Most of the time my blog is focused on Domaining. There’s a good reason for this, Domaining has changed my life in many ways and is a huge passion of mine as well as my largest income source. However, my blog has also changed my life in many ways and is absolutely one of my favorite parts of my day. While most of the emails I get are about Domaining, I still get a few here and there about blogging and what it takes to get started.
I started my blog in October of 2007 as a way to keep track of what I was doing in the Domaining space. Back in 2007 I was still learning the ropes and together me and my readers went through a journey that took me to where I am today. Also, much to my surprise, my blog made money too! I never expected to make money from my blog but in 2008 Afternic approached me out of the blue and I had my first paying sponsor.
Over the last 4+ years I’ve learned a lot about blogging, and I know that I still have a lot more to learn. I don’t talk about blogging much at all here on my blog, and a reader recently called me to the task asking the simple question, “Morgan, I love your blog, and would love to learn more about blogging from you.” So I thought it would make sense to cover this topic once a week, starting with this post, so here we go!
Here are three things you should know about blogging:
- Blog about something you love. If you blog to make money you will fail. Sorry but it’s hard to write great posts about something you aren’t passionate about. Yes, insurance is one of the most lucrative niches online, but if you don’t love insurance (which you don’t!) don’t write about it. If you love something, trust me, there are a zillion people on the Internet who also love it, connect with your audience and create something great.
- Use WordPress. Don’t mess around with other solutions, WordPress is the best of the best when it comes to blogging platforms. Starting with another platform just means you’ll have to go through a painful migration process down the road. For those who can remember I started with TypePad.
- Be consistent. If you want people to read what you write then you need to be consistent. I blog every day and recommend that most people ramp up to daily posts when you can. In the beginning this might be too hard to do so pick a goal and stick with it, even if it’s just once a week, stick to your schedule and make it happen.