome! You can create all your blog images and logos on there for free. They have the option to get some premium content for a cost but for the most part, you can create a lot with the free version. If you go through one of these highlighted links, we will both get a premium image for FREE.
The first thing I did after months of running around rampant all over the internet for research was…
TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2.