When I say seven things you need to start a “successful blog”, I mean everything you need to start right. To be professional from the start. To show that you are here and ready for business from the start. To start attracting engagements fast enough… that’s what I mean. So if you are all about, start small, start from where are, start with what you have, etc. you may end up being discouraged and disappointed, but then again, the truth hurts…
Here is my list of 7 things you really need to start a blog in 2021:
In fact, I think the fastest way to build engagement is to start with social media, create a buzz, get there attention, then you launch!
Here’s the reality if you really want to monetize your blog.
Treat it as a business!
IT NEEDS CAPITAL. Yes, you can start at home or have a home office, especially if it is a personal blog where you just write about your outfits and personal lifestyle. You may start at home, but you will buy a domain name, hosting subscription, buy apps, buy gadgets, etc. There is also a lot of pressure on fashion and beauty bloggers who have to keep buying clothes, accessories, makeup, skincare, etc. Don’t be fooled into thinking that once you share two or three outfit posts, then brands will come running… You have to invest your money first. Most brands will only work with you when you have patronized them a number of times, did some reviews, and tagged them, then they will notice you. SO if you are living or blogging on a budget, you may become frustrated if you are not financially ready to handle the costs of blogging… so ensure you are ready to spend.
On the other side, frugal or budget-friendly content creators may be able to deal with the monetary aspect of blogging, but they still have to spend money on the tech aspects… just know that you may not get the desired result or be taken seriously if you do lots of stuff using free versions. For instance using me.blogspot.com. or me.wordpress.com, etc.
7. Passion This is what will keep the fire burning when you are feeling low or overwhelmed with the pressure that comes with blogging. It is also what will make you sell because it will make you glow and just be this happy person doing what s/he loves and that’s all you need sometimes, just being happy with yourself. On a final note, I do not mean to scare you, but to share the things I wish I knew before starting a blog. Maybe, I wouldn’t be blogging today or better still, I could have planned and would probably have been at a better stage in my blogging career… if I could use that term. But you see, it is never too late. So, just in case you are like me and wondering, “Oh, but I have started already and I didn’t get all these right.“2021” is the year you need to make those changes and set your blog on course for a higher level. If you are serious about blogging or you are blogging already and you don’t have your tools or don’t have the technical know-how, buy a book or a course, upgrade your tools and start taking baby steps towards pro-blogging.
PS: I didn’t talk about monetization because that comes after building a successful blog. So focus on that. Create great posts! Build your engagements on social media. Create a buzz about your launch, Keep your audience thirsty and ready… Just plan and execute, then money comes later.