As a new blogger, one of the first skills you need to bring up to speed is research. Not only will you be researching for each of your blog posts, but you need to put in a little bit of time to find out how to set up your blog in the first place. You might find out more about writing and how to refine your voice to appeal to your audience. Perhaps you’ll even discover how to successfully promote your blog using digital media?

Researching is so important in so many careers, but as a writer, you need to become an expert in a very short space of time. So let’s start with getting your blog up and running. What do you need to find out first?

Hosting and Domain Names

You don’t actually need to pay for a hosting service or even register a domain if you don’t want to. However, many blogs that have gone to the expense of becoming independent in this way do better than those that don’t. They’re more respected, and you have more freedom to design them and market them the way you want.

Read reviews and recommendations about any hosting service providers you’re interested in. A low price might mean a lack of functionality. It might also mean a limited storage for your uploaded blog images. You can find a wide range of services that might be useful to you reviewed at SoloingOnline.com and other blog sites you read. Don’t just go straight to the company.

Design and that First Post

Once your domain is up and running, and your hosting provider has it ready for you, it’s time to design it. You will probably find plenty of articles and how-tos about WordPress as it is probably the most popular platform for bloggers to use. It’s simple to use with no coding required. There are plenty of plugins for free and thousands of website designs to choose from. Best of all, you can use this same platform if you’re not yet ready to have a formal website of your own.

Even when you have WordPress up and running, you’ll see that the plugins often come with reviews and usage stats. Do check these out so you can find some assurance that the plugin will do what you want. Plugins are handy for social media sharing, monitoring visitor traffic, and running surveys. Each of these functions is important for any blogger. You might also be able to automate your Google tracking.

Your Site Reviews

Now your blog is up and running, it might be a good idea to invite your visitors to review and recommend your site. They can do this simply by sharing your posts on their social media pages. They can leave comments under your posts too. It will help first-time visitors to your website determine if your posts are worth their time to read.

Your blog might be monetized by you undertaking reviews yourself about products and services. When people want to find out more about a product, they take to the internet and read reviews like yours. This helps them make purchase decisions. Are you ready to launch your blog and take your research to new levels?