Every time I read someones blog online or visited a website, I always thought, “Wow, how did they make this site?” That thought then followed with, “Wish I could do that!”. So after LOTS of research, I finally gave it a try. Here’s my step by step guide (and mistakes) I made along the way.
First and foremost I would like to say I am no blogging guru! I don’t know all the tips and tricks to make you the next Arianna Huffington and I’m surely not a monetizing wizard and I don’t claim to be (wish I was though).
When did I start Life on the Loop? I started Life on the Loop in 2014. I was so new to blogging that I didn’t really know how to set up a blog on a host and have an official .com website. So I started with a free WordPress site and just wrote about my daily life. I blogged for a few months, and then I just felt like I was wasting my time. I didn’t have a specific goal in place or a real subject to write about. So I quit.
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Restarting Life on the Loop: This time Life on the Loop is my full-time job (besides school). I feel that I’m ready to dedicate the time and effort to my site in order to learn the ins and outs of building a successful website. You should see how many drafts I have :/ I have so many ideas and so much to write about, but so little time.
What I’ve done so far: So far I’m concentrating on content and marketing. I’m currently using a free WordPress theme and I’ve invested a little money into the logo you see on my site.
I currently use Dreamhost to host my site. I pay $10.95 per month which works out best for me for two reasons. #1 I didn’t have to drop a bunch of cash at once! #2 If I decide to shut this whole thing down because A) I’m now rich and don’t want to lift a finger B) well… there is no B.
NOTE: You do pay more if you pay per month. If you want to save some money, pay for a full year or more up front.
– Yoast: to help me with SEO (which to be honest, I kinda suck at).
– Elementor: My favorite plug-in to customize my content. I use it to change font size, color, and style. You can use it to customize a wide array of things on your site, it’s great for those of us who aren’t familiar with CSS.
– Pinterest PinIt Button: This one is pretty obvious. Hover over a post to pin it on Pinterest. Easy Peasy!
– Social Warfare: This is a great tool for you readers to share content on social media. Platforms include; Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon. Social Warfare shows how many times your content has been shared, protects your content, uses short codes to place buttons anywhere, and even click to tweet quotes!
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