A beauty/lifestyle blog By Kate Emma

Monday, 27 March 2017

How To Start A Blog




STARTING A BLOG

Let’s start with the basics. 

Choose A Platform

The most important choice of all. When I first started out I didn’t have 13,4223 choices of blog hosting websites to choose from, but you do. And whatever decision you choose, just bare in mind  you’re going to be stuck with it. Unless you’re really computer savvy or you can pay someone to move your blog.
So make this choice wisely.
 The two main sites people tend to choose from when creating a blog are Blogger or WordPress.
 I’m a Blogger blog blogger (HUH!), but I often regret this decision as WordPress is generally the blogger favourite because - once you get the hang of it - it can be amazing. Getting the hang of it can be a bit daunting though, but there is many a fab posts out there guiding the way.
There are also a lot hidden costs that come with being on WordPress, so it’s definitely something to do a little research on before you fully commit.

Blogger is the old school bloggers choice, It's what most of the 'big bloggers' from years ago started out on as it was free and simple to use. However Blogger has had its own issues, such as shutting google reader down (am still fussed about this), and it doesn't have as many options to customise your blog as wordpress.

  What Do You Want To Blog About?
Do you want to be a fashion blogger, a food blogger, a beauty blogger, a fitness blogger, a lifestyle blogger (I could go on for a while). 
You can choose anything to blog about, as long as it’s something that you’re going to want to write continuously about.
To make your mark upon the blogging world you need to be asking yourself, what is it that you’re bringing to the table, that people are going to want to read, that differs you from the rest. 
The market is currently saturated with bloggers all trying to be seen and heard, so what can you do that will make you stick out from the crowd?
Do your Research.
 Look at other bloggers that are currently writing about what you want to blog about. Those who are at the top of their game, what is it that they are doing? Take inspiration but don’t copy.

CHOOSING YOUR DOMAIN
I wish that I had purchased a domain when I first started all those years ago, GAH. You want your brand name to be along the same lines as your blog, so for example my blog is called
The Makeup Artist's Choice
And my domain is

You see what I did there.

Have a Google around first before you commit to a blog name, as someone may have already snapped up the domain name of your choice. And that means back to the drawing board.

So how do you get a domain?
This process really isn’t hard or scary at all. Once you’ve found your brand domain just head on over to a domain website and purchase it from there. I use Godaddy as they were the cheapest at the time, costing under a tenner for a year.
Just remember to renew your domain each year, otherwise all your hard work could get lost!

SET UP SOCIAL MEDIA
I know this seems a bit of a jump from the last step, but once you have your domain name, you want to try and get all your social media handles the same name, which is actually harder than you would think. You really want to do this though as making yourself easier to find across all platforms works wonders for your blog.
Mine for example is @theMUAchoice

SET UP GOOGLE ANALYTICS
I’m not going to bore you with this too much right now, but it’s essential to set this up. And once you get the hang of it, you may actually find it quite (do I dare say) exciting!?
 Google Analytics’ is basically the big brother of your blog, he has got your back and can tell you just what everyone is doing on your site. EVERYTHING.
Once you’ve got your domain name set up and running, you can head on over to google analytics, and they will give you the set by step guide on how to install it.


PRETTY UP YOUR WEBSITE
Now for the fun part. You have full creative control here on how you want your little space to look. Have a play around with settings and widgets and create something your proud of. Remember though, Rome wasn't built in a day, so if your website isn’t exactly how you want it to look don’t be disheartened!
Pipdig are a great website for buying some custom templates, but if they are a little to ££ have a snoop around Etsy. There is some great smaller website designers on the site selling some fab templates for less than a tenner.
Also remember to make your website mobile-friendly.
Google doesn’t take to kindly to websites that aren’t optimised for mobiles. If you have pre-bought your template, then its best to check with the designer to find out if it is already, otherwise your have to manually do this yourself.
You can check to see if your site is mobile friendly here.


FIRST POST
So you’re all up and running and raring to go. And so you should be! You’re a officially a blog owner. Give yourself a big pat on the back, and dont forgot to leave me the link to it below! 




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15 comments

  1. Hey, excellent post as I have just launched my new blog this month and currently finding it difficult to get people to read or see my blog posts. If you have any information on getting followers please share!

    My blog is: www.neomifearon.com

    Thanks!

    Nai

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    1. Of course! Ill do a post soon! x

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  2. Such great tips for new bloggers! I love using google analytics x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

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  3. I honestly cannot even remember starting my blog now, I cannot remember anything about it lol, So I am so useless at advice around it lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. ah you should do a advice post! Your blogs great! x

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  4. Awesome and useful tips fro newcomers! :)

    http://www.alifyalifestyle.com/

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  5. this is such great advice not just for someone starting out but great for those who love blogging and have been blogging for a while.

    Abigail Alice 💕

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  6. I always said, I wish I read posts such as this before starting my own blog but I didn't even know how and where to find other blogs. I started mine as a personal diary before rebranding it into a beauty blog. I am a Blogger blog blogger too (hahaha! love that tongue twister!) and while it's not as fancy as WordPress, I love it for it's simplicity and I honestly couldn't be arse with learning WordPress and I'm not a fan of all the hidden costs too. Great post and I'll share!

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    1. same me! I keep thinking about moving to wordpress, but its quite intimidating! x

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  7. Some fab tips here - I can imagine starting up a blog nowadays is really daunting!xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  8. I'm definetly going to set up my own domain!

    Kat | undefine-d.blogspot.com

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