How to launch your first blog

How to launch your first blog

Guest post by Maggie Hammond.

Launching your first blog can be quite exciting, as it allows you to communicate with an international audience. It is also the perfect opportunity to embrace your passions and express your creativity through your web-design, content or marketing strategies. So, to ensure you create a fantastic blog, we are offering some superb tips ahead of the launch.

Pick a Concept

Every good blog needs to have a concept, so you must try to find the right angle for your readers. For example, if you love fashion, you could create a lifestyle blog that showcases your preference for a particular clothing and genre, or offer an opinion on the latest fashions and designers.

Select the Perfect Blog Name

Don’t be too generic when picking a blog name, because you need to ensure you stand out above the crowd. Going back to the fashion example, you would probably avoid ‘my fashion blog’ and instead create a brand name that works in harmony with your concept. Think of names as stylish as Vogue, Cosmopolitan or Vanity Fair.

The Right Hosting Plan

In addition to providing affordable domain name registration, can offer a range of hosting plans to run your website. From small to large-scale solutions, they can provide the best architecture and support to power your blog, with a rock-solid hosting plan to minimise website downtime.

You can, therefore, pick a hosting plan that utilises various content management systems to help you design your website, such as Magento, WordPress and Drupal. However, if you are looking for a simple to use CMS for blogging alone, we recommend WordPress, as it offers a range of templates and easy-to-use plugins that require little technical know-how.

Fill Your Blog

The last thing you will want is for visitors to take one look at your website and click away – and that’s exactly what they will do if your website looks a little sparse. So, before you officially begin your launch, we recommend compiling between 10 to 15 posts on your blog. If you have written enough content to keep your readers interested, they would happily return to read more.

Index the Website

If you’re new to blogging, you might not realise that you need to index your website in the search engines. This is your way of introducing the likes of Google and Bing to your website, which they will happily crawl. If they like what they see, they will index your blog, so it is accessible to an international audience.

Start Promoting

Once you have chosen the domain name, selected the most suitable host and indexed the website, it is time to promote your high-quality blogs. The best way to encourage visitors is to build a social media presence. You can do this by creating pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to build up a following and ensure your website receives regular traffic.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to launch your first blog. Best of luck!

About the author:

Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the USA in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.

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