When you first set out to start a blog, there are many different things to consider. To make a success of it, whatever your end goal is, then there are several different things that you should do. Some will make success more likely than others. Or they will make things happen for you more quickly than others will. So here are my top tips of things I wish I’d known before starting a blog.
There are a few different blogging platforms to start a blog on. But the most popular two are Blogger and WordPress. The thing is that there are some restrictions on those platforms. The free WordPress.com, for example, is restrictive on how you can earn money. Because, basically, it is against their terms of service to do so. So if you want to start your blog to earn money, then it is a good idea to get self-hosted WordPress. So will need your own domain and a web hosting service, like Godaddy, SiteGround or TSOHost, for example. Then you just need to start setting up Godaddy or SiteGround web hosting (whichever host you have chosen). Not only will it help to make your blog look a lot more professional, but it will open up your potential a whole heap.
Use a Domain Email
There have been several studies carried out about trustworthiness when it comes to email addresses. Many people see a service or a blog that has a @gmail.com email address and don’t see it as reliable or professional as using your domain email address. So it would be something like email@example.com. It looks a lot more professional. So if you want to contact brands or want to start selling things through your blog, it looks much better. When you set up a domain, it will come with one or several email options. So just check with the web hosting provider that you choose.
Get Social Media Savvy
You can be writing amazing content, but if there is no way for people to find it, then it can be completely wasted. So share your posts through social media. Having a few different options is a good idea, as you’ll capture different audiences with each type. Twitter is important for working with brands. So if that is a focus of yours, then make sure you are on there and start to build up a following.
Know Your SEO
If you’re completely new to the Blogosphere, then SEO can be a little confusing. What does it even stand for? Search Engine Optimisation is key to getting your posts seen when someone searches for something. If you’re a travel blogger and want your packing tips to be seen, for example, then making your post SEO-friendly will help when someone searches for that. People are quite likely to search for that kind of thing online. So you want your post to be the one that they click on. There are plugins like Yoast that are a good idea to install, as they can guide you to what is good SEO for a post and what is bad.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.