How You Can Start Your First Blog & Why You Should For Personal Branding

How You Can Start Your First Blog & Why You Should For Personal Branding

 

A great way to digitally market and brand yourself starts with having a blog or YouTube channel you can share on social media. This is important if you are in business because people can find you and read all about your products and services. You want to keep in mind that how you express yourself will ultimately attract the right people who share most or some the core values and beliefs. Blogging is powerful, and not only is it a way to share yourself with the world, it is a great way to express yourself. With that in mind, following these simple steps can help[ guide you to starting your very own blog!

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Step 1. Pick a Niche.

Whether you are a financial advisor or a videographer, you want to determine what niche you want to write for. I generally recommend writing about what you are most passionate about, and if it ties to your career, even better. I write about freelancing and how much I enjoy it, and some of the principals I learn and share with others is easily relatable to other freelancers with different career fields like coding and website design. I even know a couple freelance bookkeepers. Pick your niche, and become the authority in your field. 

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Step 2. Your Blog Name & Getting A Domain

Blogs of all sorts are spread across the web, and the names vary from The Huffington Post to FiveThirtyEight. Be creative. Once you decide on a blog name, you will need to  purchase a domain name. I bought contently through GoDaddy.com.

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Step 3: Create A Website

This step is really difficult if you are not tech savvy. I recommend hiring a freelancer off of Fiverr to build your website, and make it as basic as you can for the first initial website. Remember, when you are first starting, you just need the basics. Improve on everything as you go along. Using WordPress is a great platform to start building your website on, you can learn more about it here

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Step 4: Blog!
This step is very important, and is one that you will need to repeat multiple times per week. Blogging boosts your website SEO and also keeps your mind sharp. Blogging will also provide value for people visiting your website that may eventually become your client. It is your way to make a mark on this world, so share your voice and work hard to write good articles. 

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Step 5: Share on Social Media

How will people find you if you are not on social media? Other than Google searches, people will need to be able to find you through one of the following channels: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, or even Twitter. earn to brand yourself, and make your content shine! Different content performs  better on one social media site over others. Test the waters, and see what works best for you.

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There you have it, a quick blueprint on how you can create your blog to market yourself. A blog can be very powerful. You can create yours one step at a time. Ready, set, go!

 

Cheers to your success,

Danielle

 

Danielle is a  freelance writer and social media  strategist. Connect with her here to learn more:

 

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How To Find Your Life’s Purpose And Make Money Doing It

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to ‘make it’ while others just seem to be stagnant? There are many factors that contribute to a person becoming successful, and achieving their goals. One of the main reasons why some people become super successful is that they follow their heart, and find something that they enjoy doing, then they engage their mind to help strategize on how to make it all work.

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Many people freeze up, and watch life’s game happen while others play in the field. You might call it ‘analysis paralysis’, and believe me, we have all been guilty of it on one occasion or another.

 

What you have to do are these three things. Remember, sometimes mastering the basics, no matter how simplistic they may seem, is the key to your success.

 

Find A Template.

Try different business models in different fields. See what direction you are naturally pulled towards. Eventually, after trying different types of work, you will have a sense of what you enjoy doing. There is an old adage that states, ‘pioneering doesn’t pay’, so make sure you find something that there is a business plan template for, that allows you to add value to the market place, and get paid for it. The first couple years, you may do a lot of work that goes unpaid, or unnoticed, but keep at it. You will eventually get paid, and noticed, and the success you find will be your just reward for all the hard work you do.

Examples include Amazon drop shipping, blogging, or starting a service business.

 

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Focus.

Focus on the work you enjoy doing, and keep at it. You may encounter moments where you fail, and fall on your back. Expect this to be something that will happen. The key here is to take inventory of why you failed, and to make sure you learn the lesson in each failure before moving on to the next level of challenges.

 

Our greatest teacher is our last failure.

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Persist.

When you get distracted, or feel you haven’t got any traction, that is when you need to work the hardest. Expect that your success will happen in intervals, and eventually, those successes will all add to your big success. It is most important that who you become in the process is the person you always dreamt you would be. Work, work, and work some more. This will separate you from being just average.

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Some key points to remember while you trek down your path to achievement and success: find something you like, make sure you have a template to add value to the marketplace, and get paid for it (you do have to eat), focus on achieving your goal, take inventory and actually learn from the failures, and to persist, and you will have to persist hard. Success always arrives around the next bend in the road, so keep driving.

 

There are times in our lives that define who we are, and moments of extreme success that showcase the fruits of our hard labor. There are also moments where when it is darkest , we truly shine. Walk on, walk hard, and walk towards your goal.

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Cheers to the success to come,

Danielle

 

Editor of eContently

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