How to Set Up a Blog Today
Why is it so important to start your blog today? Well, it is going to take some time to make your blog accessible, readable and good looking. All of this can be done before you actually decide to publish the blog. Here we will give you a step by step guide of what you should do before you set up your blog, and where you should set your blog up when you’re ready.
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1. Write and Decide
The first step is to write some articles, you should include different topics that you are considering to use for your blog. After you’ve written a few, you’ll probably be able to decide for yourself which topic you find most interesting and about which topic you know the most. Why is this so important? Because you can’t write about what you don’t know. The goal of a blog is to provide information that people don’t have yet, or are looking for. You want to teach something.
After you have determined your best topic, you have to write about 5 to 10 articles about it. For example, if you want to write about your favorite beauty products, do so by ranking you favorite brands by type of product. Lists are generally easy posts to write, because the overall coherence is easier to maintain and they tend to be popular as well.
After you’ve written your first few posts, you should try to group them by theme, so that you can incorporate those themes into your blog.
2. Look at you Future Competition
Now ‘compition’ might be the wrong word, because you should consider them as inspiration and great examples. You can often see how many times certain posts were shared on social media, and whether they have many comments on them, or not. These are all signs to look for and use to find an example in your niche that you want to follow. These blogs are often more established, and they have more experience in knowing what works, and what doesn’t.
About almost every topic, other blogs exist. So have a look around. What you can do on top of that is to ask the writers of those blogs questions. Best place to do this is their comment section. Most of the time, they’ll be happy to give some advice.
3. Set up Social Media
You might find it weird that I suggest that you do this before you even have a blog. But it is incredibly difficult to find followers for a brand new blog. To start from 0 followers on Pinterest or Twitter poses a bit of a problem. Because no one is going to be able to actually find your blog once it is out there. On top of that, your blog is also not going to show up in search engines, because it doesn’t have enough traffic yet.
So it is wise to start you social media campaign before you launch your blog. Even if you only manage to get 10 followers, they can spread the word. The platforms that I suggest are Pinterest and Twitter. Facebook doesn’t work for me, because I’m not really active on it myself. Neither am I on Twitter, but Twitter is a much faster paced network and you can find followers quite easily.
Tip: set up a Quora page as well. This is a community that has a question and answer principle. It is a great place to promote your individual blog posts.
4. Set up Your Blog
The next step it to actually set up your blog. The best place to do so is Bluehost. All you need to set up a website is included when you sign up with Bluehost. Because a website hosted by Bluehost means that you have your domain and a WordPress supported website. Now you need to actually set up your website. Be sure to take your time. One of the most difficult things is to choose a name for your blog, but Bluehost can help you out. You can even try out a few below:
Play around with all the features in WordPress and choose your theme, you can buy one, or adapt a free one to your needs. This will take about a week to get it all set up in the way that you want. So be aware of that. It takes time. You can hold off on actually publishing it, this way you can take the time to fine tune it to your needs.
5. Connect with your ‘Competition’ and Possible Readers
After creating your website you should use your social media account to connect to the people that matter. A great start is to follow the leading influencers in your niche/field and connect with their followers. It is very likely that these people will become your followers and readers as well, eventually.
Interact with other bloggers and ask for advice or ideas. To grow your social media presence you can use all sorts of tricks, but the best way is to let it grow naturally. That way, you can be sure that your followers are actually interested in what you do.
6. Make a Schedule
This is a crucial step to make sure that you don’t get overwhelmed, or that you give up on your blog before it even had a chance. You should try and make a schedule to ensure that you have time to write posts, publish them, and promote them. It is always smart to have a set day in the week when you publish you posts. I, for example, try to publish one post each Wednesday and Saturday and promote them on the other days. And don’t let it consume you, it will take a lot of time and effort, but don’t forget about the rest of your life.
7. Publish and Promote
The last and final step is to publish your website and promote it across several platforms. You should use your social media presence to get the word out. Another great platform to use is Viral Content Bee, this is a website where you can get your posts featured on other people’s social media accounts. So use all the platforms that you want to use, and be sure to check from time to time whether the platforms you use actually generate any traffic.
Tip: Give it Time
Don’t expect your blog to be a succes in its first week. Give you blog time to grow, and don’t give up when traffic is low. As long as there is traffic, there are reader, so there is a reason for you to keep writing.
These are all the steps that you should take to set up your own blog. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know in the comments. And be sure to share this article.
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