I started blogging back in 2006 as a hobby but it was in 2010 when I decided to take it seriously. I even got approved as a Google Adsense Affiliate and Youtube Partner. But after changing jobs and going back to school, I wasn’t able to maintain it and lost my domain name, my few followers and subscribers. Now that I’m finished with my academic requirements, I decided start a whole new website. Here are a few things I considered before I even started writing.
Blog Concept, Offerings and Unique Quality
Everyone can start a blog. It’s as simple as signing up for an account, writing your first post, then hit publish. But the thing is, what are you going to write about? What is unique about it? How are you supposed to present your articles? Most importantly, who do you want to read it? Maybe you’re just doing it for personal reasons but you would still want it to appear in a way that a certain group of people would appreciate it.
Physical Appeal and Structure of Your Blog
When you’re in a grocery store, you walk in an alley full of products with colorful packaging, you would definitely notice something that is plain white with no picture, just its name and details on it. If it’s canned, you would want it to be an easy open can. All I’m saying is, you would want your blog to be easy to look at because your audience will be reading. With a clean appearance and convenient navigation (which I’m still working on) they would most likely notice the posts and advertisements that you wanted them to see and explore your blog further.
Web Creator, Hosting and Domain Name
There are a lot of websites to sign up for when starting a blog but you have to consider your available time, skills and necessary fees. Sure you can get codes online for free but for some people (like me) don’t really have time for that. Personally, I chose weebly because of the “drag and drop” website builder. They also have an app which is very convenient if you want to edit on the go.
Another thing to consider is purchasing a domain name. If you’re going to read the terms, you are acknowledged as a publisher but your host website owns your blog until you get your own url. Obviously I still don’t have mine but I’m saving up for it. It could be pricey sometimes but there are websites who offer promos for new domain names.
Promoting Your Blog
I'm no expert when it comes to promoting my own blog but believe I'm trying. Its a month old and my traffic is only coming from facebook. Most of what I've searched online suggested that I post it on my account so my family and friends can read it but I don't really like the idea (for personal reasons). So instead, I joined several blogging groups that offers different social media activities. You don't need to join a lot, just find the right one for you. I'll be posting the groups I've joined and link it here the soonest I could.
I know I've been writing for awhile but after a long sabbatical, I consider myself a newbie with all the changes I have to cope up with. I'd appreciate if you could advise me on the comment section for anything my research missed or things I should try to do particularly when it comes to promoting my blog.