Are you struggling to set up your blog? Want to set up a blog but you aren’t sure where to start?
I was in the same boat. I knew I wanted to start working from home and decided a blog was the way to go but I had no clue where to start!
I was struggling to figure out how to do the simplest things, consulting YouTube and Google for answers and only getting little snippets of information that didn’t completely answer my questions. I was beyond frustrated to say the least.
Here are my top tips to set up a blog and stop struggling:
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- Set up your blog hosting through Bluehost. It’s only $3.95/month if you use this link. I’ve been extremely happy with their service and it’s so easy to set up. You also get a free domain name! The other thing I love about it is that you can install WordPress in 1 click! If you want a step-by-step on how to do this, my post on how to start a blog will show you exactly how.
- Set up a blog using the Genesis Framework. Genesis offers plug ins that make it SO EASY to add things to your site. I was spending so much time tying to figure out how to get things to look how I wanted and where to put the code for everything. The plugins that you need are Genesis Simple Hooks and Genesis Simple Share. Makes your life easy! Simple Hooks allows you to put in code for the important stuff without being a computer genius.
- Choose a child theme. If you don’t know what this even is, don’t worry, neither did I. It basically determines how your site is going to look. It determines the main colors and layout for your blog. It took me a while to choose one but I finally decided on Pretty Chic from Pretty Darn Cute Design. I liked the colors and how everything was set up.
- This is the most important thing that made setting up my blog easy peasy…I was lucky enough to stumble upon a course that was super affordable and taught me every single thing I needed to know to get my blog up and running and I am so thankful! After I finished the course and went through the steps to get my blog started, I just sat there in awe of how much value was in this course and how simple it was to implement because everything was STEP BY STEP. This course saved me when setting up my blog. I mean, they should be charging way more for it, but I’m not going to tell them that. I’ve taken multiple courses for different aspects of blogging in the last year. Every one of them cost a lot more than this one and offered a lot less value. It teaches you everything from finding your niche, the technical part of setting up your blog step by step, how to install everything, how and where to put code in, setting up your email opt ins and email campaigns, creating content, SEO, photography tips, social media, promoting your blog, and making money from your blog. I can’t say enough about how much this changed my blogging game.
- Once you have everything set up, I would recommend writing at least 25-50 blog posts before you launch your blog. The reason I say this is that it is going to take you so much longer to grow your blog if you start from zero and just add a post or two here and there. The more content you have out there to promote, the faster your blog will grow. I did this the hard way. My first year has been a struggle to get traffic because I started with one post and added them one at a time and only wrote 1 a week. My advice is write as much as you can in the beginning and promote it everywhere, especially on Pinterest group boards, to really start getting traffic.
- Start getting accepted to affiliate marketing programs and Google Ad Sense as soon as you set up a blog if your goal is to make money. Almost every product or store has an affiliate marketing program in place. Think about what products you really love and sign up to be an affiliate. I don’t recommend trying to push any old products, be sure it’s something you really love and believe in otherwise you’ll just seem like a pushy salesman. Amazon’s affiliate program is a great place to start if you don’t have any particular products in mind. People trust buying from Amazon and they have just about everything imaginable. Also as your blog grows, new opportunities will arise. Remember that once you put the content out and promote it, people are going to find it for years to come and come across those affiliate links giving you the potential to make income on them for years without doing anything further with those posts.
I hope you’ve found my tips to set up a blog helpful. I think people decide to start a blog and think it’s going to be simple. I know I thought that. It didn’t take me long to figure out how wrong I was! It is a lot of work and can be very unrewarding in the beginning. I hope these tips give you a head start and eliminate the struggles that I and a lot of other bloggers face in the beginning.
I wish you much success with your blogging adventure!