Six Things To Know When Creating A Blog

Are you thinking about creating your first blog? If so, this is an exciting time for you. Here are a few tips for you to help you to save time and create the website that you have always wanted.

Finding the right niche

When thinking about starting a blog you must find your niche. There are hundreds of niches to choose from.  You just have to use your head. For example, if you wanted to start a Christian blog your niche would be Christianity. A few other niches include finance, parenting, health, lifestyle, home improvement, sports, blogging, tech, etc. There are also niches within niches. For example, instead of creating a blog about animals, you can create a blog about dogs. These niches are easier to rank for because you will have your competition. Choose a niche that you love which makes writing easier.

Choose a good web hosting company.

There are hundreds of hosting companies that you can use ranging from shared hosting to dedicated hosting. The question is, what hosting provider is the best? There is no real answer to this question but allow me to name a few popular and respected hosting providers. SiteGround –

SiteGround is a popular WordPress hosting provider that offers shared hosting plans ranging from $3.95 to $11.95 a month. What I love about SiteGround hosting is that customers can choose between 4 data center locations, which excels the page load speed of your website in other continents. SiteGround customers will enjoy SSD, free Cloudflare CDN, free SSL’s, and more. On top of basic and essential features, SiteGround offers a 300 – 400ms website load speed and a 99.99% uptime.

HostGator – HostGator is well-known among bloggers. Over 8 million domains are currently being hosted on HostGator servers. Although HostGator is not the cheapest hosting provider, they do offer premium performance. HostGator offers hosting though Ace Data Centers. Ace feeds power through redundant critical paths, dual segregated transformers, and 750kW UPS battery backup units. With HostGator you will receive unmetered bandwidth, unlimited sub domains, SSL Certification, unlimited MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin Access, and the most popular web hosting control panel cPanel.

Bluehost – Bluehost is owned by Endurance international Group. Today it is one of the 20 largest web hosting companies in the world. When you sign up with Bluehost you will be able to receive a free domain for one year. A free SSL is included on all Bluehost plans. Bluehost offers 3 shared plans that you can choose from ranging from $3.95 to $5.95 a month. Optional add-ons with Bluehost include unique IPs, domain privacy, SiteLock, CodeGuard, and Spam Protection.

iPage –

iPage is the most affordable hosting provider on this list. If you don’t mind not having the best performance, then you are free to choose iPage. For $1.99 a month you can’t really complain with what you are getting. iPage offers free domain registration, 1000s of free templates, a free drag and drop site builder, free marketing, and free 24/7 support.

Choose a CMS

Now that you have a good hosting provider you will need a CMS. There are many different content management systems for you to choose from such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla. If you are technical, then you can use Drupal. However, for most people I recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS / blogging platform in the world. With the WordPress platform you will be able to implement thousands of plugins directly from your dashboard. You will also be able to install thousands of free themes.

Setup your website

Your hosting provider will set up your CMS for you. With SiteGround, all you would have to do is choose one of their multiple web hosting plans, walk through the setup process, and allow their preinstall wizard to install WordPress. From there all that you have to do is create login details and log into your new website.

Make sure to create social media accounts

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to not promote your blog posts on social media accounts. Make sure to set up accounts with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Actively promote your content on these outlets. Social is a great way to gain continuous readership and also subscribers. Not only will you gain followers to your website, but you will also enhance the SEO of your website.

Google looks at social media when ranking sites.

Increasing Facebook likes creates brand awareness and in 2018, it is a well-known ranking signal. Engage It is imperative that you engage with other bloggers and readers. Allow your site visitors to comment on your blog posts. Step out of your comfort zone and guest blog on other blogs in your niche. The most successful bloggers are the ones that are not afraid to have back-and-forths with their visitors.

Why I Hate Blogging But Do It Anyway

 

You know it, I know it. We’re supposed to blog. Blogging helps with SEO. It leads to backlinks. It fills out your website and provides value to your audience. Heck, I’m pretty sure it’s gluten free and full of freaking antioxidants, too. Blogging is super important. I get it. But I’m gonna let you in on a secret. I hate blogging. I get overwhelmed by the task.

I can’t organize my thoughts, I get caught up in the research, and I never know where to start. The whole process makes blogging seem like a way bigger deal than it should be. It’s daunting, knowing I have to churn out content every 10 weeks. I’m busy! Surely, I have more important things to do. “I’m just swamped, I can’t find the time to blog”, is always there for an excuse. I could get out of blogging, but I don’t. I dig in, and I get it done. Begrudgingly, I never miss a blog. Here’s why.

Show what you know

A blog is the perfect way to show your expertise and share your knowledge with others. Use your blog to both give value to your audience and establish yourself as a thought leader. It’s easy to say you can do something – use your blog to prove it. Go deep on a subject, think critically, and table new opinions or discussions. The more people see you flex on a subject, the more they’ll trust your abilities as a consultant or collaborator in that domain.

Set an example

If you’re a senior leader at your organization, it’s easy to write off blogging as a low level task. No one will argue when you say, “I have more important things to do.” You probably do. But what sort of example are you setting? What does it say about blogging as a task, and more importantly, your company culture? You’ve stressed the importance of content marketing – shouldn’t you be a proponent of content production? By being part of the blog schedule, you’re setting an example. You’re showing that you, too, need to stay up-to-date on the industry everyone needs to get their hands dirty. You’re the foreman who comes down from his office and gets on the assembly line. From the top down, everyone needs to keep learning – even you.

When you teach it, you retain it

Sweeping changes to privacy rules happened this year because of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In April, I was like “what the heck is a ‘GDPR”.Some people research topics like this so they are able to relay the information to others and teach it. There’s the belief that you don’t truly know something until you’re able to teach it. Use blogging as an excuse to become an expert on a topic, and use the blog itself as your classroom. With these three reasons in mind, I’ve managed to overcome my blog block. That’s not to say I haven’t spent time staring at a blank word document, unsure of where to begin.

Utilize your blog time with a structured approach.

Once you have a topic, do your research and make a rough outline. Run it by your team or content editor and revise before jumping into a first draft. From there, it’s rinse and repeat until your draft is ready for publishing.

Get back to writing

If you’re reading this, we might be alike. You, too, may hate dislike blogging. You might be procrastinating or putting off your blog right now! We all have those tasks we’d rather pass off, but we know the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. So vaya con Dios, get out there and blog, you badass blogger, you.

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