ad contributed post // If you are looking to start a blog this year, you will likely have many questions. There are a lot of little things that go into making a blog successful. You will need to start with the basics to ensure you create the most beautiful blog to share with the world.
A blog is a website that focuses on written content about any imaginable topic. Many people write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect with the reader. The best place to start is finding something to share with the world you are passionate about.
Here are four tips for starting a successful blog in the new year:
1. Pick a Blog Name
You should brainstorm a couple of ideas for your blog name. It is common for names to be already registered, so choosing a couple is better than having just one. If they are all still taken, try adding small words like “a”, “my”, “best” or “the.” You can even add a dash if none fit right into the name.
If you haven’t figured out a name yet, there are several ways to develop one, depending on what you want to blog about:
- Consider life experiences: everyone has been through lessons and experiences. Use this as inspiration for what you are sharing.
- A personal blog about you: coming up with a name can include a variety of topics to random thoughts. This is great since you aren’t limited to one topic.
- Hobbies and passions: writing about hobbies and interests will make your blogging experience effortless. No matter what it is, there will surely be an audience with the same interests.
2. Setup Your Blog
Next, you need to get your blog online. You can use a web host that stores posts, files, images and more on one site. You can also use websites like WordPress by installing it on your computer. You will need to fill out a few things like usernames and passwords to keep it secure from potential hackers. Choose a website address and you will be able to start your blog.
3. Customize Your Blog
Now that you set up the basics, you can get into the fun stuff. You can personalize your blog to build it exactly how you want for your image. The way your blog looks is essential since it will enhance the user experience. User experience is how an existing customer feels about interacting with your site and engaging on the blog.
The more appealing and easy to use your blog is, the likelihood of people staying on the site will increase. This will create brand loyalty and get people to visit your site to read your content more often.
4. Promote Your Blog
After you have written your content and put it on your website, you will want to promote it. This is where a lot of bloggers tend to fail. It is important to tell people about your blog. Even if you are new to it, it is still worthy of promotion. Even if things aren’t the way you want them to look yet, be proud of the work you put into it for now.
There are a couple of methods you can use, most of them free!
- Email Marketing
- Social Media
- Commenting on other blogs
- Guest posting
- Online forums
- Frequent posts
The Bottom Line
By now, you have an idea of how to have a successful blog. Getting started is the most crucial step you can take. It will feel amazing when your thoughts can be read by a community of like-minded people.
Happy New year Jenny.
Promoting can definitely be tough at first, but our advice for first time bloggers is to stick with it.
Yes! All of these are so vital, thanks for sharing Jenny!