I remember being so lost before starting my first blog. These are some great tips!
Why you should create a blog?
Tumblr: I’ve personally used Tumblr from 2012-2014. It’s different than other blogging platforms. It is a micro-blogging platform with social networking features. It’s an excellent platform for short and shareable content like photos, art, poems, etc. It has a re-blog content feature, which is a great way to get your blog exposure. However, you need to know some basic HTML/CSS to customize your website or add widgets.
WordPress.com: This platform offers a basic blog hosting service for free. You can purchase additional options like additional storage and other premium services. It has limited options to extend your site. You cannot use custom themes and plugins for customizing your blog, and you cannot run advertisements on your blog. Instead, WordPress.com will show their ads on your free website. It’s completely free if you are happy with a WordPress.com sub-domain.
WordPress.org: This is a self-hosted solution, which means that you will need to sign up with a WordPress hosting provider. It is an excellent option if you want to have full control over your blog’s future. You can grow your blog and add extra features like forums, online stores, and paid membership. You also get access to more than 54,000 free plugins. If you are looking for trusted hosting service, I highly recommend Bluehost. It’s the best affordable hosting for beginners, and you will get a FREE domain name when you buy a 12-month plan. Get a 65% discount if you sign up here.
Wix: This is also a hosted platform to build websites. It offers an easy way for small businesses to build a website using drag and drop tools. You can also add a blog to your website by adding the Wix Blog app. You can customize your site using dozens of templates and third-party apps, but the free account is limited and shows Wix branding and ads on your website.
Blogspot/Blogger: This is a free blogging service by Google. It offers a quick and easy way to create a blog for non-tech-savvy users. It gives you an unlimited bandwidth, which is a good thing for bloggers who upload numerous hi-res photos on their blogs. You can’t have it self-hosted since it is owned by Google. Widgets and plugins are also limited. Blogspot is the best platform for starters or those who don’t want to spend too much on hosting and other maintenance costs. Like Tumblr, you also need to know some basic HTML/CSS to customize your website.
The homepage is considered as the most relevant page of your website because it’s the first page that your visitors will see. About page is as relevant as the homepage. You can draw your readers deeper into your blog by describing what your blog is about. Include a featured image and detailed information about you and your blog. (Click here for an example of About page) The same goes for the contact page. Imagine, if someone’s stumbled across your post and they love what they read, they will leave a comment on your blog, or they will reach out to you directly by clicking your Contact page. What if you don’t have it? How they can contact you?
Step 6: Publish your 1st Blog Post
This is it! Now it’s the perfect time to publish your 1st post! Start it by writing an interesting article depending on your niche. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be your best writing yet, but the post should be about the subject you have chosen to write about. Do not write an introduction to yourself, who you are, and what you like to do. Save that for your About page. Instead, think about why you started a blog and what the purpose of the blog is. Think of your first post as the center of it all, the core that links out to other posts. Don’t forget to share it on all your social media accounts!
Step 7: Maintain your Blog and Create Quality Content
Congratulations on creating your blog! This is just the beginning. You have to maintain your blog by posting regularly. You can start posting once a week or every 2 weeks, but do not sacrifice the quality of your content. I suggest investing time in creating an editorial calendar to make sure you are writing interesting and worth reading content for your readers. Reply to their comments and ask for their suggestions on what they want to read next, and how to improve your blog.
Blogging success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication, hard work, and lots of patience. If you decided to make your own blog or if you are blogging for a while now and you’re still not where you want to be, that’s okay. Don’t be discouraged and just continue what you are doing! Always remember your reason for blogging. It’s important to never ever compare your journey to the other bloggers. Success comes slowly. Trust me, you’ll get there!