Blogging is a smart way to archive your life. Besides community blogs, people are also getting their personal blog sites to express more freely. Are you thinking of opening a blog? Congrats! Whatever you publish there, some basic things that are the same for all. Here is a quick checklist for the beginners.
- Choose a Platform
You can open a free blog site using free platforms like Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Tumblr, etc. Those free sites offer a blog address which is structurally a subdomain of the main service provider. For an example, if you open a blog with free WordPress.com, your blog URL will be like ‘you.wordpress.com’. It’s simple.
To get a domain name of your own, purchase a domain and hosting space. When you are going to setup a custom domain name, it will need a platform to manage your contents. WordPress is also available for self-hosted blogs. It is the most popular blogging platform around the world. Visit your hosting panel and install your preferred Content Management System (CMS). Hosting panels offer one click CMS installations. I would like to recommend you WordPress as your blog’s CMS.
- Make it Mobile Friendly
Many people browse the internet on mobile phones. Be ensured that your blog will also get a large portion of its visitors from mobile. So, choose a mobile friendly theme/template for your site. Also, there are WordPress plugins to get it done.
- Publish Contents
Once you’ve setup the blog, it’s time to publish some contents. Your contents could be articles, photos, videos, audios and so on. Don’t copy contents from other websites. It will hurt your blog’s credibility.
- Open Social Media Channels
Social networking sites can help you out in the publication of your blog. Dedicated pages for your blog on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Link them to your site and keep updated.
- Use Google Analytics
Google Analytics provides in-depth and real-time traffic metrics. Using this service on your blog, you can see the number of active visitors anytime. Their location is also shown on the dashboard.
- Backup Your Blog
Keeping backups of your blog time to time is a wise idea. You can get this option in your hosting control panel (or cPanel). Generate both database and full website backups and download the backup files on your computer as well. If the download size gets bigger day by day, you can use FTP service to copy the backup files to a remote server, for example, Google Drive.
Here I’ve mentioned some basic things kept in mind for a new blogger. Hopefully, you will get more tips and tricks from me in future.
[powr-social-media-icons label=”Enter a Label”]