Blogging has become more and more popular as the years have passed by. Many people, including beauty influencer, tech, life coach, and others have noticed that they can share their experiences and tips though writing as well as social media. But how can you start a blog site and stand out? Well, you 1st have to consider a few things before starting a blog site.
You might think that owning a blog site will cost hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, and that is not the case. You can quickly start a blog with just $100 may be significantly less if you know how to use find good deals and using Ebates and Honey to help you.
There are many websites out there that you can host your site with, SiteGround and Wp-Engine. I currently use SiteGround since for me it’s more practical but, I do recommend Wp-Engine if you are not web savvy.
Brainstorm what will your blog be about
There are hundreds of blog sites out there, but none will be like yours. So you have to sit down and think about what do you enjoy writing about the most. For me, I like to write about whatever comes to mind or what I will talk about with my friends. You might want to start a fashion blog and post photos of yourself with an outfit of the day or talking about celebs and what they are wearing. Whatever it is, make sure you love it and write it all down in a google doc or piece of paper.
Always back up
Once you start your website, make sure to back it up every night or once you are done working on it for the day. There have been countless times where I lost my website because I never back up my things. So that taught me a lesson, and I back up my site every night. Lucky all the website now include free back up on their plans, and they do it automatically.
Invest time in research
Since you’re creating a blog, please do your research. I can’t stress this enough since it’s a tricky thing. The hosting sites I have mentioned above all work with WordPress. Keep in mind when it comes down to customizing a theme that you want, you can not use wordpress.com. If you need a hosting site look into different ones and see which one fits you best. I recommend Wp-engine and Siteground.
Get your plugin and theme
Now that you got your website using WordPress (best one for bloggers). You need to learn about plugins and which ones are important. Some plugins are free, but if you want all the fancy features it brings, you might need to pay the premium.
When it comes down to the theme, you have to pick the one that best matches your dream site. You can buy a theme from ThemeForest since its the #1 place where everyone gets their themes, certain plugins, and more. The theme that you see on my site is called BuzzBlog, which brings different styles and you can customize it the way you want. I suggest this theme and NewsPapers if you want your website to look more like a magazine.
Know your audience
Now that you know what you want to write about and how your website will look, you have to start finding your target audience. Finding your target audience will help you gain more followers and readers in your website. So make sure you know exactly what you want to write about and find that audience who wants to read your stuff.
Promote on social media
Set up a social media page, Instagram, and Facebook. The reason why you need facebook is that that’s how you get your Instagram page to turn into a business page and you’ll be able to add if it’s a blog, magazine, personal blog and so on. Post on social media your launch date on when your new website will officially go live. This can be within weeks if you set up everything but be realistic with yourself. Setting up a blog will take at least a few days or weeks. Don’t worry about it being perfect; you can always go back and do minor fixes.
I learned about consistency while doing youtube, and it’s hard. Start just by focusing on starting your site and grow your following on social media. Once you see, you have five readers or more, start posting more. You’ll see people will start coming more and more to your page and read more of your article. Get Google Analytics to help you see you how many views you get per day and monthly. We will get into this later on in another article.
The best thing about your blog is that you created it, and there is only one you. Don’t copy and paste from other website and not give them full credit for it for their hard work. Be authentic, don’t try to be something you are not. When I started Everyday Career Girl, I decided to type as professional as possible, but I knew that wasn’t me. As time passes by, you’ll begin to see changes in your blog site, the way you write, interact with others, and so on. But always remember to be yourself.