Step by Step guide to Start a blog in Canada

You’ve finally decided to create a blog and that’s great news! Creating a blog, in itself, is not very complicated but you have to master many things to be successful with your blog. There are several steps you must look into before starting and several steps to follow after launching. Here we’ll try to cover everything you need to know about creating your blog in Canada and the various stages involved in this process. Before we dive it, it is important to know the basics first.

What is a blog?

A blog is a type of site, used for the publication of periodic and concise articles on a given topic or profession. I quite agree with this definition. For me, a blog is owned and run by a person who writes articles on a given topic with passion, competence and authority.

Why create a blog in Canada?

You can create a blog for several primary reasons, here are the main reasons:

#1 To earn money

Very often, people create blogs to earn money. This is a valid reason for sure, but this should not be the only reason to avoid giving up quickly because you will not earn enough money and especially not enough quickly. To develop a blog to get traffic and ultimately making money, takes a lot of time. After that if you get along with everything smoothly, it will not be too complicated to make money, especially since the initial investment is relatively low on an average of $50 to $300 CAD a year. 

People are making as much as 25,000 to 30,000 CAD with their blogging career which is a fairly nice income for anyone living in Canada.

Here’s an example of Matthew Woodward’s blog making a handsome figure every month.

#2 To promote business and find New Customers

You can also create a blog to promote your business and find new customers in the region. For instance, you will answer the questions that your customers may want to ask you. You can come up with interesting “How to” articles with informational intent. I do so by using SEMrush for day to day keywords research and hearing potential customers through social media listening. A blog is also a simple way to promote your expertise on a subject.

#3 To Become a book author or trainer

Do you want to publish a book or become an author? You can become one with your blog and sell your e-books and even online training. . Writing a book in the field you specialize in, also gives you a great deal of credibility.

#4 To Share your passion

Finally, you can create a blog simply to share your passion with other enthusiasts or your friends and family. Here are some of the Canadian lifestyle and fashion bloggers who are doing great.

#5 To Attract Visitors and Convert Them

Creating and posting regular blogs and enormous SEO benefits. You can convert visitors into customers and additionally also get repeat customers while your blog traffic grows.

Let’s look at possible types of blogs your readers find online.

 

Types of Blogs

 #1 Personal blog

You may have heard about online diaries. This is the same as a regular, paper diary in which we write anything we want. The only difference is that it’s in electronic form. Everything related to the life of its author is written in a personal blogs and not necessarily focusses on one topic. There, you will find notes such as “how I went to the cinema yesterday”, or “how I chose jeans“, etc. Here’s a successful Canadian blog by Kayla Seah that’s doing wonders.

#2 Professional blog

This is a more serious step. For example, a person or company engaged in professional activities such as digital photography, child care of not for profit. Any professional blog is a claim to leadership and a strong position in a certain field. It basically helps in positioning the author as an expert. In a professional blog, one covers a variety of topics related to the growth of the company, its work, corporate events, principles, fun business cases, so on and so forth. HubSpot blog is a great professional marketing blog foussed on Inbound Marketing for instance.

#3 Personal Brand blog

A brand blog focusses upon the author and all efforts are made towards establishing the blogger as a thought leader, expert or teacher within a specific industry or niche.

#4 News blog

Such blogs, as a rule, are maintained not by one, but by several authors. They choose a single topic, for example, “everything about Apple,” and write several blog posts a day, mostly various news and articles regarding “Apple”. Social Media Today is all about social media news for instance.

The popularity of the blog will depend on how interesting and valuable content the authors can write.

#5 Affiliate blogs

Affiliate blogs make money through affiliate marketing or by promoting others’ business products in their posts or through their email list. These blogs demonstrate the products that they are promoting with reviews, in-depth case studies and practical examples that offer honest opinions to their loyal audience. Affiliate blogs can earn commissions anywhere between 10%-50% for the products they sell.

#6 Reverse blogs

Reverse or guest host blogs are a unique but modern type of blog. Instead of the owner creating content, the content is supplied by the general public. A reverse blog has a team who moderate posts, prevent unpleasant interactions and promote specific topics for greater interactivity. Medium for instance is a reverse blog.

#7 Niche blogs

A Niche blog is intended to target a specific niche in the market. It could be a specific industry, geographical region, a particular ethnicity or a differentiated group of people. This type of blog is a relatively new concept and it can contain contextual advertisement or affiliate links as a means of monetization. A common objective of niche blogs is to compel a visitor or the audience to click or visit another website. Teach4theheart is great education focussed niche blog.

What blogs types are most successful in Canada

Lifestyle and fashion are among the most successful type of blogs in Canada. Women’s fashion is also doing wonders, and healthcare and wellness are still booming. The following is a list of some amazing Canadian bloggers with successful careers.

Honey & Betts | Edmonton Lifestyle Blog.
Casie Stewart: This is My Life.
Canadian Fashionista.
To Vogue or Bust | Vancouver Based Style, Travel and Lifestyle Blog.

Components of a successful blog

  1. A popular blog should be interesting in the first place.
  2. Publications must be regular. Bi-monthly is not a very good pace for publishing. Once a week – better, but not enough. Every day is great, but ultimately it depends on your availability, dedication and team support.
  3. Make high quality Posts. Skimmable, beautifully written, easy to read, with correct grammar, including keywords to rank for. Just make sure you avoid keyword spamming.
  4. Use variety in your content. Text and tables, photos and hand-drawn illustrations, graphics and icons, animations and videos for example.
  5. Research well and find the information people need. Let’s say you sell a watch. Write about how to care for them, how to extend their service life, which batteries are better to use, where the most reliable workshops are located, how to replace the bracelet yourself, etc.

And that covers all the necessary basics to get started with blogging in Canada.

Step by step guide for creating a Blog in Canada

let’s get started!

Step 1: Find a topic and Niche for your blog

First and foremost, you must list down all your passions, as well as your skills on an excel sheet or file. Writing articles about your passion or your skills will be easier in the long run because blogging is a marathon, not a sprint – it will take months and years to develop it. You must avoid talking about a topic that is too broad, too narrow, high in competition, or a topic which no one cares about.

I recommend checking out search volume for each topic you intend to start blogging with, using Google keyword planner or SEMrush.

Target at least 1000 or more in search volumes per month in Canada to get started with. To find a blog idea, you could also look at what’s being done outside Canada. Try using content template in SEMrush or HubSpot blog topic generator to check out potential topics you could write about.

Step 2: Validate your idea

Talk to your peers, your customers, your friends and check out if they are willing to learn more about the topic you just shared. It is as simple as a quick email or WhatsApp message to get immediate feedback.

“In Validating a blog topic with your peers, it is good to fail fast than be sorry”

Your blog topic should be timeless as well. Imagine that you like football – if you want to talk about the last World Cup your content will soon become obsolete and it will get difficult for you to blog and especially continue getting traffic on a dated subject.

Is there any point in talking about the fidget spinner? Will the subject stay in the trend for a long time? The more you research, the more logical It gets.

Google trends is an amazing tool to see if a subject is losing momentum or if it is more and more sought after. Here is how “Blogging” trends in Canada for instance.

Step 3: Choose the CMS platform for your blog

There are plenty of content management systems or platforms to create an online blog, I recommend getting started with WordPress. It is the number 1 and the mostly used platform in the world – it’s open-source, user-friendly and there are multiple free and paid WordPress themes that can get you started quickly in minutes. Here are some further amazing stats on WordPress for you to look at. Once you start growing, you can migrate to enterprise level digital experience providers or DXPs such as Sitefinity or SiteCore depending upon your business goals and budgets. I use WordPress with Elegant themes for instance and in past, I did used Sparkling by Colorlib , both of which, I do recommend for getting started.

Step 4: Choose a domain name

To choose your domain name you have 2 options: either an EMD (exact match domain) or a branded domain name.

Possibility 1: what is an EMD? It is when you put in the domain name the keyword that you aim. Imagine that you have a blog on gardening – you can name your blog my-garden [dot] com. This technique is very often used for natural referencing.

Possibility 2: A unique brand name will be more likely to be aimed at readers to bring in traffic to the blog and one can then quickly remember the site.

If you are targeting the Canadian market alone, opt for the .ca extension. Make sure your domain name is easy enough to remember and not too long. Check out my guide on “how to decide a domain name for your business

Now that you have chosen your domain name, you can check if it is available. In the domain search availability tool below.

Step 5: Choose A Web Host

Web hosting is an allocated space or storage memory for all your website’s data on a web server. Web hosting is a must have for every website. The data it stores include all your written, coded or multimedia content that your website consists of. You need a web hosting to store your content, images, codes and other data on a web server so that it can be accessed by anyone anywhere in real-time.

I recommend starting with a well-known web host company such as Wp Engine , Bluehost or Kinsta. Additionally, check out my list of web hosting options for your business here.

Step 6: Make a mock-up of your site

Before choosing your template, it is good to create a wireframe or prototype. This model will help you select the right theme in line with your requirements and also detail out the scope of work in case you are looking at outsourcing to a web development partner of agency.

To create the model of your site, I recommend this excellent tool called Mockflow that allows you to create simple wireframes, prototypes and models. In case you already have a website and looking for redesigning of your blog, check out my guide on website redesign. I did cover all details with pros and cons to know them well in advanc here.

Step 7: Choose the WordPress Theme

Now that you have made the layout of your site and you know the features you want to put on your website, you need to choose a WordPress theme.

You have 2 options; you can opt for a free theme or a paid theme and a web page builder for better custom designs later. I use Elegant themes for instance, a paid theme. The free themes are used by millions of people and it is difficult to differentiate, especially in terms of design, look and feel. That’s why in the long run, it is best to have a premium theme with distinct look and feel for your brand and company.

To add a theme on WordPress dashboard, go to “extensions” then “themes” on your WordPress dashboard. You will have an “add” button – click on it and you can add your theme, Once downloaded, you click on the template image and you just click on “activate” and your theme is all set.

Step 8: Basic configuration of WordPress

Now that you have chosen your blog topic, chosen your domain name, taken your domain name, installed WordPress and a theme, it’s time to configure WordPress.

A) Modification of permalinks

The first thing to do is to change the URLs of your articles. For this go to “settings” in the left menu and “permalinks” then click on “article name” and save the changes.

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That will save you from having extension URLs such as domain-name-.com/category/article-name or domain-name/2014/05/name-of-the-article.

B) Customize the blog

You can customize your site by clicking in the left menu on “Appearance“> “Customize an interface” will appear and allow you to change the name of your site, the tagline, the menu, and you can also determine which page will be used for the home page and which page will be the blog page.

C) Add widgets

In appearance, when you click on “widget“, you can then add widgets that will be displayed either on the left of your theme or on the right according to the configuration of your theme. It is called a Sidebar otherwise. You will also have the list of the plugins that you will be able to install.

D) The essential plugins to install on your WordPress blog

There is a plethora of plugins on WordPress – it is little difficult to choose which plugins to install on your blog and your choice may change with first hand experience with blogging. With that being said, I have selected 20 imprtant ones that can help you get started, quickly.

  1. Contact form 7: Makes it easy to create and integrate a contact form on a page.
  2. Yoast SEO: One of the best SEO plugins (SEO on WordPress).
  3. Akismet: Best plugin to avoid SPAM comments.
  4. JetPack: best plugin for an image enhancement, Related reads under blogs, comments and responses through simple login from multiple platforms like Twitter and others.
  5. Table of Contents Plus: This plugin allows you to put a summary at the beginning of the article, ideal to help the reader find what he is looking for.
  6. AD inserter: Allows you to quickly add any code to any place on the site, ideal to add all ad types, for example google AdSense advertising.
  7. Cookie Notice: Allows to add a cookie banner – it is an indispensable tool.
  8. Display widgets: Determines which widgets you want to display based on the page.
  9. KK star rating: Rating system of articles.
  10. Q2W3 Fixed Widget: Allows a widget to always appear on the page when scrolling with the mouse.
  11. Monarch: A great social media sharing plugin for your blog. It’s the red color icons that you should see on left hand side of your screen on this blog.
  12. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded: Allows you to receive a notification as soon as a new comment is added to an article.
  13. WP Backlinks: Lists all the sites that make links to your site.
  14. WP rocket: Improves the speed of your site.
  15. WP Sitemap Page: Allows you to easily configure and add a site map to a page.
  16. Pretty links: Managing affiliate links
  17. Redirection: Page redirection module
  18. Google XML Sitemaps: This plugin allows you to create a sitemap that you can use to submit your site to Google.
  19. HubSpot for WordPress: Best plugin for inbound marketing if you happen to use WordPress.
  20. ConvertKit: Email marketing and automation within WordPress.

Steps to Add a plugin

To add a plugin, you have 2 options. Either you find them via plugins tab, “Add new“. Select the desired plugin, Install and activate. You can then configure the module either in “settings” or directly in the menu. A tab with the name of the module will be created basis functionalities of your plugin.

Alternatively, you can search for the module you want via the search engine download,and install the files in a zip format.

E) Create an About page

The page is an indispensable page in my opinion because this is where you will be able to explain who you are, what value you can bring to your visitors and especially why you are legitimate on the subject.

I advise you to take time to write this page and above all display it in all visible areas of your blog.

To write a page, click on pages> add. Additionally, for content ideas, feel free to check out my custom content on About Page.

F) Edit your Profile and Author information

It takes time and research to write the about page. On each article, if you haven’t disabled this specifically, an author box appears with the name of the author and a small description.

This allows readers that came directly to an article to know who they are dealing with, and it helps you humanize your blog.

To edit your profile information, click the Users menu> Edit Users menu. All you have to do is fill in the various requested information such as your biography, your photo, the URL of your other sites and social networks as appropriate.

Step 9: Write your first article

Once you have done allof the above, you can finally write the first article. To create an article, simply click on post> add.

Remember to fill in the following information: the title tag, the meta description tag and the cover photo. Fill in the category of the article as these are very important for SEO.

💡 You must be regularly blogging – 1 article per week is a good frequency to get started.

Step 10: Index your site to Google

Now that you have created your first blog, we need to let our Google friend know to bring us the bulk of the web traffic.

To index your site, you can go through this link to index your site. Create a search console account and send your sitemap. Once you’ve done that, Google will be aware that your site exists. However, getting ranks in organic search results is going to take much more than that.

Step 11: Make your website and blog known

Blogging is not worth it if no one visits your blog. Here are some tips to publicize your blog.

A) SEO

SEO is the set of techniques that can better refer to the search engines and in particular the most used Google search engine.

To develop the traffic of your blog, you must train yourself and master the basics of SEO, otherwise you may never see the curve of your traffic take off. Check out my guides on business SEO to learn more.

B) Quality content

This is the most critical component in a blog, quality with facts, figures and infographics is of utmost importance. In the competitive world that we live today, quantity plays an important role as well. Quite often, I find myself writing on a topic, and someone else just released the exact same blog, sounds familiar? 😊

Your content must also be share-worthy. To help share your articles, display sharing buttons at suitable places in your articles, I use monarch social sharing as it allows custom branding colors to do so. You can also use default options in WordPress posts as well. You must take the utmost care in crafting your content.

C) Guest blogging

Guest blogging is the art and science of publishing an article on the site of another blogger, brand or company. It is a great way to make your site known. Bloggers like you just have 24 hours in a day – they will not be against a guest article on their sites. Before asking the guest blogging you must get in touch with the influencers/bloggers, either on social networks or on the comments of their articles. Once the relationship is woven you can then ask to publish a guest article. This is also a great tactic to make friends with your competition, otherwise.

D) Comment on blogs in your area

By commenting on blogs in the same topics as yours, you make yourself known to the blogging community. It will then be easier to start partnerships with other bloggers and you can show expertise to potential readers of others. Try answering all relevant questions on Quora which helps in getting a lot of backlinks, thus, improves your SEO.

E) Utilize Social networks

You can use social networks as an effective marketing tool for any kind of business – for bloggers, it is a must have to gradually build credibility, reputation and a significant flow of traffic to your website. It’s also a great way to boast about the value you’re adding to the online community. You can utilize social Apps like Instagram, core special media platforms like Facebook, social bookmarking like Pinterest, and various social blogging tools like Tumblr to make the most out of it.

F) Send Emails and Newsletter

Through your site you can capture the email address of visitors in exchange for a gift (a free e-book for example). Once you have the visitor’s address or email information through necessary consent, you can share your latest articles with this audience. However, be careful not to overexploit the email or the subscriber will unsubscribe. I recommend doing this from day one, you can get started with free CRM and Marketing by HubSpot or check out muy favorate list of email marketing software.

G) Incorporate Infographics and videos

According to the Statistics from Social Media Today, videos and infographics are some of the highly shared media types over the internet.
Also, it’s great to use appropriate images in your banners, post images and ads or promotions as well. Here are few great websites for finding images for your blogs and articles.

Free image sites for your Blog

1 – FreeRangeSock. Like other resources in this list, FreeRangestock is a free image bank where you just have to register to be able to recover free images. Link: FreeRangeStock

2 – Free Images. A huge gallery with more than 350,000 images categorized. The most complicated is to find your happiness in this important image bank where you will have to register to be able to download. Link: Free Images

3 – Dreamstime. This commercial image bank offers a section of free images that you can download and use for free. You must register to be able to download the images. Link: Dreamstime

4 – Pixabay. This site offers free images without copyright and images under Creative Commons license. No need to register – you can copy and even edit images before using them. Link: Pixabay

5 – Public Domain

PublicDomainPictures is a reference site for free photos in the public domain. The images are offered by amateur photographers. They are free if you do not need high definition files. Link: Public Domain Pictures

6 – StockVault.  Here is a site of exchanges and sharing between photographers, graphic designers, designers and students. Everyone can make their own images available to others for free for personal or non-commercial use. Link: StockVault 

7 – BigFoto. Still a free image site powered mainly by amateur photographers. No registration is necessary for this site. Works great if you are looking for images of places. Link: Big Photo

8 – PicJumbo. This site offers images of good quality for free. However, there’s one thing – the site does not offer a search engine and you will have to navigate through thousands of images to try to find your thing. Link: PicJumbo

9 – NewOldStock. NewOldStock offers vintage images from the public domain or whose author is unknown. Here the Black and White reigns supreme but the emotion is often at the rendezvous. Link: NewOldStock

10 – Ancestry Images. Like the previous resource, Ancestry Images offers you a trip back in time. A large archive of historical photos and old maps. I just love it. Link: Ancestry images

H) Interview Online Influencers

Imagine that you are interviewing an influential person on the web in your blog topic, and that this one decides to share your post. His audience will discover you and bring you qualified organic traffic.

And above all you have to be patient and regular. You will not get results in a few days / weeks – only time will make the difference. The biggest blogs have been owned by their owners for years and years. A shining example of such a blog owner is Ania B, Alberta, living her passion through her blogging career.

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Step 12: Monetize your blog

Now that you have traffic, it is time to monetize your audience and get rewarded for all your efforts.

A) Monetize a blog with advertising: Paid advertisement networks like Google AdSense will pay you for placing their ads on your blog every time a user clicks on it.

B) Monetize a blog with links and sponsored articles: Once your blog is popular, you can get people who’d want to pay you for placing their links and articles on your blog.

C) Monetize a blog with affiliation: Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to earn from your blog. You get a percentage share every time someone buys a product through your website.

D) Monetize a blog with the sale of your products or services: You can offer your own products and services and advertise them through your blog posts.

Tips to succeed with your blog in Canada

A) Choose your blog subject according to its economic potential and your passion. Working on your passion will help you consistently work on a long term and prevent you from quitting, which is extremely important for a blogging career.

B) Search relevant and keywords of volume in your desired geography.

C) Your articles must have a catchy title. The end should be thought provoking and the introduction should be catchy. It must be very good and the shape must be clear and airy.

D) Be regular when you publish – I suggest at least 1 article every week or every 15 days, but the most important thing is not to let your blog be abandoned.

E) To be sure that the product you want to create will sell, Ask your subscribers what they want, then create the product, then offer them for sale and you’ll get results.

F) Create an email list using an autoresponder with marketing automation tools like AWeber or ConvertKit and have a good relationship with your subscribers.

G) Never forget continous improvements, and to take action!

H) Create a long-term content strategy and calendar. Google wants you to post quality work on a regular basis. Make sure your months of hard work follows a direction and makes sense.

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Be aware of regulations for online Businesses in Canada

In recent years, online business companies in Canada, have had no choice but to adapt to the rapid democratization of the internet. As an entrepreneur or blogger, you already know that your customers use the internet very regularly . According to Statista, 89% of Canadian internet users accessed the internet every day. This technology facilitates your exchanges with them, in addition to promoting the growth of your business. However, using the internet in your commercial activities does not exclude the legislative jurisdiction of the territories where you do business. Here are five things you should know before embarking on what is commonly called e-commerce in Canada.

1- The application of the Anti-Spam Law

Collecting the email address of the users of your website can be beneficial, especially for promotional purposes. However, you should be aware that the Canadian Law on Spam and Other Electronic Threats has been put in place to regulate the collection and use of these e-mail addresses, as well as any other information from the users of your website.

In particular, you must obtain the consent of users before collecting their information. Then, if you send them emails, you need:

• These identify you clearly.
• They offer an opportunity to respond.
• They must contain a mechanism so that the user does not receive any further communication like a simple “Unsubscribe” button.

2- The legislation on consumer protection

If you market online, you are considered a merchant under the Consumer Protection Act. You must therefore comply with this law. You may also be required to comply with other consumer protection laws. (Depending on where your clients live).

In Canada, if you enter into a contract via your website, it will not be done in the presence of your client. It will therefore be described as a contract concluded at a distance, and must contain certain elements. In order to validate the content of the contracts that you conclude via your website, we recommend having them reviewed by a lawyer.

It is also advisable to establish a clear policy on your website regarding the guarantees applicable to your products or services, the possibilities of exchange or refund. This can save you a lot of misunderstandings!

3- Protecting the private information of your customers

The information your customers give you may be confidential in nature, so it’s important to protect them.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in Canada states that the disclosure and use of information that is personal must be done in a manner that takes into account the individual’s right to privacy with respect to personal information about them.

It is important to maintain a relationship of trust with your customers. To this end, implement a clear privacy policy that outlines, among other things, the cybersecurity mechanisms used to protect the confidential information of your customers.

To make sure your website and policies comply with applicable regulations, it may be a good idea to check with a legal professional. Additionally, get custom or ready made templates of Privacy Policy options from TermsFeed or Privacy Policies websites or check out my guide on GDPR compliance for digital marketing.

4- The tax impact of your activities on the web

The fact of carrying out commercial activities via a website does not exempt you from the application of the tax laws in force. Indeed, such activities constitute electronic commerce. You are required to report the gross revenues that your business generates through this trade. Your return will also depend on the form of your business (corporation, partnership, limited partnership, etc.)

Also note that the Canada Revenue Agency requires, among other things, that you declare the websites that generate revenue for your business. In addition, be aware that taxes apply to transactions made on your website, including sales taxes when you sell goods online. The application of the taxes will vary according to the place of residence of your customer: the general rule is to the effect that the applicable taxes are those of the place where your customer is located.

Again, to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, it is advisable to consult a lawyer or an accountant. For simplified book-keeping, you can start using Quickbooks or Freshbooks from day one.

5- The benefit of incorporation

As a self-employed person, you may have already considered incorporation because of the various benefits it can provide. In particular, since the creation of a business results in the creation of a separate legal entity, it may limit your personal liability. It can also help you get better financing and increase public confidence in you. Consider using an online regitration service like Ownr to this hassle-free.

Will my taxes be high when I file my tax return?

Highly possible. Unlike an employee whose taxes are paid in the form of payroll deductions during the year, a self-employed person pays the taxes owing on his business income only after filing his income tax return. If this is your case, when your business grows, it is likely that the Canadian government will ask you to make installment payments that will pay you advance taxes in quarterly installments. This will have the advantage of avoiding the shock of your life when filing your tax return.

Avoid these Common Mistakes when starting a Blog in Canada

1. Having an inappropriate writing style

Generally, we can consider the blog as an informal space where the owner of a site communicates with his readers through articles or blog posts.

Often, too much to do well, the bloggers writes as if their texts were going to be published in a large circulation magazine. Thinking well, they spend a lot of time working on the articles to make it “perfect”.

This is a serious error, because a content “perfect” for writing is not necessarily the same for reading on screen and here’s why:

• Few blog articles are read in their entirety, so be brief

• Reader enjoys fluid writing and direct style

• The reader decides in less than 5 seconds whether he will continue reading

• On-screen reading requires a precise article structure: interesting introduction, relevant and attractive subtitles and short paragraphs.

• Readers skim through your content

It is extremely important to take care of the basics, including grammar, sentence structure, run on sentences and clarity and flow of the ideas. Consider using a grammar check tool like Grammarly.

2. Choosing topics that do not interest your readers

Establishing an editorial schedule in line with the goals you have set for your blog is one of the key elements of a site’s success. Consider keeping your shedules and action items using a tool like Trello.

The other important point in choosing topics is to check if they meet the interests of your readers. Do not assume that if you are interested in a topic, you should talk about it on your blog. You write for your readers and they have specific expectations.

Before preparing your list of topics to write, I suugest to create a persona file of your readership. Obviously, you can have several types of persona for you to create content that speaks to each of them.

3. Not publishing regularly

The creation of a blog requires a significant personal investment.

One of the most common mistakes a novice blogger makes is not to publish regularly. It is important for you to understand that you will not be able to retain a readership with an irregular publication rate.

“Establish an accurate publishing schedule and follow it”.

The easiest way is to write a batch of 5 or 10 articles before creating your blog. Like this, if you plan to publish 2 articles per week, you will always have some articles in reserve for periods where you will have less time available to write.

4. Not creating sustainable content

The novice bloggers often face trouble finding the article ideas because it seems all subjects have already been treated tens or even hundreds of times. So, they tend to think that covering news related to his field is a good solution.

Yes, it may be interesting for readers to find the latest trends on your site. For you by cons, it is not very profitable because the content of such type is dated quickly. Having stated that there are some general exceptions and there are greata businesses like Social Media Today which thrive on social media news alone.

By focusing on timeless topics, you make sure you have content on your site that is constantly generating traffic to your blog.

5. Not trying to convert your readers

There is no point in having a blog if you are not trying to convert your readers.

Whether you have something to sell or want to monetize your blog with advertising, it’s important to retain your readers. For this, several solutions are available to you:

• Create a newsletter registration form

• Allow visitors to your blog to subscribe like the black box you can find below this blog post

• Submit a white paper that will allow you to build a mailing-list. I recently created an ebook towards this for instance. Get free eBook

Like any blogger, the novice blogger hopes to see his website traffic increase. Do not forget that just like Rome, which has not been made in a day, gaining notoriety in your field will certainly take some time. It is therefore, important to keep in mind that the time spent publishing on your blog is not lost.

Quick Take Aways and Summary

If you have made this far, a big thank you, Before I finish, I wanted to list the things to do and not to do when you are starting with a blog in Canada.

To do

Show yourself. It humanizes your site. Visitors have more confidence because they don’t just see a website but a person.

• If you want to be successful with your blog be steady and perseverant.

• You have to publish articles regularly. What is worse than a site where the last article dates from 6 months ago.

• Spend enough time promoting your blog across posts, social media, Quora and your email list.

• Become an expert in your field (bring evidence, social proof, interview experts). Keep learning and educating with facts and figures.

break up sections with images/visuals/videos wherever necessary.

• Be excellent on grammar and avoid sentence errors.

• Always check for plagiarism before hitting that publish button. Remember, “first impression is the last impression”

Review software, products and solutions to suit your readers.

Not to do

• Concentrating your analytics on immediate traffic.

• Have a blog with unprofessional design.

• Not capturing leads on your blog.

• Not consistently writing.

• Not writing in a clear style.

• Not writing long-form content.

Thinking that every blog post will go viral.

• Write articles and wait for the traffic to arrive. alone.

• Write low quality content.

Hope you find this blog useful,  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and Please do not forget to share this further.

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Hi there! I am Neeraj and StepToInbound is my side hustle where I help people launch a profitable online business from scratch.

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