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The simple answer to this question is yes, starting a blog is definitely as simple as it looks. It’s the keeping it running and growing that can be very difficult. Blogging, if you plan on making it your job at some point instead of keeping it as a hobby, takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It takes hours and hours of prep-work, planning, networking, marketing, content-creation, and much more. So, if you read that and it sounds like something that you are willing and wanting to do, keep reading and I’ll tell you what it takes to start a blog.
-Theme/Niche – The very first step to starting a blog is determining what your theme/niche will be. Basically, what you are wanting to talk about on your blog. I, personally, am a life and faith blogger; which means that I can talk about all things lifestyle and all things faith. For you, you may want to be a beauty blogger, a lifestyle blogger, or maybe even a travel blogger. Whatever you are wanting to use your platform for is what type of niche you will have. I recommend doing a lot of research into what niche you want before you decide. There are a lot of different ins-and-outs in this crazy blogging world and nailing your niche is one thing that will set you apart from others.
-Prep Work – The next step to starting your blog is the prep work. Get some ideas down on paper (or in your computer) and start getting some posts ready for your launch. You do this so that you already have content for your launch, and because it should help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed, because you have content that you can pull from if you are struggling to get a good post idea for that week. Your prep work can go as far as getting your hosting and spending a few days getting the look of your site to be just right. Whatever you are comfortable with having ready will be the extent that you need to take your prep work to. Remember, this part of starting a blog isn’t supposed to be overwhelming. Take your time and make sure that you are focusing on quality more than you are quantity.
-Hosting – After you have your prep work sorted out, it’s time to start looking at hosting. Now, I am and affiliate with SiteGround, which is a hosting network, but it’s because I have used them from the beginning and I absolutely love them. They have 24/7 tech support (great if you aren’t tech savvy, like me), their packages encompass so much (they have 3 packages and the Start Up plan is perfect for a beginning blogger), and they have great prices! At the end of the day, the choice is yours, research all of the different hosting plans and pick the one that fits your blogging plans the best. If you want to check out more on SiteGround hosting, click HERE. If you want to read my post on Why I Chose SiteGround Hosting, click HERE.
-Posting – The next to last step in STARTING a blog, is simply to start posting. Get your first post up and running and then you are done “starting” your blog and you are now ready to begin running it. Make your post great (add pictures and learn more about SEO, trust me, it’s worth it) and then go out into the blogging world and make your presence known. You have started a blog, all of your hard work and planning is finally coming together.
Now the tricky part is learning how to get those posts out into the world. You’ve learned about SEO and written great content, all that’s left is to get it out into the world of social media and let it do it’s thing. Now, I did this manually for a while and it just wasn’t working like I wanted it to. When I started using Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes, it all started to fall into place. I honestly don’t know how I went so long without it (it makes life so much easier in the blogging world). It helps me schedule my pins (it even calculates the best times to post them!) and the Tailwind Tribes are perfect for connecting to others in the blogging community and growing your content. I am an affiliate with them, but it’s only because I stand behind them 100%. I absolutely love Tailwind and I think that you will too. If you want to learn more about Tailwind, click HERE.
-Setting Goals – While, technically, once your first post goes up you have officially started your blog… setting goals for your blog is a kind of final step to getting started. It keeps you moving forward with growth and it keeps you accountable to yourself. Setting goals helps in so many ways that it’s unreal, but make sure that you are setting goals that are realistic for you. If your goal for week one is to make it to 1.2 million page views a day, you are more than likely going to be disappointed. That being said, if you set yourself up with a more realistic goal of 20 views a day during your opening week, and you do your networking, you will be able to achieve it and it will keep you feeling like you are on top of the world. I know that it sounds strange, but getting those small wins as you progress, keeps you from feeling like you’ve become stagnant and it helps to maintain your interest.
That’s all for How To Start A Blog. I hope that you guys have enjoyed this post and I wish you the best of luck on your blogging journey. It seems more intimidating to start a blog than it really is; the hard part comes after you’ve started. That being said, you can absolutely run a blog if you are willing to put in the time and dedication. Blogs tend to be a lot of work, but they are so fulfilling and the blogging community is one of the most supportive communities that I have ever seen. Go out and share your thoughts with the world! As always, much love and God bless!
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