3 Things You Need To Do Before Starting Your Blog

Starting your blog can be both an exciting and overwhelming adventure. Today, we are sharing three tips that will help you get started on a positive journey to blogging online!

#1 Figure Out Your Audience and Subject Matter

The first thing you want to do before anything else is to brainstorm the audience you hope to capture and what your ultimate subject matter will be.

A simple way to get inspiration for this is by searching Pinterest. Use the search bar to check out whether or not the subjects that you want to blog about is trending or not. You definitely want a topic that gets volume on Pinterest as it is one of the simplest ways to gain traffic even with a new blog! You can read more tips about Pinterest here.

#2 Double Check Your Domain Name Ideas

Before you register your domain name I highly recommend checking to see if you will be able to get the matching names on social media outlets. For example, if your domain name was called JaneDoeLovesChocolate, you would want to make sure that name is also available on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

You will also want to make sure it is available on Pinterest (even though it’s not a social media). This will help you set your brand up for success.

#3 Brainstorm at least 10 to 20 Posts

This can’t be stated enough: Take a few days to brainstorm post ideas and post titles. If you can start your blog out with great content right away you will be well ahead of the game! This will also look favorable on search engines.

After you’ve completed these three steps, you may be ready to start your own blog! Check out my tips for starting a blog from scratch here.

Blogging For Beginners

How To Start A Blog

In interest of full disclosure, I have been blogging for well over a decade. I’ve had small victories and big victories. I’ve used just about every platform out there.

It’s a great way to make money, meet new friends and tuck web creation under your belt. Today, I’m going to share a couple of tips to help you to start a blog.

Where To Start

If you want to start a business web site, I recommend SiteGround for WordPress.

Going through SiteGround was EASY. I had  my web site up and going in less than half an hour! In fact, I had my first article up by the end of the day, and within a month, I had a pin going viral on Pinterest.

PRO TIP: The reason using a hosted website through SiteGround is recommended over free blogs is that you are able to Monetize because you actually OWN your blog (as apposed to freebie blogs where you are not the owner) and can have more control overall.

Start With  a Basic Plan:

Sign up with SiteGround! They have a step by step process that simplified everything for me.

Once you log into SiteGround, you’ll be asked to pick a particular plan. I recommend starting with  basic plan, then later once you’ve found your groove with blogging you can upgrade your account.

Choose Your Domain Name:

This is your web site address. This is what sets you apart. Ask yourself: What is your goal with your web site? Think of your target audience. For example, I chose Bloggers Share, because I was inspired by the blogging community. So many of my favorite bloggers shared their tips that helped me with my own blogging journey. And now I get to give back by sharing my own tips!

Stick to a niche…or two or three: 

I highly recommend finding a niche for your blog to center around. Case in point: I blog about blogging, social media, and simple living. I want to be successful with my blog so that I can enjoy a simple life with my family!

Not sure where to start with topics? Here’s  quick list to get you started:

  • Lifestyle Blogs: Centered around faith, family, fashion.
  • Fashion Blogs: Outfit ideas, make up tips, etc.
  • Health Blogs: Healthy recipes, tips, etc.
  • Teaching Blogs: Tutoring tips, learning worksheets, etc.

After these steps are completed, you may want to read my article on How To Look Like A Pro Blogger When You Are a Newbie!

Once you decide to start a blog, come back and tell me about it! I love getting to know my readers.

Don’t forget to join my Pinterest Group to help get exposure to your new blog! Also, check out this post before you begin to start a blog and learn what tricks will help you not look like a newbie!

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