I’m sharing a 10-step process of what to do after you hit publish on your blog because I remember exactly how it feels to feel unsure of what comes next.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably new to the blogging world. You’re really excited and just hit launch on your blog. Blogging isn’t easy, especially in the beginning. A lot of new bloggers quit because they realize it’s not a get rich quick scheme.
If you’re in this for the long haul, keep reading. Blogging is really exciting (especially when it becomes a full-time business). Stay educated, try different monetization strategies, and try something new when something isn’t working. You can do this.
Did you start a blog? If not, here is a step-by-step tutorial that will get you started on creating your blog. Remember, being self-hosted is important if you want to monetize your blog versus creating a free blog off Blogger.
First, let’s talk about what we should do before we even launch a blog.
Before launching your blog, I recommend picking your niche, creating social media accounts, coming up with your blog name, and uploading a blog theme. You want to create social media accounts before anything to ensure no one else has the name and account taken already.
Before I built this custom theme with a professional web designer, I used an affordable theme by Restored 316. I always got so many compliments on my site. Their themes are high-quality, built with site speed in mind, and are well-known in the blogging world. Find out what theme is best for your business here.
After starting your blog, I recommend doing these 10 things in order.
✨ 1. Set up social media accounts
As I mentioned above, I recommend creating your social media accounts before publishing your blog to make sure the accounts aren’t taken.
Now, you can set up your social media accounts and connect them to your blog. On each social media account, fill out your profile and put your blog link in each social media account.
Focus on 1-2 social media platforms at a time on your blogging journey. This keeps things simple. Don’t spread yourself thin by trying to become an expert at 5 different platforms. Social media marketing is the key to being a successful blogger.
Also, your audience is most likely only on 1-2 social media accounts (ex. Instagram and Facebook).
✨ 2. Set up email
Email is a crucial part of blogging. Unlike social media’s algorithm always changing, your email list is always yours.
On Day 1 of launching your blog, you should have an email list. It’s easy to set up (and if you need help, contact the service provider’s customer support).
MailChimp is free for the first 2,000 subscribers. I’ve never used MailChimp, but I hear good things and it’s free. Which is important in the beginning when you’re trying to save some money.
I use ConvertKit, which I love and have been using for years. ConvertKit doesn’t have a free version.
✨ 3. Branding
When you first set up your blog, you want to figure out your branding so you have a professional and cohesive look on your website.
An easy way to figure out your branding is by doing a Pinterest search on “branding”. You’ll find inspiration and ideas for your blog.
For my blog’s branding, I have a set of 5 colors and 3 fonts I use. I make sure to use this branding all over my website, social media, and graphics.
✨ 4. Set up Google Analytics
Google Analytics is an amazing free tool for bloggers. You get key insights from your blog such as demographic, # of page views per month, articles your audience is visiting the most, and a lot more.
This is really helpful because once you know what your audience likes to read, you can replicate it.
✨ 5. Publish 10 high-quality posts
A blog is largely blog posts. And since this is the case, your blog posts need to be top-notch, the highest of quality and need to solve the reader’s problem.
What is a high-quality post? A post that solves a reader’s problem by telling them what to do, giving resources, freebies, and being as helpful as possible.
Break up long paragraphs into 2 sentence paragraphs, include photos, and add affiliate links where relevant.
✨ 6. About Me page
If there’s one thing I’ve read that is 100% wrong in the blogging world, it’s that people don’t read your About Me page and you shouldn’t care about it.
This is not true. I know this because Google Analytics shows me how many people click on my about me page. It’s a lot.
More importantly, your readers get a chance to know you. This is the beginning of developing a relationship with your readers.
✨ 7. Contact Me page
A Contact Me page is a must for any blog, yet most bloggers often overlook this.
Brands and readers should be able to reach you easily. Your Contact Me page should stand out and be at the top of your blog.
✨ 8. Create freebies
As I mentioned earlier, your email list is a fundamental part of blogging, but nobody wants to be on another email list.
It is rare that people will sign up for an email list just to sign up for someone’s newsletter. You need to give something of great value to them in return for your email.
A great freebie will quickly solve a person’s problem either it be a printable, short guide, course, or webinar. Make it quick and packed with value, while solving their problem.
✨ 9. Upload plugins
Plugins help add different features to a blog. They are incredibly easy to upload, but a key thing to remember is you don’t want to add too many.
Plugins can slow down a website and there’s nothing worse than a slow website.
✨ 10. Create a long-term strategy
If you’re serious about blogging (and you work a full-time job) I recommend enrolling in Blog With A Full-Time Job. I see so many bloggers quitting their blog because they are lost and have no strategy – don’t be that person. If you really want to do this, you need to take this seriously.
If you’re serious about becoming a full-time blogger and working from home, you need a strategy. Blog With A Full-Time Job comes with a 12-month plan. You will learn everything here.
Learn more here at Blog With A Full-Time Job.
If your dream is to become a full-time blogger and start a blog, I recommend starting a blog with Bluehost.
I started this blog in college and graduated my senior year making $80,000 a year. Now, I work from home, spend time with my family and dogs, and I get to take my family on nice trips and donate to my favorite charities.
Bluehost has 24/7 support, a money-back guarantee, and makes it as easy as possible to start a blog.
Start a blog today for just $2.95/month with my step-by-step tutorial here. It’s easy, painless, and takes less than 20 minutes to start a blog of your own. With my link, you get a discount from $7.99/month to $2.95/month.
If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick 5-day course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.
Have you recently started a new blog? Do you have any questions for me?
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