Starting a blog from scratch, building traffic and making money out of it has never been an easy job for bloggers. Building the first hundred visitors is one of the greatest milestones in a blogger’s career. Sometimes bloggers can’t even resist the first few weeks of blogging because it’s going to give lots of failures and disappointments if your blog launch wasn’t right.
To most of the new bloggers launching a blog is just installing WordPress. I’m here to say launching doesn’t mean installing WordPress. Installing WordPress and applying themes are one of the processes of setting up a blog. So, how to launch a blog properly so that you can reduce the chances of facing the early frustration and blogging stress?
Way of launching a blog differs from person to person, so it’s quite impossible to mention the exact right way of launching a blog, but in general there are certain essentials your blog must have to be launched properly without which it will be quite difficult to survive through the initial stages of your blogging career.
1. Choose The Right Niche
Only to new budding bloggers choosing a niche seems to be a difficult task, but actually it’s an easy decision to make. Just find out what you are interested in and whether you have knowledge about it or you have the passion to learn about it.
Choosing a niche is very important because once you publish a post on one niche, you can’t change your niche the next day. If you do so, it’s just like starting over again and again. So make the right decision that’s important.
2. Have A Nice Introduction About You And Your Blog
You may introduce yourself to your visitors by creating a neat About Me/Us page in your blog, let people know who is behind the blog. Also, you may tell them what the blog is about and who you are trying target (Webmasters, Gamers, Programmers, Tech Maniacs, etc).
3. Register In All Top Social Media Sites
In the initial stages of blogging you can’t expect search engine to send traffic to your site. It’s usually the Social Media sites that give traffic to the new blogs, so it’s very important that you have account in all top social media sites like – Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and of course Pinterest. Whenever you publish a post make sure you share your link in all the social media sites.
4. Make Some Completed Draft Posts
Prepare enough number of topics to write a blog post and have it as a draft. Once you launch your blog you must be consistently updating it so it will be easy if you have some posts in drafts which are ready to be published.
Once you have them you are all set to publish your first post (better if it is a very high quality and attention grabbing post) and remember you do it consistently everyday or everyday two/three days, or every week but it’s better if it’s everyday. Always maintain optimal blogging frequency.
“Blog Post A Day, Will Keep You On The Success Way.”
5. Go Out And Bring Them In
It’s the time to start promoting your blog posts. Go to some forums try to bring in some traffic (not by spamming), try to write some guest posts for other popular blogs (don’t forget to add your link) on your niche, leave comments on other’s blog and share your link in all social media sites. This will bring some traffic to your blog.
6. Build Up A Fake Conversation
It’s a simple strategy! To make your visitors to participate and start a discussion you just have to show as if there are already discussions going on, on your blog. You may have to build up a fake conversation in the comments section. You can ask your friends to do it for you. Good way to make your blog more interactive right? There are some cool WordPress plugin can be used to increase the comments.