Updated April 25, 2018
Starting a new blog is so exciting! You’re on a new adventure. You’ve got tons of ideas. But there are a lot of things to think about when you start a blog. It’s a tad bit more than pushing publish. That’s where the Start a Blog Checklist comes in.
The checklist will cover everything you never knew, you never knew. If you check everything off the list, your new blog will be set up for success from the beginning.
Your blog is going to be as sweet as pie when we’re done. Everyone will be coming back for a second slice.
I’ve split the checklist up into five main sections: Getting online, building your website, defining your brand, creating epic content and marketing your blog.
With the checklist in hand, setting up your blog is going to be easy like Sunday morning. Before you set up your blog, you’ll need to do a little ground work. Once you have a general idea of what you want to blog about, you can decide on a name and purchase hosting for your new blog.
- Decide on a blog topic (niche)
- Pick a name for your blog
- Choose a hosting provider and buy a plan
- Install WordPress
Build your website
Getting hosting is only the first step in setting up your blog. Now you need to build it! This section covers setting up WordPress, getting comfy with WordPress, making your blog look pretty, essential pages, spam protection, Gravatars, favicons, analytics and more.
- Create a coming soon page
- Add an SSL to your site
- Add Google Analytics
- Configure WordPress
- Choose and install a theme
- Add plugins
- Design home page
- Add sidebar content (optional)
Define your brand
Yes, you read that right. A blog is a brand. If you want to profit from your blog, you need to think of your blog as a brand and a business from the beginning.
- Get a custom email address
- Create a gravatar
- Create a favicon
- Define your ideal audience
- Create a logo (optional)
Create Epic Content
Content matters. It’s the bloodline of your blog. It needs to be good. Learn how to format and organize your blog posts. This is the fun part because you get to create and do your thing.
- Write blog posts
- Write an about page
- Assign categories and tags
Marketing your blog
Writing a blog and then having no one read it soul-crushing. I don’t want that to happen to you! The checklist covers setting up social media accounts, a newsletter and optimizing for search engines!
- Create a Google Search Console account
- Add meta descriptions
- Apply for Pinterest rich pins
- Submit a sitemap
- Create an email list
- Set up social media accounts
Techy stuff made easy
No need to fret over the techy stuff. Many of the checklist items links you to a step by step tutorial, simplifying the technical aspects of starting a blog.
Get your free checklist and guide!
I want to do more than just give you a list of things to do (I’ll save to do lists for my husband). I want to help you actually tackle the New Blog Checklist! Sign up below and I’ll send you the PDF email checklist and we’ll work towards checking things off the list. You can download it, print it off and hang it on your fridge. Or just use it on your computer.
Good luck starting your new blog!
Let me know if you have any questions along the way. Happy to help!
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