If you would like to start a blog or website to help animals and the planet, here are some useful resources that you may find helpful. There are millions of websites and blogs worldwide, and truth be told, many are not that inspiring. Most people only visit blogs they love, so they can get on with living their lives. Please NEVER use pop-ups (sign up to our newsletter, free book etc) on your blog, this is a real bugbear for any reader. There is no evidence it does anything other than massively annoy people, and send them away from your site!
But in a world where the mass media is owned by just a few major corporations, indie blogs remain one of the few places where you can find authentic helpful information. So whether you are a writer, chef, artist or have any other talent to share, blogs are where it’s at!
You will find it’s easier to get traffic if you niche down, and go local. So for instance, a blog detailing the best veggie eats in LA will likely get more fans very quickly, than writing about everything and anything. We need good blogs to help animals and the planet – so get stuck in, if you fancy having a go and joining the movement!
Where to Find Beautiful Blog Themes
Most people decide within seconds if they like your blog, based often on its design. So clear the clutter and give your new or present blog a beauty makeover, using one of these gorgeous affordable themes. What’s made things easier is that the Genesis framework is now open-source (free!) so you can pick and choose your favourite child theme to go with it.
Code + Coconut offers beautiful affordable themes, ideal for bloggers. The designs again run on SEO-friendly Genesis and are very unique with great set-up instructions. Ideal for fun and friendly blogs, and with the option of an online shop using free e-commerce software. The later themes are highly customizable for fonts, colors, layouts etc.
17th Avenue Designs offers lovely feminine themes, all with visual indexes, which are ideal for recipe blogs. The latest theme Clover is quite the charm, with a nice font and lovely colors and layouts. Choose from simple or premium themes. Run on Genesis (included with your purchase mostly).
Bluchic offers gorgeous feminine themes. The later ones are designed for service, shops or professional businesses, and have lots of add-on options and matching branding.
Turn Your Blog into a Business
- Stray Curls Blogger’s Blueprint is a wonderful find from a successful artist and blogger in India, who earns good passive income from her own blog, and wants to help others. She is very adamant that to succeed, you need a small niche and should not write about ‘everything and everything’ as you’ll not get picked up by search engines. Find your niche, then write the ‘everything posts’ as add-ons! You can also buy her business plan and business bundle, if wished.
- Her 50-page blog planner includes space for expenses and income, a blog post checklist, blog post ideas, a business plan, and space for passwords, contacts and affiliates.
- Station Seven is a super online course on building a successful online business, by a couple who do just that themselves via their online business, mostly focused on designing Squaresquace themes and branding.
- Launch with a Bang is a sweet little e-book on how to launch your blog. It does not have to be new, as the book takes you through all the ins and outs of making your blog people-friendly, and you could use it for a redesign, re-write and re-launch.
- See You On The Internet is the best book on Internet marketing. Beautifully designed, this is the author to take you through all the ins and outs of marketing your site online, from beginner to advanced in a friendly style.
- You likely don’t need newsletters. And what’s REALLY ANNOYING (just like people shouting at you in capital letters) is pop-ups – of any kind! If you want regular visitors, you’ll know that people will get these blasted pop-ups, every time they visit your site. Get rid of them! And slideshows! Nobody uses them, they just slow sites down.
How to Back Up Your Blog
- Updraft (free), Jetpack or Vaultpress (both paid) plugins are ideal to help you save your site, in case you accidentally press the wrong button.
- Tiny Blue Orange is a site on WordPress security with good tips and information on how to back up your site and how to use secure passwords.