I get asked this question a lot, so this post is long over due! But better late than never, eh? So in today’s post I’ll be sharing a guide on how I started my blog and went full time in under 14 months. Let’s dive in!
First you’ll want to come up with a short but catchy blog name. The reason being is that you want it to be something that people can easily remember. I tossed around on 3 different names for a few weeks and asked friends and family what they thought. Your blog name will ultimately be your brand, so keep this in mind when deciding.
I started with blogger and bought my own domain from Go Daddy. Eventually I ended up switching to WordPress, due to growth. But blogger is a great place to start and so easy to navigate! I know bloggers that have bigger traffic than me and they still use blogger, so it’s all up to you which one you go with. Blogger also has free hosting from Google, which is a nice perk. However with WordPress you’ll have to pay for hosting. The only two hosting sites I trust are Bluehost and Siteground. They both have 24 hour customer service which is really important if something happens with your site that you cannot fix yourself. I personally prefer Siteground because they offer free switching from Blogger to WordPress and more importantly they have the most reliable servers in the entire web hosting industry.
Ok so now that you figured out a catchy name and hosting, let’s cover being original. It’s really important to be yourself and not copy off of others. Some bloggers are exact replicas of other bloggers, and it’s super easy to spot. I’m not talking about getting inspiration from other bloggers, because that’s something that we all do. But when bloggers copy everything from one specific blogger even down to the pose. It’s super noticeable and not original. Remember, you are trying to create a brand and if you’re copying someone else, how does that set you apart and make you stand out in a sea of bloggers? So be yourself, because you are amazing!
Quality over Quantity:
Trust me 99% of the articles you will read about growing your blog will tell you more is better and that’s how you get lots of traffic to your blog. I can in-fact tell you that isn’t true. Promoting your blog post (Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Chictopia and ect.) should be where you spend most of your time. So don’t worry about having a ton of content starting out, instead focus on quality being creative, and promoting your blog posts. I wish someone would have told me this in the beginning, because I felt constantly pressured to upload 3 times a day to Instagram and put out more blog post, when in-fact I should have been focusing on quality photos and posts. Now I’ll skip a day here and there and won’t upload anything to Instagram if I’m not truly inspired by the content I’ve created.
When I first started my blog in October of 2015, I set a goal of one blog post a week. This may not seem like a lot but when you’re working full time, trust me it’s plenty! After a few months I was able to work my way up to 2 posts a week and then so on. And eventually that led to me being able to go full time a year later. Consistency is key, so try to blog specific days of the week and schedule your posts for the same times each day. For example my readers know that I’ll have a new blog post out on the weekdays at 9am.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!