As a new blogger myself I am acutely aware of the flood of information that seems to be out there when it comes to starting a blog, so today I wanted to take some time to share with all of you 5 things that are often forgotten when starting a blog. These five things are super important, but tend to be either forgotten or put on the back burner so I wanted to go ahead and talk to you a little bit about them.
Many new bloggers don’t realize that there are actually regulations legally put in place surrounding their email lists, and anything related to email marketing. In the United States this is covered under the CAN-SPAM Act. These laws are very specific, and often difficult to understand. I highly recommend checking out Jack and Oak if you want more information about how to make your blog legal (she is a lawyer and blogger). But for the purposes of today I wanted to share one main point about your mailing list, and that is that you are required under US law (if you are in another country your country may have other rules and laws) to include a physical address in your emails. Whether that be a P.O. Box or your home address it doesn’t matter, as long as there is proof of an actual physical mailing address you are fine.
Know The Laws
Similar to the email laws, every new blogger should be aware of the basic laws that regulate blogs/websites/businesses in their country and state. The legal side of your blog is super important if you ever want to become more than a hobby. If you want your blog to become a money making entity then you need to make sure that you are legally abiding by all of the rules, so that you don’t get down the road and end up in some kind of trouble. You wouldn’t want all of your hard work to be ruined over something simple like including the right privacy statement or disclosure on your blog.
Choose Your Name Wisely
I think this applies to everyone, but it will probably apply to you more if you are trying to monetize your site. Choosing the right site name is an important part of starting your blog. You have to be sure that you aren’t using a name that someone else is using, and that it will be something that people can remember (and pronounce).
This may be the most important thing I think I new blogger should remember, and that is to be yourself. I mean come on there is no one out there like you, so why be anyone else. There are more bloggers out there than you can shake a stick at (sorry that is a Southern saying), but what they don’t have is exactly what you do have, and that is your individual personality and experience, so why not use that. It is fine to get inspiration from other bloggers, but don’t try and be like another blogger. You are unique and have a unique voice, and people with appreciate that and want to hear it.
Get Out There
Get out there. I mean it. I feel like new bloggers especially are always worried about trying to make everything perfect before they launch their sites, but that really isn’t necessary. It is far better to be out there, than to be perfect. Now I am not saying that you should launch your site if there are a ton of problems with it, but part of being a new blogger is figuring out some things as you go along. I mean after all you are learning, and part of learning is making mistakes. So do what you need to do, and go for it. The world is waiting to hear from you.
And if you are a new blogger or a seasoned one I would absolutely love to hear from you with any of the things you think new bloggers should know or even leave a comment with a link to your own blog so I can check it out.