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How To Start And Grow A Successful Blog

In this guide, you’ll find advice on how to start a blog and build it into a successful one. Be sure to share! 

Owning a blog, requires time, dedication, and passion. On average, there’s approximately 153 million+ blogs on the web. So, What trait sets successful blogs apart from the rest?

Pause for a moment and think of the first websites you visit upon waking in the morning.. More than likely, your answer “Facebook/Twitter/your social media and your email account” are the top overall responses.

But why do you use these sites day in & day out? The answer to that question is so obvious that you might’ve never even realized it. These sites provide immense value to you.

Gmail, Yahoo, or whatever email platform you use, allows you to connect with anyone and everyone around the world instantly at no charge.  Facebook lets you post news, images/videos, and articles with your friends and family around the world — again, all for free. Most likely, you have been on these websites for such a long time, that you’ve forgotten really just how great they are — and how wonderful the value is for either.

And it’s this element —” value “— that separates the few big websites from the many others.

Be sure to remember that at any given time, hundreds of things and to-do’s and websites are competing for our attention. What that means is your blog must provide a darn good motive to read it. This could mean pulling together difficult-to-gather info, or making your viewers laugh, or providing us with advice that makes our lives easier. Any of these little elements translates to value in a blog.

Let’s Get Started With The Basics:

#1: Your platform and hosting. If you haven’t already, we need to select the hosting and platform for your blog.

For hosting, I highly recommend iPage. I’ve been with this hosting provider for quite some time now and have been very happy with my decision in choosing this company. They provide wonderful customer support as well, in case you run into any trouble along the way of growing your blog.  You can sign up through my link: IPAGE SIGN-UP .

As for your platform, I recommend using WordPress. Overall, it’s truly an amazing blogging platform. Tons of plugins, themes, etc are all available. There are two types of WordPress. WordPress.com and WordPress.org. To be put simply, the .org version is self hosted and the .com version is not. WordPress.org is the one I recommend using. In order to get started with it, you’ll need to set up your hosting HERE. From there, you’ll be able to download WordPress and get started with building your lovely blog!

 

Your Blog’s Design

The style/set up of your blog is honestly just as important as the content within it. Everyone has different style preferences, therefore, you should focus on something that flows within your own style, as well as your reader’s. Think about your niche. Maybe it’s home decor? Hair and Beauty? Crafts and DIY? Try visiting other blogs that are similar to yours. This will give you an idea as to styles you may like, and ones that you don’t. Also, Browsing throughout different color pallets can be extremely helpful.

Not only is the style of your blog important, the navigation of everything is, too. Create a simple menu and include your main pages + the categories on your site. Example:

HOME | ABOUT ME | GET IN TOUCH|BLOG

Under the “blog” section, include a drop down that allows readers to select a specific category. For an example, when they highlight over “BLOG”, the options “Lifestyle, Beauty, and DIY” show up. In a way, this is a form of organization. It gives the visitor the choice of selecting what they want to browse through.

Designing your blog isn’t always easy. If you need help or choose to hire a designer, visit kayliesummer.net. I’d be happy to help!

 

Creating Content

When it comes to writing blog articles, the most important thing to focus on is putting the “VALUE” in what you write. Be personal, be unique, and be bold. Like I stated above, there are over 153 million blogs out there. So the topics you decide to write about have probably already been written many times before. That’s why you need to ensure that yours stands out from the rest.

Deciding on what topics you want to write about may seem easy at first, but it can be one of the most difficult aspects of owning a blog. What I recommend doing is having a simple journal or notebook handy and easy to access at all times because you never know when the inspiration will strike. You could be either going on an early morning run, or sitting in line at Starbucks when all of a sudden, BOOM. Your brain somehow comes up with the most perfect topic. But, without writing it down, you’re likely to forget this idea. I’ve also found the “notes” app on my iPhone to come in handy at times for saving your article ideas.

 

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BLOG! Hope this article helps a bit with guiding you through the way!!

xx KAYLIE

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply Milton Goh

    Thanks for this post! It was insightful and I took away some tips that I can apply on my own blog.

    January 27, 2017 at 3:13 am
  • Reply 9buckcrossing

    Great tips! Excellent points about value! That is s o inportant!

    January 27, 2017 at 3:42 am
  • Reply ang

    Great blogging tips! I love the content one! It’s SO very very important to keep fresh articles on the blog.

    January 27, 2017 at 6:07 am
  • Reply Amber Myers

    This is great info! I’m with you on the content one. Some blogs are only updated like twice a month! I need more.

    January 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply David Elliott

    Thanks for the good insights. I’ve heard a lot of great things about WordPress. I may migrate there soon. Just feel like I need to get my blog off the ground first.

    January 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply mira pstr

    Thank you for all those tips, I am a new blogger and before building my blog I read a lot of informative article similar to this one, thank you 🙂

    January 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Nellwyn

    This is great advice for anyone just starting out in the blogging world. I agree that it’s important to be unique and add a personal touch to help you stand out

    January 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply Krysten

    These are great tips to getting started on a blog! They’re even good if you’re trying to remake and redesign your blog, which I am in the middle of. I am saving this!

    January 28, 2017 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Claudette Esterine

    You did a great job on a topic that many have done over the years. As new bloggers come on the scene they will find such tips as helpful.

    January 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Author Brandi Kennedy

    I like that you said to be unique and be bold. While you did list things that work for lots of people, and some things that are universally known as important steps to success, you also didn’t forget to acknowledge the importance of simply being yourself and giving it your all. That shines through, and if you have something to offer, people who want that will come.

    January 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply The Travel Ninjas

    Content is the most important thing for me. I can deal with a blog with poor design, but if the content is great, i’ll read. Good design is better but as they say content is king.

    January 27, 2017 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Kimberly C.

    As a blogger, I love reading posts like this because I can pick it apart and see which parts I can apply to my blog. Nice.

    January 28, 2017 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Steph

    Great tips! I use WordPress.com and haven’t had any issues (as a note).

    January 28, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Reply emma white

    some great tips here I have been blogging over 5 years now and have learned so much even technical things I never thought I would ever be able to do I now do with my eyes closed

    January 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Crystal Gard

    This is definitely a post that I would of loved when I was first starting out. I like reading these too though because it can help me to improve what I currently have

    January 28, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Linda

    Terrific post! I have bookmarked this page to comeback and review at a later time.

    January 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle T

    Thank you for that helpful information. Your right you have to draw in people by making it something that stands out and grabs their attention.

    January 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply CYNTHIA M NICOLETTI

    Thanks for sharing your great information about starting a blog. I did a lot of research and basically learned through reading posts like yours.

    January 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Felicia

    This is a great post! Very insightful and informative. I like how you are very realistic about blogging as an industry and a career. Many think it’s an easy way to freebies and fame.

    January 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Dawn McAlexander

    After five years of blogging, I still have trouble with content. I don’t really know the real direction I want to go. Sometimes its travel, sometimes its food. Content is the toughest part of blogging to me.

    January 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply katrina gehman

    working hard is a must. so many people ask me what to do but don’t want to put in any work they think the second they put up a post it will get hundreds of thousands of views.

    January 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth O.

    Aside from good content, the blog’s design is important because it’s going to make people visually satisfied with what they see. I think these are all helpful tips especially for people who want to improve their blog’s performance in the coming months.

    January 30, 2017 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Doodle as I Do

    Plenty of information here – I’ll definitely be taking some tips away. Thanks.

    January 31, 2017 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Carol Cassara

    It’s nice to be able to come up with a lovely template for your blog because it helps with how your readers will view it. Easy navigation is a must as well. These are great tips altogether!

    January 31, 2017 at 2:53 am
  • Reply Stephenie

    Wonderful advice. Very helpful information

    January 31, 2017 at 3:52 am
  • Reply interNationalcaty

    I started blogging almost a year. Where was this article (lol). Thank you for the great tips. I am still feeling my way and working on the content.

    January 31, 2017 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Aleks F.

    Great tips! Will be incorporating some for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    January 31, 2017 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Addison Messer

    Thanks. I recently started blogging and was prepared to just write. It hasn’t even been 2 weeks and I am learning that is only one part of the process. I started with Blogger but I am contemplating switching to WordPress. I have looked into ipages as well, but I am nervous to take a financial leap.

    April 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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