One of the advantages of starting a blog today is how easy they are to set up. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a teenager or somebody like us over 50. What I want to do is give you the simple steps in this article. Let’s call it a guide to blogging made easy for people over 50 although this really could apply to just about anybody, so don’t be afraid to share it with your grandkids.
1. Choose your theme.
It’s referred to as the niche or the topic of your blog. Think in terms of picking from one or more of these themes,
A. What are you an expert at?
B. What are you passionate about?
C. What hobbies do you have?
If you can choose a niche that answers 2 or even 3 of these questions you will do great! I would say if you can only answer one question choose passionately – B. Having a passion for your blog will never make it seem like you are working and have to do it.
2. Pick a domain name.
It can go a couple of ways. Choose 2 or 3 words that describe what your blog is all about. Alternatively, choose your name and make your blog about you!
Examples are SucculentsAndSunshine.com, BizzyBoomers.com, SuzeOrman.com, and mine: 50plusblogging.com/
3. Host your blog.
You can host a blog just about anywhere you want, and there are good deals.
Namecheap is one of the largest and an excellent source for buying your domain name and hosting your blog. WXPHosting has excellent pricing and even a free domain name if you choose 3-year hosting.
4. Get started with WordPress.
It is the top choice for millions of bloggers worldwide. It is easy to set up with a couple of clicks right in your hosting account.
There are thousands of free templates. You can even buy a model later if you want, but at first, just easily install one that is a responsive theme. This way it automatically adjusts to the device it is view on, i.e., smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
5. Decide what to blog.
You do not need to map this out.
I do think it is a good idea to have at least a few basic ideas what your blog is about. These could be the categories you will be making blog posts.
6. Publish your main pages.
You will need these main pages.
– home page
– about us
– contact us
7. Write your first post.
It is a FUN post.
Tell everyone who you are, why you started your blog, what you will be blogging about, and where you hope to end up if you have a vision that far in the future.
Summary: A Guide to Blogging Made Easy For People Over 50
These are the basics of getting started. My blog 50PlusBlogging is going to be an excellent resource for you to follow and implement new ideas just like I am. We are going to have a lot of fun together!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is blogging still relevant in 2020?
Yes, blogging is still relevant. People get online to find information about a lot of different topics. Blogs are one of the most effective methods for people to get the information they need. Plus, blogging is still relatively young, and is still in the beginning stages of being a popular and effective platform for growing your business and putting out quality content.
How do bloggers get paid?
There are multiple ways that bloggers use to make money with their blog. Some of the more popular ways are as follows:
• Affiliate marketing – Promoting other people’s products through their affiliate program is an effective method to make money.
• Email list – Having an email list is one of the most important business tools you need, and the best way to create income for your blog consistently.
• Ads on website, blog or to your email list – Allow people to place ads about their products or services for a fee, sell ads in your newsletter and sell solo ads for people to put out their business only to your email list.
• Creating your own products – Use your knowledge to create a product of your own.
• Services – When you can offer a service that is going to help people with a problem, you will easily make money with your blog.
• Freelancing – There are a couple different ways you can use freelancing to make money; do freelance writing, freelance photography, freelance copywriter and many others.
• Mentoring or coaching – There are many people that are looking for a mentor or coach to help them with specific topics
.• Membership sites – Start a quality membership site for your readers and customers that gives them value and quality information, products, services and other things that others don’t receive.
Which is the best topic for blogging?
There are many topics that are excellent for blogging. You want to make sure that you choose a topic that you love because this is going to make blogging easier and more fun for you.
Some of the more popular ideas include:
• Traveling on a budget
• Health and fitness
• Personal development and hobbies
• Internet marketing
• Self defense
• Food blogs
• Home security
These are just a few of the popular ideas that can be blogged about. Find an idea that you love to blog about, and it will be much easier for you to create a successful blog around that idea.
What should I blog about in 2020?
Finding the right topic for you to blog about needs to be done carefully. You want to choose an idea that you love and are passionate about. This is going to make it much easier for you to blog consistently, and it is going to give you an endless supply of blog topics to cover.
When selecting a blog topic that is right for you, make sure you use your skills, education, and life knowledge to help you discover the topic you will absolutely love blogging about for a long time.
Some popular ideas for a blog in 2020 are below.
• Starting a home business or internet business
• Healthy eating
• Interior design
The ideas that can be used to blog about are endless. Take what you love and what you know to help you discover the right topic for you, so you will love blogging and will create a lot of success for yourself and your business.