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You Have A URL, Now What? Next Steps to Blogging Success

By Aug 21, 2017 February 24th, 2019 10 Comments

So you have decided to start blogging, and you have purchased a URL as the first step towards blogging success.

But, what comes next?

If you have never blogged before, this could be overwhelming and confusing.

Take it from someone who is a website and blog designer. I have helped countless bloggers who are starting out for the first time.

How?

I have a simple step-by-step process that will help you find blogging success.

You Have A URL, Now What? Next Steps to Blogging Success

Follow These 8 Steps To Blogging Success After Buying Your URL

1. Set up a hosting account.

It is great that you have purchased a URL, but without also paying for a hosting account, you aren’t going to be able to do much with that URL. Buying a hosting package can be a bit daunting as there are many hosting companies with differing packages available.

I have used quite a few myself over the years. From my experience, I would say to go with a hosting company that comes recommended by other blogging friends, if possible.

If you are still not sure, I can tell you that right now I host with SiteGround. I did my own research on this and switched earlier this year. One of the best perks I found with SiteGround is that they offer superb technical support, especially with WordPress. This really is a huge plus as there are bound to be issues with setup, as well as over time. So, I couldn’t recommend this hosting company more to those first starting out.

2. Install WordPress Files.

Well, once your hosting account is indeed setup and ready to go, you will want to install a fresh company of WordPress files onto your hosting for your URL. You will be able to this usually under the hosting section of your account information.

If you are unable to find it, you can always reach out to your hosting company. Most will walk you through at the very least or offer paid services to install it for you.

3. Pick a free or paid theme for your blog.

Now that your hosting and WordPress files are uploaded, the next step is blog design. Your initial design choice is picking a theme for your site. The theme will allow you to customize the look and feel of your new blog home. There are many themes out there for WordPress.

Be sure to pick one that is not only compatible, but that plays nicely with your WordPress files. My favorite themes are those that are Genesis based. This means they use the Genesis Framework, as well as Genesis Child Themes. For more information on how Genesis themes actually work, take a look HERE.

4. Set up your blog theme.

It’s now time to set up your blog theme. This means uploading it to your site. From there, most themes will give you some support documentation on how to set the theme up. So, you should be able to use these instructions to set up the theme to look similar to the theme’s demo if that is what you desire.

5. Decide on a logo design.

I know some would say to make up a logo before you start building your design. However, the reason I say to do this now is each theme will have a different area size for a logo. So, after you purchase your theme, you should be able to look through the theme’s instructions to find out what size the theme allows for a logo to make sure it fits well.

You can then use a design program such as PicMonkey, Canva or even Photoshop (depending upon your design skill set) to create a logo to fit and work with your theme.

6. Setup your social networks.

If you don’t already have social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, now is the time to set them up. If you do have social profiles, but would rather have your blog’s social networks separate from your personal, you can also choose to set up your second accounts now.

Either way, you will want to have social networks up and running to be able to connect them to your blog and share your blog posts as you publish them.

7. Write, write, write.

Now, you are ready to write your first blog post, as well as many more in the future.

8. Sharing is caring.

Now that your blog is up and running, it’s time to use those social networks you set up in step 6 to share your words with the world! Here are some tips for setting up a social media strategy for your blog promotion.

That’s it! 8 clear cut steps to follow once you have bought your URL. If you follow these steps in order, you should have a fabulous blog up and running in no time.

However, if you are still unsure or in need of help with any of the above, please feel free to contact me for further assistance.

About Janine Huldie

Janine is a published author of the books, The Mother of All Meltdowns and Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, Today Parenting Team and SheKnows. She also writes at Confessions of A Mommyaholic, as well as running her own graphic design company at J9 Designs. She's busy with two beautiful, zany, energetic daughters and a husband, but still trying (key word) to keep it all in perspective by attempting to make the days and nights a little bit brighter. Find Janine, also, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Comments

  • Yep, great article, good tips on how to do this.

  • DNN says:

    If you’re one of millions of people who log on the net everyday just to check your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Yammer, Pinterest and other social media accounts just to see what others are saying, you’re missing out.

    Affiliate marketing and blogging is that “new new.” The internet can be used for all sorts of positive business reasons. For traditional business owners, most of them today use social media + blogging + YouTube video marketing to increase their online marketing potential while cutting down spending on PPC “pay per click” online advertising services. However, never ignore the awesome power of “paid online advertising services.” For dedicated entrepreneurs seeking to increase their online marketing creativity get your blogging and evergreen content marketing game in order because there’s too much money to be made online from promoting affiliate programs on your personal business blog. Content is and always will be king on the web.

    With that said, follow Sway’s advice and get started now with your web hosting, purchasing a URL address if you haven’t already done so, and get all those rambling thoughts in the back of your mind out into a WordPress blog post. You’ll be glad you did so two to four years down the road when your blog is getting good search engine rankings and earning healthy money from affiliate programs compliments of Bing, Google, YaHoO, and partnering with reputable affiliate networks. 🙂

  • A mistake I also made was not 301 redirecting from the old blog address to the new domain.

    You can post an article announcing the new blog address but a 301 redirect wil be very SEO beneficial, as you won’t lose any of the traffic and authority gained until that point.

    Wish someone told me this before I switched my address 3 times..

    • Sorry to here this Ela and yes a 301 redirect is necessary when you transfer a site from one domain to another. Even if you change a permalink of an article, you need to code a 301 redirect in your backend files, as well. Just a necessary evil to keep Google search engines happy withy your site when all is said and done.

  • Flip Chairs says:

    Awesome tips,Thnak for sharing.

  • Jarvee says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Janine!

    This seems so easy, but there is actually a lot of work behind these 8 steps, don’t you agree?

    I think that, beside the content it’s self, using social networks wisely is the key of becoming successful blogger. Because social networks give us the opportunity to actually spread the word about our work, passion and mission and reach people that will care about what we have to say!

    • You are so welcome and Jarvee I do agree that it sounds easier than it may very well be for some. I also completely agree about networking and social networks, as well.