Technical knowledge is no longer needed if you want to know how to start a blog (for free blogs as well)!
It is very simple nowadays and there are only 2 things you will need to do.
How To Blog For Free
Of course you will also need some writing skills, which I will be talking about in detail below, but first, let us talk about the 3 reasons why you should write blogs every day.
Can we ever get perfect at writing? I don’t think anyone would ever declare that they have reached perfection and wouldn’t ever need improvement!
Yes, we need to improve our writing skills and the only way to achieve that is to write, write, write.
When I first started my website, I had difficulty writing. I could barely come out with a 300 word post.
I asked for help and several useful tips came to me from many Wealthy Affiliate members.
Since then my articles have always exceeded 1,000 words, so let me share my knowledge here:
How to write more
A 4-step process which I follow and which has helped me to go from 300 to 1,000 words.
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I set a goal of writing 3 articles a week and at the beginning of each new week, I would write out the drafts for 3 articles.
The draft would include the headline, the general structure and the conclusion.
Usually the headline would take a longer time to draft because time is spent on keyword research.
Using an accurate and reliable keyword research tool is essential for this step because it will give you data such as:
(i) amount of searches
(ii) expected traffic
(iii) number of competing websites
You either complete your article in 1 sitting or over several days.
Huh? Isn’t that conflicting? Actually they are not conflicting and they will complement each other, here’s how I do this.
First sitting – time myself.
I give myself a time limit of 30 minutes and just write freely without edits, without organisation, without spelling check and other distractions.
I just write and write and write.
After the 30 minutes is up, usually a substantial amount of the article would be written.
I first learnt of this technique from this article: Are you a writing machine?
You are done with the draft for one article. Do as many drafts as you are able to for many articles.
As I plan 3 articles for one week, I do 3 drafts. That will take up the 1st day of my workweek.
The beauty of having draft is this. You might stop work in front of the PC but your mind would not stop working.
When I have a few drafts, my mind would keep thinking about these drafts and try to inject more ideas into it and improving it.
Then the next day I would incorporate these ideas into the first drafts and then try to finish it.
After the above 3 steps, we are very close to completing the article.
The last things I need to do is write the conclusion and then source for relevant images.
Following these 4 steps would not only ensure you write more, when you plan out your articles, the quality of your writing would improve as well, so that’s another perk!
Want to write blogs even more quickly? Here’s another 3-step process to help you.
2. Build up trust
As you write more, you tend to establish authority and credibility because you need to do research and gain more knowledge.
Reading more will ensure that you know and understanding, so you can share the newly gained knowledge with your readers.
One point to note is never regurgitate what you have read by just blindly quoting from big names.
Put your own spin on it, draw your own conclusion and offer your unique take.
3. Boost your google ranking
Like your article to appear on page 1 of google? Of course! That’s the dream of every blogger!
Having more articles as well as more interlinking between your article would increase your google ranking.
Even if you only published 3 articles per week, in 3 months, you would have 36 articles and in a year, that’s 156 articles published!
Remember, always keep in motion!
When you keep going, you are unstoppable. Writing everyday will ensure your consistency in posting regularly.
The keyword here is consistency, just remember slow and steady wins the race.
You might not exactly be churning out articles every single day but keep at it, you will be writing more and at a faster speed.
Let writing blogs become a daily habit.
If you don’t write, you will itch!
So your next question would be, what do you write for your contents? Where do you get ideas from?
3 Ways to become a Highly Productive Blogger
1. Tell what you know
When you have knowledge about your area of expertise, there will never be a lack of words.
If you are currently at loss about what to write for your blog, observe yourself for the next few days.
What are you talking about to the people around? Are there any specific topics that you focus on? Do you talk more about certain things than others?
That could be your interests and your source of knowledge.
Previously, I have met some interesting people whom are able to talk about everything and about nothing at all.
I was pretty amazed at how they managed to string a lot of words together and they could go on for hours, but at the end of it, I didn’t find anything I could learn from.
In my opinion, that sort of conversation is a total failure, so when you tell something, make sure it’s of value to your readers.
2. Tell what you believe in
If you strongly believe in something, your voice would have conviction and you would be convincing.
I believe in the power of belief!
Enough said and just believe.
3. Tell what you have learnt
This year has been a special year for me.
A few months back I was still a total newbie and now I find myself building up a website and sharing my knowledge with others.
In his book, he shared a concept of dominoes which is probably the most important concept and one which everyone should know and learn.
He said that a single domino is able to knock over a domino that is 50% bigger in size.
There was an experiment done where the first domino was only two inches. At the end of 8 dominoes, the last one that was knocked over was almost 3-feet tall!
That started me thinking about where my life is going and how I want it to be. That’s when I decide to take the leap and sign up for an online course.
Being an online entrepreneur has always been my dream, and for the past few years, I have been searching around for information, which got me nowhere because I didn’t take any action.
Partly it’s also because all the courses I have encountered online are terribly expensive (in the region of thousands of dollars).
I do pay the premium membership for it now but that’s only after months of joining and I realise the value of that. I know for a fact that the value of the training and its robust and helpful community far outweighs the amount of investment I put in.