How to Add Recent Blog Posts to Your Website
Have you ever visited a website and realized you were scrolling for hours because there were just so many posts to read?
If you’re tired of scrolling through long lists of blog posts to find the ones that interest you most, then this article is for you. We’ll teach you how to add recent blog posts to your website so you can easily find what you need. It’s a simple tip that will take less than five minutes to implement.
Inevitably, when we’re asked for tips on how to grow a blog, the first question that needs answering is: “How to find content for my blog?”
There are several answers to this question, and it really depends on what kind of content you enjoy creating the most. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, these are some of the best places to find it:
- Trending Stories – These are always a great place to find inspiration. You never know what kind of content will pop up next on these platforms. Keep your eyes peeled for stories that pique your interest. You can use these stories to inspire your own content, whether it’s a roundup of the year’s most popular stories, or a deep dive into a specific trend. Whatever you choose, you will find the perfect opportunity to grow your blog.
- Oberlo – This is the best place to find inspiration for lifestyle blogs. You’ll find plenty of stories that will inspire you to create content that is all about having fun and enjoying life. Be sure to check out their blog post on how to grow a blog and you’ll find dozens of examples to inspire you.
- BuzzFeed – This is one of the biggest content aggregators out there, and you’ll find hundreds of video content creators, photographers, and journalists that can inspire you. Their video creators even have training videos on how to make the perfect video to fit any niche. All you have to do is search for the video topic that you’re interested in and you’ll find content that can inspire you.
Find Your Niche
Once you’ve found a couple of content ideas that you like, it’s time to find your niche. This is the category that you’ll fall into if you choose to start a lifestyle or review blog. These are blogs that cover one or more predetermined topics or themes. They typically have a set schedule of content published on a regular basis. If you can, find your niche and build a following around interesting content that is consistently good. Make sure to build value and trust with your audience and you’ll be able to sell them on anything you choose to promote in the future!
Try to pick a niche that you feel passionate about. In the beginning, it will be difficult to find content that is tailored to your niche. However, as you gain experience and gain authority in your niche, the content will start to pile up. Before you know it, you’ll have all the content you need to start a successful blog.
Choosing A Hosting Provider
Now that you’ve got an idea of what kind of content you’ll be creating, it’s time to choose a hosting provider. This is the company that you’ll use to actually host and maintain your blog. There are several hosting providers out there, so be sure to check out their websites and compare their features.
A reliable, affordable hosting provider will make all the difference in the world to your blog. Make sure to look for a host that offers custom features, such as a free domain name, free backups, and free installs of popular CMS platforms (Content Management Systems).
Choose A Platform
Now that you have a general idea of what kind of blog you’ll be running, it’s time to choose a platform. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time as a blogger, so take a few moments to decide what’s most important to you.
It’s not uncommon for first-time bloggers to underestimate the importance of a good-looking and functional site. If you have a background in design or marketing, then it’s easy to create a blog that looks and functions great (at least, great enough).
However, to maximize the potential of your blog, you should opt for a content-driven platform. The better the content, the better the platform.
There are several benefits to using a content-driven platform to run your blog. First off, the UI (User Interface) of these platforms is usually very clean and easy to use. Second, the better the content, the better the engagement. Finally, the content is what will truly guide your decisions on where to attract and how to market your blog. In other words, the content will serve as your compass.
Pick The Right Theme
Aesthetically, a good-looking and functional blog can be crafted using any theme. However, if you choose a common theme for your blog, then you can ensure that all your content will look relatively the same. This will greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend customizing the design of your site.
To truly be unique, you should look for a theme that is custom-made for blogging. When choosing a theme for your blog, make sure to check out their documentation and support forums to see how other users have designed with the theme and the value that they’ve provided. In most cases, the better the documentation, the better the theme. This ensures that you will not experience any trouble or unexpected behavior as you use it to build your blog.
Curate An Uncluttered Blog
You’ll start to notice that many well-known and popular blogs out there are very clean, uncluttered, and well-designed. Good-looking and functional blogs that don’t have a cluttered layout are very rare, so make sure to take this into consideration as you build your blog.
In a nutshell, a cluttered layout can be anything that takes up too much space on the screen. Normally, this includes anything other than the content that you’re trying to display. For example, sidebar widgets (small blocks of content that appear on the side of the blog), large images (great for eye-catching headlines), and footer widgets (content at the very bottom of the page).
When choosing a theme for your blog, go for something simple yet effective. Don’t get a complex theme because it’ll just add more work to the process. Once again, make sure to find a theme that is easy to use and does exactly what you need it to do.
Set Up Your Blog With Care
At this point, you should have a general idea of what kind of blog you’ll be creating and have found a theme for it. It’s time to set up your blog with some care and attention to detail. Be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly to get the most out of your new blog. Even if you think that you know what you’re doing, there are always extra steps that you don’t know about.
Start by creating a brand-new blog (this will be your first post once you launch it). Name it whatever you wish and add a bit of content to it. This will help you figure out what works best with your theme and also help you get a feel for the whole process before you dive into deep editing.
Next, you’ll want to visit the dashboard of your blog to create an account and activate your blog. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to tweak the appearance of your blog. To do this, go to the dashboard and click on the “Settings” tab.
From here, you can see a variety of options that you can use to customize the appearance of your blog. To add media to your posts (such as an image or headline), simply click on the green “+ add media” button. To remove existing media from a post, click on the red “- remove media” button. You can also use this area to rearrange the order of the posts on your blog, or to change the template (the look) of your entire blog.
Promote Your Blog
Now that your blog is set up, it’s time to promote it! This is where you’ll spend the vast majority of your time as a blogger, so take a few minutes to figure out what works best for you.
There are several options for promoting your blog. First of all, you can use social media to share and gain support for your blog. Be sure to follow the instructions that your platform provides, as well as the tips discussed here, to gain the most from this option. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some of the most popular social media platforms, so it’s pretty clear that you’ll easily find an audience there.