I was once in your shoes. I read tons of blogs and dreamed about the day I would start my own. Here I am years later and I’m still blogging, and you know what? It’s been the best decision to start my own blog! It’s given me the creative freedom I yearned for and I’ve also met some pretty cool bloggers and developed friendships along the way. The best advice I have for you is don’t wait any longer! Today is the perfect day to start a blog. No matter what kind of blog you want to start, I want to help you. Here are some of the best (in my opinion) and my most used blogging resources I still turn to when seeking advice. So what are you waiting for?!
Food Blogger Pro
I know what you’re thinking. You’re not a food blogger! I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The process of starting a blog, writing posts in WordPress, photography, and photo editing is the same no matter what kind of blogger you are! My food blogger friend recommended Food Blogger Pro to me and said it has made life SO much easier. Every single thing you learn in Food Blogger Pro is applicable to anyone wanting to start a blog. Not only that, but it covers all the essentials of blogging and walks you through everything in very easy to understand videos. I cannot stress enough how important Food Blogger Pro is if you want to take blogging seriously. You will learn how to set up your site, advertising, social media, photography and things you would never think of but are super important to you and your blog!
Domain Name and Hosting
The first step in starting a blog is coming up with a name. After you choose a name, you need to set up your website. Your domain name is the URL of your blog, or the www. web address. Usually this is the same as your blog nme. Hosting is like the backbone of your site. It’s what stores all of the information to keep your blog up and running. There are platforms out there that offer free domain names and hosting (Blogger, WordPress.com), but the domain name is much longer because it includes their own name. (e.g. hammerandheels.blogspot.com) which is harder to remember and it doesn’t look as professional. I suggest purchasing your domain name and hosting because it’s more secure and professional as you develop and grow your blog. Once you purchase your domain and hosting you will then use WordPress.org to create your pages, posts, etc. I use BlueHost for both my domain name and hosting and they have been great! They offer convenient (and fast) customer service, and really help simplify the process which can get confusing or overwhelming at times.
Now that you created your blog name, purchased your domain and hosting, now you need to choose a WordPress theme. This is the fun part. Thousands and thousands of themes are out there and you can easily spend hours searching for the perfect one. There are a variety of free and paid themes, but the advantage of purchasing one is the customer support. If you are like me, you aren’t familiar with installations, so having customer support is a MUST! They will help you with any setup questions or if something needs fixing. Buying a theme also helps speed up the process because you won’t need a designer to custom design it from scratch. I purchased my theme from StudioPress and love it.
Grow your Food Blog with Pinterest Ebook
My friend Mary is an amazing food blogger and is earning 250 new followers A DAY on Pinterest! She must be doing something right. So she put her skills to good use and wrote an ebook spilling all the secrets of how she utilizes Pinterest to increase her following and traffic. I know the title says food blog – after all she is a food blogger – but her tips and tricks work for any kind of blogger.
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