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Okay, so if at this stage of the game you got the honors to click the “launch” button and your site is up and running! If you aren’t at this stage yet, or you needed to review some tips, make sure you read my articles on how to get a domain name, how to save money on building your site, what to do before you launch your site and check out some of the blogging legalities you should familiarize yourself with!
So now that your site is live, now what?
A lot of posts talk about what to do before you launch, but it almost seems like your left on your own to fend for yourself once your blog is live.
I think as important as it is to prep before hand, it’s almost more important what actions you take following the launching of your blog.
I’m going to talk about some key points here that are very crucial in properly setting your blog up for success!
1. Hold off on Pinterest…for now
What? This goes against everything I’ve been going over in all my other posts, your probably confused because Pinterest is how your supposed to get your main source of traffic.
The reason I say hold off on Pinterest is a method I found used in some successful bloggers that I think are so important!
Once your blog is ready, if you start uploading all your pre made Pins onto Pinterest, yes your going to get a flow of traffic, but your not going to be making any money.
Not only that, you need to make sure every link works, everything has been proof read, your emailing platform works which I talk more about in my next points.
Some bloggers are fine with that because they’re exposing their site to traffic, gaining subscribers and so on.
You can get your Pinterest set up to a business account, go through your board titles making them more professional, I talk about more ideas on how to perfect your Pinterest account here.
Also, apply to as many group boards as possible, even if you haven’t been accepted to any, just keep applying in this phase, I talk about the importance of group boards here
• hold off on Pinterest until you have everything running smoothly on your site, you’ve applied to group boards, you’ve already applied to use ads and your Pinterest page looks professional
• keep uploading posts (I talk about how often you should post here)
2. Proof Read
I know during the phases of writing posts, you can review what it actually appears like on your blog, however once you launched, you’ll be exhausted going over every detail, you “About Me” page, your “Contact” page, uploading photos and so much more.
Take a day or two, come back to your site once it launches and look at it with fresh eyes.
I promise it makes such a difference.
Upon launching my site, coming back to it a few days later was so eye opening for me.
I had so many aesthetic issues with how my blog was laid out, fonts which are super important for drawing readers attention, some of my photos didn’t load properly or the size I wanted, there’s so many details you need to go over.
Not only is this important just for your readers, but for companies like Google Adsense who will review your site.
You want to make sure everything is professional looking as well as making sure your site matches up to the legalities of blogging.
I’ll get to that in my 4th point below!
3. Set up Affiliates
So this comes before you get on Pinterest, but I wanted to make a note on Pinterest first, because it’s something a lot of new bloggers do, they get excited to get their pins out there before setting things up, which can’t be done until your site launches!
If your going to go with Google Adsense, which I recommend because it’s a great means of income for so many bloggers, you’ll need to contact them and follow their instructions.
This can’t be done until your site launches, because they are definitely going to be looking through your site.
They want to make sure it’s professional, legitimate and can produce content that will bring steady traffic.
If your going to also go with Amazon, which I also recommend, then your going to want to set up your Amazon affiliate account at this point. If you want to know exactly how you can do that, I go over everything, step by step with pictures here.
Did you know that you can become an affiliate with Bluehost and ConvertKit ?
Those are easy to set up, they do not need to review your site, so those are quick and easy ways to make some extra money on the side!
It will take a few days for Google to review your account, this is sortta the “calm before the storm” I call it, because this is when your site is live, yet no one knows it exists….yet.
So for now you wait and you upload content!
4. Create Disclaimer
Here is another super important thing to do, which again, I didn’t find much resources on this topic, I had to figure it out myself.
Once you sign up with all your affiliates mentioned in my last point, your going to want to create a “new post” that contains some sort of disclaimer about your links.
If you did read my article on blogging legalities then you probably understand by now, that you cannot post links or share products that earn you money without giving people some sort of warning.
If you notice at the top of my page, I’ve made my readers aware that my post may contain affiliate links and I provide a link through there that links them to my page “Affiliate Disclaimer”.
Everyone’s will look different, it doesn’t matter how you create your page, make it your own!
It just has to inform your readers that you get a percentage of the things they purchase, if they purchase.
Again, I completely did not know this and had to figure it out myself and I’m glad I did, that could have been close!
I would never want my readers to feel scammed or be unaware of the background to some of the products or links I make an income from.
Also, on every page that you do provide these links, products, anything that could potentially earn you money, you have to include a disclaimer (again, like I have at the top of this page) and you must do this on every page.
So again, another reason why in one of my last points I wanted to note about the importance of proof reading your site, so you make sure all those little details are in there!
You can edit the dates of your posts and I would recommend setting your disclaimer page to the very beginning of your blog posts, as it doesn’t need to be feature on your blog, it just needs to be a page that exists.
5. Last Minute Touches!
Now would also be the time to get your Facebook page up and running if you haven’t already.
If your going to be using Instagram, now would also be a time to upload photos, links and get that going.
You want to make sure your featured posts are what you want them to be, your “About me” is exactly what you want, this goes with proof reading, but it’s more focused on the actual home page of your site.
The main page most of your readers will see, it’s the most important and you want everything to be right!
Make sure all your links work, remember that first time a reader comes to your page is the very first impression they will have and could be their last…
You want to make sure everything works, if they can’t connect to see your Instagram you provided yet the link to the app does not work, or they can’t find your Facebook page, people will give up and forget about you.
You want to make sure everything’s connecting as it should be.
Make sure you’ve tested your emailing platform, that you can receive and send emails through your site just fine.
Again, another important first impression, you want to make sure your emailing runs smoothly otherwise you won’t gain or maintain a healthy amount of subscribers for your first month.
Launching your site is crucial, it can literally make or break your site.
There are so many ways you can fail when launching your blog but I wanted to go over ways to succeed.
It can feel so overwhelming and almost nerve racking and I hope I was clear enough with aaalllll this info overload!
I hope these points were helpful.
If you scrolled down to the bottom I’ll quickly recap
• Get your social media platforms set up
• Contact and start connecting your affiliates
• Proof read your site x3,
• Create your disclaimer page
• Make sure your site connects it’s links properly, emails and other tools are working
Once you here back from Google Adsense… it’s go time!
You can now upload your pins, schedule them, start posting on social media and watch your traffic grow!
If you connected your ads, it’s been a few weeks, your Pins have not been repinned much, I talk about why no one may be reading your blog here.
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If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear and answer them!