“Blogging”, the term seems to be quite cool, right?
So, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “blogging”? For 90 percentage of people out there, they relate blogging to money, work from home and luxury. But let me just tell you, it is not as simple as it seems to be. Blogging requires passion, dedication, discipline and much more.
Even after becoming a successful blogger, your mind needs to produce newer and more fascinating ideas so as to attract reader’s attention. The most important part of blog is “Planning”. Planning can be considered as the base which has to support the whole blog.
A proper plan and its perfect execution can make your blog reach the heights while any dis-organisation will lead your blog to failure.
Having discussed about the merits of proper planning, you must be left with a question “How to I plan my blog perfectly?”. And that is why we are here. Here are some of the basics that you often miss out which make your efforts go in vain.
1. Be ready to make notes
An idea can strike anytime and anywhere and it is our duty to jot it down before it gets out of our mind. Also, if you have been a blogger for long, you must be aware of the fact that a blogger’s mind never stops thinking and we are always busy devising new ways to make our blogs more and more appealing.
It is not necessary that ideas come to our mid when we want them to. Mostly, the case is that ideas flash for a second when we are scrolling social media, listening to our favorite music, watching YouTube Videos or maybe when we are eating or roaming for that matter. It is obvious that these thoughts are arbitrary and won’t remain in our memory for long. Thus, it might be the case that we are out somewhere and suddenly by seeing a hoarding or an advertisement, the gears of our brain start to function and we come up with an awesome and unique idea to write about.
For these situations, there should be a small diary and a pen kept in your pocket so that you can note down your thoughts before they actually get out of your conscious mind. Nowadays, in the world of smartphones, notes can be taken on your phone itself and there is actually no need for any extra diary or anything of that sort.
2. Proper Niche Research
Research is a mandatory part of blogging and this is what makes your blog stand out of the crowd. This stage involves studying all the current trending blogs based on the topic you are presently working on and then analyzing them altogether so as to provide any information which they might have missed and could be important.
Reading other’s blogs will not increase your knowledge but will also help protect your work against plagiarism. Plagiarism can be defined in simple words as: “Stealing other’s writings without their consent”.
Therefore, a proper research is necessary before proceeding towards writing a blog.
3. Know yourself first
After doing proper research, the next step is to convert those thoughts into actual writing. For that purpose, you need to know yourself very well. There are two types of people:
- The ones who love to work under pressure
- The ones who need ample time to think and implement
If you belong to the type-1 category, then it is a good idea to delay the task and wait for the adrenaline rush which will make you someone lie William Shakespeare and you will then bring out gems from the pot of your words.
While if you are a person who needs a lot of time to think and write, then you should not keep piling up your work for the last moment because the stress will only make you feel depressed and in turn, will affect the content quality.
4. Use the old school technique for writing if necessary
Though technology has helped us to do our work speedily, it can be often tiring for one to sit hours in front of the screen. This in turn results in frustration and you may lose concentration quite often.
For such situations, the “pen and paper technique” proves to be the best one out there. You can just sit in silence and just draft your writing from the ideas you have collected. This method is sure to bring peace and harmony to your mind.
5. Quality Control
After the writing work, now it’s time for some quality control. This process involves thee following steps:
- Reading the blog so as to find any errors
- Correcting the possible errors and adding any missing information
- Checking for any plagiarism
- Correcting the small grammatical errors which are often left unnoticed
For the above mentioned , one can use either manual methods or take help of software tools so as to ensure accurate and unbiased reports.
Software available for the same are:
- Grammarly (available online as well as for download)
- Plagiarism Checker (online only)
You also need to invest on some things such as quality web-hosting, themes, plugins and some software like ahrefs, wordAI etc. As they prove to be very useful in future.
6. Publishing and Marketing
This is the last stage of a blog development. Publishing the blog at the right time and for the right audience is must. Also, during uploading, you must make sure that you include all the necessary blogs so as to make your blogs rank. A ranking blog will pull in ore traffic and in turn will give you a better income from Google AdSense.
Marketing is equally important. The more number of people aware of your writings, more will be the traffic resulting in a better income.
Conclusion: My last words with respect to these topics would be that do not only dream of blogging for money. If you lack passion and discipline, you will be incompetent in this field.
Find what are you interested in and put your efforts in that direction.
If you love to write and blog, then follow these steps and you will surely sort out your blogging experience.