What to Do AFTER You Start a Blog

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By now you know how to start a blog.

You go to the website platform of your choosing, click a few buttons and presto—you are officially a blogger.

Now what should you do?…Other than obsessively reading income reports and refreshing your analytics page over and over again.

Trust me, every blogger finds themselves in this mind trap.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the steps that I would take if I were starting over again from scratch with my blog.

I would…

Find Out What’s On Trend

Before starting the blog, I would have done a bit of research to make sure the niche I’m choosing is even worth my time.

(If you haven’t done this, here is a good post on proven high-quality niches, and here’s also another great blog post that lists successful blogs in a bunch of different categories. Read those and then come back.)

Then, I would prioritize getting some good and enticing posts up.

To Do #1: After choosing something to blog about, I would look at what’s trending in my niche. What’s getting the most shares? What about the content seems eye-catching? How can I put my own spin on the popular topics?

Sit My Butt Down and Create Content

Bloggers are content creators. We create content that people read. Then they click on ads, buy stuff from us, or buy stuff from our affiliates.

Das it. Rinse and repeat.

In order for any of the above to happen, we have to create content. We have to write, do video, or publish podcasts. Think about all of your favorite YouTubers, podcasters, and beauty gurus—what do they do?

They post consistently, often on a schedule, and they’re always creating. More content means more posts (or landing pages) for people to find and discover you.

We can be so worried about getting involved in the next big thing or making tweaks to our site that we neglect things that actually matter—creating.

To Do #2: I would focus on creating 5 to 10 really awesome post within the first 1 to 2 weeks. Quality over quantity. More is better, but good posts usually take some time to write so I would give myself a realistic goal.

Park My Social Media Accounts

Nothing is worse than going to a social media platform and finding out the username you want is taken. Ugh.

To Do #3: I would make sure to go to every social media platform and claim my website name—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and any other platform that’s popular at the time.

Even if I don’t plan to use the platforms, I would still want to reserve the name of my blog/business in case I wanted to use the platform in the future.

Make a List for My Fans

An email list is made up of people who like what you’re doing enough to give you their email so you can send them updates and other cool stuff.

I would brainstorm an incentive to entice people to sign up for my email list. The incentive I give for the sign up could easily change later on because without traffic or feedback you don’t really know what people want.

But I would create a way to subscribe on my website in case a post goes viral (something I’m currently working on for this blog).

To Do #4: Add a subscription bar to my site. Use a platform like MailChimp to manage my email list. Come up with an incentive to give people for free when they join my email list.

Go Where the People Go

The fifth thing I would do, after all of the set up, is choose a social media platform to focus on. For me, knowing what I know now, I would definitely sprint (not run) straight to Pinterest.

Pinterest is a platform that people go to when they’re looking for ideas and to learn something. It’s the PERFECT place to share your articles and products because people are looking for articles and products—duh.

To Do #5: I would fill out my Pinterest profile and start creating images for my posts to share. I would research my niche on Pinterest to see which pins and titles are getting a good response. I would create my own pins to test out the waters. I would tweak my strategy after seeing what works and what doesn’t.

Do Some Digging into Keywords

Doing search engine optimization (SEO) is a longer game. It can take a while for words that you’re targeting to come up in Google searches for users.

Since it can take so long to see results, researching keywords and using them is something important to start doing right now.

To Do #6: I would use Google Keyword Planner to look up keywords relevant to my site, and also to get a sense of what people are searching for related to my topic.

Be Consistent

The last thing I would do that doesn’t really count as a checklist “to do” is be consistent.

Consistency is absolutely key.

Anyone can start a blog. Not everyone can grow a blog.

Consistency is what makes the difference.


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