Have you been thinking about starting a blog but are not quite sure where to get started? Or what platform to use? Or which resources you really need?
I have been getting a fair few questions lately regarding blogging. I am by no means an expert when it comes to blogging but I have some experience and just thought I did a little post sharing some of the things I have used and am using.
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Building your blog
You can find a thousand more websites about building your blog and what to think about before you even get started. And of course, there is always more to learn. However, at some point, you just have to take the plunge and do it! I believe these two courses are all you really need to equip you to get started and build your website.
A fantastic starting point is Amy Schubert’s Build e-course. She offers a condensed free version of this course (which is the one I took) that she sends out via email. It helps you narrow down your goals and decide what you want your blog’s purpose to be.
This has definitely been the most helpful resource when I was building my website. It covers everything from hosting to widgets, tips on how to choose your domain name, what templates to use and how to edit themes. It is explained in a way that is easy to understand and gives you all the tools you need to really make your WordPress site your own. Oh, and it is free. Winner.
Growing and managing your blog
Here are the two things that have been essential to the day to day running of my blog:
This is perfect to join once your blog has launched. Blog Boss Babe is a website with a ton of information and resources on blogging, different social media platforms, driving traffic, writing newsletters, building a community around your blog, monetizing and much more. It has its own forum and Facebook group which I have found really valuable to connect with other bloggers and ask questions.
This website is amazing. It is a tool that helps you create beautiful header and title images in a really short time. I use it for all my posts and it is so much fun playing with different filters, fonts and colours.
Social Media tools
These are tools that help you manage your social media, cause ain’t nobody got time to post 5 times a day.
Tailwind lets you schedule pins you want to post to Pinterest in advance and then automatically publishes them for you. It is definitely my favourite social media tool. I have only recently started using this and it has helped me drive traffic to my blog like nothing else. If you are wanting to sign up you can click this link and get $15 off your subscription.
Buffer is a tool used for twitter. You can pre-write tweets you want to post and they get published automatically. Easy breezy. I use the free version which gives you the possibility to schedule up to 10 tweets.
My favourite blogging websites
Finally, here are some websites that regularly post tips and tricks on blogging, social media, SEO, etc. There is a ton of websites like that out there but these two are my favourite resources for blogging know-how:
Sheila is really down to earth and super friendly and her blog is full of resources regarding blogging and social media. I really love this girl and am again and again impressed with her high-quality content. Definitely check her out.
Helene is the brains behind Blog Boss Babe and she also has a blog which is a mix between travel and blogging tips. I have taken quite a few of her classes and always find her blog super helpful and motivating.
Let me know if any of this is useful to you and whether you would like me to do more posts like this in the future! If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to ask me. 😊