I decided to share a list of my favorite resources for bloggers on my website. My blog is still very young (started July 2015) but I have learned a lot in the past couple of month and my blog is growing continuously.
To start a blog
You can choose to start a free blog on platforms such as blogger.com, wordpress.com or tumblr.com. I recommend wordpress.com, as it has a huge community that is very kind and will support you. I still keep my old address http://askdeniza.wordpress.com and post my newest articles there. I found a lot of great blogger friends there.
Once you have been into blogging for a couple of months and start to gain followers, it is time to upgrade! I recommend the switch to a self-hosted site as early as possible, before you have gained a lot of followers. On blogger platforms, many people will only follow your blog through the platform itself and not per email. However, once you move to a self-hosted site, people will have to subscribe to your RSS or email to follow you. This can be tricky if you have gained a large following on a free platform.
Obviously, I recommend moving to wordpress.org for anyone. You need to pay for hosting but wordpress itself is free. I like the simplicity and quality and think everyone who is taking blogging serious should eventually move to wordpress.org.
If you need help moving your blog, contact wpbeginner.com. They helped be move my blog completely for free.
There are many different services you can use, depending on your needs and your bank account. Shared hosting is not recommend by many but if you are starting out, I don’t see the need to purchase a pro blogger account.
I use bluehost.com and I have never had any issues with them so far. Customer service is easily available with live chats and my site never crashed down this far. Every service has their pro’s and con’s but I am very pleased with my choice and intend to stay with this hosting service.
You don’t have to use the Genesis Framework but I strongly suggest you do so if you are taking blogging serious. Think of Genesis as the frame to your picture. It is stable and provides support and your site will be loading very fast. If you purchase the Genesis Framework Parent theme on Studiopress, you get many of their themes for sale. Once you have purchased the framework, you need to add a Child theme, this is the picture itself, the design of your site. In addition to that, Studiopress offers lifetime support, which is very rare to find.
Once you have installed your blog, it is time to choose a theme to create a unique layout. You can design a header by yourself and let a designer do the work.
There are many different sites on the internet selling wordpress themes. If you choose the Genesis framework, you need to search specifically for Child themes. You can either choose one directly from Studiopress or you can search for third-party themes.
For female bloggers, I recommend restored316 and prettydarncute designs. I own themes of both designers and they are not only beautiful but have many features and good quality of coding. You can always contact Lauren or Lindsey and they even offer a full set-up of your theme for very low price.
Once your blog is ready and you are starting to publish good content, it is time to promote! No matter how awesome your articles are, no one is going to read them if you don’t share them across social media!
My favorite social media network of all times is Pinterest.
Especially for bloggers, pinterest can quickly become your main income of daily views. If you design nice pins, add good descriptions and become part of famous group boards in your niche, you will quickly increase your following literally over night.
However, it is wise to use a strategy here and not pin mindlessly. This is why I recommend using a scheduler, as you cannot stay on your phone all day long.
I have tried out many different pinterest schedulers and recommend boardbooster. It is easy to set up, very low in price (5 for 500 Pins per month) and it will increase your following very quickly.
You can try out boardbooster for free up to 500 Pins and then decide if you want to stick with it. If you join the referral program, you might get a few months for free!
Don’t do all at once
Regarding social media, it can quickly become overwhelming. Which one should you concentrate on? Instagram, facebook, twitter? What about linked in or google plus? In general, it is recommended to set up an account on all social media platforms but focus on three of them. Find out what works for you and your niche and then put all your effort into that. If you just can’t progress with twitter, ditch it and look for other options to promote your content.
Blogging should be fun, whether you want to earn money or not. You have to be passionate about what you are writing, otherwise you will not succeed. There many bloggers out there, especially nowadays. It has become a new trend to become a full-time blogger. However, you need to find what makes you special and why people should follow you.
Obviously, as s soon-to-be-doctor, I am not doing this to earn money. I started this blog to share my knowledge with as many people as I can. Designing logos, writing articles, reading new research, meeting new blogger friends from all over the world has been a nice break from studying all day long for medical school.
If you have started this for the right reasons, you will be successful, you just need to be patient and believe in yourself!
I hope these tips helped and inspired you.