Blogging is a great way to connect with other firearm owners, share your knowledge, and create a community. If your blog becomes well-known, you may even create a nice side income through sponsored posts and campaigns.
Read on to learn how you can start your own firearm blog.
Starting Your Firearm Blog
Whether you love writing about tactical shotguns or airsoft accessories, a firearm blog can give you a great outlet to discuss your thoughts, opinions, and ideas.
But first, you need to get started! Here’s how you can start your blog:
Choose the Basics
The first thing to think about is your domain name. You want something that’s easy to remember, firearm-related, and of course, available.
There are a number of domain-search tools you can use to type in the domains you’re considering. This will allow you to see if they’re available. Can’t decide? Check out a domain name generator for some great ideas.
Once you’ve purchased your domain, you need to consider the platform you’ll use. Here are a few options:
For most people, the best choice is WordPress. It’s easy-to-use, and there is a wealth of information online to help you learn everything you need to know. Best of all, it’s free.
Next, you’ll need to choose your hosting. You need a host that you can rely on to keep your website up. Look for one which has at least a 99.5% uptime rating, and a solid helpdesk or support system in place.
Here are some of the most popular hosts:
- A2 Hosting
Pick a Theme
Once you’ve chosen your hosting, domain name, and platform, it’s time for the fun stuff. WordPress has a number of free themes for you to choose from, which can be a good way to get started.
If you’re looking for something a little different or with specific functionality, you may need a paid theme. You can find some options here:
- Elegant Themes
It also needs to be mobile responsive. That means that your visitors can easily use it on their desktops, smartphones, and tablets. Google is now penalizing non-responsive websites, so check that your theme is responsive before you purchase it.
Narrow Down Your Topics
Once you’ve got your theme in place, and your new firearm blog is ready to go, it’s time to start writing. This can be the most difficult part for many people.
You need to consider which angle you’d like your firearm blog to take. Maybe you’d like to only cover different types of firearms, or review the latest weapons. It could be that you have a number of political opinions you’d like to cover. Or maybe you’d like to blog about every and anything to do with firearms.
Your readers want to know what to expect each time they read your blog. That’s why consistency is so important.
Make a list of all of the topics you’d like to cover. Draft some catchy blog titles to go with each topic, and aim to write at least one every week.
Next, you need to consider how often you want to blog. If you’re hoping to build up a following, you need to blog at least once a week. Once you become more popular, you should aim to blog at least 2-3 times per week.
Ready to Begin?
As you can see, there are many things to consider when starting a firearm blog. Are you thinking about starting a blog? Or have you already begun? Leave a comment below and let me know!