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Getting started is never easy. Wishing to start off great but not knowing how to take the first step is completely understandable. You can turn blogging into a business, a movement, a way of life with the help of some handy tools. So, what’s the secret to getting started and building a successful blog that people will love?
Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting opt
Once you have decided what you are going to blog about, the next step is to settle on a name, blogging platform, and a hosting provider. It’s important to choose a unique and easy to remember domain. Pick a domain that also has the same handle available for all social media platforms – consistency is the key to success. There’s a vast amount of blogging platforms out there, and the free services they offer may be seductive, but WordPress is still your best bet. It also works well with inexpensive and reliable hosting providers like Hostinger, so it’s a great place to start. Your hosting provider will also determine how smoothly things are running on your site, so you want to have dedicated support in case problems arise.
Design your blog using a simple theme
The most important thing on your blog is your content, so don’t choose a theme that will drag your reader’s attention away from it. In design, less is always more and having clutter-free, easy to use blog will help you boost readership. If you’re not a coder, choosing a customizable theme is an excellent way to start. Free templates will allow you to fiddle with the color scheme, but not much else. So invest in a design that will give you the tools to edit its functionality as well as the aesthetics of your blog. Browse the impressive library of customizable themes on BYLT to find the one that suits your needs best.
Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel
Once you have your blog set up and your theme fired up, you should spend time in tweaking the design to achieve the look and feel you want. Do not rush your design, take time in figuring out all aspects of your blog design to create a blog that represents you. The design stage is also the time to make sure your theme works well on all devices. Screenfly is a handy tool to use for checking how well your website responds on different devices. Your readers won’t stick around if they don’t know how to navigate your blog, so keep your navigation clear and visible. Opt for a design that incorporates a lot of white space, it provides a more serene feel to your blog and is less likely to overwhelm your readers.
Select the best plugins for your blog
Keeping in mind the clutter-free design that you should aim for, avoid overcrowding your sidebars with unnecessary gadgets and widgets. A chaotic design won’t look good and will most definitely affect the loading time of your site. Most essential plugins for your blog are the CTA buttons. Ensure you install all the social media share buttons to crop up under your posts and fire up Google Analytics to measure traffic, shareability and most favored content. For WordPress install Yoast SEO to boost your SEO on all aspects. The tool is for writing better content as it helps writers stay focused throughout their article ensuring they pick one keyword and use it through their piece. Most importantly, ensure you get FeedBurner to allow effortless subscriptions to your blog.
Write compelling content that adds value to readers
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The end goal for any blog is to establish itself as the go-to platform for its niche and purpose. You will achieve that by producing quality content that will hook your readers to come back for more. Choose your topics of discussion wisely and take time in crafting your posts. You should always aim to create content that your readers will relate to and content that will solve a problem for them. Your readers are exposed to lots of information already, so use Canva and Snappa to create infographics and visuals to deliver bite-size information that’s easy to digest. Asking your readers to take action is an excellent way to embed your post in their minds and establish a deeper connection with them, so don’t forget to include CTA buttons in all your posts. Write compelling content and do it often. Achieve consistency by setting the time and day when you will post your articles.
Besides all the technical stuff, the real secret to becoming a successful blogger is doing it because you’re passionate about it. Your blog may turn into a business at some point, but if that’s the sole reason you are getting into it – you won’t succeed. Passion is something no tool or plugin can replace and people that have it prosper much faster than those who don’t. So find your passion, couple it with the tools and advice above, and there is no reason why you should not succeed in the world of blogging.