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Tips and Tricks! For A First Time Blogger

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March 25, 2020
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If you are a first-time blogger and are considering pursuing the blogging business, I have some tips and tricks for you.  Blogging can be a lot of work with many facets of the business. Too much information can be confusing. Too little information won’t get you started right. I started out clueless and made mistakes. I’m sharing with you what I know now about the blogging business that I wish I had known when I started.

Attend a Blogging Blast Off Course

I recommend that everyone enroll the 5 Day Email Crash Course. It will make your life so much easier. When you like the course their Blogging Blast Off is worth your time and money. It’s a 30-day course that leads you step by step on how to set up your blog. Every day you have an assignment, each day building on yesterday’s task until at the end of 30 days you are blog ready. The assignments are not so time-consuming that if you miss a day you can’t catch up.  The instructors will help you and answer your questions. Blogging Blast Off’s incremental approach leads you gradually into competence and confidence so you are not overwhelmed by all the details of starting a blog.  If you are serious about your blog and thinking of doing it as a business, then this class is well worth your time and money. 

 

Blogging Blast Off Course

 

Web Development Company and/or Web Developer

In hiring a web development company and/or developer, you need to make sure that they are trustworthy. Some people will tell you a lot of nonessential things you need to do just so they can charge you more money. It is imperative that you hire someone through referral. When you locate a web developer, ask questions so you have a thorough understanding of what the developer offers and what work you need to be done. If the developer asks you questions to find out exactly what you want to be done with your site, that’s a sign of the developer’s integrity.

I’ve heard of bloggers or website owners who paid thousands of dollars for services that developers recommended. When I asked my hubby about it he said those services were unnecessary. Sometimes your website traffic affects how fast your website loads. There is no need to add anything to your website for that feature.

If you need help to start your blog or if you run into problems with your website, Nate is accepting freelance work. Nate charges by the hour instead of by the job because website problems are often unique to that site and can vary in the time required to solve the problem.

 

Web Development Company

Setting Up Your Blog

In setting up your blog, there are many things to take into account. Below is a list of topics that require thoughtful consideration as you begin your blogging journey.

1. Choose your niche

Choosing your niche is easy. What you are good at or what are you passionate about? What do you want to share with others? Here are some possibilities:

  • Lifestyle
  • Travel
  • Chronic Illness
  • Health
  • Fitness and Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Food
  • Relationships
  • Family 
  • Home Design
  • Politics and Society
  • Gaming
  • Legal Requirements
  • Business
  • Web Technology
  • Writing
2. Choose a domain name

Choosing a domain name is fun, although sometimes it can be daunting if the domain name you want is already taken. I suggest you relax and enjoy the process. Think of something catchy that grabs people’s attention and is easy to remember. A domain name that describes both its content and you as a person is ideal. The two places we recommend to purchase your domain name are Google and GoDaddy.

3. Find a hosting provider

There are lots of hosting providers on the internet. We recommend Cloudways. We recently switched to them and we love the speed, ease of use, and the fact that you don’t have to share your cloud server with other websites.

 

4. Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme can be tricky. Make it simple — white background and a black, easily readable font size font which can be read on phones.

Note: 14-18 font-size is advisable.

5. Logo

A logo is important to businesses as it represents you and your company. It is essential that you plan and design it carefully. Make sure to pay someone to customize your own logo. That way it only represents you and your company. No comparison. Don’t be like us who paid a ready-made logo and end up with too many businesses who used it. Ending we paid double within a year.

Rodes On The Road Logo
6. Legal Requirements

In setting up a blog, there are steps to take to make your blog legal and to obey the laws. Amira (blog name, Aselfguru) is a lawyer who helps bloggers and online entrepreneurs with legal matters. She wrote many legal templates that we needed to set up our blog as a business. If Amira’s online store does not have what you need, contact her and she will custom make you the template you need. Amira is approachable and responds quickly to answer your questions and meet your individual needs.

The three basic legal forms we needed for our website were privacy policy templates, disclaimer templates, and terms and conditions templates. You must have these three templates to get approval from Google Adsense for their ads.

 

Legal Bundle

7. Getting a local business license or DBA

Before you get a business license, you have to identify your business. First, I opted for a sole proprietorship and applied for EIN for tax purposes, but before our first anniversary of being in business, Nate and I applied for a partnership. We then applied for an EIN number for our Partnership. Every state and county has different requirements. Our town doesn’t have any requirements to start a business, so we went to our county to apply for a DBA (doing business under an assumed name). They asked to see our individual IDs and asked our blog name. We paid $30 for our business license. It was a fast and easy process for us.

   Types of Business licenses

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • LLC
  • S Corporation
8. Opening a business bank account

Open your business bank account after you get your DBA certification and apply for an EIN online. The bank needs this information to open your business account.

It’s best to have a separate bank account for your business transactions to avoid confusion between your business and personal finances. The separation makes filing your taxes much easier.

Note: We opened our business account in a local federal bank. Choose an account that does not require a minimum monthly balance and charges low or zero maintenance fees. The blogging business takes time to earn a profit.

 

Business Bank Account

9. Money Transfers

In the blogging arena, you work with a variety of businesses. This means you need a way to process cash-in and cash-out transactions. 

  • Signing up a PayPal business account

It is important to have a PayPal business account other than your personal account. It’s easier for tax purposes. Also, it is simple to use PayPal plus it’s more secure as you don’t have to provide your business bank account number to your business partners and or clients.

  • Transferwise

This is another online money transfer that we love. We use TransferWise to transfer money to the Philippines and to make our mortgage payment in the Philippines. It is convenient and easy to use. In addition, it is cheaper and their exchange rates are higher compared to other sites. The only downside is you need to have a local bank account to be able to transfer money.

 

TransferWise

 

  • Xoom

We have, at times, processed money through Xoom. If you don’t have a bank account and want to transfer money to other countries, Xoom is a good way to go. You can transfer funds through a bank account using either a country’s local currency or your local currency. It depends if your business partner has a U.S. currency account or their local currency account.  If there is no bank account, you can choose to send it for pick up and or delivery, and it’s up to your clients how you want to complete the transaction.

Note: Sending U.S. dollars through Xoom and receiving funds in U.S. currency is the best way to go. For example, if you send Philippine Pesos and they receive it in Philippine Pesos, it is not the best exchange.  But sending U.S. dollars and your party receiving the funds in U.S. currency in the Philippines results in reasonable exchange rates.

10. Writing Your Post

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to begin writing and publishing your articles. In writing, you need to be alert to keywords and SEO. It is essential to learn this and pay attention from the very start. Diligence at this point will save you a lot of time and smooth your path.

Making Content

11. Social Media

You have to have a social media account for your business in order to interact with followers and other entrepreneurs in your niche.

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
12. Join a bloggers group

Joining a group thread in FB, Tailwind, Twitter, and Instagram will help get your business known. It helps your blog run the systems and acquaints you with other bloggers in your niche.

  • Aselfguru Business Blog Community
  • Golden Bloggerz Online Community
  • Under 1000 Club- Aspiring Travel Bloggers
  • Travel and Pin It
  • Travel Tribes in Twitter

 

Summary

Blogging business is not for everyone; you need to have the patience to survive in this industry as it has a lot of information needs to learn and do to run your site and run the business side. You need to spend money and time for you to earn, of course. If you want to learn my one year journey. Read the article Blogging Mistakes And Accomplishments Within First Year.

 

Disclaimer: All ideas are mine based on my blogging experienced and what we learned along our journey. If you click ads on this site, you won’t be charged extra, but it will help us ran this website. Thanks for your support.

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  1. Reply

    TJ

    March 25, 2020

    This is a fantastic resource, I’ll definitely be sharing this…great work!

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      April

      March 26, 2020

      Thank you

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    Lisa Marie Alioto

    March 27, 2020

    CHoosing a great domain name can’t be understated – and hard to do. Your list and cautionary tales is great!

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    Kimberlie

    March 27, 2020

    This is a comprehensive analysis and step by step guide to what every new blogger should know before starting and while creating a blog. I truly wish I had come across it before starting my own blog.

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      April

      March 27, 2020

      Thank you, Kim, and yes, it’s nice to come across a page that teaches us how to do it.

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    Kimberley

    March 27, 2020

    Great advice for new bloggers.

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      April

      March 27, 2020

      Thank you!

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    Heather Ritchie

    March 27, 2020

    I really wish I had this list when I first started. It’s a comprehensive list of tips to help beginning bloggers set their blog up. It really takes the confusion out of the process for newbies who find it overwhelming.

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      April

      March 27, 2020

      I do agree! I remember how much time I spent researching just to make everything in order and know what I missed. Just glad I was able to figure it out but, of course, in a long way.

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    Jojo Reyes Jr.

    March 27, 2020

    Nice tips and tricks right here. This is helpful to everyone, especially to bloggers who are beginners.

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      April

      March 27, 2020

      Thank you. I hope someone can benefit from this.

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    Gina

    March 27, 2020

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nilakshi

    March 28, 2020

    This will help many. Very detailed and easy to understand everything. You are amazing April 😊

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      April

      March 29, 2020

      Thank you Nilakshi for stopping by.

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    Diane Kurzava

    March 30, 2020

    I agree with everything you said! I think most people struggle to find just the right information when they decide they want to start a blog. Thanks for helping them out.

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    Casandra

    March 30, 2020

    This is a great detailed list. And you are correct that blogging requires an enormous amount of time and lots of learning. It isn’t just about pretty pictures!

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    Lora Rovegna

    March 30, 2020

    Good tips! When I started blogging, I was amazed how much went into doing it to the best of my ability. Taking as many courses as you can is definitely helpful.

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    Debbie

    March 30, 2020

    Very comprehensive list. I’m coming up on a year. It really is a journey, but a great lifestyle!

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    Jill DeMasi

    March 30, 2020

    The Blogging Blastoff course helped me tremendously and you get to network with a lot of different bloggers as well!

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    Lisa Manderino

    March 30, 2020

    I still need to set up a bank account!

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    Anna

    March 30, 2020

    These are truly great tips for anyone who likes to start their blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! So important to have a help from the beginning.

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      April

      March 30, 2020

      Yes 🙂

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    Lora

    March 30, 2020

    Great post for new bloggers. I will pin it also.for my followers!

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      April

      March 31, 2020

      Thank you!

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    Tricia Snow

    March 30, 2020

    Great advice! Thanks for the tips!

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    Kendra

    March 31, 2020

    Great info! Definitely requires knowledge and patience!

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    Pauline

    March 31, 2020

    What a great post for first time bloggers, packed with lots of good info!!

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      April

      March 31, 2020

      Thanks.

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    Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life

    March 31, 2020

    Great suggestions & tips for beginner bloggers!

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      April

      March 31, 2020

      Thank you and hope it helps someone who wanted to start one.

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    Junell DuBois

    March 31, 2020

    Great tips for people to get into blogging and now is the perfect time!

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      April

      March 31, 2020

      I agree right now is the perfect time to build one.

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    Charlotte

    March 31, 2020

    I love all of the resources out there for new bloggers! It’s exciting.

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    Stephanie

    April 1, 2020

    I love all the resources. Especially the legal one, it can be hard to navigate this part of creating a money making blog. Thank you!

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    Sandi

    April 1, 2020

    Lots of great info for beginners!

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    Cindy

    April 6, 2020

    This is so helpful for new bloggers! It’s definitely a process and one that sparks great growth and creativity.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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