Oh now that is a bit of a humdinger to start off with, isn’t it?
The simple answer to a successful blog is one that delivers what you want it to. So if all you want from your blog is to have a place to post pictures of outings with the children so that your relatives on the other side of the world can read your posts, then you have a successful blog. It’s achieved what you want from it.
If you want a blog that just gets read and is shared on social media, then it’s up to you to put a number on what is successful for you. Maybe one share is all you want or a hundred shares per post. Whichever number you aim for that’s the right number, there is no wrong number because it’s your rules.
Or maybe you want your blog to earn you money. Again it’s up to you to set the goal posts. Maybe £10 a year is all you want your blog to earn or do you have a bigger figure in mind? It’s a good idea to know what sort of figure you are aiming for otherwise, you will never know when you have reached success. For me, I have worked out how much I need to live on each month and that is my goal. Psst – There are pullouts with a page on goals for you to fill in.
I’ll get bubble bursting out of the way now. If you’re aiming for millions by next month, blogging isn’t for you! Yes, it’s that simple.
Yes, you can earn from your blog and like I said, there are 6 figure plus earners out there but it’s not an overnight get rich quick thing. You have to be in it for the long haul and be realistic. Right, that’s bubble bursting done lets onward march.
Starting a blog is a bit like which came first, the chicken or the egg? If you haven’t got a blog already it can be confusing to know where to start. Do you buy your domain then write your first post or do you get your posts ready first then buy your domain? How do you know if you can write enough posts or even earn money?
For me, who always seems to do things the wrong way around, I bought the domain name first, played with the theme, then started writing posts, then thought about what I wanted to write about and many years down the line started to work out who I was writing for. In hindsight, I did the whole thing the wrong way around. I took the scenic route to earning money from my blog, and I mean very scenic. In hindsight, if you’re at the very beginning of your journey I think it’s best to do some ground work first. It will honestly help you in the long run.
Here are all the posts in this series so you pick and choose where to go next
What is a Successful blog
Deciding your niche
Domain and hosting
Sorting your categories and tags
Picking a platform
Choosing a theme
Must haves for your blog
What will readers want to read
Writing for your reader
Photos and graphics