Originally Posted by jumpingtothemoon View Post
So recently I've found myself wanting to start an equestrian blog that I will keep up long-term. It will focus mainly on my horsey adventures with my lease horse including horse shows, lessons, hacks, etc. As well, I am looking to post many product reviews for tack and riding apparel, do some fun blog challenges, and maybe even post a few "how-to's"!
I am really going for a "cute" and pretty blog theme that is organized. Currently I am thinking Wix is the website to do this on? Does anyone have any experiences with different hosting platforms? I don't have any coding experience, so I want a customizable website with nice graphics that doesn't require any of those skills.
Finally, the MONEY BANGER question here! I am absolutely awful at coming up with names for blogs. Right now I have: "Pony Parade", "Jumping Jess", and "Snaffles and Spurs (maybe saddles???)". If anyone has any other suggestions they would be very greatly appreciated.
*I wasn't sure which thread to post this in, so I hope I picked the right one*
I can't help with the platform. Like you, I need a user friendly site. I started with blogspot, but have changed to wordpress. I don't really know anything about the other hosts.
As for naming, the conventional wisdom for helping people find your site is to use key words in your blog title. The titles I wanted didn't fit that mold. I added descriptive subtitles with what I hoped would be key words.
Avoid things that are likely to change with time, like the name of your lease horse.
I just conducted a google experiment on those key words. My choices seemed rather hit or miss. On the ranch blog, to get a direct hit, I had to use the full title. Not something random readers are likely to do. Searching key words in the subtitle didn't score a direct hit either. Unless I'm buried on page 20 or something.
The travel blog uses the online name I've used for years. I got a direct hit with that, more so than the subtitle.
Before you commit, decide what your focus will be. That should help determine a title. You can begin creating content and saving it before you commit to a platform or a title. that way, when you find the vehicle you want, you already have things in there for folks to see.
Try to commit to a schedule. The more frequently you add new content, the more traffic you are likely to get. But many folks burn out with too ambitious a schedule. I try to get a new article in each month.
Put a link to your blog in your signature block on Horse Forum. And provide a link back to Horse Forum on your own blog.
I created face book pages for each of my blogs and put notices there whenever I have new content. Most of my hits come from there.
Hope that helps some.