Help Me Blog – Part III: Get Ready!

This is the final installment of my three-part series on how I started my own blog.

You have secured all your social media accounts, parked a domain name, and even started putting the word out to family and friends. The excitement should be starting to manifest! I know for me, I was absolutely tickled and obsessed about officially deploying my blog. My blog name came to me at 5 am while I was still in bed. Once it did, I immediately grabbed my laptop and started digging around to find out what would work best for me from a hosting perspective.

WordPress is probably the most recognizable blogging platform. You may choose to host a free blog with WordPress.com, but you’re going to run into limitations versus self-hosting with a company, such as GoDaddy. Nothing on the internet is free, and one of my pet peeves with blogs is being bombarded with advertisements. Also, I wanted to be able to provide affiliate links on my blog to make a few dollars to pay for my hosting and use my new domain name. This article does a pretty good job at explaining the limitations of using a free WordPress.com blog: https://smartblogger.com/wordpress-hosting/

Once you have decided on hosting, jot down about 14 post ideas and start writing. For my blog, I chose to release a few of my articles before my official deployment date to give folks an idea of what types of subjects I would be blogging about. WordPress has a feature that lets you schedule posts in advance, or keep them in a draft state until you are done proofing and editing. If you’re not familiar with how to use WordPress, the GoDaddy WordPress dashboard has tutorial videos you can watch to come up to speed on using all the functionality.

~Happy blogging!~

As a side note…if you are planning on using affiliate links, you might want to check out this article from the FCC: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-people-are-asking

Did you miss the other parts? You can find them here:
Help Me Blog – Part I: The Foundation
Help Me Blog – Part II: Start Promoting

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