The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Starting A Blog
So, you’re thinking about starting a blog? Awesome!
But…getting started can be difficult. The internet is full of blog stuff; it’s a wonder you’re suffering from information overload. You’re probably confused on what to do.
crap, you just can’t seem to get started – it’s too hard!
But, you can do it. I remember my first few weeks on the web. I was literally banging my head against the wall trying to start my blog.
(www.tdaviscole.com) way back in 2012, and I had no clue how to blog. I had just been told that I should blog daily.
I wish I had known then what I know right now – Since I’ve been able to earn a full-time income from home. This success came through trial and error though. Until I finally stumbled upon the right information and discovered how to develop a blog strategy.
I promise it’ll be the right information, in a (step-by-step) process, and effectively able the help someone like you who is starting a blog.
If that sounds good to you; we can proceed.
Why Start A blog & Join The Online Profits Community
I’m getting ready to show you how to set up your blog. However, I’d like to explain why you should even start a blog.
Perhaps you already have some great reasons to get started. Hopefully, the reasons below can add more value to your decision.
- We are most certainly living in the information age. People crave and want good information. Did you know that over 70% of the information you Google was provided by bloggers just like you and me? This is what makes you such a hot commodity. Major search engine providers will rank your specialized knowledge so that people who are searching the web for information can find you.
- When people find your specialized knowledge on the web, you can market related products and services to them. The products and services that you offer through your blog can create generous profits for you.
- You get to exchange value with content consumers all over the world on whatever topics you enjoy the most.
- Blogging helps you learn more about yourself and the world around you. At the same time, it helps you grow your profits around the lifestyle you want so you’re not stuck in the one you must have.
That’s great to know, isn’t it?
A few quick things before we get started
Set aside some time to focus on creating your blog, maybe about 2 hours. Why so long? Because we need to develop a blog strategy first. The blog strategy can help you better define why you’re starting your blog, the kind of topics you want to discuss on your blog and how to monetize your blog. The better defined your blog goals are, the more success you could have.
Disclosure: This guide is based on my personal experiences and is in no way a guarantee of any income. Starting a blog takes hard work and dedication. Some people will earn no money at all. Also, this content contains courses and affiliate for profit offers. If you decided to access them, your results are up to you.
What You Will Learn
5 Steps To Starting A Blog:
Here are 5 primary steps to starting a blog successfully. Do not skip any steps to ensure you have the best possible chance for blog success.
- Develop A Blog Strategy
- Choose A Blogging Platform
- Host Your Blog
- Set-Up Your Blog
- Promote Your Blog
Alright, here we go. No procrastinating here, let’s jump into step 1.
Step 1 – Develop A Blog Strategy
Here’s an entire article on creating a blog strategy. However, I want to focus on the two most important aspects of your blog strategy. They’re insanely important.
Value and profits lead the way with developing a successful blog. What will you exchange in value for monetary gain?
Let’s be real, we are not blogging for our health, but we are blogging for our wealth. Yet, when you lead with value, profits seem to come. As you’re mapping out your blog strategy, think about who your audience is and what they need.
It’s been said, “when you provide enough people with what they need, you’ll become wildly successful.”
If you could dig deep into your niche and discover some problems in which you have the solution for, you could exchange those solutions for money.
- What does my audience need?
- How can I provide that need?
- What will I charge for my solutions?
People will pay you to answer the questions that keep them up at night. So, you literally have to build your blog around their solutions. Once you’ve mapped out some strong solution-based post, think of ways to monetize those post. How are you going to call your audience to action? Do you have a related affiliate offer, or do you own your own product and services?
When you’re creating your content try to add value and a call to action. That’s the point of blogging for profit. The post provides a sample of the solutions your audience can have if they respond to the call to action.
Step 2 – Choose your preferred blogging platform
Now that you have a clear blog strategy, choose your blogging platform. Perhaps, you’ve heard of WordPress. Although I use other blogging platforms, WordPress is by far my favorite one. It’s gigantic.
It’s been called the world’s largest blogging platform. WordPress allows you to have a ton of plugins, add-ons, and offer many creative ways for you to personalize the look and feel of your blog.
With nearly 100 million users, many have found WordPress to be a staple platform for blogging.
Some Alternatives To WordPress Are:
Blogger – It’s a great Free platform that has a few upgraded features.
Tumbler– It offers both a blog and a social network.
Here’s why I choose WordPress to house my major blogs.
- WordPress has a free and paid version; meaning, you have the option to host your own blog.
- There are multiple themes, plug-in, and add-ons that can help you monetize your site. The many WordPress options allow you to turn your blog into a store, a membership site, a course site, or all 3. The sky is the limit with WordPress.
- There are tons of resources such as YouTube videos, search engine articles and support forums to help you if you get stuck.
- You only have about 20-30 seconds to capture your visitor’s attention so the load speed with WordPress will help you retain your visitors.
- It’s easy for visitors to share and engage with your content on WordPress.
We’re On A Roll . . .
Step 3 – Self-hosting & Alternatives
Making the decision to self-host or choose a free alternative is a big decision. I started out with a free option and migrated to a paid option later.
Blogger and Tumbler are free for anybody. WordPress has both a free and paid option. So, you’ve got choices? Free hosting is great as it’s awesome for those who just want to practice blogging. Yet, free hosting has its issues.
1) You don’t own your domain name
URL’s on Free blogs are less attractive, long, and they belong to the host. Below you’ll find some of my Free blog domains
Here are some of my Paid URL’s
The free ones are bulky looking, and they have an added hostname. Yet, the paid ones are easy, short, and professional looking.
2) There are major limits
It’s hard to fully monetize your blog if it’s hosted on a free platform. You’re only allowed so much space to upload images and content – it’s all limited.
You have limited access to WordPress Themes and you only get offered a few themes on the other free platforms too.
3) You’ll never own your blog
If your blog is hosted on a free platform, you don’t own it. It’s technically someone else’s property and they can do whatever they want with it. In short, your blog can vanish without your consistent and without you being notified. It’s happened to me before. I’ll never forget it. I cried like a baby because I had worked so hard on it. Yet, it’s important that you read all the terms and conditions of free hosting sites. If you violate one of the terms, without even knowing it, they can delete your account.
Yet, when you self-host and build your blog on your own hosting– you actually own the blog. You can name it whatever you want and although you should be up to par with the FTC guidelines you can sell just about anything on it. You can choose your ending suffixes such as .com or .org. Most paid hosting options have an unlimited bandwidth which allows you to upload as many videos, audios, and images that you want.
Hosting isn’t even that expensive. You can host your blog for as little as $5 dollars a month or more depending on your hosting needs.
If you still don’t understand how to host your own domain; I can break it down a little further for you.
You’ll need to pick a domain name that you like and find somewhere to host that domain. Think of it as finding the exact floor plans for your house, but now you’ve got to find the perfect piece of land to build it on.
Domain: Your domain is just the name of your blog. An example would be www.tdaviscole.com is the name of my domain.
Hosting: Your hosting is where your domain name lives so that people can visit you on the web. It’s your virtual real-estate.
I use GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress. I am not an affiliate of GoDaddy at this time, so I’m not trying to sell you on GoDaddy, it’s just my preference.
Step 4 – Set Up Your Blog With WordPress
I’ve also embedded a video below to walk you through the entire process. (Watch The Video).
Personally, I learn best through visual education, and I love to follow along.
If you follow along, you should have a great grip on starting your blog.
In the video, I’m using GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress. If you decide to use a different hosting provider, no problem, go to YouTube and find a tutorial because it’s tons of them on WordPress and the various hosting options.
Step 5 – Promote Your Blog
The most important element of your blog is the promotion.
Outside of great content, you need 3 major things on your site. Those 3 things are a lead magnet, an upsell and follow up series. Because 80% of people do not make a purchasing decision the first time they encounter new products and services. Meaning you need a way to capture your visitors and build a relationship with them. (Watch The Video ).
There’s no point in having a blog if no one ever visits it. Imagine if you had a restaurant with great cuisines, but no one ever came to eat dinner. What would be more important, the fancy wallpaper and expensive china or the actual customers who dine there?
Honestly, it doesn’t matter how great your blog looks if you don’t get traffic, leads, and conversions on your site. 0 Traffic = 0 Leads = 0 Profits. You can increase your blog traffic by using the share features that come with your theme, you can search WordPress plugins for additional share options. Share your content on the web with a simple click on your blog.
Starting a blog for profit is a little more than grabbing a domain name and setting up some hosting account. If you want to earn money blogging, you’ll need a blog strategy that outlines an exchange of value. You can go at this thing alone or you can grab this (step-by-step) Blog Biz Profits guide absolutely free. Download it Here, and start your blog now.
To Your Success . . .