When I started my first blog (this one), I prepared and prepared and prepared. I had tons of posts drafted, I took my time setting things up, I made mistakes that then had to be fixed. I learned from trial and error and experimentation. It was an amazing experience, but I paid the price in time. So when my husband and I decided to start another blog together (Documentary Reviewers), I knew I wanted it up quickly. There was no reason to play around with things I already knew we’d need and want.
So if you’re considering starting a blog and want to just get it up quickly, here’s what we did and what you need to do too:
SEO has always been king. Claiming the #1 Google spot for just about any search term will almost always bring success and stability.
And now that Pinterest is attempting to model the search engine giant, SEO is even more important.
If you’re a decent blogger, you’ve probably accidentally found yourself showing up in Google searches and getting a hand full of organic search traffic. But at some point, you need to start being strategic.
Let me be clear – you can not game Google. You can not follow a list of tips and turn up in new search results tomorrow.
You can, however, set yourself up for long-term success by being SEO-friendly and focusing on the right topics.
What follows are SEO tips that will help your overall SEO strategy, whether you’ve got a blog or website.
Third party sites like Hubpages often get a bad rap from bloggers. After all, we’re all taught from the beginning that one of the most important aspects of managing a blog is owning and hosting your own domain.
These sites, however, are totally misunderstood (and definitely under-utilized) by writers and bloggers. I’ve been using Hubpages for longer than my blog’s existence and despite my blog’s success, I still head back to Hubpages to regularly publish material. It is an important source of income that supplements what my blog is earning for me.
While the money is obviously important, there are other serious benefits to using Hubpages when you’re a blogger.
Almost every single week I face the same problem: What the heck am I going to write about? Some weeks are easier than others, but there are those times that I can’t think of a single thing. So I desperately search for ideas and inspiration. Which brought me here…because I KNOW I can’t possibly be the only Mom blogger that hits writer’s block and just needs some good ideas.
So here’s my ultimate list of all the great post ideas for your mom blog. I’ll keep adding to the list, so check back if you hit the wall again. Take my advice though: try and make it as specific as possible. Many of these ideas could be broken into 3 or 4 different posts. The internet may be saturated by some of the hottest topics, but if you can make it unique you may just have come up with your next viral post.
There are a ton of roadblocks that make starting a blog intimidating and setting up the actual website is certainly one of them – especially if you’re a writer at heart. Thank goodness for WordPress! If you’re still in the very early stages of setting up a blog and haven’t picked a platform yet, please take this one piece of advice – CHOOSE WORDPRESS. If you don’t, at some point in the next year you will be migrating your site to WordPress and it will be a pain in the butt.
The reason is plain and simple – WordPress makes everything extremely easy. And one of the ways they do that is by offering thousands of plugins that add special functions, bells, and whistles to our sites. All of the plugins listed below are free, so I highly recommend you just add them right away. I use each and every one of them, so everything I’m telling you is from my own experience.
Here we go! The best WordPress plugins for beginner bloggers: