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Blogging Secretes for Beginners for 2019

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In 2019, it’s easier than ever before for anyone to start a blog and make it profitable.

This is true even if you aren’t tech savvy, don’t know how to code, or understand the first thing about web design.
With a little bit of guidance and a few basic resources, you can have your very own personal or professional blog up and running less than 30-minutes after you finish this article (but there’s no need to rush it).
I’ll hold you by the hand and walk you through every part of the process while helping you avoid the common mistakes that stop most new bloggers dead in their tracks.
Sound good?
Then let’s dive in and get started.
P.S.  If you’re curious about how much it will cost to start and maintain your blog, the simple answer is $0 to $60/year. I highly recommend that you opt for paid domains and hosting, but you have the option to start for free to test the waters. 

Why Start a Blog? What’s In It For You?

When I first started this blog, my aims were simple.
I wanted to teach people how to navigate the tricky (and often less-than-ethical) world of blogging and web development.
With time, my site began to pickup steam, eventually attracting new clients for my company and giving me the opportunity to quit my day job and pursue blogging full time.
However, there are a myriad of different reasons that you might decide to start a blog beyond merely making enough money to hand in your two week’s notice.
For example:
  • A consistent blogging habit will make you a better writer
  • If you find the right niche you can make a full time passive income
  • A high-traffic blog makes an excellent addition to your resume
  • You have an opportunity to share you knowledge and expertise
  • You can make important connections and grow your network
  • And it’s FUN!
I could drone on and on about the benefits of blogging until the sun sets and the moon rises, but I think you get the idea.
The bottom line?
Blogging is awesome and it has the power to change your life.
Assuming you want to take the plunge and start your blog today, here are the exact step you need to take to get started. 

Step 1: Decide – Create Free Blog or Self-Hosted Blog?

Blogging platformsAs I mentioned in the introduction, starting and maintaining an average sized blog will cost between $0 and $60 a year.
So yes, you can start your blog for absolutely nothing, however–as with most things in life–just because you can doesn’t mean that you should.
Let me explain…
Yes, you can create a blog for free on many different platforms, such as:
  • tumblr.com
  • blogger.com
  • wordpress.com
  • ghost.io
  • etc…
But before you go smashing the above links and clicking “sign up”, read the rest of this section! 
Sure, these platforms are great for testing the waters and solidifying some of the ideas you might have regarding content and design.
However, if you are serious about starting a profitable and successful blog, you should avoid these platforms at all costs.
Here’s why:
These “free” blogging platforms have crippling limitations and totalitarian authority over your content.
They are, first and foremost, businesses. And their main only purpose is to turn a profit by using your website to sell ad space and placing enough limitations on your account that you are eventually forced into a “premium” or “unlimited” blog plan.
Plans that are, more often than not, wildly overpriced and woefully under-equipped.
Without their expensive upsells, your account will be limited to a paltry few–and very generic–number of designs from which to choose, a “maximum” number of daily visits, limited storage, and all but nonexistent customer service.
And let’s not forget that these platforms have total control over your content.
So if you post something that one of your friendly neighborhood website moderators doesn’t like, your entire site (and all of your data) can be deleted in an instant.
Just think about that for a second…
You spend months hustling and grinding to grow your blog. Slowly but surely you acquire a decent number of loyal visitors and subscribers. Then, the money starts to roll in, from sponsored posts, paid ads, or your own products.
Things are going great. 
And then you accidentally violate your free web provider’s Terms of Service (see all limitations for Blogger.com and WordPress.com) and your entire online business is irrevocably lost to the trash bin of the interwebs.
Blogger the blog has been removed
Or
WordPress.com blog has been removed
Do you really want to deal with this?
I hope not.
This is why all of the most successful bloggers started their own self-hosted blog. 
It’s cheap, grants you access to your own personal domain name (e.g. myepicsite.com vs. myepicsite.blogging-platform.com), and you’ll have no limitations.
Oh, and you’ll also have access to premium website templates and design plugins to ensure that your new site looks like something created by a pro.
The bottom line?
Bite the bullet and fork over a little cash to get your blog started the right way.
A few months from now, you’ll be glad that you did.

Step 2: Get a Domain Name, Web Hosting & Setup Your Blog

Alright, with all of the anti-free-blog preamble out of the way, it’s time to get down to the good stuff and go through the exact steps that you need to follow to build and launch your self-hosted blog today. 
To get started, you’ll only need two things:
  1. A Domain name – The web address of your blog (mine is www.websitesetup.org)
  2. Web hosting – A server to store your blog files and keep it online for others to browse and read at all times.
And with a few quick clicks you can purchase and setup both of these things as easy as 1… 2… 3…

1. Sign up with Web Hosting

Full disclosure: To keep my site up and running I use affiliate links for some of the products mentioned in this guide. This means that I earn a small commission (at no extra expense to you) anytime that you make a purchase using one of my links. Thank you for your continued support! 
Of the countless web hosts on the market, only a small handful are even worth considering.
Of those, only 3-4 offer truly exceptional services for the price.
And of those, Bluehost is the only hosting service that I recommend to first-time bloggers.
The reason is simple.
Bluehost is cheap, fast, reliable, and armed to the teeth with a slew of free goodies that will streamline your blogging experience and make your life infinitely easier.
Not only do they power more than 2,000,000 websites worldwide, but all of their packages come with a 30-day money back guarantee, exceptional 24/7 live support, and a free SSL certificate (a $60+ bonus).
Oh, and they also offer one click installs, making it dead simple to get your blog launched in a matter of minutes.
Simply click on the “Get Started Now” button and choose a domain name.

2. Choose a Domain Name

Unlike many of the more profit-centric web hosts that will charge you upwards of $14.99/year for a new domain, BlueHost gives new customers a free domain name for the entire first year of their web hosting service.
choose a domain name
If you’re serious about building a strong online presence and visitors from all over the world you’ll want to get a domain name with a .com, .net, or .org, extension .
For those of you who are unable to claim your first choice of domain name, spend a few hours brainstorming ideas with friends and family. Think out loud and experiment with different words and variations to find the most brandable domain name for your new site.

3. Choose Web Hosting Plan and Finish Your Registration

Now that you’ve decided on your domain name, it’s time to select your web hosting plan, finish your registration, and begin your forays into the wonderful world of blogging.
As a general rule of thumb, I recommend that opt for BlueHosts’ ‘Prime’ plan since it comes with a free SSL certificate from “Lets Encrypt”.
This will keep your visitor’s information secure, improve your engagement (no one wants to spend time on a website plagued by a giant “Not Secure” warning), and earn you a few extra brownie points with Google.
Choose your web hosting plan
Since the renewal prices for BlueHost’s Prime plan are a bit pricier than their introductory rate, I recommend that you purchase as long of a subscription as possible to make your budget go as far as possible.
Once you’ve chosen the plan that best suits your needs you can finish off your registration and checkout using a credit card or PayPal.
And there you have it! You are now ready to launch your blog instantly (instead of waiting 2-3 days for activation like you would with many of their competitor’s).

4. Setup and Launch Your Blog

Once you’ve completed the registration process, it’s time to setup an admin panel (or cPanel) password–make sure it’s as strong as possible to keep hackers at bay–and login to your Bluehost admin panel via my.bluehost.com.
Once you are there, you should be able to see this screen:
Bluehost welcome to WordPress
Congratulations! If you see this, it means that your blog is already setup.
However, there are a few things that I’d recommend you do to ensure that it’s visible as soon as possible…
  1. Go to Settings > General (left sidebar)
  2. Add Site Title and Tagline (your blog name and tagline)
  3. Change your site address to your domain name. In my case, I’m using websitesetup-start-blog.com
  4. Add your email address (so you can reset your password later)
WordPress General settings
Once you’ve completed this, launch your blog by clicking “Coming Soon Active” at the top of WordPress dashboard and then “Launch Your Site”:
Bluehost launch your blog
Now that you’ve launched your blog, you’ll be able to see–what can only be described as–a skeleton of a website.
And this is where it gets fun.
With your domain name, web hosting, and blog setup, it’s time to get down and dirty and start customizing the aesthetic of your website.

Step 3: Design Your Blog – Make it Look Awesome!

The fastest and easiest way to customize your blog and make it look absolutely awesome is to use the free themes provided by WordPress’ theme library.

1. Choose a Theme and Layout You Like

To install a new theme, go to your website’s dashboard, then go to Appearance > Themes, then click Add New from the top.
theme selection
From the search results you can test out each theme to see how you like it by clicking on “Live Preview”.
Once you find the perfect theme for your new blog, you can activate it from either the Live Preview (just click “Activate the Theme) or from the main search area by clicking the “Activate” button.
As soon as the theme is activated, it will be installed on your site and you’re now ready to start posting viral content and generating raving fans.
P.S. If you don’t know which theme to choose, I’ve compiled a list of most popular WordPress themes.

2. Manage Your Blog’s Content (Blog Posts & Pages)

When you’re first getting started your site will be adorned with little more than the default “Hello World” post.
To add your first post navigate to Dashboard > Posts > Add New.
From here, you can add the title and start writing amazing content for your new blog.
WordPress add new post
With the new Gutenberg editor, you can add different types of content blocks into the editor by clicking on the “Add Block” icon.
Since I don’t have the time to cover every type of block included in the new editor (there are quite a few of them), I implore you to try it for yourself as most–if not all–of them are self explanatory.
Next, you’ll want to add a featured image to spruce up your post and add some visual flair for your readers. To do this, simply click the “Featured Image” box on the right hand side of your screen, upload your image, and click “Save”.
Once you’re satisfied with the quality and layout of your post, hit the publish button, sit back, and prepare to take the blogging world by swarm.
You have officially published your first post!
If you want to add a welcome page on the homepage of your site instead of a list of recent blog posts,all you need to do is go to Pages > Add New and then add the title and content.
Then rinse and repeat this process to create another page for your blog list, choose an appropriate title (like “blog” for example), and then hit publish.
With both pages created, go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading, then in the “Your Homepage Displays” option, check “A static page”, select your welcome page in the “Homepage” setting and your blog page in the “Posts page” setting, then hit save.
Your welcome page will now be published and ready to greet your new visitors as they arrive.

3. Create a Menu

One of the most important aspects of good user experience on any new blog is navigability, a.k.a. the ease with which your new viewers can find the content for which they’re searching.
And the most important part of navigability is a well designed and up to date menu.
Luckily, creating a menu inside of WordPress is pretty straightforward.
To get started, simply go to Dashboard > Appearance > Menu.
From here, create and add a new title for your main menu and then–in the left pane of the menu editor–check the pages you want to appear on your new menu and click “Add Menu”.
The checked pages should appear on the right pane of the editor and you can now rearrange their order by dragging the labels up and down.
WebsiteSetup menu
Once you’re happy with your menu’s structure, you can display it on your website’s main header by checking the “Primary” location checkbox (the name depends on the theme you previously selected) in the menu settings and hit save.

4. Install Plugins (They’re Free)

Plugins are one of the simplest (and cheapest) ways to extend your website’s functionality and increase the traffic and profits you generate each month.
Luckily, there are (quite literally) thousands of free plugins and libraries inside of WordPress and countless more on other external sites.
Let me give you a quick example with one of the most important plugins that you can download for your new site… A contact form.
First, you’re going to go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add new and search for “Contact Form 7.” Then, click “Install” and activate the plugin from the search results.
WordPress plugins
Once the new plugin is activated, it will create a new menu called “Contact” in the dashboard. Click it to access the contact forms generated by the plugin and then click “Contact Form 1” from the list to edit the new form.
At this point, the contact form is effectively up and running, however, you’ll want to make sure that the mail template is properly functioning so that you actually receive emails sent from the form.
To do this, go to the “Mail” tab and change the “To” value to the address where the email should be sent.
Next, you’ll need to copy the “shortcode” found just under the contact form’s name… It should look something like [contactform-7 id=”25″ title=”Contact form 1″].
After you have copied the shortcode, create a new page called “Contact Us,” and simply paste the shortcode in the content.
Then click “Publish”, sit back, relax, and check out your new content form in all of its glory:   
Contact form
If you are looking for more plugins that will improve the use and functionality of your blog, here’s a list of best plugins.

5. Customize Your Blog

To really add another level of flair and personalization, you’ll want to download another plugin that will allow you to change your website’s fonts.
Repeat the same steps listed above for the plugin “Easy Google Fonts” and then go to the theme customizer.
The customizer gives you the ability–much as the name would suggest–to customize your theme and preview it in real time.
Whether you want to change your site identity, colors, menus, widgets, homepage settings, or additional CSS, the customizer gives you almost total control over your website’s design.
With Easy Google Fonts installed, you’ll notice that there is a new option in the Customizer: Typography.
This setting allows you to change the fonts on your site to your liking and grants you a greater level of authority over your site’s aesthetic.
I encourage you to spend some time playing around with the Customizer until you have a strong grasp of the options available to you. Then, once you’re happy with the new look of your site, click “Publish” (as always) and double check the changes in a new tab.
WordPress site customizer
To make it easier for your readers to share your articles on their favorite social media channels, you’ll also want to install a social sharing plugin that will allow your viewers to seamlessly promote your new content from your posts and pages.
Just do a quick search in the plugins page with the keyword “social share” and you’ll be presented with hundreds of results. Install any plugin that strikes your fancy and set it up by going to its settings in your dashboard.
If you want to further customize your blog, read this WordPress Customization Guide.

6. Create a Personal Email Account

Having a domain-based email account like yourname@yourdomain.com boosts the professionalism of your website and increases the authority with which your correspondents will view you.
Luckily, BlueHost includes the ability to create a custom email account from your domain as a part of your web host account.
To access this feature, simply login to your BlueHost portal, click “Email & Office” in the left menu, scroll down and find “Basic Email”, and then click “See Options”.
From here, you can create your custom account in a matter of seconds.
Bluehost e-mail
Once your email account is created, click Email Accounts > Access Webmail to access the webmail application.
After confirming your credentials, you’ll be off to the races and you can now manage, send, and receive emails from your new domain-based account.
I’d encourage you to create an “About” page and add your new contact information so that all emails sent on your new site will be sent to the account you just created.
If you get stuck, here’s a guide for creating a custom email address for your blog.

Congratulations, You’ve Made It

Phew!
That wasn’t so difficult, was it?
At this point, you should have your very own fully functioning blog up and running.
But this is just the beginning.
Use the other content on my website to take your new blog to the next level and be sure to take few days to learn all the ins and outs of your new WordPress blog.
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Blogging Was Hobby but Now, It Is A Profession

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Do you blog? Maybe you chronicle your travels, report on the issues in your industry, or share your latest fashion finds with the world. Blogging can be a hobby, a way to build your brand, or a line on your resume that can help you land a job.

But did you know that it can be a job, too? While the majority of blogs are personal platforms, Technorati estimates that up to 39% of bloggers do it for money. Plus, Hubspot reports that companies are increasingly shifting marketing dollars to blogging and social media, creating more opportunities for contractors, freelancers, or full-time employees to blog for a paycheck.
So how do you go from blogger-on-the-side to blogging for someone else? Building and showing your skills through a personal blog is a great place to start. And from there, here are the five key things you’ll need to turn your hobby into a job.

1. Know Your Blog

If you haven’t already, take inventory of your own blog. What is your niche and demographic? What types of strategies have you used to get your blog noticed? How do you plan and organize your content? Keeping a record of your own successes as a blogger will help you identify what you can bring to a company’s strategy and how to craft your resume. Similarly, noting the areas where you can grow will show you where to focus as you’re improving your blogging skills.

2. Get Noticed

As you know, blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s also about getting others to read your writing. Standing out in the blogosphere takes effort—but it’s a key skill employers will be looking for. So focus on getting your personal blog out there: Network with other bloggers, participate in social networks, and attend industry or blogger events. Even if your blog is in the handmade goat cheese mini-niche, if you’re getting noticed, you’re doing something right, and that’s a great story to tell in a job interview.

3. Write

In addition to writing (regularly) for your own blog, establish outside credibility by contributing to other blogs and publications, too. This will not only enhance your writing skills, it’ll get your name in the blogosphere and help you make new contacts. A lot of blogs take contributors or guest posts, so start with what you know and branch out. If you write a food blog, see if you can guest post for other food bloggers, then try pitching a kid-friendly recipe to a family blog.

4. Diversify Your Skills

The best blogs have more than just words. They include high-quality visuals, an appealing layout, creative content, and interactive features. So think about the other skills you can bring to the table aside from writing—such as photography, design, or technical capabilities. And if you don’t have any yet? Pick one and use your own blog to develop it. Try taking your own photos instead of using Creative Commons-licensed images, or try your hand at customizing a header. Developing skills from coding to graphic design to video production can give you a big boost over other blogging candidates.

5. Apply

Once you’ve beefed up your blogging resume, the process of finding a corporate blogging position isn't too different from finding any other new job, with a couple of exceptions. First, keep in mind that “blogger” may not always be in the position title, so make sure to check out communications, marketing, and other related keywords. (A lot of blogging jobs get posted on specialized or writing-oriented sites, so start with ProBloggerMedia Bistro, and Freelance Writing Jobs.)
Next, consider part-time blogging positions. Not all companies have the dollars to dedicate a person to a full-time blogger, but that’s OK, especially when you’re starting out. Consider getting your feet wet and some experience through a part-time or freelance position.
Finally, make sure your blog is in order (the first thing an employer will do is click that link) and that your cover letter demonstrates your creativity, passion, and writing prowess. After all, that’s exactly what your future employer is after.

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Corporate Background Can Help to Get a Startup Blogging Job

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For many, leaving the world of cubicles and bureaucracy to join a startup is alluring. The chance to be part of something huge and world-changing! The flat organizational structures! The unlimited vacation time!


But figuring out how to make that move isn’t always easy. You’ve most likely spent years focusing on one particular set of skills and working with a team of people who all focus on the same thing—pretty much the opposite of how scrappy startups function. So, how does your corporate experience translate into a world without traditional career ladders, job descriptions, or even defined roles?
Turns out, better than you might think—you just need to know how to tell your story in a way that makes sense. Here are five things you’ve picked up at your corporate gig that startups will definitely value (and how to talk about them at your next interview).

1. You’re a Team Player

Most likely, you’re not doing your corporate job in a silo—you’re on a team or in a department of people who are all working toward accomplishing the same goal.
In a startup, though you may be the only person doing, say, marketing or business development or sales, this team mentality is more important than ever. “The team-player attitude is everything for the startups we work with,” says Startup Institute co-founder and New York director Shaun Johnson. Elise James-Decruise, senior director and head of global training at MediaMath, agrees. “The ability to ‘lean in’ and collaborate with another department or client to accomplish a common goal is just as or equally important as accomplishing it on their own.”
So, look for ways to show hiring managers just that. Think about times you partnered with another person or department—not necessarily when you led the team, but when you were part of one that achieved great things. While traditional resume and interview wisdom is that you should emphasize your personal accomplishments, startups want to know that you’re interested in the success of the group as a whole.

2. You Know Processes That Work

In a corporate job, almost everything you do has a process—from tracking customer feedback to requesting vacation time.
All of this might seem totally irrelevant in a startup environment, where you’re creating things from scratch and doing a lot of flying by the seat of your pants, but remember that startups that grow will eventually need to put in systems and processes for everything from sales lead tracking to payroll management. And if you have knowledge of efficient ways to do those things, it can be very helpful. “Our project manager came from Popular Science, and not only came with an understanding of how to roll out a project from start to finish, but also how to take a concept and create a system for rolling it out,” says Alex Wolf, CEO and founder of na2ure. “It was very helpful to us, as a startup, to find someone who could take ideas and turn them into action items.”
So, don’t be afraid to talk about your experience and the types of processes you could bring to the table as the startup grows. Just be mindful of how you position it. “Experience creating new teams, making process, and workflow can be very useful when you are at a growth-stage startup,” says Mariko Kosaka, an internal tools engineer at Percolate, Inc. “Just don’t get too caught up in ‘This is how I used to do at [name of company]—be adaptive to your environment.”

3. You Love to Learn and Grow

It was pretty much unanimous among the companies we talked to that to join a startup, you’ve got to be obsessed with learning, growing, and evolving. As Ethan Austin, president and co-founder of GiveForward, puts it: “We’re always looking for learners and people who are curious about the world. Skill sets are irrelevant because things change so quickly at a startup. You could be working on customer service one day, SEO the next, and product management the day after. We like people who are constantly looking to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.”
Instead of just giving the highlight reel of what you’ve done and achieved, think about times when you’ve taken on something totally new—especially when it’s something you pursued on your own. Did you learn to code when your department website needed some updates? Jumped in to help with SEO when the data analyst was out on leave? These are great ways to show that you’d be willing to tackle responsibilities outside of your job description. “Nothing’s more important than finding people who will do whatever it takes to learn,” says Jay Neely, digital community manager at Boston Globe Media, which has been in operation for over 100 years and is finding that integrating a more startup-like culture is essential to building a future for journalism. “Demonstrated passion for building your skills is more important than a college degree or X years of experience.”

4. You Know How to Communicate

If you worked for a big company, you had to be a master of communication: keeping your boss updated on what you were working on, sending detailed reports to clients, translating your needs and priorities to other departments—you get the picture.
This is actually something that startups really value. “Someone who is confident, has business savvy, and can communicate their ideas clearly and effectively to internal and external audience are all at the top of my list for new hires,” says James-Decruise. Why? It goes back to the team mentality—you’ll be working closely with people from all different backgrounds to achieve the same goal, and being able to effectively share your ideas, views, and feedback is crucial. Plus, as you’re figuring out how to launch your startup into the world, you’ll be interacting with and listening to customers and users more than ever before. And finally, startups (successful ones, anyway) grow quickly, with new people being added to the team all the time.
The best way to let startups know that you’re a great communicator is, of course, to show them. Have a story—and know how to tell it—about the skills and experience you bring to the table. And most importantly, talk openly and excitedly about why…

5. You’re Excited to Ditch the Corporate World

Frankly, there’s a reason you’re considering leaving your corporate job for a startup. You want to be part of building something world-changing, to have a real say in company decisions, and to take on more responsibilities than you currently have.
Well, this right here might just be your biggest asset.
Hands down, the #1 thing that startups look for in their employees is passion for helping the product and company succeed. “People I've hired from corporate backgrounds all cite the same reason for leaving their jobs when we interview them—they want to be at a place where they can meaningfully contribute to the growth of the company,” says Deepti Sharma Kapur, founder of FoodtoEat. “They are dedicated to building the company from the ground up and are passionate about achieving their goals.”
The lesson: Think deeply about what it is you really want out of joining a startup and—more importantly—the types of companies and products you want to work on. Then, share this passion in everything you do—from networking with employees to discussing what you could do for the company in your interview.
The good news? A corporate job provides tons of experience you can use to get a gig at a startup—you just need to know how to shape it. And that’s probably the best piece of advice we can give: Know when your corporate experience is an asset, but be able to show and explain how you’ll succeed in a totally different environment. The best hires, explains Marc Ioli, business development manager at Appboy, “know when to tap on their corporate experience but don’t let it define them.”
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Logo & Graphic Design Matters for Bloggers and Marketers in 2019

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Gathering graphic design ideas for your business might seem overwhelming. There’s so much good design out there but there’s also a lot of bad design.

Image: www.indilens.com

How do you sift through it all and find graphic design ideas that will work for your business’s logo, website, social media accounts and email marketing campaigns?
We’re about to give you some insider tips and tricks that will make your life much easier when it comes to graphic design ideas for your brand!

Logo Graphic Design Ideas

You may have neglected creating a logo for your business or maybe you have one but you’re looking for an upgrade.
Whatever the reason, you are in need of some graphic design help. We’re here to give you some graphic design ideas and inspiration from the pros.
Before we get started with graphic design ideas for your logo, let’s go through some basic tips for designing your logo.
  • Start with a black and white design. This will allow you to focus on the details. If you can grab someone’s attention with black and white, then imagine what adding color will do!
  • You will want to create your logo so that there are several different versions of it. If you are using full color that’s great, but you will also need your logo on a grayscale.
For example, if you put your dark logo in the footer of your website which happens to be black, you will need a completely white version of your logo.
  • Think about what your brand stands for and what you want to communicate with your audience. This should come through in your logo. If it doesn’t, it’s back to square one.
  • Choose your font wisely. A serif font gives a professional and sophisticated feel whereas a sans-serif font is more playful. Mixing fonts can be fun too, but we recommend using a maximum of two fonts.
  • Make your logo memorable! Brand recognition is key when marketing your products or services and it all starts with your logo. Brands put their logos on websites, social media pages, and promotional products.
Since your logo will literally go everywhere, make sure that people remember it.
  • Sometimes the best logo is simple. If you are trying to incorporate color, graphics, fonts and objects, take a step back and reevaluate. Decide what is most important to your brand. You don’t want your logo to be too busy or distract from your purpose.

Letter Based Logos

There are more than 26 variations to a single letter logo design. You can experiment with different fonts, adding color and shapes, shadows, lines and more!
Logos that only have a single letter as their main component can be easily recognized and become famous over time. Take the McDonald’s M for example.
It’s more than just a letter. It stands for the iconic golden arches that were modeled after the restaurant architecture. If you were to show someone today a golden letter M they would more than likely associate it with the McDonald’s brand.
If you’d like to associate your business with a single letter, ensure that it makes sense for your brand. Your letter doesn’t have to be plain, you can add other elements to make it more appealing.
Take this logo for example. Its main letter is a B but includes an arrow that shows movement and makes the logo more interesting.
graphic design ideas
Pro Tip: When creating a letter based logo think about the goals of your business and what feelings you want to evoke from your customers when they think about your company.

Wordmarks – Text Based Logos

Logos that just include text are incredibly popular. Did you know Coca-Cola’s logo is just a fancy font that was hand drawn?
By now it has turned into a famous script that has had a few tweaks over the years but has stayed true to the classic font that people recognize worldwide.
For this type of logo you can create your own text or use one of the millions of possibilities that other people have created. If you think that there isn’t much you can do to make your text logo stand out, think again.
You can vary the colors, fonts and sizes of your letters or use different font sizes to make certain words stand out. Add in color to separate your text or make a color block.
If all else fails keep it simple. Take Google for example.
Their logo is simply text with various iconic colors. One thing you can learn from this logo design is that it’s okay to make updates as design trends change.

If Google was still using their logo from 1997, you can bet the company wouldn’t be as popular as it is today.  Google logo graphic design Distorting Text

You do not have to have a separate graphic to have a logo, you can insert it right into your text. Even adding the smallest shape to your text can create a new shape or graphic.
Look at the logo below. Without the addition of a small triangle below the i and l in pencil, it’s just text. But adding this small element of a triangle creates the shape of a pencil within the word.
logo graphic design
This logo is simple and colorless, but you can bet your customers will remember it! The slightest change to a letter can add a graphic element to your otherwise plain text.
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