Hundreds of new blogs start up each day. Cyber space is bursting with talented people sharing their lives and loves in their corner of the internet. So if you are thinking you are thinking about starting a blog, but are not sure where to start, we have a beginners guide for you.
How to start a blog
1. Just do it!
Procrastination is your enemy. If you want to do it, then just do it. Blogs can be slow burn projects and it is natural to learn ‘on the job’. We are ALL still learning.
2. Setting up the site
You need to decide which platform you want to use. Here at Live Love Blog, we all use WordPress and find it really easy to use. You could also go with Blogger or Squarespace, it is up to use. One benefit that WordPress has is that you can add plugins to your blog, which make your life easier in lots of ways.
3. Buy your domain name
Decide on your blog name and then check this name on an domain website to make sure it is free and no-one else is using it. You will also need to do this for your social networks, just search on Twitter and the others to ensure the name is free. When you have the all clear, then you can purchase the domain name. This isn’t expensive usually a very small yearly fee.
4. Start writing
What you write about is up to you, it is your blog; your space to do with as you please. Write about your family, your passions, whatever you want to share.
5. Take your time
If you start a blog to make money then you might be in for a shock. You should start a blog because you want to write one and realise that it will take time for your blog to become known and for your traffic to increase.
6. Getting Traffic
Use your social networks to publicise your blog posts and you can use various schedulers to help manage this. Two of the three Editors here use Social Oomph, but there is also Buffer, Twuffer, CoSchedule, TweetDeck, Hootsuite to name a few. These really help lighten your work load.
The other important thing is SEO. We all use a plugin called Yoast. This helps you make sure your keywords are in your post sufficiently for search engines to find it.
Our take home message is, if you are reading this and feel like you want to write a blog, even if it is simply a place to store your family memories then jump in with both feet, follow these instructions and get going. Good luck!
If you already have a blog, which platform are you on? If you are about to take the plunge, has this convinced you to go for it?