How to Make a Personal Blog, 8 Simple Ways

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Have you struggled to create a successful personal blog?

Blogger and entrepreneur Vinil Ramdev shares what blogging tricks worked for him.

Vinil shares his opinion of the characteristics of the best personal websites.

Follow his tips and you, too, can create a successful blog.

How I Discovered Blogging and Built a Personal Blog

by Vinil Ramdev

Vinil Ramdev, a fellow blogger, shares his story of how he discovered blogging and how it has helped him build his personal blog.

I love talking about my entrepreneurial journey.

In spite of sharing it several times before, my excitement never fades.

I’ve tried my hand at many different businesses. I try to make blogging a primary marketing strategy in all of them because it has benefitted me immensely.

I first started blogging while I was doing an online course in entrepreneurship. My purpose was to document my journey. Eventually, I learned about setting up a blog with custom domain names and creating a branded website.

Besides, I had just exited my retail business at the time and was positioning myself as a business consultant, sales trainer, and a personal branding consultant. So it was imperative that I put myself out there and demonstrate my knowledge to the world.

That’s when I took my blogging seriously.

I wrote almost every single day. Eventually, my blog had more than 160 contributors. I was getting clients for my services mostly through the articles I wrote.

Here are some of the things that have worked for me.

#1 Demonstrate Knowledge

My number one reason to blog is to demonstrate my expertise. When your knowledge benefits a reader, it positions you as an authority in your niche.

People are looking for genuine advice. And it’s more powerful when you share a personal story, something you have experienced. Many people think it has to be a success story. No, it doesn’t have to be. You can talk about your failures, obstacles, challenges and how you overcame them. Almost every single person has been through adversity and can empathize with that feeling.

I think stories of adversity are more likely to be shared than stories about success (which can come across as bragging). Stories about adversity humanize the blogger and add feeling and emotion to a story.

#2 Stick to fewer topics

I try to stick to topics like personal branding, and sales. Yes, I also write about blogging.

But it’s important to stick to fewer topics, go deep, and position yourself as an expert. Janice Wald mostly writes about blogging, and that has worked well for her.

If you try too many topics, it can spread you thin.

#3 Go big on guest posting

I love guest posting because every time someone searches you on Google, a huge bunch of guest posts shows up. It’s like reaching out to a new audience who may not have heard of you before.

#4 Pick a keyword and dominate it

Imagine going to a business conference and telling people, just type personal branding statistics, and my article 18 statistics to personal branding is on the first page.

In fact, I first came across this at a business conference in India. A French guy was running a travel company. I handed him my business card, and he asked, “What keyword can I find you on Google?” At the time, I didn’t have an answer. But now, I’m working in that direction.

Identify a keyword with high volume and low competition. Write articles around that keyword, which becomes your territory on the internet. Anyone who searches that keyword should find not one article but several articles written by you on the first page of Google.

This happens if you write several guest posts around a keyword that benefits people.

If you want to know more about scoring guest post opportunities, check out Ryan Biddulph’s article on how he got published on 1000+ blogs.

#5 Don’t forget offline connections

I believe blogging is not just about writing. It’s about building a community and bringing people together. I am a big believer in networking. Not just online networking but offline as well. Just a couple of days ago, I scored a guest posting opportunity by meeting someone at a café.

The same connection gave me an opportunity to speak at a university and to a bunch of start-ups, both paid gigs, not just a free PR opportunity.

In the past, I have organized meetups, cocktail dinners, workshops, summits, and conferences. All of them are great opportunities to build your brand. The impact of an offline connection is far greater than an online one, and there is an opportunity to connect with real people in your immediate neighborhood that can lead to paid speaking opportunities, consulting offers, and maybe even sponsorships.

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#6 Share your passions

Most connections happen due to shared interests and passions. If you are passionate about football, it’s likely that you will connect with people who enjoy football.

Sometimes, we don’t tend to share our interests in business settings. But if you can figure out a way to weave it into a relevant parable, it can be a great way to connect and communicate.

Most people bond over shared connections.

#7 Be open to new experiences

Our experiences define us as people and individuals. When you hit that writer’s block, it’s probably time for a new experience.

Try something new every day. Meet a new person. Sometimes, we can get into a routine and find it hard to break out of it. Just shopping at a different grocery store or choosing a different route to work can break that routine.

#8 What if you don’t want to have your own blog?

Starting and maintaining a personal blog may not be for everyone. I meet people who don’t want the hassle of custom domains, hosting, marketing, and managing the backend technology.

In that case, there are several other options. Platforms like Medium are wonderful places to publish. For many people, guest posting might be the way to go because you get access to a ready audience.

Conclusion

You don’t have to have your own personal blog to benefit from blogging. You can be a guest poster on other people’s blogs and benefit from their readership. But remember, it might take a while and a lot of effort before you see results. I encourage you to check out my Guide to Personal branding to learn more about the topic.

What do you think about this article?

Feel free to comment below.

About the Author

Vinil Ramdev likes to consider himself a connector, and a person who enjoys sports and the beaches. He has self-published several books on Amazon.  

Readers, please share so other bloggers discover Vinil’s tips. The best personal websites follow his criteria.

 

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  1. Eki Ayemenere. at 3:51 am

    Hi, Vinil Ramdev!
    Great post indeed! “What keyword can I find you on google?” This is a question that every blogger and online business owners have to answer. I agree with you that the best way to go in blogging is to connect with people. Otherwise, you’ll waste your time and energy working on your blog with nobody to recognise you.

    I’m an advocate of connecting with other bloggers and not stand alone. The blogging work isn’t easy, we need each other. Unfortunately, some people are too shy to do that. However, if you summon the courage to rich out to someone in your niche through commenting, social media shares… you’ll be surprised how receptive and helpful they are.

    I have been reading Ryan Biddulph’s articles, but I have not seen this post on how he got published on a 1000+ blog. I’ll go and check it out right away.

    Hi Janice, thanks for giving us a beautiful platform to connect in your directory, and blogger meet and greet tea party. I hope I’ll be able to make it to the next party. Cheers!!

  2. Ryan Biddulph at 4:00 am

    Vibing with #2 Vinil. People love specialists. Folks do not dig generalists as much. Because as you said, when someone sees Janice’s blog and her posts sticking to blogging they view her as a blogging authority. She devotes so much of her time and energy to blogging, and does not confuse folks with silly crosscurrents by trying to cover different niches. Do 1 thing and do it well.
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…By: Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

    • Vinil Ramdev at 6:38 pm

      Yes Ryan, many of us have only so much energy. So it’s important to stay focused and dedicate it to being the best at something. The biggest challenge for many of us is to stay away from distractions.

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  4. proprepandfulfillment at 7:05 am

    I like your words for passion because I want to do it like my passion and also as a profession. I want to learn and share knowledge with others. I want to be a good way for humanity with my passion… So I would like to try this now…
    proprepandfulfillment recently posted…Post #364My Profile

    • Janice Wald at 6:03 pm

      Hi ProprepandFulfillment,
      Thanks for your comments last week on my guest author’s post about having a successful personal blog. From the sound of your passion in your comments, you will make a great blogger!
      Janice

  5. Jeanette S. Hall at 7:45 am

    Hi, Vinil

    I still haven’t quite settled on my keyword. I tend to write about disabled people, since I speak from personal knowledge since being wheelchair bound since 2005. Grew up pitching 175 lb hay bales and milking cows for a living. Am a tiny (5 ft. 1 in.) female who can pack a good punch!

    Janice is one of the many people I follow on the Internet. Have learned so much from what she shares with the blogosphere!

    • Vinil Ramdev at 6:48 pm

      Hi Jeanette, sometimes it can take a while to settle in on a keyword. In my case, it was a bit of coincidence. I just kept blogging about topics I was passionate about and realized I was just ranking for these keywords. After that it was all about researching similar keywords on Google keyword planner and tweaking them to match what people were searching for.

    • Janice Wald at 6:08 pm

      Hi Vape,
      You made 4 blogs and each one got destroyed? Why?
      You said your blog constantly doesn’t work. I have a great tech helper. Do you want his contact info?
      Vinil’s tips are proven tips. They work. Definitely try them.
      Janice

  6. Luke at 2:21 am

    I am new to blogging and now in a learning phase. Your post is really helpful for the beginners like me. Thanks for writing it and sharing it with us. Good work, Keep it up.

    • Janice Wald at 6:17 pm

      Hey Tubu,
      Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s post about personal blogs last week.
      I agree with the importance of keywords and keyword research. I spend a great deal of time trying to tweak my content for keywords I can rank for, but when the organic traffic rolls in, it’s worth it.
      Janice

  7. Jenny Mike at 1:47 pm

    I have a personal blog for a quite long time but I was finding excuses to post on it regularly. One of the maing reason that I was not posting is that I was not getting any visitors to my blog. And now I found the reason is I never did any SEO work on it.

    This post made me to reopen my personal blog again. Thanks for it.

  8. Terri Webster Schrandt at 10:42 am

    While I don’t disagree in theory about what your guest author posted, millions of people on WordPress dot com use that platform for their personal blogs. You know, you were there once. Some bloggers go for the expertise, the niche, the brand, the whole 9 yards as Vinil deftly describes, but most flame out. I follow personal bloggers on WP dot com who have thousands of followers because they engage with their audience. I always recommend new bloggers start with the free WP platform and if they enjoy it, then move on to self-hosting and gradually build their following. Sometimes blogging isn’t about building a brand or running a business, it’s a form of expression for photography, poetry, writing and sharing thoughts.

    • Janice Wald at 6:39 pm

      Hi Terri,
      Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s first-hand account of how to monetize your personal blog.
      I agree with you his tips on how to have a personal blog have value.
      Since he was able to monetize his personal blog, bloggers who wish to do so have double value in this post.
      Janice

    • Vinil at 4:02 am

      Yes, people who are just starting off might want to cut costs and see if they are going to enjoy blogging. I have seen top PR agencies use WordPress dot com. I recommend using at least a custom domain which costs $9 a year. I think that’s a fair investment even for a hobby.

  9. Rahul Kuntala at 7:04 pm

    Creating a personal blog is definitely a great way to build your personal branding.

    It also helps you reach wider audience, create great content, try new ideas and so on. The key here is to take it seriously and work your a$$ if you want to make it profitable.

    Great share!

    • Janice Wald at 6:41 pm

      Hi Rahul,
      Thanks for coming by and commenting on my guest author’s first-hand account of how to build a profitable personal blog. I thought your comment about working your a$$ off was funny.
      I agree with what you wrote– try new ideas to see what works and work hard. Blogging is definitely a second job for me. I take blogging that seriously. As you indicated, we have to if we want to achieve success.
      Janice

  10. Sami at 2:32 pm

    Demonstrate Knowledge, Stick to fewer topics, Go big on guest posting, Pick a keyword and dominate it, Don’t forget offline connections, Share your passions and Be open to new experiences all these points are key to the success in blogging field. I have these thoughts scattered in my mind and after reading your article, No I can easily chalk out every process in my ind. Cheers

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