So, you got your blog up and running, nice! If not, check out the introductory post outlining the steps to get your domain name, hosting and wordpress theme ready to go.
Now, I hope that you’ve started to actually write about your chosen topic and have even taken the plunge to hit “Publish”. I know the first time or two or hundred can be a bit scary and nerve wracking. What if no one reads my post or worse yet, what if someone actually reads it? Will they like it? Will I get nasty comments? My husband is a well respected blogger in his niche and that doesn’t stop him from having a couple of people who hate/downvote/leave negative comments on everything he writes and publishes. Just like in life, not everyone is going to like you or agree with what you write. AND that is OK!
Don’t let that stop you from taking an important step forward in your journey to creating portable income. You deserve to have the life that you’ve always wanted.
Today, let’s talk about a couple of really important things you should be doing to run your blog as a business. I’ll be writing a series of posts in the coming weeks, months to share a number of tips.
Create a blog email address
Make your life easy. Set up a separate email address from your personal email that you can use for your “contact me” link and that you can also use to sign up for plugins, services, social media accounts for your blog. Plus, you can also use these email folders to help you track your revenue and expenses generated from your blog.
You web hosting service provider and/or domain provider may offer you the option of creating an email address using your domain. In this example, I may have an email address like [email protected] or [email protected] If that isn’t an option or you’d prefer to use a third party provider like gmail than that is okay as well. In that case, I’d recommend choosing something like [email protected] Have your blog name appear somewhere in the email address to help legitimize it.
Create your social media accounts for the blog
Even if you aren’t quite ready to start using social media it is a good idea to sign up for accounts using your blog name as early as possible to increase the likelihood that it or a suitable alternative will still be available. I highly recommend signing up for:
- Pinterest – sign up for a business pinterest account.
- Facebook – create a blog Page. Instructions can be found in Facebook’s help section.
If you are ready to start using these channels that make sure you link them up on your blog. You can use a wordpress plugin such as Simple Social Icons to make this super easy to get up and running. Then when a reader visits your blog and likes what they see they will have the option to start following you. Depending on your chosen niche, you may choose a different set of social media platforms to use. For example, my husband focuses on twitter, youtube and reddit. If you will be creating video content than I highly recommend securing your Youtube account now as well.
That’s it for today. Just a couple of easy tips to get you ready for creating and sharing content.