So you’ve made the decision to create your own blog?
You’ve asked yourself The 9 Important Tasks You Should Consider While Starting A Blog, and you’re still interested in starting one?
For almost ten years, I’ve been a blogger.
I adore it, and I’m sure you will as well, but it hasn’t been easy.
There is so much to accomplish when beginning a blog that the best place to begin is with a reliable laptop, the best platform for you, and patience.
Oh, the patience required!
Developing a Blogger’s Mindset
Blogging consumes a significant amount of your time and work.
I routinely spend over 30 hours a week blogging, originally while working a full-time job, and I despise it at times.
Bloggers who are successful are well-organized, have a thick skin, and are gutsy.
You will receive a lot of criticism for your blog; even the finest blogs have trolls, and you will not receive support from friends and family for various reasons.
I’ve started three blogs and it’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.
Choosing Where To Host Your Blog
First and foremost, what will you write about? What are your hobbies and passions?
Is there a subject in which you are an expert? Do you wish to write a multi-topic blog or capture your daily life?
You might get bored, stop blogging, and waste both time and money if you don’t have a plan.
This is something that has happened to me. I used to have a pointless blog, but I got tired of it and erased it.
WordPress allows for so much more freedom as you own your content and the cost for hosting is minimal.
If your blog breaks the complex rules at blogger it can be deleted without warning.
Choosing a Domain and a Name for Your Blog
For novice bloggers, deciding on a blog name might be a nightmare.
There are millions of websites on the internet, so it’s a large space.
As a result, it’s possible that the ideal name and domain are already taken.
If you use Blogger, your blog will be a subdomain of.blogspot.com unless you purchase a domain from a service like godaddy.com.
If you choose to use wordpress.org, you will need a domain name before you can start building your website.
Fortunately, there is a fantastic tool called Name Mesh that may assist you in finding the perfect domain name.
Simply type in a few words or a topic to write about, and it will generate a list of URLs that contain or are similar to the words you type in.
Always go with a.com domain because it has the most authority, but it doesn’t really matter in terms of SEO.
Make Your Personal Branding
You have the option of hiring someone to create a logo for you or creating one yourself.
These are available for purchase on Fiverr for $5.
Designing your own blog header and logo is easier than you might think, and Canva is the perfect tool for the job.
There are plenty of high-quality stock photos available on the internet if you wish to include an image in your banner.
Create a Foundation Pages
These communicate who you are and what you stand for.
These also demonstrate to people that you value their privacy.
Data and the security of personal data are extremely important now that GDPR legislation is in place.
If you mishandle personal data such as email addresses, names, or IP addresses, you could face severe penalties.
Make a Content and Category Strategy
You’ll need to know what you’re going to write, even if simply in general.
You don’t need to have every concept brainstormed, but having one in mind makes it easier to get started.
A solid site layout can also help you with SEO and ensure that Google can simply explore your site.
Create Your Social Media Page
I strongly advise you to develop your social media pages as soon as possible.
This may not appear to be a high priority, yet I failed to do so.
The Instagram name I wanted was accessible one day, but not the next.
This will ensure that your brand is consistent.
You should also think about adding social share buttons to your website so that your readers may share your information on social media.
We use the Sassy Social Share plugin since it has so many customization options.
You should also provide links to your social media accounts so that your viewers may follow you and be informed about new postings.
Set up Google Analytics and Webmasters
Webmasters Tools is a place where you can submit information about your site, including sitemaps, in order for search engines to include your blog in their results.
Remember to register on both Google and Bing.
Bing is a search engine that is sometimes underestimated, yet it is the default search engine for Internet Explorer and can send a lot of traffic to your blog.
Google Analytics will help you track your blog’s traffic and determine which posts are the most popular.