[guest post by Anna Marsh]

If you’re hoping to run a successful blog, here are the 6 questions you should ask yourself before you start:

Why do I want to blog?

Figuring out why you need to run a blog is so important. Usually, people start blogs to share their greatest ideas and knowledge with the world. In addition, many people start blogs to make money through advertisement. In order to make money from a blog, lots of planning and patience are required on your side.

If you’re starting your blog to gain followers, then you’ll need to post interesting content consistently. You’ll also need to figure out the relevant audience for the blog. Nowadays, most people run a blog to keep their inspirational thoughts in one place. If you’re writing a blog to record your memories then you should use a data backup app also to secure your personal content.

What topics will I be sharing on my blog?

When setting up a blog, always try to choose a topic you can write content about for the next 5 years. This is because blogging is a long term investment that requires lots of creativity and consistency from your side. You’ll need to come up with creative ideas to write blogs on the topic that you choose to entertain your blog’s audience.

For example, you can write a blog on business topics to serve the business community or you can share information on the educational world to help students.

How much time should I dedicate to blogging?

Believe it or not, blogging requires plenty of time. You will need to spend several hours every single day working on your blog in order to make it successful. This is especially true if you’re building a commercial branded blog. Personal blogs require less of a time investment – although that doesn’t mean you should not make yours the best it can be.

How much capital will I need to invest?

Running a professional blog is not so costly, especially when you manage it by yourself. Normally, anyone could easily kick start a professional blog for less than $100. Additionally, there are many free blogging forums that allow people to share creative ideas and tips on blogging successfully for little money.

Keep in mind that purchasing an exclusive URL is the best way to run a blog, especially if you’re doing blogging to earn extra income. On the other hand, free blogging forums are perfectly fine for people who want to run a personal blog.

How will I get readers?

There are numerous organic and paid ways to drive an audience to your blog. If your budget allows you to pay for advertisement, then that’s probably the way to go, as this will get you more readers faster. Otherwise, you’ll need to share your content in different groups, website and social media to drive traffic to your blog. You can also try guest blogging to share your blog’s link in powerful websites.

How will I focus on blogging?

If your mind is all over the place, then you can’t focus on the creative thought process and might face writer’s block. Always make sure you choose a peaceful area for focusing on the creative thought process – it’s a lot easier to concentrate when you’re not surrounded by distractions.

Once you choose a comfortable place for blogging activity, you are a lot more likely to come up with exceptional ideas to increase the worth of your blog.

 

**About the Author: Anna Marsh is a Veteran Academic Counselor, a digital marketer and a blogger. Apart from writing blogs, she also writes ebooks on online marketing, social media marketing, and blogging. She is a food lover and likes to eat Thai and Italian cuisines. You can connect with her on the Assignment Help Deal Blog and also on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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