Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Starting Up Your Own Blog

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If you want to start a blog, but you don’t know how to go about the whole process, that's totally okay, because a lot of us were the same!

Once you get your site in order and you have established your target audience, everything else should fall into place and this can open up so many doors for you in the future - just like it has with me!

In today's post, I'm going to be talking you through some of the main steps that everybody should consider during the attempt to bring their blog to life.

Choose Your Blogging Domain

The first thing that you need to do when you start your blog is to register your own domain. It's sole purpose is to reflect who you are and it also needs to reflect what your blog is all about. It’s important to know that you don’t need to have a WordPress site and you don’t need to have a site that's incredibly expensive either.

I started off on Blogger for a couple of years before buying my Simply Jadey domain name off of GoDaddy and that's worked perfectly well for me.

You can always choose a relatively cheap site and personalise it yourself instead though. This would be the ideal option for if you have some website design experience, but if you don’t then you can click here to read more about other website designers.

Some websites will even help you financially by giving you a discount when you are first starting out and you may even be able to qualify for a free trial whilst you're at it.

When choosing your site provider, it helps to make sure that they have a live chat option available on their website. If they do then this will make it much easier for you to chat with them whenever you need help and it will save you waiting days on end for a reply in most cases.

Choose a Theme
The right theme will give you the look that you want for your blog. If you're not a coder (which I'm certainly not!) then you don’t have to worry about creating your own theme, because there are so many themes out there for you to choose from. Depending on your budget, there's a whole host of themes that are free of charge, but if you were looking for something a little more luxurious and possibly more professional, you're able to research some sites, such as Pipdig to purchase one off there instead.
It’s important to know that the theme will be the template of your site, so make sure that it is laid out in a way that you like. Although there is nothing stopping you from changing your theme and layout at a later date, your visitors will already know their way around your site in no time and this may cause them problems if you happen to change.

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Subscriptions and Updates

Some new bloggers may not realise this, but you need to allow your readers the chance to subscribe to your blog in some way. After all, if you don’t, then this will make it harder for them to get involved with your site and it will also make it much harder for you to know if people are actually into what you are posting about. Should they choose to subscribe via email or follow you through the Bloglovin site/app, they will be able to keep up to date with all of your recent posts and they can also like, comment on and save them into suitable categories.

In addition to this, you may want to get Google Analytics installed, as it will allow you to track your statistics and it will also let you know where your readers are coming from. I've been blogging for 3 and a half years and just go by all the statistics on my Blogger page, but I know a lot of bloggers do use and approve of Google Analytics.

At this point, it is also important to consider selecting a few plugins for your blog. They only take a couple of seconds to install, but when you have got this done, you can then try and make sure that you are kitting out your site with the finest technology and this will make it easier for you and your readers.

Writing Content

This is quite possibly the most important aspect of operating your site, which hopefully goes without saying.

You need to start uploading content to your home page, about me page, contact page and more. When you do this, take into account the template that you have and also make sure that the text flows naturally with the page.
Once this step has been taken, you will soon find that everything comes together nicely and this can make all the difference to your site and the way that people navigate through it.

When you are writing your content, it's vital that it's original, and not plagiarised and that you are complimenting it with some aesthetically pleasing images.

This will encourage everything to stand out and it will also break up the content too. After all, nobody wants to read through endless paragraphs of text without having a little bit of something to break it up, so do keep that in mind.

I hope this post was helpful to you, because these were the tips that helped me most during the earlier stages!

*Please note that this post was written in collaboration*

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