Step # 1: Pick the Perfect Niche for Your Blog
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To start and run a successful blog, you must choose the right niche for your blog.
First, make sure you pick the niche that interests you the most – the one that you like. This way you will follow your passion and enjoy your blog travel.
Second, you must choose a niche that generates sufficient audience interest.
After you choose a niche, I also suggest that you confirm it. Below is a three-step formula to validate your niche success.
A three-step process for verifying your blog’s success:
Check the niche size.
Research your competitors.
Analyze the potential for monetization.
This process will help you gain a clear understanding of the size, competition, and monetization potential of your proposed niche. If you’re unsure how to select and validate a blog niche, read our in-depth guide.
Step # 2: Choose Your Blogging Platform
At this point, you will need to look at the best blogging platforms and determine the type of blogging software that you intend to use. I recommend that you create your own blog using the self-customization that I show in this tutorial.
When it comes to popular blogging sites, you have the following options:
Hosted blogging solutions (free or free plans).
Self-hosted blog hosting solutions (free and open source software).
Hosted blog solutions
Blogging statistics for top blogging platforms in the US
WordPress 96.02% Blogging Usage in the US
Tumblr rating 0.81%
Blog engine 0%
Anchor CMS 0%
Many aspiring bloggers are tempted to use free hosting platforms like WordPress.com or Blogger.com.
It is important to understand that “free” always has limitations. First, your blog name will be set as a subdomain (examples: yourblog.wordpress.com or yourblog.blogspot.com). Second, you will obey their rules and regulations. Free options come in handy if you want to test the platform. But if you are serious about blogging, sooner or later you will have to start paying for full services and your own domain name.
Self-hosting blog solutions
When it comes to stand-alone systems (also called content management system or CMS), you have several options. The most popular is the free open source WordPress.org system.
Self-hosted platforms allow you to create and run your blog using your own domain and web hosting. You are solely responsible for your blog and its content. It will only cost a few dollars a month for a web space (hosting account) and about ten dollars a year for your own domain name. The actual blogging software is free.
If you plan to advertise, sell products or services through your blog, then this is the best way. Many hosting providers can help you keep an ecommerce blog.