If you are looking for a creative outlet, lifestyle blogging can be a very rewarding and fun way to express yourself. Starting a blog can be a cool new hobby or if you have a business, a great way to market your brand online. It is super easy to get started and not too costly. Even without too much computer knowledge, you can certain get one going. This article will give you some basic guidance on how to start your own blog quickly and with ease.
First Steps To Getting Your Blog Up and Running
Come up with a Theme and Name For Your Blog
Creating a “lifestyle” blog does not mean you are recording every move you make. Most of the time, lifestyle bloggers will focus on a particular theme or topic for their posts. Doing this helps followers understand the flow of your blog. It will also give you a hand in creating content that remains focused.
When it comes to thinking about ideas for content, make sure you keep it to things you find interesting and exciting. Some fun topics could be beauty, fashion, family life, or cooking. Now you do not have to create a theme for your blog, but it will certainly help drive traffic to your site.
So now comes the fun part! Coming up with the name. This is a tough one for people. A few things to keep in mind are that your blog name should be simple for people to both remember and spell. It should also have some sort of tie in to either you or the topics you are covering. Once you’ve got a great idea for a name, be sure that you Google it. Do a check to ensure there aren’t any existing blogs or businesses with the same name.
Now you need to give that domain name a check! This is the last major thing to do before being done with this step. You can quickly head over to any domain registrar and check if it’s available. If it is not, try coming up with different combinations, shortening the name, or there is always the option of using alternate domains like .co.
Choose a blogging platform and Register Your Domain Name
There are of bunch of blogging platforms to choose from. Blogger is free and pretty simple to use. Wordpress is probably the most recognizable one and it provides you with access to a ton of features and plugins. There is a free online version, or the .org version that you host yourself.
It can be confusing but the main thing you need to know is that the free version is limited in what it can do for you and it also does not let you advertise or utilize custom themes. I personally like WordPress because your blog is secure on your own server.
Now back to your domain name.
Of course, like with any other business service, there are lots of sites where you can purchase your domain. One thing to keep in mind is you will need hosting as well. The nice thing is that when you register you also purchase your hosting. They go together.
A few good domain registrars that are known to be reputable are HostGator, GoDaddy and Namecheap. I can also say that I have know these to have good customer support as well.
Social Media Management Tools
So I definitely want to stress the importance of incorporating social media into the marketing of your blog. It is a necessity if you want to have a successful blog. Sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are key to getting your blog in front of a big audience.
Once you get started posting regularly, you definitely want to incorporate scheduling out your posts. Scheduling your social media posts guarantees that you never miss an important deadline or post because of loss of internet access or any other unforeseen event. Doing this will save you a boatload of time and will allow you to focus on your writing and further branding of your blog.
In closing, blogging can be a very rewarding creative outlet and if done right, can be monetized as well. In turn, you do need to dedicate time into constantly learning more and keeping up with changes on the internet and social media. Doing so will help you maintain it, grow it and certainly turn it into something that’s more than a once-in-awhile hobby. I hope these tips have been helpful and I wish you much blogging success!