How to Start Blogging And Be An Entrepreneur in 2021!

Today we are here with another article for all of you guys interested in starting your blog in 2021 & not only for earning a fair amount of passive income but also for creating a brand identity for yourself & your blog.



We have written that everything you should know to start a blog in 2021, but I hope to cover all the essential topics to enter into the blogging world, which will help everyone in 2021 and all coming years. You have not read about my personal experience with Blogging & How I have entered into the blogging world; then, you should defiantly read the About SEO.TimesofIndustry.com article. I am not telling you to read about our page to know more about us. Still, I am suggesting you read because this page will help you understand what mistakes I have made during these years in blogging & what you should do & what you should avoid being successful in blogging & this will help you decide on How to start a blog.


So, Enough Introductions! Let's come to the main topic.


In this article, I will include everything you need to start blogging & to be successful in blogging.


Skills you need to enter into the blogging world:


In my opinion, the most important thing to start anything is your skillset & your passion. If you don't have the writing skill set to start anything, then the amount & time you will invest to be successful in blogging may be a waste. In addition to that, If you don't have the right skillset to start your blog, then that does not mean that you will not be able to enter the blogging world. It would help if you had a passion for learning how to blogging. Anyone can learn anything & develop a new skill set to be successful in life. So, if you think that you have the right skill set or the right passion for learning how to blog, then you are good to go.


So, it would help if you had the below skills to start blogging.


  1. You should have the knowledge & real interest in the niche of your website or blog. It would also be best if you were a good writer or learn how to write an SEO Optimize article that will rank high in search engines.
  2. You should know how to do market research for your blog.
  3. You should be a person who is always self-motivated & self-disciplined. Don't just take your blog for granted. Invest your valuable time to be successful.
  4. Also, it would help if you learned how to communicate with the community & fellow bloggers.
  5. Finally, you should be ready to invest in starting a blog & making it a success.


These are the necessary skill set you should require to start a blog.


After the skill set, we will go through every step you have to follow to start your blog.


Buy a Domain:


First thing first, Always remember, the domain name is a thing that will be your brand name in front of the world. The domain name is what everyone will remember to search on the internet to find you & your website on the internet. So, before choosing a domain name, you should have spent some time to think which will be your best domain name.


Things to remember before registering your domain address:


  1. Domain should be unique to come in the first position when anyone searches your domain name in search engines like Google & Yahoo.
  2. You can or cannot include your main niche keyword in the domain that may give you some preference to rank high in search results, but there is no specific written confirmation. To confirm, you can check what Google's John Mueller has said on the topic.



  3. Also, you are making any product review website or affiliate website. You can include your LSI keywords (Latent Semantic Indexing) Keywords, but also you can check what Google's John Mueller has said on the topic.

    Before choosing any domain name, if you choose any keywords or LSI keywords in your domain name, that will not harm you at all. You can go ahead with what you are thinking to include in your domain name. Just check the uniqueness of the domain name.
  4. You can check your domain name available or not on the internet. You can check any domain register Like Google Domains, Godaddy, Namecheap, etc., to check available domains. If your domain is not available with a top-level TLD like .com, you can go ahead with any other TLDs. Google gave the same attention to all types of domains. But if you can buy .com or .org types of TLDs, it looks more professional to the readers.

    Check out this video from Google Small Business about Google Domains.


Once you have decided what domain you want to buy, do not wait further & register it as soon as possible. Even you are going to make your blog sometime later. You can always keep that domain on your domain registers account. Otherwise, your domain may be booked by someone else &you will lose the chance to book the domain at the introductory price.


Also, if you want to buy any domain, then it's also possible. You have to pay more than the necessary price to book that domain. If he wants to sell the domain at a higher price, the person who is booked the domain can buy that premium domain and pay a considerable amount.


Hosting Packages:


Enough on Domain name selection & registration. Now comes the 2nd significant part of starting your blog. 2nd important part is the selection hosting package & selection CMS (Content Management System).


There are two types of CMS platforms available.
 

  • Free CMS Platform.
  • Premium CMS Platform.


Free CMS Platform:


If you want to go with a free CMS platform, you don't have to pay anything to host or for a CMS platform. There are many free CMS platforms available, but the most popular one is blogger.com. Also, as per experience, Blogger is one of the best free website builder platforms from Google's product list. You may be amazed at the article you are reading right now is currently hosted in the Blogger platform itself. And as I said, it's free then; you may face some limitations in customization, but if you go with Premium one, you can change & customize your website as per your choice.


Premium CMS Platform Hosting:


If we are talking about a premium CMS platform, then the most viral one is probably a WordPress website builder. But remember, if you are going for WordPress, you have to select a hosting provider as per your budget. There are lots of hosting providers out there; you check & select your hosting. Besides, you can get lots of extra benefits if you are using WordPress for website customization.


Choosing a Blog Theme:


This one is 3rd most important factor in starting a new blog or website. There are lots of free versions as well as paid versions theme available for Blogger and word press. There are limitations of customization in free versions of the theme, wherein in premium versions, you can do whatever you want.


Selection of a theme for your blog:


If I want to say in one line what type of theme you should choose for your blog or website, then I can say that SEO friendly, lightweight, fast loading, easy navigation enabled, & mobile & other devices friendly theme you can select for your blog.


It's on you that you will go ahead with a premium or free theme. There is no much difference in SEO if you select a premium theme. Before choosing any free theme, check theme should be neat & clean & should be navigation able.


Create website Logo:


This is not one of the most important factors for your blog, but when you invest in all of these, I have mentioned earlier, then why not you invest some to create a professional logo for your website.


Remember this the logo, the first thing everyone will notice after visiting your website. The logo is like a brand identity. So, you can consider a professional logo for your website is one of the important factors for your website if you are going to make your website a brand.


If you have some creativity in you, you can always make your website logo using Canva or Canva Pro. If you are ready to invest some dollars for a good looking, unique, creative logo for your website, you can visit Fiverr & hire a good logo designer & make your logo from the professionals for your website.


Important Blog Pages:


Though you are creating a blog, not a website, you can change or update your posts content anytime without limitations. Still, to look more professional & to increase your trustworthiness in Google's eye, you should have created some pages which are not necessary to change over time. But you can always update the information. When you start your blog, then you will easily understand the basic difference between posts & pages.


Necessary Pages you should create for your blog:


About: 


This is one of the essential & most viewed pages of your blog. On this page, you can write about the blog & personal details of the blog. Also, you can share why you are doing blogging & what is your expertise. For a ref, you can read ours ABOUT US page.


Contact Us: 


This is again one of the most important pages for your blog. Also, it's a significant page in Google's eye. On this page, you can share your personal contact details, like email id, contact no. Your business address; your social media profile links etc. That's not mandatory to add all the contact information to share, but you should have at least one proper contact with us details for your readers.


Portfolio: 


It's always better to have your portfolio website. It's maybe a one-page website or with several pages. On this website, you can share all your personal details, your expertise, etc. You can also include the project details you are working on right now & your customer's feedback. It's always better to create one separate website as a portfolio website, but you can always create a portfolio page if creating a separate website is not possible.


Disclaimer: 


This is also one of the most important pages in Google's eye. If you have any special terms & conditions applied to the readers reading your blog, you can have those terms & conditions on your disclaimer page.


Privacy Policy: 


On this page, you should include the information for your readers that if anyone gives you any personal details for any reason like subscribing to your blog feed or information uploaded in contact us form, how you will maintain the privacy of the users. Also, you can include Cookies policy, returns & refund policy information, etc., as per your requirements.


Also, you can include another page for your blog if you think it's essential to have.


Mandatory Tools You needs to be successful in blogging:


For better understanding, I have divided the tools you require into two divisions.

  1. Offline Tools
  2. Online Tools

Offline Tools:


The essential tools you require to start & to be successful in the blogging journey.

  1. A Laptop or Desktop computer.
  2. If you are using a laptop, then an extra mouse & keyboard is preferable.
  3. Stable Internet connection
  4. One DSLR camera for video recording (optional). You can use your good camera inbuild cell phone instead.
  5. One lapel mic for sound recording.
  6. 1 quality table & chair to improve your work efficiency.

Online Tools (Free or Paid):

  1. Grammarly or Grammarly premium (Preferred) for writing an article without any grammar mistake with correct punctuations. Grammarly finds out sentences written in passive voice & suggests you convert it into an active voice.
  2. The CMS platform & hosting as per your choice.
  3. Learn about Google Search Console & Bing webmaster tools.
  4. Google analytics.
  5. A good video editor.
  6. A good screen captures video recording tools.
  7. A good market standard Domain Authority checker & backlinks checker tool.

If you are using WordPress as your CMS platform, then I can suggest you some essential WordPress plugins you require to write better SEO optimized article, Increase website loading time & for security purpose.

Essential WordPress Plugins:

Better Click-to-Tweet: 

This is a WordPress plugin you can install in your WordPress blog. This plugin encourages readers to share your content by including a click-to-tweet box within your posts.

Contact Form 7:

If you want to avoid putting your email address on your contact page, use this plugin, which is frequently updated, and receives good reviews.


Hello Bar:


Want to get readers to sign up for your free newsletter? Or want to announce the release of your latest book? This plugin allows you to create a banner for the top of your blog.

Akismet: 


One of the headaches of blogging is the plethora of spam comments. This plugin will help you reduce the number of spammers that sneak through.


WP Super Cache:


Another important plugin you should use to increase website loading time. Caching allows your blog to load faster.


Yoast SEO: 


This is one of the best SEO Plugin, most probably every word press users use this plugin. This all-in-one SEO plugin helps you write SEO optimized articles so that you can get organic traffic from search engines.


Except for these, there are lot more plugins available, which you can download & use at your convenience.


Widgets you can use to give your blog a better look:


  1. Popular Posts or recent posts widget: Help you show popular or recent posts in your website's sidebar.

  2. WP Call Button: Nowadays, every business receives lots of traffic from mobile devices. If you want to provide your readers an option to call you directly, this widget is helpful.

  3. WP Forms: Yet another excellent widget to create a contact us form & place anywhere in the article you want.

  4. Astra Widget:  It allows you to easily add your business location, social profile links, and an icon list to your WordPress sidebar.

  5. Google Map Widget: An easy way to put google map location in your website using Google Maps Widget. When a user clicks on the map, a larger map opens in a lightbox popup.

  6. Social Count Plus: By this plugin, you can show the number of followers you have indifferent.

  7. Optin Monster: OptinMonster is the best WordPress lead generation software available in the market. It allows you to convert website visitors into subscribers or customers easily.

  8. Adsanity: you can easily manage any third-party ad code with this plugin & helps you to show ads on the website as per your customization.

  9. Testimonials Rotator: You can easily show all the comments & testimonials in your blog with this widget. This is helpful to show what your readers & customers are saying about you.

  10. Google Language Translator: This widget gives your readers an option to translate your content into any language they want to translate free of cost basis. Important plugin to target different types of language speaking countries other than just English.

Backup software:

In my opinion that this is one of the most important online tools, you can invest during your blogging journey. This software helps you to back up your whole website. Actually, this is required if, somehow, if you lost any of your content or anything bad happened with your website, then you have the option to publish again all the articles you have written.


Start Building your email list:


Yes, I know that you have not started your blogging yet, or you are in the initial phase of blogging. You may think that you need to build your email list as you don't have anything to share with your audience via email. But as per experience, you should start building your email list if you have taken blogging a serious option for your career. Just start collecting email ids & when you have some good readers of your blog& email list, you can start reaching out to all the members via email for either selling your products or share your recent blog post via email. This increases the trust factor between you & your readers.

For this, you can use Mailchimp for email collection & Mailchimp gives you fee email sending option up to 1000 users free of cost.


Till now, we have discussed all Online & offline tools you require to start & be successful in blogging, which will generate 4 to 5 figures passive income when you are in sleeping mode.

Write:


After all this investment, the most important factor is to writing your blog post. If you do not write good content with valuable information, then no one will read your content & somehow, your investment will fail.

So, try to create a post for your blog, which is approx. 10 times better than the most amazing article available on the internet on the said subject. This is one & only rule to rule the internet. It is also imperative to understand that you are writing for the internet, not for the print book. To be successful in blogging, you need to engage your reader so that they spent more time on your blog than your competitor's blog. This factor is checked by google as & important factor to rank high in google.

You need to create very engaging posts, always use "You" phrases to speak with the reader & always elaborate the bullet points to understand your readers better. Remember that your article should be SEO friendly with feature images & other related images with proper alt tags.

Don't just write articles as per your convenience. Do not think as a writer's mind before writing things as a reader's mind. Ultimately you are writing articles, not for yourself but your readers.

Promoting is the ultimate solution for max reach:

So, at last, do not stay as a blog writer and have to be a marketer also—a Digital Marketer. There are different methods of promoting your content. Do not think that sharing your article on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and sharing article links with your friends via WhatsApp is the ultimate promotion method. As you will spend time in this blogging & Digital marketing industry, you will learn how to promote your brand digitally.

One of the best ways to promote your blog is getting good quality backlinks from authority websites & getting a feature in different types of authority websites & media publications.

I have written a separate article on backlinks & getting featured in different authority websites & media publications.


At last, I can say Hard Work with Smart Work & Long Term Orientation is the key to be successful in blogging. Just create SEO Optimized, informative content for your readers & try to be consistent with your goal & soon, you will find your new blog is getting blossoms for you.


We have tried to collaborate on all the steps required for setting up your blog. Now we will quickly discuss how you make your blog a step ahead towards your entrepreneurship journey. So, when we are discussing the entrepreneurship journey, then we need to first understand who an entrepreneur is?


Who is an Entrepreneur:-


If we want to say the meaning of entrepreneur in few lines, then "Entrepreneur is Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision-maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk-taker and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares in an incorporated venture".

 

It's not essential that Entrepreneurs will only be motivated by profits but regard it as a standard for measuring achievement or success.

 

If you want to forget about your 9 to 5 job & want to leave working under your boss or if you want to boss of your own life, then as per my opinion, it's the easiest way to start your entrepreneurship journey.


Make Online Money through Blogging:


We have discussed many things about blogging, but the main part we are going to discuss right now. 

Yes, Earn Money through blogging; if we have not discussed these things, How anyone will be motivated to enter this industry. After all, at the end of the day, we should have something by which we can spend our life.

So, Money is the Best Motivation for all of us!


Don’t worry about the possibility of making money through blogging. For example, I can mention about ShoutMeLoud’s Income report. Just check it out. You will get your motivation & understand the possibility of earning a good amount of passive income when you are sleeping.


There are various methods of earning money through Blogging.

  1. Showing Adsense or any other ad networks ad to your blog readers. If any of your readers click on the ads, you earn.
  2. Affiliate Marketing is also one of the best ways to earn through your blog.
  3. When you have established you & your blog as a brand, you can sell your digital products, Ebooks, Merchandise, etc., through your blog.
  4. Also, there are endless possibilities of earning through your blog. Just enter into the industry & we will come to know about the processes of making some good passive income through your blog.

 

Start your blog website today:

 

Some years back, blogging is just considered a hobby & peoples considered blogging as a personal diary. They write about their hobbies, their daily routine. If they visited somewhere, they write about the place with selfies & photographs.

 

But nowadays, blogging is considered a great way to be an entrepreneur. And through blogging, you can start earning money online & also you can make yourself famous on social media & make yourself a public figure & make a brand in your name.

 

If you want to start blogging & need any help about methods & how you can start blogging, I will help you in this regard.

 

Only the first thing you need to consider that on what topic you want to start blogging? This is the first & most of Blogger's last question. They can not find any good topic for their blog.

 

Every Blogger and every blog serve a purpose, and here I'm going to ask a simple question: Why did you want to start Blogging? If you want a blogger just for sake of making money online, then it's a very rare chance of success. You should have passion & love for what you are doing. This will motivate you to do your job constantly.

 

Decide a good topic (Niche) for your upcoming blogging journey. If you want to create something memorable that will also help people to get their goal, then it will go you will never think.

 

Sharing is caring. Do share with your friends & family & join them in your blogging journey. Make a good community of bloggers. This will help you to reach your goal in an easy way.

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