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How To Start A Poetry Blog
You love poetry, you love writing, and want to share your ideas and knowledge with the world?
Starting a poetry blog may be exactly what you need!
A poetry blog is a type of blog where you discuss various topics related to poems, poets, poetry, books, tips, or anything useful to the poetry community.
Blogging is a great way to express yourself, share ideas, and tell the world what you think or how you perceive things.
In addition to that, you can turn your poetry blog into a money-making machine so you can turn your passion into a steady stream of passive income.
In this article, I will share with you the steps you need to take to start a poetry blog from the ground up.
In summary, here is the list of the steps that I will cover:
- Select your “poetry” niche
- Register your poetry domain
- Host your blog on poetry
- Install WordPress
- Find a website template
- Find keywords related to your niche
- Understand SEO
- Create key pages for your site
- Write your poetry content
- Drive traffic to your blog
- Make money blogging
Let’s dive right in!
Step 1: Select Your Poetry Blog Niche
The first thing you need to think about when looking to get a blog started related to poetry is to decide on your blog niche.
Poetry is a vast topic and you should not randomly write about different poetry subjects.
The best strategy is to focus on a particular topic or niche.
For example, do you want to write about modern poetry?
Do you want to do poetry reviews?
Are you looking to share your personal opinion with the world on the topic?
You can write about so many things like:
- Rhyme, alliteration, assonance
- Form of poetry such as Sonnet, Shi, Villanelle, Limerick, Haiku, Khlong, or other
- Genres such as narrative, lyric, epic, satirical or other types
- History of poetry
It’s important that you choose a niche to start blogging.
Then, as your audience and readership grow, you can start expanding into new poetry niches (and more competitive ones).
Some possible angles you can take are to provide guides, share your expertise on poetry, review poetry written by others, or even become a critic.
Here are some tips for you to find your niche in poetry:
- Think about what is the purpose of your blog
- What information do you want to share with your audience
- What are the top poetry blogs writing about
- How can you provide value to your blog visitors
Step 2: Register Your Poetry Blog Domain Name
Once you’ve selected your niche, the next step is to think about your poetry blog domain name.
Your domain name is the web address that online users will type in their browser to access your blog or what will appear on the search engine results page.
For my blog here, I chose a domain name that is directly relevant to the topic of my blog (passive income).
Ideally, if you can find a domain name that is relevant to your topic and as a .com extension, you’re off to a great start.
If you can’t find a .com extension, try to find one that you are comfortable with.
Your poetry blog domain name should be broad enough that it will allow you to expand the poetry topics you cover over time.
If your domain name is too specific, then you’ll appear highly relevant for a specific topic and less on others.
For example, if you register the domain “ninetheenthcentryclassicpoetry.com”, you may have chosen something too specific.
Choose something like “classic poetry” if you want to focus on this topic on your blog.
Another key piece of advice is to keep your domain name as short and to the point as possible.
You want your users to easily remember your blog name and URL (the more complicated you make it, the more people will have a hard time remembering your blog name).
Sometimes, it may be difficult to find the perfect name for your blog on poetry.
In that case, you can get creative by adding qualifiers or additional words like “The Poet Master” instead of “Poet Master” alone.
Once you have found your name, you should buy your domain name to ensure that it’s yours.
You can work with many domain name registrars to purchase the domain suitable for you.
Be sure to consult my step-by-step guide on how to buy your domain name for beginners in a cheap and affordable manner.
Once you’ve purchased your domain, make sure you renew your domain name once the term of your purchase expires to avoid losing it.
Here are a few considerations when choosing your poetry domain name:
- Is your name broad enough to cover many topics on poetry
- Can you find a short and descriptive domain name
- Are you able to register for a .com extension
Step 3: Choose Your Web Hosting Service Provider
Once you chose your blog name and were able to purchase your domain name, you now need to get yourself web hosting services.
A web host is a company that provides you “hosting” services or allows your blog to be live and accessible on the Internet.
A host is essentially a server or computer where you install all your blog files and content.
Why do you need web hosting?
You need to have a good web hosting service so that your blog can be up and running all the time.
There are many amazing web hosting services out there that can get you started with a few dollars a month and offer you quality and reliable services.
You are way better off paying $5 to $10 a month and having a web hosting service provider manage the hosting of your blog than you handling it yourself (which can be complicated and expensive).
I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to host your website, so be sure to check it out!
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you select the best possible web hosting plan:
- Are you dealing with a reliable hosting company
- Don’t pay for more than you need to start a blog
- Will the hosting provider guarantee that your server will be up for more than 99.5% of the time
- Do you have a dashboard to control the backend of your server
Step 4: Install WordPress
Now, let’s discuss what blogging platform that you need.
My recommendation is that you use WordPress as your blogging platform.
WordPress is a system that allows you to manage the backend of your blog (consider it to be your blog cockpit).
It’s like the car that will allow you to drive on the blogging road.
I recommend that you use WordPress for multiple reasons:
- It is a free blogging platform
- It is easy to use (user-friendly)
- Over 60% of all websites in the world are built over WordPress
- You can extend its functionalities through countless awesome plugins
- You can purchase tons of great looking poetry blog themes build for WordPress
- You can use WordPress to monetize your blog
- You can add e-commerce capabilities to your blog
If you don’t go with WordPress, you have the option of going with other free blogging platforms or even paid ones.
Using free blogging platforms may not be ideal for you to start your poetry blog (unless you really don’t like WordPress for some reason).
You will not have the flexibility and richness of features offered by WordPress, you will have less freedom to properly define the look and feel of your blog, and most importantly, you may not be able to monetize it to its full potential going forward.
You may elect to go with a paid blogging platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, or other.
If you are new to blogging and you want to start a blog giving you the ability to scale, I’d tell you to go with WordPress hands down.
You are better off self-hosting your blog than paying for the service or using a basic free blog platform.
Check out my step-by-step tutorial on how to install WordPress on your blog and you’ll be up and running in no time!
Step 5: Choose A Poetry Blog Theme
What is a blog theme or website theme?
A theme is essentially a website template.
The biggest advantage of using a theme as a template to build your website is that you don’t need to pay developers or website development agencies to create a fully custom website for you.
There are many companies around the world that specialize in building WordPress compatible themes and all you need to do is to get the theme of your choice and install it on your WordPress.
You can find free blog themes online or paid themes.
If you have no money to start blogging about poetry, then you may want to start with a free theme just so you can get going.
If you have some money to spare (generally less than $100), you may definitively want to invest in a great-looking paid theme.
Here are some benefits of using premium themes:
- You can find great looking and unique designs
- Premium themes are designed in a way allowing you to use them in an easy and user-friendly manner
- Your theme will come optimized for mobile
- Your theme will be light-weight and SEO-friendly
- You can benefit from customer support in case you have issues with your theme
- You benefit from regular maintenance and updates offered by the theme developer
- Great premium themes can be found for under $100
- Your blog has a professional look
I currently run this blog on a premium theme that I purchased for about $70 and I’m absolutely happy and satisfied with it.
I have written on my review of premium themes for a new blogger to get started, so make sure you read it!
In general, if you can find a theme that allows you to host a fast and responsive website for desktop and mobile devices, you will cover the essentials.
In addition to that, if you can have good customization capabilities and the freedom to tweak your theme to present your website in a way that suits your needs, you have made a good choice for your theme.
I also have a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your theme on WordPress if you want to learn more about that, you’ll see it’s not that complicated!
Here are some elements to consider when choosing the poetry blog theme that is right for you:
- Is it within your budget
- Is the theme responsive for mobile
- Can you easily customize your theme
- Do you get support services from the theme provider
- Will your theme pages quickly load on desktop or mobile devices
Step 6: Do Your Keyword Research
At this point in time, you’ve decided on our poetry niche, chose your domain name and bought your domain name through your registrar, you signed up for an amazing and affordable web hosting, installed WordPress on your hosted server, and bought and installed your theme.
Your technical work is all complete, check!
You should now focus your attention on writing the best content possible for your blog on poetry.
When I started blogging, I quickly figured out how to get my blog hosted and managed the technical side of things.
However, I did not know how to write great blog posts.
I spend a lot of time researching and trying to learn the best techniques and best practices in writing content that will not only please my audience but also will get ranked on the first page of search engines like Google, Bing, or other.
If you want to make your time investment in writing for your blog to count, my advice is to do proper keyword research so you know what key terms and phrases to target.
I have a detailed overview of how to do proper keyword research to target the best keywords for your blog posts, you must absolutely check it out!
This is crucial if you want visitors to land your website.
One way is to think about your audience persona and trying to predict what type of search terms they may key into Google or search engines to find relevant websites for their search.
If you want to write about classical poetry, you may want to target long-tail keywords that have a high volume of searches per month and are not as competitive.
There are also keyword research tools that you can use to help you find and target the content of your blog posts.
If you’re interested in finding a keyword research tool, I have a comprehensive guide on this topic.
If you spend a little bit of time before writing your blog posts to do your keyword research, you will put all the chances on your site to write about something that online users are searching for and interested in reading about.
Here are some aspects to consider when doing your keyword research:
- Is your audience searching for the keyword or keyphrase
- Are you targeting key terms with sufficiently large search volumes
- Are the keywords you are targeting highly competitive or not
Step 7: Learn About SEO
I’ve put SEO as an important step in successfully launching a poetry blog because I think that it’s through SEO that you can grow your blog over time (potentially in a compounded way).
SEO stands for “search engine optimization”.
Essentially, by writing your content optimized for SEO, you are adopting techniques and strategies allowing search engines to index your blog posts and have your pages appear on the first page of the search engine results page.
If you want people to find your articles and blog poetry pages, you must work hard to have Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines present your website on the first page (ideally the top of the first page).
The higher you rank on search engines, the more you’ll have visitors on your site, the higher your click-through rate, the more you can create a loyal audience that keeps coming back, and the more you can monetize your blog.
The reason why SEO is strategic to the growth of your blog focusing on poetry is that you will get a constant stream of organic traffic.
Organic traffic refers to site visitors that come to your website totally free.
In other words, with proper on-page and off-page SEO techniques, you can have search engines recognize you as the most relevant website on your topic and keep sending you traffic on an ongoing basis.
If you do your homework on SEO, every article you write can potentially bring hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors to your side.
I have a portfolio of websites where I have grown my traffic to hundreds of thousands of visitors per month by implementing SEO best practices and using SEO tools.
If you’re interested to learn more about SEO and how you can take your organic traffic to a whole new level, check out my step-by-step guide to understand SEO.
Although you don’t need to become an SEO expert before writing your first poetry blog post, you should certainly put some time into learning SEO as you work on your blog and get more experience.
I did not know about SEO when I started but I have now acquired specialized expertise allowing me to take my skills and knowledge to write content on pretty much any topic and hit the first page of the search engine results page.
Here are some SEO points to consider:
- Have you implemented proper on-page SEO techniques
- Have you implemented proper off-page SEO techniques
Step 8: Create Key Pages On Your Website
Your blog can also have key pages, such as:
- Contact Page
- About Us
- Legal Pages
A contact page is where you will provide the means for your audience to reach out to you or communicate with you.
It can be as simple as a contact us form where a user will put their name, email address, and message.
You may want to consider your blog operations and see what legal pages you need to include at first.
You can always add the necessary pages as your blog grows.
Then, you need the About Us page.
On the About Us page, you can quickly present yourself, talk about why you started the blog, and what you are hoping to achieve.
If your audience can connect with you on a more personal level, you may be in a better position to create a rapport with them and build a loyal following.
Step 9: Write Your Poetry Blog Posts
Without a doubt, the most important part of your blogging journey and the success of your blog is the poetry content that you write and publish.
What you write is what will attract an audience to your blog.
If you write something (related to your poetry niche) in an engaging, easy-to-understand, and comprehensive manner, you will have more and more visitors to your site.
A blog, by its nature, is a type of website that allows you to write content presented in reverse chronological order.
This means that what you publish today will appear on top of your blog and the older content fall below it.
Generally, if you write content that helps solve your audience’s problem, allows them to explore an opportunity, or provides them with useful or entertaining content, you will hit the mark.
Depending on the focus of your blog, you can write about:
- Different poets
- Different types of poetry
- Write about other poetry blogs
- Write poems
- Teach others how to write poetry
- Discuss different poetry genre
Step 10: Grow Your Poetry Audience
When starting out as a new poetry blogger, you should focus on writing about topics that can generate traffic to your site.
If you write about things that people are not interested in reading about, you will not get much traffic.
Without traffic, even the best content in the world will not have any readership.
There are many techniques and methods that you can use to grow your audience and traffic to your blog, such as:
- Writing about topics that interest people
- Sharing your blog posts with your family and friends so they can share them with others
- Writing content that is easy to consume and digest
- Doing proper keyword research to find the best topics to write about
I have grown my audience to my blogs by doing keyword research to understand what people are typing into Google and other search engines on the topic of passive investing.
You are probably here on my blog as you may have typed in a search keyword or key phrases that I had in mind when I was writing this blog.
Another key aspect in growing your audience is to learn and understand SEO.
Statistics show that nearly everyone will end up clicking on a link presented on the first page of Google or the search engine results (very few will go to see results on the second page, and less on the third page).
To get traffic to your blog organically and sustainably, you need search engines to find your content relevant and useful enough for its users to be presented on the first page.
You can grow your poetry blog and audience by promoting your blog online.
Think about sharing your blog posts and poetry content with your family and friends.
Use social media to gain further traction on your blog.
Become a member of poetry clubs where you can share your ideas, meet like-minded people, and expand your network of connections.
Offer your site visitors something of value so they can register to your newsletter or want to receive your blog posts by email whenever you publish.
By growing your email list, you can then further drive traffic to your new blog articles by sending an email notification to your audience.
Want to know how you can grow your email list to drive traffic to your blog, check out my ultimate guide on how to start an email list.
Step 11: Make Money With Your Poetry Blog
The ultimate step in building a new poetry blog is to eventually make money from it.
Yes, with your poetry blog, you have the potential of making good money.
Depending on your financial objectives, you can work to make extra cash to complement your revenues or even potentially making poetry blogging your full-time job.
There are many poetry bloggers that are successfully earning awesome money through their blog through display advertisement, affiliate marketing, publication of e-books, teaching gigs, or others.
Think about it, your blog is a platform that you can potentially bring thousands of people to your website.
If you do things properly, you can monetize your blog, build a following, sell valuable services and informational products to them, refer them to related products and services to earn affiliate marketing commission, and more.
On this blog, I specialize in creating and generating passive income sources.
I share my knowledge, expertise, and provide you with proven strategies to make money through your poetry blog, consistently, and for a long time.
Although there are countless ways you can earn money from your poetry blog, here are some amazing strategies that you can get started with:
- Display advertising with Google Adsense
- Affiliate marketing where you refer your audience to other businesses who will pay you a commission if they generate a sale through the lead you send their way
- Sponsored posts
- Writing an ebook and selling it on your blog or on Amazon
- Create premium content where your users will need to pay a small fee to access the content
- If you want to put more of your time into it, you can teach poetry to those who are interested in learning about it by offering online courses or poetry classes
To learn more about monetizing your blog, be sure to read my ultimate guide on how to make money blogging where I give you my secret tips and tricks.
How To Create A Poetry Blog Takeaways
So, there you have it poetry folks.
You are now equipped with the essential knowledge on what you should know about starting a poetry blog.
I can tell you from my own personal experience that blogging is a highly enriching experience both on a personal level and financially.
I enjoy writing blog articles even if I did not make money from them.
However, what is truly amazing about blogging is that not only you can not only write about what you are passionate about (poetry) but you can complement your earnings in a meaningful way and potentially earn a good amount of money from it.
It takes a lot of work to set up the blog but once it is running, you’ll make money passively!
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