You can become a successful blogger but to achieve this need a successful blog site. Your blog website must have all feature according to current technology such as responsive, html5 compatible, SEO optimizes great content, strong marketing, monetization etc.

Here, create a checklist for building a successful blog site:
1. Pick a platform
2. Domain Name
3. Find Your Niche
4. Set a GOAL
5. Choose a TOPIC
6. Add Categories and Tags
7. Add Blog Regularly
8. Optimize your content for search engines
9. Local SEO
10. Promote your blog
11. Create a community
12. Engage with your community
13. Social Media
14. Monetize Your Blog:
15. Don’t quit your day job

Pick a platform

You can select a platform in which your blog site is built. There are many open source CMS which have all feature to make your blog site successful such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, TextPattern, Typo3, Magento, Concrete 5, MoDx, Umbraco, Django CMS, Dotnetnuke, Blogengine, DotCMS etc.

What is open source CMS?

A CMS is a Content Management System in which your website is built and make changes to your content, such as publishing, editing, managing and deleting content.

There are two kinds of Content Management Systems – Open Source and Proprietary.

What is the content management system (CMS)?

A content management system (CMS) is a software application which is used to create and manage digital content of a website or blog.

Features of CMS:

  • SEO-friendly URLs
  • Online help such as discussion boards
  • Full template support and customizable templates
  • Admin panel with multiple language support
  • Easy wizard-based install and versioning procedures

SparklingTalk using WordPress CMS for the blogging platform, but you can choose Open Source CMS according to requirement. WordPress is easy to install and manageable CMS compared to other available blogging platforms also online support for WordPress is good.

Domain Name

Your blog name should be easily readable so that your audience can remember easily or without difficulty. You need to pay for a domain name when you want to own it either you can create a blog using blogger or wordpress.com in a subdomain. You can purchase a domain from any hosting service provider such as GoDaddy, who is the biggest domain registrar and their support is good and free. There are many other domain registrars, of course, and costs and service will vary.

Find Your Niche

Create a blog about things you know about. If you are an expert at something, especially good at something or have an extremely overwhelming interest in a particular hobby; build your blog around that. Do not write about fashion, makeup, fitness or diets just because you see other people do it and you think it will be easy. It won’t and you will hate and quit.

Set a GOAL

It does not matter what the goal is, number of visits or time on site or content, but set one. Think of it as a mini-business plan. You can refer to it in the future and measure ongoing progress.

Choose a TOPIC

If the blog is personal (therapy of sorts), then the topic is YOU. If technology or business, check on the competition. There are lots of blogs – standing out is hard. Take a unique approach or a different angle on a subject.
Start creating high-quality content for your blog. When it comes to blogging, you don’t need to publish a new post every day, but you should be consistent. What’s most important is that you focus on providing your audience with quality content as opposed to a quantity of content.

Also, read:

How To Choose a Topic For Blog Post

Categories and Tags

I erred initially when I used multiple categories for my posts. The post falls into one category with a few to several tags. Tag stuffing is bad and will not help SEO.

Focus on building pages such as “About Me” and the others you might want with the engaging information.

Also, read:

How to Add Category in your WordPress Blog Site
How to Add Tags in Your WordPress Blog Site

Add Blog Content Regularly

Many people get into blogging because it looks glamorous, fun and easy. It isn’t! Many bloggers work over 80 hours a week creating, editing and posting content on their blog and social media sites.
Get to know your audience. Who are you targeting with your content? When you know exactly what type of people you want to reach, it becomes easier to create the content they need.

Also, read:

How to Post Blog Regularly

Optimize your content for search engines

You don’t need to be an SEO whiz in order to rank higher in search results! Learn the basics of SEO and make sure you’re optimizing every single post you write.

Also, read:

How To Optimize Your Content For Search Engine

How To Get Traffic From Search Engine

Local SEO

You operate in a region and your audience is based there. You should really think about starting a local SEO campaign for some of your most used terms.

Also, read:

How To Market Your Blog Using Local SEO

Promote your blog

Make sure you’re building a presence on social media because it’s an amazing way to send traffic back to your website. Figure out which platforms your audience is using and share links to your posts. Consider participating in Twitter chats, Facebook groups, or even group boards on Pinterest to help reach new people.

Also, read:
How To Promote Your Blog To Get Traffic

Create a community

10 years in the game? Start your own community. It doesn’t need to be a forum because that needs lots of man hours to handle. Make a group on Facebook or a discussion board on some niche related site.

Also, read:

How To Create Community in WordPress

Best WordPress Plugin To Create Community

Engage with your community

Find sites like Quora that are in your niche, politics, and engage with your audience there. See what are they interested in.

Also, read:

How To Engage Audience With Your Community

Social Media

This again depends on your goal. Get better SEO from links to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Having all with the same name is a real plus.
Also, read:

How To Get Organic Traffic Using Social Media

Monetize Your Blog:

CPC is ‘Cost Per Click’ which is a marketing (affiliate marketing) term that describes how much a publisher will be paid per paid each time a viewer clicks on the banner ad/link. This a very abbreviated explanation because there is a lot of variables that can influence the measurement of how a click is tracked and/or compensated.
CPM is ‘Cost Per Impression’ which is based on a thousand impressions which refer to the publisher (blogs) display of the ad (banner) while the viewer is on the page. So just to be clear, this is not the same as someone visiting your blog and refreshing the page.

Growing a blog can happen in so many ways. Many bloggers use social media to promote their blogs by sharing each post on their page(s), creating tweets, posting in forums, groups, etc., basically any place where you think you have an audience that would be interested in reading about your subject matter. When you get more advanced into blogging, there are a ton of tools you can use to help promote your blog in addition to learning and getting better at SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Also, read:

How To Monetize Your Blog To Make Money

How To Make Money Online

 

Don’t quit your day job

Don’t expect the money to come right away. It won’t unless you’ve already established a name or brand for yourself that you can drive traffic to and convince advertisers to pay you to place ads on your blog.

Also, read:

Why Should you not leave Job after becoming a blogger

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Rishi Sanuj

Rishi Sanuj is a software developer and working as a Web Developer in USA based software company.

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