Become a Blogger

Are you ready to start blogging? It could be fun, exciting, and a good source of extra income. 

In the beginning, blogging can be confusing. It is even hard to choose the platform for your blog, and getting your blog ready for your first post is not a joke. BUT it is not as difficult as you imagine; it is actually simple with the right resources. 

This blog is not meant to give you a step-by-step guide about how to set up and run a blog but rather to guide you where to start and where to go to find detailed instructions to get you to blog up and running in a timeframe that works for you.

Step One: Determine the Purpose of Your Blog

Do you want a website to give your business an online presence, or do you want a blog that drives traffic to your site so you can monetize in different ways (such as displaying ads, selling products or services, sponsored posts, and more)?

Most platforms can work if you want just a website for your business, and SEO is much simpler. But if you want to blog, you want to use a platform that allows you to be more versatile and to use SEO more effectively.

Many experts recommend using WordPress if you want to monetize your blog. It has a learning curve, but it has become much more user-friendly in the last few years. Also, there are resources to help you set up and run your blog. 

Step Two: Build Your Website

Setting up your blog might be intimidating, but there is a lot of help out there. Some amazing Registered Dietitians have taken the time to build very detailed tutorials about building a blog from scratch. 

To give you an idea, the steps involved in building a blog are:

  1. Buy a domain name
  2. Choose a web host
  3. Choose a content management system
  4. Choose a theme
  5. Write your first blog post

Please dont feel intimidated if this sounds foreign to you. Most of these steps are relatively simple with the right help. If you want to overview what each of these steps means, read 6 simple steps to start a website for dietitians by Katie Dodd. She also has a tutorial to help you build your website included in her Blogging Accelerator course.

Now, if you are ready to take action, then check out The Unconventional RD “How to Start a Website Tutorial.” 

This fantastic and free tutorial helps you set up your website from scratch using WordPress. Ericka Julson, the Unconventional RD, does a great job explaining every single step you need to set up a blog using WordPress. 

Step Three: Learn About SEO

Blogging is not dead, but it has changed. As a new blogger, you need to know what to expect. Blogging now is all about the reader’s needs and wants. We choose our niche, but we create blog posts about topics people are searching in Google and other search engines.

Using tools such as KeySearch or Semrush, we can figure out how many people are searching for a topic (keyword volume) and evaluate our competition. In other words, we can know how many people are looking for the keywords we have in mind, and what are the chances of you being featured on the first page of Google (let’s be honest, that is where the magic happens). 

This is SEO or search engine optimization.

The other aspect of SEO is to understand user intent or what people want to read about when searching online. So let’s say someone is searching for omega 3, then you need to understand if they want to buy omega 3 or learn more about it. So your blog post should satisfy their needs. 

There are a few ways to learn about SEO. You could do it for free, hire someone, or take a course. In my experience, taking a course is helpful and a faster way to learn about it. `

Best Courses to Blog Like a Pro

*Please note I included affiliate links. If you purchase a course using my affiliate link, will not cost you any extra money, but I will get a commission. Keep in mind, earning money does not influence my opinion in any way. 

The Blogging Accelerator Program

Katie Dodd’s program* takes you on an accelerated journey to build your blog and teaches you about SEO. She is very inclusive in her course, and it is very helpful. If you follow her course, you can build your blog in approximately two months or less. 

In my opinion, this course is very comprehensive, and Katie is so lovable and successful that you feel encouraged to give your 100%. Once you complete her course, she offers a mastermind to help you continue the journey.

Also, Katie’s private Facebook group associated with the course is very supportive and helpful. I love my community!

Let’s also mention that she was able to monetize her blog in only 18 months after attracting 50,000 people to her blog every month. Although now she has more visits than that, I lost track after she reached 100,000 monthly visits. 

She also monetizes her blog by selling digital content and teaching others about blogging. If you are wondering how much money you can make with blogging, check out her income report. 

What you will learn in Katie’s Blogging Accelerator Program (BAP)* :

  • Mini-course about how to set up your company and your goals
  • Tutorial about how to start your own blog
  • Complete guide to help you learn about SEO and use SEO when writing blog posts
  • Templates and checklists to help you every step of the way
  • Live group calls
  • Access to her exclusive Facebook group
  • Nutrition blog directory

The course is on the expensive side but worth it. 

Katie’s superpower is her organizational skills- she makes checklists for her checklists. Honestly, the checklists and the templates are very helpful. I have been blogging for a year, and I still have her templates bookmarked! 

Here is a link to review the course*. Honestly, I am glad I am part of Katie’s world. 

The Complete Content Creation Bootcamp

A great course to help you use SEO to create content is The Complete Content Creation Bootcamp* by  Chrissy Carroll. Chrissy is a seasoned, full-time blogger and a Registered Dietitian. I love the way she makes creating content Google loves easy. For me, this course helped me put together everything I knew about SEO. I feel that something clicked after taking her course. 

In my opinion, the course is phenomenal, but it is not comprehensive. Again, great value for the money you pay, but this course is not designed to help you set up your blog or any technical aspects about the tools you need to measure SEO (such as Google analytics). 

Now, there are plenty of YouTube videos to help you up with that or you can combine with the other two courses we cover in this blog post. 

What you will learn in Chrissy’s Complete Content Creation Bootcamp*:

  • The types of content to post to make the most money from your blog
  • To master KeySerach to find the best keywords to use for your site
  • Learning how to evaluate user intent to see if a keyword is a good fit for your site
  • Will help you how to build backlinks to help you rank on Google faster
  • Productivity hack

This course is laser-focused on understanding how to use SEO to create content. 

Chrissy’s superpower is based on the experience she has blogging. She knows her stuff, and when you take her course or ask questions, her answers are solid and very helpful. I love her open (and free) Facebook group

SEO Made Simple 

Great course if you need help understanding SEO and setting up all the technical details related to SEO. Just like she does in her How to Set Up a Website Tutorial, Ericka provides valuable and easy-to-follow advice on how to set yourself up for success. 

What you would learn in Ericka’s SEO Made Simple*

  • Introduction to SEO
  • How to set up the tools to measure SEO results (such as Google analytics and Google search console)
  • How to set up Keyword search and learn how to use it
  • How to write blog posts and recipes
  • Include most tools you need to optimize your website, including plug-ins- for the different types of nutrition blog posts
  • How to conduct a site audit 
  • Monthly office hours

Ericka’s superpower is how easy she makes technical stuff. So if you want to experience her teaching style, her free tutorial is the way to go. 

Key Takeaways 

Blogging can be fun, exciting, and a great way to share your wisdom with the world. Plus, it can be a good source of income. 

It has a learning curve but is completely doable. Expect blogging to take some time before seeing results because it is a long-term project. But it can be fun and pay off. 

If you have been dreaming about starting your own blog, do it today. Don’t wait any longer.

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