How To Start A Blog 101
I often get asked this question, and let me tell you, the answer isn’t simple. I’ve been “blogging” for a little over a year now and I have learned so much. Most of it came from research, asking fellow bloggers, paying for consultants, e-courses, and buying SO MANY BOOKS! And there are so many elements that go into starting, launching and running a blog. Not to mention the ever changing algorithums and rules and regulations on social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. If only someone had provided me with steps 1,2,3, I might’ve been able to save time, money, and be farther along than I am now.
#1 Self hosting. I highly recommend self hosting. Many don’t know this but the free platforms like Blogger, own your content, you do not own it and they can shut you down at any time for any reason. I use Site Ground to host my blog, which I was also able to buy my domaine through. They are amazing because you can customize what you need for your blog/website. If you have a pre-existing blog, they can transfer your blog to your new platform such as WordPress, which I highly recommend. It’s also super affordable. I paid about $70 for self hosting for a year and my domaine name.
#2 WordPress. You’ll want to set up your blog through WordPress.org NOT WordPress.com. The .com is still a free platform. WordPress.org allows you total control of your blog and more capabilities to monetize from it. There are several free templets and also thousands of blog templets that can be purchased. WordPress makes it so easy to build and customize your blog or website. I purchased my templet for $20. The prices range anywhere from $3 up to $79.
#3 Photos. Photos are important when it comes to blogging. People respond to pictures of pretty and interesting images; photos with a lot of blue colors or hues tend to be most appealing. The quality of the photo is also important. You want to make sure that the image is clear, in focus and the colors/filters/edits are in line with your brand. There are amazing apps and programs out there for photo editing such as VSCO, Snapseed, Lightroom, and Photoshop. You can even purchase Lightroom presets to filter your photos. Most of these apps are free, except for Photoshop and Lightroom, which you can purchase a monthly membership through Adobe for as low as $10.
#4 Blog about what you are passionate about it. People say you have to have a niche, which I agree, but you also want to make sure you are staying true to yourself. Let your personality show through your blog, people want to relate to real life and people who are real and genuine. This will also help you to stay inline with your brand.
Brand? Yes, brand. How do you build your brand? That post will be coming soon. If you have any questions about starting a blog that I didn’t cover here, please leave a comment.