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If you started a blog and don’t know what to do now?
Then you’re in the right place!
So you finally created your blog! Congratulations!
Whew! That certainly was a lot of work, wasn’t it?
But you did it. Problem is you don’t know what’s next.
Well, let me help you out with that!
Getting ready to launch
Have you launched it yet? Well if not, that’s what you need to get ready for.
It will be best if you have some good content built up.
The more, the better! I would try to have 5-10 posts first.
You could even have some made up and saved as drafts, ready to go just not published.
This will give you some backup just in case you get overloaded and need it.
I really recommend doing all this before launch.
It really will help you build things up quicker.
You will be able to spend more time getting traffic and promotion if you have some content.
I had to spend too much time creating content because I launched too soon.
We have to learn from our mistakes.
Just trying to help you not make the same ones.
Create Amazing Content
You want to have the very best content you can.
There are a few things you can do to make this happen.
Most blog posts are at least 1000 words now. Some have more.
Try to put as much information as you can into each post.
Add pictures into every post. You want to help break up all those words.
Ask for feedback from viewers. Try to get them involved.
Get those emails. You can offer a freebie in return.
Don’t forget to make it shareable. Encourage users to like and share your content.
Keep viewers on your blog. It’s always smart to add links to your relevant posts as well.
Like this one here. I have better information on Creating Amazing Blog Posts.
Click the link if you want to find out more.
And finally, always proofread your post.
You can catch a lot of mistakes just by reading over your work.
I also recommend getting Grammarly for proofreading. It will help you catch those little slip-ups.
Check it out. It’s free!
Create Pinterest Pins
Now you may have already done this, but if not, you need to make some pins for Pinterest.
As long as you are using this social media outlet.
And if not, I definitely suggest getting it!
Most of the successful bloggers are using it.
There’s a good reason for it, you can get tons of traffic!
Check out my post on Gain More Traffic Using Pinterest here.
Alright so create 3 or 4 different pins for each post you have.
Mix it up with various pictures and phrases for each one.
Some people like to stick with the same colors and use a logo. Which is called branding.
This just helps make all your content unique to you.
It may stand out to someone as yours soon as they see it.
Now, this is what I do. I created a logo and picked certain colors I wanted to use.
That’s just me! You don’t have to. I wanted all of my pins to represent my brand.
My logo is in the corner of every pin. And my name is on the bottom.
This is totally your choice, it’s up to you how you decide to do it.
Well, everything is your choice, but you know what I mean!
Do things your way
Everyone doesn’t do it like this. Actually, I don’t know very many that do.
Most pins I see don’t have a logo. They do almost all have their name though.
It’s extra work for me right now because I don’t have much extra money.
Getting upgrades of your tools makes it easier.
But, I still like doing it this way. Just know you don’t have to.
I know of a very successful blogger who chooses to not brand her things.
She says that she knows it probably drives some people crazy, but that’s how she prefers to do it.
That’s the thing, it’s your business. You can choose to do things your way.
Just because one thing works for someone doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for the next.
You have to keep trying until you find what works best for you.
We are all just really give our own opinion or tell what’s working for us.
You want to try to help someone else out. But there’s no guarantee.
Actually, something may even be working well for you;
then Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Instagram, ect., will change things up.
And Boom! What you were doing isn’t working anymore.
Or the opposite, what you were doing wasn’t working, but now it all of a sudden is.
I know that this just recently happened on Pinterest. And Google changes things up all the time.
Alright, sorry I know that was an awful big explanation as to why it’s okay to do whatever you want.
Moving on now! Same situation for any other social media.
Set Up Social Media Accounts
If you’re using Facebook you need to create posts for it relating back to your blog.
The only difference is, I wouldn’t start off making more than one for each post.
Same applies to whatever social media you may be using.
Maybe it’s Twitter or Instagram.
Whatever you choose to use can be set up ahead of time if you wish.
You can get a head start on building them up this way.
But, it may be best to just stick with one or two social media sites to start off.
Don’t try and do too much at once.
They take up a lot of your time.
If you are using Facebook, join some groups.
Pinterest has group boards as well. It’s like a community board.
Everyone in the group can put their pins on it.
This will help with getting traffic.
Don’t try to do a lot of groups at once either. You don’t want to overwork yourself.
Pick a couple and find out how engaged the other members are.
You don’t want one where nobody is involved in it.
Make sure that you read the rules of each group. In other words, the guidelines of the group.
Each one is different. The person who created the group makes the rules up for it.
Rules can be as simple as just to be nice.
Watch what you say and only comment with supportive answers.
Another rule may be for all members to do an equal amount of work.
They will usually have a rule for promotion on certain days only.
Make sure that you follow these rules. If not, you’ll be getting kicked out.
Facebook groups can be a great place to go for help as well.
As long as there are quite a few members, there’s always someone ahead of you.
They have already done what you’re doing.
You could even find answers within other posts in the group.
Just reading through things can give you helpful advice (present or for future use).
But if not, just ask. I’m sure there will be plenty of people who try to help.
If not, you’re in the wrong group. Find another one!
That is one of the best things about these, the help.
I think it is so great that we have like a whole society to help us out.
In a world that has gone so crazy, the blogging community can be so great.
Others truly are willing or want to help each other.
Now, I’m certain that not every single blogger is like this. There are millions of them.
But for the most part, you can engage with one another and may even find friends.
Working on your social media outlets first can help you with getting ready to launch.
And it’s always good to engage and get your name out there.
Advertise your launch ahead of time. Let everyone know when it will happen.
This way you may be getting traffic right from the start.
Using SEO to get those keywords is also a great way to promote.
Of course, you don’t have to do all these before you launch.
It’s just a great way to get started on the right foot.
You are going to need an email provider.
I’m not talking about Gmail or Yahoo.
You need an email provider that can automatically send emails out for you.
Regular providers don’t offer that service.
This is something you can get set up ahead of time as well.
You need to make sure that it is integrated with your blog.
And doing all this can take time as well.
Having these things done will give you more time to promote once you launch.
It’s going to take a lot of promotion to get things off the ground.
Anything that may take some time learning will be good to get done now.
So, if you need an email provider, I recommend giving Drip a try.
They offer a free trial, which includes all of the things they have to offer.
Some free trials are limited. Drip is not.
Although it is a bit more complicated to learn.
It’s still great because of all the features it has to offer.
You can give them a try, there’s nothing to lose.
I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to comment, as always.