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Are you thinking about starting your own blog? There’s a lot of information out there about how to start blogs and how to make money from them. I myself am very new to blogging. I’ve only been at it for about two months. In this short amount of time I have already realized there are things I wish I would have done differently from the get-go. I still have a lot to learn but I would like to share some things I wish I would have considered prior to creating my blog. Learn from my mistakes to avoid wasting time, effort, and energy.
Do these things prior to creating your blog:
1. Read Other Blogs That Interest You
Explore blogs that grab your attention and learn from them. What is it about them that draws you in? What do you like about the design and what would you change? Do you like the writing style and graphics? Where do they advertise their blog and where does their traffic come from? Study, study, STUDY! Learn by studying other bloggers.
2. Make a List of Blog Post Ideas
When I first started my blog, I thought I would primarily be writing about health related topics. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was very very wrong. I have wrote a couple of posts on health, but the majority of I’ve wrote about is recipes, parenting, and family so far. Your topics/themes/niche strongly dictate your entire site design and your title.
Here is my suggestion. Make a list of 20-30 post ideas that you know you want to share with your readers. Make sure these are things that you feel confident about and that you have enough content for. Review your list and pick out the top 2-3 themes. These are likely the top themes your blog will be known for.
3. Visualize What You Want You Site to Look Like
It is really important to have an idea of what you want your site to look like. When I started my blog, all I knew was that I wanted my sidebar on the right hand side of the page. Home Heart and Happiness is actually my second blog in only two and half months. That’s because I failed to fully visualize my site, title, and themes prior to starting. This site is in no way perfect, but it is much improved over my first one.
To be honest, my first site was tacky. I had no idea what I was doing so I jumped in head first. I quickly realized that I was not at all happy with it. So I created a new domain and a brand new site. I work a full-time job so it took me a solid two weeks to switch things over to my new domain. What a pain! I’m trying to help you avoid this through these tips. Picture your site in your mind, sketch it out, know your color scheme. This is all very important for your “brand”.
4. Spend Time on Your Blog Title
As I said above, I was not happy with my first blog and Home Heart and Happiness is my second domain. Learn from my mistakes and spend time on the name of your site. Use #2 and #3 above to help you. What are your main themes? What do you want your site to look like? Put all the pieces together to create a masterpiece you can be proud of (as you should be after all that hard work!). If you are going to write about space travel, its probably best not to have a back ground with pink unicorns and a title of “Fran’s Fabulous Finds”. Just saying…
5. Read and Research
Read about blogging. Read A LOT about blogging. Read about others failures and successes. Read about different hosting websites. I use bluehost.com and am very happy with it. If you are going to use wordpress for your editing, read about the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. This is very confusing so do your research.
Read about different ways of promoting your blog and monetizing your blog. I’m still working on this one. You can promote through social media, facebook, twitter, pinterest, tailwind, connecting with other bloggers, etc. You can monetize through affiliate advertising, pay per click ads, sponsored posts, selling your own products, etc. Know what your goals are for your blog.
6. Develop a Plan
Develop a promotion plan and a monetizing plan. I’m still working on this one too. I wish I would have read more on these methods prior to starting my blog so that I would have had a plan in place. Now every time I start promoting in a new way I have to go through all my old posts and advertise them again instead of advertising through all platforms at once. I’ve probably wasted countless hours because of this. Have a plan and be organized.
As I continue to grow as a blogger, I hope to offer more advice. I hope you find this helpful.
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