Essential: A 10-Point Checklist for Starting a Blog
Every single day, new blogs pop up all around the world
All have their different niche, categories, and mindset
Normally when people start a blog, they are all excited about SEO, ranking in Google, Monetization, and all those fancy subjects
But what they didn’t realize is that they had missed out some of the most basic things which are needed to take there.
Blogging is more than writing content and pushing the publish button only
There is more to that
That is where the Blogging Checklist comes in
So without further ado here are some of them:
1. Pick a Good Hosting Company
This is very crucial
A good hosting company changes your Blogging game in many ways
Here are some of the benefits of going with professional/Good web hosting:
⦁ Technical Support
⦁ Data Management
⦁ Unlimited Space
⦁ Email and Domain
⦁ Design and Style
⦁ SEO Opportunities
⦁ More Security
I recommend to try VapourHost , Hostgator or Bluehost.
2. Choosing the Right Theme
This is very important.
If your site design is bad, no one is gonna actually wanna stick to your Blog
Your site design must say what your Blog is about
If you wanna go for a more professional look, you can buy premium themes
But there are also many Free Themes which look as as much as professional as a premium theme out there waiting to be installed
By having a better and Simple Navigation on your Website can Reduces your Bounce Rates.
When people check your website it is important that they are able to find the info which they are looking for and that too in an efficient manner.
It also Saves Time, Improves Website Design, Keeps your Visitors Glued and Organizes your Info.
Here are some basic ways on how to do that:
⦁ Keep it consistent
⦁ Divide categories clearly
⦁ Make all navigation elements clickable links
⦁ Use accurate navigation titles
⦁ Ensure every clickable image has ALT text.
⦁ Ensure your search feature works.
Plugins are a necessity to manage your blog and improved it in terms of functionality and many others more
There are over 56,000 plugins out there in the WordPress directory.
Which one should you be using?
It’s confusing right.
That is why I have compiled a list of the most crucial Plugins for your site
If you are using WordPress you can install Yoast and it will Autogenerate your sitemap
Go to https://Yourdomain.com/sitemap_index.xml and you will find your sitemap
To submit your sitemap:
⦁ Go to Google Search Console home page.
⦁ Click on Crawl.
⦁ Next click on Sitemaps.
⦁ Click on ADD/TEST SITEMAP.
⦁ Next, to your domain, there is a text field, add your sitemap
⦁ Click the Submit Sitemap button
⦁ It’s that simple
Did you know that Google has officially declared that they are gonna use site speed as a ranking factor in the Search Engine Results Page (SERPs)
That means it’s the least you can do to improve your SEO
Don’t know how to do that?
In a nutshell, here are some steps you need to perform:
⦁ Remove Unnecessary Plugins and Add-ons
⦁ Significantly Limit, or Remove, Social Sharing Buttons on Your Website
⦁ Load Analytics and Ad Networks Code Asynchronously
⦁ Enable Expires Headers
⦁ Enable Caching
⦁ Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
⦁ Get a Better Web Host
⦁ Your Website Theme
For a more detail guide on How To Increase Your Website Speed, Click here.
6. Change Your Permalink to “Post Name”
A permalink is the web address used to link to your content.
⦁ Bad URL: yourdomain.com/23/4/18/Blogs/seo-tips/
⦁ Good URL: Yourdomain.com/seo-tips/
Go to your dashboard > Settings > Permalinks
Change it into “Post Name”
Because you don’t wanna make your URL long
A recent study by Backlink shows that short URL tend to do better than long URL
An unprotected website is a security risk to customers, business and what not
So, you need to keep your website secure at all times
Here is an article on how to secure your Blog
Write your About Us, Terms of Condition and Disclaimer Page
It tells others that your website is genuine and not one of that spammy website
Here are some reason why you need it:
⦁ Reason #1: Prevent Abuses
⦁ Reason #2: Own Your Content
⦁ Reason #3: Terminate Accounts
⦁ Reason #4: Limit Liability
⦁ Reason #5: Set The Governing Law
So make sure you do that
9) Write Your Blog Post
After you had done all the above step you can now finally start writing your first ever blog post
Here are some things you need to understand while writing your Blog Post
⦁ Understand your audience
⦁ Identify your first blog post’s topic
⦁ Come up with a working title
⦁ Write an intro (and make it captivating)
10. Promote your blog
No matter how amazing your Blog post is, without promoting it
Chances are not many people are gonna read it because they do not know it exists
So, Blog promotion is not an option, it’s mandatory
To help you with that, here is an article on Blog promotion
I really hope this list helps you regardless of whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or professional blogger.
If there is anything that you would like to add, I’d really appreciate to know.