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One of the most common questions I receive on our Facebook page and in our groups is – If I want to start blogging, what should I do? The answer is simple, in the beginning. Blogging, while it can feel intimidating, is actually a reasonably simple process.
First, you need to pick a platform for your blog. After blogging and trying different website platforms, I find that WordPress is the best and most flexible platform. There are literally hundreds of thousands of WordPress websites and blogs out there! So, no matter what type of website you want, you can find a relatively inexpensive or free template. Before you get to templates, though, you need to find somewhere to host your blog. Some people will use WordPress as their host, but for a number of reasons, self-hosted is the way that I recommend.
After 15 years of trial and error – I have found that SiteGround is by far the best. The reasons that I love them (and yes I said love)? Their uptimes are one of the best in the industry, they have amazing customer support (not a lot of sitting on hold waiting), and even their BASIC hosting packages come with a free SSL and CDN system. So, for less than $50 a year (their basic package), you receive everything that many other companies would charge over $200 a year for.
Next, you need to look at themes! This is truly a ‘get what you pay for’ situation. Free themes will have limited customization option and limited (if any) support. We have some of our favorite theme companies listed here. There really is something for everyone.
Then you are going to look at adding customization and plugins. Plugins are like website apps that do cool things, from helping people share your posts on social media to capturing email addresses.
Once you have all that done, you move on to creating your posts – posts like this one. There are LOTS of places to find inspiration for what to write, too. Just listen to your friends, your clients, your staff – there are always people looking for advice. Once you know what you want to write about, the actual sitting down and typing it all out can go quickly – check this out! Find your niche and start sharing!
Finally, promotion. Once you have created your blog and done all of your hard work, you want people to come and check you out! You can use word of mouth, but social media is one of the best ways to share what you have to say.
So basically (in a small nutshell) you are looking at your platform, your look, and your content. If you would like help this all this, we are here for you! We have an entire collection of courses to help you out, regardless of where you are in the process! Total beginner and ready to learn? Hop in on our next Blog Lab. Want us to do the set up so you can get to writing? We’ve got that here, too. We even have a course to fill in the blank for more experienced bloggers and a FREE “7 Days to Launch” course for those who are comfortable with tech and need a quick and easy guide to get started. There is no better time to start blogging than WRITE now 😀
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