When I began my business about three years ago, I decided that the best way on how to start was by using a blog as my primary marketing tool.
My main reason at the time was that I was very short on money; And, advertising was definitely out of reach; Plus, I never at the time was a believer in workshopping and attending webinars, mainly because I couldn’t see any value in them.
I, therefore, used the blog as the focus of my website with the sole purpose that of making it a success over time.
That started a long journey of which I now enjoy the success that has followed on from my concentrating on a starting point and sticking with it;
Even though there were some ups and downs along the way, I kept my focus on what I was aiming to achieve; And, the good thing is, you can too.
My step-by-step instructions on how to start with a blog are the same as I used some three years ago; And, if it helped me, then there is no reason why it won’t help you too.
Let’s Then Get Started
It’s most likely, and reasonable to assume you’re no different to everyone else, you want your blog to earn some money for you; But, knowing how and where to make that start can be quite a challenge.
You may therefore, ask yourself many questions on what’s best, and hopefully, come up with the right answers.
What Are The Possibilities
1. Of me spending several hours preparing and writing my blog and only to find that nobody has read it?
2. Will I become a victim of being scammed on training or hosting that doesn’t work; And apart from that, what if there is no meaningful help or support: will I lose money that I can’t afford to lose?
3. Because I sincerely want blogging to work for me, what happens if I completely fail?
There is no reason for concern as you are in the best place to make that auspicious start.
Here Is A Step-By-Step Blog Guide Which Will Walk You Through Everything You Need To Know.
Your first look at blogging will appear a little daunting as you’ll think, gee, there is heaps of stuff that I didn’t know ever existed in blogging.
My purpose is to help you overcome that fear, and ultimately guide you toward being a successful blogger.
To become a successful blogger, will, however, take a little time, but by following these easy steps on how to start, will be the turning point you need; Not only will you be learning what to do, you will be preparing a foundation for a successful and profitable future.
How To Start A Blog
Beginning a blog for the first time can feel compelling enough, even worse with the frustrations of the internet; When you consider how many get rich quick schemes are operating will undoubtedly take the shine off the top.
Articles that in reality, are none other than the so-called marketers trying to convince beginners into purchasing dated website hosting that is so far behind the present day market isn’t funny.
These so-called providers are quick in showing you where to sign up; But hide behind a curtain of false hope when it gets down to teaching the fundamentals of how to get started with a winning blog.
So, try and escape the biggest mistake that almost all new bloggers make and not fall into their trap.
However, there is still enough room for everyone; And, even more so, for beginners who link up with a respected and genuine host.
Over the time I’ve been associated with blogging, there is somewhat a lack of understanding for beginners when starting a blog, and by no fault of their own.
In reality, it all boils down to being told to start straight up with a traditional web/blog host; Instead, of first being given full training on how to start a blog, backed up with all the help and support they require.
I’m not trying to give you the wrong impression, because there are excellent platforms who do provide full training and offer support above and beyond what is required.
If you can see what I’m saying, starting straight up with a web/blog host, is like buying the body and parts of a vintage car; For the car to work it first needs for all those parts to be re-assembled; And, if you don’t know how; Where do you start?
The more time you waste in trying to get yourself off the ground going solo, the more likely you are of quitting; And, that would all be, the result of not having access to any training you needed from the start; But, instead were told to start straight up with a blog /host. Any wonder why so many people fail.
As a beginner, web/blog hosting won’t work on its own until you understand the fundamentals of blogging.
However, there isn’t a reason why you need to feel lost or confused, because there is help available, like where I got my start.
The Good News
The best outcome is for you to have a blog that will work for you from the beginning and without having to involve yourself in understanding WordPress, themes and plugins.
That’s why a step by step plan, just like this, will show you the right way from the start; It’s a custom-built plan for beginners and designed in a way that will optimize your chances of being successful.
Guidance is the sure tried and true way for success as you move forward; Besides, knowing that support is there is also comforting, especially if you reach a dead end and not know what to do.
Like I said earlier, it’s a shame seeing people struggle and eventually wither away; Not only is it sad for the industry, it makes it even worse when we all know that shouldn’t have been the case.
How To Make The Right Choice
We have talked about the old school web/blog hosts, and how they will suck your finances dry, so stay clear of them; Rather, you’ll want to make a wise choice and go with a full-service blog/host as I did.
. If you do decide to go on your own, then try and avoid the new blogger syndrome by falling for the step by step guide on how to become a top blogger without any training.
. Also, be completely clear in understanding what the training and support offer; And be sure in asking for some supporting proof.
. Many times over I’ve heard where beginners who have signed up to a so-called new web/blog host, have been taken for all their money and nothing in return.
. However, visualize for a moment, of all the support and training, and the benefits of being connected to a popular, yet a respected platform.
. So, why would you bother going it alone, when you can remove the stress and frustration you’ll experience, if by choosing a recognized host that has designed training specifically for the beginner?
Anyhow, you are now at the right place, so let’s get down to business.
Creating Your Blog
The time now to look for a top-notch home for your blog; Somewhere that will breathe life into your blog and maintain a clean bill of health over its lifetime.
My Blog Account
1. When you have logged into your account, you are now able to go to your blog by clicking, websites on the left-hand side of your home page.
2. That will open into a new window where all your blog details are stored; Click on your blog name, and you will get taken to your blog site.
Once you have become familiar with the layout, I will show you how to manage other details that may need attention, But at this stage, you need not worry about anything other how to get to your blog site.
3. You are now in the back office of WordPress, where you have the full access to your blog post.
4. Being in the back office of WordPress you can make adjustments to your blog by customizing the theme, colours and set up other things like widgets plugins, and other minor changes that will help improve the image of your blog makeup.
5. By clicking on the “Post” icon in the WordPress toolbar on the left side, you will go into another page where you can start a new blog or edit or amend if you already have a blog there.
Other steps within the WordPress back office will also add to the overall makeup of your blog and its design; But, at this stage, they will only cloud your understanding; So we’ll leave them for the time being.
Besides, you will be given full training on this topic, with a support video in what to do; And, By that stage, you’ll be reasonably familiar in how it all comes together.
I must point out though, my overview is only a broad brush of what to do, so it all may look confusing; But don’t get too stressed, we provide a full step by step training, from start to finish in exactly what you need to do; Therefore there is no reason for any panic.
6. By, now you have an understanding of what is required; So the next step will be for you to install WordPress and fork out a $100, or so to buy a premium theme; That allows you the privilege of having access to 1000’s of ideas where you can pick and choose what best suits your blog.
OK, MY GOODNESS, did I say it was going to cost you $100; FORGET THAT.
Becoming a premium member, we toss that in as part of the deal; And not only that we set up all the techy stuff you.
Wow-Wee everything you need to start and get you moving in the right direction; And, can you believe it, it’s all happening faster than at the rate of a speeding bullet. Well, not quite that fast, but much faster than doing it all by yourself.
However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves as there are a few other little bits and pieces that need attention before we can feel safe in saying your blog is ready for publication.
They include the likes of setting up your categories, menus and widgets. These all make your blog more presentable and enhance its makeup in a way that it is straightforward for visitors to navigate around your site.
Once again, we have all this covered in our comprehensive training; And, all in a step by step text and video format that is extensively detailed of what to do; See, I told you it’s much more comfortable using a reputable provider.
Customizing Your Page Appearance
Tailoring is the actual framework that allows you to view your page live and provides you with the ability to amend or alter your blog.
Also, you can change your theme, including layout, menus, widgets and blog through the customizing tool.
It’s too soon to at this early stage to be going further into many other functionalities that customizing allows; Besides, customizing has been thoroughly covered in the training modules.
Many ask, why do I need a domain name, well you don’t need one, but you are leaving your site exposed to the mercy of your blogging provider; So, my answer is “YES” your best to have a registered domain name to ensure the security of your future.
Yep, we have also got that covered as well. Because we offer you a completely free domain, as a free member;
Alternatively, if you become a premium member, you can purchase as many as up to 25 .com’s for $13.90 each, paid yearly.
That Allows full control of your blog and the content; A much safer and more manageable position, and more especially when your site begins to grow.
A Domain Name Are There Any Benefits?
Having a domain name creates quite a few advantages.
1. It gives your blog a distinctive home address and therefore makes it that much easier for people to locate you.
2. Search engines identify you through your domain name; And, they also recognize that you are serious about blogging as you have taken the effort to register your blog on the internet.
3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is rather complicated to follow but has many factors that are an advantage for your blog and the search engines; Once again, all covered in training with a set by step procedure on how to set it up; All my sites are a, “.com”, SEO optimized, purely for the benefits offered.
4. There is one enormous benefit of owning your domain; If at any stage, you decide to switch host providers, then you can take all the content, your domain name and blogs with you.
Also, all the links and rankings that you have generated over time go with you as well.
Whereas only using a blog provider, immediately you decide to move, goodbye goes all your, blogs, rankings and links; And, that will plummet you back to starting all over again; And, further to that, you blog host provider can terminate your blogging agreements without notice.
I see it as a bit like leasing a house; the owner has full control and at any given point can evict you and leave you out in the cold with nowhere to go; Blog hosts operate in the same manner.
Where Will I Find A Domain Name
Finding a domain name that will best reflect your niche will be the ideal choice.
However, you will first need to brainstorm a few options, because if your first choice isn’t available, you will need to come up with some alternative suggestions.
Realistically, the ideal choice is a “.com”, because they are most popular in the online world.
Should your first choice domain name, be not available there is no cause for concern, try changing the name slightly; That’s the reason why I suggested that you have a few alternate names in the ready should your first choice be unavailable.
Writing Your First Blog
For most beginners getting that very first post seems daunting; But in reality, it’s easy.
All you need do is start writing whatever first comes into your head that’s related to your niche. Of course, there will be plenty of mistakes, but if you don’t make any mistakes, how will you improve.
Writing a blog is just like having a conversation with someone, so if you think about it in that way, then words will come to you quite naturally.
Posts and Pages
For those who are unfamiliar with the two terms and what is the distinct difference between both of them.
Are where all your blog content is stored and published. Additionally, the posts can be associated with categories and can be assigned to tags, whereas that’s not possible with pages.
Have a similar role to posts, but the distinct difference between the two, page content commonly gets referred to as a static blog; Reason behind that, the material very rarely changes, whereas the post will change much more frequently.
What I do myself, is use the pages for my “About Me”, and nothing else, and is the way I got taught.
By the way, the, “About Me” is an overview of your life story and what you intend bringing to the table with regards to your niche.
Nothing lengthy, usually somewhere around 400 to 600 words, will cover what you want to say.
Tips On Writing Your First Post
Everybody has a different style in how they prepare when writing a blog post.
However, the more common theory that seems to work rather well; And, this is only a guide, because after you have written a few posts, you’ll develop your very own style.
1. Select the keyword phrase to target
2. Write a captivating headline (include the keyword phrase)
3. Create an engaging introductory paragraph and include your keyword phrase
4. Outline at least seven subheadings
5. Write 2-3 articles under each subheading
6. Finish with a summary of your post and a call to action
These guidelines work for me and have done so for some considerable time; However, you will, over time, cast a style that suits you.
Choosing A Blog Topic
Your blog will be centred mainly around your niche, or perhaps you might call it your hub; Either way, it will be what your blogging will be based around.
We always encourage all beginners to start writing their blog focused around something they are either passionate about or have a piece of intimate knowledge in, i.e., hobby or a sound interest on a particular subject or topic.
There is a very robust methodology behind this; The better your understanding, the more inclined you will be in wanting to share your knowledge with others.
I ask you this one question? If you’re not a “techie” and don’t want to be worried about all of them, “behind the scenes”, likes, construction, maintenance, and upkeep on your blog; Then the answer to your question is a no brainer.
A fully hosted internet platform that will take care of that junky techy stuff and leave you to running and controlling your website hassle free: Surely, must be the way to go; Do you agree?
Look at it this way; what are the benefits of using a blog host?
Do you get home ownership of your domain? “NO”
Who’s there to help out when you hit a brick wall, or when your site goes down? “Don’t Know”.
Who’s there to support you and quickly get your site back up and running? “Tech Support Maybe or Not At All”
Who’s there when you have a problem and need help with understanding what you need to do? “No-one”
I’ll tell you this for sure, for a piece of mind monitoring and support of your website will be necessary. So, you’ll need to opt for monthly monitoring; And, the fees aren’t cheap.
Not only that you are in the hands of the technical support staff; And, because they will have lots of other faults to take care of, you will sit in a queue and wait for your turn.
Sometimes the turn around will be quick and swift, but there will be many other times where it may take hours or even a day or so; And, in the meantime, your site remains down, and you could be losing out on sales.
Do you know what I almost forgot? I haven’t even mentioned anything about all the free training, plus the 24/7 tech support, backed up with a 24/7 community support should you get stuck an issue that you don’t quite understand.
Moreover, this is all available here, and it’s where I call home for all my online business.
The choice is yours; But, just before you sign off, let’s take a recap of what comes with your membership.
• Complete Blog Hosting, running on the WordPress platform – we install all of the updates, security patches, manage the databases, handle all of the caching and performance enhancements, and more.
• We have already provided 1000’s premium themes so you will not need to purchase a theme idea.
• We’ve already installed the best plugins that you need to run your blog (email subscribe, social media, forms, custom text widgets, Google Analytics, and more.
• We also provide, free training modules from the starting line through to the finishing line, and they are very comprehensive walkthroughs;
Plus, thousands of training videos that are available to use at your leisure; When it comes to gathering information, these videos leave no stone unturned, as they cover every imaginable detail on marketing.
Moreover, why wouldn’t they be first class, as they are prepared and run by marketing experts who know their stuff?
• Our support team, or should I be more precise in saying, we the community members, are the support team; So as a community, we share our knowledge base with all our members; And, if you get stuck we are there to help you through and get you moving again.
Therefore, any queries or questions are answered courteously and in a prompt manner, because we are all like-minded and share the same philosophy in wanting to be successful.
Our community operates on a 24/7 basis, and because we are a worldwide platform, help is always available.
. Our technical support also operates on a 24/7 cycle; Therefore, your site will always be maintained with no queueing or waiting your turn to get that much-needed help in having the problem rectified within a few minutes.
. We have extensive SEO training that walks you through the setting it up and getting it operational.
. There is a section of training that helps you with setting and running social media.
Oops, do you know what I almost forgot? I haven’t even mentioned anything about all the free training, plus the 24/7 tech support, backed up with a 24/7 community support should you get stuck on an issue that you don’t quite understand.
Moreover, this is all available here, and it’s where I call home for all my online business.
Finally, we understand that online marketing isn’t for everyone; However, we are so confident in what we provide, we offer you a full seven (7) day trial totally for FREE.
No questions asked, and if you like what you see, then you have the no obligation opportunity of becoming a premium member. Click here and take a look for yourself.
It Is Now All Over To You
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