Anyone can start a blog – there are plenty of platforms and resources you could use to start blogging. But many don’t really know how to actually start a blog in a sense of making into a monetize-able business. My name is Grace, and I am the content creator behind Grace, the blog of a traveling studentpreneur.
I started blogging back in November of 2013 on a free platform called Wix. After two years, I decided to switch to a self-hosted version of WordPress and create an “official” blog. Today, I have thousands of travel lovers and young, creative entrepreneurs visiting my site each month.
Think of a tagline
The first and foremost thing to do is thinking of a topic, tagline, or mission statement. Whether it’s travel, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, or DIY, think of a topic you want to blog about. I personally call myself a traveling studentpreneur because it’s a combination of a few different niches that seem like they would never come together – travel, school, lifestyle, blogging, and entrepreneurship.
Try to think of as many topics you could that you want to include on your blog and cross them off one by one. Cross of those that are similar, those that you don’t really like, and cross of others until you only have four to five topics left. Then, try to make any sort of connections between the topics to create one tagline.
Go and actually make the website
Now that you have a topic in mind, it’s time for you to go and make a website. It can be Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, or WordPress – just go and make a website. I first started with a free self-hosted WordPress blog (you can see how to create one here) then transitioned into a premium hosting with Bluehost. I loved free hosting, but whenever I uploaded a big photograph or a plugin, my site broke and I lost all my content.
Having a good and reliable host is very important when starting a blog. I personally use Bluehost and I’ve been very satisfied with it. It does go down very frequently, but it’s also because I have over 10,000 photos in my media folder on my website. I’ve been going through my media and deleting those I don’t use.
Create quality content
Content is the most important aspect in a blog. Bombard your post with clear and concise words, high quality pictures, and trustworthy resources. Same with any media platform or project – quality over quantity. Don’t make posts with 10 words or less with a few screenshots off of Tumblr or Pinterest. For some more information about improving your content, click here.
The key to quality content is simplicity and organization. If you don’t organize your information and write in run-on sentences, no one will be able to understand what you’re saying.
Make improvements to your blog
I’d say that about 10% is starting a blog and 90% is making improvements. Even though I’ve been blogging for almost two years, I still need to make adjustments to my posts, blog, and everything. I wrote a quick post on a few quick changes you can make to improve your blog – click here to read it. I also wrote what you should do after you start a blog for WordPress users here.
The functions of your blog should be your priority. It doesn’t matter if your logo size is too big or too small; if your navigation menu or you comment button doesn’t work, it’s not a functioning website.
Add your blog to Bloglovin’
Bloglovin’ is a RSS feed where you can follow other bloggers. For my blog, Bloglovin’ is one of my biggest traffic sources because most of my followers are active and follow me solely to read blogs. It’s great for discovering other blogs you might want to read and having your blog discovered by other readers and bloggers as well.
I have a post entirely on what I would do when I have to restart my blog entirely here and a category full of blogging tips and tricks that I’ve developed while blogging myself here. Other than this, you can also join different Facebook groups and gain knowledge from other professional entrepreneurs and bloggers as well.
Hi, I’m Grace.
I empower & educate student entrepreneurs to conquer their business.