Starting a Blog in 2018: A Complete Guide for Serious Beginners

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Last Updated March 10th, 2018 — Thinking about starting a blog? This is a complete guide designed for those serious beginners willing to work hard to make it successful.

First published four years ago, this post has since helped tens of thousands of bloggers on their journey. It’s now constantly updated with the latest trends, strategies and tips.

I first learned about blogging back in college when I was lucky enough to sell a couple for 5-figures. Since then I’ve been so fortunate to work full time from my couch! I honestly don’t say this to brag, but just to show you how powerful blogs can be for changing your career or revitalizing your existing business.

Today we’re going to look at the quickest set up and hosting, and then move on to some really detailed strategies and tips for how you can make sure your blog succeeds this year.

Let’s jump in!

Disclosure and quick heads up – I started my first blog on Bluehost and have now partnered with them to get you a big discount rate. If you make a purchase through this or any of the links on this post I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only promote things I use and love myself and am always transparent about it!

Starting a blog in 2018 — A quick overview

If you want to start a blog quickly here is the best way to do it without mucking around. Watch this video for some explanation.

Here’s a quick summary of the process if you’re short on time:

  1. Set some short and long term blogging goals.
  2. Get a domain name and blog host from Bluehost (discounts included).
  3. Install WordPress as your free and powerful blogging platform.
  4. Add an opt-in form to start collecting email subscribers.
  5. Begin producing strategic content that helps people.

Now let’s go ahead and get into the stuff that is going to really help you with starting a blog and making it successful this year!

Starting a blog? Here’s 19 tips and strategies for serious beginners.

Time to get into the serious stuff.

Here are some of the most important things you’ll want to pay attention if you want to make this blogging thing work for you in 2018.

There are also some really great tips in the comments at the end so make sure you spend a bit of time looking around.

1. A self-hosted WordPress blog is still my favorite serious platform

Despite having a lot of cool stuff going on, I am still of the firm belief that blog hosts like Tumblr, Squarespace and even do not give you the control, ownership and customization options that you might need.

Start by getting your own blog hosting and installing as your blogging platform. But, just in case, here’s a quick summary of some of the most popular places to start a blog right now:

A comparison chart of how to start a blog with the top platforms

I recommend Bluehost for all new bloggers (get a Blog Tyrant special discount rate of $2.75 per month). It’s where I first got started as a blogger and is the chosen host for millions of bloggers around the world.

You can take a look at this WordPress installation tutorial where we go through the setup process – step by step. It should take around five minutes to get completely set up!

As I’ve said before, the one prediction I have for people using a free blog host is that one day you will want to migrate it to your own host. And that can be a really annoying process. It’s much better to set yourself up the right way from the beginning.

2. Prioritize visual content (videos, graphics, photos, etc.) if you want to get shares

Learning where to get images for your blog is a really important skill to have. An even better skill is to know how to take them yourself.

Visual content has been growing for years and it appears to be speeding up, not slowing down. We now have retina display tablets and our smartphones are getting bigger. Social networking sites like Facebook are favoring images and videos over text – never mind sites like Pinterest which are totally based around photos! If you’re not working with visual content yet it’s time to start.

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(Just have a look how many shares and views these types of posts get on Facebook.)

It’s also vital to remember that YouTube is a search engine just like Google and we shouldn’t ignore it. If you create some simple video content to supplement your blog posts you will find that you attract a lot more views and, generally speaking, the stuff you make will appeal to a wider audience.

3. Growing a mailing list will protect your blog for the long term

Email is still the main form of Internet communication that most people use for work. And when someone subscribes to your blog they are giving you a direct line to their daily life.

If you want to make sure that your blog lasts for the long term you need to start a mailing list and then work hard to get more email subscribers and keep that rate rising.

There’s no need to complicate the process either. Develop a valuable free giveaway that people get when they subscribe to your blog, and then add a simple lead magnet like the one we use here at Blog Tyrant. It converts really well.

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Growing a big mailing list will allow you to build traffic to new blog posts as well as promote any products or affiliates that you think will be useful to your readers. In that way, it is a very powerful way to make money.

But the main reason that you want to grow an email list is because you just can’t trust Google for traffic. And you can’t trust social networking sites that constantly change their policies. It’s only the mailing list that gives you a constant source of traffic, should something go wrong.

4. Learn how to analyze your competition to find big opportunities

When you first think about starting a blog it’s also vital to think about the other blogs that already exist in that space. Are you going to be able to compete with them in any meaningful way?

Using a tool like AHREFs or SEMrush (aff) can help you analyze not only your own blog’s links and keywords, but those of your colleagues and competition.

analyse your blog competition when starting
(A screenshot of the steady growth of’s back links over the years.)

A quick look around and you’ll be able to see what keywords people are targeting, how many back links they have for their main posts and where those back links are coming from.

This is invaluable information as it helps you decide whether or not you can compete in certain niches and keywords. If someone has links coming from Harvard, Wikipedia and NASA then it is unlikely you’ll be able to outrank them in a hurry.

On the positive side, a quick search might show you where your competition is getting its links from and that can mean you can replicate them yourself or come up with your own similar promotional strategies. Clever!

5. Writing long content of at least 1,900 words works best

Long content has been working for years. One of the first posts I ever wrote on this site was several thousand words on how to sell a blog which, thanks to it’s length as opposed to any particular quality, went viral and helped to kick start this blog.

I feel really fortunate to get that attention, but also kind of know that if I’d just written a little 500-word update on the topic nothing would have happened. The whole thing would have fizzled out. Unfortunately, that is what happens to a lot of bloggers.

Neil Patel has talked about how well long content works for him and now even Google has launched an in-depth articles section on their search results.

Forget about short little updates and start working on longer content that solves problems and provides so much value that people can’t help but share it with their friends. Here’s a little guide I made that might help you get started.

6. Spending a little money on advertising will skyrocket your success

For some reason, bloggers hate the idea of spending money on advertising. But if you look at the latest structure of Google, for example, you’ll notice how much of it is weighted towards ads. On my laptop they take up the whole screen before I scroll.

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Spending a little bit of money promoting your best work can really make a difference. Here’s a small promo I’ve been running on Twitter lately:

start a blog twitter example

The great thing about advertising on social networks like Facebook is that it’s low cost and there is a chance that people will share it of their own free will, once they’ve seen your advert.

Set aside $20 a week for a test and try to learn as much as you can about what gets shared, what your audience likes, where they are located, etc. This data can be super valuable for helping you decide what to write about next which, in turn, leads to more shares over time.

7. Making friends in your niche is essential as soon as you start

If you are going to start a new blog in 2018 it’s a good idea to start making connections with the big blogs and bloggers in your niche as soon as you can.

I’m not talking about spamming them with guest post requests either – I’m talking about making genuine friends that can support each other for the long term.

I can honestly say that without the support and mentoring of the bloggers in my niche, I would never have been able to hit any milestones along the way. It has all been thanks to their kindness and influence.

Start by finding the big players on Twitter and sharing their stuff. Mention it on your site and let them know about it. It’s a nice little introduction.

8. A deliberate blogging strategy is essential

Over the years blogging has become more and more scientific. Big companies have realized the value of blogs and other social networking sites and have been investing money to make sure they are get a good return on their spend.

One of the best ways to compete with this is to have a solid blogging strategy that helps you write hyper-useful blog posts that genuinely help people in your niche.

Remember, a lot of people give up on new blogs before they give it a chance to flourish – a long term set of goals matched to a strategy will help you avoid that.

9. Put mobile devices first when starting a new blog

Mobiles and tablets are now a primary source of web traffic the world over.

If your theme doesn’t respond well to the smaller mobile screens (use this to test) there is a good chance you will be losing valuable traffic as people click away to find something easier to navigate.

mobile responsive blog

Google has even started removing non-mobile responsive sites from mobile searches in order to provide a better experience for their customers. Make sure you are thinking about your mobile users at every turn.

10. Outsourcing can make your blog better in less time

Ever since I chatted to Chris Ducker on Skype last year I’ve been more and more looking to outsourcing as a way to get things done. There are a few reasons as to why this will be even more important in 2018.

When you hire a freelancer you create more content which frees up time for you to focus on the tasks that really grow your blog.

Secondly, it gives work to someone who really needs it and, hopefully, is a lot better at that task than you are.

11. Be careful about how blogging affects your health

The science is in.

Sitting still for long periods of time is a lot worse for your health than first thought. In fact, researchers are now showing that sitting still can lead to early death as well as a whole host of bad diseases.

The bad news is that going for a run or to the gym at the end of the day does not undo the damage. This means we need to start moving regularly, working while standing up and taking regular short breaks to stretch the muscles and get the blood flowing.

Try to schedule these in and use a timer that goes off every 30 minutes to remind you to move around and let your eyes, brain and muscles have a rest for blogging.

12. Make your new blog’s security a priority

Internet security is already a major issue. Companies, small businesses and organizations all around the world are falling prey to nasty intruders on an increased basis.

So what can you do?

  • Enable SSL on your domain
    It’s important to have a secure HTTPS domain name for your blog. We have a tutorial here on how you can get it set up without too much trouble.
  • Keep backups
    Try to keep backups of your websites, blogs and important documents both on and offline. There are many plugins to help you do this.
  • Use a good security plugin
    I’m no expert on this but there are several security plugins and services around like WPCerber and Bulletproof Security. These can help lock-down your blog.
  • Follow basic security procedures
    Basic security procedures like avoiding public WiFi, not clicking unknown links in emails, having different and complex passwords, keeping software and plugins up to date, etc. go a very long way.
  • Research regularly
    Here’s an old post I wrote on the topic. Try to keep up to date with the trends as they change.

There is no need to be stressed about this issue, but it’s important to take step to make sure that you are protected from any bad stuff in 2018.

13. Finding a way to stand out from the crowd is really important

As more and more people start blogs we need to focus how to make ours stand out so as to create some point of difference that our readers can come to enjoy.

It’s not really necessary to be the first in your niche, but you do have to do something that is memorable and distinctive so that your blog gets remembered.

how to start a blog that stands out

This might be as simple as injecting your own personal story in to your content, or it might be the development of a more consistent and focused brand that is aimed at a very targeted portion of your niche. Have a look how Nerd Fitness made a fitness blog that is just for geeks as the perfect example.

When you first thing about how to start a blog, just spend some time looking at your competitors and see what they are doing and how you might be able to solve problems in a new, exciting way.

14. Diversification of income is important in the long term

This is another one of those tips that have been around for a while but become more and more relevant with every passing year. If you start a blog in 2018 you should expect your income streams to change. That can be a really scary thing if you aren’t prepared.

For example, if you rely on Google AdWords from organic search traffic and your blog suddenly gets pinged in some update you might wind up with zero income for a while. The same goes with an affiliate product that you might be promoting with natural traffic vs paid traffic. That can dry up in an instant.

Try to think about diversifying your income streams so that you aren’t up the creek should one dry up. The best bet is a strong mailing list that you can use to launch your own products and affiliate promotions.

15. Buying blogs is always an option instead of starting one

Flippa is already killing it. But this year I think they will kill it even more (not sure what that means) because more and more people are going to be buying blogs to skip the initial stages of a blog’s life.

You see, when you first start a blog you have to do a lot of groundwork that takes time. Research, pillar articles, networking, logo creation, social media accounts set up, etc. It is a very time consuming process.

So what I’ve noticed is that a lot of people are skipping all this and buying blogs that are already pretty well established. I saw a four-month-old blog sell for $120,000 the other day.

This is not a bad strategy if you want to get straight in to things and you have a few thousand to spare. There is, however, a LOT to consider before you buy a blog so please do not rush into it. If you’d like to learn more about this idea please leave a comment and I’ll consider doing an article on it.

16. You’ll need to start planning for next year

I’ve always tried to emphasize the idea that you need to have short term and long term projects on the go.

It’s a terrible feeling being a self-employed and realizing that you’ve spent so much time working on a long term project that you have no short term money coming in to pay the bills.

Similarly, it’s an even worse feeling realizing that you spent so much time working on paying the bills that you’ve forgotten to launch those long term projects that are your main source of passion/interest.

So one thing I wanted to tell you about blogging this year is that you really want to start thinking about blogging in the next year. That means planning, researching and developing ideas now instead of later.

Keep working on the short term stuff but make sure your long term stuff still happens.

17. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will need attention

If you want to get a lot of traffic from Google you will need to stay on top of the changing SEO trends that happen every year.

Something I’ve been noticing is that blogging SEO is changing, but only in some ways. It’s almost like a car in that the design, colors and minor features change each year but the core remains the same. In this case the core is back links and the features are things like freshness, authorship, mobile-friendliness and so on.

The best ranking sites are still the ones with back links. I was going to write “the BEST back links” but decided against it as there are a bunch of blogs in my niche that rank with a huge volume of crappy back links, which is sad.

screen shot of blogging backlinks
A screenshot of a blog that got 70,000 back links in two months. Legit?

The key here is to know your your niche. If you have a niche where the rankings are dominated by fresh results then you need to start working on getting fresh content, and so on.

The major thing to remember here, however, is that we will see more competition for organic links because more and more people are moving away from the old “link building” methods of the past in favor of a “quality content” approach to to SEO that sites like MOZ. tell us to follow.

The best way to “do” SEO is to make amazing stuff, promote it, and let the links and shares come naturally without any form of manipulation.

18. Tumblr and Medium can teach us things

At the very top of this blog post on the things you need to know to start a blog I mentioned that I still think a self-hosted WordPress blog is the best bet for serious, professional bloggers. Well, that doesn’t mean that we should totally ignore the other platforms.

I’m not saying that you need to go out and sign up for everything else right now, but I am saying that we should learn a few things from Tumblr and Medium which are innovative, sexy and coming up with some really big wins.

Take the Tumblr “Follow” button that slides out of the right hand corner as you scroll down the page. That feature is very hard to ignore and has played a big part in Tumblr being so “viral” among users of that platform. It has since been copied by a lot of non-Tumblr bloggers who have found it converts quite well.

One of the main lessons I think these new platforms are teaching us is that people want simplicity. Simplicity of design and layout, and simplicity of subscription and updates.

I’m going to be keeping an eye on these types of blogs in 2018 to see what they do to get even bigger. I might even muck around with a few to see if I can adopt any features over here.

19. Don’t try to be perfect when you start a blog

I have a tendency to want things to be perfect – launch dates, syncing of projects, image design, article structure, etc. – and that has resulted in a lot of lost opportunities for me.

Instead of getting things out there I’m mucking around behind the scenes on issues that only I care about. So, my mantra is going to be something like this:

Don’t spend 95% of your time tweaking the last 5% of your projects. – Click to Tweet this.

I’m sure a lot of people will argue that it is that 5% that makes the difference but I’m not so sure anymore. Be prepared to see a lot more stuff from me this year and expect it to be only half-polished.

What else do you need to know to start a blog?

I’d really like to know what you guys think about starting (or running!) a blog this year. Do you think there will be any big changes? Do you disagree with any of the points I’ve made above?

Please leave a comment below as I’d really love to hear what amazing ideas you have!

Top photo Β© Daniel Villeneuve.

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  • Ricky

    Always a pleasure to read your articles. I agree with all these points.

    If you don’t do any SEO, do you outsource it or just do nothing?

    I tried out ghost the other day, it was good but I agree it has a lot of limitations.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Ricky.

      I don’t do any SEO on this site except for all the on-site stuff and lots of white-hat guest blogging type things. Don’t build links or anything in a paid way.

      Glad you like the articles.

      1. Fiona

        I’m the same, I’ve never paid for links and concentrate on on site SEO and although it takes more time it is now really paying off. I’ve now got over 50 number one positions in Google and my traffic has doubled in the last year.

        I’d rather do that than worry about my site plummeting down the ratings each time Google update their algorithm.

  • Prabhat

    Great post

    On point no. 4, a lot of keyword and competition research leaves you thinking more about ranking and less about writing.

    So i stick with writing with whatever i like and know and i guess ranking will work for itself in the long run.:)

    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I totally agree with you. Sometimes it’s just good to check whether a few keywords are going to make a big difference though, I think. For example, this post could have been “start blogging” instead of “start a blog”.

    2. Patrick M

      I am not so knowledgeable on blogging, having started my first blog last year. I however think that keywords are an important part of your blog. In fact, I made my own 10 commandments on blogging. The first one reads. “Though shall never start a blog post without a keyword in mind.”

      I stand to be corrected.

  • Sonia

    Great post ! Thanks. Personally I see a tendency that is becoming more and more important. Small and medium size bloggers getting to work together on a range of projects. Contests, swap of content, NGO’s and charity actions…

    I can see your point on number 6. but for a lot of us is still a little bit awkward to think that we could be paying for promotion in the near future.

    I also do not do a lot of keyword research, it kills the pleasure of writing. I do try to think in terms of subjects that could be interesting to my readers, that yes…

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Sonia.

      What do you mean by “awkward” in regards to paying for promotion when starting or running a blog?

  • Robin Hammond

    You’ve got my attention & gratitude. Just launched a new chalk enhanced paint line, know I want and need to start a blog and get engaged on my Facebook and website. But dare I say, it’s all a bit scary & daunting. New to you and look forward to figuring out where to even begin.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Robin.

      Took me ages to figure out what a “chalk enhanced paint line” was. I think I need sleep!

      As for getting started, this might help:

  • Papa

    Great post, I really enjoyed it. Also, Blue Post is the best out there hands down.
    My intention is to begin immediately with my new blog. I want to focus around the service industry more specifically about addiction. It is a huge epidemic in this country and I do not feel that there is enough information out there, real to life information for people to read. As a product of my own demons and at this stage in my life I feel that I have much to offer in this regard. I would just like a little feedback from you about the idea, and perhaps how you would go about laying something like that out online.
    Kindest regards

    1. Ramsay

      There was a story on the news here just yesterday about a lady who has breast cancer started a blog to document the process and how much it had caught on and helped people. I think if it’s personal, but at the same time medically accurate and helpful, it could be of great use to people.

  • Alexandra Petean-Nicola

    Great article. I agree with you mainly on the ideas that SEO is changing but not really. I love the analogy with the car as well. Also the fact that you have a personal goal at the end of the list I hope will encourage all your readers to choose one for their own as well.

    1. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it Alexandra.

  • Adithya Shetty

    Hi Ramsay,
    As always great post, essential guide to consider for starting a new blog! I started my blogging journey on blogger, but self-hosted WordPress is best to start with! WordPress is better than blogger. . .
    And talking about Personal Branding; there is no doubt it works great!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for commenting Adithya.

  • Jerry

    Great post as usual!

    I have used many of your ideas on my blog and found them helpful and most have shortened the learning curve quite a bit. The best take away from your post today was your quote about spending to much time tweaking 5% of your projects. I am at fault with that as well and plan on printing out that quote and pasting it to my computer…:)

    Quick question, I love your aweber blog broadcast email template. Can I get a copy of the template? I am not that good at coding and don’t really like any of Aweber’s templates.

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Jerry.

      I would give you a copy of the template except I don’t use one! It’s just a plain text email. It’s not a blog broadcast either, just a broadcast – I send each one individually.

      Does that help?

  • Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web

    Thank you for this, Ramsay. Perfect timing for it here; I have shared this with my newest website & blogging client.

    #11: Have you got any citations or a place where you first learned about this?

    1. Ramsay

      I think it was perhaps this article from Sydney about a study of 220,000 Australian residents who sat still for long periods. There have been a few follow up studies since that freaked me out, especially because it says exercise doesn’t undo all the bad blogging vibes!

      1. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web

        Ha! Thanks for digging up the citation πŸ™‚

  • C Paris


    Great post, do you have more advice on paid advertising spend for blogs? I have a blog getting decent traffic however I would like to expedite that a bit with a bit of paid advertising. I’ve ventured a bit into facebook ads but am looking for other channels to promote as well. Any advice would be appreciated so I can expand my readership.

    1. Ramsay

      Facebook ads has converted really well for one of my clients. Very cheap and well targeted. Glen from Viperchill has a great article about it somewhere.

      You can also use Paid Discovery by StumbleUpon quite cheaply. I haven’t had amazing results though.

      The other option is BlogAds. It involves a lot less work and less analytics so can be a bit simpler.

      I think I’m going to do a post on it all.

      1. C Paris

        I think doing a post on paid ad spend would be killer, I know a lot of blog owners out there like myself who have the budget and have experimented some but just not seeing great results. I’ve used SU paid discovery, and while relatively cheap, I find that most of the traffic doesn’t convert into subscribers or return visitors.

        Regarding BSA, I monetize my site with BSA, the site gets around 50k impressions per month, advertising on there I’ve found not to be economical for a blog as the CTR’s are so low, but definitely good for ecommerce sites.

        1. Ramsay

          Alright, I’ll look into doing a post I think. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Juanma

    Congratulations! A very interesting post. I am agree with almost everything you say. Only could add, that more beauty shall be required in internet. Most of the blogs are without design, and maybe it could be the Play for artists. Thanks

    1. Ramsay

      Very true. Design is a really important part of displaying content well.

      Thanks Juanma.

    2. Christopher

      Design shouldn’t be a problem when there are so many beautiful WordPress themes available.

      One them I so much love is the NewsPaper theme by TagDiv

  • Melissa Wilson

    A great post, Ramsay, and great timing for me. I just went live with a coming soon page for my first website and blog that I plan to launch early next year. It’s great to read what your thoughts are on the future of blogging. I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of what you talk about in #19. I had planned to have my coming soon page up in October, but I was focusing on too many little things and got hung up. Now my challenge will be to not have the same thing happen with the main site.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on wordpress themes. I don’t want to get hung up on picking one, but I was wondering if you would recommend going with a free one or a premium one to start? And if you recommend a premium one, do you have a favorite site to get them from? I’ve read that free themes aren’t really a good way to go because you don’t get updates or support and they can contain malicious code, so I was just wondering what your experience is with themes. Thanks so much!


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Melissa. If you can wait a little while I’ll be able to answer your WordPress theme question in a big way. πŸ˜‰

      1. Melissa Wilson

        Ok, I’ll hang tight. Looking forward to your thoughts on it!

  • Tom

    Great article, Ramsay. I have a question about adding visual content. You say that it’s a good idea to belong to a stock photo site that has an attribution license. It seems like that’s how all of the stock photo sites are nowadays.

    Do you know of any stock photo sites that will let you license photos without making you add a credit to the name of the stock photo site and the contributor?

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Tom.

      Nope, can’t think of a single one… πŸ™

  • Greg Strandberg

    Good stuff!

    I’d encourage people not to worry too much about what hosting program you’re using to power your site, so long as you’re paying for it.

    I think I can confidently say that 100% of the blogs I read are because of their content and not their backer, and I don’t think I’ve ever clicked ‘back’ because of what was by the copyright. Many do annoy me, however.

    1. Ramsay

      Can have a big impact on things like load time, etc. though wouldn’t you agree?

      1. Greg Strandberg

        Fractions of seconds? Not a huge concern to most people. Mobile users will never get over their impatience either.

        I guess it really comes down to which model people are most comfortable with, and which they get stuck paying for over a year or more. And then many get stuck.

        It’s not real appetizing to see those archives on the sidebar go from a year to a month if you make a switch, and I think many are afraid to see those go away.

        1. Ramsay

          Hi Greg.

          In regards to the fractions of seconds; it actually makes a huge difference. Studies by Amazon, Yahoo and a bunch of others have showed that increments of as small as 0.2 of a second can decrease sales by up to 7%.

          Also, it has a big impact on how well you rank on Google – slow sites don’t provide a good user experience for Google’s customers.

          I agree with you for the most part though. Thanks for commenting.

  • Balazs Hende

    Hi Ramsay,

    it’s a great article. I always try to stand up for a while and move a little in every hour during working on computer. It’s difficult sometimes to keep it in mind but we have to take care about our health.

    Thanks for sharing this article!

    1. Ramsay

      Great to hear!

  • MIchael Kawula

    Great post Ramsey and new to your blog, thus maybe you’ve written on this before. In one of the responses you said:

    I don’t do any SEO on this site except for all the on-site stuff and lots of white-hat guest blogging type things. Don’t build links or anything in a paid way.

    Can you clarify?

    Look forward to following future post ~ Mike

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Mike.

      What part would you like me to clarify?

      Basically I meant that I do do any paid link building for Blog Tyrant – all the SEO benefits I get are from on-site tweaks and just promoting my writing.

      1. MIchael Kawula

        Thanks Ramsey and was just wondering if you don anything different on site. I use all-in-one-seo vs. Yoast and was wondering if I should be doing anything else.

        Loved the post. Mike

        1. Ramsay

          The main thing I’d recommend at the moment is just being active on Google+. The rest of SEO is a bit complicated and murky at the moment, IMHO.

  • Tapiwa Mapani

    A very informative and well writen post!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Ramsay

      Not sure if spam.

  • Steve Rendell

    Hey Ramsey, an excellent post – pretty much agree with you on all items!

    The long article/content is definitely one that I have been trying out – does mean though that the amount of articles posted is much much less, as it takes quite a while to write out 6000 words of decent content.

    That said I’d rather have only 5 killer articles on my site, instead of 100 short and quickly written ones.

    I also love the fact that someone other than myself has picked up on the images. I always use fiverr and pay an illustrator 5 bucks for maybe 5 images to illustrate my blog posts. It not only gives a far more unique look – you know that people will subconsciously understand that the article they have just read is of higher quality than most.

    Will definitely subscribe to your blog to keep up to date with what you’re posting!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Steve. Just make sure those Fiverr guys are using images that they are allowed to use.

  • Shoplet Promos

    Great post, I’m trying to optimize my blog, and some of the point will be very helpful.
    Thank you

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps.

  • David Black

    Well I enjoyed that – until I got to the bit “sitting still can lead to early death as well as a whole host of bad diseases”
    As if this blogging wasn’t hard enough without finding out I’m going to an early grave if I keep typing.
    Happy Christmas!!

    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha! I know how you feel. Nothing a few quick star jumps every half hour can’t fix!

  • Andrea Goulet Ford

    Awesome. πŸ™‚ Also, if you want a complimentary class for you to review or a promo code to share with your community, just let me know. My passion is getting the word out there and helping other people get over their blogging inertia!

  • Kristal Alley

    I’m trying to renew/revive/pick up from the trash heap the blog associated with my consulting business. I get stuck in the ‘5%’ too often…

    A question on combining a business webpage with a blog: I have a hosted wordpress website for my consulting business and I use one of the tabs for my blog related to the focus of the consulting. Do you think it’s best to combine the site like I do now – or start a separate site just for the blog?

    1. Ramsay

      I think the blog is always best integrated with your site as it helps to build traffic and links to that site.

  • Josh


    I stumbled onto this site from good ol’ Copyblogger. Lots of good stuff you got going on here. Think I might stick around for a bit.

    I just started posting longer form content to my blogs. Just today I posted my longest post which was over 1100 words. That is paltry compared to some of the bigger guys, but it’s a start.

    I suck at Google +. I have no clue what I’m doing. I want to get involved with it more, but don’t know much about it. I have an account–with no circles. So, that will be up there on my list of things to get done asap.

    Thanks for the goodies,


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Josh!

      Glad you made your way over.

      Google+ is really complicated. Stick at it. I think the benefits are going to be big.

  • Shawn Gossman

    Great post, Ramsay. πŸ™‚ I agree with all of your points. I especially need to focus on visual art sides of my blogging. I use images here and there but I need to integrate them better into the blog. I also need to start taking them myself as I have a several thousand dollar Nikon SLR sitting around not being used. Thanks for writing this for us.

    P.s. This is another one of your post titles that caught my eye. You should make a course teaching others how to write eye catching titles! Per, I hate Copyblogger post!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks so much for your kind comment over on CB today. I even Tweeted about it!

      1. Shawn Gossman

        I saw that – thanks for that! πŸ™‚ It was a great post though and it lead me to this cool blog!

        1. Ramsay

          Ha ha. Awesome. Got to start blogging a bit more over there this year.

  • Greg


    Been a while. This is a top notch list bud; you managed to squeeze value into each point.

    I’m worried about the excess sitting now (though I prolly new this all along) – what steps are you taking?

    Hope those big doggies drop by and comment!


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Greg.

      Get a timer on your laptop and just set it for 25 minutes or something. When it goes off just stand up and do some star jumps, pushups, etc.

      Or, keep a big bottle of water on your desk and every time you get up to go to the toilet do the same.

      You can also try standing up to work – kitchen counter for 20 minutes, etc.

      1. Vishal Ostwal

        I’ve tried one of those ’25 minute timers.’

        I’d just shut the notifications and keep sitting there – my fault. Haha!

        Still, I think there are some more things that could be added. For instance, I made a DIY laptop stand that reduced my usual back pain to a great extent, I use pen and paper when jotting ideas … instead of digital tools.

        Also, I agree with what Shawn has mentioned below.

        Bicycles could be great.

        I genuinely feel like you should promote that idea more on Blog Tyrant, Ramsay, as that would somehow contribute towards a greener planet and healthier people.

        PS. I joined in the conversation as I can genuinely relate to this problem and have been thinking of buying a bicycle . Those #iCycleToWork kind of hashtags and ideas are inspiring, and can be used by the whole online community.

    2. Shawn Gossman

      I’m a cyclist! I try to ride my bike outside as much as I can throughout the week. If its too cold or wet, I put the bike on the trainer and do 20-minute high-intense spinning workouts (lot’s of free videos for it on YouTube). Biking is a wonderful fitness tactic… You burn calories fast, exercise the parts that mean the most and you kill stress and junk that is giving you that horrid ‘blogger’s block’ plus, its fun and makes you feel like a kid again! πŸ˜€

  • Azni

    Hey Ramsay,

    This is really a fantastic post. As a new joiner in the industry, never have I ever thought I would learn so much in one comprehensive post. I feel so overwhelm and feels like I am so behind!

    I love point #2 and #5. I personally likes to see vibrant images and read long informative post, but find it very hard to do it myself.

    But, whatever it is, thank you very much for the knowledge you’ve shared. I think most people who visit this post benefiting this some way or another.

    Keep it up the good work!

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Azni! Glad that you decided to start a blog and join us!

  • adam

    thank u so much Ramsay for this helpful information ,
    i think the mailing list it’s so important for all blogger
    thank u again

  • Angelina

    I agree with all of your points. I especially need to focus on visual art sides of my blogging. I use images here and there but I need to integrate them better into the blog. I also need to start taking them myself as I have a several thousand dollar Nikon SLR sitting around not being used. Thanks for writing this for us.
    P.s. This is another one of your post titles that caught my eye. You should make a course teaching others how to write eye catching titles.Thanks…!!

    1. Ramsay

      Get on to that SLR! Perfect.

  • Tiffany

    Wow! Fantastic! I loo forward to reading your ideas for sure.

    Thanks Ramsey!

  • Ramsay

    Hey Yasmin.

    Glad you enjoyed it. But stopping at 10…? Come on. All the best bits are down there. πŸ˜‰

  • Vicky Xu

    “A self-hosted WordPress blog is still your best bet.”

    I’ve used blogger during first years in blogging. Now I am using wordpress and I am loving it.

  • bry

    I’ve been blogging for 3 months now and I use blogger platform, If I only know that WordPress is much better.
    Thanks for your inspiring article.

  • Chris

    I will be rocking my blogging in 2018! Back in the Fall of 2017 I rolled out a modern web site design and a podcast. I’ve also just done an evaluation of what worked last year and the areas where I fell short. I also found it helpful to examine those latter areas to understand why. With those in mind, I know where I need to focus my energy. I’ve even got two new products in the works (both in the editing phase). 2018, here I come!

    Oh yeah, it’s already 2018….ummm…2018, here I am!!!!

    (Link shared on FB)

    1. Ramsay

      Legend! So great to know you’ll be around here this year, Chris.

  • Jonathan

    Good one, again, Ram. E-mail list building! My problem. Don’t just know why, really. Must wrestle that Demon to the ground and put up a good lead magnet as soon as possible.
    I requested that you take a look at my site and offer some suggestion, and you know what? You actually did!
    Thanks, man. I took the suggestion on board and it was valuable.

    1. Ramsay

      So happy to hear that! Best of luck with your blog.

  • Jon Belk

    hey! good comment, I just started my blog on passive income. Still working on it. I visit your blog often because I find tons of useful info. keep it up Tyrant πŸ˜‰

  • Ahmad Imran

    Ramsay, top post, I really like updating old posts and bringing them back to life. It just shows the importance of caring for your blog visitors and giving them accurate picture every time they visit. just shared it on FB, Tw.,FB and LI.

    One suggestion for future consideration. Perhaps a detailed post on design of your blog and psychology of a modern-day blog visitor. Items like sidebars, headers, footers and most importantly, the actual body of the blog post. It will help the new bloggers to optimise their design and be more reader-friendly in their offer.

    You asked why I think 2018 will be my best blogging year ever. There are 3 main reasons for that.

    1) First time I have a written objective to 10x my email subscribers from its existing count in 2018.

    2) First time I have a written objective to use affiliation as a formal method to monetise my blog (ethically)

    3) First time I have a written objective to 4x my traffic by the end of 2018.

    For some reason, it never occurred to me in these 3 years of blogging to write the goals down – specific to blogging.

    This year I have done it. And I feel good about it.

    1. Ramsay

      Amazing! They are some pretty great points!

  • jon moore

    Really great article. Sharing it will really help others too

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you!

  • James Hipkin

    Great overview / starting point for folks.

    In 2018 we plan to extend Inn8ly, a product we’re developing, into the blogging space. We have deep expertise building custom websites on the WordPress CMS but honestly we aren’t that expert in blogging so we’ve been and will be following what you are sharing with some interest.

    1. James Hipkin

      I have a simple solution to mitigate the sitting still problem. I place an inflated balance cushion on your chair. It forces your lower back to keep moving. I’ve used one for years. It has made a real difference.

      I also use a low tech stand up desk. It’s a yellow post it note on my phone that says “Stand Up.” When I get a phone call I see it as I reach for the phone and, wait for it, I stand up πŸ™‚

      1. Ramsay


  • Melvin Hollenberg

    Hi Ramsay,

    Very interesting article. I feel like the most important thing is to love what you’re blogging about. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, nobody will be passionate about your posts. Also, you’ll be at it for a while so you’d better enjoy it because success doesn’t happen overnight.

    1. Ramsay

      I agree with that. There is no way I could write about something that wasn’t at least attempting to help people either.

  • Jennifer Waddle

    2018 WILL be my best year yet. I am fine-tuning every page and zeroing in on my ideal audience for meaningful impact. Thank you, Ramsay, for this exciting opportunity. You’re the best.

    *Sharing your site as one of my TOP 2018 favorites with my subscribers.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you so much!

  • Tammi L Brochman

    Thanks so much for your straight up blogging know how talk!

  • Kirsch Mackey

    This year will be a great blogging year for me because I have a team of 4 working with me and we finally made a system to have consistent blog posts of great quality. Our goal was to acquire 10,000 visits to our website by May 30th, but I decided to up that to 100,000 visits instead!

    1. Ramsay

      Wow! Best of luck.

  • Randy Ashburn

    Thank You so much Ramsay. I started blogging last year on GoDaddy and after six months of issues, I moved to Blue Host after reading one you your blogs. When I moved over my entire site was lost and all my blogs were officially gone with the wind.

    I rebuilt as best as I could and now am ready to start going after my dream of being an influencer and a positive voice in an often cynical world.

    I hope I will the mentoring as I feel like a horse that is waiting for the bell to ring and start competing for what I want to win.

    If not, I will just enjoy your blogs…

    1. Ramsay

      Oh man. How did all your stuff get lost?

  • Johanna

    Hi Ramsay, Happy New Year! Another great post from which established bloggers can also benefit. I’ve been getting bogged down with SEO recently so I’m glad of the tips in the comments thread about keeping it, mostly, simple and concentrating on good, long form content. I have a couple of questions. 1. in 2018 do you think narrowing down to a specific niche is super important or is multipotentialite blogging still going to be effective? Yikes – I know I need to work on my strategy πŸ˜‰ 2. I notice when I click on a link in your posts the new post doesn’t open up in a new window – evidently this isn’t an important back-end consideration for you, and perhaps something you do intentionally? 3. For selling a blog would you recommend Flippa or Empire and any chance of a new updated blog post on this (or is your previous one updated already?)

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Johanna.

      How are you?

      1. I think the main thing is to find a way to stand out and be memorable while still being useful. There are examples of both types of blogs, but the successful ones always have an angle.

      2. Generally I try to have links within my site open in the same page and links to other sites open to new tabs. I don’t know if that’s best practice, however.

      3. I haven’t sold a blog in a while now so I am a bit out of the loop. Best recommendation would be private sales as then you don’t lose fees, but you have to also take care of contracts and escrow, etc.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Johanna

        Thanks Ramsay πŸ™‚ All good thank you over here in WA πŸ™‚

  • YASH

    Hello Ramsay!!
    First of all, happy new year and once again you did a great job by sharing such a fantastic blog with all of us. It’s beneficial for everyone searching for this topic. I read many blogs on this topic, but the way you describe the things is really impressive. I just loved it. You make me feel proud that I am a reader of your blog. I read all of your blogs on a regular basis and honestly saying all of them are super awesome. Thanks for making such an excellent website for all of us and sharing such type of unique content. Keep sharing. I appreciate your work. Once again Thank You so much for this lovely post.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you so much. That is far too kind.

  • sekhar u

    awesome tutorial on starting a blog, thanks

  • Vishal Ostwal


    I had written a long comment yesterday (and then forgot to publish it, I suppose).

    Firstly, I think I have some idea about things I’ve been doing wrong.

    For instance, I somewhat lack at points 3 (I still haven’t given the mailing list the attention is deserves), 7 (I’m bad at networking and telling people “Hey! I’ve linked to you,” usually), 11 (praying for my health *sobs*), 13 (this is something I’ve myself figured out in the long term. I need to stand out).

    This year, my motto would be rather simple: WORRY LESS; DO MORE.

    As a blogger, I have the usual problem of not getting results (more subscribers, traffic, and all that stuff). Still, this time, I’d like to focus more on the work itself.

    Last time you said that I should stop caring much about SEO, or theme, or logo or other superfluous stuff and focus on creating great content – that was the only advice I needed.

    It was helpful in my case. Particularly because my blog isn’t a completely commercial thing, and relies more on the impact I create.

    Still, there are a list of little things I want to do this year:

    * I’d connect with the people whose work I’ve been silently sharing.
    * I’d try to share more stories (I’m not distinct online, and feel insecure about getting too personal).
    * I’d focus on the practical side. That means, doing things in a structured way to achieve some little goals.
    * I’d promote more (I’ve been a blogger who didn’t blow the trumpet hard).
    * I’d experiment with content and see what works (images, infographics, colors, formats, and all to see what sticks better).
    * I’d be a better person. Won’t do something to manipulate people at all and stick to the values (I’ve never done it, anyway).
    * I’d learn more from the content on Blog Tyrant. Enough said. (There’s something about this blog that makes me loyal follower, but I’m still unable to figure out what it is).

    … the list is longer than this.

    Still, as usual, I know that some things would work and some won’t.

    But I’d try to not get too stuck in the internal battles and do more work (soul determined, fingers crossed).

    Wishing the best for all this year.

    1. Ramsay

      Great comment! And I love that motto. I think it’s perfect for me as well.

  • Gaurav gupta

    Wow great information. I am thinking to start a blog. This information is very useful for me. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps with your new blog!

  • Melvin Hollenberg

    Hi Ramsay,

    A question about making friends in your niche and SEO.

    Linking to other websites is a great way to make friends and provide value to your readers. It shows that you know your stuff and are not afraid to mention the “competition”. However, every time I want to include a link, Yoast says: “you’re about to link to a website that’s ranking for the same keyword you want to, are you sure you want to do that?”

    What do you say?

    1. Ramsay

      That is a very good question. While I’m not 100% sold on the fact that linking to competitors is always bad, Yoast knows a lot more than me so I would defer to his opinion here.

  • Amanda R.

    Awesome article! Greatly appreciate the wealth of knowledge I’ve found here on Blog Tyrant! I’ve been researching for a year now and am excited to move forward now using so much of the great instruction I’ve found here.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Amanda. Hope this helps you to start a blog and have a great year blogging!

  • Chris Butler

    Brother …
    Great post!
    Shared this post to FB and Twitter.
    I’ve been surviving doing freelance writing on Upwork (barely) and currently have a longer term project of launching a marketing program for a high tech company – including content creation.
    Neglected my personal blog site for too long – but want to get one launched thru Bluehost asap. I don’t want to do the WordPress free option …
    If I don’t win the contest ; ) I will be sure to use your info when signing up.
    I have a tribe out there waiting!

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Chris. Sounds like a big year ahead for you! Congrats.

  • alqintara

    Not bad. You all bearded up Ramsay. I take that as a new year look. Thanks for the articles anyway. Appreciated. Personal question if i may ask? Will you come to my country Nigeria to do some small two -three day training for upcoming bloggers ?

    1. Ramsay

      Hi there. Thank you for the invite. This year is a little busy but it is possible for the future perhaps.

  • Dynamic Drive

    Wow really great list of tips, even for non beginners! I agree Ahrefs is probably the best SEO tool for bloggers, but honestly Google Webmaster Tools is the first place to start to monitor your search traffic. Ahref is really expensive, and for new comers, probably overkill. I recently started a new blog, and am more than happy with the data provided by Webmaster Tools.

    1. Ramsay

      Yeah it is really useful as a start point for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • Shay

    This post is exactly what I was looking for as I start the new year. Back in my college years I would write for several different college lifestyle blogs and I vowed when I graduated I would keep it up…fast forward 3 years…still no blog. I’m not big on resolutions, but I really really really am going to make it happen this year. This weekend is dedicated to getting my blog set up and running! Thanks for this post!

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Shay. This is the year!

  • Mehndi Makeup

    Great points! You explained blogging about as well as anyone that I have read thus far. Good stuff and Thanks!

    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped! Good luck starting a blog and more!

  • Lucy Grimm

    This site has a lot of useful information. Our blog focuses on our books, free children’s stories, and up and coming information on what is new. This article has given us ideas to improve our blog. Thanks so much!

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Lucy. I’m glad this post has been somewhat useful to you.

  • Louise Jewell

    Hey Ramsay,

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and experience re: all things blogging! I so appreciate the gentle reminder that I don’t have to be “perfect” to get going!

    I recently decided to make my website feel more like “me.” How did I do that? I now use my own cartoon drawings to illustrate my articles. And the process is a lot more enjoyable for me!

    I have more to learn and that’s okay! One task at a time.

    All the best to you in 2018!

    1. Ramsay

      Nice work Louise!

  • shahrookh khan

    Congratulations! A very interesting post. I agree with almost everything you say. Only could add, that more beauty shall be required on the internet. Most of the blogs are without design, and maybe it could be the Play for artists.
    thank you for sharing.

    1. Ramsay

      Not a bad point!

  • Aston

    great work

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Aston. I hope it helps you to start a blog this year.

  • Shah Nomaan

    Hi Ramsay,

    it’s a great article. I always try to stand up for a while and move a little in every hour during working on computer. It’s difficult sometimes to keep it in mind but we have to take care about our health.

    Thanks for sharing this article!

    1. Ramsay

      Great to hear! It’s a good blogging practice!

  • Jamie Rockers

    Actually being a blogger myself I am looking for answers to typical issues that everyone faces. On the same way I came up on this page. I think you could help me clear up some confusions. As your explanation skills are top notch. I’ll surely go through your website for further leads.
    Thank you

    1. Ramsay


  • Susan Velez

    Hi Ramsay,

    Great tips, especially for the one about not being perfect. It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of trying to make everything perfect before you start.

    The great thing is that it does take a while to start building traffic. This can sound bad, but the truth is that during this slow time, it gives you time to learn how to improve your SEO, get comfortable blogging and start learning as much as you can.

    This way when the traffic does start coming you will know how to do the important things. Like collect those emails and start building your email list.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us, hope you have a great day πŸ™‚


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Susan. Nice to see you here. I’m glad that article was somewhat useful!

  • Bharat

    hey Ramsay,
    Thanks for sharing so informative post. these tips are really helpful for a new blogger like me. keep up the good work.
    i have a question about blog post, how long the post should be written in the beginning by a new blog writer, who started a new blog??

    1. Ramsay

      I never write anything less than around 2,000 words if I want it to be really helpful.

  • Jina

    Thanks for sharing the good article about blog startup. Its not an easy to maintain blog, I also started to writing an articles for my blog but still success is far from me but never give up. Your article is quite impressive and motivated for beginners even i also read whole article and your word inspired me a lot to improve my blog. You are my mentor now. Keep writing and keep smile always.

    1. Ramsay

      I really hope it helps you with your new blog.

  • Rewari

    Wish I can read this advice a few years ago when I start to blogging for the first time

    Best advice I ever read,
    thank you

    1. Ramsay

      Oh that is very kind. Thank you.

  • Moshe Chayon

    When I started my blog about a year ago I was just doing it to get some of my thoughts off my brain and in writing. Lately, I’ve started to look at my blog as an additional income stream. I will start a mailing list and paid and next month, we will see who it grows from there.

    1. Ramsay

      Best of luck!

  • Victor Korir

    Thanks for the great guide Ramsay,

    While everybody can start a blog, not everyone can run a successful blog

    While as of 2014, there were approximately one billion live websites, only a third of these were active.

    To start a promising blog, I believe you need to have a strategy in mind.

    Answer pertinent questions;

    Why do you want to blog
    What topics do you want to blog about
    Who are your target audience
    What’s your right audience profile
    What are your short and long term goals
    Who are blogging about what you want to blog about?

    The next thing is to create your content strategy. Content continues to be the king of the blogging jungle, and you would want to befriend him.

    Big data is only getting bigger. You don’t have to be a statistic nerd, but a simple interest on numbers and figures as well as their right interpretation can really boost your creation process

    1. Ramsay

      Great comment Victor!

  • Haryana

    Thanks again, always the best info from you. Your posts always get my attention.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you, that is very kind. I hope it helps with your blogging.

  • mike

    This is one of the most indepth articless ive seen. thankyou so much for it, I will have to look into a few of your suggestions.
    I am relatively new to the whole making money online world, I’ve mainly just been focussing on dropshipping.
    I worked 50 hours per week but needed to make extra income to make ends meet and a friend of mine was buying stuff from China and selling it at markets and managed to give up his full time job, i couldn’t afford to buy lots of stock and came across dropshipping, Its very daunting to begin with and there are many people doing it but I came across a dropshipping wholesale directory that helped me find products and offered lots of help, Im not making mega money at the moment but I was able to give up my full time job and take something part time so I have more time to spend with the family and im still making double what I previously was. My goal in the future (end of the year hopefully ) is to only be focussing on my own business, I might get there quicker once I follow your other suggestions.

    Thanks for all the great information

    1. Ramsay

      Awesome! Hope it works out for you, Mike.

  • Ashutosh Panda

    You just cracked it man. You made a simple path to get into blog arena 2k18. I lst lved this

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks man! I really wanted to make it easy for people to know how to start a blog without wasting too much time. I hope it does some good.

  • Justin

    Great information Ramsay! This is just what I was looking for. I wanted to start blogging as a way to create supplemental income in the future, as well as provide personal finance advice to young people like me. These are things like how I’ve made money in the stock and housing market in my 20’s.

    Additionally, I was looking to blog as a way to promote my status as a mortgage officer and source new business opportunities.

    Since I am just starting out, do you suggest creating a logo and having some decent graphics before creating useful content?

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Justin. I think in the financial industry it’s very important to be and to appear professional. You might not need a logo, but I’d suggest getting some good, relaxed professional photos and then using a minimal black and white WordPress theme with not too much fluff.

  • Cheryl

    Hi and thanks so much for the info!

    I think that visually, a blog really needs both images and colored text to highlight key points or just to break up the text.

    Color catches the eye, allows them to relax a bit and is more aesthetically pleasing.

    One other point which I think is really important — actually read what you write so you can correct errors before you post.

    I get turned off when I’m reading a post someone has written and there’s a lot of extra words, misspellings, etc.

    1. Ramsay

      Very good tips thanks Cheryl!

  • Jesse Creel

    Hi Ramsay,

    I really like your blog. It’s so professional. I also like your other topics on this blog like how to get email subscribers. I am very hungry for this information. I am becoming a professional blogger right now so I love reading everything I can get my hands on on the subject. I’m going to read more of your work. I think I may have already joined your email list….

    Anyways, my heart goes out to all bloggers and you are no exception.

    Keep on blogging sir,

    Jesse Creel

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Jesse! Here’s hoping it helps someone to start a blog and change their life for the better this year!

  • Filip S.

    Hi Ramsay,
    my blog is 9 months old, I’ve done many things to get it going, but still, gets only about 10 visits per day. I’m not sure what is the problem. It’s not very niche focused, it’s broadly in the “education” and “life-hacks” niche maybe, I recognize that may be a problem, but is it so fatal? Or it takes more time?
    Thank you

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Filip.

      How are you promoting the blog off-site?

      1. Filip S.

        Facebook, little bit of Pinterest. I have done a couple of guest post (I think 5 or 6 so far). Bookmarked it with Stumbleupon and Filipboard. That’s more or less all, since I don’t want to have too many social accounts that I have to update. I need time to write content. What should I focus on?

        1. Ramsay

          I would look at trying to build more strategic relationships with other bloggers in your nice. Aiming for mentions and more writing opportunities will probably be effective, but also look at paid advertising.

  • bolu

    Thank you, youngsters like me find this really inspiring and helpful

    1. Ramsay

      You’re welcome. Let’s hope some people start a blog this year and change the world!

  • Mr & Mrs Gist

    There are some fantastic tips here!! We launched our blog today and so are focusing on offsite SEO to improve the performance and visibility. Thanks for this post πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      Congrats on starting a blog! I hope this year is fantastic for you.

  • Frederik

    I’m using ahref a lot, and think it’s the best tool for bloggers, and agree on your points!

    I really enjoy reading your articles, and admire your build up πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you. I’m glad this little old post on how to start a blog has been of some use to people. Best of luck!

  • Chris

    Great tips! Please I will love it more if you make post about how to get quality back links to a website. Anyway thanks for sharing

  • Rahul Yadav

    Nice! Thank you for posting informative blog . Your blog posts are more interesting and informative.

    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad you enjoy them.

  • Caledon Real Estate

    Hey Ramsay, an excellent post! While I’ve created numerous WordPress websites, none of them have really stood the test of time. Mainly because I haven’t been passionate about any of them. My goal was to make money with them, and that’s not good enough!

    I realize that now.

    Going forward, I’m deciding which of my passions will be the focus of my blogging.

    One of your points is to make yourself unique.
    Differentiating yourself from all the others is no simple task. I suppose one way, is to simply be yourself…as we’re all unique….but we still need to be engaging. I’ve come across plenty of people who are unique, but can put you to sleep in a couple of short sentences…

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your expertise!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for the comment! I am glad this post as been useful for some!

  • Tony kakkar

    Thanks this is such a great guidance for beginners and also for experienced blogger. Every one must read this blog and share with friends.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Denis Opudo

    I am ready to take the challenge for 2018. Although I choose spiritual niche, it may not earn much as compared to finance but that’s what am perfect at writing, religious blogs. I hope these strategies will work well for me.

    1. Ramsay

      If it helps people, that is the main thing!

  • DM Ghaziabad

    Thank you so much for sharing this one really well defined all peaceful info,I Really like it.

    1. Ramsay

      You’re welcome.

  • KnowMyChoice

    Thanks Ramsay, for the detailed guide to become successful in blogging. Writing unique content with relevant images,videos would be an best way to succeed & to drive organic traffic. Infographics is another way to get peoples link to your website.

    Really helpful, keep up the awesome work πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      I think you need a little bit more than that these days, but that is a good start. Thanks for commenting.

  • Gurjit Singh

    Thanks for sharing this useful information

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps with your blog!

  • mybdlove24

    new blogger always find the topic how to Start A Blog in blogspot or WordPress site. this tutorial currently work for those blogger.and thank you sir fir this grateful post

    1. Ramsay

      Glad you liked it. Hope it helps with your blog.

  • Emily

    Thanks, I can learn many new things from this post. Now I realize my mistake that I did in the past, and of course I will apply the basic rules for my blogging journey. After I follow this guide, I will be able to create a trusted reader for my blog.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you Emily. Best of luck for the year ahead.

  • Harsh

    Nice …

  • Vertucon


    Nice article! We tend to prefer building a blog with the Wix website builder. We found it to be very SEO friendly.

    1. Ramsay

      May I ask why you prefer Wix?

  • Anil DavΓ©

    Thanks for this post. I just launched my blog this week and posted my first article. I’m glad I found this post.

    I’m just focused on producing good unique content. I guess the rest will fall into place.

    1. Ramsay

      It’s really important to also have a promotional strategy, but good content is an excellent start.

  • Elisa Eames

    Hi, Ramsay!

    I’m starting from square one in terms of becoming a blogger. I don’t even know what I want to blog about yet. My goals for starting a blog are a bit different than many, however. I’m not trying to create another source of income; I would simply be trying to create a reader base because my ultimate goal is to become a published novelist and when pitching your book, I believe it is helpful to already have an established readership. This will theoretically help you stand out to agents/publishers. πŸ™‚ In addition, blogging would help me develop my writing skills, hopefully be of some use to people, and allow me to express myself and connect with others. Do you have any advice for me?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment!

    1. Elisa Eames

      Perhaps I should mention that I’d like my blogs to be funny and uplifting, just so you now where I’m aiming, I suppose. Sadly, I don’t feel that I have an expertise to offer anyone in any particular field. All I’ve got are my own life lessons and sense of humor. πŸ™‚

    2. Ramsay

      Hey Elisa.

      My best tip would be to make a list of the other authors you follow that seem to be using this strategy. Figure out what they’re doing, what people like about it, and then try to find a way to do it a bit differently. Getting your own domain and host is a good start, but you need some ideas about how to grow it based on a distinctive strategy.

      Hope that helps!

  • Utsav Srinet

    Great post, blogging is hard and consistency is required. We run a Nature and travel blog and I think the most important thing we tell people is to start blogging with a purpose, Do not just start and end up soon. Niche is key and many miss out on that because they want to cover and do it all. Do not just start a blog because you think you will get rich quick and be able to travel the world. It takes a lot of work and lots of time.

    1. Ramsay

      Well said! It is a lot of hard work, just like any business.

  • Abhishek Shah

    Comprehensive enough, really inspiring! What’s your outlook on the link building post the RankBrain update?

    1. Ramsay

      I’ve always been an advocate of doing it naturally through creating unique and helpful content, and then strategic outreach. It’s hard now, but the results do come.

  • Fani Malik

    Its a very nice post thanks for sharing this post..

  • Ram Singh Rai

    Loved the article. I would like to know more about starting a blog. To be honest I am a true beginner at blogging. I really need your help to start a blog. I am looking forward for an article on blogging.

    1. Ramsay

      There’s lots to read around here! Hope it helps somewhat.

  • Alex Hayes

    Thanks for your nice post. Here I have a question for you. If I am starting with blogger is there any problem with this? I am here that after sometime google will disable account? So which platform is better for me? Thanks

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Alex. As mentioned above, I prefer getting my own host and domain name that I control myself. Blogger is fine, but I prefer to control all the aspects myself.

  • Blogger outreach

    Very useful guide. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Ramsay

      You’re welcome!

  • Richard Mawanda

    I really benefited from reading this

    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad to hear!

  • E


    So glad I found your website! I recently decided I want to start a blog, and I have to admit it’s a bit scary, but if I don’t try it, I’ll never know what I might be missing! I’m going to refer back often to Blog Tyrant and follow the steps for starting a blog. Thank you for your time and effort in telling people how to get started!

    1. Ramsay

      Sing out if you need any help!

  • Mitchelle Williams

    Thanks for posting the detailed guide on to start a blog in 2018….i think you are master of blogging.