Everything I Used To Start My Blog
If you’re on this page, it means that you’re thinking about starting your blog.
Orrrrr you’re simply wondering how I made mine so awesome 😉
Either way, welcome! I’ve put together a little list of what I used to put together this little blog of mine.
Don’t you hate it when people recommend things they’ve never used?
Well, you can rest easy because that’s never the case with me.
I’ve personally used all of these platforms, and I have nothing but positive things to say about every one of them.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Make sure your website is self-hosted. I’ll even say it louder for the people in the back. *clears throat*. Make sure your website is self-hosted!!!
Why should you make sure your website is self-hosted?
I’ll write a future article on this, but to put it simply, you have so much more control over your site when its self hosted.
Don’t get me wrong, hosted websites like Wix and Squarespace and WordPress.com (NOT.org) are convenient and straightforward. However, you’re limited in what you can do, and you won’t be able to choose your domain.
Instead of “ tekoatalks.com”, your URL address will look like telkoatalks.wordpress.com. You can tell me which one you’d rather have.
Long story short, go with a self-hosted website, and go with WordPress!
Everyone and their mother in the blogging industry recommended Bluehost. HOWEVER, SiteGround is sooo much better. I started out with Bluehost, only to be weighed down by slow loading times and ridiculously long wait times to get my problems solved.
After setting up my blog and domain within 30 minutes, it became obvious that SiteGround was the way to go. It was simple, easy to use, and their customer service is incredible. They’ve always been able to answer my questions quickly and accurately.
Being able to launch my blog for around 6 a month wasn’t too shabby either! Message me if you’d like to know more about why I chose Siteground over Bluehost!
One of my favorite aspects of my website is my theme! I came across 17th Avenue Designs through a fellow blogger and fell in love with all of their designs.
Once you purchase one of their themes, they offer several how-to pages unique to your theme. They offer two options for installation : (1) self-installation, or (2) 17th Avenue installation.
You have to pay an additional fee, but they’ll do all the work and present you with a finished website!
Click here to get the one I used!
Did you know that you need a ton of legal stuff for a blog??? Because I did not, and I was in for a very rude awakening.
I had a mini panic attack when I found out that there were legal disclaimers that need to completed to run a blog. I was so wrapped in up in designing the blog that I forgot that all the policies online aren’t just for show.
Enter A Self Guru. Amira was a life-saver. Her website was easy to navigate and I was able to figure out which templates I needed to get my blog up off the ground. I downloaded the templates, filled them out, and was ready to go!
One of the biggest perks of signing up for me was being able to use their address for my email mailing list. I wasn’t too keen on splashing my address all over the internet.
The interface is simple and easy to navigate. They have several how-to videos guiding you every step of the way. There are countless options for sending out emails to your subscribers. Need I say more?
If you want to grow your blog, you need to be using Convert Kit.
This is what I used to get my blog started, and I’ll be coming back to update this page as my blog grows!
LoveandPaperFlowers Pin Templates
Everyone in the blogging world knows that Pinterest is one of the best ways to bring traffic to your blog. In order to use Pinterest, you need to create pins.
Once again, I don’t know where I thought all those beautiful pins came from, but it never occurred to me that I’d have to make my own.
I spent wayyyyy too long trying (and failing!!) at making pins that I liked. Canva is great, but there are only so many templates and free photos that you can use.
This is where Pinterest templates come in! I used these pin templates from Love and Paper Flowers. Nataly is a professional blogger and social media strategist, and she knows what kind of graphics will draw readers to your pins.
I love these pins because you get 30 pins in three different sizes! As a new blogger, time is money, and you want to work smarter, not harder.
With these templates, you have the ability to make three of the same pins in three sizes, and Pinterest will recognize them as three different pins! This means you could easily make 90 pins in no time!
These pin templates simplified one of the many things you have to do when starting a blog. If you’re feeling as overwhelmed as I was, don’t hesitate to get them!
The Pinterest Template Bundle includes:
1. 30 Pinterest Pins Templates (editable in Canva)
2. 3 different sizes
· (10) 600px – 900px
· (10) 1,000px – 1,500px
· (10) 600px – 1,250px
3. Downloadable PDF with written instructions and recommendations
4. Video Instructions (downloading, saving, and editing your Templates in Canva, and a Mini Canva Tutorial).
5. BONUS: A 100+ List of Trigger Words to include in your Pin titles for higher click-throughs.
All of these resources are available for ONLY $35 and you can use and edit these templates for a lifetime.