Starting your first blog is exciting! The possibilities are endless and so are the choices it seems. From deciding on hosting to platforms to topics, you can feel very overwhelmed very fast.
To help make the process a little easier for you- I put together a list of some of my favorite bloggers and their advice on everything from blog design to advice for future bloggers. Enjoy!
Designing Your First Blog
Rebekah Radice is a leading social media strategist and blogger who knows how to create content people love. Here she lays out a clear outline on how to set the right expectations and goals for your blog. I love her questions on what you want from your blog and how to create content that is perfect for your audience.
Mariah Coz of Femtrepreneur shares her tips here on creating your first blog. I loved reading her process and my favorite takeaway from her post is that she writes 10,000 words a day. Mariah is known for having great content so writing more is definitely something that I am looking to do in the future.
Lauren Hooker is the branding expert behind the blog, Elle & Company. All too often, new bloggers start a blog with no focus. Scared of narrowing themselves, they try to write about everything and never really find an audience. Lauren gives great tips on finding your place in the blog world.
Self Hosting/Starting Your First Blog
Trying to find the best hosting provider for your blog launch can be tricky. If you ask around on any blogging group, you will probably hear great reviews and horror stories about every company out there. Suzi from Start A Mom Blog shares her research with you here including real life experiences from bloggers on all of the major companies out there.
Blog Ambitions has a great step by step post on launching your first blog with Blue Host. Starting out on WordPress can be overwhelming to new bloggers so I love that she includes screenshots to get you up and running in no time.
I met This Outnumbered Mama in a mastermind group on Facebook and I’m her newest fan. I love this post on getting your first blog up and running in an afternoon. She gives great suggestions for new bloggers on themes, hosting and creating content. So much of starting your blog is about just doing it so I love that she emphasizes this philosophy as well.
Wonderlass is an awesome blog and one of my favorite style inspirations. This post covers designing your blog, setting up hosting and getting started on WordPress. Oh and did I mention she also includes some freebies to help get you better organized? P.S. She takes awesome stock photos that she offers for free from time to time.
Amy Lynn Andrews is one of the most popular “blogging” bloggers out there. This is another step by step walkthrough on setting your hosting up with BlueHost. Lots of helpful graphics and information to make sure the process is as easy as possible.
By Regina is one of the best sites I have found to help new bloggers get started blogging. Regina always over delivers in her posts, webinars and emails with enormous content and value. This post is a full guide on starting your first blog with limited funds. She also includes downloads on blog and business planning.
Mom Blog Mentor delivers a great cheat sheet that focuses on all of the buzz words you are about to hear as you enter blog land. Save this one- it will come in handy as you begin to learn more about blogging.
The Nectar Collective by Melyssa Griffin is known for being one of the premier places for bloggers looking to take their blog to the next level. I love reading and getting tips from other bloggers on what they have used to create a successful blog. Here are Melyssa’s picks on everything from hosting to microphones.
Here’s another great list, this time from Erika of Olyvia.co. She covers lots of great recommendations (check out her theme recommendations) and also includes resources from other bloggers she loves. I have EpicBlog she mentions here and it is well worth the money to get it.
Creating Blog Posts
Living For Naptime is one of my favorite “mommy blogs”. Creating original blog content can be one of the most challenging and time consuming parts of blogging. I love her ideas in this post on how to map out your posts and research ideas for new ones.
Design Your Own Blog is a great place to get DIY tips and tricks on making your blog more beautiful. Creating blog headlines is one of the most time-consuming parts for me in the creation process. I love this post on how to create clickable headlines.
Think Creative Collective has a great blog and amazing style (check out their Instagram feed). This post outlines their process for creating their posts. They also include free downloads to keep you on the right track and get you results.
Promoting Your Posts
Andrea “Dre” Beltrami of The Branded Solopreneur is one of my favorite bloggers. I love her no nonsense practical advice on how to be an awesome blogger. Learning how to promote your posts on social media is essential to establishing your authority as a blogger. I love that Andrea offers a free mini course on this very topic! She promises to show you her exact roadmap for blog post promotion.
Peg Fitzpatrick is another blogger that I love. Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for blog promotion and love all of her tips for creating “magic” in your social media strategy. I use nearly all of these tips every time I create a new post. I particularly love her tips for making your post more share-worthy by using Social Warfare and Pin-It buttons.
Networking With Other Bloggers
Finding great Facebook groups that help you grow, collaborate and promote your blog is key to your success. Caitlin Bacher runs an awesome Facebook group called For Love + Money so she knows a few things about networking. I love her breakdown here on the groups and what you can expect when you join.
Bonus: Caitlin also links to a post by Erika Madden where Erika shares her favorite groups for entrepreneurs.
Advice To Future Bloggers
As you get more experience blogging, you will definitely look back and see what you should have done differently. This post from XO Sarah is full of great advice for anyone looking to start their first blog. I love that she stresses the importance of setting goals for your blog. Having a clear direction for your blog will help shorten your learning curve and get you results faster.
Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. So many people start blogs and abandon them within the first 6 months. Daniela Uslan provides some great insight here on what makes a great blogger. She also emphasizes that creating a great blog can take time so stick with it and see how it develops.
Hopefully these articles have helped you get a little closer to getting that blog started. Blogging is a fun and awesome experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. So tell me in the comments- what’s one thing you wish you had known about blogging before you got started?
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