Starting a blog is easier than ever, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally simple. At the very least you need to know what you want to write about, and you need a content strategy of some kind. Indeed, blogs can even make you a lot of money when you set them upright! And to help you out with that, we’ve listed below the top 4 things you need to know right now to get your blog onto the internet in the best way possible.
A Good Name
The name is what your blog is all about, so it needs to be relevant at the very least! It also needs to be interesting, and attention-catching, and it needs to make sense with your domain. As such, picking a good name can be hard, and you need to spend a while thinking over possible candidates. To start, write down as many as you can think of and get loved ones to review them for you.
A Reliable Host
Website hosting is a key part of building a blog from the ground up, but so many people either write it off or forget about it completely. A web host itself is the sole reason your blog can be found on the internet, and without one, you’re not going to be able to write and store anything usable for your homepage. So now’s the time to research web hosts. Find one you like, Sign Up to it, get your domain registered on it, and then get on with the steps below!
Some Useful Plugins
Once you’ve got the bones of the website up and running, it’s worth it to look into adding both a blogging platform to it and some useful plugins that work in tandem. For example, if you choose to work with WordPress, you can use plugins that can reduce comment spam, or allow you to create a member’s area with two-factor authentication. These are incredibly useful to have and will streamline the blogging experience for both you and your readers.
Now we come to the nitty-gritty of the process: the content you’re going to produce. It needs to have worth, it needs to be interesting, and it needs to be attention-grabbing – this is not a formula that comes easy to first-time bloggers! After all, your first few posts can get absolutely no traction whatsoever.
They’re ignored for a long time and then one day they’ll be indexed by Google and might catch a read or two. This happens to everyone, so don’t think you’ll easily beat the odds here. Instead, think about how you can relate to an audience. What would you want to read? What kind of article would help you out in life? Always ask questions like this before typing away.
Starting your own blog can be a lengthy and involved process. Make sure you know what you need to do before putting your plan in motion.
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