Starting a blog

I have only been blogging for about 5 months now, and have basically been trying to teach myself as I go along. I am no expert, definitely still a beginner but thought I’d share some bits that I have picked up along the journey so far.

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Choose a name/title that reflects you and your blogs subject.

Don’t be scared to experiment with different layouts, but also remember to see if the layout change has affected your font size, or picture placements etc….

If you plan to use WordPress ads to monotonise the size, do so from the start so your readers know to expect it.

Write a few blog posts and save as drafts to start with, it’ll help you get lift off when you publish the first few together. Then try to post regularly, your readers will appreciate knowing roughly when they can expect to be able to read your next post.

Add alt text for images you use, it doesn’t take very long to do and helps make your blog more accessible and Google likes it too.

Also, add excerpts of your post so people get curious enough to have a further look by going to your blog post to read the rest.

Create categories for your posts, you can then select the most suitable ones for each post before you publish it. Also, add appropriate tags for your posts as well. Think about what people might search for when wanting to learn the contents. Use SEO info to help you do this, you can look for SEO words/phrases online. Don’t add more than 15 of either of these in total, it works best to use less, but do use enough.

typewriter with sheet of paper coming out of it, the typewriting says - Something worth reading.
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

Ask other bloggers for advise, and you can go to the reader option at the top of the screen to search for a blog that covers what you want to learn about blogging. One I refer to a lot is https://renardsworld.wordpress.com/ it contains clear and concise information, and the author will respond to any questions/comments you leave.

Interact with other blogs on here, people will do likewise to you on your blog if you make an effort, but leave a proper reply, not just – thanks, a ‘like’, or an emoji.

Share your blog on social media, add blog posts to social media. You can get WordPress to do this automatically for you to a few sites. Do interact with others on social media in general though. Like and share posts that appeal to you, leave comments too.

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8 thoughts on “Starting a blog

    1. Alt text and excerpts will both help increase your visibility – search engines like it. Also Alt text opens your blog to a wider audience so you should gradually gain more followers.

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