10 detailed steps to become a professional blogger

10 detailed steps to become a professional blogger

Maybe before reading this, you have Googled articles like “create a blog in X easy steps”, “how to create a blog”, “create a basic blog”, blah blah, and blah blah. But then after reading those articles, sometimes you are still confused, confused and can’t know if doing so is right, enough or not, lol?

So today, Quyen wants to share with you a detailed article about 10 steps for you to create your own blog and become a professional blogger.

These 10 steps have some simple and easy to do, but also very difficult ones, requiring your own time and perseverance. But if you are determined to become a professional blogger and make money from blogging, Quyen believes you can do it!

10 detailed steps to become a professional blogger

10 detailed steps to become a professional blogger

10 detailed steps to become a professional blogger

1. Determine what topic you want to write about

To determine what you really want to write about, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What topics do you enjoy talking about and debating the most? (How to save money on backpacking, how to raise a child in Japanese style, how to cook fast for busy people…)
  • Which personal blogs or Facebook/Instagram do you most often follow? (list some pages/individuals out)
  • What area do you feel you are best at? (cooking, beauty care, photography, mother & baby…)
  • What field would you like to learn more about? (could be the same field you are interested in/good at or a completely different field)

Answer honestly, then write all your answers down on paper and start thinking about it.

Like all bloggers, Quyen will also advise you one thing, no matter what topic you want to write about, the only thing you must always remember is to choose what you are most passionate about…

Once you have blogged and want to become a professional blogger, want to make money from it, the road ahead of you will be extremely difficult. 

Passion is what energizes, refreshes your spirit when you are depressed and want to let go.

2. Think about the blog name and path (URL)

Once you’ve chosen a topic that you like best, the next step is to think of a name for it. Why is Quyen divided into name and path (URL) in this part?

The reason is simple: The name when you read it has tones and accents, so the meaning is completely clear. But the URL is contiguous and unsigned, so if you’re not careful, you’ll end up in a situation where the name of the blog is funny.

For example, you have an umbrella business and want to name your online shop Ma May. When reading the name Umbrella Ma May, it sounds very normal, but the URL to is dumamay.com  for example, it seems a bit wrong!

Here are some tips are drawn from Quyen’s experience from 2016 to now on choosing a name for the blog:

  • The blog name should be related to the topic you intend to write about. This will make it easier for readers to remember your blog name. For example, if you write about travel, the blog name should have something related to tourism (trip, journey, travel, outing, travel …)
  • The blog name should have a little “headline”, it will also be very interesting and interesting, but don’t be too jerky, sometimes readers will find it a bit hard to believe. For example, if you want to blog about beauty, don’t “make headlines” too much like Speed ​​Beauty, Cheap Beauty, etc.
  • If you are too short of ideas, you can add your name to the blog name, because usually the name is a very personal thing, and even if you have a popular name like Trang, Ngoc, Nam blah blah, sure The odds of having another person with the same name as you and blogging about the same topic as you are extremely low.

3. Start blogging

After you have all the ideas and names, you will proceed to buy hosting and domain to create a blog.

Hosting is the place to “anchor” and store the entire database of your blog site on the Internet. And domain (domain name)  is the name for your blog. Both of these you have to buy through hosting and/or domain service providers. 

Currently, there are many companies that provide this service. However, because she has lived in Europe for a while and worked for these partners, Quyen often uses or advises partners to use hosting and domain services in Europe.

Although the price, compared to the Vietnamese market, is more expensive, in return, these companies are all reputable companies with extremely professional and friendly Customer Service teams.

Working with them, you won’t have to worry about risks such as data loss, information theft, or company shutdown.

After the purchase is complete and the transaction is successful, it will be the step to install the CMS for the blog. Quyen recommends choosing  WordPress.org  because currently, WordPress is almost the content management system (Content Management System) with the largest number of users today.

WordPress has an extremely large team of programmers and contributors. When using WordPress, you will be provided with a lot of free tools such as themes, plugins to optimize some features of your blog, Q&A from the online community, etc.

Also, if you want to buy the pro versions of a certain theme or plugin, then WordPress is the version that is easiest to integrate with and has the most options. 

4. Create some necessary pages for the blog

Depending on the topic of your blog, your preferences, and your style, each blog site will have different content and headings. However, you should remember these will be the two most important pages for every website and blog: About and Contact.

About page:  This is the page about the blog, about the writer, the content of the blog, the vision, orientation, and style of the blog. All in all, this is a place for readers to go in and find out… what they’re reading.

Contact page:  True to its English name, this page is for other people to contact bloggers. Contact here can be asking questions about certain content, asking about something that readers think bloggers can help them with, fans writing fan letters, etc.

Reading this far, you may think you don’t need this page because you don’t want to be bothered by emails from people you don’t know. 

Then think again, because in the future, you will most likely become famous, and companies related to the topic of the blog want to find you for cooperation. The Contact page is where they will go to find out!

Quyen has visited many interesting blogs and seen the ability to make money from their blogs. But unfortunately, looking at the blog, there is no place to contact. So maybe that blogger has lost the opportunity to make money.

5. Proceed to build content for the blog

Phewwww, finally comes to the most important part of a blog, which is… content for the blog.

The content here includes articles, adding some more pages in addition to the two as mentioned above, creating a number of categories and corresponding tags. It’s a bit confusing at first, but take the following example for your understanding:

You just created a travel blog, right? Then the category of a travel blog can be divided into Asia, Europe, America, blah blah blah.

Below Asia, you continue to divide one more category such as Vietnam, Japan, Korea; Below Europe are France, the Netherlands, Germany, etc…

Next to the tag (tag), for example in the article about Hoi An travel experience, you will attach it to the category Vietnam / Asia and some tags like Hoi An, Central, old town, lifestyle, street food, etc… so that it is logical and easy to remember, easy to arrange with you.

According to Quyen’s personal experience with a number of other blogs and even with this Blog Make Money site, you should write about 10-15 posts before starting to blog publicly.

That way, when readers visit, they will have more content to read, keep readers on the page longer, and make people believe in the value of the site more.

In this section, whether or not the content is written depends on… your Literature score in school! However, it will certainly be difficult at first, because not everyone has the gift of writing and can write well, or you may not always have the interest/idea to write.

But rest assured, after a while, everything will be in place!

6. Set up social networking sites (SoMe)

Depending on the content of the blog and the target audience, you should choose different social networking sites. For example, if it’s a cooking blog, you should sooner or later choose to add a video channel like YouTube to develop it. If the blog is about travel or photography, then there’s Instagram.

Here are some popular SoMe sites in Vietnam to get started:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn, especially if your blog topic is related to business (finance, human resources, investment …)

In foreign countries (US, UK, etc…), it is even more common:

  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

When starting to create accounts for these SoMe sites, you should pay attention to choosing the same account name as the blog name. For example, with the domain name From Hobby To Money, the  Facebook Page is similar to  https://www.facebook.com/fromhobbytomoney/ so that readers can easily find and follow you. 

Absolutely avoid giving two / different names, such as Facebook is From Hobby To Money, Instagram is Blogging Make Money, etc… will make readers not know if these two accounts are the same blog or not. no, leading to a situation where you may lose a follow/like in vain!

7. Create an email list to collect your readers’ emails

This step just sounds like a “dark” name, like collecting readers’ information to resell to telesales companies, then readers will receive calls from life insurance every day, to buy something. A, a B, a C or something!

Actually, that’s not the case at all. The collection of this reader’s email is so that you can send the latest articles, blog-related updates, giveaway updates, giveaways, etc. to your readers.

This email list is supposed to help you and your readers connect with each other more, because it creates a more personal and intimate feeling than blog posts or posts shared on Facebook and other SoMe sites.

Readers who receive emails also tend to stick around and become loyal readers of the blog than others who only reach out through social networks.

Besides just updating such information, in the future, if your blog can grow well and you want to make money from blogging, then this will be the foundation for you to start email campaigns. Marketing to readers.

Within the scope of this article, Quyen will not delve into the explanation and analysis of Email Marketing but see you in more specific articles in the future.

But surely when you read this far, many of you will wonder how to collect people’s emails?

The main answer is with automated forms available on the web (when you install WordPress, there are already some themes available with this plugin), and of course a little … “bait” too.

These days, users are very tired of reading spam, and therefore, they also limit providing email information to avoid receiving irrelevant emails. However…

Take, for example, creating a travel blog. Assuming you already own a travel blog and want to start collecting readers’ emails, the “bait” will usually be “sign up to receive the visa application file”, “sign up to receive the full set of documents”. travel guide”, etc…

For food bloggers, “bait” could be “sign up to receive a cooking e-book with 30 dishes of office lunch”. Beauty/fashion blogger is “Tips for mixing 10 items into 30 unmatchable outfits”, etc… Make the most of your creativity to attract registered users.

In the future, you won’t have any regrets.

8. Images for blogs

When blogging, there are usually two common types of images: Photos taken by yourself and photos collected from specialized photo sites (paid and free).

And whether it’s selfies or collectibles, you must remember that images play a very important role in the success of your blog.

We are all “love with our eyes”. Same with blogging. No matter how good and interesting the content of the blog is, using images that are not eye-catching, sometimes makes the reader… drop the mood a lot.

For bloggers like travel (personal blog type) with reviews and emotions, they must definitely use photos taken by themselves. Food bloggers too, can’t go online to find pictures of dishes and then apply them to the article but have to cook by themselves, take step-by-step photos & finished products, then the article will have high credibility.

However, there are also some websites/blogs where you can use images from different online sources, as long as it is relevant to the content of the article. 

9. Start blog development

Congratulations on going through eight basic steps to create yourself a blog like that. The next thing to do on the road to becoming a professional blogger is to start developing a blog.

For a blog to grow well, you need to have two factors:  Content and traffic. Anyone who works in the field of Content Marketing surely knows the saying “Content is King”, so it is not new that the content element of the blog must always be considered if you want to develop that blog.

If you set up a blog just for the purpose of recording your own feelings and feelings as a kind of online diary, the content is not so important right now. 

However, if you aim to become a professional blogger and earn income from your blog, it is very important to share useful content for readers, bring content and positive messages.

For example, No one wants to go to a travel blog to go through a few random pictures, a few scattered side stories. No one wants to go to the mom & baby blog just to see bloggers showing off pictures of healthy babies. No one goes to a cooking blog just to look at it, but they don’t know how to cook!

Therefore,  building quality content is the first thing you need to do to start blogging.

Besides posting great content, you have to work hard to post news and update on social networks.

It’s impossible to set up a blog, after half a year you update a new post, and then wonder why your blog can’t grow. Society changes every day, what about the Internet and social networks? It changes every second!

After you have made sure the content is okay, the next step is to let your readers know about you, reach your blog and read it. That is traffic.

Going back to the content creation step, one factor that helps your article attract readers to click on it is to put a little headline. But you should remember, the headline is not synonymous with clickbait – trap type title, but the content inside is complete bullshit. This will backfire on your traffic.

For example, with the title for this article, instead of simply “A guide to becoming a professional blogger”, Quyen would add words like:

  • “detailed” – This helps the reader feel that this article… is very detailed.
  • “10 Steps” – Helps readers visualize how many stages it takes to create a travel blog. In addition, the number/listicle title is also said to be quite attractive to readers.
  • “202x” – Quyen used the SEO title for this article as “Becoming a professional blogger in 202x” to hit the psychology of wanting to learn about the upcoming trends and trends of people. Everyone has that mentality, like knowing something early in the future (for example, 2022) will help you “take a shortcut” in the field you are learning.

In addition, once you have built a website, have a stable amount of content and traffic, you can start building a network with other bloggers in the same field.

This is very important, just like the “acquaintance” factor in real life, the online “acquaintance” also helps you have more opportunities to reach new readers as well as brands and companies that are in demand. work with bloggers in that field.

Bloggers often encounter the situation that is the lack of sources to write articles. So, if you have built a good relationship with other bloggers, you can offer to write guest posts for them.

This is a great way to increase blog traffic, although few people think about it. Even if your article is published on another reputable blog (good traffic, high ranking…), your blog will also benefit from it.

10. Earn income from blogging

MMO  stands for the phrase ”  Making Me  Oney Online ”  – making money online. Blogging is also a form of MMO. And within the scope of this article, Quyen only mentions how you can earn income from your travel/food/fashion/beauty… blog.

The simplest to mention is  Affiliate Marketing – affiliate marketing. This is simply understood as a blogger placing a link and introducing a certain product or service on the blog. Users click on that link to buy products and bloggers will receive a % commission.

Affiliate Marketing does not require a blogger to have a huge amount of likes, followers, or views, but just having a blog with a hosting purchase is fine.

The second way is to display scattered ads in the blog, most commonly through Google Adsense. However, Google Adsense often makes a lot of money, even though you may have a huge number of views up to more than 50,000 times/month.

Bloggers in Europe – America often use  Mediavine and AdThrive. Mediavine has a requirement that bloggers must have at least 25,000 sessions/month to be able to register, and mainly prioritize bloggers in the US or at least have a market share of readers from the US. 

AdThrive is similar, but with a much more terrible payout. There are many foods and personal finance bloggers in the US who can earn tens of thousands of dollars/MONTH  just by displaying ads with AdThrive!

The third way, usually when the blog or blogger already has a reputation in the community, is well known and reputable, is to post a sponsored post.

This type of article is usually a regular article updated by a blogger on a blog or social network (depending on the agreement between the two parties), in which the content will mention the sponsor’s product or service. 

The sponsor will pay the blogger to have the company name, website link, plus a few positive reviews about the company allowed to appear on a suitable blogger’s blog.

The fourth way is through the form of blog flipping – buying and selling blogs. Although this is not a new way to make money except for those who “bring blogs” and do professional MMOs, few bloggers in general knowledge try this way.

Hopefully, through this detailed article, you will have more information and determination to become a professional blogger in the future!

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