Starting a blog has been something I have wanted to do for years. However, I just couldn’t seem to narrow down what I wanted to blog about. You see, I have way too many interests. Not fleeting, small interests, but major passions! In previous posts both on my blog and on Instagram, I have mentioned that I am creative. I write, act, draw, paint, sing sometimes, hand letter, and am a freelance graphic designer by degree and trade. Not to mention, I am a wife and mother! How was I supposed to narrow all of that down?! I’m still not totally certain how it all meshes into one pretty, friendly, concise, blog, but I’m finally going with it!
Recently I became a published children’s book author, and decided it was time to get moving with my website and blog. I’m abandoning my self-doubt and running with it. There’s no turning back now.
Entering the blogging world has been a huge learning curve to say the least. I had no stinking clue all that bloggers do! Blogging is way more intensive than I ever realized, and my appreciation for them has grown insurmountably over the past several months.
Here are a few basics that have helped me get going as a new, baby blogger.
Community- Getting involved and plugged in the blogging community has been my biggest aide. If you don’t know any bloggers personally, reach out to one that you follow and have interacted closely with over social media. Most of them would be willing to point you to a facebook bloggers group. If want more help than that, some bloggers offer coaching calls that you can pay for.
Facebook groups are a great place to ask questions… OR wait for someone else to ask if you feel silly. (Totes Guilty!) Chances are your question has been asked before, and you can always search past posts. It’s like an Encyclopedia for bloggers… remember those? Also, make sure that you read the rules of the group before you start posting willy-nilly! If you’re like me, you don’t want to sound like the extreme newby you know you are.
Reciprocate- If you join a group where bloggers support each other by liking and getting involved with each other on social media, make sure that you reciprocate that effort. Don’t be the jerk that doesn’t help anotha motha out!
Follow successful bloggers- Find bloggers that you admire and who are already successful. Study their feeds, their posts, their hashtags, their interactions, etc… and find what works! Don’t ‘copy’ them, learn from them.
Learn SEO basics- When I started getting my website ready I began seeing SEO written everywhere. I was like, what on earth is this? I 100% thought it must mean ‘Seriously Exhausted One’. I mean, I kept seeing all of these mommy bloggers writing it, and Lord knows mom’s have all kinds of crazy acronyms. SO, LO, DD, MIL, FIL, EFB, BF … the list goes on, and on, and on.
SEO actually means ‘Search Engine Optimization’. In Lehman’s terms, it’s behind the scenes internet activity to improve a web sites visibility through search engine results. SEO utilizes keywords or phrases that users type into a search, which then targets your site to pop up on the list of results. Key SEO words are created and then your site is optimized to rank well for those searches.
Speaking of ‘rank’… a name you need to get to know is Dan Anton, and his company, RankCrew. Dan was in the United States Army, where he served 2 deployments, and is the recipient of 2 Bronze Star Medals and multiple honors and military achievements. Dan has a long history of being tech savvy, and now runs his own, highly successful company, which helps businesses with affordable SEO and link building services.
If this is way over your head (like mine) or you don’t have the time to mess with it because… hello… you have other more important things to be doing, that is exactly why you need to familiarize yourself with Dan Anton and RankCrew. Whether you are a blogger, or small to large sized business owner, they have various packages designed specifically for your needs. It doesn’t get better than personalized and customized service.
With my busy schedule and novice SEO and link building knowledge, I am SO thankful that I learned about Dan, and cannot wait to see what else they have to offer.
Oh! And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Dan Anton was on HGTV’s House Hunters International! How amazing is that?! Raise your hand if you’re going to watch it right now?