That’s right people, I wrote another one! I felt so much love and support from the last post I did on Blogging Advice for Beginners From a Beginner that I thought I would do a follow up post on it. There might even be another one after this, I have been thinking of soooo many more things I wanted to tell you all about. A lot of them are actually tips from the comments in the last post that I forgot to mention. I am so scatter brained sometime I’m surprised I can get any of this bloggy stuff done at all! ahem… GET ORGANIZED… doesn’t that sound familiar, Dana? ANYwhoozles… here we are again friends:
Buy Your Domain URL From the Start and START on WordPress.
AND, get a decent hosting company/package right off the bat. All of these points tie in together that’s why I’m having one general topic here. Are you serious about blogging? Like, really REALLY serious? Then just go ahead and do it, buy all this stuff. It’s really not that expensive and you will be SO glad you did later. I switched my site from blogger to WordPress just a couple months into this little corner of the internets and I am so glad I did. Only having a handful of posts really made the transition much easier. I get anxiety just thinking about a big blogger making the switch, scary!!
Get a Blog Design You Really Like.
Now, I’m not telling you to go and get the most expensive person to customize everything for you. It can be as simple as a free template. But, I suggest doing this ASAP. I can’t tell you how many different themes and headers I have had and I haven’t even been doing this a year yet. Even now, I am in transition and I honestly HATE the way it looks right now. But that is just a big old ball of mess from the crappy hosting company I had before (do NOT use Lunarpages for hosting, at least do NOT buy their starter package….) Soon it will be purdy, soon. What happens when you update your look too much? People will not remember you. OR they will remember you for all the bad designs you keep trying out. Stick with one good design and ride that baby out for a while. A facelift here or there ain’t bad, but not once a month! If only I could listen to my own advice…. AGAIN.
Schedule Posts in Advance.
Have you ever been in a panic to get a post up and you have no idea what you want to write about and you’re not even sure if those picture of your failed molten lava cake came out because your so so camera ran out of batteries and you had to use your craptastic phone’s camera to take pictures but it’s the only decent material you got?! *breathe* Yeah… this has happened to me once or twice, ahem or monthly…. until I started scheduling posts in advance. Got a good idea? Write about it. Made an awesome sorbet from the raspberries growing on your wild raspberry bushes in your backyard that you stumbled upon while frolicking with your squeaky clean toddler? Blog about. Did you make a craft from a popsicle stick, some washi tape and made it rain with glitter? Put that baby on the blog! Even if you don’t need a post, that’s right. Schedule it for days in advance, sit back and relax until your next masterpiece and you will be SO much less stressed! (Did I go over board with this one? Sometimes my imagination is a little cr-AY-zay!)
Guest Post as Much as Possible.
This is a great tool to use. Not only are you getting out there and meeting other bloggers but their readers are seeing your content and only good can come from that! But, once again don’t go e-mailing The Pintester or Cupcakes And Cashmere and expecting them to let you grab a spot on their coveted site. Go smaller. Look for bloggers that are a little larger than you and just go for it. A lot of bloggers will put on their site if they are looking for guest posters on their contact page. If you don’t see that info there is still no harm in asking!
Don’t Stress That Your Google AdSense is Only At $.03.
Yea, don’t even think about that crap. Don’t let this get you down. This is not equivalent to how well your blog is doing. Seriously, just stop it.
DO Sign Up for Google Analytics ASAP.
Like, the day your blog goes live ASAP. Seriosuly, everything (that I can tell, anyways) is gauged primarily on your Google Analytics stats. This is a separate part of Google that gauges all your site traffic. Your pageviews, visitor number, unique visitors (I’m still not exactly sure what that is), where these people are coming from, what they are looking at and my favorite feature real time overview. WOW. I love to watch my readers while they go from page to page. This makes me feel so sneaky and stalkerish at the same time but in a good way, of course. I love it! *I’m watching yooooou!*
Okay, so I think I creeped you out enough that you’ve read plenty for now. LOL, you know I love you! Thanks so much for reading, you’re the bestest!