How To Start a Blog

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By: Rachel Pittman

When you are trying to start a blog, it can be confusing where to start and how to use the platform to showcase yourself. Here are some helpful tips for beginner bloggers.

What is your blog topic: The first thing you need to do is to figure out what you are going to blog about. The best thing to blog about is something that you are passionate/ knowledgeable about and can see yourself writing about for a long time. Examples of blog topics are fashion, food, travel, DIY, and news/political.

Find a blogging service to use: The second thing you need to do is to figure out what blogging service will best fit your needs. There are many different blogging services that are free to use. The most popular free services are WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Wix, and Weebly. The best way to find a blogging service is to do research about the websites and to make a list of things you are looking for in a blogging platform. For example, I wanted a blogging service that was easy to use and was SEO friendly. This website shows a great infographic of the pros and cons of these websites.

What to name your blog: After you have figured out what you will blog about and what blogging platform you will use, the next step is to think of the name of your blog. The best blog names give the reader insight about what your blog will be about, stands out from the crowd, and separates your from your competition. How I came up with the name of my blog was by writing down words associated with my blog topic and pairing them together to create a unique name. According to icanbuildablog.com, “After you come up with a blog name, check on Google and other domain registry sites to see if the name has already been taken. It the name has been taken, alter it to fit your brand. Once you’ve checked to see if the name hasn’t been taken, you are ready to start blogging!

Sources

Banner, M. (2016, November 28). List of Best Free Blogging Sites & Platforms. Retrieved December 01, 2016, from http://www.onblastblog.com/best-blogging-platforms/

How To Come Up With The Perfect Blog Name! (2015). Retrieved December 01, 2016, from http://icanbuildablog.com/2014/03/how-to-come-up-with-the-perfect-blog-name/

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