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How To Start Your Blog The Right Way

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3 Things to Do Before You Start Your Blog

Starting a blog is a very exciting time! There is SO much to do but you can’t wait to start because love every minute of it! If your blogging about what your good at and what you love, it won’t seem like work then because you’re passionate about it! However, it is work, alot of work! Start with the 3 steps below to help you get it right the first time.

I’ve started one other blog before, called Her Styled View, with a friend, and now this one on my own. It’s so exciting to envision your path as a blogger and make it happen! It’s your space to have a voice and hopefully, your blog will resonate with people and they will find it brings value to their lives.

1. Find Your Passion & Direction

Finding your passion and subject matter is where you want to start. Tap into a passion that excites you so much you want to talk about all night long. You will know when you have the right topic because ideas will start flowing and you won’t be able to stop thinking about all of the possibilities. You will need that magic feeling in the months (or years) to come with alot of hard and long hours you’ve committed to.

If your not sure what you want to blog about, ask yourself, what do other people ask advice for. Is it beauty, parenting, fashion, travel. The more unique and targeted your focus the better.

Next, you will want to examine what value your topic will bring to your reader.  There are a couple of different directions you can go: influencer or educator.  An influencer based blog will be grounded with you at the center of everything. You will be building relationships with people that subscribe and read your blog and those who follow you on social media. An educator based blog will educate your audience with the knowledge that you have about a topic.

Both formulas are built by building Like, Know and Trust with people that you reach through your website and social media. You will be building your own tribe. Pretty exciting or scary! Baby step through it. You got this!

 2. Choose Your Domain Name

This might come easily or take you weeks. You’ll feel it in your gut though when you hit the mark. You’ll need to search website name availability, through sites that sell domain names like Go-Daddy. You will also want to check ALL social channels. In today’s saturated market, this is not an easy task!

For my name Her Fashioned Life, Twitter was taken but all other channels were free. I went ahead with the name and adjusted the one social acct to Herfashondlife, leaving out the “e”.

3. Branding 

Branding is also a huge part of the equation you will want to have down before you start. Start with your logo. Etsy has a ton of graphic designers that will design one until your happy. Make sure you get the correct sizes for your website, business cards, and all social account banners. Next, you want a color scheme. Try to choose 3 at the most. Then choose your fonts, again 3 or 4 at most. There are sites like Fontjoy help you by pairing your font choices together to see how they look. Make sure you choose a Web-Based font or it might slow your site down.

You will want to use these, colors, fonts and logo on everything you do. This is building your brand. It will take time to perfect but nailing the basics will give you a head start to beautiful branding that people will associate with you when they see it.

Be sure to read my post about 5 valuable podcasts and how much they can help you on your journey also.

I would love to hear your thoughts about starting a blog in the comments below! Have a blog already? What do you feel like was important to know at the beginning of your journey?

Thank you for reading!

xx Tammy

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5 Valuable Podcasts For Your Blog

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Podcasts

I am a bit late to the podcast game, but I’m rapidly catching up! If you are still not sold on listening to podcasts, you’re missing out on a learning and entertainment style that is highly addictive! Whether you are looking for how to build a kick-ass web site or a fun science podcast for your kids on the drive to school, there is something for everyone.

I’ve listed below my current top five for building your SEO on your website/blog posts and marketing with social media. There are dozens of fantastic podcasts full of great content, and I’ve been obsessed with these particular podcasts because the material is all actionable and fluff is minimal!

I listen to podcasts on my phone with the preloaded podcast app. These are also available on I-Tunes, Spotify, and other formats.

BONUS: I have also included an affirmation podcast. Blogging can be a bit of a drain on our positive energy sometimes. I find it to be helpful to start the day or week with a focused affirmation. There are many inspirational shows out there. The one I choose will focus in on topics such as sleep, school, and gratitude.

Do you have a favorite podcast? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

The Blog Millionaire

Host – Brandon Gaille

Length – 15-30 min! Easy snackable content.

Format – All information is from Brandon with simple step by step guides and examples of how to put it all of his game-changing knowledge into play.

Show Notes – Yes, add the episode number to his website www.theblogmillionaire.com.

Interesting Fact – Brandon will repost and tag you, to his vast social media following if you post, tweet or mention him in a Facebook post.

Why I love it -Brandon’s message is very clear and to the point about his topics. The podcasts are short and highly actionable! If I listen to a How To Build A Better SEO Blog Post Title, I come away with the know-how of how to make it happen.

Episodes you might like:

The Perfect Blog Post Sidebar Formula

Double Your Google Traffic by Adding the Right Words to Blog Post Titles

Social Media Marketing

Host – Michael Stelzner

Length – 45 minutes

Format – Interviews with successful business and marketing people covering all things social media.

Show notes – Yes, on his website www.socialmediamarketing.com (links are included in the show notes so you can refer to them after the show)

Interesting Fact – At the beginning of each show, a useful phone app or web tool is introduced, that can be used to improve your social media marketing skills in one way or another.

Why I love it – Michael’s interview choices are always top tier and have valuable information to transform your marketing and blog strategies.

Episodes you might be interested in:

Search for Social Ads: How to Use Google With Facebook to Build Niche Audiences

Google Tag Manager: What Marketers Need to Know

 

Manly Pinterest Tips

Host – Jeff Sieh

Length – 45-60 min

Show notes – Yes, on his website, www.manlypinteresttips.com

Format – Interview mostly

Interesting Fact –  Pinterest was by far the number one traffic source from my other blog. If you are not taking advantage of Pinterest, you are missing out! The traffic can take a month or so to build, but then it will be continuous. Just keep pinning!

Why I love it – Knowing how important Pinterest is to my blog, I searched out for a podcast to help me dive deeper into it and found Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff is easy to listen to and follow along with.  His interviews are all actionable and have information that will up your blogging game!

Episodes not to miss:

The Power of Promoted Pins

The Formula for High Performing Content

#TWITTER SMARTER

Host – Madalyn Sklar

Length – 15- 30 min

Show notes – Yes, on her website www.twittersmarter.com

Format – Interview

Interesting Fact – I love that Madalyn starts out her interviews asking the guest to share their Twitter tips with us and then closes the show asking what some of their favorite tools are to manage social media.

Why I love it – Twitter is a platform I didn’t know much about. However after listening to Madalyn’s shows. I’m very excited to be more involved the Twitter community.

Episodes you will love:

Cleaver Ways to Use Click to Tweet

Building a Twitter Power Following

AffirmationPod

Host – Josie Ong

Length – 10 minutes

Show Notes – No

Format – Josie has an intro, then 10 min of Affirmations and finally a closing.

Interesting fact – Josie also offers mini-courses, workbooks, and worksheets on her website. You can also subscribe by email and have the podcasts delivered that way!

Why I love it – It’s so simple to get listen to in the morning car ride, shower or before bed. She will get you in the mindset you need to be in to succeed!

Episodes you might like here:

23 Affirmation – Here You Are Successful

6 Affirmations – Better Sleep

53 Affirmation – School Life Balance (Love this one on the way to school for my kids)

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you find these podcasts helpful in your life and business! Be sure to read How To Start Your Blog The Right Way also for more blogging tips!

xx Tammy

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