5 Things to Know When Starting Your Blog


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This is a guest post by Adrienne Carlson. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

It’s a bandwagon that took off with startling speed, one that all and sundry wanted to get on. Most did get on the blogging train, but there were very few who tasted the kind of financial success that they dreamed of. Others fell by the wayside while the determined still plough on, making what little money they can and yet sticking to the path because they are passionate about what they do.

There’s no doubt that blogs are here to stay, but if you are thinking of hitching a ride only now, you need to be aware of a few ground rules. So, before you start your blog, it’s best to:

1. Be realistic: Yes, there are many people who blog for a living; they don’t have regular jobs, and they make all the money doing what comes best to them, writing for an audience and making money off it. But, you must be realistic when you start to write and know that you cannot expect such stupendous success, at least not for a few years. If you’re hoping to make huge amounts of money right from the word go, then you’re in for disappointment.

2. Don’t quit your regular job: Because blogs make money randomly or not at all, especially when they’re new, it’s not wise to quit your regular job and sit at home in front of your computer hoping to strike the mother lode instantly. Instead, set aside some time every day to work on your blog and popularize it.

3. Enjoy what you do: Only if you truly enjoy blogging will you be able to stick to it and make it work. If you’re in it just to make money, you’re not going to be able to keep your enthusiasm going when you don’t see the dollars pouring in like you’d envisioned. So write on something you’re passionate about, something that you can sustain on a daily basis over a long term period.

4. Focus on a niche: Blogs that focus on a niche tend to do better than those that just prattle on about any random topic under the sun or those that are more personal in nature. So choose a niche that you enjoy and one which you can portray creatively so that other people will be interested in reading what you have to say.

5. Know that patience pays: One thing you must remember when beginning a blog is that you must be patient in order to see even a modicum of success. It takes a long time to popularize a blog, and even when that happens, it may be some more time before you start to see monetary results. You must focus on quality rather than trickery to market your blog, because that’s what will sustain it in the long run.

Adrienne Carlson writers regularly for OnlineDegree.net. You can also reach Adrienne at her email address: adrienne.carlson83@yahoo.com.

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31 Responses to “5 Things to Know When Starting Your Blog”

  • Lia Qistina

    I love point number 3 an point number 4.

    In my opinion, bloggers hould be enthusiasitic and passionate for topic they covering so that reader keep coming everyday and everytime

    I’m chooding Peter Rojas as my personal example.

  • Hal Brown

    I’ve made all these mistakes and more. About niche blogging, this is tough unless you have a lot of unique material for a given subject. Learning from my own mistakes, I’ve made the niche as broad as possible to help with this, even to adding an Off-Topic page.

    I absolutely agree about prattling on about everything, especially opinion. I think opinion blogging is doomed from the start. We can all see far too much of that on the social networking sites.

    Very good post.

  • carla

    After blogging for over a year and half, I am learning that persistence and passion is key. If I didn’t care about what I write about, I would have quit a long time ago.

  • V.C

    You are right totally.
    The most important part in my thought is being patient.
    I always talk to me: “You get what you pay for”

  • Paula from Affiliate Blog Online

    I think the key for me is to enjoy what you do. I love blogging – in fact I just love everything about working online. The first thing I do in the morning before I even get a cuppa is turn on the computer….and the last thing I do at night is turn of the computer.

  • Phaoloo

    Nice thoughts! Agree that patience should be included in this list. We can’t build a great blog just overnight, it takes months and even years to live on that blog.

  • Karl

    As the old adage goes: do what you love and the money will follow….eventually! Blogging really is like any great discipline in that you will get back what you put into it. You pick a topic that you can make interesting or look at differently, as suggested in this article, and you’ll be surprised when you look at your numbers of people visiting your site from everywhere. It’s gratifying to get visitors for your content when there are countless choices out there. I highly recommend blogging if you want to take an online leap.

  • Gabe | freebloghelp.com

    Excellent points. Finding a niche is key — so many blogs have multiple topics, with the author either attempting to draw additional readers or just wants to rant.

  • Harrison

    Knowing how to do things on your own with WordPress or whatever other software you use is essential otherwise you’re looking at more time and money to fix things.

  • Bob Bessette

    Hi Adrienne,
    I think you make some good points here. I started blogging back in the summer and I’m still going strong. The “niche” issue is a tough one because I think there is a fine line between too narrow a niche and being too broad. Obviously the narrower the niche it may be hard to think up enough topics to blog on. Too wide of a niche and your readers really don’t know what direction your blog is going to take each post. I’ve struggled with this a bit myself.
    I think you chose one of the best blogs to guest post on as Daniel’s audience is far-reaching. Congratulations and keep blogging…


  • Available Domains Blog

    I agree with your points. And would like to add that one must learn as much as possible about blogging before starting one.

  • excITingIP.com

    Nice post. I guess, it is important to have other modes of revenue on the blog than pay-per-click-impression advertising alone, in case someone wants to go full time. Also, it helps if you are knowledgeable about the niche.


  • Syed Akram

    Yes being REALISTIC! There so many scam blogger out there who pretend they know everything about making money online but in reality they just copy and paste.

  • Teen Blogger

    Great Post.

    I think most bloggers make the mistake to not being realistic. They expect to start making loads of money so they can quit their day job, only to be dissapointed. Bloggers need to be patience and need to realize that blogging is not a overnight task. It takes a lot of time to establish a blog.

  • Melisa

    I also agree, and I appreciate these tips.

    Remark: Thumbs up, highly recommended.

  • Harsh Agrawal

    I second your opinion on not leave your job for blog until unless you are making decent recurring Income from your blog.

  • Alex Lim

    Agreed. Although it feels good to think about a bright future based from some successful-reputable people in the web who inspires you lot, it is still better to be realistic enough when starting your own blog. It is somewhat motivating to read rugs to riches-happy ending biography, but be reminded that the process to get where you wanted to isn’t easy, well its hard work to be exact. Being realistic helps you to be prepared from the challenges which are ahead of you.

  • Brandon Cox

    Excellent article – I think I’ll get started now!

  • Hesham

    Very nice article Danial, you are right about bloggers who leave their jobs when they start blogging thinking that they can do fast earnings and then they will discover the painful truth, that making money online is not that easy!

  • JenniferG

    Excellent advice! Patience is indeed the biggest virtue in blogging. It is something that I sometimes struggle with but since I mostly blog for the love of comments and creativity… I am okay with it!

  • Gila Gideon

    Well 1 and 2 are in fact the same but- nice .Thanks

  • Maplerain

    Wonderful article.

  • Mr. I

    Not quitting day job is indeed an important thing to keep in mind. As Daniel advices, one should have enough money to go for 2 years.

    Patience is another thing to keep in mind. most of the bloggers never succeed because they quit within 1 year fo starting a blog.

  • Rahul Jadav

    I totally agree with you. When you start blogging..its foolish to assume that you will start earning from the first month…it takes time to create a popular blog….I have given myself 2 years time to make my blog very popular…so i dont feel burdened

  • Andrew @ webuildyourblog.com


    Nice post.

    I started 3 years ago on-line while working full-time. I worked evenings and weekends with a plan of giving up the 9-5 corporate world.

    In my very early days of being on-line, I believed all the hype – I expected to create my first product (which I did within 3 months), sell thousands, give up my day job and retire.

    The reality check: I sold a handful!

    However, 3 years later and including all the points you mention, I recently gave up the 9-5 and now work full-time in my own on-line business.

    So great points you made and those wanting to start should really take note.



  • Interior ideas

    And be innovative 😉 Thanks for nice post

  • John Samuel

    I totally agree with “Enjoy what you do” and “Focus” because only then you are motivated to keep blogging

  • Dana @ Online Knowledge

    For number 5, I enjoy to make money from blog, that my motivation to keep going until now. I once at state that I blog just for hobby which i like it very much and yeah, i really into it for a year, but it not last long because i bore and there are no money in it.

    So, i think money is good motivation to keep blogging.

  • ixod

    Thank you for sharing this tips about starting a blog and you must enjoy blogging. It is not for personal purpose but on how to convey message to readers

  • Antti Kokkonen

    I think the patience and realistic expectations are very important as blogging is a long-term project. Yes, great blogs have been built from ground up in matter of months (traffic-wise too), but the work doesn’t stop there (usually). But publishing content regularly week after week, day after day, takes discipline.

    And in addition to focusing on a certain topic, I’d also suggest making that one topic something you really, really enjoy and are passionate about, just like Adrianne mentioned on the post. When you don’t have to force yourself to write something, or do some other blog related activities, it makes everything so much easier as you are truly enjoying what you do and just can’t stop talking about it.

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