A week or so ago, a friend of mine mentioned how she wanted to start her own blog but wasn’t sure where to start. This got me thinking back to when I first started my site and how confused about everything I was – there was just so much to navigate through. Luckily for me, I had the help of other, more experienced bloggers to guide me – without them I wouldn’t have got to where I am today. So with that in mind, I thought that I would share all my best advice for getting your blog up and running as a blogging newbie.
Get the basics sorted
The first step that you need to take is to get your blog’s basics sorted – aka your niche and name. Now, this isn’t as easy as it seems, as if you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ll take days umming and erring over it. The important thing is to choose a name that describes your blog and will make your site rank in search engines. So for a blog based around fashion, a site name with the word ‘fashion’ in it would be a good idea. Before settling on a name, just make sure to double-check that it hasn’t already been used. There are plenty of domain checker tools that you can use to do this.
Have a custom-made site built
While free sites can be a great starting point, if you’re serious about making a go of your blog, they’re not the best option. The fact is many brands won’t work with bloggers who use free sites because they look less professional. That’s why it’s worth investing in a custom-built website with your own domain. The good news is that there are plenty of companies like CandidSky, which offer a range of professional web design services. So whatever your dreams are for your site, you can make them come true.
Be an organised blogger
Being organised is a must as a blogger. The best advice I was ever given was to plan all of my content in advance, to ensure that I stayed consistent. The truth is when it comes to making a success of your site; consistency is key. You need to be posting on a regular basis, to have any chance of growing your site and making it profitable. As a rule of thumb, I aim to post at least four articles a week. I also use Bloglovin’ to share them and to help grow my reach – this is a social media platform made especially for bloggers.
Take advantage of social media
Talking of social media, make sure to take advantage of it. As a blogger, one of the most important areas to focus on when it comes to success is building connections. The fact is that the connections your build with other bloggers and brands will determine how successful your site will be. So use social media as a starting point for building those connections. Tweet other bloggers, connect with brands via their tweets and get involved in online blogger communities.
Getting your blog up and running can be time-consuming and stressful. However, if you take note of the tips and advice above, you can make it the process much easier for yourself.