Spiritual Blogging: How To Start Your Own Blog
by amanda linette meder
Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Do you have a lot of philosophies on how the world works? Want to keep yourself inspired all while inspiring others in the process? Well, then this article is for you -
One of the best things you can do to kick start your spiritual growth and your spiritual business is to begin to share your thoughts, your stories and your insights with others through a blog.
Blogs are a great way to show the world who you are and what you believe, to share with potential clients your personality (so they'll know if they click with you) and to finally clear out those throat chakra muscles and express yourself.
You can start a spiritual blog - in fact, I encourage you to do so.
I’ve been blogging on spiritual topics for the past several years, and every day I hear from my own readers that there are not other spiritual blogs out there. Not enough, anyway.
There aren’t enough places to find helpful information about intuition, chakras, developing abilities, connecting with spirit, energy healing, reiki, shamanism.
I hear time and time again, that there is simply not enough information on the psychic, intuition and spiritual stuff out there out there on the internet for people to explore.
We can change that. With your unique voice, your stories and sharing with the world what has helped you on your journey, you can become a go-to source for information with a spiritual blog. In the scientific community, a blog is considered a must-have for emerging science labs and personalities, so why not you?
7 Step to Begin Building A Spiritual Blog
1. Get a website
My personal website host is Squarespace - I love their hosting platform and customer service.
The most popular platform for website blog hosting is Wordpress. Since Squarespace has 24-hour technical support and easily designable templates, I chose against Wordpress simply for ease of setup, though many people love Wordpress for is customizable, flexible platform.
2. Choose a domain name
When you register for a website hosting platform in Step 1, they’ll often give you a temporary domain name with a host tag attached but, eventually, you'll want a permanent one without the subdomain.
The domain name is what is after the “www” and generally, it doesn't include the name of the host. For example, my official domain name is 'amandalinettemeder.com' rather than 'amandalinettemeder.squarespace.com' which was the temporary domain. Purchasing a domain name after you set up your original site, gets rid of the host tag and allows you to be and operate more autonomously. Plus, it has a bit more of a professional look.
Domain names will cost a bit of money and are available for purchase on a variety of websites, including eNom and GoDaddy. Get the added protection. Once you buy your domain, you follow the steps provide by your website hosting platform (chosen in step 1) to connect your domain name to the website.
3. Design your website
Many website hosting platforms have design templates you can install and customize.
To begin your site, simply choose a template and install it. Then start to build your website pages. At the very least, you’ll need to have:
A Blog page where you can post new articles
An About Me page where people can learn about you
A Home page which can be either of the above
Over time, as your blog grows, you’ll want to include a page describing how people can work with you, and a page for anything that you may want to sell to visitors of your blog.
4. Come up with topic ideas, and plenty of 'em
Think about what you want to write about. Most of writing is actually thinking. I'd say about 90% of writing is thinking time, so as a writer, you'll need to give yourself plenty of time to think.
Write down a variety of potential topic ideas until you have at least ten ideas to choose from and the bloggable ones (I mean the ones with enough meat to write a whole post on) are the ones that keep coming back.
Your ideas can include anything that inspires you, inspires others and offers value to the reader. In many cases, there is great value in sharing your personal story and what've you learned from experience.
5. Start writing
Begin writing on those topics as though you were telling a story - you want to have an introduction, a main point and a conclusion. Many blog articles include a take-away message for the reader - a ‘point’ of each article.
Then once you have a bunch of posts together, start to schedule them for release (for faster indexing once you hit publish don't forget to submit each to Pingomatic.com upon release, and it'll alert all the search engines of new content to be scanned).
Try to have a mix of post lengths - some 300 word, some 600-800, and some 2,000+ articles, this will help Google class your site as a diverse site with lots of depth.
6. Get a good editorial pal - a real good one
Read your words aloud before you post, set it down and edit in the morning with a clear set of eyes, or hand off to a boyfriend. All posts need to be edited before they go live, trust me on that this one. After writing for several years online, your eyes are going to miss stuff that a normal second set wouldn't.
And hey, it can be a robot, because after years of trial and error with what works and what doesn't, now I use service Grammarly and love it. Grammarly has both a free and paid version.
Once business gets going, I suggest going for the premium service, which, regardless of what other bloggers will say, is worth every penny. It doesn't catch everything, but it does catch pretty much everything. Much more than the natural eye does, anyway and especially if you are a writer and trained to content scan, this catches all the little commas and double spaces the tired eye is bound to miss. It even does your emails for you with a plug-in.
A Godsend, really. It's upgrading it's features every day, too, so if you tried it before, now might be a good time to give it another go.
7. Begin posting
After you’re written and edited several articles, start posting those articles live on your website and remember to include a photo with every post and if social media bugs out and won't load your blog properly, don't forget you can use Facebook's Debugging Tool to fix that by simply inputting and refreshing the link.
A single photo can help provide context for the article, can draw a reader to click on the link and can provide a hint of the overall energy or theme of the writing.
You can find royalty-free in many locations. Find your photos on a royalty free website such as pixabay.com.
8. Spread the word
After you’ve begun your blog, it can take up to 8 months for the search engines to begin crawling, indexing your website so it comes up in internet searches. This can feel like a long time, but it doesn't have to.
You can hasten this process by using Google Webmaster Tools to submit a URL for indexing to get traffic to your website quicker.
As your site is being indexed, the best thing you can do to gain traffic is to share your articles via social media via your personal Facebook page, Pinterest or Twitter. Install free share buttons on your website. Tell your friends and other intuitive people.
From there, word will spread. And if you you need additional help, I've written an eCourse called Marketing for Mediums which goes over a bunch more stuff you can do to build and advertise your business, as an intuitive. This course is great for healers too!
Soon, your articles, your knowledge, and your insights will be out there for people to find far and wide. Your voice will be heard, and it wouldn't take very much time at all.
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last updated: 03.24.2017
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