You’re stuck at home with nothing to do and you’re considering starting a blog during the Coronavirus. I don’t usually write blog posts with such a time attached to them, but I thought this was an interesting thing to discuss.
Not everybody fits this description, as some of us already work from home and others are still putting in a 40-hour week from home. However, for those stuck at home without anything else to do, other than watching the next pandemic movie Netflix suggests, starting a blog is a great idea.
Will You Make Money from Blogging Fast?
No. Blogging takes time and, right now, many of us have more time than we’re used to. When you blog, you are creating a content library, which will show results (traffic and profits) later. Most blog posts don’t bring in much traffic (on a new blog) until they are a few months old.
While you cannot expect to make money right away from blogging, starting a blog during the Coronavirus still makes sense. even if we are only stuck at home for a few weeks (unlike some of the predictions) if you can write and post 20 or so blog posts, you’ll have a good start towards blogging success.
According to Hubspot and many others, it will take 100, 200, 300, or even 400+ blog posts to really find success, but you have to start somewhere.
Have You Been Putting Off Blogging?
Maybe you have a blog, but you’ve been putting off writing because of other projects or your full-time job. Even if you don’t have a blog, but you’ve been considering starting one, now is the time. It doesn’t take a large amount of cash to get started and the hardest part about blogging is getting started.
Using the time you have now, in self-quarantine or mandated lockdown, is a great way to get things started. Imagine if we get stuck at home for a few months and you were smart enough to blog about it or create a blog on another topic. When things start to get back to normal (whatever normal looks like, then) you’ll already have a foundation for your blog and you can continue to grow.
How happy would you be if you started a blog and six months from now you didn’t have to go back to your regular job?
If you’re already working from home, how would you feel if you started a blog and were able to quit your regular job a few months down the road?
If you have the time and you’ve always wanted to start a blog, now is the time. Starting a blog during the Coronavirus pandemic is a great choice as it will give you something to do and will help you build towards success.
Five Quick Tips for Starting a Blog During the Coronavirus
1. Pick a Niche and Go Nuts
It can be easy to get sucked into spending hours, days, or even weeks choosing the right niche. Don’t waste time trying to make it perfect. Pick something, anything, and get to writing.
The more content you can create now, the better off you will be a few months from now, and the stronger your foundation will be.
Choose something you love, something you think will be profitable, or simply choose a niche out of a hat. Just pick one and don’t spend more than one or two hours on this step!
I have a blog post about the top 17 Profitable Blog Niches. Pick any of these 17 and get to work!
2. Use my How to Become a Blogger Guide – It’s Free
For those starting a blog from scratch, my free How to Become a Blogger Guide will walk you through the steps you need right now. There’s no reason to do anything too advanced. Get the basics down and build your foundation.
3. Write, Write, Write, and Write
You have time, so write. Even if you’re working a job from home or you actually have to go to a job, use the time you have and write.
For those without any type of employment right now, use as much time as you can. Stretch yourself and write as much as possible.
Don’t aim for perfect writing. Instead, write on as many topics as you possibly can and aim for creating good content, but lots of it.
You can always go back and adjust things later, but right now, you should set a goal to write as many blog posts as you possibly can each day.
If you can type an average amount of words per hour and you find just 6 hours per day (you may have more), I bet you can write 10+ blog posts per day.
Now, I don’t recommend publishing all your content immediately. Start by scheduling one blog post to go out live each day for the next 30 days. Then, double back and start scheduling a second post per day.
If you get to a point where you have 2 blog posts scheduled for the next 30 days, start scheduling one per day, again.
4. Share Posts Everywhere
Right now, you don’t need to do much marketing as you’re still building a foundation for your blog. When you decide to start a blog during the Coronavirus, focus on sharing your blog posts to social media channels. Don’t worry about followers, likes, etc. Just get them shared.
5. Focus on Number of Blog Posts, not Traffic or Sales
You have to build the foundation before they will come. Time is your friend and you have plenty of it, during this global crisis. Use it to build the foundation and you will have plenty of content to market later.
Focus on creating as many blog posts as you can right now and worry about traffic and sales later. Just make sure you’re following basic SEO writing, which you can find more information about with this blog post. SEOPressor and SEMRush provide two of the very best tools you can use to ensure you have excellent SEO and plenty of long-tail keywords to write about.
Now it’s time to get your blog started and get to writing. If you end up stuck at home for 30 days and you average just 4 blog posts per day, you’ll have 120 blog posts to market a month from not. Imagine where you will be if this extends for 6 weeks, 8 weeks, or even longer, as some of the predictions have shown.