How to Start a Blog in 2019


When you've been blogging for a while, it all seems to come naturally. Thinking up post ideas, coming up with ways to improve your blog design and communicating with other bloggers. But in the beginning, when you're faced with a brand new Blogger account and know absolutely no-one in the blogging world it's definitely confusing and a bit intimidating. But if you're in two minds as to whether to start a beauty blog, my advice is just go for it! Everyone has to start somewhere. It's such a fun hobby to have, you'll gain skills and knowledge and maybe even open up a whole world of opportunities if you stick with it. Know from the beginning that you don't need lots of money or equipment to get started, and while there are a few steps to getting set up, it's not as complicated as you might think. All you need is a love of the topic you want to write about, an interest in writing and some determination. One of my worries when I began blogging was that people were going to look down their nose at my content, tell me that I didn't know what I was talking about and leave horrible comments in the same way that people do on Youtube videos. But blogging is a completely different world- people are always supportive and helpful!

Once you've made the decision to start a blog, there are a few things you'll need to do to get everything set up. Choose a day when you have a couple of hours to spare, be prepared to mess around opening a few different social media accounts and stay patient, because you'll only need to do all of this once and then it's sorted for the rest of your time blogging. If you've come across this post from Googling 'how to start a blog' here are my tips on getting set up, from the very beginning.

1. Think Up Your Blog's Name and Buy The Domain
This is the initial hurdle you're likely to face when setting up a blog. My advice on this one is to keep it short and sweet (although I know this can be difficult when it feels like every blog name has already been taken!) A very long and complicated name is likely to haunt you further down the line so keep it snappy if possible. Don't just settle with the first thing you think of, make sure it's something you really like the sound of before taking the plunge. Maybe come up with five names, and spend the day thinking about which one you like best and is most fitting to you. Chat to friends and family and get their opinion to help you decide. Then you'll need to to a site like Godaddy.com and check if your chosen name is available- you might have to make some small adjustments or use another idea if not.

2. Set up an Email Account for Your Blog. 
It's highly advisable to setup an email account especially for your blog. It helps to keep blog related stuff separate, and also looks more professional once you become more established in the future and companies want to speak with you about things like product reviews and sponsored posts. Always make sure you're regularly checking this inbox (including any 'junk' folders) so that you're not missing any opportunities that crop up. Have this displayed somewhere on your blog, you could have it written in your sidebar or you could create a 'contact' page like I've done with all of your details there. You don't necessarily need to pay for a business email, you could just set up a Gmail or Outlook account using your blog's name. 

2. Set up a Blogger Account
There are a number of platforms you can host your blog on, but Blogger.com (which this blog is hosted on) is user friendly and simple to get started on. Sign up using the email address you created for your blog and follow the setup instructions. It can all feel a bit alien and unfamiliar at first, so spend a little time familiarising yourself with everything. There are plenty of great videos and articles online explaining the basics if you need them. When you open your account you'll be given a 'blogspot.com' domain- you will need to link your own custom domain to this. There's plenty of information online explaining how to do this.

Set up Your Social Media/ Follow Options
Now you have a brand spanking new account, the first thing you should do is set up the social media linked with your blog, and the various ways that people can follow you. This allows other bloggers to be able to connect with you, and also for them to be able to find out when you've added new posts. Bloglovin.com is the most popular way to follow other bloggers, and for them to follow you. Go to Bloglovin.com and sign up for an account and follow the instructions from there. Regardless of what your feelings are towards Twitter, once you become a blogger Twitter will be your friend. It's possibly the best way to find other bloggers, search hashtags such as #bbloggers #beautybloggers #lbloggers #lifestylebloggers and other variations. Have your twitter link visible on your blog, and you could also add it along with other contact details in a 'contact' page at the top of your blog.

Customise Your Blog
You will want your blog to look smart and professional but also reflect you and what your blog is about too. Blogger gives you lots of ways to play around with different designs, but in all honesty it will never look that good using these options unless you're a skilled designer. Your best bet is to purchase a premade, responsive blogger template. You can find these on Etsy, you can find nice ones for less than £5 and many of the sellers even offer the option to purchase installation. 

Get Posting!
Once everything is all setup, you can then get down to blogging! Start creating interesting and informative content that offers something to a reader- whether it's information, advice or humour. Be sure to do your research so that you're including accurate information if you're creating things like guides. Aim to take beautiful, clear photos to maximise your content- otherwise use sites like Pexels, Kaboom Pics and Unsplash to find stunning free pictures you can use. All in all just have fun with it. It can take a while to find your 'voice' when you start blogging, but you'll learn as you go and will quickly get used to everything.

If you're starting a beauty blog, let me know if you found this guide helpful!

47 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this, I just opened a blog and I started to become disheartened with it, but I will stick to it :) x

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  2. Thank You so much. This was indeed helpful! I had my blog for about three yrs and stopped. This year I am doing blog posts again. I love it. It can be a bit discouraging when no one seems to want to follow .lol BUt nothing happens overnight and I just have to keep at it. :) This was a great post :)

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  3. Was very helpful! My blog is nearly 2 weeks old. Still learning and hope to improve with experience. Will check out your other posts :)

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  4. This post is brilliant... been pondering over the idea of starting up my own blog for about a month now... but this post has definitely given me the inspiration to do it :-) p.s love you blog!
    xx

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  5. Darling, this is a really useful post. Especially for newbies, but also for the "older generation" ;) It's never too late to learn something ;)

    Sharing this one on Twitter.
    xoxo,
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  6. This is a brilliant post to help new bloggers!! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

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  7. Really helpful post for new bloggers like me :) There's so much information for you to take in and learn when you first start up.

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  8. Thanks For This...Just Started Really & Set Myself Up With A Few Posts...
    Just Reading Through Lets Me Know I'm On The Right Track! I Can't Stop Tinkering With The Design Though...It Will Get There I'm Sure!
    Thanks A Lot For Your Advice

    oOo BecKY oOo

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  9. I just started my blog and this post is perfect! Thank you so much for making it and I'm planning on implementing a few of your tips.

    Jenni
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  10. being mostly a craft / diy/ decor blogger i really love hops because it expands my readers and i find new things i wouldn't normally look for. :)

    Thank you for dropping by The Collective!

    Co-Host // Justynn
    Creative Life Antics

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  11. Just read this post and found it really helpful!
    The rest of your blog has great information too :)

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  12. Thanks for the follow, I wanted you to know this post finally pushed me to start my blog. Great advice.

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  13. Thanks a lot for this post, I just star my blog by following the steps here.
    And also I'm going to take a look to the photography post.

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  14. I posted a very similar post today :) A post with a few starter tips for starting your own blog!

    http://bellebeautyglam.blogspot.ie/2013/07/how-to-start-beauty-blog-beginners.html

    Alison
    bellebeautglam.blogspot.ie

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  15. Hey! I started my blog a while ago and wanted to know how to get followers! your blog has been helping me so much with layout, and just helped me decide what my next steps should be! Thanks so much :)
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  16. What a great post to help people set up a blog. I've had mine a month or so and totally agree with everything said here. X

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  17. This post has given me the confidence to finally set up my own styling and beauty blog. Thank you so much for the help xo

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  18. I've recently decided to jump into the world of beauty blogging but soon realized that I had no idea where to start. this post was so so so useful and has helped me immensely with the start of something new. thanks a bunch!

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  19. This post was very helpful as I just started my blog last Sunday :)

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  20. Thanks so much for this post! I only recently started and wanted reassurance I had done everything okay and this was great.

    Your blog is so pretty and great too!

    Melanie x

    http://melanieev.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Thank you so much for this. I have been thinking about starting a blog for sometime now and this has given me everything i need to enable me to take the plunge ! Lydia x

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  22. Im totally new to blogging do you have any tips about following people? as i cant seem to find a search function to look at other peoples blog. P.s thanks for the post it gave me the encouragement to start my own
    Sarahx

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  23. Great tips for a newbie like myself . To sarah I am in the same boat as you this is very inspiring especially to those who are new to blogging.

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    1. thank you! :) I use the app 'paintbrush' it's not quite as good as MS paint but does pretty much the same job, plus you can resize your document in it instead of having to resize in Picmonkey. I dont remember if Paintbrush came on my Macbook already or if I downloaded it from the app store, but its definitely free either way. Hope that helps xx

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  32. This post inspired me to really kick start my blog. As I have wanted to do it for many years now. So thanks heaps for the inspiration. Love your blog x

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