10 Steps to starting a Blog in 2019

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Blogging has now been something many have been doing for over a decade. it’s now easier than ever to start, with new platforms like squarespace making drag and drop setup available to non-coders.
Here’s top 10 tips from TCC for starting a blog this year!

  1. Choose a blog name & niche


    This is an important first step in blogging. You need to decide what you are blogging about & what you will be called. Many times once a blog becomes big, they end up changing to their actual name, so you may want to start with that if you are a huge part & a personality on the blog. Otherwise pick a name people remember.

  2. Grab your social media handles.


    Before you do anything, make sure you grab the handles on the major platforms.
    This includes

    -Facebook

    -Twitter
    -Instagram

    -Pinterest
    -Snapchat

  3. Choose your domain name


    While some things like wordpress.com allows you to have a .wordpress.com domain for free, I recommend investing the $20 or so a year domain from the start so it seems more professional.
    You can buy domain names on many sites (SS allows you to buy within the system) just a quick google search.

  4. Choose a blogging platform

    I’ve written a few posts in the past about choosing a platform, but my recommendations are squarespace or wordpress.
    (Why I switched from Wordpress to Squarespace) & Wordpress vs Squarespace: Which one would you choose?)

  5. Figure out a branding color scheme & create some canva templates


    I’ve recently written posts about doing your branding (highly recommend reading. I also then create a canva.com template for my blog & pinterest graphic for each blog post.

  6. Create your first post. Figure out a great headline and content (clickable and pinnable)


    Writing a blog post can be done in many ways. You can have them short, long, bulleted or in paragraph form. I recommend reading some and seeing what you like. Adding photos (make sure to label them) & not steal, use sites like unsplash.com or buy some from our stock shop or take your own!

    You can use the coschedule headline analyzer to write a catchy headline & check out our podcast episode on SEO to learn more about 2019 blogging tips

  7. Start posting your content & then sharing it on social media.


    I recommend sharing on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram for each post. Joining facebook groups about blogging (maybe TCC)

  8. Create a freebie download so you can start building an email list


    Setting up a freebie with mailchimp automation (or another email marketing platform) allows you to get emails to send blog posts to your audience

  9. Expand beyond blogging with videos, podcasts & products


    While blogging is still a popular medium, in 2019 to stand apart and follow what’s popular, you need to focus on videos, podcasting, social media and creating products. Check out some of our blog posts & podcasts about these topics. You need to expand once your blog is up and running

  10. Build a following and eventually start getting sponsorships

    We’ve talked on the podcast about becoming an influencer, so once you have a following, I recommend creating content & growing organically on instagram.

What are your tips for starting a blog in 2019?