Hello everyone and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today I will be discussing Part 3, of ”How to Start a Blog in 2020” series. In the previous blog post, I went over the first half of the checklist. You can read that here if you would like to catch up: How to Start a Blog in 2020 Part 2.
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Wrap up Blog in 2020 series
My goal for today is to try and wrap up this series neatly. As I mentioned in the last blog, I don’t want to overwhelm you with information. But I also don’t want this series to be excessively long either. Don’t worry though, I intend to create a free ebook with all the details in this series.
One of the tools I’ve created for this series is the checklist. It can be a guide to aid you through your blog creating process. To download it, all you have to do is sign up for my free newsletter.
This will give you the password to the resource library. Other freebies can be found there. And many more will be added as I create them.
The End of the List
- Social Media
- Web Hosting
- Color Scheme
- Blog Theme
- Install WordPress
I touched a little bit on social media and color scheme in the last blog. In regards to your brand identity, you want to make sure that it all has a cohesive look. When you first start blogging it may not be the first thing on your mind but it becomes important later on. Especially if you want to branch out and work with brands and other influencers.
With my first blog, I had four basic social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. But my usernames weren’t the same.
- Twitter- pae.reviews
- Instagram- p.a.e.reviews
- Pinterest- paereviews
- Facebook- paerviews
I didn’t put much thought into how it all looked until the end. It was also a struggle to remember what username went with what social media account. Also, don’t feel that you need to create an account on all social media platforms at once or at all. If I could give you any advice, I would tell you to pick one and let that be your focus. Branch out later.
I started my blogging journey using WordPress free. I guess you can say that’s where I got my sea legs. It gave me the right amount of flexibility to learn what I wanted my blog to look like while handling the heavy stuff. And by that I mean, the blog maintenance, updating and all that. I was nearing my first blog anniversary when I thought about self hosting.
Writing from experience, when it comes to self-hosting, a lot of companies will offer great deals for first-time customers or first-year packages. You usually won’t see a hike in prices until the second year. First-time bloggers, don’t be afraid to shop around before agreeing to contract. At the same time, don’t be afraid to leave a contract if it’s not what you want.
I personally use 1&1 IONOS. For my initial domain fee and WordPress Package, I was only charged $12.00. 1&1 IONOS has a current offer for an Essential Web Hosting package.
It’s $4/ a month plus free domain for a year. This includes a Wildcard SSL Certificate. And 24/7 support. I truly am a happy customer and have no complaints. But find what works for you.
Through 1&1 IONOS, I was able to transfer my blog posts to my new website and install WordPress. I realize that using WordPress for blogging may not be the route everyone wants to go. I can only write about my personal experience but I will try and find links that discuss other blogging methods.
Out of the 925– Which is the best blogging platform in 2019?
Geeky Plug– How to Start a Free Blog on Blogger
If you do intend to take the route that I did, I hope that I can impart a small gem from my mistakes. And this gem is to frequently back up your blog. When I first started I was really lazy about doing it. Because of this, my transition didn’t run as smooth as it would have.
Your blog theme is a part of your brand identity. And it is up to you to pick. There are some great free blog themes but recently I’ve been buying mine from Creative Market. I bought my recent theme from there.
I like using this site because they have a great selection and they’re affordable. In most cases, you can see a live preview of the product before you buy it. And if you have an issue, contact support is usually great.
Example: Live Preview
If you noticed that I skipped ”Create a Pinterest Business account” that was done on purpose. I think it’s important to know your Pinterest analytics. But for a beginner, it may be too much. That’s something that just occurred to me as I was going back over the checklist.
If I left out any information on a subject you want to learn more on please let me know! I will try my best to help you or send you in the right direction if I can’t. Thank you for reading this series, I enjoyed writing it.
Until next time,
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