I get asked all the time, how do I start a crochet blog? Man, if y’all even knew how long that answer actually is! I could go on for days. To start, y’all need a name. Preferably catchy so people remember. Y’all may choose to change it a little bit in which does happen to some people including me. Although, it’s best to have the name from the start because of SEO (search engine optimization) and the sake of your fans not getting confused. Some people get impatient when they get excited (like me) and want to skip ahead but I would advise against it. Make sure y’all use Nameck before settling on a name so y’all know the username for social media and domain isn’t being used.
Next, y’all need to decide what kind of content y’all want to share. Your content has to provide value to your fans. If it doesn’t provide value they won’t come back. Also, content is king. Quality over quantity.
After y’all have done that y’all need to find what kind of hosting y’all want. I would suggest a free host to start. This is so if y’all decide y’all really don’t want to blog in the end y’all haven’t lost much. Some would be blogger or wordpress.com.
Once y’all have your blog up, y’all will want to make an about and contact page first. I can’t tell y’all how many blogs I come across that doesn’t have that. Y’all could be missing out on an amazing opportunity to work with someone.
Next are your social media accounts. Make Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram accounts at least. If y’all are designing patterns y’all may want to get a Ravelry account. Don’t get too over whelmed. Y’all don’t have to start using them all at first. One at a time. Try to make sure they are all called the same and have the same username.
Done with that? Great! Let’s start on blog design. Y’all could buy a theme or use a free one. On blogger, they have a basic template that y’all can change layout, color, etc. White space is gold in the blogging world because it means less clutter. Less clutter looks more appealing. Don’t forget your social media links. Social media links are most always icons placed in widgets. Y’all can search to find out about them but try to place them toward the top of your blog so your fans came find them fast. After y’all have that other basic things are a search bar widget, and a navigation bar menu. The nav bar is very important so people can look through your blog.
If y’all really want to look more professional, y’all can get a domain name. That is the URL of your blog. Y’all can find them at godaddy and google.
Once your blog is up for at least 6 months and meets all of the other requirements, y’all can apply to Adsense run by google to make some money off your blog with ads.