The Blogging To-Do List: The Steps to Starting a Blog.

In my phone I have a notes page with different things that I need on hand for my blog and it’s promotion, one day I thought to myself I’m going to share this handy note to help others with their blogs. So I’m going to be making a series of posts containing a bloggers to do list and how to tick each one off of your list. This first post of the series is going to talk about choosing your site, choosing a username, finding your niche, thinking of your target audience and all of the blogging jargon.

The blogging jargon!

I wanted to start this post with the blogging jargon, there isn’t a lot of it but I will be mentioning it throughout the series of posts so I want to make sure you are 100% certain on what it means so we’re all on the same page.

The first one I want to start on is blog, a blog is a web log and it can act like a diary or a site for information or entertainment. This is where your posts are going to be and what you ultimately are creating.

Next is the term niche, your niche is basically what you will be talking about and what your blog will be based around. Having a niche means that people will generally know what they will get when they come to your blog.

Another word of blogging vocab which you may hear about a lot is DA or Domain Authority. I will be talking more about DA in other posts but I would just like to introduce to you to the term so that once we get further into the series you understand it.

A term which is more commonly used when talking about the content of your blog and how to make it accessible to many people is keywords. Keywords are more important for when you’re actually writing your blog posts rather than when you’re setting them up but they’re useful to be aware of.

Similarly to keywords the term hyperlink is more important for the content of your posts. They’re important for sharing and promoting your blog as well as increasing your DA (more on that at a later date.

Now that you’re all caught up on the blogging vocabulary let’s get on to actually setting up your blog.

Choosing your blog site

When you want to start a blog the first thing you must consider and choose is which site you want to have your blog on. This is just a starting point and once you feel like you’re getting somewhere with your blog you can pay for your own domain but until then you need to choose the site it is with.

One site is Blogger.com which is ran by Google. With Blogger you can use your email to sign up and you can create on there. Personally I haven’t used Blogger but there are many people who do use it and love it.

Another site, which is the one I use, is WordPress. WordPress was the website I was recommended the most when I started my blog. With WordPress I just downloaded the app and set everything up from there. It was pretty straight forward and I find it such an easy site to use and create content with.

Creating your username

Once you’ve chosen your site you then have to create yourself a name. Your blog name should be relevant to you and to the content of your blog. For example if my blog was just a beauty blog I could call it “beautytimewithalex” or if it was a teaching blog it could be called “teachingwithalex” and so on. This username is what you will be known by the people who read it and so you want it to be recognisable, memorable and interesting enough for people to click on it. I would advice against having a lot of words or different random characters in your name as it will be harder to remember. I would suggest that using word play or alliteration could help your name be memorable and interesting enough for people.

Finding yourself a niche

Alongside creating a name for your blog you want to find yourself a niche. As explained before your niche will be the subject of topic your blog will be based around. Having a niche means people can use your blog for specific information and topics. Examples of niches are:

  • Beauty
  • Book reviews
  • Travel
  • Sports (specific sports such as football etc)
  • Music
  • Film
  • Lifestyle (much more generic)
  • Gaming
  • Mental Health
  • Advocate or awareness raising
  • Parenting
  • Fashion
  • Education
  • Food

Finding your target audience

Once you’ve determined your niche you can then try to find your target audience. This will also link to another post I will be writing all about creating socials or social media accounts for your blog. For example if you are a parenting blogger you might want to follow other parenting influencers and see the audience they have. You could follow the people that follow them as they are the ones actively seeking the content you might end up creating. Think about how you would market your blog and who to, depending on your target audience you can decide how you’re going to reach them.

And that my friends is the first part of my blogging to do list series, I hope that you have enjoyed it and that it has helped you in some way.

Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon.

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