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The Candy Girl's Guide to Blogging

From what to name your blog to styling photos for your posts, brush up on the essentials here.
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  1. 9 things to think about before starting a blog

Blogging can be a great pastime but starting without a clear plan can get you nowhere fast, here are some basic points to mull over to get you started.

  1. How to go about naming your blog

Naming your blog maybe as simple as combining your passion with your name, but a lot of factors like being concise, spelling and even not being too trendy that can really help you in the long run, check out what we mean in the pin.

  1. Choosing your blog design

These tips can help you pick out the design that your future readers will get to know and love. So adding cute animal photos may not be the best element to keep your look timeless. 

  1. Writing an effective About page

This is one of the basics that get easily overlooked. An about page can be angled professionally or more personal depending on your blog, you may want to look into this more especially if you plan to attract partners.

  1. Styling blog photos

Today, a blog post isn't complete without the complementary photos to support your theme and point. Learn to shoot and style your own pics so you don't depend heavily on stock photos. Note: an expensive cam isn't necessary, check out another pin here.

  1. Free stock photos for your blog

To save some time and effort, this pin lists down several sites offering free stock photos with new ones added daily.

  1. What to consider when writing your first blog post

So you're facing a blank document on your laptop, ready to write your first blog post. It's an intimidating hurdle but this pin explains how you can overcome the fear of producing a great first post.

  1. Keep a blog calendar

Like a normal class schedule, a blog calendar will you organize your work, when to post, what to post on time. tI'll save you the struggle of thinking about what to write next in the future.

  1. Where to promote your latest blog

Promote your blog post on several platforms, and not just social media. Consider emails, newsletters and other blogger communities to maximize your reach.

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  1. 3 things before hitting the launch button

Great tip, before you go live with your blog, have five posts ready rather than with just one so your readers stay longer and can browse more from your site.

  1. SEO

Or Search Engine Optimization is basically like tagging your post with relevant keywords so people can find you easier. Get more in-depth information from the site!

  1. Coding tips and tricks

Simple things like adding a Back-to-top button or customizing newsletters are great to have in your tool belt.

  1. Blog post inspiration

You might encounter a writer’s block, keep yourself inspired by reading this pin for helpful tips on where and what to check.

  1. The before and after checklist

Before hitting publish, make sure to tick off the reminders in this list but it shouldn’t end there, double-checking your grammar and more is also essential after your blog post goes live.

  1. The ultimate checklist

You may have a before and after checklist but this one keeps everything from your site to content to growing connections in line.  

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Melanie Santiago
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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.
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