Blogging FAQ

Frequently Asked Blogging Questions

How to start a blog, what niche I should be blogging about. Will blog make me money… and many such questions. I loved creating this blogging FAQ after I received several questions everyday.

Hope this FAQ is helpful for you. If still missing any question, just ask filling up the question form at the end of the page.

WordPress is the best blogging platform among nearly 10 popular blogging platforms because of its rich and vast features and free range of plugins. It is suggested to have a private hosted blog using wordpress CMS to get the most from blogging compared to free blogs. 

Read more about choosing the best blogging platform 

You can decide your frequency of your blogging based upon the time and resource available with you. It is okay to blog every day and it is equally okay to blog once a week as long as you are promoting each post on your blog well. The purpose is to get more and more readers and repeat visitors and well ranked posts even if you have fewer blogposts on your blog.

Design and aesthetics depend upon your niche and your readers. The best designs are simplest and with a great amount of white space. 

Read this article for the best blog design

Questions top the list of best performing content type. People seek blogs and google to find answers. Make your blog a great FAQ that has answer to every question about the niche you have chosen. The next best working type of content is How-to guides and numbered lists posts.

Design and aesthetics depend upon your niche and your readers. The best designs are simplest and with a great amount of white space. 

Read this article for the best blog design

It’s okay to start with free templates. There are many free and feature-rich templates available. Once your blog starts performing well with good rankings and readerbase, go with a paid theme. If you have money to invest, start with a paid template right in the beginning.

Using targeted keyword once in every 100 words is okay. It’s suggested to use the variations for the keywords and more than one keywords to make the read natural and easy.

There is a set of 5 essential wordpress plugins I suggest. 

Read this post for the best wordpress plugins references and ideas

Great question. Minimum $100 for the first year. Best is to have $100 per month and for pro blogging, $1200 in the first year and $500 per year from the second year onward. 

Read this post to know actual cost of starting and running a blog

Mochahost is the most affordable blog hosting service with all essential features for new and startup blogs.

Consistency, patience for 1 year, focused and high quality useful content and aggressive daily promotions.

Website is focused upon once’s offerings and services and the brand awareness. A blog aims at sharing the information first and then converting the readers into prospects and buyers. 

Following your passion subject can indeed work if the niche is profitable and in demand. Research about the niche and see the scope. If you do not find it profitable, avoid starting a passion blog unless the only purpose to express yourself and expect no money.

Every blog that focuses on one specific subject and target audience is a niche blog. Most of niche blogs are started with a money goal. 

Keyword research is the first thing and foundation to a successful blog. The easiest is to follow a step by step basic keyword research tutorial and prepare the keyword list of at least 100 keywords and topics around them. Many bloggers use Google suggestions and keyword planner as and when they write just before they start writing. It can be time-consuming and tiring. 

Read this article to follow the keyword research process

This is the question you should ask yourself. You can start and run a blog only when you TRULY WANT to blog. You need to be driven by either or all of these;

  • Money
  • Fame and popularity
  • Giving back to the world
  • Brand/business visibility

Blogging about your favorite subject lets you open up and share everything you know about that subject. When you get response [applause or criticism] in any form, it helps you explore more and express better. Your expressions get finer and more polished over time. The more you empty your head and heart, the more sorted and lighter you feel.

Free blog is something like,

Private hosted blog is like,

There are a few criteria to choose a good blog hosting service, such as uptime, cost, customer support, backups and space. A good hosting with all these essential feature can range from $60 – 120 per year for one blog.

Practice. Practice writing as much as you can. Writing can only be improved by writing more and regularly. Your 1st post and your 10th post will have a significant difference if you’re promoting your posts, sharing them across and getting people’s feedback. It helps you improve everytime.

Readers come to your blog for reading and receiving the answers to their questions and needs. As long as your blog is serving this purpose, your blog is of a good quality already. Ask yourself these questions and take actions based upon the answers you receive.

  1. Is my blog sharing useful, latest and practical information?
  2. Is my blog easy to navigate?
  3. Is my blog presentable at the first sight?
  4. Is my blog smart device friendly?
  5. Does my blog load fast on all devices?

When you want to save time, effort and energy and want faster returns on your efforts, hiring a blog coach can make the whole blogging journey easy and fun. If you have given yourself good time in years to learn blogging, following advise of top bloggers and their free guides can work well.

The income and how soon it happens depends upon the niche of your blog and how much traffic your blog receives. Your blog needs to be receiving minimum 2500 Unique Visitors every month to start making money. It can take 3 to 12 months.

Sponsored posts and links, banner advertising, Infolinks, Offer your services and sell products, affiliate marketing

Money from adsense is not dependent upon time but traffic. It can take longer than it is hyped. You need to massive traffic to your blog to make decent amount of money from adsense. It can be 10k per month of traffic to make adsense work. When you reach this traffic, you start getting money from adsense.

The niche you can write about for at least 2 years without feeling monotonous and the niche that’s profitable is good and relevant for you. 

Read this post to know more about choosing a profitable niche

It is one of the best and easiest ways to make money, especially when you a monthly traffic range of 500-1500

Youtube works like any other social network to send traffic. Create videos on popular and in-demand topics and people come to your blog.  It’s a demanding and not very popular ways of getting traffic to the blog. Alternatively, youtube itself can make good money when you’re creating consistent content.

Unlimited. There is no limit to what you can make from blogging once your blog starts working for you. You can create a network of multiple blogs that ake money. That’s how you amplify blogging.

Learning basic SEO that covers keyword research, on page optimization, image optimization is enough. As a blogger, your main job is to write and promote your blog. Over time, you can delegate the SEO task to those who do it best.

You can build backlinks by contributing to related blogs as a guest contributor. A one off backlink building can be done with some high quality directory submissions. However, the best way is to earn backlinks. When you write great content, people link back to you. That’s what makes your blog gets backlinks effortlessly.

First best method to bring traffic is to optimize every post on your blog for targeted keywords. The next best method is to keep social network active and use it to promote your blog. You can use pinterest marketing and bloggers’ tribes and communities for promotion. 

Read this post on how to promote your blog

Identify top 15-20 blogs in your industry and start engaging on their blogposts and social media posts with comments and interactions. This is the simplest and yet best way to network with other bloggers.

Expecting traffic from comments will be a wrong presumption. People hardly spend time reading posts, leave the comments aside unless they are too good and useful. You can build good relationships with bloggers with comments and some backlinks.

The mst have tools every blogger should use are Grammarly, hemingwayapp, Evernote, Buffer, Hubspot, smallseotools kit and 

You can find more blogging tools in this post

No, they are not different. You can have a business blog around a specific niche. For example, pregnancy is a niche and a doctor can run a business and consulting blog around this niche blog.

You can do video blogging or podcasting instead. Or you can record your ideas and thoughts and delegate it to a writer to write for you.

Unless blogging is your full time career and only income source, outsource designing to a designer. Think of saving your time first, that you can invest in writing.

Very serious, when you take it seriously.

When a blog visitor leaves your blog from the same page she entered without surfing a second or more pages, it’s bounce. The lesser time spent on the blog, means poor blog performance. 

Read this post to know more about bounce rate and how does it impact a site

There are many good online tutorials to do that. I believe in saving time and hassle and leave to an expert. Some of the hosting companies offer this service for free or for a nominal charge.

Stay away from unsafe and old and outdated plugins. Keep updating your blog’s plugins and versions regularly, at least once in 5 months. Add malware protection plugins and get regular automatic backup from your bloghost. 

Anything and everything. From service, products, consulting, information, whatever you want and have to sell.

People subscribe to the blog in exchange to useful information and giveaways.  

Read this post to find ways to increase your blog subscribers

That depends upon your blog hosting plan. Plans can allow one blog to unlimited blogs.

Backup is useful in such case. Always make sure your blog hosting plan has auto regular backups. Your blog can be restore within 5 minutes even if it is hacked.

Yes, you can do it easily. Hire a good developer to that for you. It’s doable within 24-48 hours without losing anything.

Niche that maks money unless your love for the niche is too strong to last for lifetime without any expectations in return.

Write useful posts and topics. Never stop promoting your posts. Promote your posts multiple times at different intervals.

Consistency, latest, accurate, quality and focused useful content, easy writing style, regular non stop promotions, interactions with readers and comments.

Blogging a great full-time career. You can run your own money making blog or offer a service of blog management for people who need help. Bloggers can make $1000-10000 at ease with writing, blog management services and with affiliate marketing.

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