How to Start a Photography Blog

how to start a photography blog

Do you have all these awesome photos and want to share them with the world or your family and friends?

Do you want to start a photography project but need a place to store all your images?

Do you want to have your own corner of the internet to post your images with the stories to go with them?

It’s time to start a photography blog.

I know it may seem overwhelming to launch your own website but honestly, it isn’t as scary as it seems and it can be done in a matter of minutes. Yup, minutes.

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Step one: Pick a domain name.

This is one of the more challenging parts. If you have a name, then rock on. However, if you are like me, you may have an idea but struggle to come up with the name. I put it out on Facebook and asked for help. My mom and dad sent me a list of 30 ideas and as soon as I saw Click it Up a Notch, I knew that was it. So thanks Mom for naming my site.

You want to own your website name which means you need to buy your domain name which will end with a dot com instead of something like yourblogname.wordpress.com or yourblogname.blogspot.com. Keep it clean and easy to remember.

If in doubt, consider using your name.

Head over to Bluehost to check the availability of your domain name and purchase it.

how to start a photography blog

Step two: Hosting your site

Once you buy your domain name you need to have it hosted. I highly suggest hosting with Bluehost. Their customer service has been amazing. Open 24/7 and the phones are answered by real people who don’t talk down to you when you don’t understand the computer terminology. I can’t tell you how many times I have called them to get their help. Amazing.

Choose one of the plans.
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Step three: Set up your WordPress site

You are only a few clicks away from publishing your blog/website. Whoo hoo! Watch this quick and easy to follow video.

If this terrifies you, which it shouldn’t, you can always call Bluehost to have them walk you through it. I may or may not have done that myself. ha

Step four: Make it yours

One of the cool things about photography blogs is they are so unique and different. You want to choose a theme that will showcase your images how you want as well as help you accomplish what you want out of your site. There are lots of free templates out there but I have found great success with these paid templates.

Genesis Themes (Studio Press) – My site is currently designed by using a Genesis theme. It has been tweaked by a designer but there is a wide variety of themes to choose from. So many amazing clean and fresh looks.

Pro Photo Themes – I have purchased Pro Photo and was so impressed with how easy it is to customize. If you don’t want to customize there are some wonderful out of the box themes. These themes really know how to showcase your images. Plus, you have access to all sorts of ways to make your site look unique. I have been so impressed with their customer service and so many how-to videos. Use the code: CSLA3515 to get $10 off.

How to Get your Photos Shared on Google Plus

I am still quite new to Google Plus and all that it has to offer.

However, I really have enjoyed it and the community of photographers and bloggers I have met.

You know how Facebook sometimes uploads your photos and they look a little different than they did in Lightroom? I haven’t had that problem with Google Plus. Which is why I’m starting to spend a little more time on that platform. It has so much to offer like Google Hangouts which I’m excited to start doing this year.

I want to share YOUR photos. Let’s get your name out there and help your name show up in a Google search.

Here’s how:

1. Get a Google Plus account. It’s super easy.

2. Circle (that is like a “like” on Facebook) me – Courtney Slazinik

3. Share your photos with the hashtag #clickitupanotch

It’s that simple. Each day I will head over to our hashtag and find amazing images to share with everyone.

A secret to getting your images shared

You need to upload a large image with your link. Here’s a step by step break down.

1. Write a description and use the hashtag #clickitupanotch
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2. Click on the ‘X’ beside the thumbnail preview. You don’t want the thumbnail preview. You want a large photo.
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3. Click ‘Photos’ to upload your own image.
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4. Either drop and drag or click ‘upload from computer’ to select your image.
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5. Make sure ‘Public’ is selected so everyone is able to see your image.
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6. Then click ‘Share’. Done and done.
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See the difference in the thumbnail version and uploading your own image. Which would you notice?
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If you want to learn more about Google Plus and all that it can do for you and your blog/business, you need to check out the Google Plus Series over at The NY Melrose Family.

Just like all social media platforms, I still have a lot to learn, but I am definitely finding I really like Google Plus. I hope you will come over, hang out, and share your photos. I want to help you get your images seen.

Leave a link to your Google Plus page. Let’s follow each other!

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