Starting a blog is one of the best ways to document your progress when trying to do anything new. If you scour through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will often find that they are not only posting pictures and videos of their journey and success, but also on their blog as well.

Now, when it comes to starting a blog to document your journey, it’s usually done in the personal finance, weight loss and health industries. Heck, even starting a blog while in college to document your journey is a fun and exciting idea!

The truth is, many great blogs start out as hobbies and side projecys, then turn into much more. We are seeing a lot more of this in the world of investing and day trading, thanks to Robinhood and other platforms now making it so easy to trade. What starts out as a fun side project, quickly turns into a valuable case study and resource for others.

With this in mind, today we wanted to walk through some of the most important things you will need to know before starting a personal finance and stock trading journey-style blog of your own.

Let’s get started!

How to Get Started with a Personal Finance and Stock Trading Blog

Before getting started with your blog, you will need to have a few things in place. We’ve listed each of them for you below.

  • A domain name for your site
  • A reliable web host
  • A free install of WordPress

These three components are the foundation for your site and once they are in place, you can start creating content and sharing your site right away.

The good news is, you won’t need to have any technical or design skills to set this up. There’s no longer a need to register your domain name in one place, sign up for hosting and then manually install WordPress.

More often than not, reliable web hosting solutions will have most of this done for you already, or done in a one-click process after sign up.

Creating Your Blog Content in Your Own Style

Once you are ready to go live with your blog, it’s all about knowing what type of content you are going to provide to your audience and what your writing style is going to be.

Are you going for informational content, building a relationship with your audience, or just statistical data?

A perfect example of this can be seen in Max’s penny stocks to buy reference guide, which is written in an informational way to walk users through a process of how to get started with investing in stocks, while also providing them with any other necessary information.

On the flip side, if you want to see a site that is more storyline and quick to read, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Free Journey is a great example. The text and subtitles are big, which are meant for quick and easy reading, while also relating with the audience that is likely already on the site.

Both of these content types are perfectly fine, it’s just a matter of picking the one that is best for you and your audience.

In order to create the best content for your audience, be sure to analyze other sites within your niche market and see what they are doing the best and how you might be able to improve on it even further.

How to Make Your Blog Stand Out From the Crowd

With more than 300+ million active WordPress-Powered blogs on the internet today, there are more than enough already out there — however, none of them are unique to your own experience, story or the value that you can provide to others.

Even with that being said, if you truly want to stand out from the crowd and make a different with your blog, there are a few important things you should know.

  • Most people won’t read all of your content, and will only skim through the first few paragraphs
  • The title you choose for your blog content is going to play a huge role in attention and clicks
  • Adding visual images and content to your blog articles is a great way to break up text content
  • Share your latest blog posts across all social platforms

By understanding the most basic tips of blogging content creation and marketing, you will quickly find yourself ahead of the competition.

However, don’t expect immediate results over night. And if you are absolutely desperate to start getting traffic to your site right away, try these working methods:

  • Join relevant Groups on Facebook and share your content with others
  • Leave comments on other relevant blogs in your niche
  • Invest some time in learning how to guest blog on other sites
  • Learn the process of SEO and how to start ranking in Google
  • Always share your content and use hashtags on social media

While all of these methods are great and work extremely well, some of them will work better and faster than others. The important thing to remember, is to NOT buy a ton of backlinks or traffic from low quality sources and services. This is usually just fake bot traffic and has no value.

Get Started with Your Blogging Journey Today

Blogging takes time and getting traffic through the search results is a long process as well.

In order for this to happen, your site must have quality traffic, backlinks and a good amount of social shares. These are all things that will happen over time, which is also why it’s important to try and not rush the process.

Blogging is all about you, and how you can provide a valuable experience to your site readers and potential audience.

Remember… with more than 300+ million WordPress sites already out there, be sure to put the time, work and effort in to create something special!

By zacjohnson

Zac Johnson is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of online marketing and business experience. Follow his blogs at ZacJohnson.com and Blogging.org.