Things to Pay Attention to When Starting Your WordPress Blog
People start blogs for various reasons. Some do it to find a way to express ideas or thoughts while creating a personal brand. Others do it for the opportunity to create a new stream of income to depend on using ads or affiliate marketing, just to name a few potential money-making tools. A few even do it just because they think the idea sounds fun. The thing is it’s not just about having the idea for a blog and working on the plan. There are a few things folks overlook or don’t pay attention to when creating a blog, which is what you’re here for. You want to pay attention to the details others miss.
The great thing about WordPress is that they offer plugins. This makes building your site a lot easier. You have to be cautious with this though as some can break your site. You should only use plugins from trusted people, and be sure to check reviews. You’ll need things like an analytics plugin to help you understand your visitors and modify your page to attract more visitors. You should also get a backup plugin to ensure you always have a backup of your site, just in case something happens. While there are thousands of plugins available at this point, don’t feel like you have to go crazy and install as many as possible. Doing so can actually slow down your blog or potentially make it insecure. It’s better to focus on a few good ones that will make things easier on you than a mess of complicated ones. In fact, the whole issue of flow is one that will impact your blog at every point along your writing journey.
The Importance of Flow
You’ve done the work, figured out your domain name, secured your domain, and you’ve asked yourself what kind of audience you’re hoping to reach. It would seem as though you know exactly what’s going on and the best way to do things. In short, you know how to start a blog on paper, but there are things folks miss while attempting to launch a blog, and one thing has to do with the flow of your site. One reason online visitors leave a page early is that there’s no flow. This means there’s a flaw in the design. In essence, your blog space has to feel like it’s telling a continuous story through design. For example, if you’ve got a few images, then they should be in slide format so that visitors feel like they should continue clicking to see the rest of the story. Make it easy to see the next blog post. It should feel like visitors are just turning a page to read the next enticing writing piece. If you need to talk to a web designer to make sure your page has a natural flow, then do so. What a web designer offers can help you in many ways, though there are also a large number of pre-built items as well on the market you’ll want to look through. Regardless of how you elect to tackle this issue, it’s a good idea to keep your eye on your promotional efforts so you never fall behind others in the industry.
Don’t Forget to Promote It
A lot of the work you need to do to launch your blog involves your page, but that doesn’t mean all of your work is done there. Another chunk of it comes in the form of promoting yourself and building your readership around the globe. You have to think about how you’re going to promote your blogging site. Find your voice before you write your first blog post. You also need to have a good handle on your design. You want to create awareness of your brand and voice. To promote your blogging site, you’re going to have to go where the people are, which means going to social media platforms. Be sure the design on your social media accounts match and tie together. It may be a good idea to focus on the platforms you’re familiar with because you know how to use them. Start talking about your site and talk about the types of subjects you’ll be sharing on your site. You can post images that link to the topics on your site. Create awareness so that when you launch your site you might be able to direct folks to it. If you don’t know how to use social media platforms, then it’s a great time to learn though you could always just outsource this task to a professional social media promoter. Aesthetics are an important part of the whole promotional scene, so you might want to also take a closer look at what others might see if they were to take a closer look at your own page.
Pick the Right Theme
While you might think that color schemes and page themes are just something for artists and designers to squabble about, there’s something to be said for unified looking blogs. Try picking out a theme that looks equally well in both well-lit and dark conditions. There’s a pretty good chance that at least some people will be reading your blog while they’re in a fairly dark room, which makes this a somewhat important consideration. Others might get all excited about the opportunity to make their blog site look creative and may end up trying a whole bunch of styles to see if they can customize it to look special to them. If you’ve experienced this kind of impulse, then make sure that you pick something that isn’t too garish or off the wall. It’s very easy to get carried away simply because there are so many themes out there, but you don’t want to unnecessarily start changing things. After you’ve decided on a single unified theme, it should be okay to remove unnecessary theme packages and other cruft that might have gotten accumulated inside of your blog’s installation repos. You’ll also want to take the opportunity to consider whether or not the layout you’ve picked works as well on mobile devices as it does on whatever machine you’ve done your design work on.
Fulfilling the Needs of Mobile Users
Though it’s technically possible to start writing blog posts on a mobile device, few professionals would want to do so without some kind of keyboard add-on. However, plenty of netizens will want to read their favorite blogs while they’re on a train or bus, which means you need mobile support. Traditional desktop sites aren’t really responsive, and as a result they look rather terrible on a small screen. Most popular blogging platforms now support at least some form of responsive design as a built-in feature, so make sure that this is on. Naturally, this includes WordPress as well as its many derivatives and forks. You’ll want to then pull out your own phone or tablet to make sure that your blog looks right on it. If it still seems to be feeding you the desktop version of the site, then check your user agent. Assuming that your device is reporting itself as a mobile handset, you might need to modify some of the options in your blog configuration to work right. There’s a little hack that some blog developers use to avoid having to switch between a phone and their laptop repeatedly until they get this worked out. Point your browser at your blog and then make it a window. A page that features properly functioning responsive design will reflow while one that doesn’t will look no different. If you find that you’re still having a lot of difficulty with this or any other aspect of the blogging process, then it might be time to look at getting a little help with things.
Seek Out Some Help Often
It might be strange, but some people think they have to do everything on their own. No one becomes successful without a little help. You don’t have to do this alone. Don’t feel like you’re admitting defeat if you’re simply asking for a few pointers because everyone was new at some point. One perk of working with WordPress is that you join a family. There, you get an opportunity to talk to folks if you ever need help. As an open-source platform, WordPress has the same kind of community that you might expect from a product like Debian, Ubuntu or any other open-source solution. Some bloggers are hobbyists while others are professionals, but they work together either way. The forum is quite valuable to beginners. The platform has an active forum where users like you discuss different topics regarding WordPress. Some talk about how to solve common issues, while others offer tips for bloggers who are just starting. If you go to the forum, it’s going to look overwhelming because many topics are being discussed, but don’t worry about this. You can search through the forum. You can look for the topic you’re interested in or the issue you need to resolve. If you don’t find the solution you’re looking for, then you can post a new topic, and hopefully, your new WordPress family helps you find the answer. Eventually, you might even get to the point where others start to look up to you as an expect and begin asking your opinions of things. Since you can quickly find all of these new activities eating into your available time as an entrepreneur, you might want to pick up a few extra scheduling tips to help out.
Learn to Schedule the Right Way
If you’re going to be starting a blogging site, then it’s important to create a schedule and stick to it. Online users love consistency, and you need to offer that every month. Commit to writing X number of posts. Upload these posts at the same time. This means the same day and the same hour every time. People will know when to expect a new post. If you’re able to do this effectively, then you’ll get enough people hooked on your content, which is what you want. Try to test out your writing schedule before you start blogging. This will help you see what you’re comfortable with. If you notice you like to write one post every week, then stick to that. If you have to space out your posts a little more, then you need to do that. Remember that once you get started, it’s hard to get folks to expect something different. Eventually, you might find yourself looking at your schedule and wasting time gawking at it because it can seem insurmountable. In these cases, even the slightest amount of writing or posting is actually far more productive than feeling anxious. Don’t pressure yourself and don’t ever forget to take breaks. Putting too much emphasis on blogging or stressing yourself out can actually make things much worse. Perhaps most importantly, though, you want to be absolutely sure that you never stop believing in yourself. That might sound a bit trite, but it really is vital.
Remember to Trust Yourself
Over time, it can seem like the workload might start to get to you. Take a deep breath and look at everything you’ve built because there’s a high probability that what you’ve done so far is actually far more amazing than you had initially ever imagined it would be. Even just looking at your readership numbers can reignite your trust in yourself. Best of all, you may be able to achieve a degree of consistency that would otherwise have been difficult to do. The more consistent you are, the more your audience will trust you, and this will help you create loyalty. That’s important for bloggers who are just starting out. It may be tedious to keep posting so much content, but people don’t know you right now, so the more you post, the easier it’ll be for them to get to know you and remember your WordPress blog site. As you can see, starting your blogging site isn’t something that just happens overnight. Well, it can, but it’s better to take your time and get everything right because that means you have a better chance of making this site a success, which isn’t guaranteed. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be increasing your chances of coming out on top.