You know those little things that are crucial when you start blogging seriously but you keep postponing them?
I did postpone a lot of things and I did this for a long time. Mostly because I thought some of these would be hard or complicated. Most of these, however, I solved with a simple tutorial or a little help.
There are some things that are crucial for having a serious blog like good content and marketing. This list contains all the things I wished I had done earlier because the are so important for blogging.
I finally have this blog on a great hosting website. It might have been some hustle to get it from WordPress.com to wordpress.org but now that I have it finally moved I feel so much more free.
I already talked about this in my post 5 rookie blogging mistakes I made in my first month. I felt so frustrated when I could not move my blog.
So again, I really recommend going for a good host right away!
I still need to work on how this site looks but, for now, I really want to work on making my content shine!
Learn a little HTML for blogging
I knew a little bit about HTML before I started this blog but not nearly enough to make pretty texts. Learning HTML is very easy if you really just learn the basics like tags and some commands.
If you know how the basics work you can basically google the rest of the information you need anytime that you want to make something new.
There are several tutorials online and a lot of blog posts about what part is important to learn.
Setting up rich pins
I avoided this one so long because I thought it would be terribly difficult but only one tutorial later and I’m all set up. Now my Pinterest looks a lot more professional and I will be so much easier to find across the web.
I seriously recommend doing this because with a little bit of luck you will do this within 5 minutes and it makes all the difference.
This tutorial is so great and easy to follow!
If you are on WordPress then you have this great feature called plugins. These great little applications can make your blog shine.
I used to be so overwhelmed by all the choices. Last week however I just pulled up a post about the main plugins that every blog needs and went over them.
The plugins from that list + some I wanted to have for myself now make a great framework for my blog.
For example, Yoast SEO Is one of those plugins I wished I had used sooner. Now I can actually make posts with good SEO without guessing on how to do that.
Hover over pin buttons
Another one that I thought would be incredibly difficult but I really wanted to optimise my site for Pinterest and thus I needed hover over buttons on my images. (At least, that is what most Pinterest professionals say.)
Luckily you can do this very easily as well!
For example, WordPress has a simple plugin for this. All I had to do was instal it and then I had hover buttons on all my images. Why would you miss out on this if it is so easy?
No difficult coding needed.
If you want custom buttons you can always try that later and while you figure how to do that you can easily use the plugin.
Build an email list
On plugins, now that I can use those, I finally started an email list. I feel so stupid for starting this one so late but now I have a mail chimp account I finally started an email list.
When you want to be serious about blogging this is one of the first things people recommend so don’t wait too long. (like I did…)
I do still need to make the sign-up form more visible on my site but I think that having the option is already great.
I’m planning on starting with a monthly newsletter which will be sent on the first of the month. This way you will not get overwhelmed with emails and look out to hearing from me.
Overall I think that blogging is a journey and there is a lot that you will figure out on your own. But sometimes it is just good to get reminders or a little nudge to do certain things.
The best tip I have is to if you feel like things are complicated to just find a tutorial online and follow it. It will turn out so much easier than you might have expected.
When you have all these things set up you will feel already so much better. Not only will it look more professional, most of these also really help you function better
Let me know if I missed any important things and if you did any of these after reading this.