How To Master Blogging From The Start

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Hello my coffee addict sisters! I hope you enjoyed the gorgeous weekend. I personally got some things done that needed it. Like, relocating items around the house and purchasing two new dinner plates. Yes, I’m a weirdo when it comes to dinnerware. I only hunt for good pieces at ReStore until I find the ones that are high quality for $1. So many of our IG friends are often curious about blogging and truth be told, even after I try helping them……they get intimidated. I’m working on several different posts so that you don’t get overwhelmed. One might ask, “How To Start Mastering A Blog From The Start’. If you’ve checked out our step by step blog setup, you will still need guidance but that should help with some things.

HOW TO MASTER BLOGGING

If you already have your website set up, good! Scroll down below to learn how to master blogging from the get go.

I’m going to briefly go over how to set up a blog website again for those that are new here. I personally enjoy GoDaddy. They’ve helped me countless times and are proficient whenever I need help/fix with my websites. I have used them for well over 9 years and have never switched. I also use WordPress. Once you choose a hosting plan through GoDaddy, BlueHost or wherever, you’ll need WP. I am saying this because the SEO and everything you need to GROW is through this platform. If you’re already set up without someone else that’s perfectly fine. Continue learning how to grow from the very beginning.

Once you have everything set up to go with your plan ( through one of the mentions above ), you’ll want to login and start getting familiar with the platform. Link above for those that need help getting set up: there’s screenshots in that post that help you understand the WP dashboard. I’ll post more tutorials coming soon. Do a welcome post and start publishing. I will share tips on how to create master HEADLINES below.

You’ll need:

PLUGINS– important ones: Yoast SEO, Askimet, Really Simple SSL, and some other ones you may need are forms, social media share buttons, pin it button, email, etc…. PRO TIP: only install what you absolutely use and need. Deactivate and delete the ones you don’t. Same with themes.

THEME– whether you choose the free option or not, this needs to be done before you go live with your site. Install free ones under APPEARANCE-THEMES- ADD NEW. You can choose to purchase a gorgeous, simple, clean premade theme by my favorite designers.

PAGES– ( about, contact, shop { if you have one }, sponsorship or work with me, and a good category page link ) BTW: the ‘less is more’ plays a huge role when you’re creating your pages. you can successfully set these up under APPEARANCE – MENUS.

POSTS– start writing good content from the start: whatever your blog is about, get to publishing 1-2 topics per week ( this prevents you from looking spammy to Google……take it slow and then increase your posts to at least 5 per week if you can )

SHARING– getting up and running is wonderful…..then we must share! get on PINTEREST first. I’ll share more tips below about this. Pick two social media and start sharing your new website daily.

Mastering your blog once you’re all set up:

Get On Pinterest Straight Away– this is something every website, business and blogger needs above any other social media platform. Take Note that Pinterest is not social media, it’s a search engine much like Google. The reason this is top priority is because if you’re looking to grow fast and master blogging immediately ( whether you need to make money from your blog or not ) is imperative.

Choose Your Niche + Two Places You Want To Form A Community– this is where you will take off like a boss. So many businesses, bloggers focus on too many social media sites to get listed on and it runs them into a brick wall. You are only one person. Find your target audience and stick with 2 platforms that help you form the community you need for your blogs. Focus on simplicity not competition.

Proper Titles, Keywords and Content– pay attention this is important. When you’re new to blogging you don’t really know how important a headline is or focus keyphrases. I have yet to post about this topic in full detail but stick with me.

  • Catchy Titles show up on the first few pages of Google rather than plain, boring ones. If you are trying to master blogging right away, you will need to learn more about writing good titles. I know from experience and what gets top views are post titles like: how to’s, anything with a number in it IE: 87 Farmhouse Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas, DIY pastel planter with macrame. You get the idea? No…..okay, here’s a great post about catchy headlines.
  • Keywords are very important and that’s why we mentioned installing the Yoast SEO plugin above. Think like a Google searcher and type something into google search ( anything you might be looking for info on )………that’s how you have to create your keywords when writing your blog posts. Use the keyword that is in your catchy title several times throughout your posts. I’m going to admit that I’m very bad at this. But I’m learning right along with you.
  • Content is key and I published some good posts about this. Write longer ( 1,000 + word posts ) and break up your writing into paragraphs, bulletins, etc. Make it easy on the eye and not bunchy. Focus on your Headings: in wordpress there are things called BLOCKS now. You can add a new one by clicking the little plus sign + add a heading and use H2, H3…..from what I understand the H4 is not that important and I don’t go crazy using the heading 2. Use 1-2 times throughout the post to get those bold break ups between paragraphs. Proofread and proofread again. You don’t want misspelled words and errors in your freshly published content. Post worthy, not just to post. Try not to get off topic as well……which is easy to do! But you’ve got this. The more you write, the better you get.

Successful Blogging Tips For The New Boss Blogger

  • Create quality boards for pinning your posts! This is helpful- Canva is by far my favorite. I did upgrade to the premium version but I wanted to say it’s not much different. The free version will do just fine. As you can see I have made a couple graphics for this post to specifically pin because Pinterest is where my traffic comes from. I have some tutorials on this website for using canva but I will add more soon. Good photos and stock photos will go a long way.
  • Talk the walk. Or is it, walk the walk…..I don’t know!! I discuss this a lot!!! Know what you’re talking about and people will be drawn to just that. You cannot post stuff you know nothing about. Do research beforehand and share your experience, etc. It goes a long way……and if you don’t, well then fake it til ya make it I guess! Haha.

All in all, start a blog because of these reasons and not for money. I am going to admit, it was really hard for me to sign up for affiliate marketing because I stated so many times in the past that I DO NOT like it. However, I want to be able to share my tips and experiences with you all, so I have to actually get involved to see how it all works. Since there are so many interested entrepreneurs that would love to start a blog to make money, I will at least try to help those looking for tips. I only link to products I believe in and will not misguide anyone. I always speak the truth and will do my best sending out advice.

If you need me to post about anything ( blog related or not ), please comment below. Until next time, more coffee please!

Oh, Hey There Gorgeous! My name is Victoria, creator, lover of all things pretty and obsessed coffee drinker. In the past 9 years of blogging I have shared tips and tricks with novices that want to learn how to blog, start a blog and perhaps even make money off of it. I'm currently studying to be a Pinterest expert. This community is for all the mompreneurs, bloggers and college students dousing their way through networking just to support their families/pay those bills. We support small businesses + women alike. Share your story....we're nosy! If you need anything, just holler.
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