I receive emails from newbie bloggers every single day. I love helping you guys out & as so many of you are currently getting ready to start your first blogs, I thought that it would be awesome to create an ultimate guide with all the tips + tricks that will get you on the right track. Let’s go!
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I know this might sound obvious, but you need to come up with a niche for your blog. Don’t think just general lifestyle/beauty/fashion/etc. Take your notebook & start planning. List 5 topics you could blog about. Now cross out 3 of them. The more narrow your niche is- the more chances to have to succeed. I used to blog about EVERYTHING. Seriously. Not only it was exhausting, but I couldn’t see my blog + biz growing smoothly. As soon as I decided to narrow my niche, things started to pick up, so don’t make the same mistake!
Now once you have a clear idea of your blogging niche, we can get started…
Decide what platform is best for your needs. I personally started my blog on Blogger at first and only moved to self-hosted WordPress.org after almost 1.5 years of blogging full-time.
Of course, if you’re in this for a long run, I would recommend you start your blog with your own hosting + domain name straight away & use self-hosted WordPress. It’s actually very easy, and you can do it in under 5 minutes, find out how →.
So you have your blog live & active now, but it’s not looking real pretty just yet? Don’t worry! There are so many simple ways to brand your blog in no time.
Get yourself a premade blog theme & your professional looking blog will be ready in seconds.
Installing your blog design theme is super easy & you always get step-by-step instructions in the package (or you can use free installation services).
You can also prepare matching social media covers + post templates by using one of these Blog Branding Packages. We have you covered, friend!
This is important, friend. In this visual era, you must care about your blog’s looks if you want to succeed online.
Being active on social media is the best way to bring the most engaged audience to your blog. I personally focus on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook. However, you can definitely get awesome results from other platforms if you analyse & use them properly. It’s really up to you to decide but make sure to register your accounts as soon as possible & secure those unique usernames.
Now let’s get to the fun part- your content creation!
The about page is the most visited static page on anyone’s blog. That’s no surprise. My new visitors usually go straight to my ‘ about ‘ page as they want to know if my blog is worth their time. Be unique yet informative here. Introduce your niche & your blog idea, share a personal story or simply let your readers know why have you decided to start your blog after all.
A blog is your personal space & you have to show your pretty face to your audience. Don’t be shy! Make sure to include a portrait of yourself on your about page or even add a small blurb with a headshot on the sidebar. You don’t need a fancy camera for this. Just make sure to get a good, natural lighting & you can even use your smartphone for taking a perfect headshot. Don’t forget to smile!
Categorising your future posts can do wonders to your users’ engagement. Even if you don’t have a lot of content yet, setting up your categories will help you stay more focused on your niche. Not sure how to use those? Read more here.
I love using my planner & scheduling blog posts ideas in advance. Whenever a new article topic pops into my mind- I will write it down for the next available date. This helps me to stay focused on my content & avoid the blogging break-down. Get inspired! Check out 30 lifestyle blog posts ideas or 30 blog post ideas for fashion bloggers.
Here we go! You can now call yourself a blogger! Isn’t this exciting?
In the comments, let me know why have you decided to start your blog. Doesn’t matter if you’ve had your blog for ages or just started out, I’d love to know!
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