Are you ready to become a #blogger?!
Believe it or not, this isn’t my first blog. To see my first ever attempt at a blog you can do so by clicking here! Blogging is not only a passion of mine – but it is something that I am really good at after 5 years of practice! I honestly wish more people in my industry would utilize blogging as it is a great way to develop social proof, connect with potential clients and friends and grow your business. Here are some things that I wish I knew thought before I started my first ever blog.
It’s no secret that WordPress is Joe and I’s favorite platform for any blog – you can read more about that here. But if you are going to build yourself a blog on WordPress I want to make sure you know that you need to be doing it on WordPress.org and NOT WordPress.com!!! First, the fact that they couldn’t name it anything more confusing erks my nerves! As if building a website wasn’t already foreign territory! Don’t worry though, Joe is a professional Web Developer and Coder and can help clear this up for us!
The biggest difference between .com and .org is that WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform where you are to go out and purchase your domain, a place to host it and then you are free to go. If you need a place to go for the best ever hosting we recommend SiteGround to all of our readers and clients!
Basically when you use a website like .com or even .blogspot.com like my first ever blog, you are limited to the amount of customization you can do any type of content you can post. Some affiliates and companies will not allow you to post their stuff on a website that is not owned and operated by you. And honestly at only about $70 for the ENTIRE YEAR – why wouldn’t you choose SiteGround + WordPress.org?!
2. Create A Blogging Schedule
Trust me, you’ll thank me later. When I first started blogging it was for shits and giggles and I wouldn’t post consistently. If you are reading this blog you may have noticed it is apart of my “5 Things Friday” series. Each and every week I post at least one blog on Friday talking about 5 things I have learned in relation to social media, websites, blogging, and overall business. It also makes coming up with content SUPER easy. If you want to make money blogging, you have to treat it like a blog and the first thing you can do is create a blogging schedule and stick to it!
3. Invest In A Good Theme
My second blog, The Fancy Sister, was originally created on a free theme. Now – at the time this was all we could afford, but we have come to learn that not only is the one time $20-100 investment of a theme make your blog look better, it can make it much more efficient, too! For example, this blog is run with a theme that has WP Bakery. This enables me to create layouts for my all my blogs, web pages, Girl Boss Growth Hub content and more! It uploads all the content in a neat, tidy and consistent manner. That, my friend, is what changed the game for me! Now when I sit down and create content for months at a time in 1 week – I can not only streamline the process for myself, but I can also pass it along to my team members!