If you are brand new to blogging, you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. I remember what that was like when I started my first blog, deemiddleton.com. I want to help you create an action plan I’m calling: What To Do With Your Blog in the First 30 Days.
Why 30 days? Well, first of all, there is plenty to do! Secondly, I believe you need to create a level of consistency that you can continue to maintain. I’m going to give you a checklist to help you get started with your new blog.
In this checklist, we’ll cover the basics of a new wordpress.org blog so you’ll know what to do with your blog in the first 30 days to create a good foundation. Also, I started a blogging binder to keep up with all of my passwords and ideas when I first started blogging. You may want to to do the same.
What To Do With Your Blog in the First 30 Days
- Research and decide on a niche topic and domain name (your domain name is the name of your website) (If you need to sign up for a new blog, try a Bigscoots managed wordpress.org plan for the best options and the most attentive customer service. I personally use Bigscoots and love them!) You can read a detailed post I have here on how to get started with a new blog.
- Get a staging site (a site that isn’t live yet) so you can start writing your content and setting up your pages (Bigscoots will provide you a wordpress staging site. You just tell them when you’re ready to go live.)
- Decide on a blog theme and activate it. Make sure your theme is mobile friendly.
- Sign up for Google Analytics. I have a detailed blog post to help you do that here.
- Sign up for Google Search Console
- Get a Pinterest business account
- Set up your Pinterest business account and claim your site through Pinterest. Read my blog post here for Pinterest tips.
- Enable Rich Pins on Pinterest and start growing your Pinterest following. I tell you how to do both of these here.
- Start setting up your Pinterest account and creating boards for your niche topic. You can read some specifics in my blog post here.
- Add Yoast SEO plug-in to your blog and activate it. You will use this plugin to “tell Google” what your blog post is about by using focus keyphrases. Start focusing on SEO early! I can’t stress this enough. It takes a good six months or so to start generating Google traffic. Pinterest is fickle and cannot be your only source of traffic. Again, use Pinterest but Focus on SEO.
- Start researching and brainstorming your blog content ideas
- Sign up for a professional email for your blog. I show you how to do that here.
- Signup for a email service provider for your subscribers. (I use Mailerlite to email my subscribers and they require a professional email to prevent spam.)
- Add your new email address to your blog by creating a “contact us” page
- Decide on how you want to monetize your blog (ads, affiliate links, email marketing, etc) I have a blog post here explaining affiliate marketing.
- If you choose to monetize with ads, you can sign up for Google Adsense. I recommend everyone do this at the beginning and then upgrade to a better ad service when you qualify and have enough pageviews to apply. I use Mediavine on my first blog (deemiddleton.com) I used Adsense at the start. You can find out how to apply here.
- Create an awesome freebie that will make people want to subscribe (this can be a one-page digital download).Make it something your audience will find useful.
- Decide how you will deliver your awesome freebie. It can be as simple as an email link. I personally use Shopify to do this.
- Decide on where you will get your images for you blog (I use Canva.) You can read my Canva tutorial here.
- Study Pinterest pins that you like and start brainstorming ideas for your own Pinterest pins.
- Create 3 new Pinterest pins a day and start keywording and pinning them to your relevant boards. You can use Canva to make these pins. Read my tutorial here.
- Create a schedule for yourself and decide when you will write new content and when you will make new Pins for Pinterest to promote your content.
- Aim to write at least one blog post a week. Look at your competitors blog posts and write your own original content to answer the readers questions as well as and as throughly as you can. I have a helpful post you can read here on planning your content strategy. Write for your reader- not yourself.
- Review your Pinterest analytics and your Google analytics at least once a month. This will not be very accurate until about 30 days have passed, so give it time to populate your data.
- Start adjusting your pinning strategy to pin mostly to your best performing boards.
- Review your Google Search Console data to see what keywords your blog is ranking for.
- Write more content around the keywords that are bringing you traffic.
- Comment on other blog posts within your niche.
- Collaborate with other bloggers, either in forums, Pinterest Group boards, Facebook groups, etc. This is a great place to learn and ask questions.
- Stay consistent with your blog! Set up hours and a schedule that you can maintain. You won’t achieve success if you do not make your blog a daily priority. I personally work on my blogs Monday-Friday and simply pin a few pins over the weekend. Then, be patient. A good timeframe is about 9 months for new blogs to start gaining momentum and seeing a good traffic increase, assuming you’ve been consistent.
So that’s it. That should give you a good running start on What To Do With Your Blog in the First 30 Days. Leave a comment below if I can answer any questions.
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