Ever since I joined the blogging community, it seems as though every man and his dog are starting up a blog or website. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s a great way to have your voice heard, and help people along the way.
I started my blog as a creative and therapeutic outlet. I had wanted to start one for a long time, but always found a reason not to. Until one day, I decided to just do it! Nike style.
If you’re new to the blogging world, it can be overwhelming to discover just how much there is to learn. But don’t panic, I’m here to help you!
There are dozens of blog posts out there explaining in great dettail, complete with screenshots and in depth information, all about the steps in which to start your own blog.
- Choose a blog name and niche – This is your area of expertise. What your blog will predominately be about. What do you want to post about? What are the things you’re good at, and can advise others on?
- Choose a website/platform for your blog – WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Blogger, Weebly…the list goes on. Have a browse around all the websites I’ve mentioned, and decide what will suit you and your blog best.
I’ve recently switched from Wix to a self hosted WordPress.org platform, and absolutely love it!
- Design your blog – This is where you create the blog of your dreams. If you’re using platforms such as WordPress or Blogger, you’ll find templates and themes to choose from and then edit to your liking. However, platforms such as Wix and Weebly put you in control of the way you want your blog to look. This is called ‘drag and drop’. This is great for beginners who aren’t accustomed to HTML and CSS coding.
- Write and edit at least 10 blog posts before you publish your blog – This is important! You want there to be content on your blog for the day you’re ready to hit that publish button and release your blog to the world. So make sure you’ve got a handful of posts typed up, edited and re-edited before you publish!
- Publish your blog – This is where you take a deep breath and hit that terrifying publish button. This means that your blog is not just for your own eyes anymore. You can now send your link out to friends and family and post it all over your social media accounts (more on that later!) so people will be able to see all your hard work!
Okay, now that you know the first 5 things you need to do, I’m going to share with you the 5 most helpful things I’ve learnt since starting my blog. Hopefully they help you too!
CREATE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
We live in a world where social media is a wonderful and important way to network and gain a steady amount of readers and followers. Depending on what your blog niche is, I believe it’s important to open the following social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page & Pinterest. These are the main four social media platforms that almost every blogger runs.
They each have their benefits:
Instagram – A great visual platform if you have a lifestyle or travel blog. Post pictures from your travel, every day activities and/or cute aesthetically pleasing photos that will help you to gain a steady following.
Twitter – Twitter is now predominately a way for business people and celebrities to network and share their lives with the world. Post the link to your new blog posts and retweet things that interest you. The more you engage, the more followers you’ll gain.
Facebook Page – Again, similar to Twitter. A great way to post updates in an easy to access way for your readers and followers.
Pinterest – Pinterest’s popularity has exploded over the past couple of years. It’s essentially a search engine. So I recommend each post that you publish, includes a graphic designed specifically for Pinterest. The more you share these graphics to your Pinterest page, the more visitors your blog will attract!
Tip: Use Canva for all your Pinterest graphic editing. It’s a fantastic website and tool to create professional and gorgeous looking images!
This can be done on all of the platforms that I mentioned above. There’s various apps that you can use, which will help in scheduling posts so that’s one less thing you need to worry about keeping on top of.
For Twitter, I’ve been using Postcron. But there’s tons of different ones available, such as: Later (For Instagram), Hootsuite, Crowdfire, Buffer. It’s just a matter of researching them all, and deciding which is right for you.
Note: If you want to utilise all the features that these apps have, you will need to pay a monthly fee. It varies from app to app, but I would say they cost no more than $10 a month for a premium account – which allows you to post from all of your social media accounts as opposed to just one or two.
Top Tip: When using Instagram, I’ve recently discovered a way to have posts edited and ready to go within the app itself.
Open Instagram –> Tap the Post button –> Choose a photo –> Choose a filter and edit the settings the way you want them –> Tap the ‘back’ button on the top left hand side –> Choose ‘Save Draft’
Now, when you’re ready to post on Instagram next, you’ll see a new ‘drafts’ section above your camera roll, with the photos you’ve already edited and are ready to post!