Do you want to start a blog?

There is no better time than now!

Below, you will find the different processes mapped out.  Ultimately all the steps will link to post with resources, courses available, How to's and lots more. (This is a monumental task and I am still busy with all the juicy bits!)

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How to start a blog mockup How to start a blog – The Free Map Outline

Requirements and sequence to start your own blog

Words of caution before you start

Remember your blogging journey is unique, never compare yourself to other bloggers, their successes or income reports!

Blogging Jargon (explained)

Starting your blog

Choose a Domain (blog) name

Self-hosted site (blog) or not?

Choose a Host


Choose a Blog Theme

Why are you starting a blog?

What are you going to blog about/sell?

Finding your Niche

Who is your audience?​

Finding your blog voice​

What is your mission statement and tagline?

Visualize how you want your blog to look like

Your blog layout​

Your About page or 'Start here' page​

​Which categories and sub-categories will appear in your menu?

Static home page or not?​

Your blog photo shoot​

​What do you want to display in your sidebar?

Before you start blogging

Should you consider pre-launching your blog

If you are pre-launching or not, start writing posts (30+) before you launch and create 2+ perfect pins for each (you will not publish it yet).​  This is not the norm.  Most bloggers can't wait to start with their blogs.  If you can contain yourself, you will have so much more time to analyse your performance and to test what is working and what not.

Inside your WordPress blog​

WordPress and co​ding


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)​

Choose Categories , Sub-categories and Tags

Widgets and what to display ​

Planning your blog's schedule

Create an Editorial Calendar

Your Blog Planner​

Your blog posts

Your headline


How to start posting

Writing Tips​

Blog Images and where to create it

Where to find free stock photos​

Social Media

The Full Q & A List of starting on Social Media​










Promoting your posts on social media

Scheduling tools​

Useful Apps​

Social Media Accounts

Promoting your posts on other platforms


How to get noticed by Influencers​

Guest posting​

Commenting on other blogs​

The value of Facebook groups

Joining Mastermind groups or Tribes

Blog Hops or Linky Parties​

Your E-mail list

Grow your E-mail list​

Content Upgrades/Opt-Ins

Connecting with your audience​

Webinars, Podcasts, Snapchat, Blab​, Slack

You Tube​

Boosting your traffic




Blogging courses​

Free Courses 

Click through to my post that contains 30+ free and paid courses

Paid Courses​ 

Click through to my post that contains 30+ free and paid courses

Blog Challenges

How to monetize your blog

What is guest posting​

Review Posts

Affiliate Marketing


Creating your own products

Disclosure & Privacy Policies​

Understanding your traffic

Pinterest Analytics

Twitter Analytics

Facebook Analytics

Google Analytics


Recommended resources

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6 thoughts on “How to start a blog – The Free Map Outline

  1. Anne

    This is a great sharing of blogging resources! I’m a also a fan of Daniela, The Nectar Collective and Pinterest myself. Thank you for this post! Keep writing and blogging!!

    1. Post author

      Thank you Anne. I have met the most amazing people in this blogging-quest and they are so helpful! I will connect with you in the FB page of Daniela again. Good luck with your blog Anne.

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    Hello there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.

    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site
    looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m trying to find
    a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
    If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!

    1. Post author

      Hi, I don’t know of a plugin to help you. You should be able to choose in your Settings how your site will display. I am not a coder but I know my theme does not look good on mobile if my sidebar is on the left…you will have to tweak it or ask your theme developer. Hope it helps!

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