Well starting a blog is pretty easy. I'm here to show in a very short and sweet manner on how you can start a blog today. As you know there are plenty of platforms to choose from ( weebly, wordpress, squarespace, wix, etc), but it's just choosing a platform that works for you. Well here are some steps you need to take before you make the BIG move:
1. Pick a Niche 2. Create the blog name 3. Pick a blog platform 4. Buy domain name 5. Create 10-50 posts before publishing 6. Do some SEO 7. Publish blog
I don't suggest you pick a niche that your not passionate about. It's best to choose something that your knowledgeable in and/or enjoy doing. Here are some suggestions:
-blog about blogging -work at home -mommy life -DIY -Frugal/simple livign -travel -healthy lifestyle( vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc) -managing finances -Beauty -Fashion -homeschooling etc
Picking a good blog name is very important. This will be your brand to represent who you are and what your offering to the world. Your blog name should match the content your putting out. Your blog title don't ex. Blog name -SewingHobbyist, but your posting about computers. Right, that is not a good look. A good blog name is great for SEO, if done correctly. Also, make it short and sweet. Long titles looks distasteful.
I choose to use Weebly because I already paid $95 for a year for my other niche site that I run. Also, I researched that Weebly was another great platform to use other than WordPress. I didn't choose WordPress because I wanted the option of paying monthly instead of yearly. Plus, Weebly is simple to navigate as well. Although, I'm looking to switch over too WordPress in the near future ( Will show you how to create on WordPress, once I switch over). You can create up to 10 websites free using this site. Here are the steps to sign up
Click sign up on the right hand side. Put in all your information and click create your site.
You will be brought to the themes page. Choose the blog tab. Choose any of the themes that are pleasing to your eye.
Then you'll be directed to this page. On you are able to add pages, build your site up like, adding ad-sense. Also to so SEO.
Now you can buy a domain through the Weebly site. You will get a free domain when you purchase to yearly subscription, plus an $100 credit toward Google adwords. I did make a mistake and bought my domain names first before deciding what platform I was going to use. I should of chose the platform first instead of rushing to buy a domain. Please don't make that mistake. If you don't pay the yearly subscribe, but chose monthly; you will have to pay for domain name which will cost you $19.99 starting off for a year. If you choose to buy a domain name out side of weebly, I suggest you use BlueHost. That's what I used to purchase mine. You can sign up here, Also there is a 30 days money back guaranteed, if you're not satisfied with their service. So, don't be shy to try.
Here's a look of some of the pricing. I paid $14 for a years subscription for my domain.
Yes, have some content already created before you publish your blog. You don't want to look like a newbie site. It's good to do this, so that you have post ready to start promoting. Also, you readers will have enough content to browse around and read.
Do not wait until months ahead to do some on-sit SEO. You don't have to pay someone to do it either, but if you do I suggest you check out fiverr. There are some free resources you can use to find keywords. I use KeywordKeg and google search engine to find them. You can use KeywordKeg for free for a certain amount of entries per day.
You type in the keyword related to your niche. You will be provided with a ton of keywords with their ranking. I like this site because they provide detail on the amount of volume the keyword gets, the competition, worth, and how trending it is. You can only up to 10 keywords for free per search. You can go get unlimited keywords on their paid plan, but I just use the free option for now.
For google, just type in your keyword. Google will automatically populate a drop down list of popular keywords that people search. This a free and great tool to use to put in you tags.
So to put in your key words, click on the page tab
click on the page you want to add keywords to and you should see this. Once you get there, click on SEO Settings.
After you put in your page title, page title in page permalink, and created a page description; click on meta keywords. Put in all your keywords you found for your SEO.
When, you done with steps 1-6, Now it's time to Publish
On the top right hand side, Click on Publish. It will bring you automatically to pick a plan page, if you haven't already done so. If, you picked a plan before you've publish, then your site will be live.
Here you'll see all their plans and their pricing. Choose whichever, suite your needs. Now Your done!
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