[Starting a Successful Blog] Lesson 3
Hey there, how’s it going?
Hope you’ve got your blog niche and topics ready!
For today’s lesson, it’s going to be very straightforward—let’s get things done. Remember I said we need to find readers for your blog?
Let’s do it the smart way and find out if you will have readers before you launch your blog. Beats having launched and wondering where are your readers right?
So, how are we going to do that?
Section 1: Set up Google form
Spend the next 30 minutes uninterrupted so you can get it done right.
1) Head over to https://mail.google.com/ and sign in to your gmail account. If you don’t have one, please sign up for one.
2) After you’ve logged in, look at the top RIGHT corner. You will see a square icon made up of 9 smaller squares, called Google apps — Click on it.
3) Select Google Drive.
4) On the top LEFT corner, you will see New — Click on it.
5) Scroll down to More right at the bottom of the menu, select Google Forms.
6) Click on settings, the gear icon to the left of the Send button, check collect email address.
7) Change Untitled form to something along the lines of Survey for Blog Launch or in my example, Survey for Raw Vegan Food Blog Launch.
8) For Form description, you can write something like this: “Hello! I'm starting a new blog about raw vegan food and would like to find out how I can best serve my readers. Please help me answer the following questions! Thank you!”
9) Q1. Change Untitled question to “I’m starting a new site teaching people ____________. Is that something you’re interested in learning more about?”
10) To the right of the question, select Multiple Choice. For Option 1, key in “Yes”. Select Add option, key in “No”.
11) To the right of Multiple Choice, you’ll see a “+” icon, click on it to add another question.
12) Q2. Input “What’s your biggest frustration on this topic?”
13) To the right of the question, select Paragraph.
14) Click on “+” icon, to add another question.
15) Q3. Input “Where do you go online to learn about this topic?”
16) To the right of the question, select Paragraph.
17) Click on “+” icon, to add another question.
18) Q4. Input “Which website(s) do you visit to learn about this topic?”
19) To the right of the question, select Paragraph.
20) Click on “+” icon, to add another question.
21) Q5. Input “Would you like me to inform you when this site is launched?”
22) To the right of the question, select Multiple Choice. For Option 1, key in “Yes”. Select Add option, key in “No”.
23) Click on the double T icon below the “+” icon
24) Change Untitled title to “THANK YOU!”
25) Change Description (optional) to something along the lines of “I really appreciate you taking your time to complete this survey!”
Phew, that was a laundry list of steps to get your survey form ready isn’t it?
But give yourself a pat on the back because you’re all set to get the word out!
Section 2. Get the Word Out
Reach out to at least 3 friends who are interested in the niche you’ve chosen. If you don’t have a single friend who’s interested in what you’ve chosen, don’t despair yet.
Ask your friends to fill up a simple survey form for you by sending them the link. — Easily done through Facebook these days.
Ask your friends to get their friends to fill up a simple survey form for you using the same link.
Now get onto Facebook or any social networking platform you and your friends are really active on.
Spend a good 30 minutes to an hour to get the word out!
Don’t feel stressed and have fun doing it because you’re conducting ground research! The information you collect will be useful not just for you to create your blog but to help your surveyees solve their frustrations!
So you’ve done all of that and you wonder why and what to do with the survey results?
That’s for the next lesson because you’ve done so much this lesson, you need to take a well-deserved break!