The Blog Creation Checklist

The Blog Creation Checklist

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The thought of building an empire from the comfort of your own home can send your mind into a world filled with excitement so intense that you want to hit the ground running.

I don’t mean to burst your happy bubble, but you need to follow these steps on the blog creation checklist to make sure your big idea gets started on the right foot.

Find Your Passion

Don’t make the same mistake I did when I first started blogging! Trust me, it wasn’t fun watching blog after blog fail. Why did my past blogs fail? Because I wasn’t writing about the things I was really passionate about. I was looking for the best sale and trying to write content to convince people to believe it was an awesome product, even if I knew it wasn’t.

You need to do a little soul searching (if you’re not sure what you’re passionate about) to figure out something you love so much that you’ll happily spend hours every day reading and writing about.

Bloggers who create content that revolve around their passions are the ones that look forward to (or can’t wait for) writing their next post.

Set Your Goals

What do you want to achieve with your blog? Do you just want to create a little side income that will supplement your full-time job? Or do you want to build an online empire with your blog that will support your lifestyle?  Even if you’re just blogging as an experiment to see if it’s even possible to make money with a blog, you still need to set goals.

Without solid goals in place prior to creating a blog, you’ll be like a fish out of water. Miles away from the water without any sense of direction.  Goals help you stay focused on your desired outcome and will help you take the actions needed to create that side income or that online empire.

Come Up With A Blog Name

Don’t wait until you’re about to register a domain name to create a name for your blog because you may not like it 3 or 6 months from now. I’ve actually paid for domain names that I hated before the “thank you for your purchase” message appeared on my screen.

Your blog name ideas need to be created the old fashioned way: with a pad and paper and maybe a little bit of silence.

There are a lot of blogs out there and more are being created daily, so make sure to come up with 3 options just in case your first two choices are already taken.

You can type in your desired domain name below to see if it’s available.

Register Your Domain Name

Don’t just get a domain name from any old provider. You’re going to want to go with a reliable source that offers room for expansion, like Bluehost.

Choose Your Audience

Before the next step, you need to decide who you want your readers to be. Since you’ve already found your passion, this part should be easy. You’re going to want to write content for people that are interested in reading the posts you create.

It’s also helpful to become active in forums and online communities prior to creating your blog so people already know who you are once your blog goes live and you won’t seem like a spammer.

Do Some Serious Keyword Research

Jaaxy is a great keyword research tool that helps you rank better in search engines. This is one of the best keyword tools I’ve ever used! When you sign up for the free trial, you get 30 free keyword searches.

Another great option is also the Google Keyword Planner. Not as user friendly, but it still gets the job done.

Your keywords are going to be geared towards the audience you want, so make sure you don’t skip this step. Knowing what phrases are being searched for and how often is definitely going to come in handy.

Take A Few Days To Breathe

As hard as it is to do this, take a few days away from your blog idea after you’ve done this. Think about everything you want and plan to tackle the tasks you have ahead.

Something that’ll make a huge difference is writing your ideas down before taking action. Sometimes it’s easier to keep things organized when you can see the bigger picture written on paper. Give it a try. You can thank me later 🙂

Learn As Much As You Can

Blogging is a lot of work and don’t let anyone else tell you any differently. If you find certain tasks easier than others, then consider it a gift, but blogging (especially to create an income) is indeed a job.

Learn from those that are already successful bloggers because they can offer insight on things you may not have considered.

A few of my favorite bloggers include:

Find bloggers that are good at what they do and follow their blogs. They’ll give you useful information that will help you reach your goal much faster than you would if you  were trying to do this on your own.

Once you’ve completed this blog creation checklist, you’ll be ready to get into the “meat” of things and start working on creating content that Google will be happy to index and include on their search engine. More importantly, you’ll be a lot easier to find when your readers come looking for you.

Ready To Move Forward?

Avoid making common mistakes that can keep you from success! Check  out How To Fail At Blogging: Things You Should Never Do.

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