New to Blogging? Interested in starting your own blog? Here are few things I’ve learned about blogging that will help you get started. Think about blogging as your own personal publication. You are in charge of the advertising, design, content and editing. It sounds like a lot and it changes constantly, but it’s an incredible journey.
Getting Started: Be sure to read my post – 4 Steps to Blogging.
Choosing a Host: I personally recommend using WordPress.org over Blogger or WordPress.com. You have to pay to host your own site, but you own the content. New Blog Hosting offers superior customer service and affordable prices. You can also purchase a domain name from them.
Favorite Plugins: Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram are always changing their formats and how followers see your posts. Stay ahead of the game, and start building an email database that way followers will never miss a post. HelloBar offers a free version to prompt your readers to sign up.
Following the Rules: There are rules when it comes to blogging for instance if you are working with a business or brand make sure you disclose that you received a product for fee or received compensation for your post. See my disclosure/disclaimer page for details. Anytime I write any type of review regardless of pay, I always disclose that the review is based upon my own personal experience (personal experiences can vary).
When linking to an outbound link (another website) be sure to add a no-follow link. Search engines will penalize you if you don’t. Read more about how to add no-follow links here.
Promotion: It can be difficult when you’re the writer and promoter of your blog. It’s important to know some tricks to promote your blog even when you’re sleeping. Here are a few of my favorites:
All of these applications offer a free version with the option to upgrade based on your blogging needs.
missinglettr.com creates campaigns from your blog posts. For each post they create content, images, hashtags and quotes and then it will automatically post your campaign throughout the year.
BoardBooster.com Pinterest is an amazing search engine/social media platform and many bloggers see most of their referrals coming from Pinterest. Yet how does one tap into this gold mine? BoardBooster . Yes, this application allows you to schedule campaigns, streamline board contribution, improve pin quality, clean up your boards, host top quality group boards and optimize your strategy.
Creatives Pictures and professional-looking images are a must for a successful blog. I try to take pictures where ever I go. Nature is my favorite back drop, and works good for quotes or inspirational pieces, but sometimes you don’t have the right picture or image on file. I have found several free images at these sites. Be sure to check the rules associated with pictures that are not your own. Make sure to give credit when it’s due, and don’t infringe upon copyrighted images.
Once you get the perfect image, you need to put it all together. My favorite creative sites are PicMonkey and Canva.
Support Blogging might seem like a lonely profession while you sit in your home office and write and create, but you are not alone on this journey. There’s bound to be a local blogging group(s) in your area. If you are in NC, consider joining the NC Blogger’s Network. The network provides frequent meet-ups, blogging opportunities (check out my Bed & Breakfast post), and an exclusive Facebook group for network members. Vend Raleigh is another supportive group located in the Raleigh, NC area that provides meet-ups and educational classes.
There are several national blogging groups that provide similar support on a much larger scale.
Stay Educated: Like I mentioned above, blogging is always changing and continued education is a must. Here are a few blogging classes that I highly recommend from Blog Clarity.
Are you a blogger? What resources would you add?